Staff

Meet our staff here at Reach Climbing

Ivan Barcinal

Ivan Barcinal – General Manager, Reach Climbing and Fitness

Ivan has been climbing for 7 years. His favorite place to climb is either Red Rocks, Nevada or The Gunks, New York. His favorite thing about climbing is the growing community and how supportive it is.

His goal is to share his passion for the sport to others by means of introducing, educating, and guiding.

Charlie Schreiber

Charlie Schreiber – Head Coach and Director of Programming

Head Coach, Charlie Schreiber, CSCS has been coaching, competing and route-setting for a multitude of gyms on the East Coast for the past 12 years. As an 8-time Youth National Championships Competitor for Bouldering, Sport and Speed Climbing, he has continued his career as an Open competitor and has used his knowledge of competition to teach the upcoming youth of our sport. He helped open the doors of and was the Head Coach and Head (and only) Route Setter at currently set routes and boulder-problems at High Exposure Climbing Gym in NJ for 4 years. For High Exposure, Charlie took a youth team of exclusively first-day climbers, and quickly created a National Champion, a 1st place Team victory at the Regional Championships, 28 individual National Championship invitations, and 3 podium finishes.

Charlie is a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador for The North Face, Butora, and Beta Labs. He climbs and trains 4-5 times a week indoors and outdoors and has climbed at destinations all over the world. He loves to get outdoors as much as possible and has even opened up access to and helped write the guidebook for the now very popular Torne Valley Powerlines Area (see him on his highball FA on the cover of the guidebook). He has also managed to inspire his local communities with his hardest ascents being many V11 and V12 East Coast test-pieces.

As an adult competitor, he is the previous Tri-State Bouldering Series Champion, and has competed in 2 Bouldering World Cups, 3 ABS Open Bouldering National Championships, 5 Bouldering National Cup Series events and over 50 Open Bouldering Competition Finals.

Charlie’s specialty is in understanding the techniques needed to excel in competition climbing. He spends all of his time and energy focused on learning how to better his mental approach, physical skills, warm-up routine, training plan, proper nutrition, flexibility/mobility and everything and anything that goes into the equation of being prepared for competition. His passion is to share this with anyone else that shares a love for climbing and self-improvement.

Nick Ranelli

Nick Ranelli – Coach and Instructor

Nick has been climbing for 3 years. His favorite place to climb is The Gunks and his favorite thing about climbing is seeing people improve. 

His goal in climbing is to be the best that he can be and help others to be the best that they can be.

Favorite food – Bananas or pizza with mushrooms, pineapple, and other random vegetables. 

Max Blauer

Max Blauer – Coach and Front Desk Associate

Max has been climbing for 10 years. His favorite climbing area is Ten Sleep, Wyoming and his favorite thing about climbing is that climbing creates a wonderful experience at the intersection of recreation and spirituality. As in climbing, so in life!

Goals in climbing:

Ropes: Dreamcatcher 5.14d Squamish, BC Mango Tango 5.14a New River Gorge

Boulders: Evilution Direct V11 Bishop, CA Airstar V13 Rocklands, South Africa

Fun Fact: Summited Devil’s Tower when I was 11, competed at PanAm games in Mexico City at age 13

Michelle Gainer

Michelle Gainer – Climbing Coach

Michelle has been climbing for 14 years. Her favorite area to climb is New River Gorge and her favorite thing about climbing is the clarity of being way up above everything. 

Her goal is to someday lead 5.12. 

Fun Fact: I have driven I 80 across the country 6 times, including 2 trips on the Al/Can

Jackie Finkelstein

Jackie Finkelstein – Team Coach

Jackie has been climbing for 13 years. Her favorite climbing crag is the Gunks and what she loves most about climbing is the community. She’s met life long friends through the climbing scene. They have always pushed her to try harder and celebrate her successes and comfort her failures both in climbing and life.

Her climbing goal at almost 40 years old will be to keep trucking in the climbing scene for as long as she can and climb crags all over the world, eyeing up Thailand and Greece for her next global climbing adventure.

Fact: She’s a highly educated person who loves reading and researching anything philosophical, anthropological and social theory based.

Lyman Rhodes

Lyman Rhodes – Climbing Coach

Lyman has been climbing for 6 years. His favorite climbing area is Rumney Rocks and his favorite thing about climbing is how it makes your mind and body strong and capable from finger tips to toe tips. 

His climbing goal is 6 pitches of 5.12 trad just for the exposure.

Fun fact: I love hand stands.

Nick Picarella

Nick Picarella – Coach

Nick has been climbing for 12 years. His favorite place to climb is Joe’s Valley and his favorite thing about climbing is trying to find different solutions for the same problem.

His goal in climbing to always be improving!

Fun fact – I’ve played piano longer than I have climbed!

Chelsea Sommer

Chelsea Sommer – Routesetter

Chelsea has been climbing for 7 years. Her favorite climbing area is Hueco Tanks and her favorite thing about climbing is figuring out what she is capable of physically and mentally, as well as pushing through those boundaries.

Her goal in climbing is to help make climbing accessible to a diverse group of people. Specifically she wants to get low income families and those looking to get in shape out climbing.

Fun fact: She has over 30 plants in her apartment.

Matt Pozo

Matt Pozo – Routesetter

Matt has been climbing for 5 years. His favorite climbing area is Squamish, British Columbia and his favorite things about climbing is climbing outside with friends and highball boulders.

His goal in climbing is to eat more donuts. 

Fun fact: Devote lover of Reeses.

Ben Cox

Ben Cox – Routesetter

Ben has been climbing for 6 years. His favorite climbing area is Moore’s Wall, NC and his favorite thing about climbing is getting to talk to a bunch of really cool, chill people with whom he shares a common interest as well as pinches and high steps.

His goal in climbing is to climb consistently V10+ outside.

Fun Fact: I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering but chose routesetting instead because it’s more fun.

Evan Marlatt

Evan Marlatt – Director of Routesetting

 Evan has been climbing for 8 years. His favorite area to climb is Chattanooga, TN and his favorite thing about climbing is all of the different ways climbing challenges him.

 His climbing goal is to travel to as many different locations to climb on as many different types of rock as possible.

 Fun Fact – I love dogs. I have a German Shepherd and a Chow-mix.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer is a 200 hr certified Yoga Instructor based in the Philadelphia Area. She took her first yoga class in 2012 and instantly fell in love. And with continued practice, she found that yoga was a great way to combat the body aches that came with working behind a desk. Throughout her journey, Jennifer has had the privilege of learning yoga from so many gifted teachers, helping to shape her into the teacher she is today. Besides yoga, Jenn’s other passion in life is theater. She can often be found in productions in and around Montgomery county.

Sheridan Earle

Yoga movement and philosophy has been a thread through much of Sheridan’s life. She began to more fully explore the physical, mental and energetic aspects of the practice in 2014 and within a few years, it was clear that she wanted to take her studies to the next level by working to bring yoga to others. In 2016, she began her teacher training and now holds her 500-hour RYT with the Yoga Alliance.

Sheridan enjoys sharing the fun and playful side of yoga with her students, adapting classes to fit a variety of bodies, abilities and energies. She believes that by keeping our expectations of practice loose and working joyfully with our bodies, it helps to settle the mind for calmer reflection after the movement practice is complete. With that calm, joyful approach, she finds that students naturally progress in the areas that best serve them. Her favorite quote from Lao Tzu, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” reminds her to be open to how her practice and her students’ practices unfold in their own time.

Alison Babula

yoga instructor in upside down pose between arch with greenery
Alison is an occupational therapist specializing in the upper extremity and became a power flow yoga instructor to inform her practice as well as gain flexibility and a little more “zen” in this crazy world. She is a former high school and college cheerleader, a runner (5k, 10k, 1/2 marathons) and has completed 4 sprint triathlons. Alison came to love the intensity and fire that power yoga builds and finds these work outs just as impactful and beneficial for the other activities she enjoys. Alison loves the personal goals that yoga brings to her life and the mantra “It is yoga practice, not yoga perfect”.

Sara Friedman

Since Sara’s first yoga class in 2006, her life has never been the same. She incorporates practice into daily rituals especially when she is rock climbing. Her classes include a focused intention, physical asana (poses), and spiritual connection. Besides teaching yoga, she incorporates yoga into retreats through her business, FreedWoman Retreats, in which individuals are empowered through the outdoors, women’s circles, yoga, and meditation. When she is not climbing or teaching yoga, you can find her snowboarding, hiking, or camping. Sara graduated from a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Nectar Yoga Studio.

Lucy Butler

Lucy studied Yoga for many years in New York City with her teacher, Rose, before her practice led her all over the world to study with master teachers. She is honored to share her knowledge with her students. Lucy teaches Hatha Yoga, where breath and body movement are one. The practice includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Meditation and Relaxation. In her classes, you can expect a fun exploration of creative body movement that leads into challenging Asana.

Lucy received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification at High Vibe Yoga in Ubud, Bali. Additionally, she completed her 32-hour Yin Yoga Training at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia.