After returning from a weekend trip from San Diego where she got fake tips put on her nails, her first adventure to Mission Cliffs with her friend left her scratching at the walls. She had such a great time that she went home and tore off the tips and begged her friend to take her climbing again -The rest is history…SHE WAS HOOKED! Donna has been with the gym for 9 years and has really enjoyed working with the community and assisting the diverse clients at Mission Cliffs.
Frank started climbing when hip belays were the standard technique in belaying. Frank was one of the original members of the gym, and has long been a staple behind the front desk.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Max first started climbing in the Gunks. She is pretty sure the best things in life are bluegrass, making pasta from scratch, hiking at sunrise, and eating sandwiches. When she’s not behind the front desk at Mission Cliffs, Max can be found biking around Oakland, surfing at Ocean Beach, writing about contemporary Icelandic art, or training for her next marathon. In addition to New York, she’s lived in Italy and North Carolina, and worked as a shepherdess, a food critic and a museum security guard.
Brandy hails from Arkansas has been climbing since 2007. Besides living and climbing in the wonderland that is the Ozarks, she has lived in Colorado, New Zealand, Yosemite and -for the better part of the past two years- in the back of her Nissan Versa all over the country on an extended rock climbing/hiking/being outside trip. Yes, she is small enough to stretch out entirely in the back of the car and be comfortable. Brandy was a radio dj for 4 years, where she interviewed climbers and musicians and played what some might call “fresh jams”. When she’s not climbing she fills up her time with cooking, eating the food she cooked, summiting mountains, playing the guitar and piano, and making cutoff t-shirts for her friends.
Shaun was born and raised in the great city of San Francisco, he is a city boy by definition but an outdoorsman at heart. He started climbing in 2007 while also focusing on school. He is now a licensed EMT always looking to save a life or just put a band-aid on that booboo. When Shaun isn’t climbing he enjoys spending time with the family, playing with his dog, cooking on the fly, snowboarding when there’s actually snow and lot’s of other exciting endeavors. His future goals are to be a Firefighter/Paramedic and to help Mission Cliffs to be the raddest climbing gym ever!
A NASM certified personal trainer, professional dancer, and lover of climbing, Justin is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He spent his childhood summers going on cross country family camping trips, where he found his love of campfires, and big skies. He went on to attend the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance. Upon moving to San Francisco in 2008, he has danced with a variety of companies including ODC, and the San Francisco Symphony. After retiring from full time professional dance, Justin has chosen to pursue his love of climbing and personal fitness coaching. He believes that anything can be achieved with time, effort, and patience…and maybe a whole lot of pull-ups.
Alec was born in Berkeley and has lived in the bay area his whole life. Alec graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning and would like to continue his education in the field and pursue a career in city planning. He has been climbing for six years and has his AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor certification and is working towards the Single Pitch Instructor certification. When he’s not climbing, Alec can be found with his guitar or camera in hand enjoying his rest days with his friends.