• Donna (she/her)


    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 (he/him)

    Desk Staff

    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.

  • Dan (he/him)

    Desk Staff

    Dan has been a staple at Mission Cliffs since 2015. You’ve probably taken a lead class with him, and maybe, if you’re lucky, had a conversation about his Transformers collectibles.

  • Katya (she/her)

    Desk Staff

    Coming from faraway Estonia, Katya had never heard of climbing until moving to San Francisco, however once her friends took her bouldering she knew she had discovered a new passion! When not at the gym Katya’s time is taken up by her product design classes.

  • Austin (he/him/they/them)

    Desk Staff

    Meet Austin. This chaotic urban gremlin hails from the kingdom of suburbia in the East Bay. He started climbing at the UCLA rockwall in 2015, and worked there as a routesetter, safety staff, and questionable music DJ before moving back to the bay. You can easily spot him wandering around the gym with his emotional support lightsaber(s), preaching the gospel of crimp and tip slicing love, or pounding back an absurd amount of caffeine (300 mg on a good day? Maybe?). Anyway, aside from that, he likes to make replica lightsabers, other assorted sci fi props, and generate highly suspect design projects (light up dual texture volumes? flamethrower napoleonic bell hoop skirts anyone?). Inquire about the latter topics at your own risk.

  • Nina (she/her)

    Desk Staff

    Nina first discovered climbing by Instagram-stalking her crush — “Hey that looks cool,” she thought, scrolling past his pictures of bright colored holds. With her basketball days behind her, she decided it was time to move on from the court to the big walls (also, maaaaaybe get her crush’s attention).

    Little did she know that climbing would become a big part of her life some six years later. When Nina isn’t manning the Mission Cliffs front desk or sharing smol beta with her fellow shorties, she’s likely at some other Touchstone gym testing the limits of her ape index. Outside of climbing, Nina is studying to be a nurse and moonlights as a wannabe DJ in her bedroom. Oh, and that guy she had a crush on? He’s now her designated forever belayer.

  • Kevin (he/him)

    Desk Staff

    Kevin enjoys all things outdoors. He had his first taste of rock climbing in 2014. And it’s become a major part of his life. In his free time, Kevin is often found scheming his next alpine escapade or picking out another gourmet ice cream flavor to try.

  • Maria (she/her)

    Desk Staff

    Born and raised in the Caribbean archipelago of Puerto Rico, María Victoria’s climbing experience mostly involved bouldering on wet rocks to reach hidden rivers within the main island’s tropical forests. It wasn’t until a trip to SEKI in 2021, that she sparked an interest to try indoor rock climbing. Even though she initially met fear and anxiety, these only served as motivation to push her in profound new ways. She now hopes to continue to grow not only as a climber but as a member of the climbing community. Outside of the gym, she is also a pediatric cancer research scientist and a mouse surgeon. She loves the outdoors, traveling, practicing her Italian, and listening to Bad Bunny.

  • Brady (he/him)

    Desk Staff

    Brady was introduced to climbing in early 2022 when his roommate took him to the climbing wall at their local rec center, and hasn’t looked back since. He was born and raised in Iowa before moving to San Francisco in June, and loves to geek out on all things music, climbing, and urban planning.