Diane got her start with Touchstone at Pipeworks in Sacramento in June of 2005. She was hired to facilitate their awesome summer camp program and smoothly transitioned into working behind the front desk. She came to Sacramento from Chico, where she attended Chico State and graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science. Diane made the move to San Jose after receiving the management position and is loving the South Bay! She enjoys climbing, backpacking, bowling and pretending that she can mountain bike.
As one of the few San Jose natives left, Art started climbing in 2000. Since then, he has held various roles in the climbing gym industry, ranging from front desk, gym management, teaching lessons, coaching climbing teams, leading large route setting crews, and even some wall design. He received his Bachelor’s from San Jose State University. Outside of climbing, he enjoys watching movies, practicing kendo, and snowboarding in the winter. Even though he travels frequently to pursue new adventures, he can be a bit of a home-body: thoroughly enjoying good food, good company, and good wine, whiskey, and beer.
When Pete isn’t working at The Studio, he uses his free time to climb and hang out at The Studio. Pete has an insane collection of Vans, seriously, look down – you’ll never see the same color or pattern twice in a row. On the off chance he ISN’T at The Studio, he hangs out at his South San Jose home doing freelance graphic & Web design, drawing and/or printmaking. Pete is also a Greater Boston native so on occasion he forgets to pronounce those pesky ‘aahhs’.
Brian was born and raised in San Jose, California. He is most passionate about wildlife and land conservation and he hopes to one-day work in those fields. He got hooked on climbing back in the 90s. He spent most of his teenage years playing competitive soccer and the came back to climbing around 2010. Brian received a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources and Minor in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State Cascades in Bend Oregon and spent countless days climbing at Smith Rock and the bouldering around Central Oregon. When he’s not working with the intermediate team or behind the front desk, you’ll find him out climbing, hiking, running, or just hanging out.
Geoffrey is the newest member to The Studio’s wonderful desk staff. He first learned about rock climbing about 6 years ago and has been in love with it ever since. He used to partake in a variety of sports; baseball, basketball, soccer, and badminton. He is currently a student at San Jose State University pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. When he is not working you can usually find him either on SJSU campus or at The Studio up in the bouldering area. When you can’t find him, he’s probably at home playing video games or some other sort of leisure activity with an 80% chance of it involving beer. He loves beer. A lot. As long as it’s not light beer, then he hates it.
Jenny wasn’t born in San Jose but has lived here her whole life. If you’re stuck on a bouldering problem, she’s not the one to ask; but if you need a suggestion for good Vietnamese food in San Jose, come find her at the front desk. Her goal in life is to learn how to cook and bake, but for now, she can live off Vietnamese sandwiches and milk tea. She got into climbing after 2.5 years of sitting at a desk job and countless hours in traffic. She knew she needed a healthier lifestyle that starts with exercise. When she’s not working at the front desk, she’s probably climbing on the ropes in the back.
Andrew is our quietest staff member, but don’t worry—he doesn’t bite. He is a student at San Jose State and spends a fair amount of time there either studying or hanging out with pals. Andrew likes to spend his time outdoors, whether it be climbing, biking, hiking, camping, or just being around people. As an Eagle Scout he has spent a lot of time backpacking and learned a few cool things along the way. He has only been climbing for 3 years, but has been in a committed relationship with pizza for even longer.