KJ De JesusGym Manager
KJ is all about traveling, climbing, and exploring one’s self outside of their comfort zone. Her laid back approach to everyday life is heavily inspired by living in Hawaii, where she first saw the potential of who she can be for herself, others, and for the land. She open-minded, loves conversations that challenge conventional ways of thinking and doing, and her favorite question is “Why?” because she’s genuinely curious about what you do and how you think. Her goal is help others live curiously, take life less seriously, and find the confidence to think outside the box.
Kevin BrowningDesk Staff
Kevin grew up in Orange, CA and by the age of six accomplished his goal of touching every ceiling in his house; thus began his climbing endeavors. He has since made larger goals, such as surviving on a deserted island for a month and saving the world. In talking with Kevin you will soon realize that he cares a whole lot, but not just about you—he also cares about your family, what you had for breakfast, what you do for fun, and your favorite color and why. Kevin is married to a lovely lady named Haley. They live in Glendale with their fur-baby boxer dog Addie (short for Adventure). Kevin is also at the beginning of a long road towards becoming a zoologist to aide in the conservation of wildlife.
Martha BarraganDesk Staff
Martha is an original, born-and-raised Valley girl. She is like, so ecstatic to be closer to home! You will find her roaming around Stoney Point or the nearest Marshall’s. Her favorite song to rock on to is “Bohemian Rhapsody.” She spends pretty much all her time training, riding her new bike, reading, and learning how to be patient with yoga moves. (What can we say, she is a jitterbug that can’t hold still!) She hopes to one day be recruited by the Sailor Scout squad, but in the meantime you can catch her here at Verdigo. Side note: She is getting better at remembering people’s names.
Joe ChunDesk Staff
Joe was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but grew up in LA. All he wants to do is rock climb, take photos and eat tacos. Before working at Verdigo, he was in a band called Run River North. He will do his best to help anyone finish their projects at the gym, so feel free to grab him whenever you need help!
Isamer grew up in the beautiful city of Pasadena, CA. His first passion was music. It was all-consuming, and he spent more time playing guitar than sleeping. His fondest memories were playing in the Jazz Ensemble at La Salle High School. After being introduced to climbing by his best friends Dylin and Tobin, his passion slowly shifted to climbing. He hasn’t picked up a guitar in 10 years.
Sara grew up in a small town in central Maine. It was there that she developed her love of nature, which led her to spend most of her time outside. She left Maine in 2016 to move to Tennessee where she spent a couple of years. Recently she found herself in Southern California to be closer to family, where she soon discovered the sport of rock climbing and has been hooked ever since. She loves traveling, backpacking, and climbing. Want to make her happy? Bring her coffee and tacos. And yes, she’d be happy to pet your dog.
Nelson grew up in lovely Burbank, CA but loves the gloomy weather of the Pacific Northwest. You used to be able to find him at Active Ride Shop in Burbank setting up skateboards or hanging out on his day off, but now you’ll see him hanging at the gym a little more often. He loves pizza so much that he has a slice tattooed above his knee. If he’s not at work or out eating you might find him at home or probably out skateboarding, snowboarding, or biking around LA.
Brad grew up in Crystal Lake, a northwest suburban town of Chicago. He moved out to Los Angeles in August of 2018 and has no intention of leaving anytime soon. He was always very active as a kid. He grew up playing baseball, skateboarding, and wrestling, among other shenanigans. At 20 years old, he discovered his passion for climbing from the local hole-in-the-wall bouldering gym. If Brad isn’t climbing he’s probably watching comedy shows, watching movies, or listening to a podcast.