Our People

MEET OUR CREW

Origin isn't just a gym, we're a community. We are here to help you explore and discover a wide world of vertical adventure and a new home away from home. Meet our crew and then come find us in person!  



John Wilder

General Manager

How long have you been climbing?
16 years
Most memorable route?
Olive Oil - I proposed to my wife on the summit!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The dance parties

Andy Raether

Head Route Setter

How long have you been climbing?
20 years
Most memorable route?
The Northeast ridge of Lone Pine Peak
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
It has a fantastic community filled with motivated and fun people

Meagan Odom

Gym Manager

How long have you been climbing?
I've been climbing up rock climbs for 5 years
What's your spirit animal?
An orca whale
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
I love that it is such a wonderful resource for new and experienced climbers alike, and that the community here genuinely welcomes anyone to the sport.

Sherilyn Valencia

Desk Manager/Setter

How long have you been climbing?
4 years
Most memorable route?
Cat in the Hat. I don't really climb trad and it was warm that day, but I got proposed to!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The members and community overall is super awesome.

Jarin Valdez

Head Coach

How long have you been climbing?
I’ve been climbing for 5 years now.
Most memorable route?
My first outdoor V7 Monkey Wrench #MaukaMan
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The reason why I love origin is because it’s a awesome friendly community and you always feel welcomed from the climbers around you and the Staff.

Sam Meyer

Welcome Desk Shift Lead

How long have you been climbing?
1 year 
Pineapples on pizza. Yay or nay?
Yay, Ramsay's wrong on this one
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The community is one of the most encouraging and accepting.

Kim Trinh

Welcome Desk Staff

How long have you been climbing?
2 years
What is your spirit animal?
A unicorn
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
Love talking to customers and getting to know them :)

Torin Pollom

Welcome Desk Staff

How long have you been climbing?
About 3 years, on and off
What's something people should know about you?
I'm a 4th level dungeon master.
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The staff! They are all amazing and always friendly. The community in general is super welcoming.

Alex Fletcher

Coach/Setter

How long have you been climbing?
4 years outside, 7 Years total
What’s your most memorable route?
The Kain Route on Bugaboo Spire
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
Quality routes and regular resets

Amanda Warren

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
I've been climbing for 4 and a half years.
Most memorable route?
I have so many memorable routes I could talk for days but the first one that came to mind was finding a no hands knee bar at the top of my hardest ever sport send in the Red River Gorge. A route I had dreamt about for years. I was so giggly and psyched knowing that I was probably for sure going to send!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
My favorite thing about Origin is coaching awesome kid climbers and how bright and inviting the space is.

Libby Roberson

Setter/Coach

How long have you been climbing?
I have been climbing on and off for about three years, but more seriously for about a year.
Most memorable route?
I am a total nature nerd! I love learning about and experiencing new ecosystems!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
I love the people at Origin! Both the staff and members are so open and encouraging.

Katelyn O'hara

Groups/Events Manager

How long have you been climbing?
About three years on and off.
What’s your spirit animal?
Beyoncé.
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The staff is amazing and the atmosphere is super friendly!

Julia Conti

Yoga Instructor

How long have you been yoga-ing?
4 years
Favorite pose?
Low squat
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The community is supportive and rad.