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!  


elise clausen

Elise Clausen

General Manager

How long have you been climbing?
I've been climbing for about 11 years. I started in college when my friends asked me to join them at a local crag. I honestly thought it sounded ridiculous, but I'll try anything once! Anyway, I gave it the good 'ole college try and was hooked.
Who inspires you?
My partner inspires me nearly every day. He's the epitome of intelligence, kindness, rowdiness, and good old fashioned fun. He takes things in stride and always sets high expectations for himself and those around him.
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
My favorite thing about Origin is the people that work here and the community that is born from their efforts. Together they bring the building to life.
andy raether

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
sherilyn valencia, manager

Sherilyn Valencia

Welcome Desk Manager/Setter

How long have you been climbing?
5 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 on that climb!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The members and community overall is super awesome.
jarin valdez, head coach

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.

john wilder, youth setting director

John Wilder

Youth Setting Director

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
sam meyer, shift lead

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.
alyssa sferrazzo

Alyssa Sferrazo

Welcome Desk Staff

How long have you been climbing?
I've been climbing on and off for about 4 years, I'm excited to get back into it.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Apparate.
Pineapples on pizza. Yay or nay?
Pizza on pineapple. Heck yes, especially if there are jalapeños
kim trinh

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 :)

nolan sears

Nolan Sears

Welcome Desk Staff

How long have you been climbing?
About a year and a half.
What's something people should know about you?
I'm a big Lord of the Rings nerd.
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The community! The members and staff are super welcoming to new and experienced climbers alike!
remi king

Remi King

Welcome Desk Staff

How long have you been climbing?
Started climbing at the beginning of this year
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
if I had a super power I would want to teleport so I could travel anywhere whenever I wanted. :)
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
My favorite part about Origin is community being pushed. Getting everyone involved and making a friendly environment.

Gregor Welch

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
2 years
Most memorable route?
Olive oil is a 5.7 trad climb in RR
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The people!!!!!!!!

Kayla Weigel

Welcome Desk Staff


kira tran

Kira Tran

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
8-ish years now
What's your most memorable route?
Israil in Moe's Valley was loads of good times!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
I love the setting and our unique community of welcoming climbers that can't be found anywhere else in Vegas!
julia conti

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.
tanner mack

Tanner Mack

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
I’ve been climbing 12 years
What's your most memorable route?
My most memorable route is my hardest red point “lucky Luca ext”
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
My favorite thing about Origin is the amazing community of people that make up our members, owners, and staff.
szu ting yi

Szu-ting Yi

Route Setter

How long have you been climbing?
11 years
Pineapples on pizza. Yay or nay?
Oh, yes! Bring them on!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
I love the atmosphere and always feel I am part of a tight-knit community at Origin!

Jeff Topacio

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
About 7 or 8 years. Time flies!
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Teleportation, and the ability to eat as much food as I want without any negative health effects!
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
It's where I made my first friends when I moved to Las Vegas :)

Primo Lacson

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
18 years
What's your most memorable route?
The Best Route in Minnesota (Thailand), FA Todd Skinner
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The access of bouldering, lead climbing, and top rope. A world class training facility. The awesome team that caters to the best for the community.

Tawni Hunt

Coach

How long have you been climbing?
6 years
What's something people should know about you?
I'm a very clumsy person when it comes to flat ground lol
What's your favorite thing about Origin?
The community! I love how welcoming and supportive everyone is here at Origin!