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Meet the Board

Andrew Staff

President

Andrew Staff has been an Illinois Climber for more than 20 years. He's passionate about the mission of the ICA and loves getting people excited about all the climbing that Illinois has to offer!

Doug Rothe

Vice President

I was introduced to climbing in 1999, on vacation in the Tetons, Moab, City of Rocks, etc. In 2003 I was introduced to Jackson Falls and the climbing in Southern Illinois. I have made many friends, and enjoyed many great adventures. I joined the ICA board in 2017 to give time back to an activity and area that I value greatly.

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Patrick Soule

Treasurer

I started my humbling adventure into climbing in 2010 in a suburban gym. After being introduced to outdoor climbing there was no going back; I moved to southern Illinois and let climbing change my life. Now I’m impelled to protect the future of climbing for everyone to enjoy and be inspired.

Mimi Harzan

Secretary

Mimi learned to climb on vertical crimps at Smith Rock, OR. She moved to Carbondale IL in 2019. After a humbling learning curve, has fallen in love with the steep and slopey climbing here. Mimi is excited to be involved with the community and stewardship of these amazing climbing areas in Illinois.

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David Quinney

Social Media Director

David began climbing at 15 in a small gym in Chicago. He moved to Southern Illinois for college in 2008. He immediately fell in love with all the climbing in the area. Primarily a boulderer he spent most of his time falling onto a crash pad, but can occasionally be talked into getting on a rope. David currently resides in St. Louis, but makes frequent trips to the area to climb and enjoy an area he holds deeply close to his heart.

Miranda Soule

Marketing

Miranda started climbing on plastic in Chicago in 2009. Within a year she took a trip to Jackson Falls and couldn't believe how much climbing potential there was in Southern IL. She moved to the area in 2013 and became obsessed with the quality sandstone. Miranda has been working with the ICA board since 2018 and is happy to give back to the community for an area that means so much to her.

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Abbie Spiwak

Membership Coordinator

Abbie started climbing at 14 at a bouldering gym near Chicago. When she started climbing outdoors she fell in love with the crag experience and knew she needed to move somewhere closer to rock. Abbie decided to attend college at Southern Illinois University and joined the climbing community and the ICA. Abbie has since made Southern Illinois her forever home. She has been working hard to preserve and grow Illinois climbing and continue to share her passion for climbing with others.

Noah Scalero

Back in 2015, a college friend asked me to go bouldering. I had no idea what that was. I spent the day barely getting myself off the ground, but I was hooked! 8 years later and I've fallen in love with the many forms of climbing  and with the beautiful spaces and people that I get to share it with. I'm passionate about protecting climbing in Illinois so that others can enjoy it for many years to come. 

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