Christian Beckwith

Chair

Christian Beckwith began climbing in Wales in 1990 and started The Wayward Mountaineers, a local climbing org, soon after moving to Jackson in 1993. As one of the group’s objectives, he published the climbing ‘zine The Mountain Yodel, which led, in 1996, to his appointment as editor of The American Alpine Journal. In 2002 he co-founded Alpinist MagazineMore recently, he started The Alpinist Film Festival; coordinated the development of the Teton Boulder Park; and launched Outerlocal, a social media website for adventure athletes. He has made expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Peru and Tibet, skied the Grand Teton half a dozen times, and established numerous first ascents and descents around the world. He is the executive director of SHIFT, a nonprofit that advances and promotes nature as a social determinant of health.

Emily Gomez

Christian Beckwith began climbing in Wales in 1990 and started The Wayward Mountaineers, a local climbing org, soon after moving to Jackson in 1993. As one of the group’s objectives, he published the climbing ‘zine The Mountain Yodel, which led, in 1996, to his appointment as editor of The American Alpine Journal. In 2002 he co-founded Alpinist MagazineMore recently, he started The Alpinist Film Festival; coordinated the development of the Teton Boulder Park; and launched Outerlocal, a social media website for adventure athletes. He has made expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Peru and Tibet, skied the Grand Teton half a dozen times, and established numerous first ascents and descents around the world. He is the executive director of SHIFT, a nonprofit that advances and promotes nature as a social determinant of health.

Sahir Enriquez

Vice Chair

Sahir Enriquez is a life-long Jackson resident and a first-generation immigrant from Mexico. An arborist by trade, he enjoys being outdoors everyday and using the skills he has gained from climbing to perform his job. Sahir began climbing at the Teton Boulder Park after graduating from high school, and soon found that his life revolved around the outdoors and the pursuit of climbing. An ardent supporter of the local Latino community, Sahir volunteers for the Coombs Foundation, taking Jackson’s Latino youth out skiing and on outdoor outings. He is committed to changing the cultural narrative of who is outside. Young people like himself who grow up in mountain towns do not always see a place for themselves in their town’s outdoor culture. He wants the outdoors and its transformative force to be accessible to all, no matter their economic background or place of origin. He and his wife, Loredana, enjoy volunteering their time and traveling around the world in pursuit of more climbing and outdoor adventures.

Neil Grimaldi

Treasurer

Neil Grimaldi was born and raised in the flatlands on Connecticut. After a short apprenticeship in ski-bumming at the University of Vermont he moved out to Jackson, WY in 2003 to ski for a winter. One winter turned into between ten and twenty and pow turns gave way to springs and falls spent in the desert and Yosemite and summers in the alpine. Neil enjoys all types of climbing the Mountain West has to offer and hopes to help preserve those cherished venues and protect them for future generations. 

Christian Santelices

Secretary

Christian Santelices believes that experiencing nature first hand has the power to transform people’s lives. His career has been dedicated to helping facilitate this process through his work as a professional mountain guide and leadership development instructor for organizations such as Wharton Leadership Ventures and the United States Naval Academy. As activist, Christian has worked on conservation and trail efforts in his part-time home of Chilean Patagonia, providing the very first sustainable trail building course to the rangers of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. He has lead donors on adventures in Ethiopia in conjunction with imagine1day.org, an organization that works to build educational capacity in rural villages. With Keen he has helped to provide quality footwear to porters in Tanzania, Peru and India as well as to scholarship students in Ethiopia. Christian is the former Chief Guide of Exum Mountain Guides, the owner of Aerial Boundaries Mountain Guides, and an a member of the National Instructor Team for the American Mountain Guides Association. Christian is the developer and operations director for the Treetop Adventure at Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, WY, where he designs and facilitates leadership and team building experiences. He serves on the board in order to help provide indoor climbing opportunities for kids in Jackson, including his own, Mariela and Nico.

Sarah Hegg

Sarah Hegg is a Wildlife Biologist at the USDA Forest Service.

Marian Meyers

Born and raised on a farm in the Deep South (Mississippi), Marian Meyers first traveled out West in 1977 to work in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks during college summers. Hiking up the local Yellowstone and Grand Teton peaks and then climbing the Grand Teton piqued her interest in climbing. College brought the good fortune of a lifetime career as a physical therapist, while she honed her skills as a lifelong recreational climber. These brief forays ranged from climbing in the Western states to Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Nepal, and Cuba. Outdoor passions also include whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking.

Marian and her husband, Dave, moved full time to Jackson in 1996 to raise their daughter (Sydney) in the valley. Community involvement has included serving on the Board of Elders at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole as well as on the boards of the Joint Powers Recycling & Waste Reduction Board, Snake River Fund (President), and Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Marian is currently serving as a Regional Council Member for the National Parks Conservation Association. 

As a physical therapist, she is an ardent believer that movement (no matter how gentle or how challenging) is a major key to one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She serves on the board to help create a quality indoor climbing experience for community members of all physical abilities and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bob McLaurin

Bob McLaurin is a resident of Jackson, Wyoming. He was born and grew up in North Carolina. He moved to Wyoming in 1979 to pursue his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering skiing. From 1979 until 1981 he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, maintaining track between Cheyenne and Fort Steele. He received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985. From 1981 until 1985 he worked as the city planner for the City of Laramie. In 1985 he began his employment with the Town of Jackson. He became the Jackson Town Manager in 1990, a position he held until 1994. In 1994 he accepted a position with the Town of Vail, Colorado, as its Town Manager. He held this position until May 2003. In 2003 he became the Jackson Town Manager. He held this position until June 30th of 2018. McLaurin and his wife, Julie, have three adult children. He has been active in numerous nonprofits in Jackson including the Teton Literacy Center, Jackson Hole Historical Society and the Jackson Hole Rotary Club.

Phil Powers

Phil Powers serves as CEO at the American Alpine Club and is an owner and guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. He is a lifelong climber who has made over 25 expeditions to Alaska, South America and the Karakoram Range. He made the first ascent of the 8,000-foot Washburn Face on Denali, the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan (VI, 5.11, A3) and the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks in 1992. He has also climbed two 8,000-meter peaks—K2 and Gasherbrum II—without the aid of supplemental oxygen.

Phil has served on both the Access Fund and AMGA boards. He is the recipient of the American Mountain Foundation’s VIIth Grade Award for climbing achievement; the AAC Mountaineering Fellowship Grant; the Mugs Stump Climbing Grant; and the Wilderness Education Association’s Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Outdoor Education (2007). He received the American Alpine Club’s highest award for service, the Heilprin Award, in 2012. Phil has written two books on climbing: Wilderness Mountaineering and Expedition Planning. He remains an active climber and skier.