USA Climbing supports the well-being, development, and competitive excellence of our athletes as we advance the accessibility and growth of the climbing community nationwide.
USA Climbing is the national governing body of the sport of competition climbing in the United States. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we promote the disciplines of Bouldering, Lead and Speed climbing as well as the Collegiate and Paraclimbing series.
USA Climbing receives sanctioning and is recognized by:
The International Federation for Sport Climbing (IFSC)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC)
Athlete First. Support the well-being and development of climbers at all levels, abilities and ages – from beginner to elite, including youth, collegiate, adult, and paraclimbing.
Diversity & Inclusiveness. Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical to our success, continuously champion these principles throughout the climbing community, and do not tolerate discrimination in any form.
Integrity & Teamwork. Promote climbing’s culture and ethos of camaraderie and sportsmanship to enrich lives and maximize the full potential of all participants.
Environmental Stewardship. Encourage responsible use, and the protection and preservation of, the natural environment.
Inspiration & Excellence. Be the very best at what we do as an organization, continually challenge our model, identify and adjust if we fall short, and finally celebrate our successes.
Kate Felsen Di Pietro is President of Up Up Communications LLC, with clients focused on transforming education and supporting healthy youth development. In March 2020,Kate, her husband, and their two children, co-founded Feed the Frontlines NYC, which nourishes frontline workers and people experiencing food insecurity while keeping local restaurants alive and their hardworking staff on the job. Kate had a distinguished career at ABC News. As Foreign Editor for the flagship evening news broadcast, she covered breaking and feature stories around the globe, winning 11 Emmy Awards. Kate earned an M.A. in American foreign policy and international economics from Johns Hopkins and a B.A., magna cum laude in history and literature from Harvard. She garnered first-team All-American and Ivy League “Player of the Year” honors in lacrosse, captained the field hockey team and enjoys coaching a club lacrosse team for middle school girls in New York City.
Meagan Martin is a professional rock climber, ESPN commentator, Host of HBO Max’s The Climb, star of American Ninja Warrior, and a former Division I Pole Vaulter at Vanderbilt University who currently lives in Sacramento, California. It was by chance that Meagan found climbing growing up in Lake Mary, Florida back in 2001. Meagan started out in the JCCA, which later would become what USA Climbing is today.
Meagan competed for four years nationally and internationally before taking a seven-year hiatus from climbing to focus on pole vaulting. Upon her return to climbing, she jumped right back into the competition scene and traveled all around the world from 2012-2018 competing at USA Climbing and IFSC competitions. In the last two years, Meagan began to shift her focus into the broadcasting realm and is the color commentator for all ESPN and USA Climbing events.
As an elite athlete and a former USA Climbing certified coach, Meagan has made it a priority to be a good role model for youth. She believes that athletics has played a considerable role in shaping her into the person she is today and wants to share her knowledge with everyone she can. Climbing has forever changed her life, and she hopes that so many other people get the chance to experience what it is that is so special about this sport. Meagan is a member of the USA Climbing Board, DEI Committee, and Athlete Safety Committee. She is excited to bring her unique experiences within USA Climbing as an athlete, coach, and commentator to the USA Climbing Board of Directors and to the USA Climbing Foundation as an Athlete Trustee.
Current term ends: 1/13/25
Trace Harris joined the Board of USA Climbing in 2021. She is a finance and strategy executive with experience in media, education and technology. She is an experienced board member across public, private and non-profit organizations, including board service for the digital media company Ziff Davis and the technology company Altair and, through summer 2022, for the video game developer Bungie, creator of Halo and Destiny. Trace was previously the senior finance and strategy executive in the US for the media company Vivendi, where she worked with its US businesses, including NBC Universal and Universal Music Group. Trace is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale School of Management. She lives in New York with her husband and enthusiastic dog, Thor. She enjoys running and biking, and she climbs casually with her college-age son.
Maureen (“Mo”) Beck was born without her left hand but that didn’t stop her from picking up the sport of climbing at the age of 12. Now based in Colorado’s Front Range, Mo spends her nights training at the gym and her days climbing all over the American southwest. She works closely with the adaptive climbing community as an instructor with Paradox Sports and is the Chair of the USA Climbing Paraclimbing Committee.
As a competitive climber, she has won nine national titles and two world titles. In 2018, she went on her first alpine expedition to the Northwest Territories in Canada’s Nahanni National Park where she and fellow adaptive climber Jim Ewing attempted the legendary Lotus Flower Tower. Following the expedition, she was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. She now tours with Nat Geo Live, telling her story across the nation. Alongside her busy speaking career, she continues to dominate in the competitive climbing space and is planning her next big outdoor ascent.
In addition to climbing, Mo loves gardening, her chickens and dogs, sleeping in cars, and Tincup whiskey.
Kyra discovered the sport of climbing at a birthday party in 2009 at her local climbing gym in Minnesota. A natural climber since the day she climbed out of her crib (at one year old!), Kyra was instantly hooked and joined the gym’s youth team.
Kyra made Youth Bouldering Nationals her first year competing. But the next year back pain became a major distraction at practice. She consulted a doctor, only to find that she had a 53-degree curve in her spine—idiopathic, adolescent scoliosis. Not willing to let this dampen her climbing dreams, her family sought out a surgeon who supported Kyra’s climbing. To allow some amount of mobility in her back, Kyra and her surgeon decided on fusing 10 vertebrae together, T2-T12, correcting most of her curvature. Kyra believes the surgery was a blessing in disguise and reignited her desire to train and compete. It was only 2 years later that she became Youth National champion and went on to win 4 more youth national titles.
The Olympics were always a dream of Kyra’s, who grew up watching every Olympics with her mom. In 2016 when climbing was officially included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, suddenly her dream turned into a potential reality. Kyra switched her training and focused on qualifying for the 2020 Games. In 2019, Kyra came in 7th place at the IFSC Combined Qualifier in Toulouse, France, officially earning her invitation to the Tokyo Olympics. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Kyra eventually plans to go to vet school after she retires from professional climbing. She’s currently a member of the USA Climbing Board of Directors, the USA Climbing Athlete Advisory Committee, the IFSC Athlete commission, the IFSC Pan-American Athlete Commission, the USA Climbing DEI Task Force, and the Team USA Community Ambassadors.
She’s passionate about using her social media platform and position as an Olympic athlete to advocate for athletes and the inclusivity of sport. As public figures and role models she believes that athletes share a unique position that makes their voices incredibly important in the fight for social justice and the progression of sport as a whole.
Laura Domoto joins the board in a continuation of more than a decade of volunteering with USA Climbing. She has served in a number of capacities including as member of the Competition Belay Working Group, a level 6 belayer and level 3 judge at every stage of competition from youth locals through national championship and IFSC World Cup events. She is the mother of two athletes who competed in youth events and one continues to compete at elite and IFSC events. Domoto has been a sport and trad climber for more than 30 years and has climbed with her family extensively throughout the US and internationally.
Domoto spent her professional career as a construction project manager, founding a consulting firm that became the premier service provider to major Pacific Northwest-based entities, advising and providing them with strategic and tactical leadership in the development, design and construction of complex commercial projects including corporate headquarters, industrial, civic, and institutional facilities. Since retiring she has employed her organizational and communication skills as a volunteer in school and community organizations and brings a depth and breadth of experience in board leadership.
When Jesse was six, his sister started taking recreational climbing lessons at their local gym. He was dragged along with her and couldn’t contain his excitement sitting on a couch. He started climbing on a weekly basis, but his coaches still had trouble containing Jesse’s boundless energy. He eventually moved up to the Senior team (at age nine) and started competing in climbing events fairly regularly on the local, national and international stage.
Jesse says USA Climbing is how he’s met and maintained many of his closest friends. It’s helped build his character as a dedicated, passionate, and community-oriented person. He is so excited to be an athlete on The Board of Directors and help give back to a community that has really helped shape who he is today.
Current term ends: 9/14/22
At the age of 11, Cece found her home in the world of climbing. Instantly enthralled by the mental and physical puzzle that climbing provided, she threw herself into the pursuit of the competitive side of the sport. For Cece, that enchantment with climbing hasn’t faded – and as she is afforded more opportunities to experience climbing in different ways, her passion ever grows. In a year of uncertainty, Cece made the most of the covid interim to pursue a career in Software Development, and she graduated from a Bootcamp program with a part-time job as a Software Engineer in 2020. Working in tech has allowed Cece to support and fund her climbing, and has opened her eyes to aspirations for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Most of all, Cece brings unwavering positivity and a smile to every moment and sees that as the best way of handling any challenge.
The development of the Sport of Climbing is certainly accelerating as it gains popularity and global attention. Cece is excited to have a significant role in defining exactly what that development means within USA Climbing as a member of the Board of Directors.
Deana is an experienced corporate and transactional attorney who routinely advises on mergers, acquisitions and debt and equity financing deals. Through this work, she serves as outside general counsel and a trusted advisor to businesses and their owners and/or executives, helping them navigate the wide range of matters where legal and operational considerations intersect, to include board alignment, employee incentives, partnerships and service offerings, and business succession.
Alongside her professional acumen and with a daughter deeply engrained in the competitive climbing community, Deana also carries the knowledge of a parent within the sport of climbing. Being able to merge the practicality of her profession with the needs of athletes and their supporters undoubtedly makes Deana an exceptional addition to the USA Climbing Board of Directors.
Connie Lightner is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University (FSU). She has received numerous teaching awards (university and statewide) and published her research in many reputable journals during her time at FSU. She earned her B.S. from Norfolk State University in Applied Mathematics (1994), and her MSc (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) from North Carolina State University in Operations Research-Industrial Engineering.
As the mother of an elite climber, Kai Lightner, Connie Lightner played an instrumental role in guiding her son’s success domestically and internationally; she possesses a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented to climbing families. Prior to joining the Board, Lightner served on the USA Climbing Strategic Planning Working Group, which developed the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, and is a member of the USA Climbing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
Current term ends: 8/31/24
Chris Park joined the board of USA Climbing in 2023. He has 20 years of CEO and other leadership experience in sports, gaming, and technology. Chris is former CEO of Gen.G, a global esports-edtech company, and Executive Vice President of Product and Marketing for Major League Baseball. His prior work includes stints at Meta, McKinsey & Co., and as a law clerk on the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law school, Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Korean American Community Foundation. Chris and his wife Michelle live in New Jersey with their two daughters (as yet too young to climb) and dog Russell (as yet too scared to climb).
Jason Pill is a longtime climber and a partner with the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He practices in the area of employment law and helps employers deal with a spectrum of workplace issues, including employment counseling, policy development, and risk assessment, and he also represents employer clients in state and federal court when litigation becomes unavoidable. Jason is a frequent speaker and author on numerous employment law issues. Jason earned his B.A. from the University of Florida (Economics) and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Before embarking on a legal career, Jason managed a climbing gym in Central Florida. Jason and his wife live in Tampa, Florida, along with their very rambunctious golden retriever.
Geoffrey W. Smith is the Founder and Managing Partner of Digitalis Ventures, a venture capital firm that partners with founders and scientists to back technology-driven solutions to complex problems in health. Geoff began climbing later in life and was immediately taken by its physical and mental challenges. The learning and friendships Geoff gained through the expansive and welcoming climbing community was unlike anything he’d experienced in the world of sport, which motivated him to become involved with USA Climbing as a way to support and give back to this unique community.
Geoff comes to USA Climbing with extensive board, operating, and teaching experience in the healthcare, biomedicine, and education spaces. In addition to his healthcare-related experience, Geoff’s training as an attorney and deep financial experience will provide helpful perspective to USA Climbing in areas such as governance, fiduciary duties, ethics, and partnerships.
Geoff is also anxious to ensure that USA Climbing is on the forefront in critical issues like athlete safety and wellness, DEI, and SafeSport at the elite, collegiate, and community levels. With years of experience as a youth soccer coach and player throughout his youth and college years, Geoff observed and received superb coaching and support in the sport but has also seen the damage that can be done when coaching and parental involvement turn toxic. Geoff welcomes the opportunity to help USA Climbing set the tone nationally for a constructive and supportive environment from grassroots through collegiate and elite levels.
As a USA Climbing Board Member, Struthers continues more than 10 years of service with USA Climbing in a number of volunteer capacities, most recently as one of two National Coordinators acting as liaisons between USA Climbing staff and the 18 sets of volunteer Regional Coordinators across the country. He is the father of two athletes who competed in youth and adult climbing events at the national and international levels. Struthers has also spent 25 years of his professional career serving as a strategic consultant to leaders of public and non-profit organizations, advising on ways to select, communicate and measure their intended goals through consultation with stakeholders.
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