Staff

  • Tod Bloxham

    Office Guide Instructor
    Owner, General Manager, Head Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationInternational Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationTod Bloxham was born and raised in Washington State, spending his adolescence exploring the mountains of the North Cascades. By the age of 18 Tod had logged well over 500 miles of North Cascades trails and backcountry and had hiked 2,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the youngest solo through-hiker to travel the entire PCT from Canada to Mexico. As a climber, Tod has been climbing and skiing the backcountry since 1991, logging hundreds of ascents of rock, ice and ski routes in North America and abroad.

    Life in the outdoors and work must coexist for Tod; professionally, Tod has been guiding since 1999, is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, and as the owner of Edgeworks Climbing, Tod is either helping his beautiful wife show the wonders of the outdoors to their two girls, sharpening his skills on the alpine and trad climbs he pursues, or helping people discover that the outdoors and climbing can be a lifelong pursuit that is inspiring and invigorating.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Rock Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1/L2 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster

  • Nate Clark

    Office
    Programs Manager

    Nate grew up in Connecticut, but didn't discover climbing until 25, when he was a grad student at UC Santa Cruz. He quickly fell in love with the problem solving and physicality of climbing, and when he and his wife moved to Washington in 2014, he started working in the gym a few months later.

    Besides climbing, he loves dogs, cycling, backpacking, and cooking for friends and family.

  • Jess Feeman

    Instructor Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor, Instructor

    Jess discovered her passion for climbing through youth summer camps in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. This led her to compete on Planet Granite Climbing Team in the Bay Area throughout high school. After moving to Seattle to study neuroscience at University of Washington, she began exploring the Pacific Northwest. She joined Husky Winter Sports, a UW nonprofit, where she taught snowboard lessons every winter, stoking her interest in outdoor education. A love of teaching, climbing, and the outdoors ultimately led her to a job at Stone Gardens.

    Away from the gym, Jess can be found hitting the slopes in winter months, backpacking and climbing in summer months, and playing local shows with her band year round.

  • Mike Fong

    Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor

    Mike came to Edgeworks through Stone Gardens Seattle in 2016 where he quickly found his home away from home. He first transitioned to the vertical life over six years ago in Rhode Island and has pursued this passion ever since. Climbing has given Mike a sense of community, identity, and empowerment and this has motivated him to create and support truly inclusive climbing spaces for others. When not pulling on plastic, Mike can be found falling off the real stuff at his favorite bouldering locations which include Squamish, Leavenworth, and Joe’s Valley.

    Outside of climbing, Mike has spent time as an oceanographer, outreach educator, and pie baker. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, but is always eager learn something new. On his rest days, Mike may be found playing video games, on a backpacking trip, sipping a boba drink, or simply jamming out to the most guilt-inducing, Top 40 hits.

  • Erika Gonzalez

    Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor

    Erika has been climbing for 4 or more years. She used to do mostly sport climbing but this past year and 1/2, she's been gravitating to more outdoor bouldering. Her favorite place to go is Leavenworth for bouldering. She loves to travel and frequently visits Mexico and Switzerland to see extended family. A fun fact is that she climbed and camped in Magic Wood for a couple days. This past year, she became obsessed with making pies, she made a Ty Lee cosplay costume from scratch and recently started learning the guitar.

  • Christian Horton

    Office
    Operations Manager

    Originally from Massachusetts, Christian moved to Seattle in 1998 and has been climbing and skiing throughout the Northwest ever since. From ski descents of Mt. Rainier to long slab climbs in Darrington, he has always looked for new adventures and new places to explore. His favorite place to climb is Index.

    Christian started at Stone Gardens back in 2001 and has managed the Seattle gym for the last decade. He has been committed to making they gym an open space where everyone from brand new to experienced climbers can have fun, challenge themselves and learn new skills.

  • Marshall Lewis

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    Marshall’s obsession started at the Volunteer Park water tower because it’s free! Happy, candid, and passionate are all words to describe Marshall when he is doing something climbing-related. He started climbing Washington boulders in 2012, and went on a six-week trip to Fontainebleau in 2019. He likes the staff and climbing community in the Seattle area so he’s happy to get you connected into anything on ropes or mats.

  • Carl Marrs

    Instructor Guide
    Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    Emergency Medical TechnicianAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationCarl is a native to the PNW and has been exploring it since the first time his parents let him out the back door. Tree climbing as an elementary school kid progressed to rock climbing as a teenager, which developed into teaching and sharing climbing as a young adult. His career trajectory has involved instructing climbing since 2012. Taking every opportunity to go climbing and share it with others - whether at crags, on alpine granite, or glaciers - is what fulfills him.

    A jack of all trades, Carl is equally comfortable clipping bolts, slapping boulders, placing cams, slogging up glaciers on foot or skis, and questing on alpine rock. He is overjoyed for the opportunity to be a steward and help others in their progression through climbing of all types.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    Apprentice Rock Guide

  • Route Setter

    Keller was born and raised in Seattle, but it was in Portland, OR where he discovered his passion for climbing on rocks. Keller has been setting since 2016 and was hired on to set at Stone Gardens in 2018. Keller likes to eat standing up, is allergic to cats, and his favorite color is purple. When Keller is not eating or climbing, he likes to sit down.

  • Zach Neubauer

    Office
    Assistant Operations Manager

    Zach got into climbing in college where he ended up working at the climbing gym. Before moving to Seattle he was working in Germany at an outdoor recreation center. After moving to Seattle he found himself working retail and shortly after at Stone Gardens.

    While he primarily wrestles pebbles, he has been known to get on a rope. Outside of climbing Zach likes to drink coffee, cycle and cook

  • David "Yogi" Sam

    Front Desk Route Setter
    Route Setter, Maintenance Supervisor, Front Desk Supervisor

    Yogi was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He never did a single sport activity until he joined Stone Gardens in 2015. Since then he has been grateful climbing the ranks of the industry as much as he enjoys climbing the boulders. Aside from climbing, he loves sitting on the couch playing video games.

  • Michelle Scheele

    Office
    Marketing Director

    Michelle has been involved with Edgeworks since the spark and the dream planted itself in Tod’s mind while on their honeymoon in New Zealand in 2002. After spending 10+ years working in non-profit fundraising and adding two beautiful daughters to their family (Hailey and Kayla), Michelle officially joined the Edgeworks staff in 2013.

    While you won’t often see her sending routes and pulling plastic in the gym, you will find her in yoga classes or belaying/chasing her kids up and around the wall. On weekends she can be found running around the North End, adventuring with Tod and the kids, skiing, or visiting family in Bellingham. Cooking, photography, and travel top her wish list of “hobbies”.

  • David Shuer

    Instructor
    Youth Instructor

    David grew up in Maine, and was entranced by Washington's mountains upon moving to Seattle. He took up climbing, and has been climbing throughout the Cascades and West for three years. He is passionate about sharing his love for the mountains with others, and teaching the skills that allow people to enjoy recreating safely in the same ways. He also claims to have the first watermelon ascent of Liberty Bell Mountain. Beyond rock climbing, David enjoys painting, ultramarathon running, and traveling.

  • Keath Suchy

    Route Setter
    Head Route Setter

    Keath grew up in Salt Lake City, where he fell in love with climbing. He has traveled all over the world pursuing his passion of outdoor bouldering. Most notably, Fontainebleau, Frace, Rocklands, South Africa and MagicWood, Switzerland. Route setting was a natural career choice and has taken him across the country setting comps.

    When Keath isn't setting or climbing you can find him at the park with his two dogs, Tuna and Lola, working on his self-converted campervan or hanging out having a cold beer.

  • Pepy Tseng

    Office Front Desk
    Gym Marketing Coordinator, Front Desk Supervisor

    Pepy was born in Taiwan and raised in Chile, South America. She began bouldering at a local gym in college, and eventually started working there.

    Pepy has climbed all over the US over the past 6 years, and her favorite destinations so far are Squamish & Lower Chaos Canyon in RMNP. Since moving to Seattle 4 years ago, she has been climbing and working at Stone Gardens as a Junior program instructor, Front desk staff, and Route Stripping staff; but most recently her love of photography, filming, graphic design, and the climbing community has led to her most recent role as the Social Media Lead for Seattle.

    When not climbing, Pepy can be found skiing, hiking, running, or cooking with her husband and friends.

  • Teresa Wang

    Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor

    Teresa is a huge fan of squirrels, jello, pinecones, open-toed shoes, ice cream, recreational grocery shopping, bike commuting, corn nuts, true crime docuseries, Cool Whip, dog parks, public transportation, frozen yogurt, climbing and running!

  • Brian Whittington

    Front Desk Instructor
    Front Desk Supervisor, Instructor

    Brian is very passionate about mountaineering, he even proposed to his wife on the summit of Grand Teton in Wyoming. With his adventures starting on multi-pitch routes on lily rock in California when he had only been climbing for 3 months, he is always ready for the next technical rock adventure.