Access Fund Welcomes New Board Members

We're pleased to welcome Abby Dione, Tom Adams, Julie Reed, and Justin Brown to our board of directors, which is responsible for establishing organizational policy and ensuring that the mission and vision are fulfilled. The board is composed of volunteers who are committed to protecting America’s climbing areas.

“We are so excited to have such a passionate and experienced group to help lead Access Fund into the future,” says Executive Director Chris Winter. “We all have an important role to play in taking care of the places we love, and these folks live this day in and day out.”

We are thrilled to have Abby Dione join the board from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she is also the proud owner of Coral Cliffs Rock Climbing, an indoor gym. Abby is an AMGA-certified climber and USA climbing coach, who teaches clinics at outdoors climbing festivals like Color the Crag and the Women’s Climbing Festival, and regularly speaks at events like Outdoor Retailer. With more than 12 years of experience, Abby has become a leader in the climbing industry by mixing her passion for the sport with her skill at building strong communities.

We’re also pleased to welcome Tom Adams, the chief operating officer for Petzl America. Tom is a passionate climber and outspoken advocate for Utah’s outdoor recreation industry. In 2015, Gov. Gary Herbert appointed him to lead Utah’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. Under his leadership, Utah led recreation infrastructure funding, hosted the nation’s largest outdoor recreation summit, and helped 23 states create their own offices of outdoor recreation.

We also welcome Julie Reed, an environmental attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Julie has served as both a board member and president of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC), and she remains an active advocate and steward in the Southeast climbing community. She has logged thousands of volunteer hours at trail days and fundraising events, and offers pro bono legal services to SCC. Julie enjoys all styles of climbing and has climbed extensively across the country, but she loves Southeastern sandstone best of all.

We’re also pleased to welcome Justin Brown, a Navy veteran and native Utahn who has worked in and around Congress for the past 15 years. Justin is an avid climber, who loves West Virginia’s New River Gorge, Southern Utah, and his local gyms—The Front and Earth Treks. Justin founded both the HillVets Foundation, to assist America’s veterans in their continued service of our nation, and The Nimitz Group, a government relations firm.

These incoming board members join a dynamic board of directors with representation across the country.

Access Fund Board of Directors

President – Jonah Harrison (Washington)
Vice President – Rob Price (Washington)
Treasurer – Hilary Harris (Colorado)
Secretary – Alex Kutches (Montana)

Board Directors
Tom Adams (Utah)
Justin Brown (Virginia)
Jeff Buhl (Colorado)
Peter Croft (California)
Abby Dione (Florida)
Josh Friedman (Oregon)
Kenji Haroutunian (California)
Shelma Jun (New York)
Bethany Lebewitz (Colorado)
Julie Reed (Tennessee)
Ed Shapiro (New York)
Nikki Smith (Utah)
John Winsor (Colorado)

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