Staff

  • Jessica Alder

    Instructor
    Climbing School Instructor

    In 2015, Jessica Adler went bouldering at Stone Gardens in Seattle. Her first time climbing, she climbed till her hands were bleeding. She tells the story with sinister delight, as she recalls, she taped up her hands and returned to the gym the next day. Later that year, she would join a local women's climbing club and meet her climbing mentor, and eventually start alpine climbing.

    In 2017, Jess would start teaching basic mountaineering courses through Boealps (a local nonprofit climbing club based out of The Boeing Company's headquarters). And in 2018, she started instructing at Stone Gardens- Bellevue.

    She loves alpine climbing, although she claims to hate cardio and the cold. Her favorite climbs in Washington are: Davis-Holland to Lovin' Arms (Index), Lay of the Land (Exit 32), Moonstruck (Tieton) and The West Face (NEWS - WA Pass).

    She's also an avid traveler and has climbed in: Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, Morocco, Iceland, Russia, Vietnam, Israel, and across the U.S.

  • Tonya Bamboe

    Route Setter
    Head Route Setter

    USAC Route Setter Originally from Gig Harbor, Tonya got her start climbing at Edgeworks in 2011. After stints in Portland, Boston, and Colorado, she has come full circle to Headset for her first gym! With 8 years of setting experience she has developed a passion for creating emotional experiences through complex movement.

    She loves high desert, but prefers lush forests, so it’s no surprise Squamish is her favorite destination! Tonya favors steep climbing, compression, and unconventional beta; but loves setting technical power. Outside of climbing she plays video games, bakes, codes, or lifts heavy objects.

    Tonya offers crash pads, spots, and stoke, so introduce yourself!

    And now a haiku about routesetting:
    Settin’ ain’t easy
    and often times is random
    no feet, bat hang...slab

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 1 Route Setter

  • 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

  • Elena Cheung

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Elena is a yoga teacher, pizza lover and self-proclaimed master of Dutch Blitz (sweet Amish card game). A yoga teacher since 2015, she brings her keen awareness and curiosity to her clients through precise, intentional classes that move slow but burn deep.

    Since her initial training, Elena has studied anatomy and biomechanics of yoga under teachers such as Tiffany Cruikshank, Richelle Ricard, Jules Mitchell, and others, in an attempt to understand the intricate beauty of the human body.

    Officially, Elena is a Yoga Medicine Certified Therapeutic Specialist (RYT-500) & Pain-Free Performance Specialist who uses a wide range of modalities including yoga postures, functional movement, myofascial release, resistance stretching, breathing and meditation to help her clients achieve their performance goals with a focus on injury prevention/recovery.

    When not doing yoga things, Elena enjoys playing video games, snuggling with her tiny dog, and spending time in nature.

  • Jacob Fugman

    Instructor Front Desk
    Climbing School Manager

    Jacob was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the age of 3 his mom and grandpa decided to put him on a pair of skis to see what would happen and needless to say he's been in love with the mountains and adventure ever since.

    Usually while on an adventure, Jacob looks up and says, "let's climb that" or "lets ski that" not knowing exactly what mountain it is, but his thirst for adventure and desire to see remote parts of the United States is what leads to all his fun - type II fun that is! When not at work you will find Jacob skiing, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking or biking.

  • Alex Kaczmarowski

    Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor

    Alex is a freshman at Washington State University who has been climbing for a total of 7 years. She was on the climbing team at Stone Gardens Bellevue for several years, and she was the captain during her final year. Her favorite place to climb at is Goldbar, WA.

  • Louis Larson

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    Louis spends most of his free time hidden away in Skykomish Valley cranking on granite slopers. He is Wilderness and Remote First Aid certified, and loves to go on long camping trips. He has experience in bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, and competition climbing. Feel free to say hi!

  • Emma Lemert

    Office Front Desk
    Marketing Coordinator

    Emma has been an avid seeker of the outdoors since she can remember. She started climbing 4 years ago on her collegiate climbing team, and instantly fell in love. She was president of the team for 2 years until graduating with a BS in Marketing.

    Outside of the gym, she can be found wrestling with mighty boulders in the PNW, and hopes to find her way to some of the fantastic climbing havens around the world. When she's not climbing, you can find Emma on a run, hike, kayak, or skis.

  • Jake Love

    Instructor
    Team Edgeworks Assistant Head Coach

    Jake is a passionate (read: obsessive) rock climber with nearly a decade of experience bouldering and sport climbing. Though he spends plenty of his time in the gym, Jake prefers the feel of real rock in his grip, and has spent much of his life climbing at the amazing outdoor locations across Washington State and the West Coast. A boulderer at heart, Jake's favorite place to climb is The Buttermilks, the land of highballs, in Bishop, California.

    Jake also runs the YouTube channel BadWater Bouldering with his twin brother. The channel releases free weekly bouldering videos for the climbing community to enjoy. To this day, his proudest video (and send) is Evilution direct on the Grandpa Peabody Boulder in the 'milks. Be sure to say hi if you see him out in the boulders!

  • Zack Novak

    Guide
    Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationInternational Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationZack grew up in the middle east and fell in love with the outdoors while exploring the harsh Judea Desert landscapes as a teenager. With well over a decade of Outdoor Education and Guiding, Zack is now proud to call North Bend, WA his home. Zack has a deep passion for education and helping people realize their full potential in the mountains and at the crags.
    When he's not out working in the mountains, he is usually out climbing, skiing or riding bikes for fun.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
    AIARE Course Leader
    Wilderness First Responder

  • Kyle Rowe

    Setter
    Route Setter

    USAC Route SetterKyle has been route setting since 2010. He started as a volunteer setter in college where he received his B.S in Clinical Physiology, and transitioned into setting part time at a gym in Idaho where he worked for about 5 years until he moved back home to Washington and continued setting for Stone Gardens in Bellevue where he currently sets.

    Bouldering is Kyle's personal passion/hobby. He's climbed internationally in France and Spain as well as all over the western United States. Kyle believes climbing on lots of different rock types and environments helps with his creativity as a route setter. His other hobbies include hiking, foraging, podcasts, traveling, cooking.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 1 Route Setter

  • 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”.

  • Brad Szlezak

    Office
    Operations Manager

    Brad does not climb to hunt grades but climbs for the friendships and exploring new areas. His top two favorite places he has climbed are Horse Pens 40 in Alabama and Jackson Falls, Illinois. Typically, you will find Brad on ropes but he does occasionally boulder as well. Outside of climbing, Brad likes to hunt, fish, surf, mountain bike, garden and most of all spend time with Family.

  • Hel Stocksill

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Hel is a full-time yoga instructor who's journey started with regular exercise at the gym for coping with anxiety. On a trip to Portland in 2018 she tried Yoga Sculpt was hooked with her first class. She found out the grounding presence of breath and contemplation on each pose in yoga was more than just a workout; she discovered it was a tool for living mindfully. Join Hel on a trip through the rabbit hole and bring your tea to class!

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    200 HR Hatha Vinyasa with OpenUp
    50 HR Yin with Bernie Clark
    50 HR Sculpt with Corepower
    200 HR Vinyasa with MazéMethod

  • Kelsey Wise

    Instructor Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor, Instructor

    Kelsey's first experience with climbing was on Bainbridge Island. Her friend bought her climbing shoes and a gym membership and ever since then, she's been hooked!

    Having a career as a teacher, Kelsey is passionate about education and getting students outside at an early age. No matter the season, you will always find Kelsey outside, whether that's skiing in the snow, running in the rain, climbing in the sun, or biking in the wind, fun will always be had!

  • Ziggy Ziegler

    Route Setter Front Desk
    Front Desk, Maintenance

    Ziggy grew up a stone's throw from Stone Gardens - Bellevue and started their climbing journey when the gym opened in 2011. Over the last decade they have worked every job imaginable at this gym and others, from teaching and working the desk to maintenance and safety to route setting.

    Ziggy has passion for intricate climbing movement and puzzle solving. Taking movement inspiration from 15 years of being in the theatre and dancing, they set their routes with fun movement in mind. Getting to talk with climbers about their routes is one of their favorite parts of setting.

    When not at the gym, Ziggy can be found slacklining, adventuring with their partner, playing with their cats, or playing bass in the local math rock band, Rather Ordinary Dudes.