Anyone interested in employment should send a resume and cover letter to

Sarahjoy Allen
General Manager

I am a Nebraska native, graduated from UNL with an ME, and was an energy engineer. I worked for Schnackel Engineers, Kiewit Building Group, and Noresco, all the while developing a business plan around my extracurricular passion of rock climbing. I have always enjoyed problem solving and believe this attribute is the source of my obsession for climbing. Whether it be scaling multi-pitch rock formations outdoors or bouldering indoors with friends, all forms of climbing present physical and mental challenges, which are equally important to me.

As our gym’s general manager, head route setter, and lead instructor, it is my personal goal to make indoor climbing accessible to everyone interested. I enjoy teaching and working with others and have the skill set necessary to ensure their enjoyment as well. I look forward to serving Omaha’s outdoor community with a new indoor climbing gym experience.

Mark Powell
Facility Manager

I hail from the panhandle of Nebraska, a land of loose sandstone and open sky. I came to Omaha in 2013 for college and got hooked on climbing around the same time. Climbing was nothing short of an addiction for me during college. It helped me relieve stress, provided me a means to build fitness, and most of all it gave me access to a community of enthusiastic people who are genuine and compassionate. My work at Approach provides me the opportunity to give back to that community. I love all disciplines of climbing, though you are most likely catch me bouldering when climbing at the gym.

Cynthia Copeland
Guest Experience Manager

Hi! I am Cynthia Killscrow Copeland and I have the privilege of being born and raised in the wonderfully rockless city of Omaha, Nebraska! I have worked at the local crag, Approach Gym, and the experience has been an absolute blast! I started climbing in 2016 and have used it as my excuse to travel when ever I can. 🙂 

Matt Prince
Facility Coordinator
I was born and raised in the Trenton NJ area and came to Approach from Outward Bound. Prior to climbing I worked in emergency services (Fire/EMS). I started climbing in the late 90’s with my favorite style being aid climbing. I primarily teach the more technical classes such as Gym to Crag and multi-pitch, but I also really enjoy working with folks who have anxiety and other disabilities
Tyler Haack
Head Routesetter + Graphic Designer
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I grew up doing all kinds of sports. I discovered climbing when I was 12, leaving all other sports behind. I found the climbing community to be amazingly supportive, and I had some great mentors along the way to push me and help me grow as a climber. Some of my accomplishments within the competitive scene include finishing 8th place in the Beijing youth worlds in 2005, winning youth nationals in 2007, and taking 5th place at ABS nationals in 2008. With my competing days over I have a passion to being a mentor to the new generation of climbers.
Brian Allen

I am extremely proud to have helped open Nebraska’s first commercial climbing gym in my hometown, Omaha. In addition to being locally owned, Approach is woman led which is a rarity in the industry! Thank you to all of our Members for their continued support. For marketing opportunities, special projects, and community partnerships please email