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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
Operations 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 about the same time. To put it lightly, climbing was 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 people who are genuine and enthusiastic. My work at a climbing gym allows me to give back to that community. As for my favorite way to climb, if I'm inside I boulder. If I'm outside, give me a rope and let me clip some bolts.
Matt Prince
Facilities 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
Brian Allen
Shannon Case
After a wonderful 31 year career as a Financial Planner, I decided in 2018 to sell my practice and start pursuing more of my passions. I have a passion for Approach as well as the climbing community. I am married to my best friend Anne, we have two adult daughters and three (so far) grandchildren. If you see someone at Approach chilling with two beautiful German Shepherds, come say hello as I love meeting all the climbers at our gym.
Gene Bailey
Graphic Designer
Steve Peterson
I've been setting for 25 years and climbing for 27. Trad is my favorite style of climbing, but I love all climbing. My favorite climbing areas are Vedauwoo and Boulder Canyon. My other hobby is playing the guitar.
David McMullen
Hometown: Bellevue, Nebraska. I've been climbing for 2 years and a Route Setter for just under a year. My favorite style is definitely Bouldering. My favorite thing about Approach is the bond climbers share. From newbies to experts, we all want to improve, learn, and share experiences together. Goal: V9 by the end of 2019
Colten Siemer
I started climbing in the Fall of 2014. My favorite thing about climbing is the community and the connections you can make within that community. I enjoy working at Approach as a setter to create a piece of art that motivates people to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Nicole Meisenbach
I started climbing in the fall of 2017 and have been setting since 2018. My favorite part about climbing is learning new styles of movement (except for dynos). A few fun facts about me: I love to swing/line dance, play volleyball, and oil paint if I have the time.
Sarah Brester
I've been climbing since May of 2017. I personally love the social aspect to climbing. Not only is it nice to get support from other individuals, but it's also nice to challenge yourself and push yourself to new limits. A few fun facts: my favorite color is blue, I have been painting for over 16 years, I can still pull some smooth moves on my roller skates, and I also have 2 of the coolest cat kids ever. Lastly, I own a small business called Bashies. We create custom designs for individuals looking for unique handmade goods.
Malaz Ebrahim
I fell in love with climbing when I was living in my home state, Minnesota. I moved to Omaha for grad school, and my passion for climbing persisted, leading me right to the Approach. My favorite type of climbing is outside and on the ropes, but what’s most important for me is sharing the experience with loved ones. I work really well with people who are just getting into the sport and want help with efficiency and technique. I taught handfuls of intro classes at my former job. I want people to fall in love with climbing the way I have, and if I can help you with that, so awesome! Aside from climbing, I immerse myself in writing: creative fiction and poetry. And I spend a copious amount of time with my dog. She is the best furry companion out there.
Zoe Hass
I’m a sophomore in high school who has been climbing for three years. Climbing has helped shape me to be who I am. The community, especially at Approach, is a loving and supporting one. Fun Fact: I am allergic to cats yet own three.
Jasper Gray
I started climbing in June 2016. About 6 months later I started working at Approach as a coach and instructor. I hope to continue with climbing as a career via coaching, instructing, and route setting. Perhaps it could evolve into outdoor leadership or adventure guiding. Climbing and its community has made me who I am today. I have met some of my best friends here and continue to meet interesting individuals every day! Fun fact: My favorite thing next to climbing is cinematography, and I own a photography and film-making business.
Victoria Killian
Hi I'm Victoria! I started climbing in 2017 when I started working at Approach. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree in communication studies at UNO. I hope to one day work alongside human resources, recruiting people and helping them feel welcomed and comfortable when first starting at a new business. My favorite thing about climbing is both the mental and physical challenge it brings. I enjoy climbing because it is a fun and challenging workout that increases your problem solving skills at the same time! I love working at Approach because it has a comforting family feel. The climbing community is so welcoming! The staff at Approach really make the gym feel like a safe and fun place to be. A fun fact about me is that I have been to 21 states and our two surrounding countries. My goal is to make it to all 50 states and visit Europe by the time I'm 30 years-old.
Noah Crawford
The first time I went rock climbing was at Approach when they opened in 2015. After that, I was hooked. I love climbing at Approach because of the positive community. Everyone here is so nice. Now, I work at Approach as an Instructor / Route Setter / Kid’s Coach. When I’m not working, you can usually find me on the MoonBoard.
Robert "Fergie" Ferguson
I love being active. Between climbing, yoga, martial arts, running, acrobatics, and miscellaneous other odd sports I am always moving. Collectively I have been climbing for nearly 9 years. When it comes to goals, as a Nutritionist and yogi, I would love to travel the world and share my knowledge of the body and how it works. While traveling, climbing and volunteering with animals is the goal! Approach has some of the most welcoming, knowledgeable, and professional staff you could work with. Being a part of the Approach team is probably one of the most enjoyable things I could do with my life.
Tyler Hack
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.