2019 Election Results
2019 WCA board elections are complete!
We welcome 2 new board members, Milwaukee-based climbers Jim Guarnaccio and Kyle Harding! 1 new board member returns, Andrea Weiler Fellenz.
Congratulate your new reps if you see them and join us at our next event to meet them in person!
My name is Jim Guarnaccio. Climbing has been a major part of my life for over a decade. This unique sport has influenced me in dramatic ways, from gainful employment, to physically altering injury, to meaningful personal accomplishment. As Program Coordinator at Adventure Rock Climbing and Fitness, my primary responsibilities are class curriculum creation, development and implementation, staff training, hiring, and consult, as well as the many operational tasks of the facilities. In my spare days of the Wisconsin rock climbing season I work with Apex Adventure Alliance as a Lead Guide to help ensure clients have a spectacular visit and climbing day at Devil’s Lake State Park. On my personal climbing days, I enjoy exploring unfrequented sections of “The Lake.” Additional climbing pursuits are enjoyed by spending my autumns and winters ice and mixed climbing, often in the Canadian Rockies, and mountaineering or scrambling in the mountains. I feel that I am a great fit for the board of the WCA because I pull from a variety of experiences that include but are not limited to: understanding and coordinating the sport both indoors and out, instruction on, and care as, a steward of the sport, and a genuine desire to improve the quality of climbing in my home state and crags.
Hey, my name is Kyle! I recently finished graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I earned my master’s degree in recreation management. Since then, I have moved back to the Milwaukee area, where I am teaching adaptive physical education nearby. Seasonally I split time at Devils Lake Climbing Guides and Adventure Rock, in addition to a variety of other things. I am thrilled at the opportunity of potentially joining the Wisconsin Climber’s Association as a board member, as the WCA has done so much for me over the last few years. It is my hopes to continue building a positive climbing community by helping form relationships amongst members, as well as gain and protect climbing access throughout the region by working with the state.
Andrea Weiler Fellenz
Though my first experience climbing was in the Gunks, near my home in NY, it was not until I moved to Madison (in 2004) and bought my first membership to Boulders that I became hooked. Day trips to Devil’s Lake and Necedah, and long weekends in So-Ill and the Red solidified my passion for the sport and love of the outdoors. It is through climbing that I have met many of my closest friends and even my husband. Outside of climbing I am an avid mountain biker, runner and cross-country skier. I am a mother to a 2 year old son, who is a large part of my motivation for being involved with the WCA (I want to be sure that he has opportunities and learns to appreciate the outdoors). I work as a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin, studying viruses such as HIV, Influenza and Zika virus.
I’ve been climbing for about 15 years. I worked as a routesetter at Boulders Climbing Gym for about 12 years (from 2006-2018) and currently set routes at Summit Strength and Fitness. I have been involved in organizing many outdoor climbing events and comps. I am a founding member of the WCA and have been involved in the club since its inception. I currently serve as secretary and treasurer of the WCA. My biggest accomplishments for the WCA include authoring the by-laws and getting established as a 501(c)3 in 2018.