Climbing Staff
Dylan BoydLindale, TXDepartment Head
Dylan’s a Texas Tech senior conservation science and political science major. A passionate climber, he’s traveled and climbed all over the US. Worked two years as a trip leader and climbing instructor in an outdoor education program. Currently teaches belay and climbing fundamentals at a Texas climbing gym. Excited to have Dylan leading our climbing team this summer.
Ezekiel BackDayton, OH 
A University of Toledo sophomore, “Zek” has years of experience teaching climbing to children. An accomplished swimmer, he participated in the Junior Olympics and U.S. Nationals. And, he’s a club lacrosse player for Toledo. Welcome Zek!
Grace BrownNewcastle, UK 
Grace makes her way across the pond after freshman year at Manchester University. A talented climber, she’s also instructed physical education. An outdoor enthusiast, when she’s not on the climbing wall you can find Grace biking, surfing or ice skating.
Katie LiskaCookeville, TN 
University of Tennessee freshman, Katie’s older brother Sam worked at Laurel several summers including most recently on our leadership team. Katie works for her university climbing wall, volunteers with children at the Tennessee aquarium and has worked in after school programs. Can’t wait to show Katie why her brother loved Laurel!
Sam RusakScarborough, ME 
A University of Connecticut sophomore, Sam runs for the UCONN track team. He’s climbed all over New England and has six years of belay experience. Sam was a director at a summer day camp and helps coach a middle school track and field team. Thankful to have this Husky at Laurel.

Aerial Park

Emily LindDoylestown, PADepartment Head
East Stroudsburg University graduate with a recreation services management degree, Emily previously ran a challenge course for a Pocono Mountains resort. She’s also worked as a climbing instructor and after school coordinator. An avid hiker, camper, climber and snowboarder – Emily is always up for an adventure. We’re ecstatic to welcome Emily and know she’s the perfect fit to run our Aerial Park.
Joey AguilarSan Fernando Valley, CA 
Joey’s an outdoor education major and resident assistant at Humboldt State University. He’s worked two years at an afterschool program. Experienced belayer and climber. Joey’s energy and enthusiasm will shine at Laurel’s Aerial Park!
Erika IrizarryIndian Trail, NC 
Erika graduated Appalachian State with a child development degree. She makes the jump to Laurel having worked four summers facilitating a challenge course at a North Carolina overnight camp. Erika’s energy and enthusiasm will shine at the Laurel Aerial Park.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking
Luke LaverdiereManchester, ME 
A Harvard freshman on their cross-country team, Luke is a Maine native to boot! He grew up mountain biking, hiking and waterskiing a stone’s throw away from Laurel. Luke attended Acadia Running Camp for five summers. Thrilled to welcome Luke!
Meghan LiesseAztec, NM 
Meghan graduated Fort Lewis College with an adventure education degree. She joins Laurel after hearing the good word from Zack Pettijohn, our longtime adventure Program Area Director. An avid climber, hiker and camper, we’re excited to see Meghan’s outdoor experience in our mountain biking program.