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Management Team

  • Trevor Bostic
    Trevor Bostic General Manager, Route Setter, School League Coordinator, Gym Mom

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    Trevor grew up bouncing around the U.S. but finally settled in Maine, where he discovered his love for climbing at Maine Rock Gym. He was instantly hooked, and his love for the sport only grew while attending college in Boston. It’s now been 10 years and Trevor’s climbing has taken him all over the world, introduced him to some of the best people, and supplied him with memories to last a lifetime. His favorite thing about climbing is seeing people push their limits both physically and mentally. Trevor is always looking to share his passion for climbing with others! If you see him around the gym, don’t hesitate to ask questions or even just talk beta.

    “No matter if you are just starting or a bona fide crusher, try hard respects try hard. Join me in the bouldering area, on the yoga mat, or outside and lets push our limits together!”

  • Tai Grosjean
    Tai Grosjean Assistant Manager, Head Instructor, Dad Jokes Extraordinaire

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    Tai is a recent transplant from Southern New England, joining us from the CT/NY border near New York City. He got his start in the world famous “Gunks”, absolutely loves climbing, and feels extremely fortunate to be able to work in the industry full time. Tai is also an experienced instructor and guide for both indoor and outdoor climbing, as well as many other outdoor activities – he’s an AMGA-certified SPI and CWI/P, as well as an ACA-certified Instructor and IT. Lastly, he’s also passed the infamous Registered Maine Guide exam, and looks forward to not having to take it again.

     

    Tai’s recommendation for new climbers? That’s easy: it doesn’t matter how hard you climb, or how high you go. What truly matters, is how you feel when you climb. The best climber really is the one having the most fun.

  • Chuck Curry
    Chuck Curry Head Route Setter, Head Coach, Forever Psyched

    Chuck originally hails from the great state of New York but has chosen to make his home here in Maine.

    A devoted husband and proud father of two, Chuck has been immersed in many aspects of climbing for 16 years. From trad to sport, bouldering to plastic, guiding to coaching: he’s had a hand in it. Here at EVO, you can find Chuck organizing the setting or coaching TEAM EVO and our Adult Team Programs. Route setting has been a cornerstone of Chuck’s skill set for many years. However, he still strives to grow and evolve every time he picks up his drill.

    If you have questions and you see Chuck in the gym, grab him! He generally keeps to himself but loves answering your questions about climbing or anything else for that matter. “I want to do whatever I can to get people hooked on climbing. I know how it feels to unlock certain parts of the sport. But it doesn’t happen overnight, you have to fight for it. It doesn’t matter how long you have been climbing, you still get those feelings. I want to help flip the switch and see the light come on, to instill something in someone that they can take with them always, no matter where life takes them. Welcome to Climbing!”
  • Amanda Butcher
    Amanda Butcher Youth Programs Director

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    Amanda has been working for the rock gym, first MRG then EVO, since moving here from Ohio almost 12 years ago.  In that time she has coached the youth competitive climbing team, taken kids outside with summer camps, spent overnights in the gym, coordinated the learning pods during Covid, taken the mobile wall ALL over the state of Maine, and most recently accepted the roll of Youth Programs Coordinator.  She has almost a decade of public school teaching experience and is passionate about getting kids outside and active as a part of their education.  As a wife and mom, Amanda’s family spends their time doing as much outdoor activity as New England can offer including hiking, climbing, kayaking, and camping.  Her mantra has always been “work hard, play hard, have fun” with an emphasis on fun.  Amanda is very excited to create and support high quality, consistent after school programming for young climbers at the gym.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to her with any questions!

Staff

  • Sam Harrison
    Sam Harrison Front Desk, Instructor, Youth Programs, Marketing

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    Sam grew up in a wicked small town in Western Massachusetts, went to school in a slightly larger town in Pennsylvania, drove across the country a few years ago to work in the redwoods, and is now back in New England! She climbed as a kid at her summer camp and on any other rock walls that she happened upon. It wasn’t until moving to California that she started climbing regularly at a gym. Prior to working at EVO, she worked at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in Santa Cruz, along with multiple outdoor schools. Apart from climbing, she also likes dancing, traveling, singing, trivia, thrift shopping, playing Zelda, and pretty much all outdoor activities and sports. If she’s working at the desk, feel free to talk to her about any of those things! She also loves Hamilton, french fries, Harry Potter, and anything that is chocolate and peanut butter combined.

  • Sam Onion
    Sam Onion Front Desk, Instructor

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    Sam grew up in the state of Maine, spending as much time outside as he did inside. He initially discovered climbing through attending a summer camp at the age of 16 based in Acadia National Park. Though he loved the climbing community, he didn’t immediately fall in love with the sport and didn’t start taking climbing seriously until college, after finding a small bouldering wall in the back of the gym. After the first few sessions back, he fell in love with the analytical mindset, fine motor control, and precise bodily movements used in climbing along with the satisfaction of complete physical exhaustion at the end of a good session. Following this discovery, he started climbing 4-5 days a week for the next 3 years in college. He loves the laid-back, yet inquisitive mindset that climbers inherently have and has made several friends through the sport over the years. Though he doesn’t climb as much as he used to in college, he is always excited to continue pushing the boundaries of what he is capable of. In his time off, Sam loves to fly-fish, play tennis, slackline, juggle, ski, hike, windsurf, mountain bike, play piano, and, (of course), climb.

  • Matthew Hakucho
    Matthew Hakucho Front Desk, Instructor, Marketing

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    Matthew grew up on the central coast of California in the city of Santa Cruz just south of San Francisco. He started climbing at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in 2014 and has not stopped since. Living so near Yosemite, Matthew developed a fondness for trad climbing, especially finger cracks, but also techy slab and stem climbs. If you ever want to talk about anything crack climbing related come find him behind the desk or on the ropes. Matthew rarely ventures into the bouldering area.

    Currently, Matthew is a student at USM majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in ecology with hopes to pair the two degrees in a career in restoration or biomimicry design. When not climbing or studying Matthew enjoys road biking, hiking and camping, but most of all bird watching, a hobby which actually pairs very well with climbing.

  • Sara Meehan-Marinich
    Sara Meehan-Marinich Front Desk, Instructor, Youth Programs

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    Sara is a theater tech turned rock climber! After growing up in New Jersey and going to school in Philadelphia, she has made her way to Maine. Sara likes long plaisir routes in the mountains. She loves teaching folks about rock climbing and is working towards her AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification.

    When she isn’t at the gym, she is climbing outside, snowboarding, and hanging out with her cats.

  • Lauren Clayter
    Lauren Clayter Front Desk, Instructor, Youth Programs

    Lauren grew up in Portland and started climbing at MRG in 2012, when she joined the youth team and began competing. Since then, she has been on Team EVO, climbed in Acadia through a summer program, and scrambled up rocks anywhere she can find them — including in Yosemite, Colorado, and across the Southeast. After a short hiatus from climbing following an injury, Lauren is excited to be back in the gym. Her favorite climbs are those that involve both balance and technical skill.

    Currently, Lauren is a student at SMCC where she is studying Construction Technology. One day she hopes to build her own tiny house! In her free time, Lauren also plays ultimate frisbee, backpacks, and goes on bike rides. She loves almost every outdoor activity, and you’ll find her bouncing off the walls if she is cooped inside for too long. She also bakes delicious brownies, embroiders, and hangs out with her four cats.

  • Chris Kelleher
    Chris Kelleher Instructor, Front Desk, Best Human Award
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    Chris Kelleher moved to Portland in 2014, where he discovered climbing.  Kelleher loves the peace, serenity, and challenges climbing brings to his life.  When he’s not working at the gym, he’s dedicating time to a local nonprofit called Boys to Men; not to be confused with the 90’s boy band.  He also works for Family Crisis Services, based in Portland, and was covering someone’s shift during this interview so a fellow coworker could go climbing.  He’s just that kinda guy.

    Random fact:  he spent the night camping in the second coldest temps ever recorded in New Hampshire and now his fingers don’t feel the same.

    His advice to the new climber?  “Don’t be discouraged by the pain you feel in your body. Stick with it. Ask questions. Come hang out at the gym.”

Partners

  • Scott Howard
    Scott Howard Managing Partner

    Scott Howard was part of the urchin diving industry when he recognized the necessity for a climbing gym in Portland, Maine.  According to Howard, many urchin divers were climbers, but had to travel far to reach a facility.  He put his heart, soul, and bank account into creating the Maine Rock Gym (MRG), which came to fruition in September 1994.  Howard credits the tenacity of Mainers to the completion of the MRG.  However, as the community grew, he realized an even bigger and better facility was needed.  He teamed up with Hilary Harris, Mike Lambert, and Keith Morris—momentum grew.

    In 2015 EVO Rock + Fitness opened and there was much rejoicing.  Howard’s vision for EVO revolves around what the climbing community needs to move upward and stay strong.  In addition to helping manage the EVO squad, he runs a commercial greenhouse called Olivia’s Garden, and is also a fly fishing guide.  In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, being with his 3 kids, and eating bok choy.

     

     

  • Hilary Harris
    Hilary Harris Founder, CEO EVO Rock + Fitness, Inc. , Partner, EVO Portland

    Hilary Harris is both a long-time climber and licensed architect. Her climbing career started in Boulder, CO in the late 80’s. Gaining rapid recognition and success, Harris was one of a handful of women pioneers in the country, raising the bar on female standards in the sport.  Harris has been coaching for more than 20 years and has coached youth to the World Cup level. She has also climbed and trained extensively throughout the US and Europe with the world’s top climbers. When she is not busy working on business relations you can often find her at one of the great crags in New England, hiking or sea kayaking the coast of Maine.

    Harris oversees the communications, marketing and outreach of the EVO gyms.  She works on future climbing gym start-ups and oversees the corporate relations of the business; all the while striving to live by these words written by David Henry Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

  • Michael Lambert
    Michael Lambert Partner, Gym to Crag Program Coordinator

    Michael Lambert grew up sailing in Rhode Island but fell for climbing in 1995 when he moved to Arizona, where he obtained his B.A. in Adventure Education from Prescott College.  When he graduated in 1999, climbing had become a pivotal part of his life. Despite some extensive globetrotting, Shagg Crag in Maine and Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire remain two of Michael’s favorite spots.  However, he says it’s the people, even more than the locations, that make climbing truly special; hence his excitement about joining the EVO team.  His stoke thrives on Maine’s climbing community and anyone who’s looking to throw on a pair of shoes.

    Michael’s diverse experience as a sailing instructor, boat builder, sail-maker, arborist and small business-owner are invaluable; he’ll jump into anything from SketchUp architectural redesigns to building campus boards to playing Tetris with flooring.  Michael’s high standards ensure that he will help EVO Portland continually grow as the sport of climbing flourishes, pushing standards in both the facility and the programming.

     

  • Cort Gariepy
    Cort Gariepy Partner, Wall Designer and Builder

    Cort Gariepy is a man of many talents and trades, whose work is all over EVO Rock + Fitness. From the front desk we check into, to the walls we climb on, and the chairs we sit in, Gariepy’s welding hand has touched everything. After designing and building the walls, he used the extra steel to make recycled-rope benches and arm chairs. He built the retail area, (with a pretty sweet LED back-lit display), and introduced Hilary Harris to Scott Howard, which pretty much got the whole EVO Portland ball rollin’.

    Gariepy loves the EVO family, and says it’s a segment of the greater climbing community that seems to have a “very warm soul.” He loves the energy of climbers, and how they’re such an assorted mix; all “bound together,” yet going in their own diversified directions. Gariepy says he hasn’t grown up yet, but in the meantime, you might find him at his house in Hawaii. His recommendation for the new climber?  “Watch YouTube climbing videos for lingo.”

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris Partner, Outreach Coordinator

    Keith Morris was born and raised in England but moved to Maine in 2004 to be closer to his family. His daughter was here in Portland, having married Scott Howard, who (at the time) was founder and owner of Maine Rock Gym (MRG).  Morris bought half of MRG and became involved with the rock climbing community. He was thrilled when MRG and EVO Rock + Fitness combined forces, saying the best parts of MRG came to EVO. He enjoys every moment of the mixed environment at the facility. “Where else can you find rock climbing and tango?” Morris asks.

    As a dedicated grandparent, he especially loves the opportunity kids have at EVO, and how climbing is a passion they can pursue for many years—not to mention the portable climbing wall—Morris loves the portable climbing wall! He also enjoys Bradbury State Park, Great Wolf Lodge, peanuts, (but really hates peanut butter).  His advice to the new climber?  “Take classes to minimize risk, and learn from those with experience.”

Employment

EVO is always excited to bring new people to our team. We are a visionary company that believes our evolution hinges on having the best staff possible: upbeat, professional humans who have fun, climb, and check their egos at the door. We are seeking staff that is self-motivated, organized and want to be a part of the larger community of climbing and fitness. If there is not a posted position that you are currently interested in, please submit your application, and we will keep it on file for when an opening becomes available.

 

POSITIONS POSTED:

General Staff Position(s)

Party + Group Facilitator/ Belayer

If you are interested in a position, fill out this  Job Application and Application Questionnaire  and email to:

portland@evorock.com

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