Board of Directors

AMGA Board of Directors 2023


Geoff Unger | Board Chair

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Years served on the AMGA Board: 7
Board Committees: Professional Compliance, Governance, Finance
Year Joined AMGA:  2005
Certifications: IFMGA Mountain Guide
Education & Professional Experience: BA in International Political Economics from Colorado College, Guiding and Instructing since 2001, IFMGA Guide since 2008, AMGA Instructor Team Member teaching and examining in all the disciplines of the Mountain Guide Program, AIARE Instructor Staff teaching PRO I and II Avalanche Courses                                Home: Mammoth, CA
When not guiding –  Cooking, Mountain Biking, Paragliding

Angela Hawse | President

Pronouns:  She / Her / Hers
Years served on AMGA Board:  11 years
Board Officer:  President
Board Committees:  Executive, Governance (chair), Finance, Technical, Advocacy, DEI, Nominations & Awards
Year joined AMGA:  1993
Certifications: American Mountain Guide / IFMGA Guide
Education & Professional Experience: BA in Outdoor Education, Natural History and MA in International Mountain Conservation from Prescott College.  CAA L2 Pro certified, Faculty Prescott College Adventure Education  Program,  Outward Bound Instructor and Silverton Avalanche School Pro Instructor.  Full-time professional since 1986.
Home:  Ridgway, CO
When not guiding – training routines, product design, volunteerism and climate advocacy.

Silas Rossi | Vice President

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Years served on the AMGA Board: 6
Board Committees: Executive, Financial, Technical
Year Joined AMGA:  2001
Certifications: IFGMA, TRSM, Rock, Alpine, Ski
Education & Professional Experience: BS in Parks, Recreation, & Tourism; IFMGA Mountain Guide; Elementum Certified Life Coach; Instructor Team Member; 22 years of mountain guiding experience
Home: New Paltz, NY
When not guiding –  exploring remote ice climbing areas or riding his dirt bike.


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Elaina Arenz | Secretary  

Years served on AMGA Board: She/Her/Her’s
Board Committees: Technical, Ad Hoc SPI / UIAA & Awards
Education & Professional Experience: Professional Compliance, Risk Management, Governance, Technical
Joined Board In:  2019
Year joined the AMGA:  2003
Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide, Single Pitch Instructor, and SPI Provider Trainer          Education & Professional Experience: BS Advertising from UT Austin
Home: Las Vegas, NV
When not guiding – dirt biking.

Charles Goldman headshot smallCharles Goldman | At Large Member of Executive Committee

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Joined Board In:  2012
Board Officer: AMGA Board Appointed Professional Director
Board Committees:  Executive
Year joined the AMGA:  2013
Home: Boulder, CO
When not working – loves time in the mountains with friends, family and guides.


Scott-SodenScott Soden | Treasurer

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Years served on AMGA Board or as Treasurer:  15+ years
Board Officer:  Treasurer
Board Committees:  Finance
Year joined AMGA:  2004
Education & Professional Experience: BSBA, Accounting from CU and MBA in Finance from DU.  Co-founder and Managing Principle of Alpina Capital, VP Mergers and Acquisitions Falken Capital Corporation, CEO/CFO SFP Publishing Companies, Inc. International Controller Vidal Sassoon S.M. Corp., Corporate Tax Accountant Jones Intercable, Inc.
Home:  Denver, CO
When not working – skiing or biking


Steve Banks

Joined Board In:  2021
Board Committees:  Finance, Risk Managment
Year joined AMGA:  1999
Certification: American Mountain Guide / IFMGA Guide
Education and experience: BA in Outdoor Recreation from Western Colorado University, AMGA Instructor Team Member, Vice President and former Director and Forecaster for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center, AIARE Course Leader, SPI Provider
Sponsors: Mammmut
Home: Crested Butte, CO
When not guiding- Climbing, Skiing, Mountain Biking, chilling and…. keeping certifications up to date!


Paul Koubek headshot smallPaul Koubek

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Joined Board In:  2017
Board Committees: Accreditation, Ad Hoc Advocacy & DEI
Year joined the AMGA:  1998
Certifications: American Mountain Guide / IFMGA Guide.
Education & Professional Experience:B.A. in literature, with Fulbright Scholarship in Germany upon graduation. Full-time guide for 20+ years.  Former Outward Bound Instructor, NOLS Instructor and Program Supervisor, YOSAR team member, U.S. Antarctic Program Mountaineer, and Guide Manager for Alpine Ascents International. Speaks German and Spanish.
Home:  Yosemite, CA
When not guiding – likes to do yoga and swim at the local swimming hole.


unnamed-1Brittany Leavitt

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers
Joined Board In: 2020
Board Committees:  DEI Committee and Fundraiser Committee
Year joined the AMGA: 2020
Education & Professional Experience: Five years of Instructing with REI ( Backpacking/ Climbing). Regional Director for Brown Girls Climb. (4 Years)  Director of Operations for Color the Crag (3 years)  Early Educator at the Smithsonian ( 5 years)
Home Base: Maryland
When I am not climbing or backpacking. You can find me skating or skateboarding.


Lyra Pierotti headshot smallLyra Pierotti

Pronouns:  She / Her / Hers
Joined Board In:  2018
Board Committees: DEI (Chair); Nominations & Environmental Ad Hoc
Year joined the AMGA:  2009
Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine, Ice Instructor Course, & Assistant SPI Provider
B.S. Biology: Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, minor in French Literature; Outdoor & Experiential education since 2004; NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist; writer
Home: Vashon Island, WA
When not guiding – Lyra lives on a certified organic farm.


Dale Remsberg headshot smallDale Remsberg | Technical Director

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His
Joined Board In:  2008 – three quarters of a term elected then hired as TD
Board Committees:  Technical & Risk Management
Year joined the AMGA: 2002
Certifications: American Mountain Guide / IFMGA Guide
27 years as a professional mountain guide.  IFMGA graduate in 2006.
Home: Lafayette CO
Sponsorships: Sterling Rope, Arcteryx, La Sportiva, Petzl, Coros Watches
When not guiding – was a scratch golfer for many years, but due to time constraints, he quit cold turkey to climb more. [email protected]


Jon Rockefeller headshot smallJon Rockefeller

Pronouns:  He / Him / His
Joined Board In:  2019
Board Committees: AMGA Board Appointed Professional Director
Year joined the AMGA:  2019
32 years in the Outdoor Industry with brands like Petzl, Arc’teryx, Patagonia, The North Face, and specialty retailers
Home:  Salt Lake City, UT
When not working – passionate about industrial design and photography.


screen-shot-2020-12-02-at-10-19-20-amKevin Shon

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His
Joined Board In: 2020
Board Committees: Nominations Committee and Advocacy Committee
Year joined the AMGA: 2009
Certifications: CWI Provider, Certified SPI, Apprentice Rock and Alpine guide, Ice Instructor course completion.
Education & Professional Experience: Master’s in Social Work with a focus in clinical mental health care (WVU ’16), B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources with focus in sustainable tourism development and adventure-based learning (WVU ’99).
Home Base: Bellingham, WA (3 seasons) Bozeman, MT (winter)
In another life I am a professionally trained drummer/percussionist: I hold a minor in music from WVU and still make music when I can.

Matt Shove smallMatt Shove

Pronouns: He / Him / His
Joined Board In:  2017
Board Committees:  Climbing Instructor Ad Hoc & Risk Management
Year joined the AMGA:  2001
Certifications: AMGA Alpine Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, SPI and CWI Provider
Education & Professional Experience: BS Adventure Education and Leadership
Home: Manchester, Connecticut
Sponsorships: Evolv, Sky Ambitions/Petzl, Core Third
When not guiding – street whiffle ball champion.

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Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers
Joined Board In: 2020
Board Committees: DEI and Risk Management Committee
Year joined the AMGA: 2013
Certifications: AMGA CWI, SPI, CWI Provider, Assistant SPI Provider, Certified Rock Guide
Education & Professional Experience: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina, Health Communications + Neuroscience; Going on a decade of work in a variety of roles ranging from university outdoor education, outdoor retail, commercial guiding and climbing instruction, to nonprofit work.
Home: Boulder, CO

 Sponsorship: Fjällräven
I am a proud dog and plant mom.

Sean Taft-Morales

Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs
Joined Board In:  2021
Board Committees:  Governance
Year joined AMGA:  2010
Certifications: Rock Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider, Director at Sportrock Climbing Centers
Home:  Washington DC
When not guiding or climbing, Sean can be found dancing in the streets of DC, baking, and playing dungeons & dragons.


Matt Wade, AMGA Executive Director

Pronouns: He / Him / His
Joined Board In:  2023
Board Committees:  Executive, Finance, Advocacy, Professional Compliance
Year joined AMGA:  2001
Certifications: AMGA Rock and Ski Guide
Educational & Professional Experience: Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Matt founded Peak Mountain Guides, a climbing and skiing guide service that he directed for 9 years; he is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Ski Guide with 19 years of career guiding experience; and he served in leadership and management roles at Cornell University Outdoor Education and Pacific Lutheran University Outdoor Recreation.
Home:  Ridgway, CO