Board Members


    DJ Skelton grew up in Elk Point, SD. He briefly attended the University of South Dakota before embarking upon an unorthodox path of serving our Nation over the past two decades. His energy, leadership, sense of adventure and inspiration has gained him National and Global recognition. DJ enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 […]

  • Maury Birdwell, Esq.

    Maury is an Oklahoma native who quickly discovered the outdoors at a young age as an escape and mechanism for self development. The local Wichita Mountains wilderness area served as his venue for hiking and backpacking and soon matured into a life long fixation with climbing. He guided rock climbing outings in college and has […]

  • Nate McKenzie

    Nate McKenzie is a climbing guide based in Connecticut and Director of the Paradox Connecticut chapter. He has been a program coordinator and guide for Paradox Rocks and Paradox Ice climbing programs since 2009 and contributed to Paradox’s Adaptive Climbing handbook.

  • Christina Frain

    Christina grew up in Southern Maryland then moved to Baltimore to earn a B.A. in History and a Teaching Certificate from Loyola University in Maryland. In 2001, Christina and her husband headed west and landed in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, NM. It was in these mountains where she learned to climb. Since she […]

  • Dave Elmore

    A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave attended the University of Oregon earning a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Environmental Science, while participating in the Outdoor Leadership Program. Upon graduating Dave began teaching and guiding for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, ultimately working with Outward Bound for fourteen years. Dave has served as […]

  • Trinity Ludwig

    A self-coined lightweight investment backpacker, Trinity blends her passion for lightweight backpacking with a decade of investment banking. She began her investment banking career structuring capital project financings for education and nonprofit institutions. In 2011, she took a leave of absence to get out of the office and into the mountains through an eleven-month hike […]

  • Price Floyd

    Price Floyd is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and grew up spending as much time as he could outdoors – with the Boy Scouts, hiking and skiing in New Mexico and Colorado (the mountains weren’t quite big enough in Texas) and is now trapped in Washington, DC. Price has extensive communications experience at the […]