United Rocks Story

United Rocks Story

How and Why

The inspiration for United Rocks came out of a need to create a legacy for Brian and Mariana Steelsmith’s son, Jake who has down syndrome, where he can excel in his life and be accepted, included, and respected.

Envisioning a world where individuals with disabilities are given all the opportunities individuals without disabilities are given, we turned to what they knew: rock climbing. From supporting Jake’s brother, Gabriel in the climbing community, they decided to pursue the idea of creating rock climbing teams for kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, health challenges, and behavioral differences.

The first United Rocks Climbing Team was formed in November 2021 when five families believing in our mission came together to support their kids through rock climbing.

Thank you for joining our team and believing in our vision of a future of full inclusion to create a supportive community for people with disabilities to lead a healthy and successful life.

Unity with Community,
Brian, Mariana, Gabriel and Jake Steelsmith

— Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Together As One

Meet Our Stellar Team

Together as One

Meet Our Stellar Team

Executive Team
Mariana Steelsmith
Mariana Steelsmith
President & Founder
Mary Gualtieri
Mary Gualtieri
Secretary
Leadership Team
Abby Porter
Abby Porter
Project Manager
Kaitlin O’Hara
Kaitlin O’Hara
Training Program Director
Kristi Marquez
Kristi Marquez
Regional Gym Director
Pete Glaze
Pete Glaze
Regional Volunteer Director
Tyler Leverenz
Tyler Leverenz
Volunteer Director
Marisa Romero
Marisa Romero
Gym & Vendor Liaison, Coach (Design District)
Elijah Camp
Elijah Camp
Webmaster and Tech. Manager
Sami Bisht
Sami Bisht
Videographer
Cliffy Shiner
Cliffy Shiner
Copywriter
Jacob Deitz
Jacob Deitz
Gyms Liaison
Practice Management Team
Sadie Burt
Sadie Burt
Regional Coach (Climbing)
Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans
Gym Manager (Grapevine, TX)
Kevin Cuadrado
Kevin Cuadrado
Volunteer Coordinator (Grapevine)
George Marquez
George Marquez
Gym Manager (Plano, TX)
Nora Marquez
Nora Marquez
Coach (Plano)
Thomas Calambas
Thomas Calambas
Gym Manager (Design District, TX)
Maisie McGurn
Maisie McGurn
Volunteer Coordinator (Design District)
Felipe Gonzalez
Felipe Gonzalez
Volunteer Coordinator (Design District)
Henry Roseman
Henry Roseman
Coach (Design District, TX)
Michelle Le
Michelle Le
Coach (Design District, TX)
Pocho Figueira
Pocho Figueira
Coach (Englewood, CO)
Stephen Preston
Stephen Preston
Gym Manager (Arlington, TX)
Katie Rogers
Katie Rogers
Coach (Arlington, TX)