Our Team | LA & Orange County's Best Climbing Gym | Sender One


Meet the people behind Sender One's vision of creating and maintaining a space to discover and connect with others through climbing. In addition to the following company positions, Sender One thrives through the collaboration and hard work of our phenomenal Customer Experience Staff, Routesetters, Youth Program Coaches, and Yoga Instructors.

Alice Kao
Co-Founder, CEO

About Alice

Alice discovered climbing while living and working in London in 2008 after a difficult breakup. Wanting to share the healing and self-discovery that climbing brought her, she co-founded Sender One in 2011 on her return to the United States alongside her business partners. Alice hates following rules but loves getting people to believe in her ideas. 😊 She wears her heart on her sleeve and is not afraid to cry in meetings. Her secret superpower is building IKEA furniture while listening to Chinese pop music.

Wes Shih
Co-Founder, CSO, GC

About Wes

Having done almost all of the different jobs at Sender One, these days Wes mostly helps others with their projects and responsibilities, while doing a fair amount of writing, and leads the risk management team. Every so often, he gets to work on special projects, and once in a while, gets to design a new gym! Wes grew up in Wisconsin and Southern California. He dreams about going back to Castle Hill and Ceuse pretty regularly.

Nicole Pate

Director of Gym Operations

About Nicole

Nicole grew up exploring the Santa Monica Mountains but didn’t discover climbing until after college. Her first experience climbing was at the New River Gorge in West Virginia, and she was immediately hooked. Once back home, she honed her new skills in the mountains she grew up in, and shortly after, moved to Costa Mesa where she found Sender One SNA. She started working at Sender in December of 2013 after being a member for a few months. In 2016 she moved back to Los Angeles to open Sender’s LAX location and continues to share her passion for climbing there today!

Moses Potter

Director of Routesetting

About Moses

Moses was the first hire at Sender One in 2012. He helps design, builds, and organize the look and feel of our gyms. The route setting at Sender One reflects his vision of aesthetics and movement. He even turns a wrench on occasion! 🙂 Moses grew up climbing on the Central Coast of California and still travels extensively to climb.

Dan England

Dir. of Company Operations

About Dan

Crystal Tan

Brand Marketing Manager

About Crystal

Eager to gain tendonitis and very buff shoulders, Crystal took up climbing in 2014. She prefers to wrestle pebbles and has a crash pad with her dog’s face on it. Her favorite climbing areas are Bishop, Squamish, Tuolumne, and Hueco Tanks. When she’s not climbing, you can find her weaving jewelry, attempting to workout, in the snack section at Trader Joe’s, or with a camera in hand. In 2015, Crystal began working at Sender One and without any background in marketing, the company trusted her enough to run the entire marketing department because she was pretty ok at Instagram.

Dersa Cyr

Finance Manager

About Dersa

Dersa is a Lake Tahoe native and no stranger to the outdoors. She learned to ski, climb trees, hike mountains, swim in ice-cold waters, camp in the wild, and respect nature by the age of three. When Dersa moved to Southern California she was invited out to New Jack for rock climbing and was hooked. Dersa is also a passionate animal lover, minimalist, and environmentalist. She is often trying to make a difference by small changes in her actions every single day.

Jeffrey Tamayo

Employee Experience

About Jeff

Jeffrey retired from long-distance running back in 2016 due to destroying his knees. I guess you can say being injured all the time was not the bee's knees. He started climbing more as an alternative. Though he's been climbing for almost 10 years, it will always remain a recreational sport for Jeff. Don't get it twisted - he will try hard on occasion, but don't expect much. Jeff did most of his outdoor climbing when he was living in Yosemite and now aspires to become the best belayer in the world at Sender One. Jeff mostly rope climbs, but he is not a morning person (not sure why those two things would go together, but it felt right for you to know that). Finally, he enjoys listening to people.

Corey Cosby

Construction Manager

About Corey

Corey can ride his bike with no handlebars. He’s the retired 2017 Fall Bouldering League Champion of the world. Some people say cucumbers taste better than pickles, but Corey would have to disagree. His favorite color is green and he owns 30 snakes.

Ryan Levi

IT Supervisor

About Ryan

An Orange County native, Ryan has been falling off boulders since 2013. His favorite hobbies outside of climbing include teaching his dogs new tricks, trying out new recipes, and learning about coffee. He's also a big fan of unusual animal friendships.

Morgan Sander

SNA Gym Manager

About Morgan

Morgan connected with climbing and yoga because of their unique combination of mental and physical challenges. With her background in competitive gymnastics and developmental psychology, she became fascinated with the way that these movement practices affect our mental states, encourage creative problem solving and play, and build community. Today, Morgan teaches a multitude of movement activities including climbing, aerial silks, yoga, and acro yoga, and she strongly believes that anyone, of any background, can grow mentally and physically by mindfully challenging themselves through these practices.

Jordan Terry

LAX Programs Manager

About Jordan

Jordan has been climbing since 2009, but has always had an affinity for working with kids.