Allan Andranikian – General Manager
Allan is a New York City native, born and raised in Washington Heights. During a visit to the Armenian countryside back in 2008, Allan began climbing on his grandfather’s cobblestone farm house. He has been an avid rock climber ever since.
Allan continued his climbing journey while pursuing a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was the captain of the college Climbing Team, as well as the head route setter at his campus climbing facility. He then moved to Boston to work full time as an engineer and became a member of Central Rock Gym. After learning of an opportunity that he would be unable to refuse, Allan decided to leave the engineering field and join the CRG team. He is excited to help foster a community centered around his passion, and share climbing with the people of his home city.
When he isn’t climbing, Allan enjoys hiking, reading, working on his motorcycle, and spending time with his wife, son, and dog. Maybe his cat, too.
Lina Siegert – Interim Asst. Manager & Youth Programming Director
For more than a decade Lina has been involved with the climbing industry as an instructor, pro climber, setter and former manager of a climbing facility . She got into climbing in South America in 2006. For her, climbing opened a door not only to a great community but to a path of self discovery which has helped her mature and become more grounded as an individual.
Lina’s background in fitness has allowed her to help others begin and advance through their climbing careers, and to achieve their personal best through training and physical conditioning. For her, introducing new people to the sport of climbing and ensuring that they receive proper training is the best way to give back to the community. To this day she still credits her own trainer in Colombia, Jerson, for her love of the sport.
Lina majored in Anthropology, Archaeology and Italian cultural studies. She loves the ocean, water sports, reading, and animals.
Jim Hardy – Head Instructor & Competitive Team Coach
Jim started climbing in 2009 at the age of 14 when the first Central Rock Gym opened in Worcester, MA. He quickly joined the competitive rock climbing team and started working part time at the gym. Jim continued to work at Central Rock Gym through high school and college at multiple Central Rock Gym locations.
Jim attended UMass Amherst and received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then stayed in Amherst and worked as an engineer and climbed at Central Rock Hadley. Realizing that he enjoyed time spent in the gym more than time spent engineering, he decided to make a change. Jim is excited to bring his love of climbing to the city.
When Jim isn’t climbing, he is playing the cello, exploring the city on his unicycle or spending time with family and friends.
Ryan Smith – Head Routesetter
Gus Dollinger – Facilities Manager & Recreational Club Coach
Adeline Wright – Customer Service Representative & Competitive Team Coach
If you ask her, she’ll tell you she was an awful climber when she first started climbing in 2011. Taking up the sport of climbing as a way of working out, Adeline became more serious about the sport quickly and began instructing in 2015!
In coaching clients who range in age from 8-70, her main focus is to help clients build healthy climbing habits and celebrate any kind of progression! Climbing is her favorite sport because she is able to go at her own pace, see the results of her hard work, and help other climbers do the same!
Ady joined the CRG Manhattan team as a part time staff member when the gym opened in 2018, while pursuing a degree in veterinary science. By November of 2020 she had made the transition to a full time position at the gym, and has taken up a pursuit in personal training.