Meet the Raleigh Team



Paul is a Tarheel-native and has been a Triangle resident for nearly 20 years. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology, he spent about 10 years working in clinical research project and operations management. Rediscovering climbing as an adult initially to destress from the work-week, he found that the physical and mental challenge combined with the opportunity to meet other people engaged in an active lifestyle would become more than a hobby for him. Paul spent time as our Lead Instructor and Programs Manager in Morrisville prior to becoming Club Director at TRC-Raleigh; over his time working with TRC he has instructed our entire catalog of climbing courses and clinics, worked with TRC Campers during Track Out and Summer Camps, and organized a number of our successful Member Meetups. When Paul is not at the gym, you’ll probably find him underneath a boulder in Hanging Rock State Park or doing yoga with his multi-talented wife, Mercedes, and (adorable) daughter, Lia. Email Paul



Raised in the Triangle, Brenna is no stranger the area. She originally found climbing in college, at the ECU Eakin Student Recreation Center. She began working as Floor Staff at TRC-Morrisville in 2018, where she later served as Camp Staff and as a Climbing Instructor. She has a passion for youth development and community outreach (cultivated by time in the 4-H system), so the Programs Manager position is a natural fit. Outside of TRC, Brenna owns a small sewing business and loves to read.

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Eric Gawalt



Eric moved to the Triangle from Richmond, VA, in 2012. He discovered his love for climbing here, and he joined the Triangle Rock Club team in 2015. Though he enjoys chipping away at classic climbs far from home, you can find him most weekends appreciating the variety and volume we have here in the Southeast. As retail manager, he looks for gear that provides simple and elegant solutions.
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Morgan Bounds



Morgan grew up near Boone, NC. He moved to Raleigh to attend NC State, where he started climbing in 2011..though he realizes that most people move to mountains to start climbing, not the other way around! In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and playing soccer. An Eagle Scout through and through, Morgan is always prepared to take on whatever challenges come up at Triangle Rock Club!
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Carter has been climbing pretty much all of his life. He began to focus his energy on training for climbing and competing in 2010. His main disciplines are bouldering and single-pitch trad and sport climbing. However, he can be found on larger features like Laurel Knob from time to time. Carter received his Masters in Outdoor and Experiential Education at Western Carolina State University.

While his passion for climbing is what got him into the industry, helping young adults realize their own potential for greatness is what made him stick around. “Climbing is the tool to help people realize their autonomy and confidence–rather than the end goal itself. It’s not always about the actual climbing when it really comes down to it: it is often about equity and self-betterment and helping others chase and achieve the same”.

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Meet the Corporate Leadership

Andrew Kratz



Andrew is a former Force Recon Marine who has spent his life in pursuit of adventure both in the military and in the mountains. As the visionary and Founding Partner to Triangle Rock Club, he now focuses his passion for adventure in the business world. Husband to the amazing Caroline and a dedicated family man, Andrew has never been known to settle for a halfway effort or going small. This is no more clearly demonstrated than by his role as a father of five young kids (four boys and a girl)! When he’s not in the office or wrestling his kids he’ll most likely be found cycling, climbing or dreaming up the next adventure.
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Think it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to run a climbing gym? Think again! Joel Graybeal joined Andrew and Luis in 2012 as a Managing Partner of Triangle Rock Club and has ushered in huge amounts of growth for the company! Joel has been climbing at Triangle Rock Club since our inaugural Intro Class back in December of 2007… in fact, if you’ve ever climbed at the Morrisville location, we’re sure you’ve seen him! As a dad to two, Joel holds a deep dedication and appreciation for both family and his community and purposes to enrich the lives of both through his role at Triangle Rock Club.
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Luis Jauregui - Managing Partner



Luis (“Jag”), along with Andrew, is also a former Force Recon Marine and is now a climber and workaholic. When he’s not climbing or working, he’s a DOD Certified Anti-Terrorism instructor, black belt martial arts instructor/trainer, skydiver, and a scuba diver. Jag has been awarded numerous decorations and awards during his service in OEF and OIF. After multiple overseas deployments and combat action, we’re making every effort to transition him from public to private service!
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Mike St. Laurent - President



Mike has a long history with Triangle Rock Club. After offering to volunteer during the construction of the first Triangle Rock Club location in Morrisville in 2007, he was soon hired as the company’s first employee. In 2013, he was promoted to Club Director at the Morrisville location. In 2018, he was promoted to Director of Operations, and in 2021, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Now as Company President, Mike shares a deep commitment to developing future leaders in the company and positioning the organization for long-term success.
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Hannah grew up in Minnesota and relocated to the Triangle after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Hannah began climbing in the fall of 2014 and quickly developed a passion for the sport. While she loves climbing in North Carolina, her favorite place to climb is Red Rocks, NV. She began working at Triangle Rock Club with the Camp program in 2015 and has worked in Morrisville’s Programs Department and as Morrisville’s Club Director. She was promoted to Director of Operations in 2021.
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Sam’s job is to make sure our member base is well cared for, and she pretty much rocks it! When Sam isn’t at Triangle Rock Club, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children. If you have questions about our membership program, want to freeze or terminate, or need to change your billing info, please fill out our change form.
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A native of the NC mountains, Scott moved to Triangle before he discovered climbing and his love for the sport. He has since tackled long routes in the western U.S. and, with a passion for steep gear routes, Scott has spent numerous days cragging in all over the country, especially here in his native Southeast. After ten years in management and marketing in the tech sector, Triangle Rock Club is Scott’s second life. Scott served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition for eight years, but now spends his extra time playing music with his phenomenal band Phononova!
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Fitness, yoga, movement, and handstands! Mary is a 200hr E-RYT, with over 2000 hours of class experience and has a 100hr Rocket Yoga Certification through Amber Espelage of Yoga Ahh in Cincinnati. In 2016, she was searching for a community of adventurous movers to teach her style of yoga and found it at Triangle Rock Club. As a yoga instructor, she was quickly embraced by our amazing members. Mary lives for moving and exploring the connection between the body and mind. Her passion is to prove that we are never too old to learn new ways of expressing our love for life! In 2019 she stepped into the role of Fitness Coordinator, and is now able to bring her passion for fitness beyond her classes by supporting our Fitness and Yoga team. She can be found in our gyms doing handstands, playing with kettlebells and hanging on bars, but is never too busy to talk to our members!
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