This blog post is part of our ongoing employee profile series showcasing the people that make Aligned a special place to work.

Each year, thousands of world-class rock climbers pack their gear and make a pilgrimage to The Gunks (short for Shawangunks), one of America’s best technical climbing locations just outside of New Paltz, N.Y. Aligned’s Jeanine Aliberti drove past there many times on the way to visit her parents, and her desire to tackle the challenge was piqued.

Now married to an avid climber, Jeanine gets out to climb as often as she can. Another favorite destination is Lake Placid, where Jeanine and her husband, Jason, and 9-year-old stepson, Aidan enjoy hiking and climbing around the former Olympic Village.

Jeanine, Jason, and Aidan snow tubing at Hunter Mountain

Always up for a challenge

One thing is clear from even a brief conversation with Jeanine: she loves a challenge. It’s an attitude that serves her well whether she is balancing on the side of a cliff looking for the next handhold or helping a young company grow.

Jeanine joined Aligned earlier this year as Marketing Director in Client Communications after nearly 10 years at a large, established company. “I wanted to join Aligned because I knew I would get to experience new kinds of challenges,” she says. “Since these challenges are very different from the challenges I experienced at my old company, I knew they would get me out of my comfort zone. And that’s the best way to learn, grow new skills, and improve old skills.”

Like most athletes, Jeanine focuses on the strength of the team. Her passion is passing along what she knows, developing talent and building a collaborative and supportive environment where a strong team can succeed.

What makes Aligned special, Jeanine says, is the company’s desire to impact the data center industry and the world in a positive way.

Giving back: Hike for Hunger

Jeanine shares that desire to make a positive difference in the world. Several years ago, she and her husband started a charity called Hike for Hunger, which raises money for a food pantry in Edison, N.J., called Hands of Hope.

Jason trains each year for one big adventure, an advanced technical or mountaineering climb, and the couple collects donations – 100% of which go toward Hike for Hunger. Jason has climbed Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park, Mt. Rainier, and Mount Whitney, among other summits. So far he and Jeanine have raised more than $15,000, which Hands of Hope has used to feed many thousands of people in need.

Holiday traditions

Jeanine grew up in a household dedicated to feeding people. Her parents sold gourmet foods through Italian specialty stores. A weekend at home these days will include Jeanine serving up piles of pasta with pancetta and vegetables with an oil-based sauce, garlic, and a little white wine. Somewhere in the background will be a 9-year-old boy on the floor playing with the family’s 1-year-old puppy, Oreo.

This holiday season, Jeanine is looking forward to feeding family and friends and putting up a new Christmas decoration – a wooden jumping jack doll of Mozart that the family picked up during a visit to Salzburg this year.

“I like collecting Christmas ornaments from places I travel. My tree is full of stories!” So is her life.