Big Sky Community OrganizationOur Staff
Finance & Operations Director
Leisha is originally from Sheridan, WY. After vacationing in Big Sky for over 10 years, she moved here in 2012. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance from University of Montana. She brings over 18 years of accounting experience to BSCO. She’s excited to be a part of the BSCO team and help them fulfill their mission and goals. Leisha enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and simply just enjoying everything Big Sky has to offer.
Parks & Trails Director
Adam was born in northern New Mexico, but was raised in Montana. Between receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Whitman College and Master’s degree in Watershed Hydrology from the University of Montana, he brings to BSCO his professional experience in various fields ranging from wellsite geology in oil/natural gas to teaching skiing in southern Europe to building mountain bike trails and environmental management. Adam’s passion for sharing outdoor experiences with others and commitment to environmental management has been with him throughout his entire career, beginning right out of High School at Big Mountain Resort teaching and building trails. Throughout his college years he lead freshman college groups on outdoor adventure trips to British Columbia and worked in the campus outdoor shop, in graduate school he created developmental race programs and built biking/hiking trails for Terraflow Trails Systems in Big Sky, MT. In addition to his education and experience Adam maintains certifications as a SWPP administrator for stormwater management, National Sawyer Certification card through the US Forest Service, and as educational staff for Professional Ski Instructors of America. Adam, along with his dog Tele, is out enjoying the trails on bikes and foot during the summer and during the winter, on telemark, cross country, and alpine skis.
Communication & Development Director
Michelle is originally from New Hampshire but has called Montana home since 1999. She holds an Associates degree in Travel and Tourism from SUNY Morrisville and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Montana State University. She comes to BSCO with 15 years of non-profit sector background in administrative, campaign, volunteer management, database management and development roles from the Museum of the Rockies, Foothills Conservancy of NC, Montana Outdoor Science School, Central Asia Institute and Montana State University Alumni Foundation. Michelle enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding/skiing with her family which includes 2 boys.
A Colorado native, Mackenzie migrated north in 2006 to attend college at the University of Montana and has resided in the state ever since. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and minor in Environmental Studies and has since worked in related fields for 13 years on wildland fire and trail crews, as a environmental educator, ski instructor, recreation guide, childcare provider and program manager/director.
Since moving to Big Sky, Mackenzie has gained invaluable experience developing and managing creative programs and spaces from the ground up, first at the Yellowstone Club as the Kid’s Outdoor Excursions Coordinator and later as the Recreation & Youth Programs Director at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club.
In her free time, Mackenzie along with her dog and husband enjoy life in Montana – boating, hiking, biking, skiing and exploring new territory. She also enjoys crafting, sports, cooking and connecting with people, new & familiar.
Originally from Minnesota, Jeff moved to Montana in 2003 to attend school at the University of Montana. He moved to Big Sky in 2008 to fulfill his skiing addiction. After working as a raft guide, ski patroller, and park ranger, Jeff joined the BSCO in 2018. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing in the mountains, being on the river, and living life.
Sara comes to BSCO with 17 years of non-profit experience in Membership and Development for the conservation organization, Montana Environmental Information Center. Sara and her husband, son and dog have been visiting Big Sky for many years to ski, hike and bike, and made the move official in the Winter of 2018. She is excited to be a part of the Big Sky community and helping people connect with the amazing recreational opportunities this special place has to offer.
Camp Big Sky Manager
Richard Sandza grew up in Washington DC where he fostered a life-long love for summer camps. He attended a handful of day-camps growing up before starting Camp For Boys, LLC. He ran Camp for Boys LLC for nine years before moving to Montana full time. Richard has also worked with kids in many different jobs including ski instructing at Big Sky Resort. Coming off his 4th year instructing, Richard has spent the majority of his time working with the local program striving to instill a passion for skiing within the kids of Big Sky and Bozeman. Richard has also spent time as a swim instructor for toddlers and middle-school aged kids. With over 15 years of experience working with kids, Richard has seen it all.
Outside of work Richard enjoys living in Montana and experiencing everything this beautiful area has to offer. An avid skier, Richard has enjoyed testing and pushing his abilities both at the resort and in the backcountry. When not on snow Richard enjoys rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and camping. Richard looks forward to a great summer with Camp Big Sky and growing with the organization.
Historic Crail Ranch Coordinator
Kimberly moved to beautiful Big Sky in 2015. Her love of helping others find their “aha!” moment led her to the teaching profession. She currently works as a lead preschool teacher here in Big Sky. Kimberly grew up in Wisconsin and comes from a farming family. She has always been interested in history. Being a part of Crail Ranch has opened her eyes to the vast history Big Sky has. Kimberly enjoys a variety of activities outside of work that include, hiking, snowshoeing and woodworking.