Big Sky Community Organization

Our Staff

Ciara Wolf,

Executive Director

Meet Ciara

Executive Director Ciara Wolfe shares her previous 11 years of non-profit experience with BSCO. An Oregon native, Bobcat Alumna and now with over a decade and a half of Montana roots she holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from Montana State University, an Organizational Leadership Certification and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. Wolfe’s extensive and diverse non-profit leadership roles include Gallatin Valley YMCA in Bozeman, MT; Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, WA; Montana Outdoor Science School in Bozeman, MT; and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park County, Livingston, MT. Ciara’s commitment to the mission and work of Big Sky Community Organization is complimented with her dedication to the non-profit sector within Montana.

Ciara along with her husband, two children, and two dogs reside in Big Sky Montana where they appreciate the incredible assets of the Big Sky community including the trails, mountains, rivers and people on a daily basis! If you run into Ciara in town, on the trail or a ski lift please stop to introduce yourself and share your dreams and ideas for Big Sky, as BSCO is here to serve this incredible community!

Leisha Folley

Finance & Operations Officer

Meet Leisha

Leisha is originally from Sheridan, WY. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance from University of Montana. Following college she worked as an Accountant in Denver, CO for eight years. After vacationing in Big Sky for over 10 years, she finally moved here in 2012. 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.

Adam Johnson

Director of Parks & Trails

Meet Adam

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 has worked in various fields ranging from wellsite geology in oil/natural gas to teaching skiing in southern Europe to building mountain bike trails. After completing his Master’s degree, Adam moved to the Big Sky area in 2013 and worked in Environmental Management for the Yellowstone Club as well as teaching skiing during the winter. In his free time, Adam is out enjoying the trails on bikes and foot during the warm months, and by alpine, telemark, and cross country skis during winter.

Mackenzie Johnson,

Program Manager

Meet Mackenzie

Mackenzie, a Colorado native, migrated north of the Rocky Mountains to Missoula, Montana for college in 2006 and has resided in the state ever since. It was through her Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management that she was encouraged to explore various career paths.  Mackenzie’s diverse work history in forestry, event planning, fitness, guiding, early childhood development, environmental education, business, and natural resource management has always made her a utility player which she thrives on. Since planting her feet in Big Sky 8 years ago, Mackenzie has gained invaluable experience developing and managing creative programs and spaces from the ground up, first up at the Yellowstone Club as the Kid’s Outdoor Excursions Coordinator and later as the Recreation & Youth Programs Director at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club.  With a combined passion for community, sports and recreation, she couldn’t be more excited to continue developing the programs for all of Big Sky.  

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, cooking and connecting with people, new and familiar. An athlete and collegiate rugby player, she’s always appreciated the camaraderie and community derived from individual and team sports. Please say hi next time you see Mackenzie around town!

Jeff MacPherson

Asset Manager

Meet Jeff

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 Marino

Community Development Manager

Meet Sara

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.

Richard Sandza,

Camp Big Sky Manager

Meet Richard

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.

Michelle Laxson

Executive Assistant

Meet Michelle

Michelle is originally from New Hampshire but has called Montana home since 1999 moving to Big Sky with her two sons in June.  She comes to BSCO with 15 years of non-profit sector in administrative, campaign, volunteer management, database management and development roles. Michelle appreciates all Big Sky has to offer and is excited to be a part of the team and help them fulfill their mission and goals during this time of growth.  She enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding/skiing with her boys. 

Kimberly Pechischev

Historic Crail Ranch Coordinator

Meet Kimberly

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.

Jelica Summerfield,

Assistant Asset Manager & Outreach Coordinator

Meet Jelica

Jelica moved to Big Sky in 2016 but has called Montana home since 1992. Jelica’s upbringing in Bozeman gave her an appreciation for small communities, the environment and outdoor pursuits from an early age. She enjoys exploring the surrounding mountains on skis and by foot, and becoming a part of Big Sky’s growing year-round community. In the winter months, Jelica is a professional ski patroller at Big Sky Resort and has worked for BSCO since the Spring of 2018.