Big Sky Community Organization

Our Staff

Ciara Wolfe

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Ciara

Ciara is 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 15 years in the sector with organizations ranging from the YMCA to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Montana Outdoor Science School.  

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 please stop to introduce yourself and share your dreams and ideas for the Big Sky community.

Leisha Folley

Finance & Operations Director

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

Parks & Trails Director

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 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.

Mackenzie Johnson

Program Manager

Meet Mackenzie

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.

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. 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.

 

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

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.