Big Sky Community Organization

Board of Directors + Committee Members

The Big Sky Community Organization is led by a Board of Directors & separate Committees.

Our Board of Directors represent the diversity of the community we serve with various backgrounds and experiences. Our current Board of Directors are:

Kate Ketschek
Chair

Board Member since 2017

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Her Story: During college, in the summer of 1994, Kate was looking to move to the mountains. Someplace uncrowded, offering beautiful mountain landscapes and access to outdoor activities. She found Big Sky. After that summer, Kate returned to college but Big Sky’s pull never left her. In 1999, she returned, working at Big Sky Resort, joining the fire department, serving on the board of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, and as fate would have it, meeting her husband. They moved away again for a few years but returned (for good) in late 2015.

Professional Experience: With a background in marketing and public relations, and a love of the outdoors, Kate focused her career working with great brands like Big Sky Resort, NEMO Equipment and Ruffwear. She currently owns a public relations firm and enjoys the challenge of building recognition and increasing market share for young, innovative brands. Taking community involvement as seriously, she has been lucky enough to have served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, president of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for the Conservation Alliance.

Favorite Trail: Big Sky is home to most of her favorite trails for running. The North Fork, Porcupine, and Beehive Basin are just gorgeous. And hitting the Hummocks/Uplands trails for lunchtime jaunts is also on the top of her list.

Why BSCO is important: The outdoors is a stress reliever for Kate and helps keep everything in perspective. Ensuring access to trails, open spaces and waterways is important to most of us who choose to make Big Sky our home and is one reason she enjoys serving on the BSCO board. It’s an economic driver, drawing employees and visitors. Kate wants to make sure there are plenty of places for her daughter and her friends to find solace, exercise and beauty in the future.

Tallie Lancey
Vice Chair

Board Member since 2017

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Her Story: After graduating with a degree in Philosophy and subsequently interning at the Nature Conservancy in Island Park, ID Tallie was ready for some wide open spaces and hungry for new experiences. Big Sky was nearby and it was just “big” enough. After starting out as a concierge at Moonlight Basin and the Yellowstone Club, she soon realized how important tourism was to the area. Her move into sales at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty was a natural fit and she was able to learn the business during Big Sky’s recession. She is also the past chairwoman of the Arts Council of Big Sky.

Favorite Trail: Tallie’s favorite trail is Porcupine because it seems new every time she wanders into its vast network of trails. Her husband helped to create a lollipop trail called the Grizzly loop which gives her a sense of pride, too.

Interests: When not hiking Tallie enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, bike riding and hosting dinner parties, along with pursuing creative endeavors like painting, singing, reading poetry and strangely, concocting ideas for community engagement.

Why BSCO is important to her: Her work with the BSCO is important because she is convinced that spaces where the public convenes are vital to our survival as a species.

Warren Cook
Treasurer

Board Member since 2017

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His Story: Warren’s vast experience running some of the most well-known ski resorts in the country and a former senior manager of international manufacturing companies has given him valuable insight on what a ski town could be. He moved to Big Sky for its great snow and that it was non Disneyland. Of course, like many people, he came for the winter, but stayed for the summer. Warren also has considerable experience with non-profit organizations and served on the boards of  the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Association of Non-Profits. Throughout his career he has been involved in philanthropy and rural community development. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he also served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Hobbies and Interests: When not serving the BSCO, Warren enjoys hiking the Beehive Basin and Uplands Trails which he says are some of his favorites. Motorcycle riding, reading and staying fit are also some of the activities he enjoys. He cares about Big Sky and helping see its growth in a positive way are important goals he strives for.

Michelle Horning
Secretary

Board Member since 2014

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Her Story: Michelle visited Big Sky for the first time on a ski trip in 1994. She had planned to go to other ski areas in the region, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, etc., but ended up getting a job offer and a place to live within a few days of arriving and that was it, she never left. She was in awe when turning off the highway and had her first view of Lone Peak…it seemed to be calling her to stay.

Professional Experience: With a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and a Masters in Physical Education, Michelle has a diverse background. She taught wilderness survival and backpacking classes in college, was a whitewater rafting guide, owned several daycares and preschools throughout Big Sky, and was an office manager for a construction company.  Currently, Michelle has been working as a Realtor in Big Sky since 2003.

Favorite Trail and Interests: Her favorite trail is just steps away from her home. The Gallatin River Trail that leads to the Porcupine trail head is a gem. There is so much wildlife and big mountain views to see the entire time and all with the peaceful sound of the Gallatin River in the background.
Like many locals, Michelle enjoys running, hiking and vacations to warm places…all with her family. She also loves watching her daughter and teammates play for the Lone Peak Big Horns in all of their sporting events!

Why BSCO is important: Her work with the BSCO is rewarding because the outdoors and staying active have been lifelong passions. The BSCO embodies all of those things and she gets to leave a legacy by being a part of what BSCO does for our community and its future. She says, “It’s the most rewarding volunteer Board I’ve been lucky to be involved with and contribute my time to.”

Ryan Blechta
Director

Board Member since 2020

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His Story: Ryan accepted a job as an Assistant Superintendent at the Yellowstone Club in 2005 as way to further his career in the golf course industry. He met his wife shortly after starting and never left Big Sky.

Professional Experience: After graduating with a BS in Turfgrass Management from the University of Minnesota at Crookston, he accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent at two different high-end golf courses before becoming the Director of Mountain Operations/Golf Superintendent at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club.

Favorite Place in Big Sky: Ryan’s favorite trail is Ousel Falls. He likes to his family and their dogs to cool off by the falls.

Why BSCO is important: BSCO’s work is important to Ryan because he wants his daughter and her friends to continue to have the best trails, ice rink, and community center in the region. He recognizes we live in great outdoor playground with lots of options to stay active and wants to contribute to the community to keep it thriving.

Mark Cone
Director

Board Member since 2016

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His Story: Mark and his wife found Big Sky relatively early on. They have owned property since the 1990’s and were originally attracted to the areas’ raw beauty and boundless outdoor activities. They moved here full time in 2014 to allow their older son to continue his passion of competitive big mountain freeride skiing and to also spend four full years in the high school.

Professional Experience: Mark has been involved in various forms of asset management since 1994, notably as the founder of a large hedge fund and asset management firm in Los Angeles called Causeway Capital Management. His expertise was raising money from some of the largest investors in the world.

Favorite Place in Big Sky: When asked what his favorite park or trail in the area, his response was the less commonly known Cinnamon Mountain Trail, which as he describes, lets you experience various terrain and exposures in a quiet manageable hike. He also enjoys skiing, golf, travel and anything on the water!

Why BSCO is important: He get’s satisfaction from serving on the BSCO board because quite simply, the town is in a stage of development where it needs direction to morph into what we all hope it will be.

Erika Frounfelker
Director

Board Member since 2020

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Her Story: After growing up in a small town in Wyoming, Erika knew she wanted to be close to the mountains with lots of recreation opportunities. She found her love for Montana when she moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. After student teaching at Ophir Middle School, she knew she wanted to stay in Big Sky.

Professional Experience: Over the last 12 years Erika has been working for Big Sky School District #72 as a Kindergarten teacher, volleyball coach, and most recently as the School Counselor and Health Enhancement teacher.

Favorite Place in Big Sky: Erika’s favorite trails are Porcupine and Ralphs Pass, however you can find her trying to get out on every trails throughout the summer. She say’s Ralphs Pass provides different terrain and the feeling of being somewhere far away from town center.

Why BSCO is important: The Big Sky community is what it is today because of BSCO. Camp Big Sky, Softball league, parks, trails, and now BASE, are all pieces that bring us together. She is happy to be a part of an organization that cares about the people within the community.

Alex Iskenderian
Director

Board Member since 2018

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Bio coming soon

Scott Hammond
Director

Board Member since 2019

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Bio coming soon

Steve Taylor
Director

Board Member since 2018

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Bio coming soon

Past Board Members (2007-2020):

  • Jon Ayres
  • Steve Barrett
  • Will Brunner
  • Jeff Butterworth
  • Katie Coleman
  • Jamie Daugaard
  • Herb Davis
  • Kevin Frederick
  • Mitch Furr
  • Carolyn Griffin
  • Ryan Hamilton
  • Josh Heller
  • Steve Johnson
  • Jim Jones
  • Eric Ladd
  • John Leeper
  • Al Lockwood
  • Don Loyd
  • Trever McSpadden
  • Al Malinowski
  • Clair Nixon
  • Tom Owen
  • Lyndsey Owens
  • Jamy Patterson
  • Leslie Piercy
  • Jolene Romney
  • Barb Rooney
  • Barbara Rowley
  • Greg Ruff
  • Rachel Thesing
  • Mark Thorne
  • Rumsey Young

Committees:

The Big Sky Community Organization has separate committees that lead and develop future programs and initiatives that our strategic plan identifies. Volunteer members that serve are composed of various backgrounds and experiences. Our current members are:

Trails Committee

  • Denise Wade, Chair
  • Christine Baker
  • Kevin Daily
  • Casey Folley
  • Ben Holst
  • Steve Johnson
  • Emilie McGee
  • Dean Nally
  • Tom Owen
  • Jolene Romney
  • Sally Stilwill
  • Dawn Smith

Historic Crail Ranch Committee

  • Anne Marie Mistretta, Chair
  • Phyllis Breeden
  • Margaret Leeper
  • Carol Thoresen

Community Center Committee

  • Mark Cone, Chair
  • Mike Ducuennois
  • Bob Hall
  • Ryan Hamilton
  • Michelle Horning
  • Britt Ide
  • Alex Iskenderian
  • Brad Lartigue
  • Al Malinowski
  • Matt Morris
  • Rick Simkins
  • Steve Taylor