Our Staff at Camp Big Sky
From left: Richard Sandza, Kristy Burt, and Chris Corona.
Kristy Burt, Camp Big Sky Director
The thing to know about Kristy is that she really, really likes to be outside. She likes playing outside, from the time she was a child pretending to survive in the wilds of her back yard woods in Ohio, to inventing games with campers at High Trails Ranch for Girls. She likes to eat outside, whether that be a homemade meal eaten in the back yard, or a curry concocted over a campfire in the back country. She likes working outside, cutting down trees to help mitigate fire in the Colorado front-range, and building trails in Alaskan wilderness areas. She likes learning outside, from the smallest grasses while in an ecology course at Colorado State University to the largest mammals while in a study abroad program in Tanzania. She likes to exercise outside, from playing or coaching soccer for most of her life, to teaching skiing in the winter here at Big Sky.
You may recognize Kristy’s face from the time she drove the school bus or guest taught at Ophir School or at an event at the WMPAC. Kristy has loved her time so far in Big Sky and she can’t wait to continue to spend time outside in Big Sky this summer with everything that Camp Big Sky has to offer. This is Kristy’s fourth summer with Camp Big Sky.
Chris Corona, Camp Big Sky Associate Director
Chris has a background in engineering, but he moved out West to pursue mountain sports as a profession. He has settled into a teaching career, and Chris is now a middle school teacher at Big Sky Discovery Academy. As an educator he strives to inspire curiosity and independence in young people. His passions are teaching and playing outside, and he loves the idea of combining them together as outdoor education. Chris is a trail runner, a cook, a rock climber, a science geek, a skier, and a teacher.
Chris has fond memories of the numerous YMCA summer camps he attended while growing up. It was at summer camp where he would canoe around the lake to watch dragonflies and turtles, listen to campfire jokes and storytelling, meet new and wacky friends, and climb on the daring high ropes course. Camps are inspiring places for children to have new experiences and make new friends, learn creative ways to play, explore the outdoors, and spark a sense of adventure. He is excited to be a part of it here in Big Sky! This is Chris’s fourth summer with Camp Big Sky.
Richard Sandza, Camp Big Sky Staff
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 until the age of 15 when he and a neighbor decided they wanted to start their own camp in order to make some money during the summer and to provide a service for the neighborhood families. After a few summers in the backyard they were able to branch out to the local elementary school as a home base. With the added indoor space and easy access to fields and basketball courts they were able to increase enrollment and extend to a full day of camp. Richard ran Camp for Boys, LLC for nine years before moving to Montana full time.
Outside of CFB Richard has 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. This is his second summer with Camp Big Sky.