Board of Directors
Big Sky Community Housing Trust’s board members believe in the need for a strong and active board to fully realize BSCHT’s purpose. The Board of Directors is composed of community leaders who use their time and skills to be objective decision makers and advocates for BSCHT.
Big Sky Community Housing Trust Leaders
Laura Seyfang, BSCHT Executive Director
Laura Seyfang moved to Big Sky in 2017 after vacationing in the growing resort community for over 20 years. She took on the position of Program Director for the newly formed Big Sky Community Housing Trust in 2018. Seyfang‘s background as an engineer and plant manager in the automotive industry for 34 years, then four years as an executive director for the American Red Cross, along with many years of volunteer service with Habitat for Humanity, positioned her to lead implementation of the Big Sky Housing Action Plan.
Tim Kent, First Security Bank Branch President | BSCHT Board Chair
Tim Kent leads the team at First Security Bank as they provide a wide range of financial services for the Big Sky community. Kent’s focus is on commercial lending for the expanding business community in the region as he advocates for a well-rounded and vibrant local business environment. This leadership was recognized by the Big Sky Chamber as they named Kent the 2019 Business Person of the Year.
With over 25 years of experience in international real estate development, Kent has an expansive history of project development with completed projects in over 40 countries. Kent holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and international finance and trade.
As Chair of the first Big Sky Advisory Board to work on the affordable workforce housing issue, Kent has been part of the community wide response and implementation of strategies to address the problem.
Rick Simkins, Simkins Holdings, LCC – Town Center Project Coordinator | BSCHT Board Vice-Chair
As Project Coordinator, Simkins is responsible for development and follow-up on major initiatives, particularly those in the Big Sky Town Center area. Simkins graduated in 2015 from Cornell College with a BA in Economics. He has a passion for the issue of workforce housing and has a strong connection to the Big Sky community. His background allows him to represent different segments of the community: real estate developers, homeowners, and young professionals. In 2017, Simkins participated in the many work sessions building towards the comprehensive Housing Action Plan, which led to the recommendation of the creation of the Big Sky Community Housing Trust.
Brian Hurlbut, Arts Council of Big Sky Executive Director | BSCHT Board Treasurer
Brian Hurlbut has lived in Big Sky since 2001 and leads the Arts Council of Big Sky, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing arts and culture experiences in the community. Originally from western New York, Brian has a B.A. in International Studies from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and attended the University of Montana, Graduate School of Journalism.
Brian is also an accomplished writer, musician, and snowboarder. He lives in Big Sky with his wife and their two young children
Sarah Gaither Bivins, Food Bank Operations Manager
Sarah Gaither Bivins moved to Big Sky in 2012 after completing a master’s degree in International Education at Portland State University. In 2014, Gaither Bivins accepted the first and only staff position as the Operations Manager at the newly developed Big Sky Community Food Bank. Responsible for all food bank operations, as well as client case management and fundraising, Sarah has become an advocate for the Big Sky workforce through various community partnerships to develop new resources and wraparound services.
Sarah has served on the advisory committee of the Big Sky Community Housing Trust and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. Sarah is also on the Long Range Planning Committee for the Big Sky Chapel and holds a position on the steering committee for Gallatin Refugee Connections – a group which aims to create a welcoming community for future refugee populations in Gallatin County. Sarah also teaches a graduate course for educators of refugee students through Montana State University and helps with clerical communications for the Episcopal/Lutheran congregation in Big Sky.
Kevin Hinkle, Lone Mountain Land Company CFO
As the Chief Financial Officer for Lone Mountain Land Company, Kevin Hinkle is involved with many aspects of the business including construction and development of residential and commercial projects throughout Big Sky. A critical component of the success of Lone Mountain Land Company is the availability and viability of workforce housing, and the strategic goals of the Big Sky Community Housing Trust align perfectly with these endeavors. After a two-year hiatus, Kevin and his wife Terri returned to Montana and are settling into their home in Big Sky, where they are committed to the growth and prosperity of the community through participation in community boards and programs such as the BSCHT.
Lindsay Colbert – Big Sky Resort Employee Housing Manager
Lindsay has been the Big Sky Resort Employee Housing Manager for several years. She knows first hand how challenging it is to find adequate affordable housing for workers. Lindsay considers herself a resilient problem solver who is passionate about finding housing solutions that work in Big Sky. She recently moved to Ennis because that is the only place she could find housing she could afford.
Zack Landen – Big Sky Resort Retail Manager
Zack Landen has been in retail management at Big Sky Resort for seven years. He currently manages six stores on the mountain with duties including providing operations oversight, managing and training dozens of employees, and interacting regularly with customers. Landen recently became an owner of a MeadowView condominium and is excited to have the opportunity to impact decisions about housing for local workers. He feels the housing impact directly through his personal experience and that of his many local acquaintances. Landen is a member of the Chamber Leadership Group.
Mark Dean, Citi Community Capital Retired Managing Director and National Head of Production
Mark Dean is a retired Managing Director and former National Head of Production for Citi Community Capital, which specializes in affordable and workforce multi-family housing and providing construction and permanent financing in addition to LIHTC equity and investment banking services. At Citi Community Capital, Dean’s team averaged over 200 transactions totaling $5 to $6 billion in 30-35 states per year. Dean managed a production team of 32 bankers and worked as a member of the Executive Management Team.
With over 30 years of experience financing multi-family affordable and workforce housing projects, Dean has personally closed more than 300 multi-family housing financings, totaling more than $5 billion. He has served on the Board of Evergreen Impact Housing Fund, a subordinate debt lender for affordable housing in the Puget Sound Area where Dean also owns and operates three apartment complexes. Additionally, Dean personally developed The Fields at Warms Springs in Ketchum, Idaho, a 41-unit condominium project with 14 deed restricted units providing an affordable homeownership opportunity. He also developed The Timbers in Ketchum, a 32-unit market-rate condo project.
Cleve Johnson, CRC Partners and CBG Builders Founding Partner
Cleve Johnson has visited Big Sky every year since the mid-70s, and he and his wife enjoy living in their home in the Meadow. For the past 30 years, Johnson worked in real estate development and residential construction. As the founding partner of CRC Partners and CBG Builders, Johnson has been involved in large scale residential projects across the country and has developed several thousand units of affordable housing.
Dave Brown, Yellowstone Club Vice President of Residential Services
In July of 2019, Dave Brown moved to Big Sky with his wife Paige and their two sons, excited to start his new adventure as the Vice President of Residential Services for Yellowstone Club. After moving to Big Sky, Dave and his family quickly and completely fell in love.
Over the past year and a half, Dave’s department took over all Yellowstone Club employee housing to ensure options exist in the Big Sky area for all levels of Yellowstone Club employees. Each season, this work involves finding and securing over 500 beds. Although COVID compounded the task, it shed even more light on the need for appropriate housing for those who want to live in Big Sky. As a community member with 26 years of experience in business management, new construction building, asset management, and property management, Dave is fully committed to being a part of Big Sky Community Housing Trust.
Kenny Holtz, Real Estate Developer
After a 10-year career at Yellowstone Club, Kenny Holtz and his family moved to California in 2016 but returned to Big Sky in 2020 to pursue real estate development opportunities. Previously, Holtz served the Big Sky community by serving on the BSOA Architectural Review Committee, Big Sky Advisory Committee to Gallatin County Planning and Zoning Commission, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors.
Holtz has also actively been involved in establishing workforce housing. In 2015, he played a leadership role in the development of operational and business plans to transform the historic Gallatin Gateway Inn into a workforce housing solution with 115 beds. In 2016 on behalf of Randall Realty Group, Holtz sourced the Spruce Cone development, conceptualized the design, and developed the operating plans for the first new Big Sky-based employee housing solution in decades encompassing seven units, 28 rooms, and 56 beds.
Erin Cluff, CEO of SOAR BEYOND
Erin Cluff moved to Big Sky in 2020 as she concluded a highly successful 24-year career in the United States Air Force and currently serves as the CEO of SOAR BEYOND, a specialized consulting firm. She has led large-scale, diverse organizations across the globe, earning a reputation as a motivational leader and decisive change agent focused on delivering innovative solutions to complex and rapidly evolving challenges. In her last assignment in the Air Force, Erin led a 2,500 member team, providing all aspects of support functions to a joint US Army / US Air Force installation. In that role, among other responsibilities, she oversaw infrastructure development and long-range planning, construction management, and operation of a 2,000+ unit housing enterprise.
Erin and her family have been coming to Big Sky for more than 15 years, and she is passionate about giving back to the community. She has served on the Hampton School Superintendent’s Council of Advisors, the Virginia Peninsula Housing Association Task Force, and serves as the St Joseph’s Mission Religious Education Coordinator.