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.

Monthly Meetings

BSCHT meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 2pm.
Location: Big Sky Water and Sewer conference room | 561 Little Coyote Rd, Big Sky, Montana

Meetings are virtual as well as in-person.  Meetings are open to the public.

Dave Brown
Yellowstone Club Vice President of Residential Services
BSCHT Board Chair

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.

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.

Kevin Hinkle, Lone Mountain Land Company CFO | BSCHT Board Treasurer

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.

Stephen Brown, Managing Director in Global Wealth Management at UBS

Stephen has spent almost 40 years in the financial services industry, 30 of which were devoted to providing comprehensive wealth management services to affluent families and the causes that are important to them. Most recently, he has led the efforts of a large global private bank to transform their leadership practices through executive education and individual coaching.

After falling in love with Big Sky on a visit in 2008, Steve and his wife, Lisa, have gone from frequent visitors to seasonal residents. They have two grown sons, the oldest now living here with his wife as they operate a local businesses. While Steve and Lisa continue to actively support a large homeless services organization and a Charter school in Boston, they are excited to be involved in Big Sky and believe that BSCHTs work to provide affordable housing locally is essential to the economic health and diversity of the community.

Elise Clark, COO of Alder & Tweed

Elise first fell in love with Montana in 2006, when she moved to Bozeman to attend the school of Business at Montana State University.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree and moving away to the Bahamas to explore growth opportunities in her career, Elise and her husband Mike were excited to be able to move back to Bozeman in the summer of 2014.

As the Chief Operations Officer for the Design Firm Alder & Tweed in Big Sky Montana, Elise regularly engages in all aspects of business in residential and commercial interior design.  She has commuted from Bozeman to Big Sky for the last eight years, and as such fully understands the logistical and financial challenge the local workforce faces to be able to be a part of the Big Sky community.  Elise is fully committed to being an advocate for the Big Sky workforce, and developing and implementing solutions and partnerships towards the responsible development of the Big Sky community to be able to support all of its residents.

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.

Michelle Frederick, Vice President of Lodging at Big Sky Resort

Michelle joined the Big Sky Community Housing Trust board in January 2023. As Big Sky Resort’s Vice President of Lodging and as a local resident of nearly twenty years, Michelle brings with her a commitment to helping Big Sky continue to grow in a sustainable manner to ensure generations to come can enjoy the outdoor recreation offered here.

Raised in Minnesota in a skiing family, Michelle headed west after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2004. Almost immediately, Michelle fell in love with the mountains and began setting down roots. After nine years working in marketing and events roles at Moonlight Basin, Michelle joined the Big Sky Resort team in 2013. In her current role leading Big Sky Resort’s lodging operations, she has experienced firsthand the challenges of hiring a large seasonal workforce without adequate and affordable housing in the community. The Big Sky community is ever growing and has more development on the horizon. This growth will simply not be possible without direct attention to developing workforce housing.

Michelle lives in the meadow, where she loves playing in the outdoors with her husband Brian, two boys, and two dogs.

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.

Mia Lennon, Broker at Big Sky Real Estate Co.

Mia was educated in the UK where she graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in music. After graduation, she chased winter as a snow-sports professional, specializing in teaching snowboarding and adaptive snow sports in New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, and the U.S. Having lived in employee housing on multiple occasions, Mia is intimately familiar with the housing challenges found in resort communities around the world.
Mia and her husband Derek have called Big Sky home since 2011 where they live full-time with their sons Finn and Maddox. As a real estate broker for the past 10 years, Mia actively works with buyers and sellers in Big Sky, bringing a unique perspective to Big Sky’s housing needs. In addition to volunteering for Big Sky Community Housing Trust, Mia has also served on the boards for the Arts Council of Big Sky and Women In Action.

Shannon Sears, Branch President of First Security Bank​

As the Branch President of First Security Bank in Big Sky, Shannon has established strong relationships with the real estate and lending community. She is highly educated on development projects in Gallatin and Madison County and played an integral role in the transactions for Meadowview Condos and the Good Deeds Program. Shannon currently serves on the Big Sky Chamber Board of Directors, and she thoroughly enjoyed her contribution to the creation and success of Leadership Big Sky.

As a participant in the Rent Local program, Shannon utilized her relationships with the Housing Trust to purchase her home in 2022, and she is highly committed to giving back to the community through enhancing affordable housing solutions.

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