Big Sky Community OrganizationOur Staff
Chief Executive Officer
After graduating from Davidson College in 1988, Whitney became the Headmaster of Ideleri Secondary School in western Kenya where he lived for nearly two years. This experience launched a career of collaborative entrepreneurial leadership that brought him to Big Sky in March, 2021.
Soon after returning from Kenya, Whitney had a three-year stint as a grant writer before founding Just Fresh A Bakery Café, the southeast’s first quick-serve healthy food and beverage concept. For 13 years, Whitney served as the CEO growing the company to 16 units including a franchise program. He and his investors sold the company in 2006 to a strategic buyer.
Whitney served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) for the next 14 years. During his tenure, he significantly diversified and grew NCOBS to be the largest and most financially successful Outward Bound school in the US, and one of the largest in the world. While leading NCOBS he also founded and twice served as the Executive Director of the Outward Bound Services Group, a member driven marketing and sales organization.
Apart from his career, Whitney enjoys recreating in the mountains or on the water. He is passionate about skiing, cycling, hiking, and paddling. He loves live music too. He and his wife, Lindsay, have five children living and thriving in different parts of the US.
Whitney moved to Big Sky from Asheville, NC.
Parks & Trails Director
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.
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 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.
Youth Program Manager
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.
Ashley grew up in Michigan and made the move to Montana in January 2022. Following obtaining her degree in business, Ashley began working for American Office Solutions, a managed print services company in Michigan. Throughout her 12 years with the company, she held multiple positions, including Internal Operations Manager and, Controller.
Ashley began working with Big Sky Community Organization in August 2021. Working remotely from Michigan. Her passion for the Big Sky community, love for the mountains and all things outdoors were the driving force in making the move to Big Sky. “The sense of community in Big Sky is what makes it such a special place. Yes, it is a resort town. However, there is this undeniable sense of something special here and, for me, it’s the people. The people are what makes this town so great and, working with BSCO gives me the opportunity to be involved in making this place even more special.”
Outside of Ashley’s career, she enjoys being in the mountains. You can find her mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking or paddleboarding with her husky Juneau, and fiancé, Drew.
Parks & Trails Maintenance Assistant
Parks & Trails Maintenance Assistant
BASE Operations Manager