WIA’s HISTORY IN BIG SKY

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Wellness in Action (WIA) was called Women in Action until 2022. The name was changed to be more inclusive and signal to the community that our services are for everyone who lives and works in Big Sky, and, we need everyone’s support! 

Women In Action was founded in 2005 to address the concerns of children and families missing out on opportunities for quality education and health and human services. Comprised of nine women who lived and worked in Big Sky, the founding board of directors established WIA as a grassroots nonprofit organization to help address those concerns. 

Over the years, WIA has provided a broad range of social programs that include counseling services, education programs, scholarship opportunities for summer and winter camps, and support groups focused on substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Currently, WIA provides sliding scale counseling, wellbeing opportunities such as camp scholarships so that people may participate in educational, recreational, and cultural events and a community health worker program. WIA’s community health worker furthers WIA’s mission by connecting individuals and families to resources in Big Sky and the surrounding areas.

WIA collaborates with our local schools, health care providers, law enforcement, local businesses, the Big Sky Resort Tax District, our local foundations and nonprofits, and Big Sky residents. 

Thank you for being part of our story

WIA's Theory of Change

A range of accessible, affordable and targeted behavioral health interventions, including a counseling hub and a supported pipeline of counseling professionals, will improve the well-being of the Big Sky population and will increase our ability to prevent suicides and critical incidents related to substance abuse.

MEET THE TEAM

Board of Directors

Michelle Kendziorski - WIA Board of Directors

Michelle Kendziorski
President

Michelle is the Executive Administrative Assistant at Big Sky Resort. Prior to this position, Michelle worked in the non-profit world for over 20  years.  She is currently a volunteer member of the Lone Peak High School Booster Club and a member of the BSCO Gala Committee. Michelle holds an AA in Travel in Tourism from SUNY- Morrisville and BS in Sociology from Montana State University. Michelle is passionate about WIA because it is an organization that has been able to provide much-needed services to our dynamic community.  In her words, “It (WIA) was the first group to recognize the needs and provide affordable and accessible options.  WIA continues to bridge the gap by providing access to much-needed resources. As someone who has utilized the programs and services you see firsthand how essential this is for our community.

Betsy McFadden
Vice President

Betsy is the Vice-President of WIA.  She has a background in office administration, event planning and fundraising.  She has been involved with many children’s foundations and causes.  After working almost 25 years in New York City, she and her husband retired to Big Sky in 2007. Betsy has been on several Big Sky community committees and non-profit boards.  She volunteers with Eagle Mount, Friends of the Big Sky Library, Gallatin River Task Force and Big Sky Mountain Hosts.  In her free time she can be found Nordic or Alpine skiing, hiking, or playing golf.

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Katie Grice
Treasurer

Katie Grice has been a resident of Big Sky since 2007, she currently serves as the Vice President of Sales for Boyne Resorts. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science (Political Science, Central Michigan University), a Master’s in Business Administration (University of Montana) and she has held a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation since 2013. Katie strongly believes in giving back to the community and initiatives that support living in Big Sky. She also serves on the Montana Governor’s appointed Tourism Advisory Council, and as the current chair of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Katie has a passion for the programming WIA offers, behavioral health in particular. Katie enjoys the best Big Sky offers through skiing and mountain biking with family and friends, and her loyal Golden Retriever companion, Watson.

Becky Brockie
Secretary

In 2012, Becky relocated her photography business from Billings to Big Sky to enjoy winters on skis and summers behind a lens. In 2020, she pivoted her career for a third time and began working at Big Sky Community Housing Trust shortly after it became an independent nonprofit. As a former high school English teacher and small business owner, Becky’s skills translated well in the nonprofit world, and she became the Housing Trust’s Program and Communications Director in 2022. In addition to her desire to help WIA expand its wellness services, Becky also enjoys volunteering as a CAP mentor, biking Big Sky’s spectacular trails, and adventuring with her dog Duke.

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Judy Katany
Director

Judy has been coming to Big Sky since 2004 and has been a full-time resident since 2013.  She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and certifications in project and process management.  While still running her own consulting firm, Judy serves as an Advisory Committee Member for Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and on the Membership Committee Member for Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and was previously a Board Member for Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.  She is committed to helping address the behavioral and mental health needs of our residents and workers as the pressures of expansive growth continue to weigh heavily on our community.

Elise Greenberg
Director

Elise Greenberg began coming to Big Sky in the summer of 1997 and recently became a full-time resident.  She began her business career as a CPA and is currently the President and CEO of Greenberg’s Jewelers.  Elise has served as a member and President on many Boards of Directors, including Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s Hospital and Foundation, Girls, Inc. Alzheimer’s Association, as well as several other community-based organizations and industry boards. The health and welfare of the communities in which she lives has been a life-long focus. It is WIA’s mission of promoting well-being by connecting people to resources and providing much-needed behavioral health services to our community that makes this important to her. Elise enjoys the beauty of Big Sky through Nordic skiing, hiking, and biking.

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Krista Boersma
Director

Krista moved to Big Sky in 2001, where she raised her two now college-aged daughters and helped her husband build Lone Peak Physical Therapy.  She has a Master’s degree in Education from National University and a Transitional Life Coaching certification through Western Seminary.  Krista was one of the founding board members of WIA in 2005 and is excited to be working with WIA once again. Her passion for education, young moms, children, and teens aligns perfectly with WIA’s mission.

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Jahnel Knippling

Jahnel Knippling
Director

Jahnel moved to Big Sky in December of 2006 to enjoy a winter of skiing and has called it home ever since. She currently works for Lone Peak Physical Therapy as a Patient Coordinator. She also manages the Yeti Dogs Softball team in the summer and the Sweeping with the Enemy Curling team in the winter. Jahnel’s passion for the well-being of the Big Sky Community brought her to WIA and she is looking forward to helping spread awareness of WIA’s services to the community.

Staff

Allison Bradac

Allison Bradac
Executive Director

Allison’s work in nonprofit began at Special Olympics Colorado when she saw firsthand a community come together to empower people to be their best self. She has built her career on being an advocate for missions that seek to improve outcomes so individuals and families can thrive. Allison has served in development and leadership capacities for nonprofits focused on human services, including Special Olympics Colorado, the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Heart and Hand, and most recently as the Executive Director of Newborn Hope. Allison shares a passion for working in caring communities to bring a greater understanding of challenges people live with and work to overcome. She loves engaging with a motivated team to develop effective strategies to promote a healthy and collaborative environment.

New to Big Sky, Allison recently relocated from Denver with her husband Mike, four children and two dogs. Her greatest joy has been to see her kids embrace their passions and realize their unique strengths and differences- and now into this next season as they launch. Allison is honored to be part of the WIA team to provide a strong mental health network of resources to the Big Sky community.

Kiernan McCarthy
Programs Manager

Kiernan moved to Big Sky in November of 2021 to enjoy the slopes of Lone Peak. She holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, from Geneseo. During college, she worked at DOROT, a non-profit in New York City that aided socially isolated older adults. As a community services intern, she would help social workers with local outreach events, meet with clients during home visits, and assist them with daily tasks such as grocery shopping or getting to appointments. After working seasonal jobs post-college, she has first-hand experience with the workforce and the needs of that population. She is deeply interested in contributing to the community and building connections to further local access to resources. In her free time, she can be found hiking, camping, or skiing

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Natalie Studt, Administrative & Development Assistant

Natalie Studt
Operations Manager

Natalie Studt is the Operations Manager for WIA. She moved to Big Sky from NYC in May of 2019 and fell in love with Montana. After graduating from The City College of New York with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy, she worked in the New York City service industry for a couple of years before moving west. Natalie worked at Big Sky Resort for her first summer in Big Sky, followed by the Hungry Moose Market & Deli. Natalie has a long held passion for community welfare and public service. Her desire to help the people of Big Sky led her to WIA, where she can implement her varied skills and training for a cause she wholeheartedly believes in.

Hope Finch
Community Health Worker

Hope, originally from New Haven, Connecticut, is thrilled to call Big Sky home! Hope has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Geography from Southern Connecticut State University. She has long been passionate about ensuring that individuals, regardless of their circumstances, have the tools and resources to reach their full potential. This belief led her to undertake coursework focused on social and public policy, human rights law, development theory, and public health interventions at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is very excited to serve the Big Sky community and contribute to the great work being done at WIA. When Hope is not in the office you can find her seeking out her next cup of coffee or on one of the many trails around town with her dog Duke!

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Counseling Office
Wellness In Action
47855 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 161143
Big Sky, MT 59716

Contact Us:
Admin: (406) 589-6522
Info: (406) 993-6803
[email protected]

Office Hours:

WIA staff are generally available and in-office from 8am-6pm Monday-Thursday.