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Executive Director: Carly Colgan
Carly Colgan is the Executive Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties. Originally from Illinois, Carly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Knox College. She moved to Colorado in 2007 to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC. For two years, she traveled the country working on disaster relief and recovery projects with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, FEMA, and United Way. Finishing two years of service, Carly returned to Denver to attend Regis University, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management. While in school, she began working at Roundup Fellowship, where she spent 4 years working as a Program Director with children and adults with disabilities. In 2014 she joined Rocky Mountain Communities, where she oversaw the day to day operations of afterschool programs, aging in place programs, ESL and GED courses, and numerous other resident services at properties across the state of Colorado. Carly enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and running. She can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Program Coordinator: Kathy Martin
Kathy Martin is our Program Coordinator. Every time a child walks out of the BBBS office, excited to have their first outing with their new Big Brother or Big Sister, we always hear her say “I love my job!” Being a bridge that connects children with a healthy role model is more of a passion than a job for Kathy. She first came out to Montana in 1998 to work as a summer camp counselor after her junior year of college for Camp of the Turtle and fell in love with the area. For the past 16 years, since receiving her Bachelors Degree in Theology from Saint Louis University with a minor in Elementary Education, she has been working in the field of social services for organizations such as Sisters of the Road in Portland, Oregon, The Montana Youth Conservation Corps, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, and here at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is the mother of two active boys and enjoys reading, hiking and horseback riding. Kathy can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator: Aja Shada
Marketing, Administration and Event Coordinator: Gwen Jones
Gwen Jones handles marketing, administration and event coordination, including event planning, fund development, and various administrative projects. She holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Bastyr University in Kirkland, Washington where she previously lived for about 12 years. She works part-time for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is also a part-time Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice. She can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Board of Directors
Kelly Wade: President — Kelly had her first job at a non-profit in high school, taking care of thousands of baby trees at the TreePeople nursery in southern California. This position grew into other responsibilities, including coordinating a grant with the Forest Service researching lumber recycling in the Los Angeles area. She graduated UCLA with a degree in Conservation and Analysis of Ecosystems. After she followed her grandparents to Montana in 1981, she owned a fine art gallery in Livingston for 16 years, while being part of the team that created the Livingston Gallery Association and initiated the Friday night Gallery Walks. While running the Wade Gallery, she volunteered her time with a number of local non-profits, including being a founding member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Park County Environmental Council. She has been intimately involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park & Sweet Grass Counties since 2002, either as staff or board member.
Jody Allen: Secretary/Treasurer — Jody is a former non-profit administrator who retired after 45 years of working in offices. She has lived all over the Pacific Northwest, moving to Montana in 1998 and Livingston in 2000. She is married to Aaron Davis, has two grown kids, five granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. She loves to garden, bike, travel, paint, and collect rocks.
Lindsay Aun — Lindsay Aun has been a teacher (and most recently a counselor) with Livingston School District for the past 15 years. During that time she has been involved with BBBS in several capacities, including as a bowler in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a host teacher with mentors in her classroom, and as a parent of a Little. Lindsay has a spunky, sparkly 11 year old daughter, Laine.
Jacquelyn Jones — Assistant Branch Manager, American Bank
Anna McLain — Mother of a Little Brother
Ben Polite — Big Brother