Arthur Blank
Owner

On behalf of the entire Blank family, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mountain Sky. This year marks the 21st consecutive summer that our family has spent at the ranch, and we look forward to connecting with old friends and getting to know new ones. We hope that you have a chance to meet and get to know some of our family members during your stay – this is a place where new friendships begin each and every year. We hope you will enjoy your time here as much as we do. We feel strongly that there is no better place to reconnect with nature and spend quality time with the most important people in our lives.

RC Townsend
General Manager

My Mountain Sky career began as a dishwasher back in 2001, and numerous attempts to find another career always landed me back in this beautiful place. One of my adventures led me to meet and eventually marry the love of my life – Stacy – and when our busy schedules align, we enjoy hiking, fly-fishing, and enjoying the views from our porch in Bozeman. This winter, Stacy and I enjoyed a whirlwind trip to Europe. Using Brussels as home base, we were able to visit Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris and Florence in just 12 crazy days… and Belgium waffles are now officially my favorite food. On behalf of the entire crew, welcome home! We can’t wait to share this place with you.

Yancey Arterburn
AMB West General Manager

I was raised in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where my parents were co-owners and operators of several restaurants. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in finance. After graduation I decided to spend a summer in Big Sky, Montana. I met my wife Kelly at a ranch and soon figured out that guest ranching was a perfect career fit for me. Our son Baylor is 14 years old and he looks forward to dodgeball, Splashball, and milkshakes by the pool all year long. We also have a daughter, Molly, who is 12. Molly is a horse lover so you may see her at the barn. As an outdoor enthusiast, I love all the recreational opportunities that Montana has to offer. I am so blessed to be able to share this enthusiasm with the folks who come here to experience the outdoors. Enjoy your time in Montana!

Abbi Mountain
Massage Therapist

Namaste everybody! This is my first season at Mountain Sky and I am so delighted to be facilitating relaxation, rejuvenation, and restoration through massage and body therapies at the wellness lodge. I recently moved up to the Mountain Sky neighborhood from the Tetons where I practiced massage and yoga along with a bit of firefighting and nordic ski guiding in Grand Teton National Park. I spent over a decade traveling around the world, studying and teaching thai massage, herbal medicine making, yoga, and meditation. It’s a beautiful world we live in, and I feel so grateful to share this wild wonderous corner of it with you this season!

 

AB Schrimsher
Kids Program Manager

My name is Ann Berry Schrimsher, but I go by AB. I am a UNC-Chapel Hill alum who graduated in the Spring of 2020. I am from Charlotte, North Carolina; this is where I learned to love the outdoors. In my free time, I like to go on walks with my puppy Lily!

Adam Crum
Head Wrangler

I’ve been at the ranch for many years and reside at the lower ranch with my wife Jolene and our five children, Makaila, Caleb, Natalia, Josiah and Ethan. I look forward to meeting all of you, as it will be my task to find you the perfect four-legged friend for the week!

Caleb Kauffman
Wrangler

Hi everyone! I just graduated Black Hawk College majoring in Equestrian Science and Horse Science Technology. I may have came from northern Indiana but I am beyond excited to spend my first summer in Montana here at Mountain Sky! With a past of training roping horses, cutters, and breaking colts I am excited to get outside of the arena and ride in Big Sky country. I love to snowboard in the winter and ride horses all summer.

Cameron Middleton
Recreation Specialist

Hailing from small town Australia, I have traded the beaches for the mountains, spending the better part of the last few years here in Montana. Having held a number of positions throughout my tenure at the ranch, you can now find me occupying the front desk with my co-worker Erin–stop by for a chat!

Outside of my job, I enjoy leisurely exploring Montana and the outdoors, trying new restaurants (big foodie), surfing/paddle boarding, and enjoying live music.

 

Caroline Partlowe
Guest Services

Hi yall! I’m super excited for my first season at Mountain Sky and my second summer in Montana! I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After high school, I decided I wanted a change of scenery, and decided to trade buildings for mountains (and came to find out Montana is the perfect place for it).

I currently am a freshman at Montana State University in Bozeman in the Nursing program! I absolutely love the outdoors, and in my spare time I love to ski, hike, and practice yoga. I can’t wait to show y’all everything the state of Montana has to offer (they call it the last best place for a reason)!!!

Carolyn Macleod
Guest Services

Hey everyone! This will be my first summer at Mountain Sky, and I am so excited to meet all of you. I was born and raised in North Carolina, and this will be my very first time in Montana. I graduated from Duke University in May, where I studied studying Computer Science and Psychology. I love all things related to the outdoors, and spend most of my free time hiking, trying to pet other people’s dogs, or buried in a book. Definitely let me know if you have any favorite books that I should check out! I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.

Carolyn Voigt
PM Cook

Hello everyone! I could not be more elated to be learning and working under Chef Jonathan at Mountain Sky for the first time this summer! An Indiana native and Ohio State graduate, most of my life has been spent in the flatlands of the Midwest. But a month spent backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas in college instilled a deep love of the mountains and the West that I’ve been anxious to return to ever since.

After almost two and a half years of living in rural sun-Saharan Zambia as a Food Security Specialist wIth the US Peace Corps, a summer in beautiful Montana felt like the best possible transition to life back stateside. When I’m not working, you’ll find me happily hiking, learning to fly fish, reading in a hammock, and keenly indulging in all the food I’ve missed while abroad. I could not be more excited to explore the beauty of Montana and to meet you all!

Cassie Johnson
Assistant Pastry Chef

I’m was born and raised in Washington state and moved to Oregon when I was 20. I spent almost 10 years living in Eugene. I consider both states to be my home, embracing everything PNW. I started my seasonal life last summer working on a dude ranch in Wyoming. I’m excited for this coming summer with Mountain Sky. I look forward to exploring the beautiful natural scenery.

Charlie Foy
Guest Services

I’m back for my second summer working at Mountain Sky! Last summer, you may have met me hiking or seen me on the golf course. My life has changed a lot since I left the ranch last August. I’ve transferred to Cornell, where I’m majoring in Hotel Administration. I still call Pasadena, California home, but after a crazy transition year, Mountain Sky truly does feel like my home away from home, and I’m counting down the days till I start. When I’m not working this summer, I’m hoping to spend more time camping, and I have an ambitious goal to backpack from the ranch to Big Sky by summer’s end.

Christy Blohm
Wellness and Massage Therapist

Welcome! I am pleased to be returning for another season leading yoga sessions, providing relaxing and therapeutic massages and exploring the abundance of hiking trails the ranch has to offer!  I grew up in Montana and have also traveled to various places around the world, and I am thrilled to, once again, call Montana home.  My personal practice of yoga has spanned almost 30 years, and I feel fortunate to have studied the art of teaching yoga in Baja, Mexico, as well as yoga therapy at the root of it all, in Nashik, India.  My belief in the healing effects of holistic body work led me to the modal of massage therapy. I look forward to another great season in Big Sky Country!

Dan Lee
Technical Analyst

Hi there! this is my first season at Mountain Sky. As the Technical Analyst, I’ll be wrangling all things computer related (not the horses). Looking forward to meeting you all!

Durke Martin
Guest Services

Hello everyone! I am excited to be spending my first summer at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch! I will be heading into my junior year at Slippery Rock University with a major in Parks and Resources Management.  I grew up in western Pennsylvania about an hour north of Pittsburgh in the small town of Fombell. In my free time you will find me doing anything outdoors including fly fishing, and hunting. I look forward to meeting you all this summer!

Dylan Repasky
Guest Services

Hey Y’all! Having spent the last year backpacking Australia and New Zealand, and the prior 6 months in the California Wilderness on a Backcountry Trails crew, I decided to seek my next adventure in the beautiful state of Montana at Mountain Sky. Before I became a transient, I studied Event Management and Music at the University of Central Florida. If I’m not cycling or climbing, you can find me making music, dancing, or looking for someone to throw a frisbee to (please play with me!) I’m looking forward to meeting you all this summer!

Emily Hodge
Guest Services

I came to Mountain Sky last summer as a guest, and I am so excited to get to spend the whole summer there this year as an employee! I am originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I am a rising sophomore at Wake Forest University. I am planning on pursuing degrees in Business and Dance at WFU. In school, I am involved in the Wake Forest Dance Company, and I also serve as the Sustainability Chair of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. I absolutely love the outdoors and the beautiful landscape of Montana, and I am so excited for this upcoming summer!

Emily Kempe
Co-Assistant Kids Program Manager

I’m baaaaack! After a six-year hiatus, I’ll be making a triumphant return to Mountain Sky as Co-Assistant Kids Program Manager. You might remember me from seasons 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a combination of assistant kids and kids program manager. I’m so grateful to Mountain Sky for introducing me to one of the greatest loves of my life, Montana! In the six years I have been gone from the ranch, I worked locally at a nonprofit in Bozeman called HAVEN that serves survivors of domestic violence. I’m currently at the University of Montana in Missoula pursuing my master’s degree in social work. Other tidbits about me: I’m originally from beautiful Phoenix, AZ. I graduated from ASU with a degree in nonprofit management. I’m obsessed with my pug mix named Chuggs. When I’m not at the ranch you can find me hiking (with Chuggs), fly fishing (with Chuggs), reading a good book (with Chuggs) and enjoying adult beverages in the sunshine (also with Chuggs). Can’t wait to spend the 2020 season with you!

Eric Walker
Weed Sprayer

Hi everyone! I’m originally from Delaware and after graduating college in 2005 with a degree in Natural Resource Management, I moved out west to pursue a career in invasive plant control and habitat restoration. After working for the National Park Service for several years, and later as a noxious weed specialist for King County in Washington, I moved to emigrant about a year ago with my wife and young son. I enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and exploring this amazing area with my family. I’m excited to be part of the Mountain Sky team!

Erica Bidelman
Guest Services and Yoga

A Florida native & a nomad at heart, I have spent the past few years traveling and am excited to continue my journey at Mountain Sky! My love of learning and experiencing new things has led me around the world from cruising oceans as yacht crew to guiding volunteers in the northern hill-tribes of Thailand to couch surfing and hitchhiking my way through Europe. Throughout my travels, my practice has served as my ‘home-base’ and sharing the healing art of yoga with others is one of my greatest passions. I use breath work, mantra, meditation and mindful movement to rest, reset and restore the mind, body and spirit. In my free time I love to read, hike and be active, listen to music and bake! I am looking forward to meeting all of you and am excited to trade out my swimsuit for hiking boots and experience everything Montana has to offer! I hope you’ll join me on the mat, Namaste!

Ethan Stroebel
Prep Cook

I am very excited to be spending my second summer at Mountain Sky with all of you! I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and lived there my entire life. I am pursuing a biology degree at Carlow University and am passionate for the outdoors, wildlife, and am a fantastic fly-fisherman. I am also physically active and run a lot, as I am part of the Carlow University track and cross country teams. I enjoy playing basketball and am very competitive. I can’t wait to spend another summer in Montana!

Grayson Cottrell
Wrangler

Hey guys! This will be my first season at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and I couldn’t be more excited. I grew up in a small town in central Illinois but I’ve been all over lately. I worked on a ranch in north Texas last summer and am currently a junior majoring in animal science at Oklahoma State University (go pokes!). I have been riding horses and barrel racing all my life, and I am always up for an adventure. I may come from the flatland midwest, but I love the mountains and I am excited to hike, ride, and explore Montana with each of you!

Greg Pappert
Golf Crew

I am a long-time resident of Livingston, MT who came to Mountain Sky to work on the golf course three seasons ago. I spend my winters working a Bridger Bowl Ski Resort and enjoy hunting and fly fishing. I look forward to seeing you all down at the golf course this season. Welcome to Montana!

Haley Sevalstad
Front Desk Assistant

Hey there! I’m Haley. After spending 10+ years in the heart of Denver, Colorado inspiring solutions for some of the world’s most iconic brands, I hung up my corporate shoes, slipped on my cowgirl boots, and got back to my roots. This will be my first year at Mountain Sky and I couldn’t be more excited. When I’m not facilitating meaningful connections between guests at the ranch, you can catch me on the back of a horse, on a trail, or sharpening my knowledge and skills as I work towards completing my certification as an Equine Gestalt Coach. I can’t wait to meet you all and kick off the 2020 season! 

Halie Dedering
Guest Services

Hey, hey, hey— Halie here! This summer will be my second summer at Mountain Sky and I am beyond excited! I am currently finishing up my junior year of college at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where I am majoring in Interior Architecture. I’ve excited to be back in Montana to live my wildest dreams! I’m looking forward to another adventure and meeting everyone on the ranch! I can’t wait to see you soon!

Harrison Arnold
Guest Services

Hi there! This will be my first summer working at Mountain Sky, and I am beyond excited to get to know my team and all the guests this season! By the time you meet me, I will have just graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Ecology. I live my life with a simple rule of thumb: If you like nature, I like you. I figure that if you’re coming out to Mountain Sky, we will get along just fine. I love to joke around, and you can hear my laugh from a mile away. You will probably hear that a lot. Some people have told me I talk a lot. I’ll be honest with you: a lot of people have told me I talk a lot. Do you like bugs? Do you not like bugs? Are you ambivalent about bugs? If any of these questions resonate with you, we will have A LOT to talk about.

Jackson Carroll
Wrangler

Hey y’all! I’m in my senior year at McNeese State University majoring in AG Business. I’m from Natchitoches Louisiana, where I grew up farming corn and soybeans and transitioned into cowboying as a day worker all across the state. Found my passion in working cattle and riding horses. Loved it so much that I stepped away from college football to pursue this dream of being in big sky country! Looking forward to a fun summer of trail riding and as Gus McCrae would say “Ain’t nothin better than ridin a fine horse in new country!”

Jacob Stroebel
Grounds & Maintenance

Hey y’all! This will be my first year at the ranch and I can’t wait to get started. I grew up in the small town of Bessemer, Pennsylvania about an hour north of Pittsburgh. Growing up in Western PA exposed me to the outdoors and I have been in love ever since. In my free time, you’ll find me hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and anything else outdoors! I’m currently working on finishing my bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Slippery Rock University. I am looking forward to meeting everyone this summer and enjoying the beauty of Montana!

Jennifer White
Bar Manager

I was born in Germany but grew up in Toronto, Canada before moving to Florida for school which is how I first started bartending. During that time I discovered a love for hospitality that has been growing ever since and what started as a college side gig quickly turned into a lifelong career. Over the years I have been able to develop several bar programs, pursue my sommelier certification and compete in various cocktail competitions. More than anything though, I have had the opportunity to work with some very incredible people and as it is my first summer I can’t wait to see who I will meet at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. I feel very lucky to be a part of the team as the Bar Manager and cannot wait to pour you a drink!

Jessie Sperrazza
Dining Room Manager

Hailing from Florida, my wanderlust has led me to live and work in some of the most beautiful (and mountainous!) destinations across the United States. I have had the good fortune to pursue unique hospitality positions in gorgeous Napa Valley, Aspen, Denali, and Juneau. This will be my first season at Mountain Sky, and I look forward to offering a warm welcome to new and returning guests! Living in close proximity to national parks has ignited a true passion for nature and outdoor recreation. Like so many who are drawn to these beautiful destinations, I LOVE hiking! I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to call Mountain Sky home, and I look forward to discovering the beauty and adventure that Montana surely has to offer!

Jodi Petersen
Accounting & Retail Buyer

After spending the last few years working in the Accounting Department and helping my husband Mike Petersen (Golf Superintendent) and son Taylor Petersen (Assistant Golf Superintendent) at the Rising Sun Golf Course, I am thrilled to be making my return to the retail side of Mountain Sky! I enjoyed spending the winter rounding up lots of new locally made gifts, organic body products, apparel and accessories for our Gift Shop, as well as yummy food and gear you may need for the trail. Mike and I raised 3 beautiful kids in Utah before heading North to help build and operate Mountain Sky’s course. Please stop in the Gift Shop and say hi!

Jonathan Romans
Executive Chef

I completed my Le Cordon Blue externship here at Mountain Sky back in 2000 and knew then that my dream was to one day be the Executive Chef here. This will be my fourth year as the Chef here and I feel truly blessed to be a part of the team. It’s a pleasure getting to know as many guests as possible throughout the season. I was born and raised in Livingston right down the road and have had the opportunity to travel the world studying food and food culture. It has always been my belief that food is what can bring us all together as a humans. Before coming to the ranch I was part owner of a very busy restaurant in NYC but yearned for the life that Montana has to offer so I made the move back home. I spent this past off season studying Plant Based Cuisine in Thailand, some nice vacation time in Cuba, and the rest of the winter loving life in Mexico with my Fiance Yuli (you’ll get to meet her soon enough.) Looking forward to catching up with all of you soon!

Julie Tate
Assistant Head Wrangler

Welcome or welcome back! I grew up on San Juan Island in northwest Washington State, but now I call Livingston home. Before Mountain Sky, I graduated from Pomona College in Southern California and after a brief stint of sitting at a desk in San Francisco, I hopped on the wrangling train. Come join me on the trail and see why I have yet to look back (this is year number nine out here for me).  I’m also a proud member of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund — did you know that AMB West Philanthropies has given more than $4 million to non-profits that support local kids? I mean, just when you thought this place couldn’t get any better, right?

Kathy Dodds-Marchington
Cook

I took an Amtrak train from Minnesota to Glacier National Park six times, and surmised that I should move to Montana. After graduating from culinary school in 2000, my first job was right here at the ranch. The last five seasons I have worked two days a week as a pastry assistant, doing some prep work, baking cookies and perfecting those Sunday donuts! I have travelled to over 25 countries, the most recent being Vietnam. I love my commute, having seen moose and even a grizzly bear driving on Big Creek Road. I respect the talented and creative staff and appreciate the guests for this opportunity that exists literally under the mountain sky. Go Falcons!

Katie Runge
Wellness Director

Hi, everyone! This will be my first full season at the Ranch and I can’t wait to experience Montana’s spring and summer seasons! I ventured out here from Baltimore, Maryland, where I was born and raised. After graduating from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), I worked in marketing for consulting, engineering and architecture firms. I’ve always wanted to come out West and experience the magic of Montana and have found myself at home in the Wellness Center. During your stay, you’ll find me helping keep the Wellness Center and programming running. We have a stellar team ready and excited to help you relax and rejuvenate!

Kayla Babb
Housekeeping Manager

I fell in love with Montana the first time I laid eyes on her back in 2014 while coming to work inside Yellowstone National Park. Her beauty has inspired me to travel this country and meet all sorts of interesting and lovely people. I have a goal to see all fifty states and only have eleven left until I’ve reached my goal!

I love talking about the park and the surrounding areas so please feel free to chit chat with me or ask any questions.

I think this part of the country is some of the most beautiful I have yet to see and I look forward to making your stay with us a warm and welcoming one!

Kelly Arterburn
Landscape and Interiors

My first experience at Mountain Sky was in 2005 when my husband Yancey & I stayed the night in the Pony cabin while attending the Montana Dude Rancher’s Association state meeting. At the time we were operating Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky and we were immediately captivated by Mountain Sky’s quiet mountain setting and beautiful historic lodge and cabins. Growing up on a horse and cattle ranch outside of Absarokee, Montana, it really felt like home to me. After an adventure up North running a private ranch, we found our way back to Mountain Sky in 2007 to do what we really love: create and share a world-class guest ranch retreat. Our kids, Baylor (14) and Molly (12), attend school in Gardiner at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Mountain Sky has a special place in our hearts as we continue to see how much it impacts the lives of our guests and staff, as well as our local communities through the giving of the AMB West Community Fund, Base Camp and West Creek Ranch. I hope you have a chance to relax and unwind….as well as kick up your heels a bit!

Kendall Al-Bashir
Guest Services

Hey y’all! This will be my first summer at Mountain Sky and I’m so excited to meet all of you! I am from Marshall, Virginia and live on a farm with my mom and have three older brothers who visit frequently. Virginia is home but I am currently attending Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I’m majoring in Art History with a minor in Statistical and Data Sciences. I’ve spent most of my life as a dancer and you’ll probably spot me dancing around the ranch more than walking. I love spending time outdoors hiking or rock climbing but I’m also an avid knitter and love to just sit and chat for a spell. I cannot wait to spend the summer getting to know you!

Kiera Reinhard
Guest Services

Hello everyone! This will be my first summer at Mountain Sky, but I’m no stranger to Montana! I’ve been coming here with my family ever since birth, and I am so excited to be a part of this great group of people. I call Minnesota home and I am currently pursuing my career in Nursing at South Central College in Mankato. I love to hike, travel, and explore new places. I love every kind of animal and I am a lover of nature. I’m super outgoing, so meeting new people is something I really enjoy. I’m so excited for this summer and can’t wait to get to know you all!

Kolton Boyer
Prep Cook

Hey everyone! I am very excited for my first year at Mountain Sky and learning as much as I can from chef Romans. I am heading into my junior year at Slippery Rock University which is a small school in western Pennsylvania that is not very far from where I grew up. I am pursuing degrees in both Homeland Security and Corporate Security. In my free time you can find me fly fishing, hiking, camping, hunting and anything else outdoors!

Kyle Richert
Land and Livestock Manager

I grew up about an hour away in Big Timber, Montana. I love Montana and the western lifestyle and all it has to offer. I live at the lower ranch where I spend most of my time working. I take care of the agriculture side of Mountain Sky so I work mostly with the cows, irrigation, haying and fencing. I will have the team hitched and ready for a hayride on Wednesday nights at dinner ride which is right out my back door. If you are interested in chasing cows I will take you out and show you how it’s done.

Kylie Blank
Co-Assistant Kids Program Manager

Hi everyone! This is my fourth summer officially working here at Mountain Sky, although I have been coming to the ranch since I was in the womb! I am from Atlanta, Georgia and while I qualify as a city girl, my heart is in Montana. I just finished up my freshman year at Cornell University majoring in Hotel Administration and am eager to apply my in class skills. Growing up at the ranch, the kids program was my heaven and I can’t wait to give that same opportunity to kids this summer through my new position. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better, and ensuring that your experience is as wonderful as mine has always been.

Lauren Overy
Wrangler

Hey guys! This will be my first summer working at Mountain Sky. I’m from a small town in Missouri and I recently graduated college with an associate’s in Agriculture. I have worked with my family’s horse training and boarding business my whole life. I have always been drawn to the mountains and in particular, Montana. I am looking forward to many adventures and being able to share them with wonderful people.

Lizzie Hunter
Guest Services

Hi everyone! I cannot wait to be joining you all for an amazing summer at Mountain Sky. After hearing about all the adventures that Sam, my older brother had working on the golf course here last summer, I knew I had to come out and join the fun. I am from Lynchburg, Virginia and I currently attend James Madison University (Go Dukes!) studying business management. Last year, I had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy where I tasted the best gelato in the entire world. I love the outdoors and cannot wait to experience this beautiful place together!

Logan Rathburn
Grounds and Maintenance

Hello everyone! I am making the 1500-mile journey from Michigan this spring to spend the summer at Mountain Sky. After graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in construction management, I dove headfirst into the world of commercial construction. This summer, I am taking a break from construction to work a grounds & maintenance position at the ranch. I look forward to meeting you all.

Loretta Westcott
Guest Services

Hello everyone. My name is Loretta and this will be my first summer at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. I am currently in my last year of my BSN at Western Michigan University. I was born and raised in Michigan but love to get out and travel to other states and countries. A few things I love are hiking, running, and traveling. I am really looking forward to my time at Mountain Sky in all of its greatness.

Lynnde Cole
Wrangler

I am excited and looking forward to beginning a new adventure in Montana as a Mountain Sky Wrangler!  Born and raised on the coast of Central California, I have grown up in an agriculturally-centered ranching family.  I am the oldest of four kids, and currently attend Cuesta College as a Business major, with intent to transfer to Montana State University.  I plan to further both my education and collegiate rodeo career upon attending MSU. I love meeting people, riding horses, and seeing new country!

Maddie Friedman
Wrangler

Hi there everyone! I’m originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and although I will always be a beach girl at heart, I’ve also come to adore the mountains through my career as a wrangler. I grew up riding English, and I’ve done everything from jumping to dressage to polo, but I’ve never found anything I love quite as much as riding the beautiful trails of the West. I graduated from Colby College with a degree in English and creative writing (talk to me about books anytime!), and since then I’ve worked at guest ranches in North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve also worked as a vet tech on and off for many years, so I love helping out with doctoring the horses and I’m always happy to teach people and eager to learn anything I can. This will be my first season at Mountain Sky and I’ve never been to Montana before, so I can’t wait to explore some beautiful new country on great horses and meet lots of awesome people! Looking forward to a great season!

Madison Steffel
Guest Services

Hello everyone! I am excited to say this is my first summer adventure at Mountain Sky. I am currently studying Business Marketing at MSU-Moorhead. Last winter I was able to become a beach bum in Hawai’i for a semester and found my love for hiking and camping. Only needing a tent and a swimsuit is pretty convenient! I was born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes Minnesota, and have decided to take on the mountains. This summer I am excited to meet and get to know all the guests & staff!

Maria Cochran
Guest Services

Hello! I am so excited to be spending my first summer at Mountain Sky! I am currently a freshman at Roanoke College and I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina. I am involved in the Outdoor Adventures program at my school and can’t wait to be around people this summer who have similar interests as me!

Marleana La Shomb
Massage Therapist

Mike Petersen
Golf Superintendent

I came to the ranch to direct the construction of Rising Sun Golf Course. I have 20-plus years of experience in the golf business as a superintendent including the construction and maintenance of four Johnny Miller Design courses. My wife Jodi Petersen (Accounting) and son Taylor Petersen (Assistant Golf Superintendent) have also joined me here, and we all look forward to giving you a truly memorable golf experience during your visit to the ranch.

Mimi Schrimsher
Guest Services

Hi everyone! My name is Mimi Schrimsher and I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina. I have just recently finished my sophomore year at Davidson College, located in Davidson, NC, where I’m an economics major. A few of the things I am involved with on campus include club frisbee, Rusk Eating House, and Davidson Outdoors (the student-led outing club)! Growing up in Charlotte, I’ve spent most of my summers backpacking, climbing and mountain biking as both a camper and counselor in the North Carolina mountains! Although North Carolina is home, I’ve grown anxious to explore beyond the Blue Ridge and Appalachians and make my way to the wide open spaces out west! This summer will be my first time ever venturing out west, and I am so excited to be spending it at Mountain Sky! I look forward to meeting you all during  your time at the ranch and helping to make your stay the best part of your summer!

Morgan Pearson
Landscaper and Photographer

My eighth season at Mountain Sky! How did that happen? Leaving this all behind is apparently the ONLY skill I haven’t learned in my years here. I love having my hands all over the ranch; I’ll be cooking at Breakfast Ride for you on Tuesdays during the summer, maintaining our beautiful landscape, and covertly snapping your picture whenever I see that inevitable smile. I grew up in Stockton, Illinois, a tiny town in the northwestern part of the state. I went to school at NIU for a photography and ceramic degree, and during the summers I headed west and worked in Yellowstone National Park for a few years. Needless to say, I did not (or could not) stray too far. In my free time, I look forward to some hiking, climbing, and sleeping somewhere under the stars. Can’t wait to see you!

Nancy Norlander
Accounting

I am looking forward to my eleventh summer at Mountain Sky. I spend much of my time here making sense out of numbers and helping a bit with computers. I feel truly blessed to be able to work and live in such a beautiful place! My home is in Livingston, and I absolutely love it there. When I am not working, I enjoy singing, gardening, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Natalie Gilbert
Wellness Director

I graduated from Christopher Newport University, where I played field hockey and lacrosse while earning my degree in communication studies and minoring in studio art. I’m a little nomadic in nature: after studying in Spain and exploring Europe, I since have traveled to 31 different countries. Some of the highlights from these past few years include volunteering at an elephant village in Thailand, receiving my open water diving certification, taking an ultralight flight over the Himalayas, participating in an 11 day Vipanassana silent meditation in Nepal, completing the 500 mile walk of the Camino de Santiago, selling my jewelry and oil blends at small Chilean markets, and living at a yoga ashram in the Himalayas where I pursued one of my passions, yoga, and received my first TTC in India. I have also lived and worked at a yoga center in the Bahamas as well as in Quebec, Canada. On top of some online trainings, I have also received another 200 hour TTC in Peru, a 100 hour meditation training in Dharmsala, India, and most recently a 30 CEU in Yin Yoga in Costa Rica. I am BEYOND excited to return to Mountain Sky for my eighth season! I look forward to seeing all those familiar faces of families and friends, as well as meeting all the newcomers to the ranch! Can’t wait to see you all in our beautiful Wellness Center for relaxation, restoration, and renewal!

Pam Comstock
Pastry Chef

This is my 28th season at Mountain Sky, and I still love it. I am partly responsible for all the sweets, granola, breads and other treats you eat here. Jessica Nelson will be helping me out, and we are excited to have her back. In the summer when I am not working, I love to hike, bike and garden. My husband Turk and I grow most of our own food. Join me on the “All Day Hike” on Thursday during the summer.

Patrick Trembley
Operations Manager

This will be season number nine for me at the ranch. Originally from Minnesota, I’m lucky enough to be able call Mountain Sky my year-round home. I’ll be spending my weekends backpacking, floating the Yellowstone, and hitting up all the live music in the area. Looking forward to another incredible year here!

Phillip Ellington
PM Cook

Hello I’m Phillip Ellington and I’m from Central Arkansas. I like to fish, hunt, camp, hike, read, and cook. I look forward to working with Chef Jonathan and all the staff at Mountain Sky. I’m excited to have the opportunity to feed the wonderful guests this season.

Rachael Peacock
Wrangler

Hey everyone! I am beyond excited to spend my first summer at MSGR and explore the beautiful Montana mountains with ya’ll. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and recently graduated from the University of Georgia with majors in Biological and Animal Sciences (Go Dawgs!).  I’ve been riding horses my entire life and can’t wait to spend the summer doing what I love with some amazing people before beginning Physician Assistant school next winter. I grew up breaking, training, and competing horses in the hunter-jumper and eventing disciplines including competing on UGA’s eventing team during college. In the past few years my love for adventure has taken me to Botswana where I studied wildlife conservation, to Bolivia where I climbed a 6,000m glacier and worked in health care, and now to this ranch! Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Randy Venteicher
Facilities Manager

This will be my 14th summer as facilities manager on the ranch. It has been fun and rewarding to make lasting improvements that are appreciated. I’m looking forward to seeing some new country this summer. You can, too.

Robert Barker
Grounds & Maintenance

Howdy y’all. This is my second season at Mountain Sky and I’m extremely excited to see returning guests as well as new ones! Being outdoors is my biggest passion so I instruct fly fishing and clay shooting on top of my groundskeeping and maintenance duties. I can’t wait for another great season at the ranch, see you soon.

Ryan Byrne
Guest Services

Hello everyone! This will be my first summer at Mountain Sky and I could not be more excited! I am currently finishing up my third year in college close to home at the University of Cincinnati. I grew up on the east side of town developing a love for sports and all things outdoors. I’ve played baseball throughout my college career and love going to college football games. I like to spend my free time outside enjoying activities like hiking, hunting, golfing and anything on or around the water. This will be my first time in Montana, and I can’t wait for the good times with good people at Mountain Sky!

Tawnya Rupe
Fund Director

This is my 22th season at Mountain Sky! My husband and I recently started our own cattle and hay operation in Wilsall, northeast of Livingston in the Crazy Mountains. I coordinate the community giving for the ranch and enjoy working with our non-profit partners. You can learn more about our partnerships in the community in your in-room packet.

Taylor Petersen
Assistant Golf Superintendent

I work down at the golf course, spending quality time with my Dad Mike Petersen (Golf Superintendent). This is my tenth season at Mountain Sky, and it has been such a wonderful experience. I hope you will come down and visit us!

Theresa Duffy
Wrangler

Welcome to Mountain Sky! I’m thrilled to be returning for another season of great rides, stunning scenery, and amazing food. I’m looking forward to seeing all the returning staff and guests who’ve also become my friends. As well, I’m excited to meet some new guests and “wow” them with the beauty of this place I call home.

Valerie Anastasi-Renzoni
Sous Chef

This will be my first season at Mountain Sky, but certainly not my first Rodeo. When I’m not cooking or baking you will find me enjoying my other passion; exploring new trails while hiking or mountain biking. I am volunteer Master Food Preserver since 2011.  An entrepreneur artisan bread baker for the local farmers market. My hobby is baking which is very rewarding. I enjoy keeping my skills up to date by trying new recipes. My culinary experiences include Personal Chef , Sous Chef at guest ranches, and Chef at a 5 star Bed and Breakfast. I received my degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute. My experience in vegetarian cuisine at the Dr. Dean Ornish program at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla. I am looking forward to meeting you this summer and preparing delicious scrumptious memories.

Whitney Lane
Challenge Course & Basecamp Manager

This is my 6th summer as part of the Mountain Sky family. I’m so excited for another summer up Big Creek with adventures and wild flowers all around. Along with working at the Challenge Course, I oversee AMB West Basecamp, which offer a piece of Mountain Sky property for use by local non-profits. As you ride or hike by on the way to Lunch ride or at anytime during your stay, don’t hesitate to say hello to our guests and staff.

You may also run into me on the road or trail slowly ‘running’ or mountain biking, or just taking in the breathtaking, ever-changing scenery.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Woody Carter
Grounds and Maintenance/Guest Services

I am excited to be spending my first full summer in Montana at Mountain Sky.  Although I was born in Atlanta, Georgia my family has vacationed in the West ever since I was a little boy.  I found my passion for Parks and Recreation in the West and have pursued it ever since.  I am currently a senior at the University of Mississippi majoring in Sports and Recreation Management.  I like to mountain bike, kayak, skeet shoot, golf and snowboard.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer. Hotty Toddy.