• Bigger Sky Kids in Wolf Point, Montana

The Staff

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DEZI ADAMS

STAFF

Dezi Adams teaches fourth grade at Northside Elementary School in Wolf Point. A native of Wolf Point and an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe on the Fort Peck Reservation, Dezi has a BS degree in Elementary Education from Dickinson State University in North Dakota and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. For seven years while in Arizona, she implemented and supervised an after-school program through the 21st Century Program.

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DIANE BAILEY

PROGRAM COMMITTEE, STAFF

Diane Bailey teaches fifth grade at Northside Elementary School in Wolf Point. A member of the Optimist Club, volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and Student Council supervisor, Diane earned a Bachelor of Science, with emphasis on elementary curriculum K-8 and special education, and a Master of Science, with emphasis on school counseling, both from Montana State University Billings. She has a Masters in Educational Technology, focusing on modern technology in the classroom from Lesley University in Cambridge Mass, as well as a diploma and certification in Preschool-Kindergarten from Montessori.

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KEVIN BARLEY

STAFF

Kevin Barley was born in Lake Havasa City, Arizona, the only son of a single mother. They moved to California when he was very young and to Wolf Point when he was in fifth grade. At age 15, he started studying music. By age 17, he had begun playing in bands that, over the next couple of decades, would range from punk rock to country music. He and B!SK volunteer Cassandra Solberg currently play in a local band called IDK. Kevin also loves technology of all kinds: he can disassemble and reassemble a PC! A Native American of Mojave descent, Kevin is an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

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CONNIE BRIDGES & JOANN HESER

STAFF

Sisters Connie Bridges (left) and Joann Heser (right) team teach cooking classes at Bigger Sky Kids. Joann served for twenty-six years as a court reporter for the 15th Judicial District of the State of Montana. She and her husband Rick own a farm/ranch south of Wolf Point. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. For the last forty years, Connie, who is a cosmetologist, has owned and operated Connie’s Cutting Cottage in Wolf Point. Connie and her late husband Greg raised four children and two grandchildren.

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BRIDGET DRUMMOND

STAFF

Bridget Drummond teaches art and music at Northside Elementary School in Wolf Point. Born and raised on a farm/ranch near Pierre, South Dakota, Bridget attended the University of South Dakota Vermillion earning a BS degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Before coming to Wolf Point, she taught in South Dakota, in Warsaw, Poland, and then in Hardin, Montana. Bridget loves teaching art and music because they allow her the opportunity to create, opening the door to endless possibilities.

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RHONDA MASON

PROGRAM COMMITTEE, STAFF

Rhonda Mason taught history at Brockton High School until her retirement in 2001. For more than two decades, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor and as Director of Student Support Services at Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, where she was chosen Employee of the Year in 2006. And for four years, she served as a Family Service Assistant at Youth Dynamics in Wolf Point. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force with a Master of Education degree from Montana State University, Rhonda is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes—an alliance of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. In 2000, she was honored as Montana Indian Education Association Teacher of the Year.

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THOMAS OLSEN

STAFF

Thomas Olsen is a Health Enhancement teacher for the Wolf Point school district. A native Wolf Pointer who is committed to serving the community, he recently joined the board of the Wolf Point 100 Club, a nonprofit that assists in buying medical equipment for local health care facilities, and he is an active member of the Optimists. Thomas earned a degree in Physical Education from Dickinson State University in North Dakota and has since pursued studies in special education.

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BARBARA OLSON

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, STAFF

A teacher at Northside Elementary School in Wolf Point, Barbara Olson and her husband Larry own a small, diversified farm/ranch on the outskirts of Wolf Point. Barbara has a BS in Education with a K-12 reading endorsement from Montana State University Northern, a Master in Education specializing in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge Mass, and a Master of Science in Special Education from Montana State University Billings.

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OTTO OSEN

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Otto Osen hails from Glasgow, Montana, where he worked for Trinity Technology Group as a Transportation Security Officer at Glasgow airport. In January 2019, he was honored as employee of the month. In April 2019, he was promoted to Supervisory Transportation Security Officer at Wolf Point airport. Otto has an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis on mathematics and the visual arts from the University of Montana. His love of art was nurtured by his high school art teacher, Cathryn Reitler (McIntyre), Bigger Sky Kids’ artist-in-community. Along with abstract oil painting, his interests include gardening and cooking.

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CATHRYN REITLER MCINTYRE

ARTIST-IN-COMMUNITY

Cathryn Reitler McIntyre of Glasgow, Montana, is Bigger Sky Kids artist-in-community. A working artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree and an MA in secondary art education, both from the University of Montana, Cathryn has a deep and abiding interest in teaching art to children. She has previously worked with the Montana Office of Public Instruction and with the Fort Peck Community College, and has taught classes in Poplar, Brockton, Nashua and Frazer, all towns that sit on the Fort Peck Reservation. She will return in 2020-2021 to resume the class on Studio Mastery for Beginning & Intermediate Artists which was suspended in March due to the pandemic.

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KIYO RUHD

STAFF

Kiyo Ruhd was born and raised in Wolf Point where she lives with her husband Rockie. Since her retirement from the Roosevelt County Treasurers Office, she has indulged several hobbies — reading, gardening, camping and fishing. She also enjoys cooking and sharing her love of good food with students at Bigger Sky Kids.

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VIVIAN SCHULTZ

STAFF

Vivian Schultz teaches art at Wolf Point High School and serves as librarian at Wolf Point Junior High. An online lead teacher and instructor for Montana Digital Academy, Vivian has a Bachelor of Arts—Extended Art, from Montana State University Billings, Art and Elementary Certification Credentials from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and a Library Science endorsement from Western Montana College Dillon.

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CASSIE SOLBERG

STAFF

From a young age, native Wolf Pointer Cassie Solberg learned music from her parents who have a local band. She describes herself as another in a long line of musicians. In addition to music, she also loves baking. Cassie opened her own Wolf Point bakery, called Sun Mountain Sweets, in 2017. She has volunteered as a Girl Scouts leader since 2011, and she works as a customer service representative at a local insurance agency.

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PAT STENNES

PROGRAM COMMITTEE, STAFF

The proud mother of a daughter and two grandsons, Pat Stennes was born and raised in Wolf Point. She worked for Roosevelt County for more than forty years, serving as Clerk of District Court for thirty of them. Pat is an avid reader and gardener. She is a member of the Wolf Point Optimists and volunteers with the Junior Optimists. She is also active in her church, both as Secretary and as editor of the church bulletin.

SUPPORT TEAM

ACCOUNTING

Connie Voth, CPA   Missoula, MT
Trina Venard, CPA   Kirkland, WA

 

LEGAL

Colleen Cook, J.D.   Seattle, WA
Robert Bartlett, J.D.   Seattle, WA

 

FUNDRAISING & GRANTWRITING

M. B. Cook  Wellington, New Zealand
Danya Rumore  Salt Lake City, UT
Gina Rumore  Minneapolis, MN

 

TECHNOLOGY

J. B. Carter  Oakland, CA

 

WEBSITE & GRAPHIC ARTS

Cari Campbell  Plentywood, MT
Robaire Ream  Lacey, WA
Somer Weich  Boise, ID