Commissioner Bios

Archery
Sherri Pallett

Armwrestling
Ruth Michel

Ruth Michel has been involved in all facets of Armwrestling for 30 years: as a competitor, referee, score keeper, and announcer. She has volunteered to help with Armwrestling at the Big Sky State Games for many years, and is now taking the reins. Ruth a former US National Wristwrestling champion, and Canadian National Armwrestling champion. She is employed as an accountant at Sibanye Stillwater.

Basketball Adult
Dick Zier

Dick is a graduate of MSU-Bozeman in Agricultural Business and Physical Education. He has been a basketball commissioner for BSSG for many years. He has also officiated high school and college football, and was a MOA Basketball Official for over 20 years. Zier is the owner of Dick Zier Brokerage.

Rodd Hamman

Rodd has been playing basketball for 50 years, and has participated in the Men's Master's basketball division of the Games for over 20 years. He has served as basketball commissioner for BSSG for many years, and has also participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Rodd is employed at Calton, Hamman and Wolff PC.

Kyle Schlichenmayer

Kyle Schlichenmayer is a Commercial Real Estate Specialist for Coldwell Banker Commercial CBS where he helps people buy, sell and lease commercial real estate. In his younger years, he was an avid basketball player and even coached a little bit. He enjoys volunteering for the Big Sky State Games because the State Games were always something he looked forward to as a young player.

Marcell Bruski

Marcell Bruski graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communication Studies. During her time at Rocky she was a MOA Basketball and Volleyball official. Marcell works as Business Outreach Project Manager at Big Sky Economic Development.

Brian Williams

Brian is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana-Missoula with a Bachelors in Business Finance. Brian currently officiates both high school and collegiate basketball all around Montana, most recently finishing up his 12th year in the avocation working the State A Boys State Championship game. Brian is a Loan Officer at Yellowstone Bank in Billings and has been in the banking industry his entire adult career. Brian serves on multiple boards around Yellowstone County and is currently serving as Board President at Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Patrick Klugman

Patrick Klugman received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from MSU-Billings. Patrick officiates as a Certified MOA Official during the basketball season and enjoys participating in multiple golf, basketball, and softball leagues. Klugman works as a Senior Project Manager at Big Sky Economic Development.

Basketball Scholastic
Dick Zier

Dick is a graduate of MSU-Bozeman in Agricultural Business and Physical Education. He has been a basketball commissioner for BSSG for many years. He has also officiated high school and college football, and was a MOA Basketball Official for over 20 years. Zier is the owner of Dick Zier Brokerage.

Rodd Hamman

Rodd has been playing basketball for 50 years, and has participated in the Men's Master's basketball division of the Games for over 20 years. He has served as basketball commissioner for BSSG for many years, and has also participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Rodd is employed at Calton, Hamman and Wolff PC.

Kyle Schlichenmayer

Kyle Schlichenmayer is a Commercial Real Estate Specialist for Coldwell Banker Commercial CBS where he helps people buy, sell and lease commercial real estate. In his younger years, he was an avid basketball player and even coached a little bit. He enjoys volunteering for the Big Sky State Games because the State Games were always something he looked forward to as a young player.

Kolten Knatterud

Kolten is a graduate of Carroll College with a degree in Civil Engineering. This will be his first year serving as a basketball commissioner for the BSSG. Kolten played football at Carroll College, and was a member of the 2007 NAIA National Championship Team. Kolten is a partner at Territorial Landworks, Inc., a Montana Engineering, Surveying, and Consulting Firm.

Marcell Bruski

Marcell Bruski graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communication Studies. During her time at Rocky she was a MOA Basketball and Volleyball official. Marcell works as Business Outreach Project Manager at Big Sky Economic Development.

Brian Williams

Brian is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana-Missoula with a Bachelors in Business Finance. Brian currently officiates both high school and collegiate basketball all around Montana, most recently finishing up his 12th year in the avocation working the State A Boys State Championship game. Brian is a Loan Officer at Yellowstone Bank in Billings and has been in the banking industry his entire adult career. Brian serves on multiple boards around Yellowstone County and is currently serving as Board President at Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Patrick Klugman

Patrick Klugman received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from MSU-Billings. Patrick officiates as a Certified MOA Official during the basketball season and enjoys participating in multiple golf, basketball, and softball leagues. Klugman works as a Senior Project Manager at Big Sky Economic Development.

Biathlon
Seth Hubbard

Seth Hubbard is the Head Coach with the Bridger Biathlon Club. Originally from Maine with a back ground in Nordic skiing and Biathlon Coaching Seth is working to introduce athletes to the sport of Biathlon and giving them the skills to develop in the sport. Seth is passionate about all outdoor sports but focuses his time on Running, Mountain biking and Skiing in his free time.

Billiards
Doug Asleson

Doug Asleson has a long history with the billiards community in Billings and Montana. He founded the Billings BCA Pool in 1998, at one time one of the largest pool leagues in North America. He ran that league for 18 years and it is still running strong today. He also was one of the organizers of The Montana State 8 Ball Tournament in 2001 and that is still one of the top tournaments in Montana. Doug retired as General Manager of Gainan's Flowers in 2017 and spends 6 month in Arizona with his wife, Linda, playing billiads, golf and softball, but Montana will always be home.

Bowling
Jacob Haan

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Cornhole
Brian Hafner

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Jamie Hovey

Jamie a Senior Tax Accountant for Wipfli LLP CPAs and Consultants where she specializes in the Oil & Gas Industry and minor in Agriculture. She graduated from Montana State University - Billings with a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting. Jamie was born and raised in Wyoming and has lived in Billings since 2010. Her hobbies include Golf, Basketball, and Hiking with her two labs.

Curling
Chris Belback

Chris was born in Warrenton, VA and grew up in the Virginia Beach area. After high school, Chris attended Virginia Tech where he studied and graduated with a B.S. in Geology. In March of 2005, Chris made the move to Montana with future wife Mary, to start work as a Wellsite Geologist for Sunburst Consulting. Chris is now a Vice President for Sunburst and has been the President of the Billings Curling Club since January of 2014. Outside of his time curling, Chris can be seen playing ice hockey, playing guitar, or just hanging out with his daughter Cece.

Sarah Lemon

Sarah Lemon was first introduced to curling on a trip to Banff, Alberta, Canada with her husband Jay in 2014. Upon return she found a newly formed Billings Curling Club and immediately joined. She has been an active league member ever since and serves on the board of directors as treasurer. Sarah enjoys travelling around Montana and North Dakota with her fellow curling team members competing in bonspiels. When not curling, you can find her working at a bank or indulging her creative side with various fiber arts.

Dan Ottman

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Cycling
Chris Cook

Chris Cook has been involved in cycling for six years, and is a cycling instructor at the YMCA. He helps coordinate the St. Vincent Foundation Kohls Care Program and is involved with the Bike Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Heart and Sole Committee, the Downtown Exchange Club, Alberta Bear Theatre Board, and the Billings Police Department Citizens Bike Patrol. In 2010, he received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Billings Chamber of Commerce. Chris loves to bike and share his enthusiasm for cycling with others.

Brenda Rose

Brenda Rose's love for cycling began with teaching cycling classes at the Billings YMCA. She enjoys riding for charities and ultra-distances. Brenda's experience in the past with organizing events has been as a track and cross country coach until 2012 when she was the race director for the YAK. When not on her bike, Brenda is a teacher at Billings West High.

Dean Cromwell

Dean has been a Cyclist for over 30 years. He enjoys road and mountain biking. He is the owner of the Spoke Shop and member of Pedal United. He was the former owner of Chalet Market for over 30 years.

McKay Martwig

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Michelle Fast

John Salo

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Kristen Salo

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DanceSport Ballroom
Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker is the Ballroom Commissioner, with the assistance of the previous Commissioner Kim Welch. He has been active in ballroom, Latin, and country dancing in Billings since 2000. He has competed in the Ballroom Division for ten years. He is an officer of the Yellowstone Ballroom Dance Club, and teaches country dancing in the Renegades country dance group.

DanceSport Stage
Alison Woodward

Alison Woodward grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and started dancing in creative movement classes at the age of 2. Moving into company at age 5 she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, but tap continued to be a passion and resulted in multiple solo routines throughout her competition career. Traveling and competing throughout Phoenix, Las Vegas, and areas of California allowed her to take classes with amazing choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, and Michael Rooney.

In college, while studying to be a Science Educator, Alison continued to take dance classes on the side. Working with such wonderful instructors as Michael Williams and Melissa Lowe at the University of Arizona. A few weeks in to Michael Williams tap class and Alison was soon called out to be an assistant and by the end of her college career she was helping teach the tap classes, conducting private lessons, and assisting Michael Williams during the Jazz in AZ convention classes.

Alison has always had a knack for teaching and since the age of 11 she has assisted, led warm-ups, and taught dance classes. This continued with numerous studios in the Tucson, Arizona area and eventually expanded to working competition choreography. Life changing events took Alison, and her husband, to Jacksonville, Alabama. She found work at a competitive studio in Rainbow City, but started her own competitive team, Calhoun Academy of Dance, in 2013. This past October Alison officially took over as studio Director. Calhoun Academy of Dance offers jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, tumbling, baton, and clogging. Her competitive team competes throughout Alabama.

Disc Golf
Daniel Kamp

Daniel Kamp is an Amateur Disc Golfer but plans on becoming Pro soon. He is based out of Billings, Montana. He loves Disc Golf because of how competitive yet accepting and encouraging his fellow Disc Golfers are. His focus is to help others and to grow the sport of Disc Golf. When he is not working or on the course he is with his dog in the mountains, on the river, or by a lake.

Equestrian Horse Show
Melody Bilden

Melody Bilden grew up on a horse ranch in Colorado. She started showing horses and entering rodeos by the age of 10, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for many years. Melody currently resides in Roundup, MT. She has two sons and two grandchildren. She looks forward to helping gather horse people from all breeds to enjoy a full day of fun and great competition.

Equestrian Jumping and Dressage
Emily Luoma-Brester

Emily Luoma-Brester has served as BSSG commissioner for multiple years. Originally from Virgina, MN, she moved to Montana for the Equestrian program at Rocky Mountain College. She is now a manager and trainer at White Aspen Ranch.

Equestrian Pony Show
Roz Robinson

This is Roz Robinson's thrid year as a commissioner of the Pony Show. She grew up around horses and volunteered 20 years as a 4H leader. She spent many years raising miniature horses that she incorporated into the 4H kids to show at the county fairs and local mini shows. Roz is excited to be contributing to the Big Sky State Games and hopes this year will be attended and enjoyed by many.

Figure Skating
Kathie Jewell

Kathie Jewell has over 30 years of ice skating coaching experience, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for over 10 years. She has taught all levels and has been involved with the Figure Skating Club of Billings since 1987. Kathie is a GIS Manager at the Bureau of Land Management.

Alex McCready

Alex McCready has been involved with figure skating since the age of five, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for many years. She has enjoyed being an instructor for the over 25 years, teaching at both recreational and competitive levels.

Flag Football
Brice Baker

Andrew Johnson

Preston Roberts

Preston was born and raised in Billings, MT, and graduated from Skyview High School in 2010. He played football all four years and has been playing Flag Football in Big Sky State Games for the last 10 years. In 2014 he became the Executive Director for Yellowstone Youth Football running both the administration and football operations for the last 7 years. Preston started playing flag football in 2010. In 2018, there was not an adult league in Billings, and so he and a few friends decided to start Big Sky Flag Football. We went from 9 teams in year one, to 17 in year two. It has blown up and become a great season in the fall. Flag Football is loved and needed in our community and they love being able to fill that void. He is excited to get involved in Big Sky State Games and looks forward to the years to come!

Golf
Barb Lawson

Barb Lawson has served as BSSG Golf Commissioner for over 10 years. She is a charter member of both of the Ladies Leagues at Yegen Golf Club and also serves on the board for the morning league. Barb works as the Tournament Coordinator and Pro Shop Attendant at Yegen Golf Club. In 2007 she was inducted into the Yellowstone County Ladies' Golf Hall of Fame.

Connor Rakowski

Connor Rakowski is a 2012 graduate of Rocky Mountain College where he earned a degree in Business Management. He played for the Battlin' Bears squad all four years being a co-captain his final three years. He earned Frontier First All Conference in each year while playing for the Bears being top 5 in scoring average every year. He helped lead the team to its first NAIA mens national golf championship appearance hosted at TPC Deere Run during his 2009-10 season as well as a Frontier Conference Championship. During his 2010-11 season he qualified once again individually for the national championships while sharing Frontier conference Co-Player of the Year. He was named to the 2011 PING All Region West Third Team as well as 2011 NAIA Third Team All-American. He recorded five individual wins during his four year career. A Colorado transplant Rakowski grew up in the western part of the state outside of Basalt. A multi sport athlete growing up Rakowski split time between golf, basketball and baseball. He is employed at Peter Yegen course and looks forward to share his experiences as well as knowledge of the game with the golfers that walk in the door.

Renzi Lee

Renzi Lee is the Lake Hills golf professional and also a Billings native! He was recognized as the 2017 recipient of the “Youth Player Development Award.” This award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in this field. Renzi does not lack enthusiasm in teaching someone to play golf. It is with his enthusiasm, especially with junior golfers preparing individuals for life-time involvement in the game of golf.

Handball
Craig Canfield

Craig learned to play handball while attending college in the late 1970s. Since he began playing more than 35 years ago, Craig has made many friends and acquaintances throughout Montana. Craig considers handball is a "lifetime sport" which has allowed him remain active, healthy, and competitive. When unable to schedule a handball match, Craig is a Civil Engineer for KLJ Engineering specializing in airport engineering and planning.

Ice Hockey
Justin Davis

A Realtor at Century 21 here in Billings, Justin assumed the duties of Hockey commissioner from Vince Francischetti in 2011, and has been a USA Hockey official since 2009. Possessing measured experience from within various depths of the regional hockey community, he adheres to the idea of timely communication and empowering the ideas that make the Big Sky State Games valuable.

Jeff Wilson

Jeff moved to Red Lodge from Canada. After selling a business he and his family ran in Red Lodge for 23 years, he moved to Billings. He has been involved in hockey as a player, coach, and parent for many years. He is a past board member and past president of the Billings Amateur Hockey League. Jeff is a Broker with J L Wilson & Associates Realty.

Zach Wilson

Zach started playing hockey when he was 5 years old. He played his youth hockey with the BAHL. He continued playing hockey for four years in juniors and then in college and continues to play in the adult elite division. Zach is currently coaching the Billings high school hockey team as well as officiating. He is currently serving on the BAHL board and is head of the coaching committee.

Indoor Soccer
Coming Soon

Bio is coming soon!

Judo
Dave & Eve Allen

They are both 5th Dan Taekwondo, Dave is 4th Dan Judo and Eve is Nidan in Judo. Dave and Eve are part owners and instrutors at the Martial Arts Academy of Billings. Eve works freelance as a legal assistant and proofreader, while Dave owns Auto Brokers of Montana and AA&A Auto Rental. Dave is also a PJC International Judo Referee, and serves as a tournament announcer for various national and international events, including the World IBSA (Blind Players) Judo Tournament and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Karate
Ellis Heggen

Ellis Heggen has been involved in martial arts since 1981, and has been assisting with the State Games for 24 years. Ellis is a seventh-degree Chief Instructor CHA-3 Kenpo. He is employed by 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union as a Comptroller.

Nelsa Heggen

Nelsa has been assisting with the Big Sky State Games Competition for 23 years, serving 15 of those as floor manager. She was also the floor manager for 'Fight for What's Right' tournaments.

Lacrosse (Chumash)
Blake Wahrlich

Blake Wahrlich has been involved with Lacrosse since he first picked up a stick back in 6th grade when he moved to New Jersey from California. When he moved back to California in 2010, he discovered there were limited opportunities to play Lacrosse where he lived. With the help of his family, he helped start the Diablo Scorpion Lacrosse Club when he was a sophomore in high school, which now boasts over 650 players in the program. After graduating high school, he traveled to Perth Australia to take part in the U19 World Games before moving onto college, where he played for and started all 4 years for CSU Chico. After graduating from college, Blake moved across the pond to England working for the English Lacrosse Association as a LDO (local development officer), where his duties were to spread Lacrosse across Southern England, with daily activities including traveling to primary schools and teaching Lacrosse in their PE classes. After a year abroad, he moved to Billings in May of 2008, and after several years, decided Billings and Montana needed Lacrosse. In 2011, with the help of Michelle Kern and Brynn Schwarz, he started the Billings Scorpion Lacrosse Club, with only 1 team at the time. Also, in 2011, he joined the newly formed board of the Montana Lacrosse Association, which is the state chapter for governing body of US Lacrosse. Fast forward to 2016, and Blake is currently still on the MLA board as the High School Commissioner, current President of the Billings Scorpions, and coach of the Billings High School Lacrosse Club, which represents players from Senior, Central, and Skyview High Schools.

Pickleball
Larry Seekins

Larry Seekins has played Pickleball for over over 25 years, and has served as BSSG commissioner for 14 years. He has medaled at the World Senior Games five years in a row. Larry was the Great Plains Regional Pickelball ambassadors for USAPA. He currently teaches pickleball at the Billings YMCA. Larry is retired from the U.S. Forest Service.

Jill Branch

Jill is a wife, mother of 3 grown children and has lived in Billings since 1999. She has Bachelor and Master's degree in Biology and Geology. She is passionate about pickleball, picking up the sport in January 2018. Other interests include gardening, sewing, dirt biking, hiking and spending time with her family.

Bev McHugh

Brian and Bev McHugh are looking forward to being BSSG commissioners for pickleball. It feels like a natural progression for them as their family (they are parents of three grown sons) have participated in many aspects of the state games over the years including numerous BSSG sports activities and participating in the Shape Up Montana Family division. They have also volunteered to lead their children and their classmates in the Big Sky Fit Kids over the years. Brian and Bev discovered pickleball about 5 years ago and are currently involved in playing the game as well as coaching and mentoring new players. Brian is a professional geologist and Bev is a Registered Dietitian.

Brian McHugh

Brian and Bev McHugh are looking forward to being BSSG commissioners for pickleball. It feels like a natural progression for them as their family (they are parents of three grown sons) have participated in many aspects of the state games over the years including numerous BSSG sports activities and participating in the Shape Up Montana Family division. They have also volunteered to lead their children and their classmates in the Big Sky Fit Kids over the years. Brian and Bev discovered pickleball about 5 years ago and are currently involved in playing the game as well as coaching and mentoring new players. Brian is a professional geologist and Bev is a Registered Dietitian.

Racquetball
Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber has been playing racquetball for over 20 years, and has served as Racquetball commissioner for many years. Ryan enjoys going out of town and playing in tournaments. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, and working out.

Road Race
Exel 'Ekkie' Wedul

Exel 'Ekkie' Wedul has served as Big Sky State Games Commissioner for over 20 years. Ekkie has participated in many Big Sky State Games Half Marathons, winning numerous medals along the way. Ekkie was named 1994 Big Sky State Games Athlete of the Year.

Bill Harrington

Bill Harrington is the owner of Laurel Hearing Aid and is a member of the Yellowstone Rim Runners. Bill has been participating in Road Racing for over 30 years. He has volunteered at the Big Sky State Games for 30 years. Bill has a great crew of volunteers who work with him each year. His wife, Kathy, handles the water stops.

Shooting 5-Stand
Mike Bergman

Mike is the commissioner for Sporting Clays, Five Stand, Action Shooting Sports, and Skeet. He is a Montana native. Mike graduated from Sidney High School and Montana State University. He purchased the Blue Creek Sport Shooting Complex in 2014. Since then, he has been busy lining up all kinds of shooting competitions, including NRA 3Gun, Billings Top Shot, and various clay shooting events. Mike is the head coach of the Blue Creek Smokin' Guns youth shooting team, which competes in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and pistol. He was recently named the Montana Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clay Commissioner.

Sherri Pallett

Shooting Action Shooting
Andrew Lauckner

Andrew T. Lauckner, a Correctional Officer, is an avid outdoors-man and hunter. He enjoys supporting community organizations and youth education programs. Lauckner competed in the shooting sports through 4-H from the age of seven, and participated in the Jr. Olympics of 2002. He now also owns Fire Dragon Tactical Shooting, a private FFl/ Training Company, that focuses on community education and self defense and LAUCKnLOAD IND. a security consulting firm. His support of local programs includes: 4-H, Boy Scouts, Hunters education, and NRA 3 gun. Lauckner currently is the Pistol and Rifle coach of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program here in Billings. His certifications include NRA Certified Pistol and Home Defense, Front Sight Academy Distinguished Graduate in Pistol and Rifle, Active Shooter Community Trainer, Montana Board CFI, and multiple techniques of martial arts.

Shooting Cowboy Action
Stan Bayley

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissioner Stan Bayley has competed in Big Sky State Games shooting sports for 20 years, and Cowboy Action Shooting for 8 years. He believes Cowboy Action Shooting is a sport the whole family can compete in together, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain new skills with revolvers, rifle, and shotgun in a competitive, but friendly, environment. Stan enjoys the connection to the "old west," of which Montana was an integral part. In addition to Cowboy Action Shooting, Stan regularly competes in high power rifle and long range buffalo rifle matches.

Mike Radecki

Second year Cowboy Action Shooting Commissioner Mike Radecki has been involved in this sport for 7 years. He quickly became involved with the local Single Action Shooting Sports (SASS) affiliate, the Montana Territory Peacemakers, and has worked to foster a relationship between this club and local 4-H shooting sports members. According to Mike, "Cowboy Action Shooting gives us an opportunity to keep the Old West alive through the use of period correct firearms, storytelling, and clothing. Besides, not many sports offer the opportunity to use your pistols, rifles, and shotguns at the same event!"

Shooting Rifle Pistol
Irv Wilke

Irv Wilke is the president of BRGC and LRGC, and has many NRA instructor certificates and a NASP instructor certificate. He is also a hunter education/bow hunter education instructor. He tries his best to introduce young people to the joys of shooting, and the tradition of hunting and the outdoors. He has been involved in the Big Sky State Games Silhouette competition for about 8 years, first at Y.R.C. and now at Billing Rod and Gun Club. This is his second year as a shooting commissioner.

Lisa McFarland

Shooting Skeet
Mike Bergman

Mike is the commissioner for Sporting Clays, Five Stand, Action Shooting Sports, and Skeet. He is a Montana native. Mike graduated from Sidney High School and Montana State University. He purchased the Blue Creek Sport Shooting Complex in 2014. Since then, he has been busy lining up all kinds of shooting competitions, including NRA 3Gun, Billings Top Shot, and various clay shooting events. Mike is the head coach of the Blue Creek Smokin' Guns youth shooting team, which competes in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and pistol. He was recently named the Montana Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clay Commissioner.

Shooting Sporting Clays
Mike Bergman

Mike is the commissioner for Sporting Clays, Five Stand, Action Shooting Sports, and Skeet. He is a Montana native. Mike graduated from Sidney High School and Montana State University. He purchased the Blue Creek Sport Shooting Complex in 2014. Since then, he has been busy lining up all kinds of shooting competitions, including NRA 3Gun, Billings Top Shot, and various clay shooting events. Mike is the head coach of the Blue Creek Smokin' Guns youth shooting team, which competes in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and pistol. He was recently named the Montana Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clay Commissioner.

Sherri Pallett

Shooting Trapshooting
Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn has been with the Big Sky State Games since the inaugural games in 1986, and has served as the Trapshooting Commissioner for over 30 years. He has been a competitive trap shooter since 1978 and has served on the Board of Directors since 1981. He was the 1984 Montana State Handicap Champion and the 1990 and 1992 Billings Trap Club Champion. Dave is a sales representative for Forms & Systems, Inc.

Helen Shandy

Helen Shandy has been involved in Trapshooting for 8 years. She participates in the Trapshooting league and is entering her second year as a commissioner. Helen works in sales at Mattress King.

Skateboarding
Taylor Salway

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Soccer Adult
Mark Weber

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Soccer Youth
Paolo Gerbasi

Paolo Gerbasi has been involved in the Big Sky State Games for over 20 years, and has served as BSSG commissioner for many years. He has coached for both the Yellowstone Soccer Association and the Magic City Soccer Club since 1997. He also participates in the adult soccer league. Gerbasi is a family physician at West Grand Family Medicine in Billings.

Jim Bentler

First Year Commissioner Jim Bentler has been actively involved in Billings soccer for more than 10 years. He has coached 10 plus seasons of YSA soccer and multiple seasons of Magic City Micro Soccer. He has been a High School and youth soccer referee for the last 4 years, and has experienced the gamut of weather conditions in Montana watching his five kids play soccer, coaching, or refereeing throughout the region. He is an Emergency Physician at Saint Vincent Healthcare.

Softball
Pat Hennessy

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Patty Hennessy

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Softball Fast Pitch
Pat Hennessy

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Patty Hennessy

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Speed Climbing
Heath Lillie

Heath starting his rock climbing adventures in Billings, Montana on the rims over 20 years ago. Since then climbing has taken him to some of the best climbing destinations around the United States and beyond to places like Mexico & Australia. Australia is the wildest climbing destination he has been, where kangaroos & koalas frequent the crags! To this day bouldering remains his favorite style. He is the co-owner at STEEPWORLD where he loves to share this lifelong sport with others.

Swimming
Jane Leuthold

Jane is a supporter of Montana Swimming and an active volunteer for the Billings Aquatic Club (BAC), where her son Jack has been a competitive swimmer for many years. Jane spends her time volunteering in the community and raising her three sons with her husband Tim.

Kyle Kalin

Bio coming soon!

Swimming - Open Water
Sean Phelps

Sean Phelps returns as a BSSG sport commissioner with the inclusion of open water swimming to the competition program. Phelps was the Triathlon Commissioner from 1999-2005. He became enamored with open water swimming while living in New Zealand having competed in over 130 open water races ranging in distance from 1K to 4.6K. Phelps is an assistant coach with the Billings Aquatic Club and is the vice-president of Big Sky Montana masters swimming.

Table Tennis
Art Fust

Arthur has participated and volunteered in the Table Tennis Event at the BSSG for many years. Art currently serves as President of the Yellowstone Table Tennis Association in Billings (We meet 3 times a week to play). Art is a retired Mechanical Engineer living in Billings. When not traveling the world he is attempting to play TT anywhere he can locate a table and someone to play with.

David Kroon

David started playing table tennis with the Big Sky State Games when he moved to Billings in 2014. When not playing, he's probably out skiing, camping, or on a motorcycle trip. David currently works as an electrical engineer in Billings.

TaeKwonDo
Dave & Eve Allen

They are both 5th Dan Taekwondo, Dave is 4th Dan Judo and Eve is Nidan in Judo. Dave and Eve are part owners and instructors at the Martial Arts Academy of Billings. Eve works freelance as a legal assistant and proofreader, while Dave owns Auto Brokers of Montana and AA&A Auto Rental. Dave is also a PJC International Judo Referee, and serves as a tournament announcer for various national and international events, including the World IBSA (Blind Players) Judo Tournament and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Tennis
Leonard Harkless

Leonard Harkless started playing tennis with his children and wife in 1992, and has served as BSSG commissioner for over 15 years. Prior to becoming the Tennis Commissioner, Leonard was the Big Sky State Games Armwrestling Commissioner for several years. Leonard is assisted by his wife Jo and their children Andrew and Lyndsey. In 2007, his family was honored with the Big Sky State Games Osborne Volunteer of the Year Award. Leonard is a United States Tennis Association Umpire and is certified to umpire in the Intermountain Region. Leonard owns Screen Printing by Design in Portland, OR.

Track & Field
Bob Hogemark

Bob Hogemark has served as a volunteer at the Big Sky State Games track venue for several years in a variety of capacities. Bob is a mathematics teacher, coach, and activities director at Park City High School. He has been the head track coach at Park City for 29 years.

Greg Mohl

Greg Mohl has served the Big Sky State Games at the Pole Vault venue since 2004. An independent Geologist by vocation he represents USA Track and Field, Montana Association in several capacities, and has coached in Red Lodge for over 15 years.

Triathlon
Travis Hutchinson

Travis Hutchinson's involvement with the local running scene involves directing races, volunteering, and being a competitor. He competed for the MSU-Billings Yellowjackets in six conference championships meets. After being an intern for the Big Sky State Games in 2011, he came back to be the Triathlon commissioner in 2012. Travis is now employed with Competitive Timing.

Suzie Eades

Suzie owns 406 Race Series, a race company, and Q360 Health instructing CPR/AED classes and has been a AHA Instructor or for over 15 years and affiliated with the Billings Clinic Training Center.

Ultimate Frisbee
Mel Walker

Mel Walker has been playing ultimate frisbee for 12 years, first in North Carolina and now in Montana for the past three years. She actually met her future husband at an ultimate frisbee tournament in Tennessee in 2014. Mel is on the board of YUPA, the Yellowstone Ultimate Players Association, and hopes to bring more people into this amazing sport!

Volleyball Doubles/Triples
Dani Brinkerhoff

Dani owns and operates the Cloud Peak Volleyball Club in Sheridan, Wyoming. She has coached athletes ages 5-18 for over 10 years at both the club and high school divisions. Dani has played in grass tournaments in Colorado and Utah and has helped bring the same level of competition to northern Wyoming in the tournaments she has hosted for the last 3 years.

Volleyball Quads
Laurie Kelly

Head Coach Laurie Kelly led the Battlin' Bear volleyball program to another successful and inspirational season. Kelly finished her 12th season as the head coach of the Bears and five appearance's to the National NAIA Tournament. They were nationally ranked number 1 in the NAIA in 2014.The Battlin Bears are three time Frontier Tournament Champions. The Bears have garnished 12 all-Americans under Coach Kelly. They were named the 2014 Billings Gazette female team of the year and sports story of the year, as well as Big Sky State Games team of the year. The Bears have earned the honor of being selected to the NAIA Scholar team for a team GPA of over 3.5 for the last 12 years. Coach Kelly was selected 2014 as Frontier Conference Coach of the year and Northwest Region Coach of the Year.

Jenny Moodie

Jenny Moodie has been involved in volleyball in the Billings community since 1985 where she played for Skyview High School and then on to RMC. She has been a past MHSA volleyball official and has officiated and played volleyball at the YMCA since 1990. She has coached volleyball for Shepherd High School, Huntley Project, and the Montana Jrs club volleyball team. For the past 16 years she has been coaching for the Rimrock Volleyball Club and this past year became their Club Director.

Wade Wells

Wade Wells has coached throughout Montana at all levels. He is presently the director of the Montana Jrs. Volleyball Club and coaches the Homeschool Knights.

Burke Kufeld

Bio is coming soon!

Volleyball Scholastic
Arunas Duda

TBA

Laurie Kelly

Head Coach Laurie Kelly led the Battlin' Bear volleyball program to another successful and inspirational season. Kelly finished her 12th season as the head coach of the Bears and five appearance's to the National NAIA Tournament. They were nationally ranked number 1 in the NAIA in 2014.The Battlin Bears are three time Frontier Tournament Champions. The Bears have garnished 12 all-Americans under Coach Kelly. They were named the 2014 Billings Gazette female team of the year and sports story of the year, as well as Big Sky State Games team of the year. The Bears have earned the honor of being selected to the NAIA Scholar team for a team GPA of over 3.5 for the last 12 years. Coach Kelly was selected 2014 as Frontier Conference Coach of the year and Northwest Region Coach of the Year.

Weightlifting Olympic
Lacey Gonzales

Lacey Gonzales is a competitive weightlifter with over two years' experience lifting and competing. Never having played sports in school, Lacey came to weightlifting later in life and found a passion for the sport. She hopes to encourage others and grow the sport by sharing her passion through with the Olympic Weightlifting Club at Alternative Athletics and hosting local meets.

Weightlifting Powerlifting
Robyn Horgdal

Bio coming soon

Ron Wilson

Bio coming soon