Commissioner Bios

Archery
Travis & Lynisa Hoem

Travis Hoem is a home-grown Montanan. Raised in Billings, he left at 18 to join the Army and returned 18 years later. Father of three boys and one daughter, he has immersed himself in a family-owned archery business. Lynisa Hoem, native Oklahoman, moved to Billings with Travis in 2008. Thrown into archery because of a son's love of A Ranger's Apprentice, she has been supportive of her family's renewed interest in anything outdoors.

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 is the Montana Director for the World Armwrestling League, 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
Kelly Kjorlien

Kelly Kjorlien grew up in Grand Rapids, MN training and racing with the Mt. Itasca Biathlon Association. She competed on the USA Junior National Biathlon Team from 2010 to 2012, including three Junior World Championship appearances and one International Biathlon Union Open European Championship experience. She now lives in Bozeman, MT and is studying Agroecology at Montana State University. She serves as the Bridger Biathlon Club's head coach.

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 is the Founder, President, and League Operator of the Billings BCA Pool League. He has been in these positions for 18 years. Doug is also the general manager of Gainan's Flowers in Billings. He is married with two children.

Ken Keierleber

Ken Keierleber is an active member in BCA pool league, started playing pool when he was 12, began playing league at the age of 16. Official coordinator for the Leon Long Memorial pool tournament held every year in Billings Born and raised in Montana. Married with 5 children.

Bowling
Dale Matthaes

Dale Matthaes has bowled since 1974 and been the league secretary for the Fireball League at Fireside Lanes since the 1978-1979 season. He currently serves as the Association Manager for the GYVUSBC Association in Billings. Dale manages a traveling scratch tournament for bowlers 55 and older.

Cornhole
Brian Hafner

Bio is coming soon!

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

Bio is coming soon!

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

Bio is coming soon!

Michelle Fast

John Salo

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Kristen Salo

Bio is coming soon

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
Dani Ruoff

Dani Ruoff is currently the cheer coach for Kansas State, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for over 10 years. Ruoff has been coaching college cheer teams since 1993. She has become a competitive cheer coach, and has traveled to and won several national competitions. Ruoff is the current Cheerleaders of America State Representative, where she helps run the Ultimate National Cheer Competition held every year in Orlando, Florida. She is also a NCSSE safety certifier encouraging all coaches to get trained in a safety course.

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 Joliet, 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

Roz Robinson is a first year commissioner of the Pony Show who 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.

Fencing
Bryan Stafford

Bryan is a nationally ranked veteran fencer who has trained with numerous high level coaches from across the country. Bryan has competed in many events from local to regional and all the way up to the national level including qualifiers for international teams. Bryan started coaching in 2005 and has coached elite fencers at multiple levels, including podium finishes at national competitions. Some of his fencers have been recruited by and fenced on prestigious NCAA teams. Bryan is a member of the US Fencing Coaches Association and has worked as a referee at local, regional, and national events.

Michele Carey

Michele has fenced for 5 years, competing on the national circuit in senior and veteran's events. She started Bozeman Fencing Association to make the sport accessible to more fencers in the Gallatin Valley and she teaches adult and kids' fencing classes as well as private lessons. In her other life, she is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice.

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
Dwite Johnson

Dwite Johnson was born, raised, and educated in Boise, Idaho. He grew up participating in organized sports, including football, baseball, wrestling and soccer, as well as Martial Arts, Judo, TaeKwonDo and Karate. Dwite presently operates a private small business consulting and accounting firm. His athletic history includes over 30 years as a player/coach in the Billings Flag Football League and 17 years as its President. For the past 14 years, he has been President of the Montana Flag Football Association. This is a statewide organization for Adult Flag Football. Dwite is assisted by his wife Debbie Kobold.

Debbie Kobold

Debbie has been the President of the Billings Flag Football League for the past 4 years, in addition to being a Co-Commissioner for Big Sky State Games. As President of BFFL, she recruits teams, schedules all games and tournaments, is the liaison between the teams and referees and acts as the treasurer. For the past few years, she has also organized trips to Las Vegas for the National Flag Football Tournament, arranging ground and air transportation, reserving hotel rooms and coordinating game times and travel. Aside from the football field, she has been a paralegal for over 25 years, and performs as a musician for a variety of different groups.

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.

Jackie Christianson

Jackie was involved in Yellowstone County Junior Golf alongside her parents, Nels and Katie Christiansen and her sister Lea Ann Caudle for over 16 years. Became assistant director in 2003 with her sister and in 2013 became the sole director of the program. Her parents started the Yellowstone County junior program in 1983 and watched it grow from four courses and less than 100 golfers to all nine county courses and over 250 golfers.

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.

Chris Watts

Chris Watts is the Sports Director for the Billings Family YMCA and has been there for 4 years. He has won numerous singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. He loves the game of Pickleball and has been fortunate enough to play in the National Tournament.

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.

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.

Shooting Action Shooting
Andrew Lauckner

Andrew T. Lauckner, a local manager at Wells Fargo, is an avid outdoorsman 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 and Training Company, that focuses on community education and self defense. His support of local programs includes: 4-H, Boy Scouts, Hunters education, 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, and multiple stages of martial arts.

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 Cowboy Action
Stan Bayley

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissioner Stan Bayley has competed in Big Sky State Games shooting sports for 16 years, and Cowboy Action Shooting for 5 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 four 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
Duff Gray

Duff Gray has lived in Billings for over 25 years and is a Montana native. Involved in Yellowstone Rifle Club for over 5 years, Duff has volunteered his time helping with the Junior NRA program at YRC and is active in Bullseye pistol shooting as well. Duff is a Technology Teacher at Billings West High School, this is his second year as a Commissioner.

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.

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

Bio coming soon

Soccer Adult
Joey Soderstrom

Bio coming soon!

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
Wayne Ware

Wayne Ware has been the Softball Commissioner for 30 years; he has been involved with the Big Sky State Games since the beginning as a player and as an Assistant Commissioner. In 2006, he was selected as one of the BSSG Volunteers of the Year. Wayne has been a member of the Billings Men's Slow-pitch Board for over 29 years holding the offices of vice president and president. Wayne was selected as one of the original inductees into the Billings Softball Association and Billings Umpires Association Hall of Fame in June of 2002. Wayne is employed by the City of Billings Engineering Department.

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

Triathlon Team
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.

Ultimate Frisbee
Myra Nurre

Ever since she first started playing 3 years ago, Myra can't get enough of ultimate frisbee. Myra is the president of the Yellowstone Players Ultimate Association and received her ultimate coaching certification in July 2016. She coaches the Billings youth ultimate league and is actively involved in organizing and advancing the excitement of ultimate frisbee into the greater community of Billings.

Ultimate Frisbee Individual
Myra Nurre

Ever since she first started playing 3 years ago, Myra can't get enough of ultimate frisbee. Myra is the president of the Yellowstone Players Ultimate Association and received her ultimate coaching certification in July 2016. She coaches the Billings youth ultimate league and is actively involved in organizing and advancing the excitement of ultimate frisbee into the greater community of Billings.

Volleyball 4v4
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.

Volleyball Adult
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.

Volleyball Doubles
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 Scholastic
Kylie Reitz

Kylie is entering her 4th season as the head volleyball coach at Billings Central and just finished her 4th season coaching in the Ascent Club Volleyball program. Prior to her coaching career, she played at Billings Senior on the '06, '07, and '08 volleyball state championship winning teams. She continued her career at Dartmouth College, where she served as team captain her senior year.

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Volleyball Youth
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 13 years she has been coaching for the Rimrock Volleyball Club.

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
Mike & Tawny McVay

Mike and Tawny McVay are Billings natives who own The Asylum, a small gym downtown, and run The Yogi Deadlifter, a lifestyle and fitness blog dedicated to helping people live their best lives. They met as personal trainers at their first job and have been working out together ever since. In their free time they enjoy traveling as often as possible and Netflix binges with their kids, Aidyn and Ely.