Staff

Executive Director

Mary Peterson

Mary Peterson

After three decades in America’s nonprofit sector, Mary will be quick to tell you that directing Eagle Mount is by far the most rewarding - and challenging - job she’s held. Mary holds a BA in psychology from Wellesley College; her graduate work was in Slavic Languages and Linguistics; and her consulting practice focuses on strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising and quality assurance.

Prior to moving to Montana from Washington, DC, Mary’s professional field was international education and exchange. Since arriving in Bozeman in 1994, Mary has served as development director for the Montana State University College of Nursing, the Museum of the Rockies, and Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. She joined Eagle Mount as executive director in 2009.

Big Sky Program Director

Chad Biggerstaff

Chad Biggerstaff

Chad was born and raised in Montana and has always had a great appreciation for the outdoor opportunities the state has to offer. After graduating from Montana State University with a BS in Business Marketing & Management he moved to Seattle to work for Boeing in the Commercial Airplanes Division. Chad returned to Bozeman in 2003 to work as a project manager in the construction field in Big Sky. After volunteering for Eagle Mount’s ski program for 3 seasons, Chad was very excited to make the move to running the Big Sky program in 2011.

Development Director

Heather Collins

Heather Collins

Big Sky Kids Director

Kara Erickson

Kara Erickson

Kara was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, which perhaps explains her love of nature and her strong aversion to being indoors! Since graduating from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in English Literature, Kara has traveled through the mountains of New Zealand, led adventure-based trips for teens around the world, and lived in a cabin in Colorado with zero cell reception (or wifi!) where she taught Environmental Science and led ropes courses to visiting Denver schools and children with disabilities. A jack of many trades, Kara has also worked as a camp counselor, sailing instructor, ceramics teacher, and horseback riding teacher, and she is beyond excited to be the Big Sky Kids Program Director here at Eagle Mount!

Thrilled to be living in Montana, Kara is happiest when she is hiking, horseback riding, camping, or snowboarding, and is ecstatic to be able to share some of her greatest passions with the wonderful families, volunteers, and donors who are involved in the Big Sky Kids program! While she definitely misses the warm ocean in Hawaii, the community she has found here is truly incredible, and she feels so lucky to be a part of it!

Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Director

Maggee Harrison

Maggee Harrison

Maggee was raised in northeastern Connecticut where she was an active horse 4-H member. She attended the University of Connecticut and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science. While at UCONN she helped reinstate a collegiate 4-H Club, was inducted into Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Honor Society), assisted in the establishment of the Women’s Indoor Polo team and started the Mounted Drill Team. She has significant post graduate work in Special Education from George Mason University prior to relocating to Montana. She has worked in medical research and bovine genetic engineering. She is the past-president of the Bozeman Area Special Education PTA which she helped establish in 2004.
Maggee is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Riding Instructor and serves as the PATH State Chair for Montana. She became a PATH Mentor in 2010 and teaches Eagle Mount’s Instructor in Training course in the summer.

Adaptive Sports Director

Vasu Sojitra

Vasu Sojitra

When Vasu was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. Since then, Vasu has not looked back; with the help of his parents, brother, and friends, Vasu has built up the confidence needed to face new challenges with grace, courage, strength, humor, and unwavering determination.

Vasu witnessed extreme poverty growing up in India, and has been living most of his life with a “dis”ability. He looks at these experiences as a blessing; they have both allowed him to truly hone in on his ability to empathize with others. He continues to strengthen this muscle by pursuing his passion of helping others through his work in advocacy for those who face mental and physical limitations. Vasu will continue to inspire others to be a positive influence in their own communities by pushing personal limits, putting others first, and encouraging people to believe in themselves and in their own unique abilities!

Aquatics Director

Amber Waters

Amber Waters

Amber is a Montana native. Growing up in Billings, she swam competitively from grade school through high school, and continues to swim with the Bozeman Masters. After graduating high school, she spent several summers as an EMT and Park Ranger for Yellowstone National Park and volunteered in the winters with the Cooke City Search and Rescue team. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University .Since moving to Bozeman with her husband in 2007, Amber has taught in the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Rural Schools. She has also been a regular volunteer with the Eagle Mount swim program and an Aquatic Coach for Special Olympics. She is excited to be part of the Eagle Mount team.

Finance Director

Tracey Wheeler

Tracey Wheeler

Staff

Kim Bankert

Kim Bankert

Bridger Ski Assistant

Leslie Dominick

Leslie Dominick

Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator

Dana Eklund

Dana Eklund

Horsemanship Assistant Director

Tracy Eklund

Tracy Eklund

Barn Manager

Colleen Hébert

Colleen Hébert

Horticulture Coordinator

Cassi Hunt

Cassi Hunt

Program Assistant

Katie Jacobson

Katie Jacobson

Horsemanship Volunteer Coordinator

Liz Ann Kudrna

Liz Ann Kudrna

Program Assistant

Pearl Nixon

Pearl Nixon

Administrative Assistant

Trevor Olson

Trevor Olson

Bridger Sit Ski Assistant

Maggie Perrott

Maggie Perrott

Aquatics Assistant

Stephanie Uter

Stephanie Uter

Events Manager

Sam Villa

Sam Villa

Receptionist

Pat Whitlock

Pat Whitlock

Young at Heart Instructor

Sarah Wolf

Sarah Wolf

Big Sky Assistant Director

Jenny Woodham

Jenny Woodham

Adaptive Sports Program Manager