Michael Schechtman – Executive Director
In January of 2001, Mike became the Big Sky Institute’s full–time executive director. Prior to accepting this position, Mike was the president and owner of Eaglecliff Associates, a Helena–based consulting firm specializing in organizational development and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Mike has over 48 years of professional experience in nonprofit program development, administration and fundraising, including 37 years as a consultant to nonprofits in the Northern Rockies. Mike was BSI’s lead staff member for creating the Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA), and he staffed MNA for three years while BSI incubated its development. He was also BSI’s lead staff for creating the Park County Community Foundation (PCCF), and staffed PCCF for several years while BSI incubated PCCF’s development. Mike has led numerous cutting-edge initiatives at BSI, such as the Montana Nonprofit Connections capacity-building grants program, the Philanthropic Divide initiative, the incubation of the Indian Nonprofit Alliance, and the Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence. Mike has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.
Cassidy Leonard – Bookkeeper
Cassidy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Rasmussen College in 2012 and is currently working toward her MBA. Prior to that, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Illinois Coalition for Community Service and as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. She recently moved back to Illinois and joined BSI remotely. When not in the office, Cassidy enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, reading, traveling, and going on spontaneous adventures. Her main goal in life is to honor her late son Cayden by continuing his mission to spread kindness, acceptance and love to as many people as possible.