not so average jane

Photo by Jana Bounds

Fourteen years of establishing roots

Jennie Cohen has been working at Big Sky Landscaping Plant Center for only three weeks, but her knowledge of plants and flowers is impressive. Her ready smile and willingness to help show that she loves what she is doing. “I love flowers, they make any area more beautiful – put a smile on people’s faces,” she said.

PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHMIEDING

The beauty of life

We are switching-up Not So Average Jane/ Joe this week. There is no doubt that Peter Schmieding is a Not so Average Joe. His affection for the children of Nepal is undeniable. Long ago, he embarked on a valiant quest to save as many girls as possible from the sex trade.

Photo courtesy of Callie Stolz

Healing from the heart

Callie Stolz is a proponent of personal responsibility. In her eyes, setbacks or challenges, burnout or bad health are healing opportunities. As a lifelong helper and healer, she imbues a sense of benevolent empowerment.

Photo courtesy of Molly Hayes

Nearly 88 and going strong

For the last 32 years, Molly Hayes has been chasing an iron nun – the Iron Nun, actually. At nearly 88 years old, Hayes has completed 337 triathlons and consistently placed second in her age group, right behind Sister Madonna Buder, who is not only her greatest competitor, but also her friend.

Photo courtesy of Nubia Allen

A QUIET LEADER

Nubia (Garcia) Allen is the picture of composure when she paces the sidelines as head coach of the West Yellowstone Lady Wolverines. She presented that same sense of calm when she was head coach for the Lone Peak Lady Big Horns.

It is not forced or rehearsed, but rather intrinsic to her nature.

Photo courtesy of Patricia VanGalen

Resilience and strength

Recent full-time Big Sky resident Patricia VanGalen is vibrant and strong. She strolled into Roxy’s thoroughly energized before she took a sip of the coffee. The 65 year old mother of two had been exercising at Moving Mountains.

PHOTO COURTESY KRISTEN HOVEY

A decade in Big Sky

Being a single mother in a ski town presents challenges – Kristen Hovey knows. Now a decade in Big Sky, she has stayed because she loves the area, the community and her friend-family. Still, she prepares to leave at the end of every season.

Haley Van Heel traveled the nation and the world for work before she moved to Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY HALEY VAN HEEL

Designing life

Haley Van Heel seems to be in constant motion between playing for the Hillbilly Huckers in community softball, coaching Big Sky girls in summer volleyball, and working fulltime as Design and Photography Manager at the Yellowstone Club. A Montana native, she has become a familiar face in town after her three-year tenure at the club. 

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