Big Sky Bravery Board Members
Shawn Hertz- Chairman of the Board
Senior Vice President/Investments Stifel
Big Sky Bravery has given me the privilege to meet the very best of what America stands for, individuals who make sacrifices every day and continue toendure. They are the heart and soul of America.
We have only six days with these heroes to decompress, energize, build trust and brotherhood for years to come. We provide the personnel and activities... Montana provides the adventure, beauty and solitude.
While getting to know these men during the week, they have made me laugh, touched my heart and most of all made me proud.
My hope is that BSB will be there for them for years to come.
Shawn is a fourth generation Montanan who grew up near Clyde Park. He graduated from Helena College of Technology, then spent four years in banking. He soon discovered his desired career was in brokerage and investment planning side if the business. Now 30 years later, he continues to help individuals and families pursue their financial goals.
Shawn is a strong contributor to the Bozeman community. He currently serving as Board Director for the Uganda Orphans Fund & Intermountain Opera Bozeman. He has been a resident of Gallatin Valley since 1983. Shawn is married to the love of his life Meg with family Hannah (Andy ) & Chad Shawn@bigskybravery.org
Dave Cohen - Director of Winter Activities and Safety
After growing up in the south and occasionally playing in the Appalachian Mountains, Dave headed out west to play in the Rocky Mountains as an adult. The mountains have become his home, where he works and plays. He spent 10 years as a ski patroller at Crested Butte and Moonlight Basin, a few years working with at risk youth in wilderness programs and many years building things, from furniture to homes. When not working, Dave enjoys mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and standing on top of mountains. He currently lives on a ranch with his wife, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat and too many horses.
Blake Dobson - Director of Programs
I'm thirty three years old and currently reside in Bozeman Montana with my girlfriend Abby and our two dogs. I live, work, and play in one of the most magnificent places on earth. I could not feel more fortunate and honored to share it with some of the best men on the planet. Big Sky Bravery fills a vital niche and looks to serve those who protect and serve us all. I was thrilled to be able to help such an amazing program and look forward to all the adventures and friendships to come. As for myelf, I grew up in Birmingham Michigan. Learned about the woods, rivers and the creatures of the land early on with my father. After graduating from Michigan state I moved west to search for bigger mountains and wilder places. After working for years as a cowboy and horsemen from Oregon to the the Caribbean I settled in what I thought was paradise. It's here that I hunt, fish, ride (4 legged, wheeled, board or skis), camp, float, hike, shoot, explore and all around enjoy the great outdoors and the great freedom that comes from them. Freedom that these warriors, these amazing souls have given their ultimate sacrifice to protect and endure. It's about time we shared some true Montana with them and help them remember what they're fighting for and that there's places like this for them when they open the next chapter.
Dustin Barber- Director of Finance
Vice President/Senior Commercial Lender at Opportunity Bank
Dustin was born and raised on an Angus cattle ranch in rural Central Montana; a place where hard work, honesty, integrity and fortitude were woven in the fabric of the American west. As a lifelong native of this great state, Dustin understands and treasures the restorative, galvanizing power of the mountains, rivers and lakes across the majestic Big Sky Country. As an outdoor enthusiast, Dustin reveres his time in the wilderness with his wife (Shannon), his daughter (Ryan), his friends, and the remarkable individuals in our Special Operations Forces.
As Director of Finance, Dustin strives to ensure Big Sky Bravery remains a viable organization in perpetuity so the honorable men and women serving in the most elite echelons of America’s military can experience Montana’s regenerative and stimulating capabilities, while returning to continue to defend our nation’s freedom.
“One distinguishing characteristic of really civilized men is foresight; we have to, as a nation, exercise foresight for this nation in the future; and if we do not exercise that foresight, dark will be the future!” -Theodore Roosevelt