Barbara Resendez (Executive Director) first came to the Big Sky Retreat in 1992. She served on the Board from 1997 to 2015 undertaking the role of Retreat Coordinator in 1998. In 2015 Barbara accepted the newly created position of Executive Director of the Big Sky Retreat. At home, Barbara is a Financial Liaison specializing in financial strategies for retirement, college planning, and tax-advantaged wealth-building for all ages. In 2012 Barbara’s spiritual studies shifted to a deeper level with Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, a Cherokee Elder who merges native wisdom with brain science. Living in Denver, Colorado, she has taken up sailing and in her spare time you´ll find her on the dance floor–ballroom and swing dancing! She became a true devotee of this Retreat the first year she attended.
Dawn Balogh (Head Cashier) was raised as a student of metaphysics and attended her first Big Sky Retreat in 2006. She not only volunteers at the Retreat, but does countless hours of community service in Orting, Washington, where she lives with her husband. They have three children, two grand-daughters, and one grandson. She also enjoys golf, gardening, reading, and being outdoors.
Kim Catlin (Food and Beverage Manager) first came to the retreat in 2010. She resides in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Lynn, and beloved dogs Bayleigh and Lexie. Kim is an office manager in the Marketing and Finance Department at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and has recently decided to go back to school for a second degree, majoring in Health Studies. Kim is a veteran who served in the US Air Force and retired in 2004 after a 20-year career. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read, shop, and exercise. Kim joined our staff in 2016.
Lynn Catlin (Chief Audio Visual Engineer) first came to the Big Sky Retreat in 2001, and took over the Audio Visual Engineer function the very next year. After spending 20 years as a Mechanical and Process Engineer in the semiconductor industry, his is now a lecturer at Boise State University, teaching Senior Design classes. He not only is mentoring his students in career readiness and personal development, but having a teaching position allows Lynn to focus on his family, outdoor activity, health, and his own growth.
Rev. Penny Hayhurst (Activities Coordinator) attended the first years of the Retreat, from 1976 – 1982, when it was in the Tetons, and in 2003 become a “regular” again. Penny was raised in a metaphysical household, her parents being involved in Unity. She discovered Religious Science in Salt Lake City in 1966. She worked as a writer for six years at Silent Unity in Unity Village, Missouri. Currently, she is an Ordained Staff Minister at Center for Spiritual Living in Hemet, California. Penny is married to the wonderful Don Hayhurst!
Rev. Sharon Hudson (Ministry of Prayer Coordinator) was the Founding Minister of Light of Life Church in Rancho Bernardo, California, where she served for more than 10 years. She is the Regional Support Coordinator for Centers for Spiritual Living. In this capacity she supports churches and ministries in Southern California and Hawaii. Her passion is teaching interpersonal communications and conflict transformation, as well as the wonderful philosophy and principles of Science of Mind. She has a background in business and technology. She has served as a chaplain at San Diego Children’s Hospital and as a hospice chaplain. She attended her first Big Sky Retreat in 2003.
Bernie Jacobs (On-Site Liaison) has been attending the Big Sky Retreat since 2012. He has been researching metaphysics since 1990, which led him to the Salt Lake Center For Spiritual Living in 2007. This is where he learned about the Big Sky Retreat, where he’s met many wonderful friends. He was born and raised in Utah, where he currently lives with his beautiful wife and daughter. He has been a proud Union Member of Local 140 – Plumbers, Pipefitters, HVAC&R for over 25 years. He has been a foreman/ supervisor for over 13 of those years. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors, biking, hiking, & riding ATV’s.
JoAnn Jacobs (Volunteer Coordinator) has been an entrepreneur, business woman, & self-healer at various stages of her life. She started in sales around the age of 8, was assisting with the daily operations & management of her parents business by age 12, and reached the top level of every sales office she decided to in her teens and twenties. Much of her thirties and into the current time have been spent in self-healing and training on various topics of interest. Jo University is founded on a popular concept she discovered by studying two of her mentors – Tony Robbins & Zig Ziglar. Tony – CANI – Constant And Never-ending Improvement. Zig – Automobile University. She is continually studying new ideas & concepts (to her) and implementing them into her life in various ways. She has been attending the Big Sky Retreat since 2012 and considers it a required “re-set” button for the next year’s planning and goal setting.
Dr. Elizabeth Marshall
Dr. Elizabeth Marshall (Assistant Cashier), Senior Minister of the Inglewood Center for Spiritual Living, began attending this Retreat in 1980. She has been active for many years in Religious Science International and was awarded the Youth Champion Meritorious Award for outstanding service to RSI for 35 years. Under her leadership, her Inglewood, California church provides space for a Day Care center, and community services such as parenting classes, aerobics classes,Toastmasters, AA meetings, and the Inglewood Cultural Arts programs. In January of 2017, Dr. Elizabeth was honored for her 40 years of devoted service at the Inglewood Church.