Pat Kimmel


Hometown: Garden City, NY

Arrived in Big Sky: 1995

Education: Gettysburg College

Occupation: Retired (tennis club owner and part-owner of Willow Boutique); I was a full-time stay-at-home mother, which I loved.

What I like most about living in Big Sky: The people and the enormous beauty of the area. I never get tired of the scenery and the wildlife.

Favourite thing to do in my free time: Cross-country skiing

My favorite quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama

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Why I'm passionate about WIA: I love working with the women on the board who are all passionate about helping children and families in Big Sky. Without our joint efforts they might not be able to have the opportunities they so deserve.

I was born in Colorado, but grew up on Long Island, New York, then moved to Miami where I lived for 26 years. When I came to Big Sky 23 years ago to visit friends who had mover here, I fell in love with the scenery, the wildlife, and the warmth and friendliness of the people in the community. I know this is where I wanted to be and fortunately, my husband felt the same way. When I heard about WIA and all the good things they were doing for children and families who were struggling to live here, I wanted to get on board. I believe in giving back to the community and helping children to grow is really important to me.

I’ve always loved doing volunteer work and was lucky enough when my children were young to be able to help out in their school, volunteer in the PTA, help teach Lamaze classes to expectant parents, e a girl scout leader and work for other charity organizations.

When not doing WIA work, I love to cross country-ski, snowshoe, hike with my dog Boomer, play golf and spend time with friends. When I met the women on the Board of WIA, I was so impressed with their enthusiasm, their creative thinking, and their desire to help struggling families in Big sky. They have been an inspiration to me and continue to be as our organization grows.