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About Mark

Mark Stahly is an accomplished Realtor and the founding partner of Big Sky Brokers, LLC, Helena’s premier real estate firm. With over 25 years of experience, Mark has been representing buyers and sellers in the real estate market since 1995. His dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence have earned him a solid reputation in the industry.

Mark’s diverse background as a former attorney brings a unique perspective to his real estate practice. His strong negotiation skills and attention to detail ensure that his clients receive exceptional service throughout the entire transaction process. Mark’s passion for real estate is evident in his role as the President of the Montana Regional Multiple Listing Service and his active involvement in the Forms Committee of the Montana Association of Realtors.

Having grown up in Helena, Montana, Mark has an intimate knowledge of the local market and a deep appreciation for the community. He takes pride in helping clients navigate the complexities of the real estate market, whether they are first-time homebuyers, seasoned investors, or looking to sell their properties.

Beyond his professional achievements, Mark finds solace and inspiration in nature. He resides on Hauser Lake with his life-partner and fellow real estate agent, Amy Omang, and together they embrace the outdoor wonders of Montana. Mark enjoys hiking, fishing, snow skiing, water skiing, hunting, mountain biking, and all the outdoor activities that the region has to offer.

With a passion for real estate and a commitment to delivering exceptional results, Mark Stahly is your trusted guide in achieving your real estate goals. Connect with him today to make your real estate dreams a reality.

About Wayne

Welcome to Big Sky Brokers, where experience matters! Wayne Woodland, Real Estate Broker/Owner, started his real estate career in 2003 where he quickly earned “Rookie of the Year,” and began serving on various local and state real estate boards. He can handle any type of transaction: first time home buyers, investment properties, new construction, land and commercial properties. Throughout his career he has gained respect with local builders where he often helps clients talk through design plans and is well-versed with new construction. He is extremely passionate about helping you make one of the most important decisions in your life – purchasing or selling your home, land or business.

Wayne knows the stress that can accumulate due to a move. He and his family have built and sold several homes in the surrounding area of Helena. He knows the steps that secure a solid sale and he also knows what to look for when you are making a purchase. Wayne strives to take the stress out of the buying and/or selling by creating a smooth transaction. Whether you’re a first time home buyer, a seasoned investor or somewhere in between, you can rest assured that you will be well taken care of because experience truly does matter.

As a Montana native, Wayne understands and appreciates the many benefits this state offers. He and his wife have raised four children in the Montana City area. Their youngest is currently a student athlete at Helena High School, which keeps Wayne very involved throughout the community. His oldest is a Heavy Equipment Operator, his daughter is a teacher, and his middle son, Carson Woodland, has joined forces with him as a Real Estate Agent where together they offer knowledgeable and modern service for their clients.

Outside of being a Broker/Owner, Wayne and his wife enjoy spending time with their family creating memorable moments. He also enjoys the outdoors, whether it is hiking with his golden retriever, fishing the beautiful creeks, golfing, or sitting on his deck enjoying the vast beauty of this great state.

Wayne looks forward to helping you and your family with your next move in real estate!

About Freda

Thanks for taking the time to get to know our BSB associates! Finding a real estate agent with whom you are comfortable is key to a pleasant real estate experience. 

I became licensed to sell Real Estate in 2006 after spending a decade in the field of energy conservation consulting. Having audited nearly 5000 homes across the state of Montana, I had gained a comprehensive understanding of residential construction and invaluable perspective on buildings of all vintages. That professional background turned out to provide an unexpected yet practical foundation for a career in real estate. 

In 2020, fourteen years after joining Big Sky Brokers, I was presented with the opportunity to help lead the company; and became one of four owners of Helena’s top-producing real estate firm. 

On a personal note, I’m a down-to-earth Helenan; connected to the community. I love to spend time on the water and hike with my dogs, Zoka and Ginger. I grew up in the mountains of rural western Montana, moved to Helena in my early 20’s, and have lived right in the heart of our beautiful Queen City ever since. I am steadfast in supporting local businesses, attending local music & community events, and enjoy cooking and gathering with friends. My husband and I have one fabulously independent and adventurous teenage son. Now more than ever, I understand that priorities change as life unfolds. 

I appreciate walkability, sustainability, and smart growth. I applaud preservation and restoration of Helena’s lovely historic buildings and love to see the eclectic mix of architecture – from historic victorians to mid-century ranchers to the occasional contemporary home sprouting up on an infill lot. 

I also have extensive experience exploring our outlying areas and representing buyers and sellers of rural real estate seeking to leave behind the commotion of the city and indulge in some privacy and elbow room. The nice thing about the Helena area is there are many neighborhoods that satisfy both urban and rural cravings at the same time! It’s not out of the question to find a home that’s a quick walk or pedal to your favorite trailhead and your place of employment (or your favorite watering hole!)

Over the past 20+ years, my husband and I have taken on a lot of interesting DIY projects, including remodel/restoration of a mid-century concrete home, a 70’s A-Frame, a giant 1800’s stone Appleton Victorian, and an 1800’s Queen Anne duplex. Our more unusual recreational real estate projects have been converting a large garage to a modern cabin on the river and building an off-grid cabin out of a repurposed grain bin in the Castle Mountains at 8,000 ft elevation, 10 miles from pavement, and 30 miles from cell service! 

In 2012 we were honored with a Lewis and Clark County Historic Preservation Award. I like to think that this is evidence that (I am not just a glutton for punishment, but also) that I can recognize and help clients rationally evaluate the potential in every property. I’m not just all about the old quirky properties though, I absolutely love (thoughtfully designed) new construction and am wrapping up what I hope is our final project, a super contemporary and energy efficient new build on the edge of the hills just a few blocks south of downtown.

In my client relationships, I aim to make myself available 24/7. I understand the gravity of your first home purchase or your 10th home sale. The care and experience I leverage in each transaction directly impacts your financial outcome and I don’t take that lightly. As your Realtor, I will bring a sincere dedication to your interests and an uncommon level of experience. I listen carefully and dig deep in transactions to help you make informed decisions. I offer open and prompt communication, straight-forward negotiation, a good sense of humor, excellent rapport with other Realtor colleagues, efficient systems, and expert connections, all orchestrated to ensure that your real estate transaction proceeds with a positive tone from start to finish. 

Realtor Association awards, volunteer work, & certifications/designations:

  • Helena Association of Realtors: 2020 President, 2017 Realtor of the Year, 2016 Memorial Scholarship Award, Professional Standards committee, Education Committee, Membership Committee, Ombudsman
  • Montana Association of Realtors: Board of Directors, Professional Development Committee, IMF Trustee
  • National Association of Realtors: Housing Opportunities Committee
  • EcoBroker Certified, CNE (Certified Negotiations Expert), GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), AHWD (At Home w/Diversity) designation

In January of 2009, I committed to making a donation with each closing to the Alternative Energy Resources Organization and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Montana.  AERO https://aeromt.org/ cultivates sustainability by engaging community stakeholders and weaving networks that build lasting partnerships in the climate smart, sustainable agriculture, and local food system spheres. BBBS http://www.bbbs-helena.org/, makes meaningful matches between adult volunteers and children, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

When you decide that buying or selling real estate is your next priority, allow me the opportunity to provide exceptional service.

Please feel comfortable contacting me any day of the week by phone, email or text. I look forward to hearing from you.

About Erin

In 2015 I began my career in real estate at Big Sky Brokers, by way of my Mother/Mentor Maureen Oelkers (Broker/Owner). Our combined 30+ years of experience allowed me to build my skill set exponentially & resulted in a dynamic career partnership between the two of us. In January of 2021 I jumped at the opportunity to become a Broker/Co-Owner at Big Sky Brokers and venture out on my own while my partner Mo tip-toed into retirement.

Growing up in Helena I developed a deep appreciation for the state of Montana. After completing my Bachelors in Communication Studies and Human Relationships at U of M, I spent 10 years traveling the world as well as exploring the US by living and working in Florida, North Carolina and California. I was fortunate enough to spend 12 years in customer service, leadership development and management. My personal and professional experiences as well as my passion for people have wholeheartedly shaped my style of leadership as a Broker. I take pride in my ability to guide clients through the process of home buying and selling with integrity, proficiency & predictability.

Outside of Real Estate my passion is my family. Raising my three wonderful children with my Husband Brett is the best job I’ve ever had. Exploring the world through their eyes is the gift that keeps on giving.

Whether you are coming to Helena or leaving on your own adventure, it would be a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with you.

About Susan

Hello! And Welcome!!!

I’m Susan Hughes, one of the Brokers of Big Sky Brokers.

Our web-site will include all of the listings in our multi-list here in Helena. I hope it will be a wonderful tool for you to use whether buying or selling real estate in the Helena area.

A little about me…I was born and raised in Montana. I have approximately two years of Graphic Design and Architecture from MSU in Bozeman. I worked for the Montana Historical Society and the Montana Highway Department as a draft person before my career in real estate. I have been in real estate since 1986 and I love it!

  • 37 Years of Real Estate Experience
  • State Director for Montana Assn. of Realtors
  • Helena Sales person of the Year 1996
  • Helena Realtor of the Year 1997
  • Helena Board President 1996
  • Helena Board Local Director
  • Governmental Affairs Chairman
  • Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider
  • Big Brothers and Sisters Gold Sponsor
  • Residential, Investment and Commercial Real Estate
About Ron

Bio coming soon

About Ellen

The world has gotten smaller due to technology and the internet, but technology doesn’t trump experience. I have been a real estate agent/broker for 25 years. When the market is very strong and there are multiple offer situations, or when you receive an involved Home Inspection Report to negotiate, you need an agent who has experience in finding solutions, not someone who is going to “google” for the solutions. It’s convenient to have electronic signatures and virtual tours but that is only part of the big picture. Guiding you through the buying and selling process has many twists and turns and EXPERIENCE DOES MATTER.

I was raised on my family’s ranch near Anaconda MT and graduated from Montana Tech in Butte. I am proud of my roots and love the western heritage and hospitality evident in so many small communities in Montana. Montana doesn’t just have beautiful mountain and good fishing – we have good people who are great neighbors.

About Marcia

Hi. I’m Marcia Allen.

I was born and raised in the Helena area and have lived in northern Jefferson County in Blue Sky Heights for 40 years. I have been selling real estate in the Helena area for over 38 years and previously owned my own real estate company for 17 years. My passion for real estate led me to the decision to sell my own company so that I could concentrate on doing what I do best, listing and selling property. I truly believe in Big Sky Brokers’ motto “Because Experience Matters.”

For all your real estate needs, select a professional with education, experience, performance, dedication, reputation, and integrity and someone who is honest, trusting, and caring. I want to be your REALTOR!

  • Licensed and active since 1980
  • Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), received 1991
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), received 1988
  • Graduate of REALTORS Institute, 1988
  • Salesperson of the Year, Helena Association of REALTORS 1983
  • REALTOR of the Year, Helena Association of REALTORS 1986, 1989
  • Past President Helena Association of REALTORS and Helena Multiple Listing Service
  • REALTOR Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient, 1996
  • YWCA Salute to Women Award, 1988
  • Helena Woman of Achievement Award, 1995, Helena Business & Professional Women
  • Appointed to State of Montana Board of Realty Regulation 1988- 1992 by Governor Schwinden, and from 1992- 1996 by Governor Stevens
  • Florence Crittenton Home Foundation Board, 2003 to Present
  • St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation Board, 2006 to Present
  • Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee
  • Gold Sponsor of Big Brothers Big Sisters
About Judy

Judy’s bio coming soon

About the Sherleys

Anita has been working full time in real estate since 2005 and has found a true calling in helping people pursue their dreams. Anita is highly skilled in real estate transactions and brings her wisdom and years of experience to play in service her clients. Jay joined the Big Sky Brokers team with Anita in 2015. He has managed and owned businesses in town and brings to the table an expertise in negotiation skills and, as an avid sportsman, an in-depth knowledge of land and ranch properties as well as recreational areas and opportunities. Jay and Anita’s daughter, Cassi, joined the team in 2018, bringing with her a passion for organization, experience in graphics design and a love of our community and the surrounding area.

We have a passion for this city, its growth, people and all who value its beauty. We also value hard work, good communication, people and their stories. Our experience in real estate is marked by not only our knowledge of the market and specifics of this industry but also how we deeply care about those we serve. Many of our past clients have said that what started as simply looking for a new home developed into finding friends for life. We value your time and individual needs along with attention to detail within every transaction.

We also value knowledge of the properties and areas in and around Helena, working to stay on the
cutting edge of market knowledge, as well as developments and the regulations for expansion and
building in the county. Anita has been certified with GRI, ABR and taken several CRS classes which simply means she is educated in every aspect of real estate and investments. Jay is also certified with GRI and has done many classes specialized to ranch and land sales.

Outside of real estate, we have been married 36+ years, raised 3 children as well as many others who came to stay. We are immensely proud of our 11 grandkids who all live nearby. In 2006, we founded a non-profit for young adults called Life Houses, Inc., are former Bigs for Big Brothers Big Sisters and avid supporters of the Carroll College Athletic Association (Jay sits on the board). Jay loves the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and telling stories of those adventures, while Anita makes the most of the Helena area through biking, hiking, or kayaking. Mostly, we love having friends gather in the kitchen to have a glass of wine and share life.

About Jeri

Hello and thank you for visiting Big Sky Broker’s website. I have been blessed to be a part of this amazing real estate company for the past 15 years of my 18 years in real estate. I am starting my 19th year in Real Estate in 2024. 

Buying or selling your home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make! It can be stressful if you don’t have a knowledgeable, friendly, and professional realtor in your corner representing your needs. 

I am a FULL-TIME real estate broker and believe in communication and follow-up to get answers to your questions quickly! I am committed to taking the necessary time that you deserve to listen carefully to your requirements, to help you best achieve your buying and selling needs. 

I am a Helena native and a true hometown girl. I got my master’s degree in physical education from Fresno State University, in CA. After graduating, I couldn’t wait to move back to the Big Sky Country, & today I apply my passion for teaching to help people with real estate and specialize in residential listings and sales. 

Give me a call, and I would love to make a difference in your next transaction, whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or a veteran real estate investor. I can help educate you through each step of the process, so you make informed decisions without all the pressure! 

 

  • GRI- Graduate Realtor Institute 
  • Residential Specialist 
  • Western Mt College graduate- played basketball on scholarship 
  • Fresno State Univ.- Master’s Degree (M.A.) 
  • Physical Education teacher coached basketball & track 
  • Managed Crossroads Fitness Club 
  • Business Owner 
  • Family Promise, Vice-chair of Board (previously) 
  • Have 4 sons & 4 grandsons, and 1 granddaughter & family activities remain very important for me & my husband 
  • Pet lover & enjoy hiking and exploring in our great outdoors & nearby mountains
  • Love gardening and acrylic painting 
    About Connie

    Connie has been involved in the local real estate industry for over eighteen years and has surrounded herself with amazing Brokers and team members her entire career. Her passion and experienced dedication to real estate clients has kept them loyal to her services over the years. She is a graduate of the Realtor Institute, a RamseyTrusted Endorsed Local Provider, a Veteran Relocation Specialist, and is active with several referral programs for Real Estate. She continually contributes her time, energy, and perspective to many local community groups, events, and programs. Connie prioritizes communication as the cornerstone in meeting the needs of her clients. Through patience and persistence, coupled with keen research, strong negotiation skills, and extensive experience, Connie will work hard toward helping you achieve your real estate objectives – whether you are an experienced seller, a knowledgeable buyer, or a first-time homeowner. She would love to help you meet your real estate and investment goals!

    Connie loves spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling to visit her daughters.

    About Heidi

    Heidi’s bio coming soon

    About Linda

    Welcome to Big Sky Brokers!  About me – I was born and raised in Havre, MT.  After high school I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN for a year as I tried to find a direction for “grown up” life.  I returned to my home state to attend MSU Bozeman where I pursued a degree in Business Management.  After earning my degree, I worked in banking and healthcare before returning to MSU for post-graduate studies in Political Science/Public Administration.  In 1995 I moved to Helena to be closer to family and fell in love with all that Helena has to offer.

    My contractor husband and I live on a small hay farm in the north valley with some cows, dog, cats and chickens.  Our human family includes three grown children with families of their own. All three were raised here and I appreciate that this community offers such great schools, recreational and cultural opportunities.  It’s hard to keep a good secret and so over the years I’ve shared with anyone who will listen how wonderful it is to live here.  In these changing times I feel like we’ll see positive growth as people continue to discover the Helena area and make it their choice for first and second homes.  We have a good and stable economy that seems insulated from the booms and bust/ups and downs that other communities have experienced.

    My experience ranges from single to multi-family residential, condo living to commercial and investment properties.  I specialize in new construction, residential and condo listings.  Partly because of being involved in agriculture I’m keenly interested in water rights, water quality, septic and waste-water systems.  I’m knowledgeable and a good resource for information on building and construction in Lewis & Clark and Jefferson Counties.

    I work as a broker team with Gina Miranti-Mistry who also doubles as my daughter.  We have a strong commitment to client availability, and we go above and beyond to provide a complete and educational home-buying or home-selling experience.  We also love introducing owners to investment properties because we believe that owning real estate is such a perfect way to round out your savings or retirement portfolio.  With our team approach clients benefit from “two for the price of one” attention and representation.

    • Licensed Property Manager 2007
    • Licensed Real Estate Agent 2008
    • Licensed Broker 2010
    • Member National Association of Realtors, Montana Association of Realtors, Helena Association of Realtors
    • Designation: GRI, Graduate Realtor Institute
    • Advisory Board Member, First Interstate Bank
    • BS Business Management, Post Graduate Studies – MSU Bozeman
    About Sarah

    Hello!

    I have been a full-time real estate professional since October, 2004. Full attention and commitment is given to every real estate transaction that I have the privilege to be involved in. My experience includes residential, land, new construction, horse properties, patented mining claims and an occasional commercial transaction. Keeping up-to-date on our local real estate market by regularly examining market statistics and touring new listings weekly on Realtor Tour allows me to help you buy or sell with the greatest of confidence.

    I am a Helena native and graduated from Montana State University with a Business (Marketing) Degree after changing majors a couple of times! My varied and interesting work background is the result of being determined to live in my home state.

    If you choose to engage me as your Realtor you will find that I am detail-oriented, persistent, loyal, and capable. I operate with the highest commitment to integrity and clear communication. Two designations including Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and Certified Negotiations Expert (CNE) have furthered my real estate skills. Above all it is important to be a good listener.

    When I am not working I can usually be found on a horse! I enjoy the challenge of riding and showing cutting horses. Not only does it take top-notch physical skills for both horse and rider, but requires bringing your emotions under control and a “John Wayne” attitude (not too much different than the mental skills required in a real estate transaction). I am past President of the Boulder Area Chamber of Commerce and served as both Vice President and President of the Treasure State Cutting Club. Other memberships include the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, and Montana Cutting Horse Association. The ability to support various ministries and non-profit organizations including God’s Love (a local homeless shelter), Tsering’s Fund (educating girls in Nepal), and Heroes and Horses (veteran pack trips) is important to me.I look forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your real estate goals.

    About Maria

    Growing up in the Seattle area with a homebuilding father, I was exposed to real estate at a young age. I took interest in the market’s evolution and ever-changing trends. I was fascinated by the idea of home ownership, an opportunity that should ideally be available to everyone.

    In 2003, Carroll College brought me to Helena, Montana. International business and marketing studies introduced me to the local economy and community. I realized Helena was a great place to live, explore, and enjoy a quality life.

    While at Carroll College, I was hired as the marketing specialist for Windermere Real Estate -Helena. I spent 3 years learning the ins and outs of real estate, marketing techniques, and conducting transactions. After completing my internship, I decided to pursue my real estate license, entering the business to assist clients with their real estate needs. The opportunity allowed me to put my marketing education to use by helping owners market and sell their homes.

    Nine years later, I still love my job. Each day presents new opportunities and challenges. Focusing primarily on new construction and development, I have developed a wide spectrum of knowledge in the home-building process. My collaboration with builders and developers allows homebuyers access to quality-built homes in safe and appealing neighborhoods.

    In my spare time my corgi, Crosby, and I try to take advantage of what Helena has to offer: hiking, boating, and camping. During the winter months I enjoy Pilates and yoga, along with skiing and traveling.

    About Jackie

    Throughout my career, I have excelled in keeping clients happy with an attention to detail and with my ability to anticipate needs. I take great pride in building lasting relationships with clients and working diligently to represent their best interests. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, I am committed to providing you with a positive, professional experience.

    Born and raised in Helena, I am blessed to continue to call this beautiful area home. My husband and I have three wonderful children, and we enjoy exploring Montana adventures of every kind as a family. In the winter, we love to ski and snowboard. In the summer, we enjoy hiking, camping, rafting, and playing at the lake! I am also the proud sister of a local celebrity, Elvis Presley (aka Steven). He is Down Syndrome and our family loves to support him in his amazing performances and in his Special Olympics events.

    About Gina

    I’m a native Montanan, raised in Helena. After graduating from Capital High School, I went on to get my Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from Portland State University. I consider Portland my second home. However, my love of travel and adventure then took me to South Korea where I taught English at a public elementary school. In Korea, I met my husband and we decided to move back to Helena and start our family. My husband, Sunil Mistry, hails from West Yorkshire, UK and we love traveling there to see family. We have three beautiful and wild children.

    I joined the Big Sky Brokers team in 2015 and started doing Real Estate with my mother Linda Crofts. Though we are now both brokers we continue to take the team approach. Our mantra is ‘two heads are better than one’. Working as a team allows us to always be available to our clients and in the high-stakes world of real estate time really is of the essence. Being able to get a hold of your agent could be the difference between getting or losing the property. In addition to availability, we offer our clients clarity. We want people to feel empowered in the home buying/selling process and that starts with comprehension. By providing people all the pertinent facts, scenarios, and possible outcomes they can make the decisions that are right for them. I consider it an honor to do what we do because home is truly the most important place in the world. And Montana is an amazing place to make your home. It boasts a high quality of life, majestic scenery, and remarkable people. I love assisting locals and newcomers alike in finding their MT dream.

    “Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.”
    ~Dalai Lama

    About Kristin

    Thank you for your desire to know more about me. I began my Real Estate career in 2015 and obtained my Broker’s license in 2018. Before moving to Helena in 2013, my husband, three daughters and I resided in St. Louis, MO where I was an Elementary School Teacher. I have an undergraduate degree from Millikin University and a master’s degree from Maryville University both in Elementary Education.

    What I bring to the real estate table is a wealth of experience in effective communication, negotiation skills and thoughtful planning and preparedness. I will put my creativity and energy to work for you from the beginning of the sale to the closing. My goal is to make the transition of either buying or selling your home a smooth one. I look forward to listening to you and meeting your needs, all while keeping your goals in mind. It would be my privilege to work with you!

    In my spare time, I enjoy walking our Shih Tzu Poppy, traveling, exercising and playing piano for our church worship team. You can find me kayaking on the Missouri in the summer and skiing during the winters. I serve as a community member on the St. Peter’s Health Foundation Board and am a member of the local AY Chapter of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). I hold the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation, am a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist (S.R.E.S.)., hold the Realtor ePro Certification, and in 2020 and 2023 obtained the NAR C2EX designation. This year, I have the privilege of serving as the Past-President of our local Helena Association of Realtors.

    About Dawn

    Dawn Marrie and John Schaffer, Brokers

    We are both multi-generational Montanans who have great love and respect for our state and the people within it.  We have grown up loving all that Montana has to offer with the lakes, mountains, sunshine and snow.  We do our best to partake in all of the activities we can, taking full advantage of everything this great state has to offer.

    John:  I was born and raised in Deer Lodge and have some of the best memories of my life in that small town with the friends I still have and family still there.  I moved to Helena for college and ended up staying here calling Helena home.  Customer service has been a part of my work life since I started working and it is a point of pride for me to listen to my clients and help make one of their biggest purchases of their lives a great experience.  

    Dawn:  I have been a Helena girl all my life with parents that worked for the State of Montana I knew each state building like the back of my hand.  I have always had an interest in all sports and competitive activities, raising my children with the same interests and passions.  Real estate has been a passion of mine since I was a young adult and purchased my first home at the age of 18.  I strive for my clients to have the best experience possible when buying or selling real estate and making sure that I am available for them every step of the way and after the purchase or sale has been made.  My client’s success equals my success.

    We are here for you and all your real estate needs.  

    Dawn and John

    About John

    Dawn Marrie and John Schaffer, Brokers

    We are both multi-generational Montanans who have great love and respect for our state and the people within it.  We have grown up loving all that Montana has to offer with the lakes, mountains, sunshine and snow.  We do our best to partake in all of the activities we can, taking full advantage of everything this great state has to offer.

    John:  I was born and raised in Deer Lodge and have some of the best memories of my life in that small town with the friends I still have and family still there.  I moved to Helena for college and ended up staying here calling Helena home.  Customer service has been a part of my work life since I started working and it is a point of pride for me to listen to my clients and help make one of their biggest purchases of their lives a great experience.  

    Dawn:  I have been a Helena girl all my life with parents that worked for the State of Montana I knew each state building like the back of my hand.  I have always had an interest in all sports and competitive activities, raising my children with the same interests and passions.  Real estate has been a passion of mine since I was a young adult and purchased my first home at the age of 18.  I strive for my clients to have the best experience possible when buying or selling real estate and making sure that I am available for them every step of the way and after the purchase or sale has been made.  My client’s success equals my success.

    We are here for you and all your real estate needs.  

    Dawn and John

    About Cassi

    A Helena native and daughter of two Real Estate Brokers (Jay and Anita), I have a deep love for our local community and a clear understanding of the challenges that home buyers and sellers face in our rapidly shifting market. A graduate of Carroll College in 2008, I spent several years traveling both in an out of the US working for a non-profit organization that specialized in leadership training and community development in Central and South America.

    Eventually, those passions (leadership and community development) drew me back to Montana and into Real Estate alongside Jay and Anita in 2018 and I completed a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership a short time later. My experience with organizational systems, graphic design and communication made the transition into the Sherley Team both seamless and highly enjoyable. Leaning on Jay and Anita’s expertise and learning from their years of experience allows me to confidently represent both buyers and sellers alike. My desire to continuously learn the ins and outs of the real estate field provides me with endless opportunities for growth.

    In my spare time I teach leadership courses for Manna University online and spend summer weekends camping in my remodeled ’73 Dodge Motorhome, mountain biking or floating the Missouri on my paddle board.

    About Shawna

    Shawna is a Montana native who grew up in Cut Bank and attended Montana State University –Billings, majoring in Business/Accounting. In 1999, her family relocated to Denver and she worked in the financial services/legal industry. She got her real estate license in the Denver area in 2013, added the Montana license in 2016, and received her Brokers license in 2021.

    In today’s competitive market, you need a passionate, local adviser that can help you navigate the home buying and selling process. As a valued client, you’ll receive:

    • At Home With Diversity Certified
    • Commitment To Excellence Certified
    • Homes for Heroes Affiliate
    • Local market knowledge
    • Access to industry-leading real estate tools to determine your homes value or customize your home search
    • A proven negotiator who will be with you every step of the way
    • A trusted and knowledgeable partner through closing and beyond

    Shawna loves working with both buyers and sellers in the residential market and demonstrates the highest level of integrity and commitment to all of her clients. She strives to bring a little fun into every real estate transaction in an effort to reduce the stress that comes with making one of the largest financial transactions in a person’s lifetime. She works in partnership with you to understand your needs and motivations so she can represent your best interests. She has experience in new construction, resale properties, condos, townhomes and single family homes, as well as, investment and golf course properties, working with first time homebuyers, downsizing clients and relocation buyers. She works hard to earn your trust and exceed your expectations in order to be your Realtor® of choice and the one you trust to refer to your friends and family members.

    Shawna enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for organizations such as Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Jr. Achievement.

    She is a member of the Montana Association of Realtors, Helena Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors and adheres to their strong code of ethics.

    Shawna is married and has two grown children and three dogs. She enjoys trail running, paddle boarding, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, outdoor concerts and camping.

    About Jamie

    Thank you for your interest in Big Sky Brokers!

    As a Broker, I believe that my role is to serve my clients with the highest quality advice and representation. I make it my priority to be available to my clients and will always make you my priority. I will work with you to identify your values and desires for your real estate project. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned investor, I understand what it takes to build a viable deal.

    I have a deep background in architecture, biomimicry, and sustainability, which I have been able to hone through over a decade of working globally as a biomimicry and sustainability consultant, instructor, researcher, and project manager. Through this work, I was able to travel the world while collaborating with architects, engineers, and designers. Now, these experiences enable me to provide a unique set of expertise to my clientele in my hometown of Helena, Montana and surrounding communities.

    Throughout my career, I have been constantly reminded of the importance of community and what shapes it. I truly believe that a community is composed of what each person brings to it. I support our local businesses, artists, and organizations which are integral to making up the fabric of our community. When not working, you can find me spending time with my family in one of the many great pursuits Helena and Montana have to offer; floating rivers, hiking, skiing, birding, or simply hanging out in my yard. Montana is a special place to raise a family and Helena is where I call home.

    My teammate is Freda Wilkinson, who is also one of the owners of Big Sky Brokers. Together, we work to bring an extensive knowledge of the real estate market, building practices, sustainability systems, and much more. But the most important piece we both agree upon is that our clientele is our priority and building community is our goal.

    I look forward to opening a new door for you.

    Supplementary Education and Involvement

    Designations & Certifications:

    • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative – Training focused on home buyer advocacy
    • GREEN – Training focused on understanding and marketing properties with Green features.
    • GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute – 3 year training program focused on legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and sales processes.
    • AHWD – At Home With Diversity – Training to conduct business with sensitivity to client profiles
    • PSA – Pricing Strategy Advisor – Training focused on pricing processes and ensuring client education and understanding.

    Local Association Committees:

    • Helena Association of Realtors Education Committee
    • Helena Association of Realtors Grievance Committee
    About Carson

    Born and raised in Helena, Montana, Carson is innovating a new era in real estate, making ‘Modernizing Real Estate,’ more than just words. Using cutting-edge tools like drone photography, videography, 3D virtual tours, AI, and more, he’s transforming the way homes are bought and sold across the Big Sky state.

    At the age of 19, Carson joined the world of real estate alongside his father, Wayne Woodland (Broker/Owner of Big Sky Brokers). Together, they formed The Woodland Team, blending decades of real estate experience with a fresh, digital-first approach, redefining Montana’s real estate scene.

    Carson’s focus and composure shine within every transaction, making the potentially complex process smooth for his clients. His professionalism is complemented by a personal touch with top-notch communication, making each client feel exclusive.

    The passion he has for Montana, each community within, and its unique lifestyle motivates him to help clients find their dream properties. He’s committed to giving back to the community he loves, donating a part of his commission from each closing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena.

    Outside of real estate, Carson enjoys weightlifting, golfing, spending time with family and friends, trading stocks, catching up on the latest NBA games, and of course, flying his drone. Carson’s just a text (or call) away.

    Reach out, let’s chat, and let’s see how I can help you!

    About Molly

    Meet Molly, 
a Montana native with a love for the outdoors and helping people. Her experience in real estate, home staging, communication, and technology all meld together to bring you the best service whether you’re buying, selling, building or investing.

Born and raised in East Helena, Montana, Molly has a deep knowledge of the region. Before beginning her real estate career, Molly received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana, Missoula. She then worked for the largest Accounting Firm in Montana. Most recently, Molly owned and operated a home staging and interior design business. Having a realtor and a home staging expert all in one can save you time and money! Lucky for you, Molly is just that!

 Outside of work Molly and her husband, Bill, enjoy chasing their daughter Reese and their two fur-babies Chewie and Rosie. They enjoy weekend road trips, hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time at the lake.

    About Amy

    People Matter. Results Matter. True North Matters.

    PEOPLE
    Whether you’re buying or selling a home or investment property, I’ll value YOU, your perspective, and your individual goals. All too often the customer’s voice isn’t heard; I’ll establish a relationship with you where your needs come first, and we partner as I educate you through every step of the selling and buying process, and you help me understand your ultimate dreams.

     A native Montanan, I grew up on Hauser lake in the ‘70s, where my family created many wonderful memories. I spent much of my adult life out of state—in Portland, OR, graduating with an accounting and finance degree at The University of Portland, and in Washington, D.C., as a young professional and business owner. I returned back to this state that I love over ten years ago, and came full-circle, right back to the lake home of my youth.

    RESULTS
    Thanks to my partnership with Mark Stahly, Owner and Broker of Big Sky Brokers, when you work with me, you get two heads for the price of one. With this partnership in our work, we have a full understanding of the purchase and sale of residential, investment and commercial property, and land.

     My past small business and financial experience enables me to bring you a smart, data-driven decisionmaking perspective to the business of selling and buying real estate. As a past Development Director for several large associations in Washington, D.C., and sole proprietor her in Helena, I’ve successfully negotiated multiple large-dollar contracts and understand the critical importance of representing your negotiation throughout the sell/buy process.

    I’m passionate about ongoing challenges and new opportunities, and I ultimately value RESULTS. And my love of fulfilling people’s goals and helping them achieve success brings you the heart and soul perspective to one of the most important personal and financial investments of your life. I’ve successfully worked with people of all backgrounds, ages and interests in a diversity of business and community settings. And as a side gig, I’m a group fitness instructor at Capital City Health Club, where I partner and coach for results—to veteran athletes and new clients alike. Similarly, you can expect me to empower you to achieve your best results in your real estate transactions.

    “TRUE NORTH” MATTERS
    Everything I do is guided by my personal “TRUE NORTH”—my unswerving commitment to do the right thing by my clients, through my work and in my community. I commit to doing buying and selling right. I’m grateful for the qualityof life my hometown of Helena provides, and regularly donate to and volunteer for a wide range of events and fundraisers which benefit our community and our Montana way of life. Specifically, each real estate closing benefits Big Brother Big Sister of Helena (http://www.bbbs-helena.org/.)

    My greatest joys are experiences with my teenage daughter Olivia, my personal and business partner Mark Stahly, and my dad Bob. As a family, we boat, water and snow ski, camp, bike, hike and stay young together. We are down-to-earth, we laugh a lot, and we like to have fun. Please contact me if you’d like to talk about your options and opportunities, under no obligation.

    About Tish

    Hi – and thank you for visiting our website to search for an agent and property that will meet your needs and fulfill your goals!

    I grew up on the Hi-line of Montana and learned the value of honesty, hard work, and integrity – all of which are the cornerstones of my professional career. I come from a long line of hard working, tough, independent women. My great-grandmother and her two sisters picked up from Minnesota and moved to the Havre area to homestead in the early 1900s. Through perseverance and dedication, they became the first three Registered Nurses in Montana. I was fortunate enough to know my great grandparents, experience their work ethic and learn first-hand the value of honesty, endurance and true grit.

    While I was born and raised in Montana, I wanted to see the world and embarked on several adventures as soon as I graduated from Havre High School. I worked in a fish cannery in Alaska for a time, meeting and working with people from all over the world. One summer while at University of Montana, I sold educational books door-to-door in Kentucky and Ohio, capping off the summer by driving to the east coast to see the country. I had never even been on a toll road before and there I was, trying to navigate New York City traffic by myself! But Montana called me back home. I lived in Missoula for seven years, while attending both U of M and the College of Technology, where I received my Culinary Arts certificate and met my wonderful husband Craig. We moved to Helena in 1997 and love everything about this area! This community has so much to offer!

    I have had a few careers in my life, but the common denominator in all of them is customer service. I have been working in customer service for 35 years because I love connecting with people! In my 14 years as a certified optician at Montana Eyecare in Helena, I developed many valuable relationships with customers who I can now honestly call my friends. I enjoy working with people to help them meet their goals. Real estate is a natural progression for me – developing relationships in order to help people with one of the most important transactions of their lives!

    In my free time you will find me enjoying this beautiful state boating, fishing, swimming, camping, mountain biking, hiking or tinkering in the garage with my newest hobby – welding furniture and art. I have a deep appreciation for all that my native state has to offer and would love to help you buy or sell your Montana home. Call me, I would love to share what this beautiful community has to offer!

    About Marcia

    Greetings!

    My name is Marcia Ellermeyer and although not born and raised in Montana, my roots here are strong. My father was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. After graduating from the University of Montana in Missoula, he married my mom and decided to leave the state to explore opportunities on both the east and west coasts. I grew up mostly in western Pennsylvania, and yes, I am a die-hard Steeler and Penguins fan! In 1994, my husband John and I decided to move west. We moved to Helena to be near family and the rest is a dream come true. We are so lucky to live and work in this wonderful community!

    For the last 20 years I have worked as a licensed insurance producer, and I have a wide range of experience in sales and marketing with a focus on building strong relationships and customer loyalty. In addition, my husband and I have many years of experience in real estate investment and development, having navigated the subdivision process with the county and sold multiple spec homes. My experience, both personally and professionally, has prepared me for this new chapter and I am so excited to be focusing exclusively on real estate. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to advise and guide others through this exciting process.

    While building a successful career and family, I have also served on the School Board for East Helena Public Schools for over 20 years. I am fortunate to be part of the growth and development of East Helena, most recently guiding the school through the transition from a K-8 to a K-12 district, building a new elementary school and finally building a new high school. I am grateful to be a part of this incredible school district and community.

    I spend my spare time with friends and family enjoying the beautiful state of Montana, planning the next travel adventure, and watching football and hockey.

    I am both honored and privileged to be partnering with Mark Stahly and Amy Omang. Clients will have the advantage of three dedicated professionals with many years of experience in real estate, service and commitment. Whether buying, selling or investing, contact me for all your real estate needs. I am committed to providing quality service and I look forward to the opportunity to advise and guide you through the process of buying or selling your property.

    About Brie

    Meet Brie MacLaurin, a residential real estate agent and proud Helena local. Known for her genuine and forthright communication style, integrity, determination, and professionalism, Brie is deeply committed to fostering positive growth in the community by supporting her clients in their real estate endeavors.

    With a profound love for people from all walks of life, Brie approaches real estate with a sincere dedication to facilitating positive experiences for her clients. Her communication style is characterized by honesty and transparency, ensuring that each client feels informed and confident throughout the real estate process.

    At the heart of Brie’s approach is her 20-year nursing career, a testament to her commitment to helping families in Montana. As a public health home visiting nurse and the executive director of the statewide nonprofit Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition, Brie honed valuable skills in planning, problem-solving, and compassionate care.

    Brie’s transition to real estate, joining Big Sky Brokers, was a natural evolution of her passion for assisting others. She brings to her real estate practice the same dedication and empathy that defined her nursing career. Her clients benefit not only from her real estate expertise but also from her ability to connect on a personal level, making the journey through real estate transactions smoother and more enjoyable.

    Promptness and accessibility are key principles in Brie’s client-centric approach. She strives to make herself readily available to clients, promptly responding to inquiries and providing accurate, comprehensive information. By empowering her clients with the knowledge they need, Brie ensures they make informed decisions that align with their real estate goals.

    For Brie, the most rewarding aspect of her work is the relationships that form with her clients. Whether helping them find their next home or successfully closing a sale, she finds joy in supporting others as they achieve their real estate aspirations. Born and raised in Helena, Brie feels fortunate to raise her own family in this community and actively contributes by volunteering and assisting her partner, Omar, with remodeling projects.

    In her free time, Brie can be found enjoying the outdoors with her children and furry friends, embodying the same sense of community in her personal life that she brings to her professional endeavors. With Brie MacLaurin as your real estate partner, you can trust in her dedication, expertise, and genuine care for your unique real estate journey.

    About Lizzie

    After much research and consideration of many brokerages in Helena, I am thrilled to have joined Big Sky Brokers. This is an extraordinary group of real estate professionals who generously share their knowledge and experience; I am directly mentored by Wayne Woodland, Broker/Co-Owner of BSB.

    I was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, and have lived in Colorado, Ohio, Florida, and now, for the last 6 years, Helena. My family and I have found our home here in this wonderful community. During the last several years home with my young daughters, I created and continue to operate my skincare line Estella’s Bees Knees Co., bookkeep for my husband’s business, volunteer in my daughters’ classrooms, serve on the Montessori board, and on the board for our local dragon boat club. With my masters in social work and background as a director of Social Services in a Nursing and Rehabilitation facility, people truly are my passion. I thrive when learning new things and interacting with my community.

    If you’re considering buying or selling real estate in the greater Helena area, I’d be honored to assist. I understand first-hand that the process can be intimidating, and will work diligently to minimize the stress and uncertainty and create a positive real estate experience!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    About Lynnette

    Lynnette Sena is a military wife of a twenty-three-year active-duty Army veteran. She knows what it means to relocate and knows the importance of working with an agent who has your best interest at heart. Lynnette has personally been through the buying and selling process ten times and has changed addresses sixteen times in the military. In addition, Lynnette grew up in an Air Force family and altogether has lived in ten states and four countries, to include Germany, Italy and Poland.

    After experiencing so many wonderful places to live around the world, Lynnette and her husband, Cory, chose Helena as their forever home. Cory is from Boulder, and both are thankful to be so close to family. Cory and Lynnette’s son and daughter both graduated from Helena High School and went on to continue their education at the University of Montana.

    Lynnette graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Aviation Science. Lynnette’s early career was as a flight instructor and then as an airline pilot for a regional airline, Chautauqua Airlines/USAirways Express. She also has work experience at a non-profit residential wilderness camp for youth, as a church office administrator, and as a wedding venue owner/operator–just to name a few.

    The best part of every job has always been about the people. Lynnette is excited about her opportunity as a Realtor® to work closely with clients helping to navigate the important transaction of buying/selling a home. She is honored to be a part of Shawna Korth’s team. Working with Lynnette means that clients also have the benefit of Shawna’s many years of experience and professionalism. Together, Shawna and Lynnette are dedicated to serving every client with the highest level of integrity and commitment.

    About Cody

    As a fifth-generation Montanan, I feel I am coming into the world of real estate with an innate understanding of what it means to live in, and be a part of the great state of Montana. I was born and raised on a farm in Fairview, Montana. My wife, Michelle, and I moved to Helena in 1992, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and, soon after, went into a career in law enforcement. We have called Helena our home for 22 of the last 32 years and look forward to continuing to watch our grandchildren grow up in this beautiful state. After our most recent adventure of living in Mexico to administrate and direct an orphanage, we have returned to Montana and I look forward to beginning a new chapter with Sherley Real Estate.

    I have a passion for helping people, and pride myself in communication, relationship building, and genuinely engaging in the betterment of people’s lives. I love the Helena area and all it has to offer. Being outdoors and exploring this part of the Big Sky State affords me an authentic understanding of all this land holds for those who call it home. I am an avid hiker and love to backpack into remote parts of Montana where quiet and solitude abound. Having raised 3 kids that love the Montana outdoors, I know my love for the outdoors will bleed into my service to you. I look forward to learning about not only what you are looking for in a Montana property, but also what your passions and interests are so I can best partner with you in finding the perfect match for what you have envisioned for the future.

    I am blessed to be joining Jay, Anita, and Cassi, who have years of experience and expertise in the world of realty. I will be leaning heavily on their guidance and mentorship, and while growing my knowledge and experience I commit to offering you dependability, trust, relationship, service, and dedication. I sincerely anticipate helping you find your Montana dream home or property.

    About Rose

    Hello! 

    I grew up in the rural western Montana town of Thompson Falls, moved to Missoula in 2001, and later graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Psychology. I went on to get a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and have helped manage retirement housing communities for the last 17 years.

    I recently decided to work towards a new goal that combined my love of real estate and finance, and complimented my work in housing. In early 2024, I became a licensed real estate salesperson with Big Sky Brokers, helping to expand their area of expertise into my city, Missoula! My sister, Freda Wilkinson, is a Broker/Owner and has been with Big Sky Brokers for 18 years. I’m eager to combine my energy and enthusiasm with her experience and expertise to ensure that each transaction is handled with utmost professionalism. 

    I have bought, remodeled, and sold multiple properties in Missoula. Through these experiences, my knowledge of construction and home maintenance has grown exponentially. I enjoy leveraging this knowledge to help buyers evaluate potential and resale, and help sellers prepare their homes for a successful listing. I’ve spent the last two decades getting to know all the wonderfully unique attributes and amenities offered by the various Missoula neighborhoods and understand what makes Missoula and its residents so special!

    I am actively involved in the Missoula community and believe that we are all responsible for contributing to the vibrancy and character of our city. 

    My husband and I have two kids and when we are not working or volunteering, you will find us hiking Sentinel, fishing at Georgetown Lake, skiing at Disco, camping in the Root, going to Griz games, supporting local music, cheering each other on at sporting events, and enjoying all things Montana.  

    I look forward to meeting you and providing outstanding service in Missoula and surrounding areas.

    Please feel free to contact me any time!