MS, LCPC, LAC
Kurt Fairbank is our Director and Lead Counselor. Kurt holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a license in addiction counseling. He is devoted to the health and well-being of the young men he works with every day. Kurt has the rare ability to effortlessly weave valuable insights into everyday acts allowing his students to learn both from his behaviors and his counseling. Kurt and has been working professionally with youth for over 15 years.
Kurt is a Montana native, a dedicated husband and father, and an avid outdoorsman. When he is not with his family, enjoying all that Montana has to offer, he can be found coaching his kids in soccer or softball, or in his garage, working on rebuilding his 81 Corvette.
Josh joined the Building Bridges team in 2017 with a passion for helping young people grow and mature. Josh has worked with troubled youth for decades and has a passion for helping others. He has an ineffable quality that allows him to quickly develop a rapport and mutual respect with everyone he encounters. We are lucky to have him on our team.
Josh is a dedicated husband and father with two young sons of his own. He is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast who has climbed Mt. Kilamnjaro…twice. Josh also works closely with an international charity designed to bring clean water to areas without, which has helped save the lives of hundreds of people as well as cut down on the risk of human trafficking in those areas.
Family Outreach Coordinator
Tammy joined our team in 2019 as our Family Outreach Coordinator. She has over 12 years experience in this field as a private therapist and as a therapist for a therapeutic boarding school. Over that time, Tammy has built a wealth of knowledge and a proven ability to generate positive results in this arena. She truly believes in what we are doing and thinks that Building Bridges provides a unique set of real-life experiences within a structured environment.
Outside of work, Tammy spends her time as a mother and wife with her family. She also owns horses that she trains and rides and has used in the past for equine therapy.
Sarah has been with us since 2007. In that time she has worn many hats, and is currently our Academic Director. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and works closely with our Academic Coordinator to help provide a positive and growth orientated environment for all our students. She is currently spearheading our accreditation process, working closely with our accrediting organization with the plan to be accredited by Fall 2020. Her impact on how our organization runs cannot be overstated and goes far beyond the classroom.
Outside the office, Sarah is an active member of the community, and a mother of four.
Building Bridges is designed to meet our students’ needs with a graduated academic plan that often starts in Building Bridges Academy with full enrollment in our local high school possible as the student demonstrates his capability to handle that responsibility. Andy is responsible for helping our students get on track, caught up, and ready for success in that environment. He has developed a close and well-respected relationship with the administration and teachers at our local public schools. This relationship is a critical factor in helping our students get the most out of their academic lives. Andy has been with us since 1996 and has helped countless students find skills they didn’t think they had and guided them toward their true academic potential.
Andy is a dedicated husband and father, who has always put family first. After a career of technical and network training, he continues to tinker with computers and networks, and often provides free help and technical support to our community.
Devin has been with us since 2015 and has become an invaluable member of our team. He is now a part of our Academic Team, helping our home school students through their studies. He has an innate ability to relate to our students, which has helped him develop a quick rapport while maintaining mutual respect. This is a rare mix in this field, and we are grateful to have him as part of our team.
Dan has been a member of our team since Bridges was founded in 1996. He has an extensive background in backpacking, rock climbing, and skiing. Basically, for anything outdoors, Dan is our aficionado. He usually goes on at least one trip during the summer, as well as being our certified rock-climbing instructor. He loves to take the students skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Over the rest of the year, Dan is one of the staff that leads our students on most projects we have going on around the property, including mapping out and setting up our new frisbee golf course. Dan has been in this field most of his life and has been an incredibly powerful force in the lives of the young men with whom he has worked.
As the newest addition to our team, Chris has brought with him several years of experience from a previous program. He also brings several years of construction and handy man experience. He is able to teach our students new skills and is our go to guy if we ever need any projects completed around the house or property. It can take a while to get used to working in our environment, even for the most seasoned individual, but Chris has stepped in and very quickly become a valued member of our team.
Sean is another long term employee who has become a fixture here at Building Bridges. His knowledge spans across just about every aspect of what we do and is always willing to put in the extra mile to make sure the students have the support they need. Sean also has a love for the mountains and can usually be found in the woods. His knowledge of that environment is a huge plus. He is our go-to guy for any hikes we go on throughout the year and is a frequent member of our summer team.
As a father and husband, Sean is dedicated to his family. In his off time, he is a certified hunting guide and avid hunter himself. If you get the chance, ask about one of his close encounters with a bear, or a mountain lion, or just about any of the animals in our forests. You will not be disappointed.
Dan is another fixture here at Building Bridges, having been with us since 2006, with a small break for a few years to pursue other interests. DanO, as he has come to be known, has a vast set of skills he brings to the table, including years of work as a farrier, rancher, and renovator. His interactions with the students are indelible, and no doubt every student he has worked with has a fond memory of him.
He still works as a farrier in his off time, when he is not working on the endless renovation projects he has for his own house, or tending to his garden.
As one of our overnight support staff, Jesse has limited time with our students but still makes sure to find ways to connect with all of them. Being the youngest staff member presents its challenges, but Jesse is able to navigate through that process while still presenting himself as a comfortable set of ears for our students.
Debbie had worked for us part-time for a couple of years before coming on board full-time as our Resident ‘Mom.’ The impact she has on our boys is immeasurable. She makes sure the pantry is stocked, that we all eat well-balanced meals, and keep our spaces tidy. But, most importantly, she provides a motherly touch that has a significant and positive impact on our day. In a house full of guys, she makes sure we never forget the little things that matter so much.
Jim handles some of the transportation needs for our high school students. As a retired police officer from California, Jim was looking to help young men avoid some of the troubles he witnessed throughout his career. He moved to Montana for it’s quality of life and outdoor activities, but still wanted to find a way to have an impact on the next generation.
Many of our new or prospective parents will have the opportunity to speak with Jill. Her main focus is to help parents determine if our program is the right match for their son, guide them through our admissions process, and help coordinate their son’s arrival. Jill is also our voice in the community, organizing many of our community service projects.
Debby manages the office and makes sure all of our i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. She is the voice and glue of Building Bridges, coordinating with parents and staff to make sure all the critical details are managed. All mail, packages, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments go through her as well.