Director, LAC, MSMHC
Kurt Fairbank is our Director and Lead Counselor. Kurt holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a license in addiction counseling. He is devoted to the health and well-being of the young men he works with every day. As the son of our founder, Kurt has grown up in this field his entire life and has been working professionally with youth for over 15 years.
Pete joined our team in 2013 and has been an invaluable asset ever since. Pete found a passion for counseling and helping young men successfully navigate their way to adulthood. Pete is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and is continuing his educational path by attaining a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.
Counselor, LAC, NCACII
Steve Fairbank is our founder and former Director. He is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor II, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and has over 25 years experience in dealing with at-risk youth and their families. Steve has helped countless young men along this journey and continues to play a big part in their lives.
Andy Burwig is our Academic Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring all of our students are set up for academic success. Over the years he has developed a close and well-respected relationship with the administration and teachers at Thompson Falls High School, a relationship which is a key factor in helping our students get the most out of their academic lives.
Josh joined the Building Bridges team in 2017 with a passion to help young people grow and mature. Currently he works directly with our home school students, helping them acclimate to an effective learning environment and develop personal study habits. He is also working towards his certification to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor.
As one of our key support staff, Bud works directly with the students and has become one of their primary role models. Bud has a wealth of life and work experiences and a strong work ethic which he demonstrates to the students every day. Bud is the father of two boys and along with his wife they participate in many of the fun day activities with the students.
Dan has been a member of our team since Bridges was founded in 1996. He has an extensive background in back packing, rock climbing and skiing. Basically, for anything outdoors, Dan is our officiando. 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. He does all activities with a calm, inspiring demeanor and he usually has the most tall tales told about him from the guys.
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 be found in the woods as often as not. His knowledge of that environment is a huge plus and whenever possible, he will take the students up with him.
Devin is one of our newer staff members, but he has jumped in and has quickly become a part of the family. As our youngest staff, Devin has an innate ability to relate to our students, which has helped him develop a rapport with them quickly, which he has done, while still keeping their respect. That is a rare mix in a new staff member, and we are grateful to have him on our team.
Sarah has been with us since 2006, bringing with her a fresh perspective. She handles admissions, manages our marketing and accounting, and was our primary liaison in the licensing process for programs in Montana. She is driven to improving our program in any way she can and almost any new feature of our program has come from Sarah.
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 important but easily overlooked details are managed. All mail, packages, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments go through her as well as making sure there is food in the pantry, and supplies on the shelves.