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Kelsie Witt and Brian Brown

Supporting: Dancing with the Big Sky Stars 2020 for Big Sky Senior Services, Inc.

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Brian D. Brown-Celebrity Dancer

First Interstate Bank-Billings Market President

Brian was born in Billings, MT and grew up in Columbus, MT, where he graduated from high school.  Brian attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship and graduated with honors with a BS in Finance and minors in Accounting and Banking.  He is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Upon graduation from the University of Wyoming, Brian began his career with First Interstate Bank in Billings and has been with the company for 21 years.  He started as a teller and has worked in many capacities including Management Trainee, Credit Review Officer, Commercial Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Commercial Real Estate Manager, and Banking Group Manager.  Currently, Brian is the Billings Market President, which includes all 6 branches in Billings as well as Laurel, Hardin, Red Lodge, Absarokee, and Columbus.

As an employee of First Interstate Bank and individually, Brian has a great Commitment to the Community.  He is involved with numerous organizations and events including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County, Downtown Billings Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, Billings Chamber of Commerce, Yellowstone County Relay for Life, and Rimrock Foundation.

Brian has two sons (Tye,19 and Ben,16).  They enjoy spending time together backpacking, fishing, traveling, and playing/watching sports and movies.

Why did you want to participate in this event?

First and foremost, Big Sky Senior Services is a great organization doing great things in our community to help our Senior Citizens…that is the main reason why I wanted to participate.  Also…this is a fun and exciting way to raise money for the organization that really puts me out of my comfort zone (i.e. dancing in public).


One interesting fact about you that most people don't know.

I am in the Top 10 in season tackles (136 tackles in one season) in University of Wyoming football history.


Who is a senior in your life that has been an inspiration to you, why? 

My Grandma Jennie as well as my parents (Jon & Gloria Brown).  They all have inspired me to work hard and always give 100% in everything…all with having a positive attitude.


Kelsie Witt-Instructor

My name is Kelsie Witt and have been dancing since three years old at Rimview Dance Studio.  I have been trained in all different styles including lyrical, hip hop, jazz, tap, musical theater, contemporary, and cheer dance.  I currently work at Rimview Dance Studio and I am a dance team coach at Skyview High School. I graduated from Skyview in 2017 and quickly realized how important dance is to me. All of my sisters, three of them, danced and we are a very close-knit family; all of which are located in the Billings area.  If it was not for my mom signing me up for dance, who knows what my life would have been like. Dance has shaped my whole life and is continuing to shape the children I teach.

Why did you want to participate in this event?

I wanted to participate in this competition to help the Billings community.  I have danced at Rubber Duck Regatta ,since three, to help prevent Elder Abuse. I also want to share my love of dance with another. 

One interesting fact about you that most people don't know.

When I was ten I started to dislike dance. I loved my teacher and dance friends, but  it was tough. I was determined and began to practice more and I found my niche. Through self perseverance, I continue to dance everyday!

Who is a senior in your life that has been an inspiration to you, why? 

My grandmother has been a very special person in my life. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and it was tough. She made me feel special even when she was going through treatments. She was there for me. She has since passed away from Cancer, but I will never forget her and how special she was to me. 


SPONSORED BY

We are dancing in honor of Jodie, a Big Sky Senior Services client. 

Jodie is a delightful woman and a joy to speak with. She was born and raised in Ohio and worked for PPG mixing paint for NASCAR for 14 years. She came to Billings to help her daughter but ended up a victim of Elder Abuse and was homeless this past summer. She had no money and only the clothes on her back. Big Sky Senior Services became aware of her situation and she became a client of their Prevention of Elder abuse program. They were able get her into her own apartment and as Jodie said “...and here I am...safe”. We are honored to dance for Jodie.

Dancing with the Big Sky Stars 2020 is unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. People's Choice voting will remain open through April 17th. We are so thankful for the dance teams dedication and support! 

If you would like a ticket or table refund please email

preventionofelderabuse@gmail.com

Photos taken by Patricia Marie Photography. www.patriciamphotography.com

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