Thale Dillon, Director, Research Analyst

Ms. Dillon is the director of economic research for Montana KIDS COUNT. She holds degrees in both economics and forest economics, earning her master's degree from the University of Montana in 1999. Since then, she has been involved in both tourism and forestry research before joining KIDS COUNT in 2006. In recent years, Ms. Dillon has been focusing on issues that will advance awareness and understanding of the conditions faced by Montana's vulnerable children and families, all the time emphasizing the need for evidence-based decision making and the importance of using and understanding data. She also has experience in survey research and statistical analysis, and has for years been involved in American Indian health issues.

Jennifer Calder, Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Calder is the Outreach Coordinator for Montana KIDS COUNT. In addition to building the MT KIDS COUNT communications strategy, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships and contacts with key stakeholders working on child and family policies and programs. Prior to her work at the Bureau, she served as the Program Coordinator for the Montana Parent Information and Resource Center where she provided training, systems planning and technical assistance to build family and community engagement in education at the local, regional and state level. Jennifer holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis, and completed her post-Baccalaureate coursework in Education at the University of Texas, Austin.


Thale Dillon, Director
Montana Kids Count