Thale Dillon, Director, Montana Kids Count
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.