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Dr. Norma Nickerson

Director and Principal Investigator

As Director of ITRR, I wear the hat of planner, budgeter, editor, presenter, writer, data collector, data analyzer, and student advisor in the hopes of keeping the Montana tourism and recreation industry up-to-date on all things tourism and recreation related.  I am the proud mother of two 20-something adults and love spending as much time outdoors as possible with my husband hiking, kayaking, biking, and simply enjoying Montana’s amazing spaces and places.

Phone: (406)243-2328

norma.nickerson@umontana.edu

Dr. Norma Nickerson

Dr. Jeremy Sage

Economist and Associate Director

As the Economist at ITRR, I get the luxury of supporting Montanans in their understanding of how the region’s tourism and recreation industries fit within and contribute to the larger economic outlook of the state. Having grown up in the timber industry and now an avid Triathlete, I enjoy the opportunity to explore how recreation economies can coexist with those industries traditional to the west. If I am not in my office or on one of my bikes, it is probably a safe bet that I am taking in a game or race! Whether it is at the pitch for my son’s High School soccer, or the side of the road as my wife finishes mile 26.2, I love the experience of competing or cheering on others as they do what they do, with all they’ve got!!

Phone: (406)243-5552

jeremy.sage@umontana.edu

Dr. Jeremy Sage

Kara Grau

Assistant Director of Economic Analysis

At ITRR, I spend most of my time immersed in spreadsheets and data files, making sure you get all of the tourism-related data your heart desires, as quickly as possible! When I'm not at ITRR, I can usually be found chasing my two little girls around, either at the farmers market, a park, a trail, downtown or anywhere else in the general vicinity of Missoula! 

Phone: (406)243-5107

kara.grau@umontana.edu

Kara Grau

Megan Schultz

Project Manager and Research Associate

I oversee the daily operation of our Nonresident survey: supervise our data collectors, build all of our forms, clean data on the back-end, run analysis, write reports, and give presentations on ITRR data. I also oversee our Survey Kits utilized by communities across Montana for races and special events. My personal research interests also include collaboration and collective decision-making regarding natural resources and public lands. In my free time, I can be found with my husband and dog hiking, brewery-touring, river rafting, and enjoying all things Montana!

Phone: (406)243-6454

megan.schultz@umontana.edu

Megan Schultz