Headwaters Economics staff listing, with bio and contact info.


Ray Rasker, Ph.D., Executive Director

Ray has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity, and is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada. He has a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, M.Ag. from Colorado State University, and B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington.

Patricia Gude, Associate Director

Patty specializes in the economics of land use and management. Her favorite work involves measuring trends and helping audiences understand the importance of socioeconomic matters. Patty holds a M.S. in Ecology from Montana State University.


Mark Haggerty

Mark applies economic and fiscal data to real-world land-use and development challenges. He has experience as a researcher, trainer, and facilitator in western communities with an emphasis on land use and community planning. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado.


Megan Lawson, Ph.D.

Megan is an economist specializing in land use, non-market valuation, and statistical models for policy analysis. Her research areas include recreation, ecosystem services, climate adaptation, and demographic and economic trends. Megan holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has a B.A. in Biology from Williams College.


Kimiko Barrett, Ph.D.

Kimi is a geographer with expertise in rural community development and assessing local vulnerabilities to climate-related risks. She has a Masters in Geography from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Conservation Sciences from University of Montana.

Scott Story

Scott began developing an interest and proficiency in Geographic Information Systems, database design, and analysis of spatially-explicit data nearly twenty years ago. He has worked on projects ranging from examining the effects of fire on bird communities to helping the state of Montana migrate its boundary GIS data into the latest industry framework. Scott holds a M.S. in Biology from Montana State University.

Kelly Pohl

Kelly is a geographer with expertise in community-based trail development, private land conservation, and wildland fire. She holds a M.S. in Geography from Portland State University and a B.S. in Geography from Montana State University.


Chris Mehl

Chris has extensive experience working in communications and on public policy issues across the West. He also serves as the Deputy Mayor of Bozeman and previously worked as Press Secretary for several Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Chris holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Janet Clark

Janet has worked with government agencies, tribes, universities and nonprofits throughout the West on a variety of natural resources issues. Her focus is grants management, organizational development and communications. Janet holds a B.A. from Penn State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Montana State University.

Bill Daigle

Bill is a software developer who believes web applications should be easy to use and intuitive. He works closely with researchers and resource managers to create geospatial solutions that help inform management decisions. Bill holds a M.S. in Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Debbie Muir Grebenc

Deb develops interactive web pages to convey key research findings and inform policy discussions.  She also provides programming support for the Economic Profile Sytem.  Deb has been developing software solutions for more than 25 years.  She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College.