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Meet the Staff

Barbara Neilan, Executive Director

Barb is a native Montanan, born in Billings and raised in Bozeman.  She came to Missoula in 1971 to attend the University of Montana.  Barb’s professional career began with 14 years as a paralegal for three of Missoula’s most prestigious law firms.  It has since encompassed a career in real estate as both a salesperson and broker for Prime Properties and Lambros Real Estate, and as Publicist for the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the largest touring children’s theatre in the nation.  In 1997, she also established and operated “An Affair to Remember” a Missoula-based events coordination business specializing in corporate events.   In August of 2004, Barb accepted her current position as Executive Director of Destination Missoula.

Barb currently sits on the Boards of the Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association and Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation and is also an active member on committees for Glacier Country Tourism Region, the Montana Travel Advisory Council and the Missoula Community Leaders.  She is also actively involved with the Missoula Chapter of the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the Montana Special Olympics, Heifer International and Global Volunteers. 

Sage Grendahl, Director of Operations

Sage Grendahl started with Destination Missoula in January 2009.  Prior posts before the MCVB include: [Chief] Executive Officer for the Missoula Building Industry Association; Coordinator for the University Center Arts and Culture Program; and Assistant Director for the Missoula Downtown Association.

Sage is a native Montanan and came to Missoula in 1997 to attend the University of Montana.  She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing and management emphases) and graduated in 2001.  In 2006, she received her Master’s degree in Public Administration, also from the University of Montana.

Sage currently serves on the Missoula Cultural Council Board of Directors.  Her favorite thing about Missoula are the gorgeous summers.  Sage's favorite Missoula events include all of the festivals in Caras Park during the summer as well as the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which takes place in February.

Cassie Stone, Visitor Information Travel Counselor

Born in Great Falls and raised in Havre, Cassie is a native Montanan who moved to Missoula in 2009 to study at The University of Montana. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed Post-Baccalaureate studies in ceramics at Kansas State University in 2014.

Cassie considers herself to be a professional traveler having worked abroad in both the UK and New Zealand and has traveled extensively, visiting 30 countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. She is passionate about the importance of traveling, and enjoys helping visitors have an authentic experience in Missoula.

Cassie has broad work experience ranging from administrative positions for the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, and Beachcomber Cruises, to harvesting the famous Dixon Melons and working maintenance in Glacier National Park during summer breaks. She is excited to work for Destination Missoula and combine the skills gained from past positions to promote Missoula’s culture, passion for all things local, outdoor recreation, and love of travel.