CHRIS ANDERSON Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris was born and raised in Butte, MT. He moved to the Bozeman area in 1996, after serving in the U.S. Army. He has a wide array of work experience in multiple industries such as guitar manufacturing, fire sprinkler installation, truck driving, and granite fabrication. Chris returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2016. Chris is passionate and dedicated to the field of occupational safety and he feels he can make a positive impact on people’s lives.ETHAN ANDERSONMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Ethan was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2017. Throughout his college career, he has gained safety and health knowledge through education, surface coal mining and underground metal mining in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Michigan. He currently is a Compliance Specialists for the Department of Labor and Industry. Ethan enjoys spending his free time with family and friends; fishing, boating, and hiking/backpacking. TIM BENEDICTTJ Management Services
Tim Benedict, Safety Management Consultant, TJ Management Services, retired from the U.S. Forest Service with 37 years of combined experience serving in positions as Forester, Forest Safety Manager, Safety Officer Type 1 and 2 in the Incident Command System (ICS), District Ranger, and Fire Management Officer. Certified as a Safety and Health Official (CSHO) from University of Texas at Arlington (June 2013), B.S. Natural Resource Management, Colorado State University (1979) SUZI BERGET WHITEDirector of the Montana Women’s Business Center
Suzi is a senior development professional with more than fifteen years of fundraising experience, as well as supervising advisory boards and committee members, staff, interns, and vendors. As a small business owner, she has successfully launched and brought to market three businesses and effectively expanded (and sold) a construction business.JIM BURROWSMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jim is a native Montanan. He was born in Missoula, and moved around a lot in his young years settling back home in the late 70’s where he went to work for a local construction company (LS Jensen). Jim worked for 22 years until Jensen sold the business to Oldcastle materials, at that time Jim went into the safety field where he spent the next 10 years as a safety manager. There he earned his Construction Health Safety Technician and Certified Mine Safety Professional designations. He is an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction and General Industry trainer and a certified Medic First Aid /CPR /AED instructor. BILLY CHILTONMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Billy grew up in Missoula where he graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School. He then attended Montana Tech, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety & Health. He loves to ski, hunt, and fish.DALLAS COXMontana Department of Labor & Industry, Independent Contractor Unit
Dallas grew up in Butte and lived to tell about it. He went to school in Billings to be a certified welder and then worked in construction for about two years before he joined the Air Force in 1973 and worked in the Intelligence career field for 20 yrs. Dallas retired from the Air Force in 1993 and went to work for the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) in Anchorage Alaska as an Child Support Enforcement Division Investigator I, II, and III and finished his last year and a half as the Accounting Manager. He moved back to Montana in 2001 to be closer to family and began working with the Department of Labor and Industry with the Independent Contractor Central Unit on Oct 24, 2001. Dallas was promoted to Program Manager for the Construction Contractor Registration program and the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate program in 2008 and has been working in that position since. KAYLA CRISCUOLO Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Kayla was born and raised in Montana and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Montana Tech the University of Montana. Throughout the past years, she has gained knowledge and experience in safety and industrial hygiene through education and while working in the nuclear industry in Washington at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. LESLIE CUNNINGHAMProfits & Impact
Leslie is a nationally leading and award-winning Leadership and Teamwork Development Expert. She specializes in empowering leaders to inspire extraordinary teamwork and achieve breakthrough results. She has over 25 years of experience in leading workshops, educational seminars, and working with business owners, leaders and corporations.
Leslie is an international published author whose work has appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is a national columnist.
Leslie is a radio personality and talk-show radio host. She hosted a weekly call-in talk radio show, “Extraordinary Leadership & Teamwork”,” on 1450 AM KMMS and has appeared live on CBS (formally CNN) News Talk Radio. Her mission is to empower every leader to inspire their team to come together to make an extraordinary difference and impact in their workplace and community.STEPHANIE CUNNINGHAMMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Stephanie graduated from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health in 2014. She then worked as a safety, health, and environmental specialist at an oil and gas company in Texas for about a year. After missing the Montana lifestyle she was accustomed to, she soon moved back to Butte and became a safety and health consultant for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.
Stephanie chose this career to help educate, train and ensure workers return home to their families each day. In her spare time, she enjoys spending it outdoors embracing the Montana lifestyle.DAVID DE FERMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Dave started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the city of Sparks, Nevada as a civil drafter where he also learned basic land surveying. In 1979, David went into construction and worked for over 27 years as a carpenter, supervisor, and superintendent on numerous projects in California, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii. In 2007, David accepted a position as Training Director for the Montana Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Council where he taught 95% of all classes. Since 2012, he has worked for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.WYLIE DAVIDSONDiVal Safety
Wylie Davidson is the Training and Culture Specialist, as well as a Motivational speaker and Presenter for DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc. located in Buffalo, NY. DiVal Safety is an International leader in safety supplies & training.
Wylie has been the featured speaker at numerous national and regional accounts that include John Deere, Orbital ATK, Xcel Energy, Arkema, Mortenson Construction and UGI Utilities, as well as several local and regional Safety Associations. As a Training and Safety Culture Specialist at DiVal Safety, Wylie has played an integral role in the growth and development of DiVal Safety’s training division.
Throughout his 18 years of safety and management experience, he has visited and toured hundreds of manufacturing plants and job sites that include virtually every aspect of industry, construction, municipality and utility. His ability to interact with a variety of work force cliental, coupled with his dynamic personality and humor has allowed him to become a favorite among presenters. As a motivational speaker and safety trainer, Wylie has impacted thousands and has a unique ability to effectively deliver his message so it is relevant and personal for each attendee. Wylie is a Member of National Safety Council and is a certified trainer with the NSC. DAVID EVANS Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
David was born and raised in Montana and has recently earned a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Occupation Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Through his education and work experience David has gained safety knowledge in a variety of different industries including construction, mining and general industry. David also has experience in the industrial hygiene field conducting many different types of exposure assessments including aerosol sampling and noise monitoring.
DAVID FOXANGIE KUJALA & ERIN SCHATTAUERSpark Change
Fox Safety, LLC
Dave Fox has worked for many years in the oil and gas industry. Starting in the late 70's as a laborer and welder's helper in the Little Buffalo Basin oil field near Meeteetse, WY and later as a floor hand on rigs for Viersen & Cochran Drilling and Brinkerhoff-Signal Drilling. After a 10-year break from oil and gas, Dave started a 21-year career with Conoco, working at their refinery in Billings. During this time Dave worked as a Boiler Operator for 15 years and a Rotating Equipment mechanic for 6 years. Concurrently, Dave spent 13 years on the refinery's Emergency Response Team (ERT), 6 of those years as an elected Captain. "With all the generous training I received through Conoco and ConocoPhillips, I knew I had an opportunity to pass on this knowledge and information to the next generation of workers."
After retiring in 2012, Dave invested in additional training for himself to gain the credentials needed to be an instructor. Dave has taken instruction through the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Alabama for Hazmat and courses through the Mountain West OSHA Education Center at The University of Utah, School of Medicine, giving him OSHA authorization to teach outreach OSHA 10 hour and 30-hour courses for General Industry and Construction. Next Dave took courses through the PEC program, Mandeville, Louisiana. With the credentials he received from PEC he is certified to teach the 8-hour Basic SafeLand/SafeGulf classes, the 24-hour Core Compliance classes, H2S Clear, GHS and JSA, and Intro to Pipeline.
Angie Kujala and Erin Schattauer are advocates for domestic violence survivors. In 2015, they began speaking publicly about their own experiences with domestic violence. Since then, they have spoken at TEDxBozeman, the Girls for a Change Conference and numerous community forums and events. They have trained Bozeman police officers on responding to domestic violence calls, and have conducted trainings for the City of Bozeman department heads as well as human resources professionals across Gallatin County on how to recognize domestic violence in the workplace and how to support employees who find themselves in these situations. By weaving their stories with facts and information, they offer unique perspectives and insight into the psychology of domestic violence, how it affects its victims and how you can help someone. JIM LARSONMontana Ag Safety Program
Jim is a Montana Ag Safety Program leader. He travels the State giving presentations on Farm Safety and ATV Safety. He developed a Family Safety Intervention for Farms and Ranches plan with Lester Graham.JERRY LAUGHERY, CSP – HELENAMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jerry received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During his career as a Safety Professional, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from construction, pulp & paper, power generation, cement manufacturing, mining and public sector. Jerry has obtained his Certified Safety Professional certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jerry and his wife (Britani) reside in the Helena area.BREEINNA MCDOUGALL Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Breeinna is a native Montanan and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health with an option in Applied Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Throughout the past years, she gained knowledge and experience while working in the construction and mining industries. With the desire to strengthen the safety culture within the workplace and ensure that workers can return home to their families each day, Breeinna became a Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. In her spare time, Breeinna enjoys any adventure that the breathtaking state she is proud to call home has to offer.MOLLY MCNABBMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Molly attended Montana Tech where she received her bachelor degree in Occupational Safety and Health and her M.S. in Industrial Hygiene. During her education, Molly received experience in mining, nuclear energy, and construction on a on a superfund site. Following graduation, Molly accepted a job with The Boeing Company. There, she helped improve the safety culture by involving machinists more in the problem-solving process. The many complex projects concerning safety and health increased her knowledge in the safety and health field.
Missing Montana, Molly returned to her home state. She is now working for the Department of Labor and Industry as a consultant for safety and health. Molly chose the Safety and Health field to ensure people stay safe while on the job.FRED MILLER OSHT, ARM, AUMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Fred worked more than 12 years as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls, specializing in workers’ compensation. He also worked seven years as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety. He earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America, and is an OSHA-authorized General Industry outreach trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION RISK MANAGEMENT & TORT DIVISION
The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/lossesMONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DIVISION
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.TIFFANY OTTMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tiffany is a Montana Tech graduate with an MS in Industrial Hygiene and a BS in Occupational Safety and Health Science and Engineering. She has worked with public and private sector businesses providing indoor environmental quality evaluations, safety inspections, and safety and health training. Tiffany resides in Butte with her husband and two children and is actively involved in Ott’s Halloween Haunt, a family operated fundraiser that has been benefiting local charities for 20 years. KEITH OUZTSMontana Contractor’s Association
Keith is the Training and Education Director for the Montana Contractors’ Association. He travels around Montana teaching classes on everything from communications to safety, erosion control/storm water management to concrete field testing and finishing. He spent 22 years in the Marine Corps retiring in 2005. He is a Marine Corps Master Instructor, received a Trainer Certification from UNC-Wilmington, and is a Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research.BRYAN PAGE Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bryan is the Bureau Chief of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau. He came to Montana as a safety consultant for Liberty Northwest’s Helena office after working as safety director of Dome Technology in Idaho. Prior to joining the Safety and Health Bureau, Bryan was a safety consultant for Montana State Fund. He received his MS in Safety and Health from the University of Idaho in 2000, and earned the Associate of Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.GARY PETERSONRMCOEH
Gary has over 20 years of experience in ground/explosive safety, industrial and construction safety, and OSHA related matters working the U.S. Air Force (Civil Service). Mr. Petersen brings 20 years of training and experience as an instructor and trainer in occupational safety. He brings his expertise in safety management, accident investigation, permit required confined space, trenching and shoring, scaffolding, and Safety Programs and Supervisors Safety Course. Mr. Petersen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Computer Information Systems from Park College University and an Associate degree in Safety from the Community College of the Air Force.JAKE SANDAU Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jake has received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. During his career as a safety professional, he has worked in a variety of industries including construction, mining, and transportation. Jake has obtained his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jake and his wife Sarah reside in the Helena area.SARA SATTLER Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Sara grew up in the small community of Wolf Creek, Montana. She graduated from MT Tech in 2016 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. Her last 2 years in school she spent interning with a metal working foundry outside of Butte, where she gained vast knowledge and experience in the safety and health field. After graduating, Sara became a Compliance Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, a position in which she is able to help Montana workers come home safe every day.KIRK SMITHMontana State Fund
Kirk joined Montana State Fund in 2009 as a safety services specialist. He previously was a safety and health specialist with the MT Safety and Health Bureau for 13 years. His training included trenching and excavation requirements, scaffold safety, and 10-hour construction courses. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after a 20-year career. He has an Associate degree in Safety from the Air Force’s Community College.CHRIS TACKEMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Chris is a 2011 graduate of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and a minor in Biology. After graduating from Montana Tech, Chris started his safety career as the Health and Safety Manager for the Grand Teton Lodge Company in the Grand Teton National Park. While working for the Grand Teton Lodge Company, Chris also worked for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS as a Firefighter/EMT-Basic.
In February of 2014, Chris and his family moved back to Montana and he started working for the Montana Department of Transportation as a Safety Consultant in the Billings and Great Falls Districts.
Currently, Chris is a Safety and Health Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry- Safety Bureau in the Great Falls Field office.
JASON VENNVictory Insurance
Jason has long experience with combining safe work practices with high stress environments. He spent twelve years as a wildland fire engine captain for the Bureau of Land Management and followed that with five years of supervisory experience with the oilfield service company Sanjel USA. For the last two years he has been working with employers all over the state of Montana as a Safety and Loss Control Consultant for Montana’s only private workers compensation carrier Victory Insurance. He hopes that his sole focus on safe work practices combined with his previous operational experience will bring a unique perspective to the world of safety.BOB WINSTONVictory Insurance
Bob Winston is representing Victory Insurance Company, Montana’s only domestic Workers’ Compensation carrier. Bob has been actively involved in the areas of safety and loss control management for the past thirty years.
Bob previously served as Loss Control Manager for Valor Insurance, a private workers’ compensation insurer in Billings, and the Montana Safety Services Council, a non-profit educational association established to provide safety and health-related services. He was the original Director for the Council and was instrumental with its initial planning and organization.
Prior to the MSSC, Bob resided in Southern California where he held the position of Director of Safety and Administration for Kitchell Contractors, Inc. During his thirteen-year tenure with Kitchell, he was responsible for managing their safety, insurance claims, and equipment purchasing, leasing and rental program.
Bob’s role at Victory is to serve as a safety and loss control resource for each of their clients. In this capacity, he provides a variety of safety services including training and education, program development and review, technical assistance, site hazard analysis, and accident investigation.
Bob has a Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Certificate in Occupational Safety from the University of California – Irvine. KRISTI WITT-ARNSTONMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Kristi graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2009, and graduated in May of 2011 with an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene.
For three years, Kristi worked as a Health and Wellness Tech at St. James Hospital in Butte and has worked as economic consultant for Conoco at their Thompson Falls facility.
Kristi played Volleyball for Montana Tech and continues to enjoy her lifelong love of athletics by coaching at Butte High School. She also volunteers for Special Olympics.CINDY ZIMMERMANMontana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Cindy Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Stay at Work/Return to Work program, and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Marketing. She is an interactive and engaging speaker who brings enthusiasm and knowledge to her presentation, while providing employees with skills to help them become more successful in their job and life.