LARRY ALHEIMMontana Department of Environmental Quality
Larry Alheim is the Safety Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been working at DEQ for over 17 years in both safety and enforcing environmental statutes. Larry was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring as a Marine Science Technician Senior Chief (E-8). He was the Environmental Response Section supervisor in New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Mobile AL supervising Incident Commanders / Federal On-Scene Coordinators and responding to major oil and hazmat releases. As a Coast Guard Marine Inspector, he inspected Ultra Large Crude Carrier tankships, offshore oil drill rigs and various oil/chemical ships and barges. Larry is a graduate of University of the State of New York.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. ROY BOESPFLUGOSHA
Roy Boespflug is currently the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Billings Area Office, a position just recently backfilled. Prior to this position, Roy has been the Assistant Area Director for the Billings Area Office of OSHA for two years. He has been with OSHA for the past ten years. Roy retired from the Montana Army National Guard after 26 years of service in 2003 reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. Prior to working with OSHA, Roy has worked as a schoolteacher, motor carrier services officer, and a drilling crewmember in various capacities in oil field operations and safety of dam investigations for the federal government. Roy is a graduate of Montana State University-Billings.GORDON BRANNONMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Gordon is a Certified Mine Safety Professional and has his surface and underground training designations from MSHA. He has his Coal Mine Foreman Papers from Colorado and Montana. He is also a certified trainer by Medic First Aid in CPR/First Aid and AED. Gordon is currently an EMT-I (Nationally and State certified).
Prior to joining the State of Montana, he retired from Peabody Energy Company (largest coal company in the US) with 33 years of service in management and worked in numerous positions in the coal mining field and worked and trained at all their operations thru the years. While living in Colstrip, he worked on the county and private ambulance service for 29 years.
He operated his own safety, environmental, and security consulting business for two years and had training plans with MSHA in Underground and Surface and worked at Craig, Colorado. · Also he worked with MESCO and constructed and repaired large draglines and shovels in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Gordon brings both a bachelor of science (Environmental and Safety Management) and masters’ degree (Environmental Safety Management) to the Safety and Health Bureau and has taken many other engineering classes from other universities.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. 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. PHILLIP DAHLMSHA - EFSMS
Phillip Dahl worked 26 years for Homestake Mining Company in Creede, Co, Lead/Deadwood, South Dakota and the McLaughlin gold project in Northern California. Worked 4 years for Stillwater Mining Company as the loss control manager at the East Boulder operation. Phillip has worked as an underground miner, senior mill operator, refinery operator, refinery foreman, safety specialist, and loss control manager.
Graduate of the U.S. Mine Academy - Beckley, West Virginia
B.S. Degree in Management – Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Degree in Networking Technology – Empire College, Santa Rosa, CaDAVID 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.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 FOXFox 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.
Dave founded Fox Safety, LLC in 2013 and spent a year building a safety program for an industrial painting company. The program includes writing a comprehensive safety manual and training program geared specifically to this company.
PATRICK HOYPJJH Survival Perspectives
Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Nebraska. Hoy also served in the U.S. Air Force where he graduated from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, and the USAF Flight Safety Officer training at the University of Southern California. After retiring from the Air Force, Hoy was a Commercial airline pilot for Vanguard Airlines, Big Sky Airlines before joining Billings Clinic.
During his tenure as the Emergency Management Specialist for the Billings Clinic organization, a co-worker’s simple request for Patrick to develop a survival response to an active shooter assault on a hospital led to a multi-year research project culminating in the development of his Active Shooter Defense briefing and consultancy work. Over the last five years, Patrick has provided more than 160 training sessions for thousands of employees in healthcare, television, federal government (BLM), local government (Carbon and Yellowstone Counties), and the textile industry.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.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.KRIS MILLERMontana State Fund
Kris Miller’s focus is providing Leadership in developing Safe Workplaces through Positive, Proactive Strategies. Kris is a Safety Management Consultant with Montana State Fund. She travels throughout eastern Montana providing Safety Services to Clients. Kris has over 20 years’ experience in Workplace Safety and Health Leadership, Education and Positive Culture Implementation. She has been on both sides of compliance. Kris was a Senior OSHA Investigator in Minnesota. She has also been responsible for leading the Implementation of Safety programs in Construction, General Industry and Government.
Kris has conducted many Fatality and Serious Injury Investigations. She has seen the impact these catastrophic events have (not only the injured worker). However, she has also seen the severe impact that these events also have on the wife/widow (husband/widower), family, coworkers, and community.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/losses.MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DIVISION
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.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.JOHN PODOLINSKYMontana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years. He has worked in the Underground Storage Tank Program, Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Asbestos Control Program, Federal Superfund Program, and now the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program where he also runs the Radon Control Program. Prior to coming to Montana, he worked in the Midwest as a consultant conducting environmental and industrial hygiene testing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from St. John’s University in Minnesota. 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.
Rick ThompsonJASON VENNVictory Insurance
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Twenty five years of RCRA Subtitle D regulatory and permitting experience. Supervisor of the Montana DEQ Solid Waste Section for the past 15 years, with oversight of three statutorily mandated waste management and materials management programs for the state of Montana. Solid Waste\Materials Management member of the Association of Territorial and State Waste Management Officials (ATSWMO), currently serving on the Radiation Task Force. From 2002 to 2006 served on the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Alternative Landfill Cover, Bioreactor, and Landfill Post Closure Care Evaluation teams.
Prior to my current tenure at the MT DEQ, I was an environmental health specialist with Ravalli County in south west Montana for two years. My duties with the county included solid waste regulatory oversight and ground water monitoring and site evaluations for subdivisions and new residential construction.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Geography and completed one year of graduate level in work Rural, Urban and Town Planning, Hydrology Emphasis, at the University of Montana.
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.JUDY WATKINSMontana Department of Environmental Quality
Judy Watkins is an Environmental Science Specialist with the Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ). She has worked with hazardous waste rules since 1989 and been with DEQ since 2011. She is the region 8 representative on the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force within the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials. Currently, she covers the eastern part of Montana for DEQ visiting hazardous waste generators to ensure compliance of the management of hazardous waste and used oil rules. 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. 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.