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 BARTHMontana Contractor Compensation Fund
Tim Barth is the Safety Consultant for the Montana Contractor Compensation Fund who helps contractors train employees in hazard recognition, improve safety cultures and find workable solutions to workplace hazards. Tim has worked in the heavy and highway construction industry for almost thirty years. For the past ten years, he has focused on changing how safety is viewed and how doing work safely can not only keep employees from being injured but makes them more skilled in their work and allows them to complete work more efficiently with a high-quality outcome. Tim has a degree in Construction Engineering Technology and is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the Construction Industry.SPENCER BEACH Keynote Speaker
Spencer a third-generation floor technician, was involved in all types of commercial and residential construction as a laborer, supervisor and manager before he was suddenly engulfed in a flash fire. Within 20 seconds he received third and fourth degree burns to 90 percent of his body. He shares his experience to inspire others to work safely.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. MATT CHAMBERSMontana Department of Administration, Workers Comp Management Bureau
Matt Chambers is the Return to Work Coordinator at the Worker’s Compensation Management Bureau of the Department of Administration. Matt started in August of 2014 bringing 15+ years of experience in Safety, Worker’s Compensation/Loss Control and other related fields. Matt is a Kansas City, Missouri native and previously has worked for the Montana Department of Transportation (11 years) and the US ARMY (8 years). Matt has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Majoring in Hazardous Material Management and authorized by the OSHA Institute as a Construction and General Industry outreach trainer. You will find that Matt has strong communication skills, professional enthusiasm and great respect for the WCMB mission and responsibility. 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.PEGGY COGGESHALLMontana Department of Labor & Industry Data Management Unit
Peggy is the Research Specialist for the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries(CFOI). She specializes in these programs and has been with the Department of Labor for twenty-eight years. SOII and CFOI produces comprehensive, accurate and timely counts of work related incidence rates of injury and fatal work injury counts. With a commitment to workplace safety the data is used for informing workers of life threatening hazards associated with various jobs, promoting safer work practices through improved job safety training and identifying new areas for safety research. Both programs are state-fed cooperative programs through the Montana Department of Labor and US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. In her spare time, Peggy likes the Montana outdoors, art, gourmet cooking and her grandchildren.LESLIE CUNNINGHAMImpact & Profits
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.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.LORRI DEPLAZES RN CHSP CSSBBMontana Nurses Association
Lorri is currently the Associate Safety Coordinator for SCL Health/Saint James Healthcare. She has worked in healthcare safety and prevention for the past ten years. During the past 7 years, she developed and implemented a highly successful workplace violence prevention program, safe patient handling program and is active on all major safety initiatives for SCL Health’s System Initiatives that also include Sharp Injury Prevention and Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention. Lorri is a Lean expert and lends this skill to all areas of hospital safety. Prior to this, Lorri worked as Risk Manager/Patient Safety, Lean Sensei and both LPN and RN in Telemetry and Critical Care.WENDY FORGEYMontana State Fund
Wendy joined MSF as a safety management consultant in 2006. Before this position she was a safety professional with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Wendy graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health. Wendy focuses on injury reduction in the workplace by emphasizing: effective hiring practices, new hire orientation, employee education, management accountability, establishing written safety guidelines, and the effective use of a safety committee. Wendy prides herself on providing employers practical, cost effective solutions to their safety problems. BRAD GREMAUXMontana Department of Justice
Brad Gremaux is the Narcotics Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Brad has been a sworn law enforcement officer in Montana for 24 years. He began his career at a small Sheriff’s department, and then moved on to the Great Falls Police Department, where he worked for over seven years. Brad has been with DCI for 13 years.
Brad has an extensive background of undercover experience and conducting complex drug conspiracy investigations. He was assigned as a drug task force supervisor as well as to the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force for five years. Brad earned his certification in methamphetamine lab response and dismantling, and was previously assigned to the DCI Narcotics TAC Team. He also was a trainer for Drug Endangered Children presentations. For the last 11 years, Brad has taught at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena, and continues to give educational presentations across the state on Montana drug trends and related topics.DR. GREG HOLZMANMontana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Dr. Holzman is the State Medical Officer within the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena. Some of Dr. Holzman’s previous positions have included Director of the Healthy Campus Initiative at Michigan State (MSU) University; Associate Chair of Preventive Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at MSU; Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health for the State of Michigan; and Deputy Director for the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Dr. Holzman throughout his career has worked on several public health policy issues, ranging from smoke-free legislation to funding for a state-wide trauma system. He has special interests in social determinants of health, health promotion and disease prevention, elimination of health disparities and building better integration between clinical medicine, public health, and community-based organizations.DEANNA KELLERMissoula Federal Credit Union
Dr. Deanna Keller, Corporate Training Director at Missoula Federal Credit Union (MFCU), is a University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate with a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She has a combined 20+ years of experience in military, education, and professional development. Deanna is veteran of the U.S. Navy and was responsible for the training of personal on the F/A-18C Hornet. She has worked in the public-school system teaching 8th grade through 12th grade in Montana and Virginia. Prior to moving to Missoula, Deanna was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is currently responsible for overseeing the Corporate Training Center and the continued professional development of MFCU employees.BRI LAKE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Data Management Section
Bri has worked as a workers’ compensation research analyst for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations Division since 2017. Bri holds a BS in Economics from Montana State University and fell into the industry shortly after graduation. Although early in her career, Bri quickly immersed herself in the world of workers’ compensation. As the lead researcher for the Montana Drug Formulary Committee, Bri has been heavily involved in the implementation of a workers’ compensation drug formulary in Montana. In addition, she has presented key workers’ compensation information to legislative committees and frequently presents to the Montana Labor-Management Advisory Council on current research and various workers’ compensation topics.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.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.RYAN MULCAHY, BA, RMA, AEMT, MPH CANDIDATEHighland College
Ryan Mulcahy has 15 years direct mental healthcare experience in a variety of treatment settings. He has served children and families suffering with mental health disorders. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital emergency situations with specific skills in emergency room care of patients experiencing mental health crisis. He also teaches courses related to safe patient care at Highlands college Health programs.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.CHAD PARKERMontana Department of Justice
A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, Chad Parker has been employed by the Montana Attorney General’s Office since 2010. Chad is also the Montana Department of Justice’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP), providing training, consultation, and direct trial support on impaired driving related cases. In addition to his work as the TSRP, Chad assists with the Department’s legislative efforts and works with the United States Attorney’s Office on Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Montana Prosecuting Attorneys Drug Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Chad also carries a general prosecution caseload ranging from theft and drug cases to rapes and homicides.
Chad was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, worked in the former Soviet Union from 1993 to 1995, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. Prior to law school, Chad worked for two years as a litigation paralegal on intellectual property, product liability, admiralty, and Federal Employment Liability Act cases. From 2005 to 2010, Chad handled a wide variety of civil and criminal matters for the City of Great Falls as the Assistant City Attorney, Chief Prosecutor, and Acting City Attorney. He lives in Helena with his wife and two boys, serves as a Cub Scout Leader, and teaches a Russian language course at the University of Montana’s Helena College.
JOHN PAVAOGARY PETERSONUniversity of Utah
Montana Department of Administration
John provides leadership and direction to Montana state government in the areas of equal opportunity policy and program development, the American’s with Disabilities Act, affirmative action, diversity, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, and a Master’s Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University. John received a professional certification as an ADA Coordinator from the University of Missouri- College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies in 2013.
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.JOHN PODOLINSKIMontana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years. He’s 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. Before 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. Today he’s going to present information on radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Please welcome John!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 can help Montana workers come home safe every day.KIRK SMITH,Montana 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.ROB SPERLEMontana State Fund
Bio coming soon….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.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 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.