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. 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.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. 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.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.SHAWN MCLAINMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Shawn McLain is an Industrial Hygienist who works with the state of Montana’s safety and health bureau. Shawn started with the health and safety bureau in October of 2018 and is excited to be part of the Montana consultation program. Shawn served in the US Army from 2002 to 2008 at Fort Lewis, in Washington state. Prior to joining the State of Montana consultation program, Shawn worked with the USDA in Helena, Montana while attending school at Montana Tech. A graduate from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana, Shawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene. When not hard at work, he enjoys hunting, ice fishing, and camping around Montana.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 & INDUSTRYHuman Rights Bureau
The Montana Human Rights Bureau is charged with enforcing certain state and federal laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination. When a person files a complaint with the Department of Labor & Industry’s Human Rights Bureau, the Bureau will informally investigate.Job Service
The local Job Service Offices provide support for both job seekers and employers in their community.Unemployment Insurance Division
The Unemployment Insurance Division collects unemployment taxes paid by Montana employers and distributes benefits to claimants.Wage & Hour Compliance & Investigations.
The Compliance and Investigations Bureau enforces provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts/Prevailing Wage Law and the State Child Labor Standards Act.MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration, compliance, collection and valuation of approximately 30 tax types. These tax types include corporation income, individual income, withholding, combined oil & gas, coal severance, other natural resource taxes, cigarette, retail telecommunications, lodging facilities, other miscellaneous taxes, and industrial and centrally assessed property valuation.MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OIL WELL REGISTRATION UNIT
The DEQ Oil Well Registration Unit assists in registering, updating and/or deregistration of an oil or gas well facility in accordance with regulatory requirements described in Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) Title 17, Chapter 8, Subchapter 17 – Registration of Air Contaminant Sources.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. 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.ANDREW SHEEHYMontana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
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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.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.