Montana Safety and Health



Safety and Health Bureau
PO Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604-8011
P: (406) 444-6401

Consultation Services
2201 White Blvd
Butte, MT 59701
P: (406) 494-0324

Many of the Bureau's employees live in the part of the state for which they are responsible. You can find the names and phone numbers of these Safety Bureau representatives to contact below. If you prefer e-mail, simply click on e-mail links below.

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Bureau Administration

Bryan Page, Bureau Chief
Tiffany Ott, Occupational Safety and Health Supervisor
Jerry Laughery, Compliance Supervisor
Lana Cooper, Data Manager/Safety and Health Technician
Casey Kyler-West, SafetyFestMT Coordinator
Ann Kurilich, Administrative Assistant

Mine Inspectors

Inspector E-mail Phone Cell Phone
Dave L. Armstrong, CMSP, Mine Inspector/Trainer
Sand & Gravel Operations   (406) 240-3918
Bill Schwarzkoph
Coal Mines (406) 356-2547 (406) 951-0668

Mine Training Officers

Officer E-mail Phone Cell Phone
Gordon Brannon
Colstrip   (406) 461-0152
Berke Brown
Billings   (406) 839-3575

Safety Compliance Specialists

Specialist E-mail


Cell Phone
David Evans 406-444-6596  
Jake Sandau 406-444-6595  





Safety and Health Specialists

Specialist E-mail Phone Cell Phone
Marissa Morgan
Butte/Central Montana   (406) 799-3558
Jennifer Rose
Billings/Eastern Montana   (406) 794-4494

Billy Chilton                       Missoula/Western Montana   (406) 531-6876

Industrial Hygienists

Hygienist E-mail Phone Cell Phone
​Andy Groesbeck
Billings/Eastern Montana (406) 927-6110
Kristi Witt
Butte/Central Montana   (406) 491-1680

Outreach & Education

  E-mail Phone Cell Phone
Fred Miller
Great Falls   (406) 781-4499
David de Fer
Helena (406) 444-9050 (406) 461-2763

E-mail comments to the Safety and Health Bureau - for questions and comments about Safety issues.

Safety and Health Specialists

Billy Chilton - Missoula

Billy grew up in Missoula where he graduated from Loyola Secred Heart High School. He then attended Montana Tech where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety & Health. He loves to ski, hunt, and fish.

Marissa Morgan - Butte

Marissa Morgan recently completed her M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and received a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health – Science and Engineering. She chose this profession to assist individuals with occupational/environmental health and safety concerns as encountered on the job. Throughout the past several years she has worked in the oil and gas industry and on an EPA superfund site. The oil and gas field experience included air sampling for benzene, total hydrocarbons, and hydrogen sulfide; additionally, she conducted noise surveys and dosimetry assessments.

During her job site supervision and safety support tasks, Marissa gained the respect of the employees involved. She has conducted field audits for compliance of OSHA which allowed for field experience in different operations. At the EPA/DEQ superfund site in Troy, Montana, her responsibilities included data collection, field technician supervision, quality control/quality assurance, and data management. Her hard work and dedication has allowed her to fulfill many different experiences, enabling greater responsibilities.

Jennifer Rose - Billings

Jennifer is a native Montanan and received her Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She worked for 10 years as a safety consultant for worker’s compensation insurance which included working with a wide variety of employers and industries such as construction, manufacturing, oil/gas, mining, tire shops, restaurants etc. On-site visits were performed to evaluate work sites, work process/practices, company safety programs, identified loss sources and provided recommendations to reduce the risk of injury as well as increase the overall safety culture. Resource and safety training were provided as needed to employers.

Mine Inspectors / Trainers

Dave L. Armstrong, CMSP - Kalispell

Mine Inspector/Training Officer Sand & Gravel Operations

Dave serves as a metal/non-metal mine inspector with the Department of Labor and Industry and assists in our mine training efforts during the busiest times of the year in an effort to ensure that all miners receive their annual refresher course in a timely manner.

Mr. Armstrong has a wealth of experience in mine safety and in general industry, especially in the forest products area. He worked both underground and on the surface at the ASARCO mine in Libby, Montana, beginning as a warehouseman and eventually served in various other capacities such as mechanic, powder man, nipper, roof bolter, etc. He was fortunate enough to receive safety-related training in almost all aspects of mining, both underground and surface, during his eight-year career with ASARCO.

In his 10-year stint with Louisiana Pacific he was the chief loss control officer for the region that included Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. One of his main duties was to train personnel in the proper use of safety equipment. Along those lines he was proficient in more than 20 different categories of safety from Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to Safety Committees.

Gordon Brannon - Colstrip

Mine Inspector / Training Officer

Gordon lives in Colstrip, Montana and is married and has three sons and two Granddaughters. His hobbies include painting, outdoors, and restoring old cars.

He has been with the state in this position since 1/15/07. He 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 bachelors 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.

Berke Brown - Billings

Mine Inspector / Training Officer

Berke’s background comes from the Mining Industry. Berke spent 11 years underground (between metal non metal and coal mining) doing many different tasks from being the entry-level new hire employee to supervising crews of 20-30 people to safety coordinator/trainer. Berke has been with the Department of Labor and Industry only about 4 months but enjoys his job. Berke is a high school graduate and has some college.

Bill Schwarzkoph - Forsyth

Coal Mines

Bill serves mainly as a coal mine inspector for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. However, he also inspects sand and gravel operations for safety concerns. He assists in training miners in first aid, new miner and annual refresher training and in coal mine foreman certification.

Having worked 17 years in the coal mines as a reclamation inspector and consultant, both for government and as a private citizen, Mr. Schwarzkoph is highly qualified and familiar with their operations. He brings both a bachelors and masters degree to the Safety and Health Bureau along with certifications for coal mine foreman, surface and underground instructor and medic first aid training credentials. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation (ASSMR).

Compliance Specialists

David Evans - Helena

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.

Jake Sandau - Helena

Jake graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2011. He then worked as a safety professional at a copper mine in Arizona for just under three years. After missing the Montana scenery, he moved back to Helena and became the safety coordinator for the state trucking association.

Jake chose this career because of a passion for workplace safety. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and family.


Industrial Hygienists

Andy Groesbeck - Billings

Andy was born and raised in Utah. In 2012 he graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology; in 2014 he graduated with his Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech. Freshly graduated, he is excited to start his career with the Department of Labor & Industry.

Andy is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, kiteboarding and river boarding. Andy is not a Montana native but he is excited about raising his family in Montana.


Tiffany Ott - Butte

Tiffany received her Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene and her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During her career as an industrial hygienist she has worked as a consultant offering occupational hygiene service.· 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 fund raiser benefiting local charities for 20 years.

Kristine Witt - Butte

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.

Outreach & Education

Fred Miller - Great Falls

Fred Miller specialized in workers’ compensation as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls for Liberty Northwest and Western States. He also worked as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Safety Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety and how to identify and eliminate workplace hazards. He has earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America.

David de Fer - Helena

David de Fer started his career in 1974 at 16 years old working for a large engineering firm and the City of Sparks, Nevada as a civil draftsman where he also learned basic land surveying. In 1979 David went into construction and worked for over 27 years as a carpenter, foreman 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 Safety & Health Bureau as an Occupational Safety & Health Specialist and Trainer. David is an authorized OSHA Construction and General Industry instructor.

What We Do

  • Public sector workplace compliance with safety and health standards
  • Private sector OSHA consultations - help with OSHA compliance
  • Workplace technical assistance on safety and health issues
  • Provide industrial hygiene services
  • Workplace safety and health training
  • OSHA 10 Hour courses for high school and college students and staff
  • Mine training
  • Inspections of coal mines
  • Inspections of sand and gravel operations
  • Improve safety by incorporating the Montana Safety Culture Act into your organization