Safety and Health Specialists
Billy Chilton - Missoula
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.
Stephanie Cunningham - Butte
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.
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.
Chris Tacke - Great Falls
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.
Mine Inspectors / Trainers
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.
James (Jim) Burrows- Helena
Mine Inspector/Training Officer
Jim Is a native Montanan born in Missoula, he 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) where he 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! He earned his Construction Health Safety Technician and Certified Mine Safety Professional designations. He is an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction and General Industry trainer. Jim is also a certified Medic First Aid /CPR /AED instructor.
Jim enjoys spending time with his wife of over 30 years! He likes working in the yard with the help of his Bull Dog Buster! And enjoys camping and spending time outdoors in the beauty that Montana offers.
Chris Anderson - Helena
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.
Chris met his wife Dana in 1992 and together they have one son. Chris enjoys riding dirt bikes, shooting trap, camping, fishing, and exploring Montana with his family.
Kayla Criscuolo - Helena
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. Kayla enjoys spending time with family and friends, and as a result, moved back to Montana and became a Compliance Specialist for the Department of Labor and Industry.
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.
Breeinna McDougall - Helena
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.
Jake Sandau, CSP - Helena
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 - Helena
Sara was raised 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.
Sara enjoys spending time with her friends and family; hiking, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and any other wonderful adventure in the great outdoors of her Montana home.
Jennene Lyda - Missoula
Jennene Lyda is born and raised in Montana. She attended both Montana State University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, and the University of Montana receiving a Master’s of Science in Toxicology. During her laboratory research and involvement in the graduate program at the U of M – Center for Environmental Health Science, department she developed a passion for occupational and environmental exposures.
After graduating in August 2014, she briefly worked at an environmental consulting company before beginning her career as an Industrial Hygienist with the Department of Labor & Industry. She is also happy to have the opportunity to serve on the Asbestos Advisory Council for the Department of Environmental Quality.
Jennene is truly a ‘Montanan’ and spends her spare time enjoying the many outdoor opportunities - fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, and skiing.
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