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Risk Management Staff

Name Position Email Extension
Angela Simonson Human Resource/Employment Practices Specialist asimonson@mmia.net  127
Britani Laughery Internal Operations Manager blaughery@mmia.net 114 
Thom Danenhower Risk Management Specialist tdanenhower@mmia.net  131

There are many benefits to having a comprehensive risk management program in place including: reduced number and severity of liability claims, reduced workplace injuries/illnesses, reduced claim costs, improved productivity and lower assessments.  MMIA is committed to educating our members on how to identify and mitigate risk within their operations. 

We offer resources such as: on-site and telephonic consultations to review operations and exposures; on-site training; custom webinars; group training opportunities such as Regional Training, Executive Forum and the Jim Tillotson Service Program; quarterly newsletters; risk management bulletins; and a video library. Our team can also provide resources such as sample personnel handbooks, sample safety and return to work programs, sample job descriptions and interview questions, and more! The team at MMIA is only a call or click away; so don’t delay – contact us today!

Elimenticon1 Training

The MMIA provides a variety of risk management and training programs for its members.

Employment Essentials Training

Explore the basics of successful personnel management. Topics include, writing effective job descriptions, legal and effective hiring practices, FMLA, employee discipline and more.

>> Effective and Legal Hiring Series

Listed below are some of the training offered by members of the MMIA staff:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens 
  • Contracts 101 
  • Diversity, Discrimination & Harassment Awareness 
  • Defensive Driving Developing a Safety Program 
  • Fundamentals of Management (commonly referred to as Supervising 101) 
  • Roles & Responsibilities for Elected Officials 
  • Safety & Best Practices for Workers’ Comp 
  • Principles of Liability 
  • Winter Safety 
  • Violence in the Workplace 

In addition to training, MMIA staff members are available to offer consultation to members on issues that may affect a municipality.  As the legal climate in Montana continues to change, staff members routinely work with other public entity pools and organizations, looking for ways to bring new and useful services to the MMIA membership.

If you have any questions or recommendations concerning training that you would like to see the MMIA provide please let us know.

Clock Seminars

Every year, MMIA Board members and the MMIA staff participate in a variety of conferences and seminars.

Every year, members of the MMIA Board and the MMIA staff participate in a variety of conferences and seminars.  In many of these events, the MMIA conducts workshops on a host of issues and regularly maintains a booth to help introduce people to the variety of services that the MMIA provides.  Listed below are a few of the most prominent events that take place each year: 

Montana League of Cities and Towns (MLCT) Annual Conference

Each year, virtually every member of the MMIA Board and staff attend this event where major policies are introduced and voted on by the MLCT delegates.  At this conference the MMIA hosts its annual meeting where it issues awards to member cities, gives annual reports on the status of each insurance program, elects new Board members and facilitates a valuable forum where officials from member cities can get to know the Board and staff of the MMIA.  The League conference normally takes place in early October.


Jim Tillotson Service Program/Local Government Center Institute

Working in conjunction with both the Local Government Center and the MLCT, the MMIA periodically conducts workshops and in-depth panel discussions for a variety of different groups at this event, normally for municipal elected officials, city attorneys and/or city clerks.  This two-day event routinely falls in the first or second week of May and is held in Billings, MT.


MPPA/MACOP Annual Conference

Each year, the Montana Police Protective Association (MPPA) and the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police (MACOP) have their annual conference in Montana.  Delegates of both the MPPA and MACOP routinely attend the three+ day gathering for business meetings and educational presentations. Event includes exhibits, banquet, daily lunches, extensive spouse/guest events and a golf tournament.  The MMIA has worked to bring speakers to participate in this event, which routinely occurs in early July.


AGRiP Annual Conference

The MMIA CEO and certain other Board/staff members regularly attend the Association of Government Risk Pools Annual Conference, held at various locations around the country.  Included are numerous general sessions, discussion groups and concurrent sessions designed to bring current, relevant information to all pools and to all those involved in pooling. No longer just a “trustee training program”, AGRIP conferences are designed to address issues of concern for trustees and pool executives as well as various staff operations and the “support” community.

The Annual AGRIP Business Meeting includes an update on AGRIP activities and introduction of newly elected members of the Board of Directors.


PRIMA Annual Conference

The Public Risk Management Association annual conference is another event periodically attended by the MMIA CEO and/or other Board and staff members.  PRIMA's Annual Conference attracts thousands of public risk management professionals from all over the United States, as well as internationally, who attend to stay current with public risk management issues.  Numerous education sessions are featured that cover all aspects of the public risk management profession as well as educational site visits and evening social events.


Links - Municipal Government Resource List



  • Montana Department of Labor, Board of Personnel Appeals, (406) 444-2718
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, www.fmcs.gov/internet/
  • American Arbitration Association, 1-800-778-7879

Background Checking

Child Labor Laws

Discrimination Law Enforcement - Montana

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Employee Benefits

Hiring, Employee Screening,& Personnel Issue

Labor Relations / Negotiations

Law Enforcement – Model Policies & Procedures/Officer Training


  • Montana Department of Labor, Board of Personnel Appeals, (406) 444-2718
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/

Montana League of Cities & Towns

  • Serves as an advisory body in contacts between municipal, state, and federal governments. Provides a cooperative clearing house for municipal resources and research and provides legislative support,  http://mtleague.org/

Municipal Government Roles / Functions / Responsibilities

Personnel Consultants

  • Template Personnel Policy Manual, Misc. Personnel Policies, Procedures, Job Descriptions, and guidance are available from MMIA 800-635-3089

Public Playground Safety

Records Management

Safety & Risk Management

SAW / RTW Program Manual & Tools

Wage & Hour Issues - State of Montana / Wage & Hour Issues - Federal

MMIA Events Calendar

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Contact Us

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    PO Box 6669
    Helena, MT 59604-6669

  • (800) 635 3089