Mike Milburn, Chief of Staff
Mike is a Montana native and a graduate of Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force and Montana Air National Guard pilot, where he flew numerous military aircraft from transports to fighters on worldwide missions, and served as chief of staff of the Montana Air National Guard. Upon retirement from the military, Mike flew Mercy Flight’s fixed wing air ambulance for Benefis Hospital in Great Falls for 10 years. In 2004, Mike was elected to the Montana House of Representatives and served as speaker from 2011-2012. He has served on numerous boards, including the Cascade School Board, legislative liaison to the Montana State Fund, a governance position on McLaughlin Research Center’s Board, and the Great Falls Development Authority Board.
Jon Bennion, Chief Deputy Attorney General
Jon is a native of Billings. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.
Melissa Schlichting, Deputy Attorney General
Melissa was born in Billings and raised in nearby Columbus. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University and her JD from the University of Montana School of Law. She began her career at the Attorney General’s Office in 2013 as an Assistant Attorney General, and was appointed Deputy Attorney General in 2017. Melissa specializes in Indian law and natural resource issues. She serves as Tribal Affairs Liaison and Land Board staffer for the Attorney General’s Office.
Rob Cameron, Deputy Attorney General
Rob is a 33-year resident of Montana. Originally from Ohio, Rob earned his B.S.Ed. from Ohio University in 1980, and taught English in public schools in Ohio and Montana. Rob received his law degree from the University of Montana in 1993. For the next 23 years, Rob was a civil litigator in private practice in Bozeman and Helena, most recently with Christensen & Prezeau, PLLP. Rob’s diverse experience has included commercial and business litigation, jury trials, and appellate work. As Deputy Attorney General, Rob is a part of the Executive Team and the Civil Bureau, with a focus on constitutional litigation.
Dale Schowengerdt, Solicitor General
Before becoming Montana’s Solicitor General, Dale worked as senior legal counsel for a public interest non-profit law firm that focuses on constitutional law. In his eleven years with the firm, he litigated several precedent-setting cases involving a broad range of constitutional and election law issues at the trial and appellate levels. Dale also trained attorneys on issues concerning litigation strategy, briefing, and federal civil procedure. Dale also serves as the Civil Bureau Chief of the department’s Legal Services Division.
Mark Mattioli, Consumer Protection Chief
Mark Mattioli brings a broad range of legal experience to his work as Chief of the Office of Consumer Protection. Since graduating with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1985, Mark has been a partner in private practice, a prosecutor, and has worked for the Montana Department of Justice since 1997, including serving as Appellate Bureau Chief under Attorneys General McGrath and Bullock and as Chief Deputy under Attorney General Tim Fox. A former Supreme Court Fellow for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), Mark has considerable experience handling and supervising complex civil and appellate litigation in the state and federal courts. Mark and his wife, Lisa Lovell, have three grown children and three beautiful granddaughters.
Liz Bangerter, Government Affairs Director
Liz served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2010-14. During her tenure, she served on five different committees, including chairing the Local Government Committee. In 2013, she sponsored House Bill 28, which won the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Top National Award for State Legislative Accomplishment. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kaplan University. She serves on the Helena Airport Board and Helena College Foundation board. In her free time, Liz loves to play outdoors, and has run the 30k “Don’t Fence Me In” trail run, completed two sprint distance triathlons, and one marathon.
Eric Sell, Communications Director
Prior to joining Attorney General Fox’s staff at the Department of Justice, Eric served as Communications Director for Montana’s Senate President Debby Barrett during the 2015 legislative session. Following his time at the legislature, he served as Communications Director for the Montana Public Service Commission. Eric is a graduate of the University of Montana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a Montana native, raised in Harlowton.
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director
Anastasia was raised in Montana and is a graduate of the University of Great Falls, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications. Anastasia was formerly Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena. She previously served as Public Information Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and as Press Secretary to Governor Marc Racicot. Anastasia served on the board of the Idaho-Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for four years.
Julie James, Executive Assistant
Julie is a graduate of Park High School in Livingston and is a certified paralegal. She has extensive background in the legal field. She has worked for the Powell County Attorney’s Office, a public defender in Arizona, and in the Legal Services Division of the Montana Department of Justice. Julie worked at the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman for six years before coming to the Attorney General’s Office. She also regularly volunteers as an elections judge in Helena.
Liz Bangerter, Central Services Division
(see bio above)
Jon Bennion, Legal Services Division
(see bio above)
Colonel Tom Butler, Montana Highway Patrol
Colonel Tom Butler is chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. A native of Clancy, Colonel Butler is a graduate of Montana State University and has been with the Highway Patrol since 1992. He rose through the ranks in the field, and from 2005 – 2009 commanded the Patrol’s Bozeman district detachment. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of major and placed in charge of Patrol operations. Colonel Butler has overseen the Patrol’s budget and technology infrastructure upgrades, taken the lead on legislative issues of importance to the law enforcement community, and has worked closely with the Attorney General’s Office to expand the 24/7 Sobriety Program.
Joe Chapman, Chief Information Officer / Information Technology
Joe has been administrator of the Information Technology Services Division at the Department of Justice since 2010. A native of Marquette, Michigan, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 20 years leading large information technology organizations and projects. Joe is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a master’s in business administration from the University of Dayton Ohio with a concentration in management information systems.
Sarah Garcia, Motor Vehicle Division
Sarah is a Helena native and spent more than 20 years serving as a career active duty officer in the U.S. Army. After retiring at rank of major, she returned to Montana and began her career in state public service. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University.
Dr. Philip Kinsey, Forensic Sciences Division
Dr. Kinsey has 15 years of experience in forensic DNA analysis. From 2005 – 2012, he managed the DNA section of the Montana State Crime Laboratory. Prior to that, he served at the Oregon State Policy Crime Laboratory and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oregon. Phil received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California-Irvine. He is active on several national forensic science committees and review boards.
Bryan Lockerby, Division of Criminal Investigation
Bryan is a thirty-year veteran of the Great Falls Police Department, where he retired at the rank of captain. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 200th Session, where his peers elected him class valedictorian. He has attended the FBI Intermountain Command College and holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Regents University, as well as a criminal justice degree from the University of Great Falls. During his tenure with the Great Falls Police Department, he has worked in an undercover capacity with a federal drug task force, commanded the High Risk Unit, supervised the Training & Crime Preventions Unit, commanded patrol operations and currently commands the investigations bureau. Bryan has also served as state president of the Montana Police Protective Association.
Angela Nunn, Gambling Control Division
Angela graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources. She went on to obtain her Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute. After working in the private sector for one year, Angela began her career at the Montana Department of Justice. Over the last ten years, she held a variety of positions with the department, including human resource specialist, budget analyst, administrative officer, and operations bureau chief before becoming the administrator of the Gambling Control Division. Angela is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Montana.