Hugh Miller

Director of Research

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering. His responsibilities include the education, mentoring, and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, the pursuit of research activities, and performing service contributions both internal and external to CSM. Current research activities include occupational health & safety, artesinal mining in the developing World, mining systems & equipment technology, hydraulic excavation, and waterjet technology.

Michelle Reiher

Director of Operations

Michelle Reiher is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with over 19 years of safety and health experience in general industry and mining.  Ms. Reiher received her BS degree from Colorado School of Mines, her MS from Colorado State University and her MBA from Regis University.  She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has develop and conducted safety and health training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner, Annual Refresher and Instructor Training courses.  She has a passion for health and safety training and believes everyone should be given the knowledge to make choices that will keep them safe. 

Korky Vault

Training coordinator

Korky Vault has more than 25 years of health and safety training experience in both the environmental laboratory and mining industries.  Ms. Vault received her BS degree from Columbia Southern University and her MBA from Capella University. She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has developed and conducted training for MSHA Part 48 courses and OSHA courses on Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and Hazard Communication.  In addition to believing that proper training will help prevent injuries and fatalities, she has a passion for understanding how our individual brain make-up can impact our daily lives, including safety in the workplace. 

Jerry Powers

Educational outreach

Jerry Powers is a Certified Mine Safety Professional with over 40 years of mining experience in both surface and underground mines.  Mr. Powers received his BS degree from Colorado State University and his MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.  Mr. Powers has been a member of the EMCIS staff for over 5 years and also consults with the Mining and Oil & Gas Industry in manners involving Health & Safety.  He holds the MSHA IU, IS, IN, AN, MS, and FA certifications and has extensive experience in developing and delivering training programs. 

Lori Guasta

evaluation and assessment

Dr. Guasta has 15 years of experience in safety and heavy industries such as mining and construction. Lori has experience overseeing development and execution of organizational assessments, safety interventions, training programs, behavioral and technical research, and human factors analyses. Her areas of expertise are organizational behavior, culture, and leadership. Past experience involves working for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and she has more than 18 years of experience as a researcher and college instructor. She is published and has delivered numerous presentations at professional meetings and industry conferences. Lori holds a Doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University and a Master’s degree in clinical sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.



Mr. Lauriski has 13 years of experience working in higher education, in both faculty and administrative staff roles, and five years of experience working in the occupational safety technology field. Articles authored or co-authored by Mr. Lauriski have appeared in Mining Engineering, Rock Products, and The Journal of Emergency Medicine, among others. Mr. Lauriski is an alumnus of the University of Denver and of City, University of London.