Many of the top movers and shakers of the uranium industry will be a part of the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium as featured speakers and presenters.
The Central Wyoming Section of SME extends their thanks and appreciation for these leading experts who have committed to presenting at the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium – August 21-25, 2017:
W. Paul Goranson
Executive Vice President of ISR Operations – Energy Fuels
Mr. Goranson is the Executive Vice President of ISR Operations at Energy Fuels Inc.. He has held positions as President and Chief Operating Offi cer of Uranerz Energy Corp, President of Cameco Resources, and Vice President of Mestena Uranium LLC.
Mr. Goranson serves as the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium Conference Chair.
Chief Executive Officer – Uranium One Inc.
Uranium One Inc. is a Canadian-based company and is one of the world’s largest uranium producers with a globally diversified portfolio of assets located in the United States, Kazakhstan and Tanzania.
Mr. Smirnov was appointed the Corporation’s Acting CEO in 2017, after holding various management positions with Uranium One and its affiliates since joining the group in 2013.
In his previous role with the Corporation as Corporate Project Manager, he managed the execution of various global corporate, strategic and operational initiatives. He was also responsible for overseeing the Health, Safety, Environment and Communities function. Prior to those roles, as a Corporate Development Manager he was responsible for execution of corporate development and M&A projects for the group.
Before joining the Uranium One group, Mr. Smirnov held various advisory positions at Royal Bank of Canada and at KPMG’s Corporate Finance Group, where he supported and advised client executive teams in North America, Europe, Asia, and the CIS countries in the development and operation of their businesses across various industries, including natural resources and energy.
Mr. Smirnov holds a Master’s degree in Finance & International Business from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark.
President – Cameco Resources
Mr. Berg is President of Cameco Resources. His responsibilities include directing Cameco’s U.S. operations in Wyoming and Nebraska. Mr. Berg has served in various management and supervisory positions in environmental protection, quality systems and uranium mining and processing. He has been employed with Cameco for the past 19 years, and spend over 10 years employed at Cameco’s northern Saskatchewan uranium mining and milling operations.
Executive Vice President – Uranium Energy Corporation
As the Executive Vice President of Texas-based, Uranium Energy Corporation, Mr. Melbye is responsible for the uranium marketing and sales function and a key contributor towards the achievement of the company’s strategic growth, and investor relations objectives. Additionally, he serves as Advisor to the Chairman of JSC National Atomic Company, Kazatomprom, focusing on the Marketing and Sales activities of the world’s largest uranium mining company and a growing integrated supplier of fuel cycle services. He also manages the commercial aspects of Uranium Participation Corp. (a pure uranium commodity investment vehicle), for Denison Mines.
Scott is a 33-year veteran of the uranium industry having led the global marketing and sales function of industry leaders, Cameco and Uranium One. He began his career as a uranium broker for Nukem Inc., and subsequently, a nuclear fuel buyer for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona. He is a former President of the Uranium Producers of America and the Chair of the World Nuclear Fuel Market Board of Governors.
Attorney and Partner – Thompson and Pugsley, PLLC
Mr. Pugsley focuses his legal and political practice on environmental and energy issues, as well as government contracting and regulation and constitutional issues. His environmental practice consists of statutory and regulatory analyses of Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency issues related to the possession and use of nuclear materials and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
Dr. Courtney Young
Professor – Montana Tech
Professor Courtney Young is Department Head and Prater Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at Montana Tech of The University of Montana. He is a graduate of three premiere mineral/coal processing and extractive metallurgy institutions having obtained his BS in Mineral Processing Engineering from then Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1984, his MS in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987, and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah College of Mines and Earth Sciences in 1995.
Dr. Young has expertise in surface chemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy. His specialties in mineral processing/extractive metallurgical engineering include mineral characterization, flotation, physical separations, leaching, cyanide, uranium, gold processing, adsorption and applications thereof to recycling and waste-water remediation. His industrial experience includes summer internships in Tucson/Sihuarita operations with Duval Corporation (May-August, 1983) and Hobson/TX operations with Chevron Resources (May-August, 1982). These internships involved copper flotation and uranium L/SX/Precipitation.
Because of the diverse experience, Courtney knew graduate school was for him. While in graduate school, Courtney worked on a variety of industrial-related projects including sampling/simulation of a hydrocyclone heavy medium separation at Pitson Coal Company (September-December, 1985) and electrochemical understanding of gold cementation by zinc for Newmont Gold Company (January-May, 1989). His thesis involved studying the Nonstoichiometry of Chalcocite in Xanthate Flotation Systems whereas his dissertation was about the Double-Bond Reactivity of Adsorbed Oleate at Fluorite and Calcite Surfaces.
While a faculty member at Montana Tech, Dr. Young has worked with numerous companies and the Center for Advanced Mineral & Metallurgical Processing (CAMP) at Montana Tech. Unfortunately, the companies are proprietary but the subject matter includes furthering the understanding of flotation technology, selecting and testing ore process options, flowsheet design for mineral processing of rare earth elements, and researching and developing solutions to environmental problems. Examples range from gold and copper recovery to cyanide and spent pot-liner as well as acid-rock drainage remediation.
Dr. Young has been and continues to be extremely active in several professional organizations, particularly SME and TMS, as an officer, author and presenter as well as an organizer of sessions and symposia including General Recycling 1998, Minor Elements 2000, Cyanide 2001, Hydro 2003, JD Miller Symposium 2005, Uranium 2007, Precious Metals 2007, Hydro 2008 and Roe-Hoan Yoon Symposium 2011. He has been accordingly recognized for his efforts including plenary lectures, the Young Engineer Award from the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division of SME, Frank F. Aplan Award from AIME, and President’s Citation from SME. Finally, he has applied for a patent on his research for developing a novel carbon adsorption process for extraction gold from thiosulfate solutions. The non-cyanide technology has potential to make thiosulfate leaching cost-effective and therefore competitive to cyanide leaching.
Daniel E. Gorski
President and CEO – Texas Mineral Resources Corp.
Mr. Gorski was born in January 1937 in Houston, Texas. He attended primary and high school in Bandera, Texas graduating in 1955. Mr. Gorski graduated from Sul Ross State College, at Alpine, Texas, in January 1960 with a BS degree in geology.
From February 1960 until February 1963 Mr. Gorski served on active duty in the U. S. Army Security Agency assigned 318th ASA bn in Germany. He held a Top Secret Cryptographic security clearance. Mr. Gorski received an honorable discharge in 1966 at the rank of Sp5.
Mr. Gorski received a MA in Geology from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1970. In 1967 and 1968 he was a research fellow at the University of Utah working in the East Tintic Mining District, Utah.
He began work in the Mining Industry in 1968 as an exploration geologist for Vitro Minerals and Chemical Co. in Salt Lake City. He left the successor company, Earth Resources Corp. and became a consulting geologist in 1974 and worked, principally in uranium exploration, until 1980. Mr. Gorski was mine manager of a small underground gold mine in Western Utah, the Tripp Mine, from the beginning of 1980 through 1982. Thereafter he worked as a reconnaissance geologist in Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico until late 1989; he also served as operations advisor to the La Manantial Silver Mine in Nayarit, Mexico during this time. From then until late 1990 he was the mine geologist at the Star-Phoenix mine at Burke, Idaho.
From the beginning of 1991 until the beginning of 1992 he was operations manager of the Frazadas Mine, a 200 tpd zinc-lead-silver mine in Nayarit, Mexico.
From early 1992 until early 1996 Mr. Gorski was a contract geologist for USMX. Inc., working in Northern Mexico. In 1996 he co-founded Metalline Mining Co. and from that time until May 2004 he was an officer and director and managed operations at Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico. He became part of the founding group of High Plains Uranium in 2004, which resulted in an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2005, and was operations Vice President until early 2006. Mr. Gorski became President and CEO of Standard Silver Corp., now renamed Texas Mineral Resources, in March 2007 upon its reorganization.
In addition to his career in the Mining Industry, Mr. Gorski had at various times been a ranch-hand, roughneck and underground miner.
Independent Professional Geologist
Mr. VanHolland has been a geologist for 42 years; of which 35 years has been in the uranium industry with a focus on sedimentary uranium, particularly roll-front deposits. He began his uranium career in 1976 with Uranerz USA as an exploration geologist in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin where he was instrumental in the discovery of the Ruth ore deposit. He has subsequently been involved in uranium exploration and uranium solution mining (In-Situ Recovery, ISR) activities in Wyoming, Texas, Colorado and Utah for several companies including: Total Minerals Corp. (previously Minatome Corp.), COGEMA Mining, Mestena Uranium, Inc., and High Plains Uranium, Inc. His most recent position was as Chief Geologist for Ur-Energy with whom he served in Casper, Wyoming for 10 years. He is currently independent and semi-retired.
Mr. VanHolland graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Geology from Hope College. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Wyoming and a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).
Dr. Stefan Neufeind
Technical Marketing Manager Ion Exchange Resins – LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
Technology (Cambridge, MA). His one year research program was dedicated to the development of new catalysts
for fl uorination reactions.After joining LANXESS in 2012, Stefan has been working as Technical Manager for ion exchange resins with the global responsibility for hydrometallurgical and mining applications. Current focus of his eff orts has been the implementation of IX technologies in processes for metal recovery, concentrate purifi cation and mine wastewater management.
Dr. Corby Anderson
Professor – Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Anderson joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines as the Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Anderson teaches and conducts research as a member of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. He is an expert in the fi elds of extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, waste minimization and recycling. Dr. Anderson has an extensive background in industrially oriented research and was responsible for the development and success of the Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing at Montana Tech.
Vice President of Radiological Services and Engineering – AMEC Foster Wheeler
Mr. Rima has 40 years of professional experience in Health Physics and Radiation Protection in the Navy, commercial nuclear power and D&D/remediation markets and clients. He is also board certified in Comprehensive Health Physics by the American Academy of Health Physics and certified as a Certified Project Manager. Mr. Rima leads the U.S. nuclear services sector at AMEC, specializing in nuclear D&D and remediation planning, execution and verification at nuclear sites across North America and in Japan.
Jeffrey W. Lively, CSP, RRPT
Senior Associate Health Physicist and Chief Scientist – AMEC Foster Wheeler
Mr. Lively is a Senior Associate Health Physicist and the Chief Scientist in Amec Foster Wheeler’s Radiological Services group in the Americas. He is the chief scientist responsible for technology development and is the business line leader for Amec Foster Wheeler’s advanced radiological decommissioning technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He is expert in radiological decommissioning processes, radiological dose and risk assessment, and statistical survey methodologies. He is responsible for the technical development of the Orion ScanSortSM soil sorting technology, Orion ScanPlotSM overland survey technology, and Subsurface Soil DCGL methodology.
He has been personally involved in the radiological and engineering options assessments evaluating the feasibility and appropriateness of remedial action options under a variety of regulatory regimes. He is currently working with Japanese partner firms to design and implement the material handling and radiological assay processes for Interim Storage Facilities to be built in Fukushima Prefecture.
Uranium Recovery Program Manager – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Land Quality Division.
Ryan Schierman is currently the Uranium Recovery Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Land Quality Division. His responsibilities include establishing a program that is compatible and adequate to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; such that Wyoming is able to assume regulatory primacy over source material from recovery or milling and 11e.(2) byproduct material.
He received his BS in environmental science from Brigham Young University and a MS in health physics from Idaho State University in 2013. While at Idaho State University he was a NRC fellow and a research assistant in the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory providing oversight for the Idaho National Laboratory. Ryan has spent a little over a year working for the State and prior to the State he worked for two uranium recovery operations Uranerz (now Energy Fuels), and Uranium One.
Team Leader – Uranium Resources and Production Subprogramme, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Mr. Woods is a hydrogeologist by training, who has worked as a mine site-based environmental scientist and manager, as a mine environmental regulator and a consulting hydrogeologist/environmental scientist. Currently he leads the Uranium Resources and Production team at the IAEA in Vienna. Peter has particular experience in approvals and environmental management in the mining of commodities including uranium, iron ore, heavy minerals, base and precious metals, as well as the field of responsible waste disposal and underground water supply and management
Mr. Woods holds a PhD and BSc (with honors) in Hydrogeology/Hydrology and Soil Science from Flinders University of South Australia. He has also author over 200 published or unpublished articles, technical reports and approval documents as well as 10 refereed journal papers/comments and over 50 conference papers.
President – BKS Environmental Associates, Inc
Brenda is the president of BKS Environmental Associates, Inc. She holds many certifications related to soils, range, and oil and gas industry and has given presentations at a variety of industry conferences regarding reclamation and has published many reports regarding reclamation and soils in Wyoming. Brenda has instructed a variety of reclamation classes around Wyoming assisting regulators at the BLM, USFS, WDEQ, and energy personnel in oil and gas and mining. She is also a liaison for the University of Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming and Central Wyoming College, and guest teaches reclamation classes at Chadron State in Nebraska and Dickinson State in North Dakota. In 2014 Brenda was the recipient of the Wyoming Women of Influence Award in the Energy & Utilities category and in 2015 received the Reclamationist of the Year Award from the American Society of Mining and where she is currently serving as President of that organization.
Educational background includes a PhD in Soil Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, MS in Soil Science University of Wyoming, and Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management (Land Rehabilitation), Colorado State University.
Director – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Mr. Todd Parfitt was appointed Director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ) by Governor Matt Mead in October 2012. He has 22 years of experience with the department, including seven years in the dual role of Deputy Director and Administrator of the Industrial Siting Division. An Ohio native who went to The Ohio State University, Parfitt started his career doing water quality research on Lake Erie with The Center for Lake Erie Area Research. After earning his Masters degree in Public Administration, Environmental Policy he worked for the Ohio Fire Marshal as an Environmental Supervisor. Parfitt also spent time in the private sector as Director of Operations for the environmental consulting firm BHE Environmental. Parfitt began his career with WYDEQ in Lander in 1992. He moved to Cheyenne in 1996 and has worked in or closely with just about every part of the agency. Parfitt currently serves as ECOS Vice President.
Owner – SHB Inc.
Mr. Steve Brown has over 40 years of nuclear industry experience. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of American Academy of Health Physics. He has worked extensively as a licensee of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its Agreement States in the commercial nuclear fuel cycle and at large US Department of Energy nuclear defense and decommissioning / decontamination projects involving facilities and land contaminated with nuclides from high level wastes and special nuclear material (mixed fission products and highly enriched uranium), transuranic (e.g., plutonium and progeny) and low level (NORM – natural uranium and thorium series) materials. He has been a member of US and international advisory committees developing standards of practice for environmental, safety and health monitoring and control aspects of uranium mining and processing facilities and sites contaminated with uranium fuel cycle and NORM materials. He is currently a member of the IAEA’s working group on occupational radiation protection in uranium mines and processing facilities and has recently been appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the State’s Radiation Advisory Committee.
Director – Arizona Strip Operations – Energy Fuels Resources (USA), Inc.
Mr. Donn Pillmore has over 35 years of experience in the uranium industry, including exploration, mine resources and cost evaluations, mine development, mine production and mine site reclamation. Mr. Pillmore has been with Energy Fuels Resources for over 11 years and is currently the Director of Operations on the Arizona Strip. He is overseeing operations at the Canyon mine and reclamation on the Kanab North and Pinenut mine sites. Prior to this he spent 22 years with Energy Fuels Nuclear Inc., 12 years as the Chief Production Geologists, exploring for and mining uranium breccia pipe deposits in northern Arizona, 6 years working on uranium deposits on the Colorado Plateau purchasing ore from independent operators, 2 years exploring for uranium deposits in the Gobi desert of Mongolia, and 2 years permitting a uranium “in-situ” deposit in Wyoming. He also spent 2 years working as an underground uranium mine geologist for Western Nuclear in Jeffrey City, Wyoming and 1 year as a field geologist for United Nuclear.
Scott F. Korom
Senior Environmental Engineer – Barr Engineering Company
Scott F. Korom received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Utah State University in 1992. He spent 20 years as a faculty member in Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He is now with Barr Engineering Company in Bismarck, ND. As a researcher his specialty was groundwater denitrification. As a consultant he works on projects involving groundwater, geochemistry, water quality, and related issues.
Mine Manager of Nichols Ranch ISR – Energy Fuels
Bernard Bonifas lives in Casper today but is a native of Marseille, France.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Geology in 1985 and began working with Areva/Cogema in 1986. While working with Areva/Cogema Bernard earned his Doctoral Research Diploma in 1992.
Bernard first two years of experience were in gold prospecting in France, Spain and Zambia. After his gold experience Bernard has be involved with Uranium prospecting, development, production, restoration, reclamation and decommissioning for the last 30 years.
In 1993 he was sent to Hebbronville Texas for a 3 week assignment where he discovered firsthand the in situ Uranium recovery production technique and the United States, he never left except for 2 years in Gabon Africa in 2010.
In 1997 he was an operations manager for multiple projects in Texas involving production, restoration and decommissioning. He transferred to Casper in 2002 as a cost control Manager for Cogema Mining and Pathfinder. In 2007 he took the responsibility of General Manager for both Cogema mining and Pathfinder. In 2010 Bernard accepted a General Manager position in Gabon Africa. He came back to the US in 2012 and has been involved with Uranium ISR production in Wyoming and Uranium extraction from Phosphate in Idaho.
Bernard currently works for Energy Fuels as the Mine Manager of Nichols Ranch ISR facility in the Powder River basin.
Please help me welcome…..Bernard Bonifas
Vice President – Forum Uranium Corp.
Mr. Wheatley has continuously worked as a uranium exploration geologist for 37 years, employed with companies such as Uranerz, Areva (Cogema), and Total (Minatco) and has been with Forum Uranium for the last 10 years. His work has concentrated on the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan and Alberta and, to a lesser extent, the Thelon Basin in Nunavut. He has been on the exploration teams for the discovery of 8 deposits in the Athabasca, 4 of which have been mined. Ken has an H. B.Sc from Laurentian University, and an M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan.
Chief Geologist – Uranium Resources, Inc. (URI)
Ted Wilton is Chief Geologist for Uranium Resources, Inc. (URI), a position he has held since early 2012. Ted is a graduate of New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, having majored in Geology and minored in Mining Engineering. He is the 2011 recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and is an Honorary Life Member of the American Exploration and Mining Association (formerly the Northwest Mining Association).
During his more than 40 years in the minerals industry he has been involved in exploration, pre-development and mining geology programs for a variety of mineral commodities, primarily gold and uranium. He has managed exploration programs in the Western United States and Australia that were successful in the discovery of nine deposits hosting a combined total of more than 8 million ounces of gold, with seven of the nine deposits either currently in production or have been mined out. His experience is global in nature, having worked in the Western US, Alaska, Yukon Territory, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, New Zealand, PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Republic of Palau, and the Russian Far East. He has had extensive experience in Australia as well. He has held a wide range of technical positions within the precious metals sector at Freeport McMoRan group of companies, Kinross Gold, and Victoria Gold Corporation. His uranium experience, which spans a period of more than twenty years includes employment with Petro-Nuclear, Cleveland Cliffs, Nuclear Dynamics, Rocky Mountain Energy, Freeport, Neutron Energy and URI.
He is a “Qualified Person” as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and a “Competent Person” as defined by the JORC Code.
Ted has been especially active in the area of preserving access to the nation’s Public Lands, having served as the Chairman of the Public Lands Committees of the Nevada Mining Association and Northwest Mining Association (now AMEA), a member of the Elko County (Nevada) Natural Resources Advisory Commission, the Nevada State Board on Multiple Use of the Public Lands, and the BLM’s Northwest Great Basin RAC.
Patrick Littlejohn, MASc, PhD
Senior Technical Specialist – BQE Water
Patrick joined BQE Water in 2013 as part of the company’s Technology Development group. Patrick is co-inventor of the Selen-IX™ technology for selenium removal and is involved in the commercialization of BQE Water’s Sulf-IX™ technology for sulphate removal. Patrick received his Masters in metallurgical engineering at the University of British Columbia and his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Queensland.
Douglas (Doug) Underhill, PhD, MBA, CPG
Chief Geologist – enCore Energy Corp.
Board Member – Appia Energy Corp.
Dr. Underhill began his uranium career in 1977 as Chief Geologist, Plateau Resources Ltd, overseeing the company’s exploration program. Beginning in 1979 he was also responsible for the mine geology department during development of the large underground Tony M Mine, Henry Mountains, Utah.
From 1986 to 1993 the he was a Senior Consultant with NAC International, where he advised the company’s clients regarding uranium projects and fuel procurement. He was also responsible for maintaining NAC’s proprietary “U.S.A. System”, a data base of all world uranium projects, including production cost estimates. Deposit analysis was benchmarked in part, by information from client based studies conducted at many of the world’s major projects, as well as nearly all of the then producing and planned US ISL and Breccia Pipe-type projects, as well as most Canadian, European and Chinese producers.
As the International Atomic Energy Agency’s sole Uranium Resource and Production Specialist from 1993 to 2001, the author conducted the IAEA’s program of uranium activities and continued worldwide site visits and analyses of uranium mines and deposits. He also organized first ever public technical meetings on uranium in the former east bloc Kazakhstan and Ukraine, as well as in Namibia, Brazil and various other countries. He conducted a 4 week Joint IAEA-SME ISL Training Course here in Casper in 1998.
The author has written, co-authored, and/or compiled/edited over 62 reports on uranium deposits, mines and/or national uranium industries, as well as supply-demand analyses. He was responsible for and edited the IAEA publications: “Analysis of uranium supply to 2050” and ”Manual of acid in situ leach uranium mining technology” and was IAEA compiler/editor of 4 editions of the Joint IAEA-OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency-World Report: “Uranium Resources, Production and Demand” (or “Red Book”).
Since retiring from the IAEA (2001) he was the principal author of, or contributor to several NI 43-101 Technical Reports and Due Diligence exercises for: Sandstone ISR amenable-, Tabular sandstone-, Volcanic-, Quartz Pebble Conglomerate- and Breccia Pipe-type uranium deposits. He has also prepared evaluations of several Rare Earth Element deposits.
Dr. Underhill holds a PhD in geology from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, an MBA from the Colorado State System and is a Certified Professional Geologist under the AIPG.
Geologist – Central Energy Resources Science Center – US Geological Survey
Susan is a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Central Energy Resources Science Center based in Denver, Colorado. At the USGS, she leads the uranium resource evaluation project for the US, and also works on uranium environmental projects. Susan chairs the IAEA-OECD/NEA uranium group.
Susan has BS (Smith College), MS (University of California, Davis) and PhD (University of Ottawa) degrees in geology. Before joining USGS, she worked in the private sector for ~20 years as a mineral exploration geologist and modelling mineral resources.
Shiya Wang, PhD
Physicist/Uranium Project Officer – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Shiya Wang is a uranium project officer with the State of Colorado, Radiation Program. She joined the Radiation Program in 2012 and has worked as the health physicist for uranium, regulating all uranium recovery facilities in Colorado. Major uranium recovery sites in Colorado are conventional or heap leach facilities, such as Cotter, Uravan, and Piñon Ridge mills. She is mainly responsible for licensing, inspection, technical and regulatory decision analyses, incident response, and technical document and occupational/environmental data reviews. She also has experience in CERCLA processes and oversees other sites such as water treatment facility, RCRA waste disposal facility authorized for TENORM disposal, and properties under environmental covenants.
Shiya obtained her BS and MS degrees in Physics in Taiwan, and PhD in Astrophysics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before working with the State of Colorado, she was a research scientist in astrochemistry and radio/infrared astronomy at University of Michigan and Emory University.
Mark J. Doelger
Geologist – Owner of B & H, Geologists (fka Barlow & Haun, Inc.)
Mark Doelger is a registered professional geologist with an extensive background in exploration for oil, natural gas, and uranium. He has also been involved in the development of large-scale energy infrastructure projects. He currently is an owner of B & H, Geologists (fka Barlow & Haun, Inc.) He is a partner in Stakeholder Energy LLC a world-class uranium resource project and is a partner in the Upper Green River Conservancy.
Mark is the author and co-author of numerous technical presentations and publications, including the Atlas of Major Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Reservoirs. He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate, several State Legislatures, and federal and state regulatory bodies.
Mark has advised four Wyoming governors on energy policy matters. Notably, he served as chairman of the Wyoming Pipeline Authority by appointment between 2001 and 2009. Mark currently serves as a commissioner at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Mark received the Public Service Award from the AAPG in 2011. He is a board member of the Wyoming Business Alliance.
New Project Manager – AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
Mr. Robbins has over 20 years of experience in exploring for unconformity uranium deposits in Canada. Previous positions held by Mr. Robbins in AREVA include District Geologist for Nunavut and Senior Project Geologist for the West Athabasca where he was responsible for all exploration related activities. In both capacities he has been successful in the discovery and development of a number of uranium deposits. In his current role Mr. Robbins assess and manages the generation of exploration projects within Canada with a focus on the Athabasca Basin and Nunavut.
Vice President, Trading – Urangesellschaft (UG), USA Inc.
Hyder Ramatala is the Vice President of Trading for UG USA, Inc. with responsibility for all nuclear fuel trading of UG in the market in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America; operating in close cooperation with UG’s headquarters in Frankfurt and satellite offices in Hong Kong.
Hyder joined UG USA from the AREVA North America Mining & Front End Sales (NAMFES) team where he served as Strategic Marketing Manager for several years developing AREVA’s North American mining, conversion, enrichment and fuel fabrication sales strategy.
Simultaneous to his NAMFES tenure, Hyder also worked closely with the AREVA Corporate Strategy group, the AREVA Inc. CEO, and other executive staff with missions, analyses, speeches and corporate-level studies upon request. Hyder, along with the Corporate Strategy team, developed the basis of AREVA’s strategy under various US reactor-shutdown scenarios. This study went on to become the reference case for the deployment of AREVA’s North American commercial strategy.
Hyder’s career with AREVA started in AREVA’s Enrichment Business Unit in Paris where he was responsible for competitor and project analysis. He then transitioned to AREVA Inc. where he joined the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility team as a business analyst.
Hyder holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from George Washington University in International Relations with minors in French Language and Literature, History, and Political Science. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Deputy General Director for Operations – JV Inkai
As Deputy General Director for Operations at JV Inkai, Kazakhstan, Mr Diracca is responsible for Operations, Projects, HSE and R&D. He has 16 years of experience in the field of uranium exploration and mining in Central Asia and Africa. He started as geologist with AREVA on the Katco project in Kazakhstan, a partnership with AREVA and Kazatomprom, involved with delineation programs and ISR pilots. He moved to Niger to compile 50 years of exploration history to raise new exploration fields, before to come back to Katco Project 3 years later. He joined for 5 years the mine management team, involved with extraction ramp-up to 4000 t. After that, Mr Diracca was based in Paris during 2 years as Project manager for developing a discovery in Mongolia. His experience about large ISR projects leads to his collaboration in the AREVA College of experts. He joined the Inkai project 4 years ago, a Joint Venture with Cameco and Kazatomprom.
Dr. John Sigda
Principal Hydrogeologist – INTERA, Incorporated Austin TX
John Sigda has 31 years of experience in quantitative hydrology, working to solve problems in the saturated and vadose zones, mine hydrology and permitting, flow and transport modeling, groundwater remediation, seawater intrusion, and field and lab measurement of hydraulic properties.
He has built modeling tools using a wide variety of codes to assess closure impacts from mine wastes and pit lakes, estimate dewatering inflows, secure regulatory approval for new mine works and expansions, design plume capture systems, carry out pumping test analyses, secure operating licenses and permits for radioactive waste disposal facilities, assess and improve the performance of groundwater protection systems, and develop remediation goals at sites with sediments, soil, and groundwater contaminated by fuels, heavy metals, radionuclides, nitrates, and chlorinated solvents.
Dr. Sigda has provided technical expertise to mining projects located in California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Australia. He also spent six years working on water supplies, sanitation, and child survival and development in Kenya and Tanzania.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Harvard College and a Masters and Ph.D. in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Unit Head of Radiation Safety Technical Services – International Atomic Energy Agency
Krista Wenzel is the Unit Head of Radiation Safety Technical Services at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. A position she has held since 2013. She is a board-certified health physicist with more than 20 years of experience as a health physicist. At the IAEA, her unit is responsible for occupational monitoring of workers in IAEA activities worldwide. The services are accredited under ISO 17025 and include external dosimetry, urine and fecal analysis, whole body counting, drum scanning, leak testing, and surface, dose rate and air measurements.
Prior to joining the IAEA, she was a consultant to several uranium mining companies. She was also the Manager of the Environment, Health, and Safety Department at the Cameco Smith Ranch/Highland Uranium Processing mines in Wyoming.
Prior to that, she served in the military for 20 years. During her military career, she led missions that included assessing a former nuclear power reactor site in Wyoming, leading radiation consulting services for the Air Force, and coordinating participation in exercises and standby deployments for major events such as presidential inaugurations and the Olympics.
Ms. Wenzel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/Health Physics from the University of Florida.
Executive Director – Wyoming Mining Association (WMA)
Travis Deti is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Mining Association (WMA). A native of Laramie, Deti holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining WMA in 2011, he worked as legislative assistant and field representative to US Senators Craig Thomas and John Barrasso in both Washington, DC and Cheyenne focusing on national defense and veterans issues, foreign affairs, immigration, and governmental affairs. Deti is a former sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was appointed to the Wyoming Veterans Commission by Governor Matt Mead in 2011, and is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Wyoming. He and his wife Kim live in Cheyenne and have two sons, John and Brendan.
Senior Research Scientist – Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming
Susan grew up in southern Utah. She was introduced to geology and to the uranium industry early, when her father served as superintendent and chief geologist for the Happy Jack uranium mine in what is now Canyonlands National Park. Susan studied mathematics and geology at Indiana University and earned her M.S., M.Ph., and Ph.D. in geology at Yale University, specializing in mineralogy, crystallography, and metamorphic petrology. Susan has served as a Senior Research Scientist in the Dept. of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming since 1990. Susan’s interests include crystal chemistry and crystallography of uranium-bearing phases, mountain building processes in the early earth, and electron microscopy as applied to nano-materials. Her current research in uranium is focused on understanding how mineral paragenesis influences the origin of roll-front uranium deposits in Wyoming Tertiary basins, and on the influence of genetic factors on the success of ISR mining in these deposits.
Mr. Jason S. Andrews, P.E.
Vice President and Project Engineer – Engineering Analytics, Inc.
Mr. Andrews has over 13 years of geotechnical and mine reclamation engineering experience. He obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Masters of Engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering from Colorado State University. He has directed and completed analyses and design for permitting, operations, closure, and remediation of more than 20 mine site projects throughout the United States and South America. He was the project manager for the development of the heap-leach pad liner, foundation, cover deign, and seismic analyses for a uranium heap-leach extraction process facility in Wyoming. Mr. Andrews is currently a Vice President and Project Engineer at Engineering Analytics, Inc. located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Director of Fuel Cycle Programs – Nuclear Energy Institute
Mr. Ashkeboussi has more than 15 years of nuclear industry experience and is currently the Director of Fuel Cycle Programs at the Nuclear Energy Institute. In this position, he oversees the development, direction, and communication of policy issues related to front-end of the fuel cycle issues with NEI’s fuel suppliers and utility fuel buyers. Prior to joining NEI in 2015, he spent 13 years with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he served as a Sealed Source and Device Reviewer, Reactor Operations Engineer evaluating the technical specifications for the AP1000 and ESBWR, a Project Manager overseeing the NRC’s materials licensing and inspection policies, a Sr. Security Program Manager detailed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and Technical Assistant. In his prior role at NEI, Nima focused on the identification, management, communication, and resolution of generic regulatory issues impacting NEI’s fuel cycle, uranium recovery, and low-level waste members.
Mr. Ashkeboussi has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a MS degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the Johns Hopkins University.
President of the Senate – Wyoming State Senate
Republican Senator Eli D. Bebout represents Wyoming’s Fremont County. He was a member of the Wyoming House of Representative from 1987-2000 and was elected to the Senate in 2007. As a congressman Senator Bebout has served in the following capacities:
2017-2018 President of the Senate
2015-2016 Senate Majority Floor Leader
2013-2014 Senate Vice President
1999-2000 Speaker of the House
1997-1998 House Majority Floor Leader
1993-1994 House Minority Whip
Outside of his congressional duties, Senator Bebout’s occupation includes Engineering, Drilling Contractor, and Oil and Gas.
Majority Floor Leader – Wyoming House of Representatives
David Miller is a businessman, professional economic geologist and a part-time politician serving in the Wyoming Legislature. Mr. Miller was the Chief Executive Officer of Strathmore Minerals Corp. prior to its merger with Energy Fuels.
David’s primary professional focus has been on mineral exploration, development, and mining, and his career has spanned over 40 years with a chain of companies that started with Utah International and evolved into AREVA, the French Nuclear Power Conglomerate. In addition he has consulted for the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Commission) in Austria and China.
David is a recognized expert in the nuclear and energy field and has been seen, heard, and read in the New York Times, BBC, CNBC, CNN, Business News Network, Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, and Barron’s. He is also author of “Investing in the Great Uranium Bull Market.” An eight term member of the Wyoming Legislature, serving District 55 –Riverton, David has served on Minerals, Revenue, Education, Corporations, Health & Labor Committees, he has chaired both Management Audit and Judiciary Committees. He was an original appointee to the Wyoming Energy Commission and currently serves as Majority Floor Leader of the Wyoming House of Representatives. David graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Geology. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming, a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and is a Fellow in the Society of Economic Geologists.
Mr. Miller’s professional career has taken him around the world working with companies in Japan and South Korea, evaluating projects from Laos to Mongolia, Bolivia to Alaska and Canada. Commodities include fissionable materials, precious and base metals, fossil fuels and lithium.
Vice President of Operations – Ur-Energy
Prior to being named Ur-Energy’s Vice President Operations, Mr. Hatten served as Engineering Manager from 2007 to 2010 and as Director of Engineering and Operations 2010 to 2011. He has over 25 years of experience with a strong background in in situ recovery uranium design and operations. He previously worked as a Project Engineer for Power Resources, Inc., the Manager Wellfield Operations for Rio Algom Mining Corp. and Wellfield Operations Manager at Cameco’s Smith Ranch – Highland Facility. Mr. Hatten has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Robert W. Gregory
Uranium Geologist – Wyoming State Geological Survey
Robert is a uranium geologist at the Wyoming State Geological Survey and has been employed there since 1989. Mr. Gregory was born in Montana, and spent his childhood years there, Colorado, and Casper, Wyoming, where he graduated from Natrona County High School. He attended Casper College and then the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical and sedimentary geology, and a Master’s degree in metamorphic petrology. Robert is a Wyoming licensed professional geologist in Wyoming.
In addition to uranium geology, Robert has gained experience in coal, oil and gas, metal ore deposits, kimberlites, and industrial minerals, and has participated in a wide variety of investigative studies and mapping projects in these areas. He also has extensive experience in a wide variety of geological analyses including petrography, geochemistry and crystallographic techniques including x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and electron microprobe analysis.
Founder/Consultant – Jack Lifton LLC
Jack Lifton’s work career at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan began in 1962 with the preparation and study of the electronic properties of ultrapure technology metals and their alloys in 1962. He first examined the electronic uses of lithium and its compounds for energy storage and production in 1962.
Jack Lifton produced, in 1964, the first thin film phase change memory cell, which resulted first in the invention of the recordable CD/DVD and is today the basis of SSD computer memories. At ECD he also worked on the development of the first commercial europium based cathodoluminescent phosphor and participated in the first work on hydrogen storage alloys that led ultimately to the development of the nickel hydride battery in the period 1965-67. He was also at that time a volunteer member of the team at the Ford Motor Company developing alkali-metal sulfur molten salt batteries for vehicular traction use.
After receiving his M.S. Chemistry degree from Wayne State University (Detroit) in 1967 he began his employment by ITT Advanced Electro-Optical Laboratories in San Fernando, Ca. where he developed a method for the deposition of thin films of photoactive materials along the walls of microchannel plate tubes that resulted in the successful creation of a type of solid state image intensifier device still in use today. Returning to Detroit in 1970 he began a new career in developing and manufacturing engineered materials for the OEM automotive and electronics industry. Between 1972 he served as production manager; technical sales director; VP operations, and finally CEO of a Detroit based private company and then of a FrancoBritish joint venture.
His industrial career ended when he retired as the CEO of a wholly owned American OEM engineered materials subsidiary of Germany’s MetallGesellschaft, but he continued as a business operations consultant as Jack Lifton LLC, which he founded in 1999 and which continues in operation today. Jack Lifton coined the term technology metals in 2007, and has become one of the best known “popular” expositors in print and on the lecture circuit of the global markets for technology metals in the world.
He consults to public and private companies, institutional investors, and governmental organizations on the sourcing, refining, fabricating, and marketing of the technology metals and materials. He has been a technology metals trader for two generations and has traveled extensively to visit mines, refineries, and fabricators on every continent.
Uranium Market Analyst – TradeTech
As one of TradeTech’s uranium market analysts, Adam Christopher specializes in predictive statistical modeling and data visualization to forecast uranium, conversion, and enrichment prices. Christopher writes frequently about evolving market fundamentals, with several studies focusing on relationships between market trends and macroeconomic theory with respect to developments in near- and long-term contracting.
Christopher has a Master of Arts degree in International Conflict Management and a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics, both from the University of Denver.
Doug Beahm is the Principal Engineer and Owner of BRS Inc., a natural resource consulting firm with offices in Riverton, Wyoming and Broomfield, Colorado. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a Professional Geologist licensed in Wyoming; a Professional Engineer licensed in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon; a Registered Member of the US Society of Mining Engineers (SME); and a Qualified Person (QP) under TSX regulations with more than 40 years of professional experience.
Although Doug’s experience includes coal, precious metals, and industrial minerals, his emphasis throughout his career has been uranium exploration, mining, and mine land reclamation including; Conventional open pit and underground mine operations; Conventional milling and tailings management; Heap leach design and operations; ISR design and permitting; and Mine land Reclamation.
Founder – Legacy Land Stewardship PBC
Paul Newman is a recognized expert in the environmental and brownfield industries for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing large, complex business solutions for managing environmental risk. He brings 30 years of experience as a legal, technical, and business leader, including long-term executive level engagements with two of the largest global environmental consulting firms. Paul is a founder of Legacy Land Stewardship PBC – a Colorado-based Public Benefit Corporation with a focus on long-term care and maintenance for sites that our clients retain but for which they would love to find a solution. The firm’s mission is to take ownership of the projects/properties and responsibly/permanently deliver sustainable, long-term environmental stewardship, and seek eco-friendly reuses for public benefits.
In prior engagements, Paul was instrumental in building an industry-leading program for environmental risk assumption that transferred almost $1 billion of environmental remediation obligations; evaluating over 150 risk transfer opportunities for manufacturing, real estate, chemicals, aerospace, pharmaceutical, steel mills, metal mining/processing, oil and gas refining, railroad industries. As an attorney, he has drafted, negotiated, and closed risk transfer contracts in excess of $250 million. Paul has partnered with insurance underwriters and brokers to place insurance products to enhance risk management of various risk transfer offerings.
Paul has managed facility closure programs at numerous natural resource facilities, including mine sites, mill sites, and petroleum refineries. In addition, Mr. Newman has considerable experience as a mining geologist, primarily in exploration and mining of uranium, coal, and precious metals. Mr. Newman has been an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Science and Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Applied RCRA Compliance) and the Environmental Management Program at the University of Denver (RCRA and CERCLA Regulation). Mr. Newman has a BA in Geology from the University of Northern Colorado, an MS in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law.
Principal, Senior Engineer and Hydrogeologist – Petrotek Engineering Corporation
Hal is a Principal, Senior Engineer and Hydrogeologist with Petrotek Engineering Corporation in Littleton CO and has 33 years of applied industry experience. He is a Technical Team Leader for produced water and wastewater management via Class I, Class II and Class V injection wells for oil and gas production across the United States, and for ISR uranium operations in Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska and South Dakota. His drilling and completions experience includes vertical, directional and horizontal drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and the continental U.S.
His ISR uranium experience includes the majority of projects in the US as well as selected projects overseas. Hal has provided expert witness testimony for oil and gas operators and ISR uranium operations related to technical, regulatory and contractual issues. He holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering (B.S.) and Hydrogeology (M.S.).
Manager of all Corporate Well Drilling, Completion, Testing and Stimulation Work throughout the United States
Following eight years of military service as a combat engineer, Wes has 15 years of hands-on experience in oil and gas drilling operations (mud engineering and wellsite supervision) and permitting for Class I, Class II, Class III and Class V UIC projects. He has also conducting aquifer testing for site characterization of ISR uranium operations in Texas and Wyoming.
Wes manages all Corporate well drilling, completion, testing and stimulation work throughout the country which includes ISR uranium operations, oil and gas production, chemical plants, refineries and municipal water treatment facilities. Wes holds a B.S. degree in Geology. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Wyoming and several other states.
Robert Cameron, Ph.D.
Senior Associate – Behre Dolbear
Robert Cameron, Ph.D. has his doctoral degree in mining engineering and has more than 35 years of experience with mining and consulting firms in the international mineral industry focusing on the resource and reserves, valuation of developed and undeveloped mineral properties, and the feasibility of mineral deposit development. Dr. Cameron’s expertise spans all commodities and geographic areas with recent emphasis on base, precious metals, and energy minerals having reviewed over 300 mining properties and prospects worldwide and he is recognized as a Qualified or Competent Professional in all global jurisdictions. He is an Associate Certified Minerals Appraiser with the International Institute of Mineral Appraisers, a Qualified Professional with the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Dr. Cameron has lectured and instructed in the areas of Mineral Resource and Reserves estimation, mineral valuation techniques and has also presented seminars and instruction on mineral deposit valuation to multiple mineral companies, stock exchanges, and other entities including teaching courses and giving lectures at the Colorado School of Mines and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Honorable Matt Mead
Governor – State of Wyoming
Matt Mead, Wyoming’s 32nd Governor, took office in January 2011 and is serving his second term. He was born and raised in Jackson. After earning a law degree from the University of Wyoming, he served as a prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney. He maintains a farm and ranch business with his wife Carol in southeast Wyoming.
Governor Mead initiated a comprehensive state energy strategy released in 2013 and an innovative state water strategy released in 2015. He moved the entire state to a 100 gigabit broadband network. His rules initiative has resulted in fewer regulations and improved public access to rules. His focus on increasing state competitiveness, for example, through technology, innovation and expansion of business opportunities in numerous economic sectors, has brought national recognition.
Wyoming’s accolades include: most business friendly tax climate, third best for new business startup activity, best state to start a business, first in Mountain Region workforce development, best state to make a living, second highest rate of confidence in state government, best state to retire and many more.
Governor Mead has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Governors Association and Co-chair of the State and Federal Sage Grouse Task Force. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Western Governor’s Association where his Chairman’s Initiative, a continuing one, was Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
Matt and Carol have been married 25 years and have two teenage children.
Honorable Liz Cheney
Wyoming Lone Congressman – US House of Representatives
Liz Cheney serves as Wyoming’s lone Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was elected in 2016, running a campaign focused on conservative ideas to help create jobs, cut taxes and regulation, expand America’s energy, mining and ag industries, protect the Constitution and restore the strength and power of America.
Liz is a proud constitutional conservative and an advocate for a strong America. As a Fox News contributor, Liz has been a prominent national voice defending our constitutional rights and standing up against President Obama’s devastating policies. She is the co-founder of the Alliance for a Strong America, a non-profit organization based in Wyoming and focused on educating voters about the importance of American leadership and strength. She is the co-author, along with Vice President Cheney, of Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Strong America, published in 2015.
Liz has practiced law and served in the State Department, including as the second-ranking official responsible for U.S. Policy in the Middle East. From 2009-2013, she was the chairman of Keep America Safe, a non-profit organization that was instrumental in preventing President Obama from transferring terrorists detained at Guantanamo–including the mastermind of 9/11, Khaled Sheikh Mohamed–into the United States. She is a member of the International Board of Advisors at the University of Wyoming and previously served on the board of Rivers of Recovery, a Wyoming-based organization that provides rehabilitation for military veterans through fly-fishing.
Liz’s family has called Wyoming home for four generations, and she and her husband Phil Perry are blessed to be raising the fifth generation in Wilson, Wyoming.
Duane W. Spencer
Deputy State Director – Minerals and Lands, BLM Wyoming State Office
I have worked for BLM for 33 years and have been the BLM Wyoming Deputy State Director of Minerals and Lands since February 2017. I’ve held a number of different positions within the BLM and have worked in multiple states including WY, CO and NM.
Prior to moving to Cheyenne, I was the BLM Buffalo Field Office manager for the last 8 years. Prior to moving to Buffalo, I was the Branch Chief of Fluid Minerals in the BLM Colorado State Office for 9 years, which included an 11 month detail as the Deputy State Director, Energy, Lands and Minerals. Prior to that, I was the Petroleum Management Team Lead and Branch Chief Reservoir Management in the BLM Farmington NM Field Office for 9 years. I started my career with BLM in Rawlins Wyoming as a staff Petroleum Engineer in the Branch of Fluid Minerals.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. I’ve been married to my wife, Seena, for 33 years and have 2 adult daughters. In my free time, I’m a fly fishing, golfing, bicycling fanatic.