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John Poitevent Golden II is retired and now lives in Marietta, GA.


Robert Kendrick has been named chairman of Oro Gold in Vancouver, BC. Oro Gold is an exploration company with active properties in Mexico and Panama.


Dale D. Teeters received a masters in mine safety from Marshall University in May 2008.


Michael R. DeSilva is group legal counsel – projects, and commercial director – capital projects for Newmont Mining Corporation. He lives in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Thomas E. McKelvey is chief executive officer for QED Engineering Design, Inc. in Ramona, CA.


Thomas G. White writes: “In August 2007 my company, Peru Copper, was sold to Chinalco. Chinalco is a very large Chinese aluminum company and the largest shareholder of Rio Tinto. Working for the Chinese has proven to be a wonderful experience. I am in an interesting situation with Chinese staff and engineering companies now reporting to me. The new world of resource development! Who ever would have guessed.”


Robert I. Watkins is a project manager for Fluor Enterprises in Greenville, SC.

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Larry A. Cramer has retired from Anglo Platinum and now is consulting for Braemore Resources. He lives in Zinkwazi, South Africa.

Richard K. Swinney is retired and lives in Grass Valley, CA.

Lee A. Turner is senior vice president – QHSE for Smith International, Inc. in Houston, TX.


Roger Newell is the president and CEO of Lake Victoria Mining Company, a gold exploration stage company focused on acquiring and exploring potential gold mineral deposits or reserves in Tanzania.


Robert W. Hudson was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church on July 12, 2008. He is the pastor of St. Luke’s Anglican Chuch in Maysville, KY.

Donald E. McLaughlin is retired from ExxonMobil and lives in Loveland, CO.


Gregory L. Brown is a geophsyicist for Stone Energy Corporation in Houston, TX.

Randal L. Bruno is a project manager for Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc. in Tuolumne City, CA.

Gregory T. Kelleher is vice president and general manager of the southern division for Devon Energy Corporation in Houston, TX.

Michele K. Mudrone is a petroleum engineer for Haas Petroleum Engineering Services, Inc. in Dallas, TX.

J. Patrick Nolen is the assessments program manager for Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, IL.


Gunnar E. Holmes is a senior operation geophysicist for Shell Brasil E & P in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Dennis R. Cahill
is president and a consulting geophysicist for D&F Resources, Ltd. in Midland, TX.


Ramona Nicks Heikel is an engineering assistant for Enersul Technologies in Calgary, Alberta.

David M. Jurich is a senior associate for Hatch Mott MacDonald in Phoenix, AZ.

Michael A. Walker is lead engineer of materials and test for Instar Engineering and Consulting, Inc. in Littleton, CO.

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Leanne M. Baker is managing director for Investor Resources LLC in Sebastopol, CA.

Kenneth A. Giese, Jr. is a building sales specialist for Cleary Building Corporation in Caldwell, ID.

Alan C. Harrison is vice president of the Denver Region/Piceance Basin for Williams Production RMT Company in Denver, CO.

Thomas K. Lampert is president and owner of IronSyte Monitors in Pittsburgh, PA.

Douglas B. Ramsey is a business planner for ExxonMobil Corporation in Baton Rouge, LA.

Sandra M. Stash is vice president of HSEA for Talisman Energy in Calgary, Alberta.


Eddie E. Gerze is senior program manager for tw telecom in Littleton, CO.


Jeffrey P. Lee is being assigned to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to join the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He will support the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and serve in the College of International and Security Studies. He writes, “As a member of the Marshall Center faculty, and representing DTRA’s interests, I will have the opportunity to inform hundreds of future leaders from Europe, Eurasia and around the globe on weapons of mass destruction/chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, and on U.S. programs to counter those threats.”

Thomas K. Moffitt is U.S. sales manager of waterwell and deep hole drills for Atlas Copco CMT USA in Pleasant Grove, CA.

Thomas D. Tharp is a senior engineer for the Chicago Board of Options Exchange in Chicago, IL.


Susan P. Foss
is manager of E&P Systems for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Denver, CO.

Jay D. Menardi is coordinator of Youth Ministry for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper, CO.

Gregory D. Pierson is principal process engineer for Fluor Corporation in Sugar Land, TX.


Andrew B. Flynn is principal of Landmark Environmental in Denver, CO. Landmark Environmental is a licensed and insured environmental firm offering depth of expertise and a variety of capabilities to governmental and industrial clients on a regional and national level.


David H. Thornton is operations manager for Equatorial Guinea LNG.


Juliene M. Benson writes that she and husband, Benny, “have started their own engineering company, ENERGYneering Solutions, Inc. Based in Sisters, OR, they specialize in the design, construction and operation of power plants utilizing renewable fuel sources.”

Richard E. Berns is senior embedded filmware developer for Weatherford International. He lives in Conroe, TX.

Scott M. Kelly is director of North American Sales for JWC Environmental in Costa Mesa, CA.

John E. Larson is general manager of global exploration for Zinifex Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia.


Luka Powanga is a professor at Regis University in Denver, CO.

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Bruce C. Bunch
is a senior petroleum engineer for Williams Production RMT Company in Denver, CO.

Dennis D. Hartwig is a staff drilling engineer for ConocoPhillips Alaska in Anchorage, AK.

Bernhard C. Koch is sole-proprietor of “ProjectConsult-CARTS” (Contract Assignment Research and Technical Services) and renders services to minerals and metals exploration companies, predominantly active in the western U.S. The office is in Delta, UT.


Herman P. Alendy is mine operations manager for Jamalco in Kingston, Jamaica.

Daniel E. Prairie is a sales engineer for Dexter Magnetic Technologies in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Tanya M. Ten Broeke is owner, medical director and a veterinarian at Gladstone Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, treating companion animals, birds and exotics.

David E. Witsken is senior validation consultant for Compliance Concepts International, Inc. in Escondido, CA.


Brett Brunk is manager of enterprise architecture and strategic planning for the aeronautical information group at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC.

Debra (Meyer) Brunk is vice president for technical services at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers in Washington, DC.

Scott A. Gustafson is vice president and office manager of Merrick & Company in Los Alamos, NM.

Natalie C.T. Van Tyne is a lecturer at Colorado School of Mines.


Bryan L. Roberts is a systems engineer in energy sources R&D for Covidien in Boulder, CO.

Paramita D. Wijaya is country HR manager for PT DuPont Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Amy Foster is a failure anaysis engineer for DRS Technologies in Dallas, TX.

Michael J. Gordon is an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Carla M. Gustafson is a project manager for Merrick & Company in Los Alamos, NM.

Chad C. Nickell is an operations manager for air gasses and CO2 Installations - European Platforms and Services for Air Liquide in Vitry-sur-seine, France.

Michael W. Patton is principal engineer of underground projects for the Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation in Magna, UT.

Ted W. Wurfel is an environmental and safety manager for Chief Oil and Gas in Wexford, PA.


Jeff S. Piquette is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, CO.

Michelle R. Strmiska is an AMHS program manager for Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho, NM.

Amadeu Kun Wan Sum is an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and the co-director for the Center for Hydrate Research at Colorado School of Mines.


J. Sally Bommen is oilfield services training program manager in the Network of Excellence in Training (NExT) for Schlumberger, Ltd. in Houston, TX.

Robert D. Carlson is vice president of finance and treasurer of CoorsTek, Inc. in Golden, CO.

Jeffrey D. Ensminger is a senior engineer for Commonwealth Technology, Inc. in Alexandria, VA.

Scott Goodwin was married to Katie Medlin on September 22, 2007, near Lake Tahoe in Norden, CA. Scott continues to work for Questar Corporation in Denver, CO.

Covey E. Hall is a maintenance engineer for Nabors Drilling USA in Texas.

Ilya Kats and Caty Sung celebrated their marriage in freefall over Skydive Temple near Austin, TX on May 12, 2007.

Catherine L. Kling
is development manager for Renewable Energy Systems Americas in Broomfield, CO.

Michael D. Quinn is customer service manager for Samson Rope in Ferndale, WA.

Erik Ressel and Kim Kreutzer were married on November 3, 2007, in the Presidio Chapel in San Francisco. In attendance were Mines alumni Jason Markle ’96 and Alex Siler ’96. The couple honeymooned in South Africa.

Jonathan J. Richter is a senior project manager for Rock Well Petroleum International in Denver, CO.


Scot C. Burbidge
is project manager for Alain Dalmau Architects in Pueblo, CO.

Jeannine L. Ernstberger is a project engineer for Leppert Associates in Golden, CO.

Valarie L. (Salaz) Hamilton is a technical account manager for CGGVeritas in Calgary, Alberta.

Amy C. Miller is a project manager, Northern California Pacific - water supply and treatment business class lead for HDR Engineering in Walnut Creek, CA.


Lisa M. Budin
is a senior staff engineer for ConocoPhillips in Ponca City, OK.

Emily A. Chastain is a project chemist for AMEC Earth & Environmental in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Kristopher L. Kuhlman is a senior technical staff member for Sandia National Laboratories in Carlsbad, NM.

John S. Law is a seismic geophysicist / interpreter for TGS Nopec in Houston, TX.

Morgan B. Sykes is a project manager for E&A Consulting Group, Inc. in Omaha, NE.


Aaron J. Atherton is district manager of business development for ATCO Noise Management, LLC in Littleton, CO.

Jacob M. Hoban is a project manager for Western Engineering Consultants, Inc. in Brighton, CO.

Jeremiah E. Holland is a senior project engineer for Golder Associates in Lakewood, CO.

Ryan S. Martino is a quantitative programmer for Quantlab Financial, LLC in Houston, TX.

Gordon L. Olson works for St. Mary Land & Exploration Company in Billings, MT.

George Tumur is vice president of mining for Energy Resources in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Leslie A. Baca is a test engineer III for The Boeing Company at Shriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.

Scott C. Bennett is a sales engineer for FL Smidth Minerals in Belmont, Australia.

Richard E. Kopp is a manager for Accenture in Denver, CO.

Kenneth V. McCorkell is a project manager responsible for software testing for Perficient Inc., located in Denver, CO. He lives in Hangshou, China, about two hours south of Shanghai.

Gregory R. Stowers is a staff engineer for Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, TX.

Timothy M. Taylor is a field application engineer for Gates Corporation in Broken Arrow, OK.


Brianna G. Atherton is a supervising discipline engineer – process for URS Washington Division in Denver, CO.

Hoyt A. Brown is a senior project manager for El Paso Corporation in Houston, TX.

Robert S. Capps received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron School of Law on May 18, 2008.

Michael R. Grey is a mechanical design engineer for Weatherford International in
Houston, TX.

Steve Grigel and Kaycie Rosen were married on June 9, 2007, in Boulder, CO. Mines alumni in attendance were: Katie ’01 and Alex ’01 Yancey, Mike Koy ’96, Bob Schulz ’98, Jeff Berget ’02, Matt Kuplik ’01, Darren Mabe ’01, Justin Anderson ’02, Mindy ’01 and Brian ’98 Arbuckle, Kevin Wurth, Eric Huelson ’01, Lt. Pete Gray ’01, Casey Bernal ’02, John Woolley ’01, and Jack Pecoro ’02. Steve relocated from Alaska and now lives in downtown Golden with his wife, Kaycie. He is a project engineer with Jacobs Engineering.

Erin (Kock) Lake is a geophysicist for Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, in Doha, Qatar.

Matthew P. Lott is a firefighter and EMT for the Tucson Fire Department in Tucson, AZ.

John M. McLaughlin is a reservoir engineer in oil and gas lending for Macquarie Bank Limited in Houston, TX.

Stephanie Onorofskie married Nathan Helfenbein on June 28, 2008 on their property in Redstone, CO.

Jacob S. Palmer writes that he “received his PhD from University of Illinois and is now employed at Diamond Innovations in Columbus, OH. Kemily ’99 stays home with their two beautiful daughters Katie (2002) and Anila (2005).”

Richard P. Spainhour is a lieutenant colonel and a strategic information research analyst for NATO in Norfolk, VA.

Joshua J. Viets is a senior reservoir engineer for ConocoPhillips UK in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Kevin M. Walters is an associate for Exponent Failure Analysis Associates in Menlo Park, CA.


Aaron R. Frahm is a mechanical engineer for Stone & Webster Inc., a Shaw Group Company, in Centennial, CO.

Kazuhiro Kawahata is a senior planning engineer for Newmont Mining Corporation in Carlin, NV.

Julia M. Ventker is a staff engineer for LT Environmental in Arvada, CO.

Alexandra Wayllace is a lecturer and laboratory coordinator in the Engineering Division at Colorado School of Mines.


Abigail S. Bazin is an environmental engineer for AMEC Geomatrix in Seattle, WA.

Jessica G. Begay is a senior process engineer in the Washington Division for the URS Corporation in Denver, CO.

Lisa M. Billy is a power system planning engineer for Tri-State Generation & Transmission in Westminster, CO.

Jon M. Collis is an assistant professor at Colorado School of Mines.

Scott N. Hodgson is a mechanical engineer for Shaffer Baucom Engineering and Consulting in Lakewood, CO.

Robert Jones and Bernadette DeCianne were married on April 21, 2007, in Lakewood, CO.


Emily A. Durham is an account representative for Halliburton in Denver, CO.

Mark M. Montano is a design engineer I for Merrick & Company. He lives in Centennial, CO.

Jenelle M. Morris is an environmental, health and safety manager for Sundyne Corporation in Arvada, CO.

Grant E. Scott is a process engineer for Samuel Engineering in Greenwood Village, CO.

Jennifer M. Tafoya is an associate engineer for Luca Technologies in Golden, CO.

Todd P. Weaver is a maintenance engineer for Lafarge North America in Westminster, CO.


Justin D. Anderson is a mining engineer in the Washington Division for URS Corporation in Denver, CO.

DeaZhan K. Begaye is a field engineer for Pathfinder Energy Services in Farmington, NM.

Jon Edeen ’05, MS ’06, (Grad. Stdnt) and Amanda Catalano ’08 were married on July 25 at the Pines at Genesee in Golden, CO. Mines alumni attending the wedding included Jenn Crites ‘07, Tim Notz ’06, Tyler Streich ’06, Mark Helms ’06, MS ’08, Adam Schmetsko ’06, Cary Allen (Grad. Stdnt), Kelsey O’Connor ’07, John Haynes III ’06, James Reeves ’08, and Nick Geanetta ’06.

Matthew H. Hansen is an aviation engineer for CH2M Hill in Englewood, CO.

Robert A. Larson is a graduate student at Colorado School of Mines.

Jessica L. Olson is a project manager for Vulcan Materials Company in Naperville, IL.

Andrew J. Ramcharan is manager of technical services for Geovic Mining Corp. in Grand Junction, CO.

Lindsay A. Rothfelder is a NGL planner for the BP Carson Business Unit in Carson, CA.

John W. Thompson is project leader for Rio Tinto in Weipa, Australia.

Krista Burke Thompson is a mining engineer for Rio Tinto in Weipa, Australia.


Regina M. Caputo is a graduate student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, NY.

Lisa A. Costanzo is a geologist for EOG Resources in Denver, CO.

Marieke W. Gaudet is a geologist for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation in Long Beach, CA.

Grant W. Newton is a project engineer for Conti Enterprises in South Plainfield, NJ.

Manuel L. Padilla is a senior geologist for Galway Resources in Deming, NM.

Matthew J. Vahsholtz is a field engineer for BJ Services Company in Grand Junction, CO.

Angela Zamarron is a materials engineer in the Weapons Division for NAVAIR in China Lake, CA.


Gilbert Gutierrez is a geologist for exploration oil division for Ecopetrol in Bogota, Colombia.

Kristin J. Illi is a project engineer for Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, MO.

Marcelina Y. Martinez is a technical staff member for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.

Daniel P. McCorkell is an operations engineer for Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, OK.

Nathaniel E. Morgan is an industrial engineer for Ametek - ISC/VIS in Grand Junction, CO.

Monica A. Teff is a metallurgist for Firth Rixson-Schlosser Forge Company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.


Nader A. Alarfaj is a marketing analyst for the Saudi Aramco Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Amanda Catalano ’08 and Jon Edeen ’05, MS ’06, (Grad. Stdnt) were married on July 25 at the Pines at Genesee in Golden, CO. Mines alumni attending the wedding included Jenn Crites ‘07, Tim Notz ’06, Tyler Streich ’06, Mark Helms ’06, MS ’08, Adam Schmetsko ’06, Cary Allen (Grad. Stdnt), Kelsey O’Connor ’07, John Haynes III ’06, James Reeves ’08, and Nick Geanetta ’06.

Jessica F. Davis
is a research assistant II for the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO.

Teresa Lynn D’Eletto is an operations engineer for Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, OK.

Amanda L. (Catalano) Edeen is a metallurgical engineer for Dakota Gasification Company in Bismarck, ND.

Stephen M. Immel is an engineer for Technip, USA in Houston, TX.

Nikole C. Muckelroy is a graduate student in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.

Daniel W. Mulqueen is a research scientist for Biomass Energy and Carbon in Golden, CO.

Aprill M. Nelson is an associate engineer for HighMount Exploration & Production in Houston, TX.

Frederick C. Ruff is a project engineer for Newmont Mining Corporation in Golconda, NV.

Angela Targhetta is a technology development engineer for Aernnova Aerospace in Madrid, Spain.

Alyssa M. Wedgwood is in the Management Development Program for Precision Castparts Corporation. She lives in Muskegon, MI.

Michael Wray is a metallurgist for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in Arizona.

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