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alumni association of job changes. To enliven this stream of information, the magazine is seeking “class correspondents” to actively collect and forward class notes or invite classmates to go to minesonline.net to submit personal updates. If you have your ear to the ground and might be interested in serving as a class correspondent, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herbert and Dorice Ashe were married on June 12, 2008, in the Resurrection Church in Ft. Myers, FL. Donald Ashe ’50 and his wife, Charlene were in attendance.
John R. Weyler spent three weeks in Kazkhstan locating a drilling rig. Jack is manager of operations in Kazkhstan for Turan Petroleum.
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John A. Reitz is 81 years old and thoroughly enjoying life in the mountains of western
A. Ron Briggs is owner of A. R. Briggs & Associates in Englewood, CO.
Jack L. Rivkin retired earlier this year from Neuberger Berman. He is now the chief executive officer of JL Rivkin Associates, Inc. in Amagansett, NY. He remains on the board of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds. His time is spent serving on the boards of a number of private companies and as an active private equity investor.
Charles N. Speltz is president of American Industrial Minerals, Inc. in Lakewood, CO.
Albert V. Evans, Jr. is an attorney in Denver, CO.
James L. Evans is the geology manager of the Fort Collins, CO office of Ward Petroleum. (More details under William C. Ward ’84.)
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John S. Belcher is a geophysicist for 20/20 Exploration LLC in Denver, CO.
Paul T. Treece is chief technology officer for Monitor Ventures in Los Angeles, CA.
D. Victor Bush is senior program manager for Johnson Controls, Inc. in Englewood, CO.
John L. Kirk, Jr. is senior vice president for Factory Automation for SICK, Inc. in Bloomington, MN.
V. “Ram” Ramachandran was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the TMS Extractive and Processing Division, recognizing his contributions to the environmental performance of the non-ferrous smelting and refining industry and support to TMS. The award was presented at the TMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in March 2008. Ram retired from ASARCO in 2000, but continues to work as a consulting engineer to the nonferrous metallurgy industry with specialization in extractive metallurgy and industrial waste water treatment.
Anthony R. Barb is retired president of Auto Service & Supply Company, Inc. and lives in Limon, CO.
David J. Ponikvar is manager of health and safety for the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in The Woodlands, TX.
Jose A. Botin is a visiting professor in Mines’ Division of Economics and Business
until June 2009. He will then return to his full-time position as professor and chair in
economics and business at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
Rob W. Coleman is a petroleum engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Cheyenne, WY.
Thomas V. Demars, Jr. is the 787 Division program director for Vought Aircraft Industries in North Charleston, SC.
John J. Peregoy is the principal of Peregoy Construction Services Inc. in O’Fallon, MO.
Trevor R. Ellis retired in late 2008 from chairing the Extractive Industries Task Force
of the International Valuation Standards Committee after eight years in that role,
which included development of the extractive industries valuation standards.
Andrew Swiger has been elected as senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Leslie V. Penello is director of deepwater development for Enterprise Products in Houston, TX.
Darrell E. Wagner is general manager of Peru operations for Barrick Gold Corporation in San Isidro, Lima, Peru.
Michael A. Walker is lead materials engineer for Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, KS.
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Andres R. Delfino is general manager of Vesuvius Mexico in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon State, Mexico. His home is in Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar State, Venezuela.
James V. Mahoney is vice president of projects for Nations Petroleum. He lives in Rapid City, SD.
Susan M. Perrell is an environmental adviser of the Los Angeles Basin for Aera Energy LLC in Huntington Beach, CA.
David A. Disbrow is vice president of operations for Capitol Aggregates in San
Alison Jones Lemire realized her dream of moving west from Maine in 2006. She is
employed as a senior hydrogeologist at Clear Creek Associates in Tucson, AZ. The company specializes in mining permitting, water supply projects, and environmental projects throughout the Southwest and Mexico. She would be happy to hear from other Mines alumni in the area. Alison has gone on three Grand Canyon raft trips in the last three years, two with Mines’ John Warme, professor emeritus of geology and geological engineering, and she believes that every geologist should do the trip at least once.
Jean M. Tidball is retired and lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
William H. Dears is the chief marketing officer and the chief information officer for
Patten Industries in Elmhurst, IL.
Craig A. Fulton has been promoted to captain USN and assigned as director of engineering, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq in Baghdad, overseeing construction of Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior infrastructure.
Michael J. Kendrick is vice president of operational improvement for Freeport-
McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in Phoenix, AZ.
Robert S. Michel is chief operating officer for MTB Project Management Professionals in Greenwood Village, CO.
Tommy L. Turnipseed is general manager for Boral Industries in Yukon, OK.
William C. Ward is president and chief executive officer for Ward Petroleum
Corporation in the newly opened Fort Collins, CO office, which includes a threegenerational Mines staff, including James L. Evans ’68, MS ’73, geology manager; and Jordan K. Revielle ’05, who was recently hired as a geologist after completing requirements for his master’s degree in hydrology from Mines (to be awarded this May). These three alumni constitute the entire staff of the Fort Collins office.
Ann Mattson recently married long-time partner Greg Bigler. She is currently working
for Grand Teton National Park as a park ranger naturalist and lives in Jackson, WY.
David-John Roth, chief engineer for CRYOCO, is working on projects for both NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Pedro P. Vera is a senior engineer for LynTek, Inc. in Lakewood, CO.
James D. Gill is owner of Contour Consulting Engineering, a civil-geotechnical firm based in the Denver metro area.
Rita R. Beale is principal of Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, VA.
V. Roland Goodgame, Jr. is president of Taloumba Inc. in Salida, CO.
Mike C. Wood is manager of reservoir engineering for Permian/Rockies for the
Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, OK.
Curtis H. Farmer is quality control manager for Western Foundries in Longmont, CO.
Lisa E. Kolp is a senior mechanical integrity engineer for Alon USA. She lives in Midland,TX.
Andrew L. Baker is a USW consulting and solutions manager for Schlumberger in
Greenwood Village, CO.
Scott E. Biagiotti and Margaret will welcome their third child in March of 2009. Scott is working for Hess Corporation in Houston, TX, as a permian subsurface team lead.
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Scott B. Berk owns and operates Cafe Nomad in Norway, ME.
Joy M. Hansen is an asset development manager for Shell Oil Company. She lives in
Julia Hoagland has joined Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC in New York, NY, as senior vice president specializing in the sale of luxury cooperatives,
condominiums, townhouses and lofts.
David B. Knudson is a colonel and division chief for the U.S. Army based in the
Duane J. Maue is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in
Sugar Land, TX.
Michael F. Pfenning is a colonel in the U.S. Army assigned to the Army Secretariat in the Pentagon.
Shirley A. Smuda is a consulting engineer for RGEN Solutions in Bellevue, WA.
Ahmed A. Zugail is president of Najran Cement Co. in Najran, Saudi Arabia.
Lorna A. Greening is an energy and environmental consultant in Los Alamos, NM.
Michael Joe Martin is a senior engineer for Integral Consulting Inc. in Broomfield, CO.
Penny J. Pettigrew, the Ares I first stage SE&I engineering lead at NASA’s Marshall
Space Flight Center, recently had the unique opportunity to tour the Space Shuttle
Discovery in the Orbital Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, including
spending some time in the commander’s seat. She writes, “This was an amazing
experience for me after dreaming of becoming an astronaut for so long. I never thought I would get that close to a space vehicle, so it really was a dream come true!”
Judith E. Zwickl is project manager for IBM Global Services in Mesa, AZ.
Julie D. White is a chemical incident investigator, a federal appointment for the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board in Washington, D.C.
Jose L. Moreno works for the U.S. Department of State and was previously posted at the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia. He was recently posted to the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as officer in charge of the Engineering Services Office.
Thorsten Viertel is BDM XTL and CO2 manager CCE-XTL for Shell Gas and Power International.
Misty L. Pyatt is a process development engineer at MedVenture Technology in Jeffersonville, IN. She and Andy Coburn were married on May 17, 2008, at the Secret Gardens in Bonsall, CA. Their celebrations included a Hawaiian luau. Other Mines graduates in attendance included ’97 graduates Janis Spinuzzi Christopher and Matt Christopher.
Brian Robbins and Keri Kitowski were married on September 9, 2008, on Flattop
Mountain, overlooking Anchorage, AK. In Alaska a citizen can perform a marriage
ceremony, so they were married by their friend John Lang. The couple has since
moved to Bakersfield, CA.
Martin Sabo is a professor of economics, business and accounting at the Community College of Denver. He writes, “I continue to do adjunct teaching for the University of Denver, as well as the University of Colorado at Denver. I completed my doctorate in higher education policy at Vanderbilt University in May 2008, and was promoted to full professor in December. I will be presenting at the National Conference for Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges in Boston this May.”
Michael P. Dolan is president of Dolan Integration Group LLC in Boulder, CO.
Philip Edward Quinnett is a process engineer for Chevron working in Kazakhstan.
Hirofumi Yamamoto is a reservoir engineer for OXY Permian of Oxy USA Inc. in Houston, TX.
Samuel B. Johnson is a lead engineer for CDadapco in Houston, TX.
Amir Razi married Morgan Lynn Razi on February 8, 2008, in Costa Rica.
Michael D. Spruiell is the retail sales West operations manager for Chevron in San Ramon, CA.
Katie L. Streicher is a scientist for MedImmune in Gaithersburg, MD.
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Tanya Barb, '01, MS ’02 married Nick Hanford on May 25, 2008, at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Denver, CO. In attendance were 25 Mines alumni, including family and friends.Tanya is project manager for Winter Ridge Energy in Denver.
Carlos J. Ochoa is a senior reservoir engineer for Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, TX.
Alex N. Yancey is a production engineer for Forest Oil Corporation. He lives in Golden, CO.
Alan Lee LeJeune II and Emily Michelle Cillessen ’04 were married on September 7, 2007 in Genesee, CO. Cari (Dreiling) Davies ’05 and Jason Barkauskas ’01 were
also in attendance.
Abigail Pagal-Cahahug is a systems engineer for Brandes Associates, Inc. She lives in Port Hueneme, CA.
Wade T. Clerkin is an engineer for Shell Lubricants in Houston, TX.
Bernadette DeCianne and Robert Jones were married on April 21, 2007, in Lakewood, CO. Mines alumni in attendance included Michael DeCianne ’76, Vince DeCianne ’99 and Russ Wurth ’99.
Jeffrey J. Jantos is a mechanical engineer for Worley Parsons in Golden, CO, and is working part time on a master’s degree in engineering and technology management at Mines.
James E. Johnson continues to work at NASA Johnson Space Center in Mission Control as a shuttle environmental systems flight contoller. He is pursuing hiking and mountaineering in ‘09, including a trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp in the spring.
Ross G. Tobin is district manager for Cameron International Corporation in Grand Junction, CO.
Suzanne L. Clerkin is brand manager for Rain-X and Blue Coral for Shell Lubricants in Houston, TX.
Emily M. (Cillessen) LeJeune is a project manager for Interstate Electrical Contractors in Wheat Ridge, CO. She and Alan Lee LeJeune II ’02 were married on September 7, 2007 in Genesee, CO. Cari (Dreiling) Davies ’05 and Jason Barkauskas ’01 were also in attendance.
Cristian H. Malaver has been appointed geoscience team leader for Senergy, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Jennifer Tafoya and James Lazetera were married October 25, 2008, on North Maluaka Beach, Maui, HI.
James R. Hutchison III is a manufacturing engineer for Baxa Corporation in Englewood, CO.
Sarah (Wylie) and Bryce Lakamp, '05, MS '07 are based in Fontana, CA, where Sarah is a graduate student at California State, San Bernadino, and Bryce is working as a metallurgist at Fifth Rixson-Forged Metals, Inc. They were married on June 23, 2008, in Crestline, CA.
Jordan K. Revielle is an exploration geologist at Ward Petroleum Corporation, Fort Collins, CO (see details under William C. Ward ’84).
John W. Thompson is a project leader for Rio Tinto Limited in Weipa, Queensland, Australia.
Krista Burke Thompson is a mining engineer for Rio Tinto Alcan in Weipa, Queensland, Australia.
Benjamin Turner and Cassandra M. Fry ’04, MS ’05 were married on May 17,
2008, at Green Mountain United Methodist Church. Mines alumni in attendance
included Matt Hudson ’04, John Desens ’04, Tom Huseas ’04, John Hottenroth
’05, Jaime Huseas ’04 and Victor Eifeldt ’04.
Donald Walker ’05, MS ’08 and Jennifer Rano were married on December 20,
2007, at Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg, Scotland. Craig Harran ’07 was in attendance.
Adam Acree and Coral Litreal were married on May 24, 2008. The ceremony took place in Arvada, CO, with their family and friends in attendance.
Kimberly D. Conner is a graduate student at Colorado School of Mines pursuing her PhD.
Dustin A. Lanci is a geophsicist for Earth Dynamics in Portland, OR.
Christine Brady and Adam Woods-McCormick were married on June 7, 2008, at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. They are working as software
engineers at Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, respectively.
Scott T. Dudley is an applications consultant for Palazzo Inc. He lives in Englewood, CO.
Colin H. Fitzgerald is a field engineer working with coiled tubing, snubbing, fracture stimulation for Cudd Energy Services in Fruita, CO.
Travis J. Hutchinson is a project engineer for Refined Energy Holdings in Denver, CO.
Kris Illi and Josh Southworth ’08 were married on August 17, 2008, in LaPorte, CO.
Mines alumni in attendance included Sheena Abeyta ’07, Ryan Coulson ’08, Dave
Graham ’06, Kristin Magers ’08, Nicole Mosby ’08, Jen Rotramel ’08 and Katelyn
Nicholas B. Inzalaco is an electrical engineer for ThyssenKrupp Robins in Greenwood Village, CO.
William T. Paul is a geologist for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. in Denver, CO.
Joseph A. Romani is a geophysicist for Total S.A. He lives in Pau, Midi-Pyrenees, France.
Andrea Romine and Colin Meidell were married in Laguna Hills, CA, on
August 8th, 2008. Both graduated with degrees in metallurgical and materials engineering. Mines graduates Jennifer Cho ’07, Laura and Eirik Pyhtila ’07 and Brian Hansford ’07 attended.
Sarah Stokes and Michael Hutson were married July 5, 2008 in Blaine, WA. Mines
alumni in attendance included Stephanie Osif ’07, Christi Welter ’07, Christine
Martinovich ’07 and Charles Anderson ’07. The maid of honor was Amy Stokes, currently a Mines freshman. The Hutsons now reside in Bellingham, WA with
their dog, Maverick.
Joseph M. Dahdah is a TD process engineer for Intel in Hillsboro, OR.
Robin Dempsey is a mechanical engineer for Black & Veatch in Centennial, CO.
Osama M. Raba is a reservoir engineer for BP America Production Company in Houston, TX.
Josh Southworth and Kris Illi '07 were married on August 17, 2008, in LaPorte, CO. Mines alumni in attendance included Sheena Abeyta ’07, Ryan Coulson ’08, Dave Graham ’06, Kristin Magers ’08, Nicole Mosby ’08, Jen Rotramel ’08 and Katelyn Zierk ’05.
P. Kyle Trainor is a petroleum engineer for Zavanna LLC in Denver, CO.
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