Randall J. Scott |
Jaye T. Pickarts |
David Suleski |
Jim Clark |
George G. Byers |
Kelli Kast |
Henry Kasaini |
Randall J. Scott
President, CEO and Director
Mr. Scott is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. His experience includes leading performance teams in operations, administration, project development, program management, business development, and major improvement initiatives. Most recently, Mr. Scott was Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Strategy, with Thompson Creek Metals Company. His prior experience includes Senior Vice President and Vice President of Cyprus Amax Coal Company with responsibilities ranging from Western Operations, including mines in the Gillette area of Wyoming, Appalachian Operations, and process management. He also worked for Cyprus Metals Company as Vice President and General Manager of the Bagdad Mine and also of the Sierrita Mine, both in Arizona. Earlier he worked for Pincock Allen & Holt as Executive Vice President.
Mr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA degree from the University of Arizona.
Jaye T. Pickarts, P.E.
Chief Operating Officer
Jaye Pickarts is a senior process engineer with more than 25 years of leadership in project management for project development, acquisitions, engineering design, permitting and reclamation, mine closure, water management, and process operations. He has extensive experience with projects in North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Kazakhstan. His mine operations experience includes supervisory, maintenance, and engineering positions working with precious metals, base metals, and industrial mineral companies, including test programs, capital and operating cost estimates, and start-up and operations assistance. He contributed to the Company's Scoping Study published in November 2010.
David Suleski, B.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
David Suleski, a past Certified Public Accountant, has held senior financial roles at various international mining companies. Most recently, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Atna Resources Ltd., a TSX-listed company with an operating gold mine and several advanced stage gold exploration projects. In addition, Mr. Suleski has held financial and accounting positions with increasing levels of responsibility at diverse financial, accounting and mining companies including Arthur Young and Company, Coopers and Lybrand, Cyprus Amax Mineral Company, Pulte Mortgage, Apex Silver Mines Corporation and NM Rothschild & Sons (Denver) Incorporated.
Jim Clark, Ph.D
Vice President, Exploration
Jim Clark brings 30 years of industry experience to Rare Element Resources. He has planned, organized, and conducted all aspects of project exploration and target generation work as an employee and a consultant for a variety of mining companies, including Molycorp and Hecla Mining Company. Dr. Clark has a strong field orientation with extensive supervisory and project management experience in exploration programs for industrial minerals, precious and base metals, and specialty metals. He was senior geologist, then exploration supervisor, for Hecla from 1986 -- 1992, and played a key role in identifying Rare Element Resources' current Bear Lodge REE resource and the property's underlying gold mineralization potential, now joint ventured with Newmont. Dr. Clark has extensive experience in exploration and academic studies of commodities related to alkaline igneous rocks, including REE's, Nb, and gold. He is the current owner and Chief Geologist of Applied Petrographics, a consulting company he formed in 1998 to provide petrographic and microanalytical services to the mining industry. Clients include Barrick Gold, Newmont Mining, Hecla Mining, AngloGold, and CVRD, as well as many smaller companies. He holds a Ph.D. in volcanic geology and igneous petrology from the University of Oregon, an M.S. in geological oceanography from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in geology from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed geologist in the state of Washington.
George G. Byers, M.A.
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
George Byers is a 35-year mining and energy industry veteran with extensive executive experience in federal, state and local government relations. He has worked extensively in a variety of settings including dealing with public policy issues involved with mineral exploration, project siting and development, land use and public affairs issues in the Western United States. He has been a consultant to the precious metals, rare earths, copper, and uranium industries on a variety of public and government issues. He began the Company's government and community relations initiative in the spring of 2010.
Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Kast brings over 16 years of in-house legal experience, including seven years as a top legal officer in the precious metals industry. Most recently Ms. Kast was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation since joining Coeur as its General Counsel in 2005. She also served as Coeur's Chief Administrative Officer from 2009 to 2011. Previous to Coeur, Ms. Kast was Corporate Counsel for HealtheTech Inc. from 2004 to 2005 and she also served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Global Water Technologies Inc. and Psychrometric Systems, Inc. from 1997 to 2003. Ms. Kast earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law with highest honors and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.
Henry Kasaini, PhD
Director of Science & Technology
Dr. Kasaini is a professional chemical engineer with a broad set of engineering, scientific and plant operational skills developed over 24 years of both industry and academic experience. Dr. Kasaini specializes in the development and design of process flow sheets for complex mineral ores, assessments of capital costs and profitability of new process plants. Most recently, Dr. Kasaini worked for AREVA Mines (Bessines, France) as an R&D manager (Uranium/Rare earth minerals processing). Prior to joining the AREVA Group, Dr. Kasaini held senior academic positions at professorial level in South Africa. He served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus, 2001 -2004) and was later appointed Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Professor /Department Head at Pretoria Campus (TUT, 2005 -2008). Dr. Kasaini previously worked for Nchanga Copper Mine (under ZCCM Ltd, Anglo-American Trust, Zambia) where he acquired operational experience in minerals processing, acid leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning of base metals as senior process engineer and later as Plant Superintendent in charge of waste disposal systems. Dr. Kasaini obtained his first degree in Metallurgy and Minerals Processing from the University of Zambia and later obtained MEng /DEng degrees in Chemical Engineering in Japan under a prestigious and competitive Monbusho (Japanese government) scholarship at Kyushu University. Dr. Kasaini is the author of over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 6 industrial patents, and he has served as a reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences.
Director of Investor Relations
Ms. Lee is an Investor Relations professional with over 20 years of experience working for domestic and international as well as large- and small-cap companies. Prior to their merger with AMB Property, she was Vice President of Investor Relations for ProLogis, the world's leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate with operations in over 20 countries. The ProLogis IR program received numerous awards during Ms. Lee's tenure, including several top rankings by Institutional Investor for the real estate investment sector. Prior to ProLogis, she spent 12 years in senior IR roles for a number of companies in the mining sector, including Echo Bay Mines, PolyMet Mining and Atlas Corporation.