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The following are the current directors of the Sierrans for Responsible Resource Development (the "Sierrans"):


Chairperson of the Board, Director - David Watkinson


David Watkinson is a mining engineer by education and is currently President and CEO of Emergent Metals Corp., President and CEO of Ameriwest Lithium Inc., and a Director of Tarku Resources Inc.  He has over 35 years of professional engineering experience in underground and open pit mine development, including mine permitting, engineering, feasibility, construction, and operations. In addition, he has extensive experience in project management, having taken projects from grass roots start-up to successful operating status. Mr. Watkinson has been responsible for management of large capital projects and operations in Canada, the United States, and the Philippines. He has held progressively senior positions with various companies including Placer Dome Inc., Kinross Gold Corporation, Thyssen Mining Construction and Vulcan Materials Company. Mr. Watkinson holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science, Mining Engineering, from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1985) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  He resides in Placer County, California.


Vice Chairperson of the Board, Director - Patricia Nelson


Patricia Nelson has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Environmental Property Assessor serving private industry and utility clients. A team oriented leader, she has successfully planned, directed and performed environmental assessments, prepared permit applications and compliance reports for complex natural resource development and restoration projects.  She has designed and delivered community outreach programs for projects resulting in cost and schedule efficiencies for clients.


Ms. Nelson's regulatory expertise includes: California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), federal Clean Water Act (CWA), Porter Cologne Act, State and federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Fish and Game Code, hydroelectric re-licensing in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  She resides in Nevada County, California.


Director - Olaf Bleck

Olaf Bleck is an Electrical and Systems Engineer and holds the following credentials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):  B.S. in Flight Guidance and Control; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Controls; and Sloan School of Management training in entrepreneurship, project management and finance.  Mr. Bleck's career has included research and development for a variety of technology based companies including robotics, electric vehicle design, design of laser based cutting machines, intelligent prosthetics design, etc.  Since 2011, he has been engaged in developing scalable mines and mining processes in the Sierra Nevadas and other states. He resided in Nevada County, California.

Director - David Lawler

David Lawler has more than 35 years of professional experience as an economic geologist, including thirteen years as chief geologist and scientist with Lawler Associates Geoscience., a consulting firm specializing in mineral and energy resource exploration and exploration research. Clients have included major and junior mining companies, private investment groups and legal firms.  He has a Masters of Science (MS) in Geology/Earth Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.  Mr. Lawler was a key field investigator and co-authored a number of mercury related studies done in the Cosumnes, American, Bear, And Yuba (CABY) watershed.  He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.  He resides in Nevada County, CA.

Director - Brandon Stauffer

Brandon Stauffer attended California State University Chico pursuing Civil Engineering.  He worked for Caltrans for 7 years in a junior Civil Engineering rotation program.  He worked for 6 years at Knife River Corporation (a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc.) and 23 years at A. Tiechert and Sons.  Brandon has 30 years' experience in overseeing and managing mining and reclamation activities at suface sand and gravel mines and quarries, producing aggregatges and asphalt,  Currently, Brandon is North and East Regional Production Manager with Teichert Materials, one of the largest producers of construction aggregates in California.  Teichert is one of the oldest companies operating in California (since 1887) and is a mix of diverse businesses including Teichert Construction and Teichert Materials.  It also operates the Teichert Foundation.  He resides in Nevada County, CA.

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