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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 Emgold Mining Corporation, a public mining company listed on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange in Canada and OTCQB in the U.S.  He has over 30 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).


Director - Alberto Ramirez


Alberto Ramirez is a mining engineer by education and is currently employed as Project Manager, Mining and Environmental Engineering with Teichert Materials.  Teichert Corporation is a family owned business that operates Teichert Construction Services and Teichert Materials (an aggregate producer).  Teichert was founded in 1887 by Adolf Teichert, a German immigrant who came to California in 1866.  It is one of the oldest companies operating in California.   Mr. Ramirez joined Teichert in 2003 and has been employed in various positions including Plant Manager and Business Development Manager. He has over 30 years of international experience in the mining industry and has worked for a variety of companies including Cal Sierra Development Inc., Yuba Placer Gold Company, Mineracao Santa Elina Ind. Com. Lted. Auifera Caridad S.A., and other companies.  He has extensive experience in commercial dredge mining, which occurs in the Yuba Goldfields in Yuba County.  He is also experience in mine reclamation and remediation.  He is originally from Peru and has worked in Peru, Brazil, and the U.S.  He has a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Sciences and Technology and has taken post graduate courses at Mackay School of Mines-UNR and University of California, Riverside.


Director - Daniel Barber


Daniel Barber is principal of Daniel K. Barber PE and Associates, a consulting firm doing civil engineering work in California and Nevada.  Mr. Barber is a registered Civil Engineer.  


Director - Ross Guenther

Ross Guenther is the General Manager and owner of Ceramext LLC, which develops and licenses patents for industrial ceramic products from waste materials such as quarry fines, mine tailings, coal fly ash, reservoir sediments, and incinerated trash.  He holds 22 US and foreign patents. As a geologist, Ross has over 50 years of experience in mining projects in the US, Canada, Latin America, the Philippines, and Australia working for many companies including Utah International, Kennecott, and Sunshine Mining. He has been a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration since 1962.  In 1975 he started developing an exploration model for a 1 million plus oz gold mine at the Idaho-Maryland Mine leading to mine development permits in 1993, and to converting mine tailings to ceramics in 2001.  At Washington State University, he has a BS (geology major, mining engineering minor) and a BA in business administration (finance).


Director - Robert Pease

Robert Pease is a Professional Geologist with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geology from University of Nevada, Reno.  He has 40 years of diversified experience in mineral development and engineering geology in the mining and construction industries.  He has managed exploration projects and his field geology work led to discoveries of lode and placer gold and bedded barite deposits in Nevada and California.  He has an extensive background in Mother Lode and Basin-Range geology applied to gold deposits and industrial minerals; surface and underground geologic mapping; core and RC drilling and sampling in difficult ground conditions; engineering geology, and project reclamation.  He is also experienced with geologic modeling using MineSight three-dimensional software.  He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.    

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. 

Co-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 with Dr. Charles Alpers (USGS) and others.  He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Co-Director - Greg Schimke

Coming soon.

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