Vanessa Santos, P.G.Chief Geologist and Senior Associate, Grand Junction, Colorado

    Ms. Santos has over 25 years mining and exploration experience as a senior and technical Industrial Minerals Mining and Exploration professional. She has held the role of Chief Geologist with several major mining, industrial minerals and aggregate companies  and is expert in evaluation and assessment of projects, change management, problem-solving and a systematic approach to resource and reserves definition. Her expertise in exploration and mining include domestic and international work, greenfield and active mines on a wide variety of industrial minerals and coal including potash, phosphate, lithium, trona, feldspar, high purity quartz and silica, mica, specialty clays kaolin, industrial sand and aggregates, talc, carbonates and diamonds. Capabilities include resource evaluation, due diligence, mine planning, design and management of drilling and QA/QC/testing programs, product evaluation and markets. She holds a BSc. and MSc. in Geology from University of Kentucky, is a Registered Member of Society of Mining, Exploration and Metallurgy, Inc. (SME) and registered Professional Geologist in Georgia and South Carolina.  She holds board positions on The Forum of Geology of Industrial Minerals and the Robert L. Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund. She is past Vice-Chair to SME on the Annual Industrial Minerals Review for Mining Engineering Magazine.

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