Senior Development Team

Geoffrey Williams – CEO

Geoffrey Williams is an entrepreneur and principal investor, with extensive experience in corporate finance, mineral exploration, claim staking, , assaying, and evaluating rare earth properties.  He has been chiefly responsible for identifying, and maintaining the company’s current claims over the past 20 years. He has many years experience in developing and financing , including a rare earths recycling tech licensed from a U.S. Government Laboratory.

James Hedrick – President

James Hedrick was the rare-earth commodity specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia (USGS) and a government employee in related fields for 32 years until his retirement.  He is a expert on a variety of rare earths, minerals, and metal, including scandium, yttrium, zirconium, hafnium, thorium, and the mica group minerals. He has published over 300 articles and professional papers on mineral commodities, including over 100 publications at the USGS. 

Edward Cowle – Director

Edward Cowle is a Wall Street veteran and has been starting, financing, and advising companies for more than 20 years.  He was the CEO of USCM’s predecessor-company and has worked closely with senior management to identify and amass high-quality properties and claims.  He is the founder, and currently a member of the Board of Laser Technology Inc., a world leader in laser-based law enforcement speed guns. 

Deworth Williams – Founder

Deworth Williams is the former Founder, Director and Chairman of the Board of U.S. Rare Earths, Inc, and its predecessor Thorium Energy Inc. USRE is an exploration and development company with rare earth and thorium deposits in Idaho and Montana. Mr. Williams is Founder, Director and Principal of Laser Technology Inc., a private company that designs, manufactures, and markets laser-measuring devices for use in law enforcement, , and professional measurement.

Peter Gennuso – Counsel

Peter Gennuso is a partner with McCarter & English with over 20 years of experience advising and assisting companies throughout their business life cycle.  His work includes advising private and publicly held U.S. and multinational companies in securities and capital-raising, venture capital, private equity, and banking and finance matters. Pete handles multimillion-dollar securities offerings, including private placements and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance matters.

Ms. Rachel Winn – Director of Operations

Ms. Winn is Director of Operations for USCM. She has been involved in managing the USCM properties for the past 12 years. She also serves as a Board member. Red Mountain Resources, both of which have been involved in mining operations . Ms. Winn has had experience filing paperwork and permits for mining claims with the Bureau of Land Management. Previously, she held the position of Client Service Coordinator at the law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker until 2007.

Geological Team

Peter Mejstrick – Lead Geologist ​

Peter Mejstrick is a senior geologist with more than thirty-five years of experience in precious and base metal exploration.  He has accomplished field and project management skills and a strong technical background.  He is familiar with a wide variety of mineral systems and geographic environments. He previously worked at major U.S. mining companies, focusing on evaluation, acquisition and exploration of properties in the western U.S.. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from University of British Columbia, his M.S. from University of Montana and his B.A. from Bowdoin College.

Christopher H. Gammons - Geologist​

Chris Gammons is a Professor in the Department of Geological Engineering at Montana Tech and a Professional Geologist in the State of Wyoming. He has over 20 years of experience in the classroom and almost 40 years of experience in the field. He has over 80 publications outlining research conducted on a spectrum of geological specializations. He received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Minerology from Penn State University and his B.Sc. from Bates College.

Virginia S. Gillerman – Geologist

Virginia Gillerman is an adjunct Professor at Boise State University and Associate Research Geologist with Idaho Geological Survey. Her research focuses on economic geology, mining and exploration, hydrothermal alteration and regional geology of Idaho. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. from Carleton College.  


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