Our Team

Geoffrey Williams CEO-US Critical Materials
Geoffrey Williams, CEO

Geoff is an entrepreneur, private investor, and has extensive experience in corporate finance and has been involved with the USCM properties for the past 20 years as an investor and supervisor. He has coordinated many aspects of the financial and geological work that has been done to date and has hands-on experience in exploration, claim staking, mapping, assaying, and evaluating rare earth properties. He has many years experience in developing and financing technologies, including a successful rare earths recycling tech licensed from a U.S. Government Laboratory and has assembled a team of rare earth luminaries, geological experts, mining engineers, businessmen, lobbyists, and institutions that will allow USCM to be a leader in American rare earth and critical minerals independence.

James Hedrick President-US Critical Materials
James Hedrick, President

James Hedrick retired from his position as the rare-earth commodity specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2010 after nearly 32 years in the U.S. Government. He has studied all aspects of the rare earth elements for the U.S. Government since 1981. His past responsibilities were to prepare the U.S. Government’s environmental impact reviews and prepare publications on a variety of minerals and metals, including the rare-earth minerals (including scandium and yttrium), zirconium, hafnium, thorium, and the mica group minerals. Jim is familiar with all U.S. and major international rare earth deposits. He continues to write articles for the minerals industry and has chaired various sessions on rare earths and strategic and critical minerals in both the United States, Europe, and China. Jim is currently the president of the Washington DC chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). He has been the president for more than 5 years and is the 2018 recipient of SME’s Herbert C. Hoover Award. He is currently the president of the Potomac Hosta Club Inc. in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Jim is president-elect of the Springfield Rotary Club for the year 2022-2023 and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 2020 Jim has published over 300 articles and professional papers on mineral commodities, including over 100 since he arrived at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, in 1996. Employment Principal Consultant at James B. Hedrick, independent consultant, Burke, VA, January 2014 to present Former President/Geologist at Hedrick Consultants Inc., Burke, VA 2010 to 2014 Former Physical Scientist/Geologist at U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 1996 to 2010 Former Physical Scientist/Geologist at U.S. Bureau of Mines, Washington D.C., 1981 to 1996 Former Geologist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980 to 1981 Former Geologist at the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR 1978 to 1979 

Edward Cowle -US Critical Materials
Edward Cowle, Director

Following a ten year career on Wall Street, Mr. Cowle has been starting, financing, and advising small businesses for the past 20 years. Mr. Cowle was former CEO of US Rare Earths, Inc., and its predecessor Thorium Energy, Inc., since 2007. USRE was an exploration and development company with rare earth and thorium deposits in Idaho and Montana. Mr. Cowle was a founder, and remains a Director, and principal of Laser Technology, Inc., the world leader in sales of laser based law enforcement speed guns. Mr. Cowle formerly served as Senior Vice President Investments–Paine Webber and Co. and Vice President-Bear Stearns and Co. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1978 with a BA in English and American studies.

Deworth Williams-US Critical Materials
Deworth Williams, Director

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, recreation, and professional measurement. Laser Technology Inc. sells approximately 70% of all laser speed guns used by law enforcement worldwide

Peter Gennuso
Peter Gennuso, Corporate Council

Peter Gennuso represents startups and established companies throughout their business life cycle with a focus on generating operating capital. 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 is particularly experienced in providing counsel to early stage and emerging growth companies, as well as entrepreneurs. Pete handles multimillion-dollar securities offerings, including private placements, initial public offerings (IPOs), private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions, public company filings, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance matters. He also represents underwriters and placement agents in securities offerings. In addition to transactions, Pete brings real-world experience—including serving on the board of a public company and holding executive positions at several startups—to his corporate governance, risk management, disclosure, and business operations advice.

Rachel Winn Director of Operations-US Critical Materials
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, and principal shareholder of Green Mountain Merger Inc. and 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.

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