The Voice of the Utah Mining Industry Since 1915

For over 100 years, the Utah Mining Association has had the honor of representing an industry that is essential to everyone’s lifestyle and standard of living. As the beginning of the supply chain for everything we use and everything we do as a society, the mining industry has a great story to tell, and our association exists to tell that story.

Marc Maglione, Wolverine Fuels

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Mr. Maglione currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Wolverine Fuels, LLC, a Coal Mining Company Headquartered in Utah, operating both longwall and continuous mining assets and employing over 1,000 people directly and approximately 4,000 indirectly.  Previously, Mr. Maglione held various positions within the Rio Tinto group, most recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa.  Mr. Maglione brings international operating, leadership, and business turn-around experience across diverse mining operations and projects, including Iron Ore, Minerals Sands and Coal with Rio Tinto.  Mr. Maglione has also spent time in precious metals as well as oil & gas with smaller public and listed public companies in the US and abroad.  Mr. Maglione holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, as well as professional qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Jared Jackson, Simplot Vernal Mine

Vice Chair
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Jared Jackson has been in the mining industry for over 20 years including surface mining, underground mining, and engineering companies. He has been with the J.R. Simplot Company for the past 13 years holding a variety of leadership and engineering roles. During his tenure at Simplot, Jackson managed the Simplot Silica Mine for 3 years and led the facility to achieve record production levels, while improving the safety culture to achieve 0 reportable injuries during the entire 3 year period. He has managed the Simplot Vernal Phosphate Mine since 2018 and led the facility to outstanding safety performance and record production levels.

Brian Somers, Utah Mining Association

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Brian Somers joined the Utah Mining Association as its president in 2019. Mr. Somers has over 20 years of extensive experience in legislative affairs, strategic communications, and executive leadership. Prior to UMA, he led the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) as its managing director. He also served as the deputy director of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, on the communications staff of Governor Gary R. Herbert, and in various strategic communications roles in the private sector.

Josh Brown, Rio Tinto Kennecott

1st Vice President
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Josh Brown currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for Rio Tinto Americas, Rio Tinto Kennecott, and Resolution Copper.  For the past ten years, he has managed and supported Kennecott’s governmental needs for county, state and federal leaders.  Focus of work has had a strong emphasis on policy, land/water, environment, energy, and regulation.   He joined Rio Tinto in 2006 at Kennecott Utah Copper as a member of the Business Improvement team.  During that time, he has served as a manager of Business Improvement, Master Black Belt at various Rio Tinto business units, Six Sigma/Lean Instructor, and special projects leader.   Josh holds a BS in Chemical and Fuels Engineering from the University of Utah, a Master of Business Administration from Westminster College, and a certified Business Improvement Six Sigma Blackbelt.

Lisa A. Kirschner, Parsons Behle & Latimer

2nd Vice President
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Lisa Kirschner is a leading environmental law attorney in the Intermountain West. She is recognized for her deep knowledge and experience in federal, state and local compliance obligations in a range of water quality and safe drinking water-related permitting and compliance programs. Clients include industrial, municipalities and interest groups. As a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office, Lisa A. Kirschner concentrates her practice on environmental regulatory counseling under major federal environmental and public lands statutes with a focus on local, state, and federal water quality laws and regulations. Ms. Kirschner teams with clients to obtain, achieve compliance with and defend permits involving all aspects of water quality regulation, including surface and groundwater discharge, underground injection, municipal water supply and treatment and wetlands. She regularly negotiates favorable settlement agreements on behalf of clients faced with water quality enforcement actions at both the state and federal levels.

Executive Committee

  • Kevin Anderson, Fabian VanCott
  • Garrett Atwood, Wolverine Fuels
  • Chad Baker, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Josh Brown, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Jonathan Campbell, Wheeler Machinery
  • Denise Dragoo, Snell & Wilmer
  • Tom Henrie, Materion Natural Resources
  • Jared Jackson, Simplot Vernal Mine
  • Lisa Kirschner, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Marc Maglione, Wolverine Fuels
  • Scott Mork, Graymont
  • Darren Patten, Brahma Group
  • Jim Slade, Komatsu
  • Brian Somers, Utah Mining Association

Board of Directors

  • Kevin Anderson, Fabian VanCott
  • Garrett Atwood, Wolverine Fuels
  • Chad Baker, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Marty Banks, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
  • Robert Bayer, R.J. Bayer Professional Geologist, LLC
  • Josh Behling, Strata
  • Rosemary Beless, Fabian VanCott
  • David Bird, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Tim Bridgewater, Tintic Consolidated Metals
  • Josh Brown, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Mark Buchi, Holland & Hart
  • Brian Campbell, Campbell Companies
  • Jonathan Campbell, Wheeler Machinery
  • Mark Chalmers, Energy Fuels
  • Ryan Clerico, Enefit
  • Louie Cononelos, University of Utah
  • Sean Davis, Bodell Construction
  • Denise Dragoo, Snell & Wilmer
  • Matt Efaw, Emery County Coal Resources
  • Jenny Esker, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Brian Fredricksen, Bronco Utah Operations
  • John Gefferth, Barr Engineering
  • Greg Gillian, Stantec
  • Scott Hall, Savage
  • Tom Henrie, Materion
  • Jared Jackson, Simplot
  • Matthew Jensen, Parr Brown
  • Lisa Kirschner, Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Cassady Kristensen, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Lex Lambeck, DT Mining
  • Nick Lott, American Gilsonite
  • Ben Machlis, Dorsey & Whitney
  • Marc Maglione, Wolverine Fuels
  • Dillon McInnes, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Rod Mills, Komatsu
  • Randy Moon, Tram Electric
  • Scott Mork, Graymont
  • Bob Nead, Alton Coal
  • Darren Patten, Brahma Group
  • Jim Patten, Red Leaf Resources
  • Ryan Perry, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Carson Pollastro, Wolverine Fuels
  • Eric Rogers, Intrepid Potash – Wendover
  • Ben Romney, Wheeler Machinery Co.
  • Emily Schilling, Holland and Hart
  • George Shaw, Lisbon Valley Mining Company
  • Jim Slade, Komatsu North America
  • Brian Somers, Utah Mining Association
  • Shain Stoddard, Gentry Mountain Mining
  • Bruce Swenson, Lisbon Valley Mining Company
  • Matt Tobey, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Judd Wagstaff, Wagstaff Crane
  • Aaron Wahlquist, Smith Power Products
  • Jake White, Epiroc
  • Rick York, Intrepid Potash – Moab
  • Mike Zody, Parsons Behle & Latimer