Officers & Directors

Lex Smith, President/Director

Mr. Smith entered the mining business in 1993 as manager and owner of multiple gold mining claims in Montana. In addition to his position as Merger’s President and Director, Mr. Smith was the President and Director of Shoshone Silver/Gold Mining Company from 2003 to 2012, and President and Director of Shoshone Silver Mining Company Mexico S.A. de C.V. from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Smith also served as the President and Director of the Silver Valley Mining Association from its inception in 2003 until 2009, and also served as President and Director of Natural Resources Education Outreach (NREO), an Idaho non-profit corporation. Mr. Smith was a founder of both organizations. Additionally, in 2013, Mr. Smith was employed as a foreign legal consultant and mining law consultant for the LEHMAN, LEE & XU Law Firm in Beijing, China. In December of 2014, Mr. Smith returned to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from Beijing, to resume his position full time as President and Director of Merger Mines Corporation, positions he has held for 12 years. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army Security Agency and the Iowa Air National Guard. See also:

Melanie Farrand, Secretary/Treasurer/Director

Mrs. Farrand has been working in the mining industry for the past thirteen years as an administrative secretary and bookkeeper. She also serves on the Board of Directors of several mining companies. Previously she was the office manager for a Land Surveying company for ten years, responsible for payroll, bookkeeping and research.

Gary Mladjan, Vice-President/Engineering and Technology/Director

Mr. Mladjan, A.S. Industrial Technology, has over 50 years of opto-mechanical engineering experience with various defense contractors, most recently with Raytheon Corporation. Mr. Mladjan was a responsible team member in the development of a number of electro-optical night vision and laser devices and is the primary holder of 6 U.S. Patents and a number of International Patents for those devices. He was the lead engineer in the advanced conceptual design, engineering costing, product design and manufacturing on many projects at Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop Electronics Div. and Aerojet ElectroSystems, Astrionics and Research Divisions. He was a designated Raytheon corporate expert for Investment Casting and for Single Point Diamond Machining as well as a developer in the use of exotic materials and technologies for defense products. Mr. Mladjan has authored several published papers on New and Innovative Technology and Detail Design in Exotic Materials. Mr. Mladjan served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. See also:

Gabriel Achenbach, Engineering Manager

Mr. Achenbach has nearly twenty years of experience in concept design and production development with extensive experience in precision manufacturing and design of electro-mechanical equipment and from the testing of production systems to large scale mining equipment. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Eastern Washington University. See also:

Don Rolfe, Vice-President/Mining Engineer/Director

Mr. Rolfe is a mine engineer with over thirty years of mining industry experience. His career has included positions of Senior Mine Engineer, Chief Mine Engineer, Mine Foreman, Mine Superintendent and Mine Manager with several leading U.S. companies including Anaconda, Hecla, Union Carbide and Homestake. Rolfe has extensive knowledge of the mine planning and development process along with expertise related to the mining of various minerals including gold, silver, uranium, tungsten, phosphate, and bentonite clay.

Scott Beggs, Comptroller/Director

Mr. Beggs provides accounting services to the Company on a part-time basis. He has been the finance and budget director for Lake County, Montana since 2014. Prior to his position with Lake County, Montana, he was President and owner of Scott Beggs and Company, Inc. Mr. Beggs holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Northwest Nazarene University.

Delbert Hunt, Director

Mr. Hunt has accumulated extensive experience in mining, exploration drilling, the piloting of a wide range of types and sizes of aircraft and the mechanical aspects of aviation, drilling and mining equipment. Currently, Mr. Hunt is qualified as an airline transport pilot and specializes in flying the MD-87 for special projects including operating the plane as a tanker on fire-fighting jobs. He began working in his family's mines at the age of ten and his involvement in mining has continued throughout his adult life; and in addition to his other pursuits. Mr. Hunt and his son, Nathan, established Groundhog Mining & Milling Co., LLC to perform a wide array of professional and specialized contract services in the underground and surface mining industry and the civil construction industry. He and Nathan own the family mineral properties and are continuing the exploration and development of an indicated copper porphyry deposit on these properties. See also:

Alycia T. Moss, Director

Alycia T. Moss graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1996, receiving her degree in History. Alycia earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2005, the same year she was licensed to practice law in Idaho.

Before law school, Alycia lived and studied in Russia and was a small business owner. She spent a year studying at St. Petersburg State University and she built, operated, and managed a guest ranch in eastern Idaho. During law school she was the student government vice president, law clerk for the Ambassador for War Crimes Issues at the U.S. State Department, exchange student at Skope Law School in Macedonia, and a published student author in the Michigan State International Law Review.

After law school, she served three and a half years as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas W. Steptoe, Jr., circuit court judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit, Charles Town, West Virginia. Because of Charles Town’s proximity to Washington, D.C., she advised the judge on major felony criminal cases and multi-million-dollar civil cases. After taking a break to have her daughters, she returned to work as an immigration attorney in 2012. See also: