Mining Equipment

Board of Directors & Officers

  • President

    Ron DestefanoRonald E. Destefano 

    Mr. Destefano is currently a Vice-President for CDG Engineers and has been employed with the firm for the past 8 years. CDG is a multi-discipline architectural/ engineering firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Ron manages CDG’s branch office in Sheridan, Wyoming which specializes in mine engineering services. Prior to joining CDG, Mr. Destefano was Manager of Project Engineering for Kennecott Energy Company (now Cloud Peak Energy) at their corporate office in Gillette, Wyoming focused on acquisitions and productivity improvement. Prior to assuming that position, Ron was Technical Manager at Spring Creek Coal Company in Decker, Montana and was originally hired as an entry-level engineer at the Spring Creek Mine by Dave Smaldone in 1980 when the mine was still under construction. 

    Mr. Destefano is a graduate of the University of Wyoming’s civil engineering program and is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Montana.

  • President- Elect

    WendyWendy S. Hutchinson, P.E. 

    Wendy Hutchinson is the Vice President of Public Affairs for Millennium Bulk Terminals.  Millennium is an operating bulk materials port on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington, which was initially home to an aluminum smelter built in 1941.  The site is being redeveloped into a coal export facility.  Wendy has over 25 years of experience in industrial site development, regulatory affairs and environmental management.  She received her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from The Ohio State University.   Prior to joining Millennium, Wendy was the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Arch Coal in Wright, Wyoming.  Wendy oversaw permitting for several major expansions of the Black Thunder Mine that grew capacity more than fivefold. Her guidance resulted in the addition of 1.9 billion tons of coal reserves, while maintaining an exceptional compliance record with more than 12,000 acres of reclamation.   Wendy also served for 10 years as a governor’s appointee to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council.  Wendy currently serves on the board of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.  When she’s not in Washington explaining to people that coal is a legal commodity, Wendy can be found horseback with her husband on their ranch in NE Wyoming. 

  • Immediate Past President

    Summer Belden

    Summer Belden is currently the Sr. Manager, Executive & Global Compensation for Peabody Energy.  Ms. Belden is responsible for strategic design, development and integration of all compensation programs, including management of short-term and long-term incentive programs, merit reviews, market benchmarking, executive compensation programs, equity administration and related legal reporting obligations. 

    In 2011, she joined Peabody COALTRADE, LLC as Manager, Structured Transactions & Trade Analysis.  She has since held various roles for Peabody Energy, including Manager Corporate Development and Manager, Financial Strategies with project management responsibility focused on the chapter 11 filing.  Prior to Peabody she worked in sales and marketing for Westmoreland Coal. Summer has been an active member of RMCMI since 2007, but she has been involved with the Institute for most of her life; attending the annual conventions with her family as a child, working for the Institute during graduate school and now being actively involved as a board member. She has also participated in many other industry groups including the American Coal Council (ACC), the Colorado Mining Association (CMA), the Montana Coal Council (MCC), the National Coal Transportation Association (NCTA) and the Asian Sub-Bituminous Coal Users’ Group.

    Summer earned her MBA in International Business from the University of Denver after earning a B.S.B.A. in International Business from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her studies, she worked as a summer intern for the IT Department of Powder River Coal Company, a Peabody subsidiary, in and around Gillette, Wyoming. 

    Her personal interests include traveling and serving as President of the Associate Board for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in her local community.  Summer and her husband, Marvin, reside in the St. Louis area with their son, Evan.

  • Advisory Board Chair

    Joe MichelettiJoseph E. Micheletti

    Joe Micheletti is currently Chief Operating Officer for Westmoreland Coal Company. Mr. Micheletti is responsible for all five of Westmoreland’s mining projects, overseeing the safe, cost effective, and environmentally responsible operation of the company’s mining activities. He joined Westmoreland in August 1998 and has held several key management positions at several Westmoreland mining projects, prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President of Coal Operation in June 2011. Westmoreland’s first and foremost dedication to Safe Production and Westmoreland’s commitment to delivering premium value to its customers, are the attributes of Westmoreland Coal Company in which Joe is most proud to be a part of.

    A mineral processing engineer by education, Joe graduated with honors from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1987. Joe started his mining career with Pegasus Gold Corporation working at the Montana Tunnels and Beal Mountain mines, but has now spent most of his career with Westmoreland in the coal/lignite mining industry. Joe has worked in the production, maintenance, processing, and engineering disciplines of the mining industry for 24-years, and has held positions including Metallurgist, Operations Foreman, Process Superintendent, Facilities Engineer, Production Manager, Operations Manager, Mine Manager, and President and General Manager.

    Joe and his beautiful wife Jenni are blessed with three children, Joey, Alyssa and Nico. 

  • Director

    MagerGreg Mager

    Greg Mager is the Long Range Planning Manager for Cloud Peak Energy, based in Gillette Wyoming.  Greg is responsible for overall long range mine planning, reclamation bond calculations, project studies, and reserve reporting for all mines within Cloud Peak Energy. 

     Greg began his career with Kennecott Energy (now Cloud Peak Energy) in 1994 and has worked in the mining industry at several locations and within diverse disciplines, establishing significant experience in engineering, production and management.  Over the past 22 years, Greg has held positions as Mining Engineer, Production Supervisor, Production Planner, Production Manager, and Technical Services Manager at the Antelope, Jacobs Ranch and Cordero Rojo mines and corporate headquarters.

     He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho. Greg and his wife Erin have three children Kendal, Samantha and Cougar. 

  • Director

    palmerMatthew S. Palmer

    Matt Palmer is President of Rimpull Corporation overseeing all operations of the company with nearly 30 years of mining equipment experience.  Matt began his career with Rimpull in September of 1986 in Gillette, Wyoming as an inside sales representative and subsequently held multiple field positions for Rimpull in Indiana, Arizona, West Virginia, and New Mexico. 

    Matt moved to Rimpull’s corporate office in Olathe, Kansas in July of 1999 as the Parts Manager, and has since held the Marketing Manager, Director of Operations, and Vice President of Sales positions.  Matt was named President of Rimpull in January, 2014.

    Matt resides in Olathe, Kansas with his wife Michelle, and four children McKenzi, Nicole, Amanda, and Sam.

    Matt is a member of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI), Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA), National Mining Association (NMA) and sits on the Manufacturers and Services Board of Governors of the NMA and is a Regional Director Board Member for RMCMI.

  • Regional Director (Colorado/Utah)

    HeapsCorey Heaps

    Corey was born in Florida and raised in Utah, along with 7 siblings. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Mining Engineering. He worked for Canyon Fuel Company for 9 years as a mining engineer. He also held various supervisory positions at the Dugout Canyon Mine located near Price, Utah. Corey then transitioned to Rhino Energy, managing their western division. He worked there for 8 years, before accepting his current position as the General Manager for Canyon Fuel Company’s Skyline Mine, located in central Utah.

    Corey's hobbies include fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, and motorcycling. He has also been active in the Boy Scouts of America since 1994. Currently he resides in Utah with his wife of 19 years, Diane, and their 5 children.

  • Regional Director (Texas)

    PaguraFrank Pagura

    Frank Pagura has been the Director of Mining and Major Accounts at Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI) since May of 2014.  Prior to his time at WPI, Frank spent 10 years at Komatsu America heading their Parts Operations including the parts support responsibility for Komatsu’s global fleet of mining trucks.

    Frank is a New York native who graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1995.  After serving six years as a Surface Naval Officer in the San Diego area, Frank started his civilian career in the offshore oil industry in Houston with Varco (now NOV) before moving to Chicago to join Komatsu in 2004.

    Frank currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas, with his wife Trina and their three young daughters (Aimee, Abigail, and Avery).

    Frank is an active member of the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) and currently serves as their Membership Committee Chairman.

  • Regional Director (Tri-State)

    Mark CollettJay Kost

    Jay Kost was raised on a small family farm in central North Dakota.  He strives to bring the small town values of hard work and cooperation into operations at The Falkirk Mining Company, a subsidiary of North American Coal Corporation, where he has served as President since 2011.

    Mr. Kost has a passion for incorporating the ideas of Falkirks’ employees to ensure safe and economic production coupled with outstanding environmental stewardship.  He enjoys learning and teaching “Servant Leadership” as a core skill that can help the mine to achieve those goals.

    His 34 years of experience span mining disciplines that include engineering, environmental compliance, production, safety and maintenance.  He has had the opportunity to work in 4 different mines and learn from some of the best leaders in the industry. 

    Mr. Kost graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University in 1982.  He and his wife Karen have 3 wonderful daughters; they enjoy music, soccer and spending time together at their home in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

  • Treasurer

    Tarra Gerlach

     Tarra Gerlach is the owner and operator of a small accounting/bookkeeping firm located in Parker, Colorado.  She has 13 years’ experience in medical management and 15 years’ experience in accounting and financial management.  This includes the opportunity to act as the finance manager for hospital based physicians, including radiologists and anesthesiologists and as the practice administrator for an ophthalmology practice specializing in corneal surgery.  Tarra’s firm also specializes in QuickBooks consulting and coaching.  In addition to bookkeeping, accounting and tax services, Tarra has facilitated strategic planning sessions, budgeting meetings and performed analysis on office efficiencies, joint ventures and expansions.

    Tarra earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska and her Masters in Business with an emphasis in accounting from Regis University. 

    Tarra has enjoyed supporting and working with many non-profit organizations throughout her career.  In the past she has served as Treasurer for Flamenco Denver and Corporate Liaison for Colorado Medical Group Management Association. Tarra currently supports Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute as Treasurer, as well as the American Academy PTO as Secretary.

    Tarra cherishes her time with her 8 year old son and 1 year old daughter.  She and her husband enjoy attending sporting events, travel and providing their children with experiences that will leave lasting memories.


  • Executive Director

    Judy ColganJudy Colgan

    Judy Colgan is Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute and Friends of Coal West.  Both organizations promote western coal through education and support the coal industry at various events throughout the west.  She is instrumental in delivering conferences and meetings to provide professional development and educational opportunities to RMCMI membership, and providing educational materials to mining industry organizations.

    Judy has been involved in the mining industry for the past 13 years.  She was previously the Marketing Director for the Colorado Mining Association.  Judy was the principal architect of CMA’s public outreach and education program, which included various events throughout Colorado and an ad campaign with the Colorado Rockies.  Prior to CMA, she worked with Queenstake Resources, Ltd. 

    She is President of Denver Coal Club, and holds active memberships in Women in Mining, SME, the Colorado Mining Association, Utah Mining Association and National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame.