Kiersten Briggs grew up in northern California and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in geology. She has 21 years of experience working in geologic modeling, exploration, environmental compliance, and geotechnical projects in the western US. Ms. Briggs’ mining experience includes three-dimensional (3D) modeling of precious-metal deposits, surface and underground exploration drilling and geologic mapping, and mine operations supervisory duties. Additionally, she has experience in geotechnical investigations for open-pit mines, railroads, and bridges, and in environmental investigations. Ms. Briggs has also worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional in support of mining, environmental, and geotechnical projects.