Paul Hobach ’75


I  grew up in Beaver Falls, PA and later graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology.   In my early geological career I worked the Wyoming uranium fields and the Nevada gold trends including the Jerritt Canyon area.  In 1980 Thomas Kuhl and I made important early Carlin-trend discoveries at the  Goldstrike Mine (including the Post Deposit with Keith Bettles), before  there was Barrick.  Searching for gold  abroad, I worked the Western Australian gold fields, the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and the jungles of Papua, New Guinea.  My geological  work at the King Of the Hills mine in the Western Australia outback led to development of three gold mines that yielded 1.3 Moz. After more work in Nevada’s Carlin deposits and California’s Mother Lodes, I obtained  assignments at important porphyry copper mines at Grasberg (Indonesia), Bingham Canyon (UT), Thompson Creek (ID), and La Granja (Peru). The 2010 decade closed with field assignments in East and West Africa and extensive work at Ocampo, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, and Sonora State in Mexico.    I am currently Director of Exploration for Coeur Mining Inc., a U.S.- based  silver-producing company (since 1928). At Coeur, now located in Chicago, I specialize in structural and economic geology.   In 2015 I returned to geological consulting work at Paul Hohbach & Associates.

Mary (McKenzie) Wolfe ’04

I’m a Dec 2001 (BS) and a May 2004 (MS) graduate of KSU (Daniel Holm graduate advisor).

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I have been working for ARCADIS U.S. Inc. for the last 9 years as an environmental consultant.  I started out as a field geologist with ARCADIS and have progressed to a Staff Geologist with my focus being on the development of electronic field data collection and data management (DM) solutions.  My role as a DM Solutions Manager is housed within ARCADIS’ Information Management’s Technical Knowledge & Innovation’s Data Acquision Sub-discipline. I currently manage & support the electronic field data collection (EDC) efforts for a variety of industrial, manufacturing, automotive, governmental and transportation related projects. My primary role of an EDC solutions manager consists of communicating & networking with project teams in strategizing solutions for their projects under the EDC guiding principles and ARCADIS best practices, working with project teams to successfully implement the EDC Solution, and be the first point of contact support for project teams and clients. I am responsible for project setups, training field staff, creating, updating and maintaining training documentation, providing on-site field support, facilitating data collection activities relating to the data flow process & overall field data collection management and support. My secondary role consists of EDC application development and support to the sub-discipline leader. I am responsible for creating, managing and maintaining comprehensive databases in various database platforms. And lastly, I participate as a data/field liaison in an incident response team coordinating data flow to database managers and GIS analysts.  When I’m not working, I’m enjoying being married to my wonderful husband Rob and spending time with our two awesome children Megan and Ryan.  We enjoy camping, traveling, bike riding, watching movies and just hanging out.  I think I have a future vet (Megan) and weather man (Ryan) on my hands LOL.  I can’t wait to bring them to McGilvrey Hall and give them a tour.

Stephan W. Ryder ’96

Stephan W. Ryder and Val Weir

Stephan W. Ryder and Val Weir, hard at work at Partners Environmental Consulting.


I am a 96′ graduate of KSU (BA Geology). I have worked as an environmental consultant for over 16 years. Over this time I have run into many KSU alumni including; Mike Koenig, Chris Butcher, Todd Surrena, Linda Frank and Val Weir. Attached is a photo of Val and me, hard at work at Partners Environmental Consulting. I recently took a position with Dominion as Supervisor of Environmental Regulations. I wish all my fellow alumni and professors the very best.
Stephan W. Ryder

Dale Veverka ’74

(BS in Ed. 1974, Earth science major, Geography and general science minors, and M in Ed. 1982, Supervision)
I retired in 2008 having taught a variety of earth and general science classes at the middle school level in Cleveland (’74-’76 and Aurora ’76-2008. A first time grandpa in Dec. of 2012, I enjoy out of doors when I am not working on classic car restoration. Had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Dr. Heimlich and Skip Skotte a couple of years back after meeting with them on campus. Dr. H is a fantastic connection conduit of alums and the department. Keep up the great work!

Jay Zimmerman ’84

(B.S. 1984) I am still working for the State of North Carolina within the Division of Water Quality’s Aquifer Protection Section, and have been since July 1987. When we last spoke I was working as a Regional Supervisor for the Aquifer Protection Section in one of the Division’s 7 field offices (regional offices). Since Jan 1990, I had been the supervisor for the Raleigh, NC area office, responsible for our Section’s programs related to leaking underground storage tanks and most other sources of groundwater pollution, well construction regulation, waste disposal permitting and compliance activities and other groundwater resource protection programs.

I’m happy to pass along that in Sept 2012, I was promoted to Section Chief of the Aquifer Protection Section, responsible for the statewide administration of the Section’s programs in the 7 Regional Offices across the state, our Central Office here in Raleigh and our Section’s well drilling operations. The Section’s program areas have evolved over the past years with the reorganization of our Division and Section, adding and transferring programs, etc. My management responsibilities now focus primarily on programs associated with the permitting and inspection of waste treatment and disposal activities, in a manner that is protective of the groundwater resources. These program activities include the land application of treated wastewater and treatment plant residuals, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s or large commercial animal farms), well construction activities related to injection wells and well types other than private wells and Groundwater Resource planning.

I stay busy keeping up with policy issues, working with State legislators, members of the regulated community, stakeholders and others. It’s provided some new and exciting opportunities and I’m looking forward to finishing my first year as Section Chief. Take care and I’ll try to look you up next time I’m in Kent.

Yvette (Vlack) Stanford ’08

(B.A. 2004, M.S. 2008) My geology education began with a double major (Geology and Earth Science) B.A. program and was followed by an M.S program in Geology. During this period I became a GK-12 National Science Foundation Fellow, developed and lead summer workshops for secondary school teachers, and conducted my thesis research in clay mineralogy. I also began to do some job interviewing with the petroleum industry and was advised to complete the M.S. degree. I followed the advice offered, completed the degree, and was hired with a six-figure salary at the end of 2008 as a Field Engineer I (and quickly promoted to Field Engineer III) with Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, TX. For the next five years, I was given considerable training in rig-site activities including crew supervision, customer service, data acquisition (creation of wireline data well logs), mentoring new employees, creating study modules and training guides for new trainees, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 years of education and production work provided by Baker Hughes, but after marrying Andy Stanford in 2011, I wanted more time to spend with him. In early 2013, I joined Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co. in Houston as a Geological & Geophysical Offshore Operations Wellsite Geologist. Among the many things I do for Chevron, I’m responsible for all geological aspects of deep-water drilling including paleontology, mud logging (cuttings analysis), logging while drilling, and wireline data acquisition. I provide offshore leadership support, as needed, for deepwater Gulf of Mexico drill rigs and wellsite operations. This includes making geological interpretations and identifying potential hazards related to geology (essential for Lead Drillsite Managers and other drilling engineers). I love the educational and work experience provided by both companies.

Some advice for students contemplating employment in the petroleum industry: Attend conferences, meet people, make connections, interview/interview/interview and stay in contact with the interviewers (an email a couple of times per year is fine). It’s all about being a team player and being people-oriented. The rest comes with training which the company provides. The oil/gas exploration and production industry is a rough life but the rewards are well worth it. It’s more than the money and a job; it’s a geological adventure !!

George W. Dickie ’54 (1932 – 2012)

B.S. 1954, M.S. 1956 (University of Illinois),  D.D.M 1965 (Case Western Reserve University)

Recently we were notified that George Dickie passed away on May 17, 2012  following a lengthy bout with Parkinson’s Disease.  Surviving family members include his wife (Rita), 4 children (Scott, Nancy, Georgia, Harry), and 7 grandchildren.  As an active geologist and in later life, George was an avid outdoor person who loved snow skiing and mountain climbing which he pursued primarily in Colorado.  He was also a devoted runner who participated in many 10K races.  After receiving the B.S. degree in geology at KSU and the M.S. in geology at UI, he was hired as a Petroleum Geologist with Chevron Oil Company working out of Pensacola, FL.  In 1961 George changed course and returned to Ohio to pursue dentistry at Case Western Reserve University.  He received the D.D.M. degree, established a practice in Vacherie, LA, and pursued dentistry until retirement in 1992.
Dick Heimlich

Jason Lambright ’04

Jason Lambright '04

Jason Lambright ’04

After graduation, I worked five years with J&L Laboratory, now defunct, as a staff geologist. Did a tour in the middle east as a reservist, returned home and J&L shut down. Got another job with Geosearch as a well-site geologist (mudlogger), worked in the rapidly expanding Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia oilfields on the Marcellus shale. Recalled to duty, served as an Infantry advisor to an Afghan rifle company for another year.

Upon my return home in December 2011, I was admitted for care to the VA hospital in Pittsburgh on a mostly outpatient basis for debilitating wounds and injuries suffered on my last tour. I am currently undergoing the Army medical retirement process, and do not anticipate rejoining the civilian workforce for quite some time.

Best wishes to my friends and associates at Kent State, I truly enjoyed my time in the department.

CPT Jason Lambright

Jacki (Teeters) Atienza ’95

Jacki and family

Jacki and family

B.S. (1995) During final exam week I was lucky to be interviewed and hired by Master Builders, Inc. (later acquired by BASF). With BASF I was employed in the firm’s global Construction Chemicals Division (7,100 employees worldwide) in Beachwood, OH. I worked there for eight years, then left to start a family, and was recently re-hired by BASF. As a Concrete Petrographer I examine failed concrete and block samples, as well as aggregate, cement, and pozzolanic materials mailed to BASF from worldwide locations. My job is to determine the cause of failure (cracking, low compressive strength, high fly ash content, etc.) of these construction products. I use a petrographic microscope and a stereomicroscope supplemented occasionally by some scanning electron microscopy. Studies involve comparing hardened concrete with the mix design, rock and mineral identification, air-void analysis, determination of fly ash content, etc. I love my job – and my husband, Audie, and our two sons (ages 8 and 12) enjoy living in the Cleveland area.

John Austin ’79

M.S. (1979) I retired from Newfield Exploration Company (Houston, TX) in December, 2012, and started at Arena Energy (The Woodlands, TX) in January, 2013, as a geologist working exploration and development on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. I hope all is well in the geology department.

Thanks, John