Management

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a Mining Engineer who started her career with Shell Mining Company. She moved into the waste industry for BFI, managing closure projects, EH&S, before managing hazardous waste landfills at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Later, she returned to BFI as their Landfill Sales Manager. Contributing to her Alma Mater, Jill spent three years fundraising for SDSM&T, focusing on the mining sector. In 2008, Jill moved into recruiting in the mining industry with Downing Teal in Denver. In 2016, Lois Brooks and Jill Nelson started Brooks & Nelson to provide exceptional, client-tailored recruiting. Matching top-end talent with the right opportunities is her passion. Jill is a staunch supporter of the mining industry and serves on boards of trade associations, colleges, and Colorado’s Mine Land Reclamation Board.

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Jerry Gauntt

Jerry Gauntt

Jerry Gauntt is an experienced and recognized mining professional, trained as a mineral economist at Penn State. During his career, Jerry has worked at Rio Tinto (Luzenac), ASARCO, Imerys, and Rocky Mountain Energy, primarily selling a wide variety of metals and industrial minerals. His recent consulting role includes a lengthy service with Marston & Marston, which merged into Golder Associates Inc. In addition to leading mining business development activities, his consulting experience also includes assisting clients with due diligence reviews involving mineral investments.





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Maurene Martin

Maurene Martin

Maurene Martin is an authentic and meticulous accountant. Maurene spent her career before joining Brooks & Nelson in the non-profit religious sector. Maurene now lends her expertise to Brooks & Nelson for financial analysis of timing, completion, and repeat business. Her inquisitive nature and diligence lend her strength in researching our clients and prospective candidates. Her natural intuition serves the company well in a research capacity. Maurene enjoys learning about the natural resources sector and holds a strong passion for helping people succeed.

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Joline Lenz

Joline Lenz

Joline Lenz brings over two decades of leadership and recruitment expertise to the Brooks & Nelson team. As the former CEO of HS International, a successful Denver-based mining recruitment firm, she and her team placed technical, corporate, and leadership talent, including the C-Suite globally. In 2014, her company was acquired. Most recently, as a Senior Sourcer for Northrop Grumman, a Fortune 100 aerospace and defense company, she acquired new skills working directly on their talent acquisition team. Joline recently co-authored “Inspiration at Work,” A Job Seeker’s Resource Guide to assist job seekers to find a job that inspires. As a creative, intuitive problem solver, talent sleuth, and team builder, Joline enjoys helping candidates and clients excel.

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Jan de Ville

Jan de Ville

Jan de Ville began her recruitment career in 2012 with HS International, specializing in the global mining industry. Jan’s expertise focuses primarily on mid-level to executive roles. Prior to her recruiting career, Jan spent over thirteen working for the Denver Gold Group, promoting international precious metals conferences as Director of Business Operations. During her tenure, she worked on meeting planning, specializing in corporate communications, resulting in the organization and formation of worldwide, premier conferences while building her network of C-Suite managers and mining professionals. Her strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to build trusted relationships are tremendous assets to Brooks & Nelson.

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Ashley Newman

Ashley Newman

Ashley attended New Mexico State University, majoring in Business Administration and Marketing and minoring in Advertising. She gained her education to benefit her family-owned business. She led the development of their marketing strategy and execution of various protocols that have increased the overall growth and success of the business. Ashley now lends her expertise to Brooks & Nelson, as a Marketing and Research Specialist, to develop our brand in a positive, authentic way to connect and attract current and future clients.






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Sanja Neskovic - Dragic

Sanja Neskovic - Dragic

Sanja Neskovic - Dragic is an HR Professional and received her education from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has thirteen years of experience in the mining industry. She was part of New Gold Inc. for nine years. During her time there, she worked for the corporate office, exploration team, projects team, and in Australia at a producing mine site. From there, she went to work with Ausenco in consulting, where she spent three years, understanding the consulting side of the mining business. For the last year, she provided human resources consulting for the mining industry.

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Laura Fletcher

Laura Fletcher

Laura Fletcher began her career in the mining industry eleven years ago at a small underground mining contracting company where she re-opened historical mines for further exploration in Colorado and Arizona. Her experience includes marketing and business management for underground construction and engineering consulting firms. She served on the SME Board of Directors, Colorado Section, for six years and received the Chair Appreciation Award in 2019.

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