Michael M. Chaffee, President, Director, CEO
Mr. Michael Chaffee is the President and C.E.O. of Western Sierra Mining. He has over 30 years of mining experience and extensive work history in the Senior Management of public companies,
as well as tremendous education, certifications, and connections to draw upon for the benefit of Western Sierra's endeavors.
Mr. Chaffee was previously the President, C.E.O. and Chairman of Applied Biomedical Sciences; a public company of which he was a founding director. Prior to forming ABS, he held senior positions as Executive Vice President and C.O.O. of U.S. Pump and Turbine Company Inc., Vice President, Western Regional International as well as being a Senior Vice President in two local Investment Banking firms.
His Education includes a BS in Electronic Engineering at the Northrop Institute of Technology, 1964 and Post graduate Work, Electronics, Business Administration, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles. Licenses and Certifications include I.E.E.E. Certification, U.S. Biomedical Engineering Certification, Principals License, New York Stock Exchange/NASD ,Captain's License , U.S. Coast Guard and Top Secret Clearance in conjunction with work on development of high altitude and near space reconnaissance systems.
Dennis Atkins, Chief Financial Officer, Director
Mr. Atkins is the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Western Sierra Mining. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over fifteen years experience in public accounting, specializing in the audits of publicly traded companies. Mr. Atkins is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds licenses in Oklahoma and California . His firm is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Atkins holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Masters Degree in Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma .
Robert B. Garcia, Director, Technology Development
Mr. Garcia serves as a Director of Western Sierra, and spearheads technology development for the company. He has been a developer, owner and operator of numerous mines and mining companies, and actively consults for several mining and precious metal industries. His resume includes development of one of the largest gold mines in the State of Nevada , as well as experience purchasing gold and precious metal products for various banking institutions and governmental authorities.
Cline B. Johnson III, Vice-President, COO, Director
Mr. Johnson is responsible for all operations of Western. He has over 20 years of experience in mining and construction both nationally and internationally. He has owned and operated his own construction company in California for over 10 years and has significant expertise in placer gold operations including initial site mobilization, construction and on-going operations. Mr. Johnson has managed and directed the development of placer mining operations in California , Mexico , Peru and Ecuador . Mr. Johnson is multi-lingual and has extensive experience in dealing with foreign governments, operating crews and sub-contractors.