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Board of Directors

Photo of Charlotte Lyeth BurtonCharlotte Lyeth Burton

Charlotte Lyeth Burton is Chairman of Longyear Realty Corporation, a family-owned corporation that holds land, timber and mineral interests in northern Michigan and Minnesota. She is also a member of the boards of Carroll Paul Forest, Inc., and Superior Mineral Resources LLC. Ms. Burton is the former Managing Director of Shakespeare on the Sound, which produces an annual summer Shakespeare festival in Rowayton as a community event. Previously, she was Director of Development for The Maritime Center in Norwalk and The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.

Noel F. BennettNoel F. Bennett

Noel F. Bennett received a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. He founded Bennett Developments, Inc., a sole proprietorship developing and managing commercial real estate in Boulder County, Colorado. In 1990 he formed Bennett Investments, Inc., an investment advisory service which provided portfolio management to individual clients in partnership with Money Strategies, Inc., a Boulder-based investment advisory firm. In 1999 he became a principal and portfolio manager at Peak Asset Management, LLC., in Louisville, Colorado, and continues in this position. Noel is a board member of The Bennett Office, Inc., in Minneapolis, and serves on the board of Cascade Mining, LLC., in Hibbing. He is a member of the CFA Society of Colorado and the CFA Institute.

Photo of Edward GaleEdward Gale

Edward Gale was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He graduated from Mesa State College in 1976 with a B.A. in English. Edward settled in Minnesota in 1981 and farmed in Minnetrista, Minnesota, for 19 years. During this time he served in appointed and elected positions, including Chair of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission from 1993-99 and as mayor of Minnetrista 1996-98. Since 1995, Edward has been involved in the mining business serving as an officer or Managing Partner of four mining companies. In 2000 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, earned his M.A. from Southwestern College, and has since 2004 been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Santa Fe.

Photo of Stephen J. HicksStephen J. Hicks

Stephen J. Hicks is President and CEO of J. M. Longyear LLC, a natural resources company with interests in the upper Midwest and Canada. He is also CEO of Frontier Renewable Resources LLC. Steve brings more than twenty years of experience in businesses focused on natural resources to the Board. An alumnus of Michigan Tech (MTU), Steve graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program. He presently serves on MTU’s Board of Control and has served on MTU’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Advisory Committee and Building Expansion Committee. He has also served as chair of the Michigan Forest Products Council.

Rory L. PillsburyRory L. Pillsbury

Rory Pillsbury, a native of Washington, DC, holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University. Rory is a Senior Construction Manager and Asset Manager with Hines Interests LP, a Houston based privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, where he is responsible for large-scale new development, capital improvement and tenant buildout projects as well as asset management services in the Washington, DC office.

Photo of Robin B. SchoenwetterRobin Bennett Schoenwetter

Robin B. Schoenwetter holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota and has many years of leadership experience in the nonprofit arena. As an attorney, she has experience representing high net worth individuals on a wide range of estate planning and business succession issues. Robin has held leadership positions as a trustee of the Junior League of Minneapolis, where she served as legal advisor, Chair of Training and Leadership Development, and as the Vice President of Strategic Planning. As a trustee of the Ripley Memorial Foundation, Inc., she was elected Chair of the Board Development and Nominating Committees. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is the Chairman of the Board of The Bennett Office, Inc.

Photo of John P. Snyder IIIJohn P. Snyder III

John P. Snyder III was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. John now resides in southern California. He graduated in 1969 from Colorado College with a degree in Business Administration. John has been in senior management most of his adult life and has owned several small businesses. He has been involved in the mining industry for over thirty years and currently is a governor or managing governor of five different mining LLCs. John served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Superior Mineral Resources from 2015-2019.


Photo of Bill Boucher William D. Boucher
General Manager | Chief Engineer

Bill Boucher was raised in Northern Minnesota. He graduated from Itasca Community College in 2005 with an Associated in Science degree in Engineering before graduating from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Bill has spent his entire career in the mining industry. He was hired by United States Steel in 2007 as a Management Associate. From 2007 - 2019 Bill performed various roles within the Mine Engineering and Operations groups at U. S. Steel’s facilities of Keetac and Minntac. Bill joined the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals in 2020 as a Engineering Specialist. Bill came to Superior Mineral Resources in July 2021 as the General Manager and Chief Engineer. Bill is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) as well as the Engineers’ Club of Northern Minnesota (ECNM).

Photo of Gregory D. Lindahl Gregory D. Lindahl, PE

Hibbing, MN, native Greg Lindahl graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1979 with a Bachelor of Mineral Engineering degree. Greg has spent his entire career in the mining industry. He was hired by Hanna Mining Company in 1979 as a mining engineer in the Hibbing division office. While still with Hanna he moved to National Steel Pellet Company as mining engineer/mine foreman, then to Butler Taconite as mine engineer/concentrator foreman, moving back to National Steel Pellet Company as tailings basin engineer. Greg left Hanna to join Hibbing Taconite Company in 1988 as tailings basin engineer. Greg came to Meriden Engineering in 1990 serving as Chief Mining Engineer until 2008 when he accepted his present position. Greg is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming. He is a director of the Iron Ore Lessors Association and a member of the Society of Mining Engineers (SME).

Photo of Brianna J. Stevens Brianna J. Stevens
Business Manager

Brianna has lived in Minnesota her whole life, moving to Hibbing in 2008. She graduated from Lake Superior College with an Associate of Arts degree. Brianna came to Superior Mineral Resources in 2012, starting as the Administrative/Technical Assistant; in her time at Superior Mineral Resources, Brianna has held many different titles and responsibilities, with her current title of Business Manager. 

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