- Board of Directors
Peter V. MerrittsChief Executive Officer Peter Merritts was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors on July 12, 2019. Mr. Merritts previously served as President of the Northern Appalachia Division of Corsa since February 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Merritts was President of AMFIRE Mining Company, LLC, a former subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, since 2003. He has over 40 years of experience in the coal industry and has also held leadership positions with Alliance Resource Partners, LP, and the mining operations of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Mr. Merritts has a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Harvard University, and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
Kevin M. HarriganChief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary Kevin M. Harrigan was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary in June 2015. Previously Mr. Harrigan was a Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Walter Energy, Inc., a producer of coal, coke, and natural gas. Prior to Walter Energy, Mr. Harrigan worked for CONSOL Energy, Inc. for ten years in various accounting roles, last serving as General Manager, Accounting and Reporting. Prior to his service at CONSOL Energy, Inc., Mr. Harrigan was a Staff Auditor at Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Harrigan earned a B.S. in business administration and a M.S. in accountancy from Duquesne University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Matt M. SchickeChief Commercial Officer
Matt M. Schicke was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in July 2018. Previously Mr. Schicke was Head of Americas for Noble Group, a global supply chain management company that provides marketing, transportation, and financing solutions to industrial, mining and energy companies. Prior to joining Noble, Mr. Schicke served as Managing Director at Mercuria Energy Trading and started his career at Koch Industries. Mr. Schicke has +20 years of experience managing commodity trading businesses with a track record of success in risk management, sales, portfolio optimization, supply chain management, financing, and investments. Mr. Schicke attended Pittsburg State University, where he earned a B.B.A. in Marketing, completed an Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business and is an MBA candidate at the University of Michigan.
Taylor G. KennedyCorporate Controller Taylor G. Kennedy was appointed Corporate Controller in November 2017. Previously Mr. Kennedy worked for Ernst and Young as a Manager in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice. Prior to Ernst and Young, Mr. Kennedy worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for four years as a member of the Assurance practice. Mr. Kennedy earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Northern Appalachia ("NAPP") Division
Rob BottegalVice President – Engineering
Rob Bottegal joined Corsa in May of 2015 as General Manager of Engineering, he was appointed Vice President of Engineering of the Northern Appalachia Division in January of 2017. Prior to his time with Corsa, Mr. Bottegal was Manager of Engineering at AMFIRE Mining Company, LLC, a former subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, since 2004. He has just under 40 years of experience in the coal industry and has also held managerial positions with Canterbury Coal Company, and PennAmerican Coal. Mr. Bottegal has an Associate Degree Mining Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University.
Robert BodenschatzDirector – Safety
Robert Bodenschatz has been the Director of Safety for Corsa Coal Corp. since March 2011. Prior to joining Corsa, Robert worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for 5 ½ years and the U.S. Dept. of Defense Aberdeen Test Center for 3 years. He has a B.S. degree in Safety Sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Fred CushmoreVice President – Head of International Sales
Fred Cushmore has been with Corsa since October of 2016 and is currently Vice President, Head of International Sales. Mr. Cushmore has spent 30 years in the coal and carbon industries, including all matters of coal (metallurgical, thermal, PCI and stoker coals), Blast Furnace and foundry grade cokes, and Petroleum cokes both metallurgic and fuel grade. Prior to Corsa, Mr. Cushmore has worked for Trafigura, AMCI, Oxbow and Ruhrkohle Trading, and has had postings in New York, Duesseldorf, Sydney and West Palm Beach. Mr. Cushmore has his BA from Dickinson College, and his MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Curt MearsManager – Coal Preparation
Curt Mears joined Corsa Coal Corp at its operational conception in 2010, overseeing the construction of Corsa’s Rockwood, PA cleaning plant and rehabilitation of the 130-car railroad loadout facility. His current role at Corsa is the Manager of Coal Preparation. With over 20 years in the mining industry, Curt has worked in various roles including a short stint underground with Mears Enterprises Inc. and owning and operating several surface mines. Between 2004-2006 Curt was the acting cleaning plant Superintendent at the Clymer plant for AMFIRE Mining Company, LLC, a former subsidiary of Alpha Natural Recourses. Prior to employment in the mining industry he worked for several years in the financial industry as a credit analyst for S&T Bank in Indiana, PA. Curt has a B.S. degree in Production and Operations Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Steve MeehanVice President - Sales
Steve Meehan has been VP Sales of Northern Appalachia Division since Corsa’s inception. Prior to 2010, Mr. Meehan served as VP Sales for Alpha Natural Resources Eastern Division and Alpha’s predecessor, Tanoma Coal Sales Company. Mr. Meehan’s 45 years of coal industry experience have included serving as President for Unit Mix Inc., I-22 Rail Transfer and ICS Energy. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1974 from Mansfield University he began his career working for his Father at Meehan Coal Company. His family has been in the coal industry for four generations.
Richard L. SmithManager - Surface Operations
Richard L. Smith started with PBS Coals September 13, 1982 as an equipment operator. He was promoted to foreman in 1991 then moved up to supervisor in 2000. In 2008 he moved to Manager of Surface Operations, overseeing Corsa’s surface coal production, limestone production and reclamation sites.
Betsy WrightManager – Human Resources
Betsy Wright was appointed Human Resources Manager, April 2008. Previously Ms. Wright worked for Black and Decker as a Manager in Human Resources. She has a B.S. degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Human Resources, and MBA, both degrees from Saint Francis University, and a Professional in Human Resources Certification from HR Certification Institute.
Kimberly A. RussianNAPP Division Controller
Kim Russian was appointed Controller of the Northern Appalachia Division in May 2019. Prior Ms. Russian has held positions of Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, and Accounting Manager. Ms. Russian has worked for the company since 2006 and has over 12 years of experience in the coal industry. She has advanced professionally throughout her career here at Corsa Coal. Ms. Russian has a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Kim ShickGeneral Manager of Underground Mines
Kim Shick was appointed General Manager of Underground Mines for Corsa Coal Corp. in January of 2018. Prior to Corsa, Mr. Shick was mine foreman for Rosebud Mining Co., and Superintendent for AMFIRE Mining Company, LLC, a former subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, since 2003. He has 30 years of mining experience specializing in the day to day operations in the deep mining industry. He has been involved in opening 12 underground mines. Kim graduated from Redbank Valley High School in 1989, where he then entered the deep mines working his way up to his current position here at Corsa Coal.
Robert C. Sturdivant
Robert C. Sturdivant was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2017 and was elected Chairman. Mr. Sturdivant is currently the Chief Financial Officer of certain Quintana affiliates and has served in various roles including Vice President of Finance and Managing Director of Risk Management with Quintana and its affiliates since 1974. Mr. Sturdivant serves as a director on the boards of several private entities and served as Chairman of the Board for Genesis Energy, LLC, a publicly held Master Limited Partnership listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
John H. Craig
John H. Craig has been a member of the Board of Directors since December 2010. Mr. Craig is a senior counsel at Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP specializing in securities law acting primarily for public mining companies. Previously, Mr. Craig was a partner at Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP since 1994. Mr. Craig also serves on the boards of a number of companies in the resource industry. Mr. Craig attended the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a B.A. and LLB, and was admitted to the bar in 1973.
Alan M. De’Ath
Alan M. De’Ath has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. De’Ath has over 40 years international financial, marketing, corporate and operational experience as a senior executive in the mining industry in a range of commodities. He is currently a Marketing Advisor to Avanco Resources as well as a consultant to other mining companies in the Americas. Mr. De’Ath had a 20 year career with Rio Tinto PLC where he was Finance Director and Commercial Director, as well as executive board member, of Rio Tinto subsidiaries in the UK, Portugal and Namibia. Following his Rio Tinto career, Mr. De’Ath has had worldwide mining industry experience across a range of commodities as CFO of TVX Gold, CEO of Ivernia and CEO and then Deputy Chairman of the Enirgi Group. Mr. De’Ath is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Peter Merritts was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors on July 12, 2019. Mr. Merritts previously served as President of the Northern Appalachia Division of Corsa since February 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Merritts was President of AMFIRE Mining Company, LLC, a former subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, since 2003. He has over 40 years of experience in the coal industry and has also held leadership positions with Alliance Resource Partners, LP, and the mining operations of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Mr. Merritts has a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Harvard University, and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
Robert Scott has been a member of the Board of Directors since August 2009. Mr. Scott has been involved in the mining industry for forty years lastly as President and CEO of PBS Coals Limited from 1989 to its sale to OAO Severstal in 2008. Previously Mr. Scott was the CFO at NSM PLC a UK listed company with worldwide mining operations and before that served for 13 years as CFO and Executive Director of US Mining for another UK company, Derek Crouch plc. Mr. Scott is a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Management Accountant.
Ronald G. Stovash
Ronald G. Stovash has been a member of the Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. Stovash has over 45 years of experience in the coal industry and has held positions such as President and CEO, and a Director, of Colombia Energy Resources Inc., President and CEO of PinnOak Resources, LLC, and held several executive management positions including Senior Vice President of Coal Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Administration at CONSOL Energy. Mr. Stovash attended University of Pittsburgh, where he earned Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and the Colorado School of Mines, where he earned a degree in Economic Evaluation and Decision Methods, and the University of Illinois, where he earned a degree in Executive Management.
Kai Xia joined Corsa's Board of Directors in March 2017. Mr. Xia is President of Great Northern Properties, a Quintana affiliated company. Previously, Mr. Xia was Vice President of Corporate Development at Corsa from August 2014 to January 2017. Prior to his role at Corsa, Mr. Xia was Vice President at Quintana Energy Partners covering the coal and downstream sector. Mr. Xia attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.