Alaska Development Team

Karl L. Hanneman
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hanneman was appointed Chief Executive Officer on February 1, 2017 and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for the Company.  Mr. Hanneman has been with the Company since May 2010, during which time he was responsible for assembling the Alaska team and served as the Livengood Gold Project Manager.

Mr. Hanneman has more than 30 years of Alaska-based mining industry experience including 12 years for Teck where he served as Alaska Regional Manager throughout the period of underground exploration, feasibility study, project design, and permitting at Pogo and then as Director, Corporate Affairs, Alaska for Teck, serving as the senior corporate representative in Alaska supporting both the Red Dog and Pogo Mines. 

Mr. Hanneman has led or participated in a number of industry and State of Alaska sponsored organizations, including: Alaska Minerals Commission, Council of Alaska Producers, Resource Development Council and the Alaska Miners Association and Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Hanneman serves as a director of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc., a private company with an operating coal mine in Alaska, and Northrim BanCorp, Inc., a public bank holding company engaged in commercial banking in Alaska.  Mr. Hanneman has a B.S. Degree in Mining Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Alaska. 


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Thomas E. Irwin
Senior Advisor

Mr. Irwin has over 40 years' experience in the natural resource industry constructing, optimizing, operating and permitting major mining projects with companies such as Amax Gold and Kinross and most recently was Chief Executive Officer for ITH.

Prior to joining ITH, Mr. Irwin served for six years as the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. As Commissioner, part of his responsibilities included close communication and negotiation with major companies and management of Alaska oil, gas and mining resources, which annually produce several billion dollars of revenue for the State.

Previously, Mr. Irwin held senior positions at the Fort Knox mine located 45 miles southeast of the Livengood Project. From 1992 to 1996 Mr. Irwin was Vice-President of Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc., a Subsidiary of AMAX Gold Inc., responsible for engineering at Fort Knox during project design and permitting. From 1996 to 1999 he was Operations Manager responsible for mine start-up and operation and General Manager of the mine from 1999 to 2001. Following these positions he became the Vice President, Business Development for Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc., then a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corp. Prior to his work in Alaska, Mr. Irwin was General Manager of AMAX Gold's Sleeper Mine in Nevada and manager of AMAX's Climax mine in Colorado. Mr. Irwin has a degree in Mineral Engineering-Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.


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Christopher C. Puchner
Chief Geologist

Mr. Puchner has 30 years of North American exploration experience focusing on resource and mine development in Alaska, the western US and Mexico. As Vice-President of Exploration he managed the initial development work on the Nixon Fork Gold mine in Alaska as well as led a mineral potential assessment effort for Doyon Alaska Native Corp. on their Alaska mineral lands. Doyon is the largest private landholder in the state. Prior to this work, Mr. Puchner was a consulting geologist to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) and Bering Straits Native Corp, (BSNC), both regional Alaska Native corporations; and a Staff Geologist for the Anaconda Company.

Mr. Puchner graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geology. He is a "Certified Professional Geologist", American Institute of Professional Geologists, and a Licensed Geologist in Alaska.

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Denise A. Herzog
Environmental Affairs Manager

Ms. Herzog has 25 years of extensive project experience in mining and environmental engineering in Alaska. Her work experience started with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Alaska Field Operations Center as a Mining Engineer and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks District Office as the Supervisory Mining Engineer. Her work transitioned into developing the environmental baseline monitoring program at the Teck-Pogo Project.

Additionally Ms. Herzog has provided environmental engineering and permitting support to the following projects: Donlin Creek, Pebble, Lucky Shot, Nixon Fork, MAN Alaska, and True North.

Ms. Herzog holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. Her M.S. paper was on "Permitting Considerations for Alaska Mining Projects".

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Debbie L. Evans
Corporate Controller

Ms. Evans has 20 years of experience in the mine controller and mine accounting positions. Prior to joining International Tower Hill Mines, Ms. Evans was the Mines Controller for the Kensington Mine operated by Coeur Alaska Inc. Prior to Kensington, Ms. Evans was the Controller at the Fort Knox Mine, Chief Accountant for the East Boulder Mine in Big Timber Montana and previously held senior accounting positions at the Stillwater, Round Mountain and ASARCO Mines.

Ms. Evans has a B.Sc. Business Management Degree from Lewis Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho and is working towards a Master's degree.

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Richard J. Solie, Jr.
Investor and Community Relations Manager

Mr. Solie has 30 years of government and public affairs experience throughout Alaska in oil and gas, healthcare and government sectors. Most recently, he worked as Director of Alaska Government & Community Affairs for Denali - the Alaska Gas Pipeline a joint venture of ConocoPhillips and BP. Prior to that Mr. Solie was employed by ConocoPhillips where he managed the Fairbanks regional office as Director of Government and Community Relations since 2000. He also has government and public affairs experience including the Alaska Legislature and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Solie is active in various community and business organizations, including as a Director of the Alaska Miners Association and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and Radiant Church. Mr. Solie also serves as the Chair of the Alaska Board of the American Heart Association. Previously, he was elected to two terms on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and served twice the Presiding Officer. Mr. Solie has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Alaska.

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Brian LaPlaunt
Senior Environmental Engineer

Brian LaPlaunt has over 20 years of project experience in resource development and environmental engineering in Alaska, Washington, and Wyoming. His Alaskan project experience started with the Greens Creek Mine, transitioning to permitting and construction support at the Pogo Mine and operations at the Flint Hills Refinery. Mr. LaPlaunt has also provided environmental engineering and permitting support to the Donlin Gold Project.

Mr. LaPlaunt holds a B.S. degree (honors) in environmental engineering from Montana Tech.

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