EES Alumni and Friends

Alumni Board

Stephen Sullivan ( (Member 2005-present, Chair 2011-2014) received his bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and his master’s from UK in 1983.  His graduate work concentrated in karst hydrogeology under the direction of Dr. John Thrailkill.  Steve retired as the Chief Financial Officer of The Corradino Group, Inc., in 2014.  In addition to serving on UK’s Department of Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board, he serves on the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board, UK's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, the American Cave Conservation Association and Museum Board, and on the West Louisville Economic Alliance Advisory Board.
Elizabeth Haynes ( (Chair, 2008 - 2011) Under the direction of her advisor, Dr. David Moecher, Elizabeth received her M.S. in Geology from UK in August of 2000 using stable isotope methods to determine crystallization and cooling rates of carbonatites from Jacupiranga, Brazil; Oka, Canada; and Magnet Cove, AR, USA. Elizabeth was an active student in the department including membership in the geology honor society, editor of the geology newsletter, and graduate student representative to the faculty. Elizabeth has been Vice-President of the Denver, Colorado chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (2003-2004), a member of the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Education Committee (1999-2002) and GSA’s Professional Development Committee (2007 - 2010). Since graduation she has worked for the USGS Mineral Resources Team studying orogenic gold deposits in the Fairbanks, Alaska area, as a consultant for the Denver-based environmental group Harding ESE, and is currently working as a regional geologist for BHP Billiton Petroleum in SE Asia and deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Jay Henthorne ( (Member 2007-2013) Jay is a 1962 graduate of UK. He is a long time "independent oil man", currently based in Wooster, Ohio. Jay's recent exploration projects are in the Huron shale and Knox dolomite of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Jay has been active in AAPG and donated access for the UK Library system to all AAPG online publications in honor of the late Professor Lois Campbell. His wife Mary Beth is another enthusiastic UK alumna.
Curt Hull ( Curt is VP of Stoller Corp. in Denver. Curt recieved his B.S. in Geology at UK in 1978. Curt has helped lead the Geofund fund raising initiative in 2012-2013. He is an avid cyclist, having completed multiple "Ride the Rockies" bike rides in Colorado.
Jon Konkler ( graduated in 1973 from Tates Creek High School, in Lexington, KY.  Graduated from UK in 1977 with BS in Geology. Received M.S. in Geophysics and Geology in 1980 from UK. During that time I also worked for the Kentucky Geological Survey as a student worker.  Some of my duties were re-packaging and numbering coal mine maps, crunching numbers on remaining coal resources, and updating topographic maps as part of the state mapping program. I went to work for ARCO International Oil and Gas in Los Angeles in 1980.  I worked exploration in the Asia/Pacific region for about 10 years.  I moved to the ARCO Lab in Plano TX in 1989 and was involved in sequence stratigraphic research, including regional studies on the Northwest Shelf of Australia and the North Slope of Alaska.  I transferred to the ARCO Alaska Exploration team in 1991 and moved my wife, 2 small daughters to Anchorage Alaska.  This was supposed to be a 3-5 year assignment, and one more child and over 20 years later I am still here in Alaska.  I have worked production in the Kuparuk and Prudhoe Bay fields, the two largest fields in North America.  I have overseen acquisition of numerous onshore 3D seismic surveys and drilled several exploration wells. I am currently working on geophysical technology that will improve the image of shallow viscous and heavy oil reservoirs, with a reward of over 2 billion barrels that could be produced and shipped to the lower 48.  This has been a very rewarding career, and one which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I look forward to more years in this industry.
Rodney Metcalf ( (Member 2006-2009) received his B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and his M.S. degree from UK in 1984. His M.S. thesis, supervised by W. H. Blackburn, dealt with U and Th geochemistry in a Grenville-age granite from the Virginia Blue Ridge. In 1990 he completed a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico; his dissertation research dealt with the origin and evolution of Proterozoic migmatites and related plutonic rocks in the central Santa Fe Range, northern New Mexico. Since 1990 he has be a member of the faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently an Associate Professor. His research draws on the tools of igneous and metamorphic petrology to understand the origin and evolution of the earth's crust. Most recently he has worked in the Klamath Mountains, California in the Northern Colorado River Extensional Corridor south of Las Vegas. During his time at UNLV he has served as both Department Chair and as Associate Dean for the College of Sciences. He spent six years as an Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America and is currently Secretary/Treasurer for the Cordilleran Section of GSA. His spare time is spent reading, hiking, camping, kayaking and whitewater rafting, interests he shares with his wife Tracey (UK Pharmacy '78). Married for 32 years, Rod and Tracey have three children and one grandchild.
Dave Moecher ( Moecher is Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His personal profile page can be viewed at: view profile page >>
Wendell Overcash ( (member since 2008 – chair since 2014) received his bachelor’s degree (BS) in geology in 1977 and a professional degree in law (JD) in 1980, both from the University of Kentucky.  Wendell worked for Ashland Oil, Inc. and Ashland Coal, Inc. in college.  After graduation, he worked for Exxon Minerals, Co. in Denver, CO and Tucson, AZ as a landman tasked with acquiring base and precious mental properties for its nationwide exploration programs.  In 1989 he began as a staff attorney with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet where duties involved programmatic enforcement, research and general legal counsel primarily for the Division of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the Division of Water.  Wendell is currently registered as a Profession Geologist in Kentucky (339) and licensed to practice law in Kentucky (53170).  Additionally, he has worked for Travelers Insurance Co. and Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  Volunteer work includes 20 years of on-hill service to the National Ski Patrol, working at Ski Butler and Ski Paoli Peaks; his current membership is as a life alumni member.  He contracted an incurable case of “Rock Pox” as a young man and remains an avid mineral collector.  He resides in Goshen, Kentucky with his wife, Joanne; they have two children, Holly and Erin.

Michael Bourque ( (Member 2014-present) received his B.S. Geology degree from UK in 1974 and earned his M.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois in 1977. While at UK, Dr. Vincent Nelson inspired a passion for field work, mentored Mike in the Department and secured a part-time position for Mike at KGS working under Lou Ponsetto. Mike held summer positions with Amoco and Exxon. He began full-time work at Shell Oil in 1978 in New Orleans as an exploration geologist in the Gulf of Mexico, primarily in the rapidly developing deep water play in which Shell has been leader. New Orleans is also where he met Marsha, also an oil geologist and now consulting for ARAMCO. They married in 1980 and have one daughter, Veronica. Transferring to Houston, Mike continued deep water exploration on a global scale, particularly in The Philippines, China, Malaysia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Angola. His last position was leading a Russia New Ventures team while based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mike retired from Shell in 2008. Most recently, he has consulted for Pemex, the Mexican national oil company. Mike is a member of AAPG and GSA. His favorite hobby is star-gazing from his observatory in Santa Fe, NM.


Kit Clemons ( (member 2012-present) received his M.S. in Geology from UK in May of 2006.  His graduate work concentrated on the petrofabric and geochemical analysis of structures associated with southern Appalachian orogenic events under the direction of Dr. David Moecher. Kit is currently with Pioneer Natural Resources where he has worked the West Texas Permian Basin and South Texas Gulf Coast with a focus on the geomechanics, fracture characterization, and seismic attributing of the unconventional shale plays. He is currently working on Pioneer’s Rockies Asset in Denver, Colorado as an Exploration Geologist. He is an avid backcountry skier, climber, and mountain biker. Kit, his wife Amy and daughter Sierra reside in Evergreen, Colorado.

William Spies ( (member 2014- present) received his B.S. and M.S. Geology degrees from UK in 1975 and 1977, respectively.  His graduate work concentrated on lateral and vertical distribution of major and minor elements in the No. 11 coal seam of the western Kentucky coal field, under the supervision of Drs. William Dennen, Irving Fisher, and John Thrailkill. Bill worked part-time positions at the KGS and the Institute for Mining Minerals Research.  He started his full-time position in 1977 at Amoco in New Orleans as an Exploration Geologist working south Louisiana.  In 1980 Bill left New Orleans and moved to Dallas, Texas where he worked first for Supron Energy Corp. and Hunt Petroleum as an Exploration and Development Geologist within the Gulf Coast, East Texas and Rocky Mountain Regions.  He retired from Hunt Petroleum in 2008. Bill met his wife Diane in Dallas. They were married in 1982 and have one son, Andrew.  Bill was a member of AAPG for 35 years and a Certified Petroleum Geologist.  Currently, he spends his time as a volunteer at a church, nature center, and a food pantry.  He and his wife do domestic and international travel and collect mineral specimens when possible. He also oversees the family’s charitable accounts.

Tom Spalding ( (Member 2006 – present) received his BS (1980) and MS (1982) in Geology from the University of Kentucky.  Tom is Vice President, Geoscience for Pioneer Natural Resources in Irving, Texas, providing oversight for geoscience across Pioneer and managing subsurface geoscience and reservoir engineering integration. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President, Permian Subsurface from September 2014 and managed the regional subsurface geoscience and reservoir engineering integration for the Permian Division since April 2011.  Tom has served Pioneer in various positions since 1997, including Vice President Geoscience Technology in 2010, Vice President North America Exploration in 2004 and Offshore Exploration Manager in 1998.  Earlier in his career, he spent 16 years with Mobil working as an exploration and production geoscientist for domestic divisions in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans. He completed his Mobil career working in their international division with emphasis on West Africa exploration. He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1981, and current or past member of the Dallas Geological Society, Houston Geological Society, and New Orleans Geological Society. Spalding is licensed as a Professional Geoscientist in the state of Texas.  Tom met his wife of 34 years, Linda, at the University of Kentucky.  They reside in Flower Mound, Texas and have five daughters: Jenny, Katie, Hannah, Rachel, and Emma.


Mike Currie ( (member 2015-present) received his B.S. in Environmental Geology from the University of Virginia in 1978 and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Kentucky in 1981. His master’s thesis concentrated on the ‘Corniferous’ (Sil.-Dev.) in the subsurface of eastern Kentucky, under the direction and guidance of Dr. William MacQuown. Drs. Thrailkill and Rast served on his thesis committee. Mike joined Pennzoil Company as a geologist in Houston after graduation. In 1984, Pennzoil sent him to a 6 month seismic training program. Mike joined Sohio in 1987 as staff geophysicist, working on the company’s fledgling deepwater exploration and development program. Sohio was acquired by BP in 1989. Mike was privileged to be associated with some of BP’s largest Gulf of Mexico oil fields, including Mars, Ursa, and later, Thunder Horse. In 1992, he was transferred to Aberdeen, Scotland, where he worked on several producing fields in the central North Sea and in the discovery and appraisal  of the West of Shetlands oil fields, Foinaven and Schiehallion. Mike was employed as both an interpreting geophysicist and as a geophysical specialist, concentrating on extracting geologic data from 3-D and 4-D seismic via AVO analysis and inversion. He was transferred to London in 1996 as a part of a team exploring deepwater Angola, with significant success. Mike also taught the geophysics portion of BP’s two week intensive, internal core course on reservoir characterization, required of all mid-level geoscientists in the company. He was transferred back to Houston in 1998 to appraise and sanction the giant Thunder Horse field. Mike joined Newfield Exploration in 2002 as a team leader of their newly formed deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration group, and also participated in Newfield’s Technical Services group addressing reservoir characterization onshore assets in Utah, North Dakota, Texas, and Oklahoma. Mike retired from Newfield in 2013 to become a consultant specializing in AVO, inversion, and processing. In February 2014, he joined the staff of his major client, Deep Gulf Energy, as a specialist geophysicist and partner. Mike is a member of AAPG, SEG, Houston Geological Society, and is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geophysicist. He has been married to his wife Lucy for 38 years. They have three sons, Matthew, Scott, and David. Mike and Lucy reside in Fredericksburg, Texas, with Mike currently working both remotely and making frequent trips to Deep Gulf’s Houston office. 



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