Our advisory committee is dedicated to the Wharf Fund’s mission and strives to uphold the integrity of the fund itself. The committee members believe in creating real and lasting change within the Northern Black Hills.
Lead Community Member
Natasha is a proud Black Hills local and currently resides in Lead with her husband, Thad, and their 3 young children. Natasha is a homemaker and together they own and operate CAI Construction (of Lead), specializing in Commercial Contracting and Commercial and Residential Development. Work and the outdoors fill their calendar. As a family, they enjoy skiing and snowboarding, travel, sled outings, backpacking and hiking, swimming and seasonal programs for the children. Natasha (and Thad) hit up live music and good food whenever possible and devote their time to various community programs. Natasha's favorite movie is "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back", and she wishes everyone the opportunity to "Work Hard, Play Hard."
Wharf Resources Employee
Rick Burns has been a resident of Lead since his family moved there in 1956. He and his wife, Rose, have been married for 37 years and have owned many pets over those years. Currently they have Tater the dog and four cats, Krissy, Sparky, Dori and Lilly. Rick spends his time volunteering at the Twin City Animal Shelter and also is a guide for the Jeep Jamboree USA during the Black Hills Jeep Jamboree event. Rick loves to hop in his jeep and explore the back woods. Rick has been in the mining industry for 38 years. Rick currently works at Wharf Resources and has been a loyal employee for 13 years. Before Wharf, Rick was an employee at Homestake Mining Company for 25 years.
WHARF RESOURCES EMPLOYEE; Wharf Vice President
Tony Auld was born in Spokane, WA. He fell in love with Black Hills with his first visit of the Black Hills in 1994 and knew right away he wanted to move here one day. Tony has been with Wharf Resources in the mining engineering department for the past 15 years. Tony lives in Lead with his wife, Darla, and his two daughters, Sydney and Amber. When Tony is not following the girls around on various sport events, he can be found golfing at Tomahawk Lake Golf Course or dancing. Tony joined the Wharf Fund Committee in the beginning of 2016, and he firmly believes that “The best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young enough to believe you know what you’re talking about”.
WHARF MINE GENERAL MANAGER
Ken Nelson has lived in the Black Hills for around 30 years and has worked for Wharf Resources for the last 18 years. Ken has managed and worked in a majority of the departments at Wharf and is currently the Mine Manager. Ken lives in Rapid City with his wife, Charley, and his two daughters. When Ken isn’t working, he is out skiing, biking, or trail running with his family to keep himself occupied and to stay in good health. Ken joined the Wharf Fund Committee in 2015 and he plans to be an active participant to help maintain and establish sustainable contributions that have an impact on the community. Ken plans to “live life to its fullest” and he hopes everyone else does the same.
Lead Community Member; Wharf Fund President
I have lived in the Black Hills since 1974 and spent the first 20+ years living in the old town of Trojan and the Terry Peak development area, moving to Lead in 1996 where I currently reside. I have owned and operated Stone Land Services, LLC since January 2007 providing support to various entities on a variety of land related issues. Prior to this, I was employed in the land department of Homestake Mining Company of California for 14 years. I am also a past Planning and Zoning Administrator for Lawrence County. I have two grown sons, Jason and Corey that I am very proud of and close to. Jason is an appraiser for Lawrence County and lives in Lead. Corey is an architect and lives in Denver with his wife, Brianne who is an attorney. We get together as often as we can! My favorite spot in the Black Hills is Hanna; however Terry Peak is very near and dear. I love to ski, snowshoe and hike with my dog, Misty, and sit by the fire with my cat, Romeo. I also love to read, which is how I spend about 50% of my time! Favorite quote – to thine own self be true. I have served on the Wharf Fund Committee since January 2017.
Wharf Fund Secretary
I recently transferred to the Black Hills in September of 2017 after spending the last year working for Coeur in Juneau, Alaska. I have been working in the Human Resources field for over 20 years and enjoy working with non-profits for various fund-raising projects. I have lots of grown kids and grandkids and they are my life! I love spending time with them all and doing lots of camping and traveling. I hope to get to know a lot of people in the Black Hills and become an active member in our community. Favorite quote – Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. I have served on the Wharf Fund Committee since January 2018.