The Utah Geological Survey seeks to assist the public and professionals in finding information necessary to make informed decisions about geology. Our administration staff are the main contact to the different programs and qualified personnel in the UGS. They are necessary in interacting with the public, coordinating events, and making the UGS run smoothly behind the scenes.

Utah Geological Survey Board

UGS Board, 2017
  • Ken Fleck, representing Minerals (Coal)
  • Rick Chesnut, representing Engineering Geology
  • Sam Quigley, representing Minerals (Industrial)
  • Elissa Richards, representing the Public at Large
  • Marc Eckels, representing Minerals (Hydrocarbons)
  • Dave Garbrecht, representing Minerals (Metals)
  • Pete Kilbourne, representing Scientific
  • David Ure, ex-officio member

Administration Staff

UGS Director | State Geologist

Bill Keach

Phone: (801) 537-3301
Email: billkeach@utah.gov

Bill is a scientist, educator, and expert in technology with over 30 years of experience in industry, academia, and regulatory state government. After earning a B.S. degree in Geology from Brigham Young University and an M.S. degree in Geophysics from Cornell, Bill spent over five years in offshore hydrocarbon exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and with SOHIO/BP in California. He then joined Landmark Graphics (now Halliburton) where he spent 17 years traveling the world developing 3D visualization technology and adoption. He returned to Utah in 2006 taking roles at both the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University doing research and teaching courses on seismic interpretation and reservoir modeling. One of his favorite roles in academia has been the opportunity to develop and lead field courses taking students and professionals from around the world throughout Utah to see and learn its many wonders. In 2017 he accepted a role with California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to evaluate reservoirs and bring technology into the division. The latter goal was recently realized with the introduction (first ever) of computer interpretation tools. Another goal was bringing in UAS (drone) technology and developing protocols for regulatory inspections. While in California he has continued his adjunct appointments with the University of Utah and Brigham Young University to satisfy his passion for teaching.

Deputy Director

Mike Hylland

Phone: (801) 537-3382
Email: mikehylland@utah.gov
CV: download PDF

Michael Hylland is the UGS deputy director. He received a B.S. in geology from Western Washington University and an M.S. in geology from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the UGS, he led engineering-geologic studies in the Pacific Northwest and a regional tectono-stratigraphic study in the Himalayan foothills of northern Pakistan. Mike has been with the UGS since 1994, working as a geologist in the Geologic Hazards Program and Geologic Mapping Program, and as a technical reviewer, until assuming his management responsibilities in 2014. His research focus has been on active faulting and neotectonics, and he has been principal or co-principal investigator on numerous paleoseismic fault trenching investigations. He was a member of the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities and has been a member of the Utah Quaternary Fault Parameters Working Group since its inception in 2003. Since 2001, Mike has also taught geology courses for Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah Lifelong Learning.

Financial Manager

Jodi T. Patterson

Phone: (801) 537-3310
Email: jpatters@utah.gov

Jodi has been the Financial Manager for the UGS since October 2013. She has worked for various agencies within the State of Utah since 1993, responsible for budgeting, accounting, and grant management. Jodi has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Weber State University and Bachelors of Finance from the University of Utah. She is also passionate about personal financial literacy. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, cycling, and travel.

Accounting Technician

Linda Bennett

Phone: (801) 537-3303
Email: lindabennett@utah.gov

Linda Bennett has been with the UGS for 24 years. She started as the front desk receptionist/secretary which she did for 3 years before becoming the accounting technician. Linda and her husband have one son who is in the Coast Guard (proud Mom!). Some of the things she enjoys are reading, hiking, traveling, shopping, going to concerts and cheering for the UTES! GO UTAH!!

Office Specialist

Starr Soliz

Phone: (801) 537-3300
Email: starrsoliz@utah.gov

Starr Soliz has been the enthusiastic face and voice on the front line at the UGS for over a decade. She enjoys good humor, so the next time you stop by or make a phone call, be sure to drop your latest joke on her!

Program Secretary

Cheryl Gustin

Phone: (801) 537-3360
Email: cherylgustin@utah.gov

Cheryl Gustin has been employed with the UGS for 20 years. She is a Utah-local, born and raised in West Valley City. She enjoys spending time with her family camping, fishing, hunting, and riding ATVs.