Key Management

Keith E. Alessi
Chief Executive Officer

Keith Alessi currently is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Westmoreland Coal Company. Mr. Alessi, a dual Canadian/US citizen, is located in Westmoreland’s Canadian headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Alessi has led Westmoreland since 2007. In addition to his work with Westmoreland, Mr. Alessi was an adjunct lecturer at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Virginia Military Institute, and Southern Virginia University as well as an adjunct professor at the Washington and Lee University Law School. Prior to joining Westmoreland, Mr. Alessi had served as a senior executive officer for over 30 years at a number of public and private companies. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. and has served as a director on numerous other private and public company boards over the past 30 years. Mr. Alessi has a MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Wayne State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Kevin A. Paprzycki
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Kevin Paprzycki is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in Englewood, CO.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah.  He joined Westmoreland as Controller and Principal Accounting Officer in June 2006 and was named Chief Financial Officer in April 2008. Mr. Paprzycki became a certified public accountant in 1994, and a certified financial manager and a certified management accountant in 2004.

Jennifer S. Grafton
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary

Jennifer Grafton is Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary in Englewood, CO. She graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with her MBA with High Distinction, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives, and received her Bachelor of Art’s Degree from the University of Puget Sound. She joined Westmoreland Coal Company in December 2008 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to General Counsel and Secretary in February 2011. Ms. Grafton focuses her practice on SEC compliance, corporate governance, Board management, risk management and employment/ labor relations.

John A. Schadan
President, Canada

John Schadan joined Westmoreland in April 2014 as Senior Vice President, Canada Operations and was promoted to President, Canada in August 2015. Mr. Schadan’s career has encompassed both the western Canadian coal business as well as engineering and construction for a major international firm, and spans a variety of disciplines including mine engineering, environmental and regulatory approvals, business development, marketing, commercial contract negotiations, establishing joint venture partnerships, operations and general management. Mr. Schadan is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta and holds a mining engineering degree from Queen’s University. He currently sits as the Vice-Chairperson of the Coal Association, and Director for both the Alberta Chamber of Resources and Safe Saskatchewan.

Joseph E. Micheletti
Executive Vice President

Joseph Micheletti is Executive Vice President. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Processing Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.  Mr. Micheletti is responsible for all six of Westmoreland Coal Company’s U.S. mining projects, overseeing the safe, cost effective, and environmentally responsible operation of the company’s mining activities.   He joined Westmoreland in August 1998 and has held several key leadership positions at several Westmoreland mining projects, including Senior Vice President of Coal Operations since June 2011, before being promoted to Executive Vice President on August 1, 2014.  Mr. Micheletti has worked in the production, maintenance, processing, and engineering disciplines of the mining industry for 24 years and sits as a Director of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.

Jason W. Veenstra
Chief Financial Officer, Canada

Jason Veenstra is Chief Financial Officer, Canada based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant with over ten years of management and finance experience in the industry. Jason joined Sherritt International as a site controller for a nickel refinery in June 2006. After progressing through various roles, he assumed the role of Director, Business Development for Sherritt’s Coal division and was named the division’s Chief Financial Officer in June 2013. Jason has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and articled at Ernst & Young in Edmonton to complete his Chartered Accountant designation in 2004. His areas of expertise include providing financial leadership, economic assessment of mining projects, governing financial budgets and providing concise business information to executive management, Boards of Directors and Audit Committees.

Lynette J. Stanley-Maddocks
General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

Lynette Stanley-Maddocks is General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.  Her private practice focused mainly on commercial, anti-trust and regulatory issues in the utilities, resources and infrastructure sectors. After practicing, mostly in private practice, in Canada and Australia for 14 years, she joined Sherritt Coal in February 2012 as Senior Counsel. Since joining the coal business, Lynette has focused on standardization of contracts and legal processes, regulatory and legal risk management and compliance, and providing support for executive management, securities reporting and board reporting. She received her JD from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1998.

Nate Troup
VP, Chief Accounting Officer, Corporate Controller

Nathan Troup serves as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller for Westmoreland and is located in Englewood, CO. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy as well as a Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Westmoreland Mr. Troup served in the same capacity at another publicly traded company in Colorado. Mr. Troup also spent 9 years with Ernst & Young as an auditor in the US and Europe.