Members: Geologist Licensing Board

Board members

  • Brian Beaman, Hydrogeologist/Engineering Geologist — Chair
    Carnation, WA 98014
    Term expires May 1, 2017
  • Robert Mitchell, Hydrogeologist — Vice Chair
    Bellingham, WA 99225
    Term expires May 1, 2018
  • William T. Laprade, Engineering Geologist — Secretary
    Seattle WA 98103
    Term expires May 1, 2015
  • William D. Ernst, Geologist
    Lakewood, WA 98496-3184
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Dave Norman, State Geologist/Engineering Geologist/Hydrogeologist
    Olympia, WA 98504-7007
    Term: Ex-officio
  • Gene St. Godard, Hydrogeologist
    Spokane WA 99228
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Ray Brunson, Public Member
    Olympia, WA 98501
    Term expires May 1, 2014

Contact information

To contact board members, please email

About the board

What does the board do?

The Geologist Licensing Board provides consumer protection to the public through the licensing of geologists.

Who is on the board?

  • 5 licensed geologists, 2 of whom must be licensed in a specialty of geology (Engineering Geologist, Hydrogeologist).
  • 1 member of the general public with no family or business connection with the practice of geology.
  • The Supervisor of Geology of the Department of Natural Resources (ex-officio member).

How are board members appointed?

Board members are appointed by the Director of the Department of Licensing. Members serve 4-year terms, which are staggered so no more than 2 appointments are made in any calendar year.

For complete information, please see RCW 18.220.030: Geologist Licensing Board.

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Provide professional knowledge to improve the services provided to geologists and the public.
  • Attend all board meetings. The board usually meets 4 times a year, and meeting dates, times, and locations are decided by the board and administrative staff.
  • Spend approximately 8 hours a month on board business.

Are board members paid?

Members are paid $50 per day for the time spent at meetings and for work done outside of meetings on board business, and are reimbursed for certain expenses related to traveling to and from board meetings.

How to I apply?

We only accept application materials when a formal recruitment announcement is posted. The announcement will include specific application materials to submit for consideration.

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