One of a few women in the United States to hold the position of State Geologist, Mimi Garstang was honored by First Lady Melanie Blunt during the inaugural First Lady Awards ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.


One of a few women in the United States to hold the position of State Geologist, Mimi Garstang was honored by First Lady Melanie Blunt during the inaugural First Lady Awards ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.


Now in her eighth year as State Geologist, Garstang is also Director of the Division of Geology and Land Survey with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  The First Lady Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Missouri women in the categories of business and innovation, culture and humanities, education, health and wellness, and volunteerism.  First Lady Melanie Blunt honored more than 300 nominees and winners.


Nominated in the Business and Innovation by Nona Lancaster, the division’s administration program director, Lancaster said, “Mimi represents Missouri on many national geologic related issues that have significant impact on the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Missouri.  She represents the state regarding issues such as the evaluation of earthquake risk in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in southeast Missouri, development of new energy resources including coalbed methane and tar sands, and the investigation of potential underground reservoirs for long term storage of carbon dioxide.”


Mimi quote, “I am extremely honored and very humbled to have been nominated and recognized by the First Lady.  I have been fortunate to have wonderfully dedicated staff members who serve Missouri well.  Our staff members provide stellar technical assistance to both the private and public sectors.”


Garstang has focused division goals on assisting Missouri’s residents with a better understanding of Missouri geology and land surveying. Under Mimi’s leadership, the division began a new publication (The Geologic Column of Missouri) that focuses on educating citizens about important geologic topics that affect all Missourians.  She is an advocate of the application of geologic knowledge and principles to real world problems to make better environmental and economic decisions in our state.  


Garstang also served as the department’s lead with respect to negotiating a long-term solution to the Weldon Spring nuclear waste site. In October 2006 this team received the Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity in the Innovation category.  


Garstang serves on numerous boards, commissions and task forces including: the Missouri Earthquake Insurance Task Force, the Missouri Well Installation Board, the Missouri Land Reclamation Board, the Industrial Minerals Advisory Council and the Missouri Geologist Registration Board.  She also represents Missouri on the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, a partnership of the federal government and the eight states most affected by earthquakes in the central United States.


Judy L. Burns, of St. Charles, is this year's recipient of the First Lady Award in Business and Innovation.  Patriot Machine is a defense contractor that she and her husband began in April 1991 as a small Numerical Control Programming firm in their home. 

For more information about the First Lady Awards visit:  www.gov.mo.gov/firstlady/firstladyawards.htm.
The Division of Geology and Land Survey offices are at 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla.  For additional information about the division, visit online www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/.   For news releases on the Web, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel. For a complete listing of the department's upcoming meetings, hearings and events, visit the department's online calendar at www.dnr.mo.gov/calendar/search.do.