International Star, Inc.


Directors & Management

The board and management of International Star are experienced mine operators and developers with experience from some of the world’s largest, most successful gold companies with a proven ability to develop and grow production for the benefit of the Company’s shareholders.


Michael F. Shea, CEO, Chairman

MShea 100Mr. Shea has more than 25 years of Corporate Finance experience having held senior positions at Citigroup, ABN Amro, GE Capital & Bank of America.

Shea’s background includes mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, structuring finance, restructurings and investor relations with for Fortune 1000 companies (e.g. Disney, Northrop, and Flour Corporationa), as well as, junior miners (e.g. Imagin Natural Resources and St. Cloud Mining). Mr. Shea’s experience has also included a position as Chief Financial Officer for a small-cap junior mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, with full responsibility for audits, Exchange reporting, legal, investor relations and capital raising.

Mr. Shea’s success at structuring and completing capital market transactions for billion dollar companies will be a benefit to the company.

Howard Metzler, Director, Vice President of Operations

howardHoward Metzler is a Registered Professional Geologist with over 30 years experience.  

Metzler has extensive experience in exploration geology, primarily high grade vein and disseminated gold/silver deposits in the Southwest. Recent experience includes exploration and development of exotic copper, VMS and detachment hosted gold deposits in Northern Arizona. Metzler also has experience in tungsten and uranium exploration in the western U.S., placer evaluations in Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Bolivia. Metzler began his career as a exploration/development geologist with J.R. Simplot and PPG Industries.

As an independent geologist, Mr. Metzler has worked for clients including Simplot, Romarco Minerals, SGV Resources, Anvil Resources and several other well know mining companies.    

It should be noted that his work at Romarco (initial evaluation and property acquisition) led to the development by Franco and Newmont Gold of the Midas Mine, which continues in production. 

Barbara Carroll, Director, Vice President of Project Development

BCBarbara Carroll, is a certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologist with over 30 years of wide ranging international exploration experience in the mining industry.
Ms. Carroll established GeoGRAFX GIS Services in 1991, a firm providing professional and technical geological services and products to the resource, exploration and mining industries worldwide and serves as its President and Principal.
She has a wealth of experience thru projects such as Project Manager for Phelp’s Dodge Mining Co.’s Jerome Project, a multi-million dollar preliminary evaluation of the remaining potential of the United Verde Mine in Arizona, Hecla’s San Sebastian Silver Deposit in Durango Mexico, Lisbon Valley Copper Deposit, Utah,  the Wate Uranium Project Vane/Uranium One JV, Kerrs gold project situated north of Kirkland Lake , Ontario for Sage Gold . She was part of the team that brought the San Luis gold deposit in Colorado online for Battle Mountain Gold.
Ms. Carroll specializes in project management including exploration projects, resource modeling for advanced exploration projects, computer based 3D geological modeling and interpretation of the various geological deposits, permitting and feasibility studies as well as NI 43-101 technical report writing. 

Joseph Bardswich, Principal Mining Consultant

JBMr. Bardswich is a highly respected and accomplished Mining Engineer who brings International Star over 35 years of mining industry experience. He has extensive experience in all facets of mining from contract miner, through production supervision, mining engineering, heavy civil engineering and mine management in underground, open pit and alluvial operations in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Africa.

He has been a Director of Northern Vertex Mining Corp since May 4, 2010. He has been a Director of Theia Resources Ltd. since December 20, 2012.

Mr. Bardswich is a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Arizona (PE) and in the Province of Ontario (P. Eng.). He is a life member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in NI 43-101 Standards for Mineral Disclosure. Mr. Bardswich is a graduate of the University of Windsor (B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering) and received his Masters Degree (M.Eng. Mining) from McGill University. He resides in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Rita Karpel, Business Development

Rita KarpelRita Karpel is a seasoned industry professional with more than 30 years of experience raising capital, building books of business, generating revenue, PR, managing sales, marketing, strategic alliances/partners, operations, business development and event planning for high profile and boutique financial institutions, planners and brokers.

Ms Karpel served as Vice President of Media, Sales & Marketing for FJS&K, LLC/ BizRadio Network – Houston, TX where she raised in excess of $230MM in equity. Most recently, as Managing Director, Sales & Marketing, she managed and was responsible for growth of National Eagles & Angels Association, producing high net worth events nationwide, including smaller more targeted various company events for private equity. She began her career on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade where she held her Series 3 Brokerage License.  She was ultimately responsible for lead generation, mentored and management of a team of 20 brokers, liaison and coordinator of strategic alliances, travel, web site, TV.

Ms Karpel has relationships with various media outlets, local and national radio and television stations.  She has organized events with Fox, Fox Business, CNBC, CNBC Asia, BCC & NASDAQ and other groups nationally and served as the Executive Producer of the Financial Talk Radio Show.