Our Team and Values

Many of our team members highlighted below have sat in your seat, so to speak, and we understand the backdrop that you face each day in the mining industry. A top reason why our team of driven leaders has joined our firm and stayed with our firm is that we offer them, like you, a great deal of flexibility to meet their personal and professional objectives. We offer flexible schedules, flexible work assignments, flexible compensation and benefits structure, flexible career development, and a fun environment – whether virtual or in-person.

Our team members are based throughout North America, and much of their mine staffing, mining and industrial HR work, and mining project work is performed at our mining client or industrial client sites – or in-home office settings. Although we set a high benchmark for performance, our business is underpinned with the following values:

Accountability, Flexibility, Innovation, Relationships.

Mining human resource expert, Dana Pray

Dana Pray
Principal

Dana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She brings 15 years of experience in mining industry accounting, 15+ years in leadership roles for a staffing firm as well as one of the largest gold producers in the world where she was responsible for leading approximately 1500 c-suite, technical professional, and skilled trades hires per year. Dana co-founded Pray & Company with Rhonda Zuraff in 2017.

Dana is involved in several state mining trade associations as well as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a certified trainer for DISC personality and behavior assessing.

Dana enjoys spending time with family as well as beach vacations. One of her passions is the ‘Pray for Life Foundation which was developed in memory of her son, Jeston Pray, supporting various aspects of organ transplantation. More information about this important cause can be found at www.prayforlife3.com.

Mining human resource expert, Rhonda Zuraff

Rhonda Zuraff
SHRM-SCP, Principal

Rhonda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources Management and has completed graduate-level studies in Human Resource Management. She brings over 20 years of experience in operational leadership roles for two public companies within the media and mining industries. Rhonda co-founded Pray & Company with Dana Pray in 2017.

She is involved in several state mining trade associations as well as the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and Associated General Contractors. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a licensed insurance producer in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, motorcycling, and traveling. Some of her favorite things to do include attending concerts and college football games (her daughters are rivals at the University of Montana and Montana State University) as well as decorating and cooking for the holidays and hosting dinner parties with friends and family.

Mining human resource expert, DeeDee Barker

DeDe Barker
Sr. HR and Recruiting Specialist

DeDe brings 30 years of experience in the mining industry including 14 years in Human Resources and Recruiting. She has Advanced Certification in Employment Law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law. DeDe is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a certified trainer for DISC personality and behavior assessing.

DeDe enjoys spending time with family and riding at the sand dunes.

Mining and industrial sector staffing specialist

Mikeala Basso
Recruiting Specialist

Mikeala has taken courses at Truckee Meadows Community College as well as attended the Aveda Institute in Portland, OR. She has over 13 years of experience in the service industry including work as a cosmetologist.

Recruited by Pray & Company in 2021 for her outgoing personality and ability to build rapport with people, she values making a positive difference in the lives of others through her work as a Recruiter.

In her free time, Mikeala loves music and going to concerts and she loves her coffee and dogs (she wants to get more involved in dog rescue). She has a large family and enjoys spending time with them as well as traveling to the Oregon Coast.

Mining human resource expert, Brooke Elquist

Brooke Elquist
HR and Recruiting Specialist

Brooke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Strategic HR Management (including staffing and development, legal environment, advanced organizational behavior).

Following college, Brooke joined Pray & Company focusing on providing Human Resources support to clients as well as recruiting.

Brooke says she has “the best” family and friends and enjoys skiing, hiking, and golfing.

Mining and industrial sector staffing specialist, Christine Francois

Christine Francois
Sr. Recruiting Specialist

Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She brings experience within the insurance and construction industries as well as 3 years of experience in industrial recruiting including Executive/c-suite level staffing.

In her free time, Christine enjoys running with her dog, reading mystery novels, and trying to get things to grow in her garden.

Mining human resource expert, Adrienne Green

Adrienne Green
Sr. HR and Recruiting Specialist

Adrienne brings over 22 years of experience in the mining industry including 8 years in Human Resources (Learning and Development, Human Resources Services).
She has served as a member of several integration teams for mergers and acquisitions in IT and Project Management.

Adrienne’s experience includes managing regional teams, leading continuous improvement projects focusing on processes, people, safety, revenue, and efficiency.

Adrienne is a founding board member and treasurer of the Newmont Mining Corporation Legacy Fund, and she has served on the board of United Way of the Great Basin. She is a LSS Black Belt, LEAN certified.

Adrienne enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling throughout the U.S. visiting bourbon distilleries.

Mining and industrial sector staffing specialist, Emily Hagenah

Emily Hagenah
Sr. Recruiting Specialist

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She brings 11 years of experience in recruiting within the mining industry. Emily has Advanced Certification in Employment Law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law.

Emily’s family has a long history in mining within the Silver Valley of Idaho where she enjoys camping with her family as well as hiking and fishing.

Mining and industrial sector staffing specialist, Bob Lundblad

Bob Lundblad
Sr. Recruiting Specialist

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with minors in Spanish and Psychology. He brings 22 years of experience in recruiting and managing staffing projects (mining, aerospace & defense, semiconductor, and IT industries).

Bob is a Founder and Principal of Mine Staffing International which was acquired by Pray & Company in 2020.

Bob’s interests include golfing, coaching youth sports teams, and serving as President of a local youth baseball team.

Our Core Values

01

Accountability

To clients and our internal team

02

Flexibility

To offer customized services for our clients

03

Innovation

To help our clients stay ahead of market trends and strategy to mitigate challenges they may face.

04

Relationships

Building relationships and partnering with our clients by getting to know them and their business