Gail Copus Spann, President

Board Member since 2018
Gail Copus Spann, along with her husband Jim, is an avid collector of fine minerals and gemstones. Her mission is to educate people, especially young people and women, about the importance of minerals and to encourage them to begin collecting fascinating examples of “Nature’s” art. She is a regular visitor at major gem and mineral shows around the United States and Europe. The Spanns also have more than 12,000 pieces in their personal collection that are on display in their home, as well as on loan to several museums.
Gail also serves as an associate photographer and Chair of the board of Directors of the Mineralogical Record Magazine.  Gail and Jim are on the Mineral Hall committee for the Peabody Museum at Yale University in New Haven.  Gail also serves on the board of Dallas’s Perot Museum of Nature and Science and is a Docent there.  The Spann’s also serve on the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy board, which oversees  Gail is also newly elected onto the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals board.
Gail resides in Rockwall, Texas with their various rescue animals including 8 pot belly pigs, 3 goats, 3 parrots, 4 dogs and 2 cats. She is also a League of American Bicyclists Cycling instructor and past Chair of that organization.
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
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