Speaker bios

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The following speaker bios reflect the order of appearance at the 2014 Natural Gas Symposium Day 1 September 24, 2014

 

Maury Dobbie

Symposium Chair
Assistant Director
Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

Beginning her entrepreneurial career at age 19, Ms. Dobbie founded and operated six diverse companies over the years. Before joining the Center, Dobbie was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Dobbie founded a video production company expanding it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorados new energy economy movement for years. She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State Universitys Systems Engineering Program & Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 32 locations around the state. Her commitment to the citizens of Colorado continue as she is still serving the state board when reappointed by current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Dobbie was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards: the Colorado Womens Economic Development Council & the Colorado Film Commission. She has received numerous business awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award from NCBR; the Woman Leader of Excellence award from the Colorado Womens Leadership Coalition; Top 10 Women Making a Difference; Creative Vision for Women; the Small Business Administrations (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year; and Office Depots national Businesswoman of the Year award. She holds a BS in business administration and management from the University of Wyoming. Maury continues to finish her MBA through Colorado State University.

Michael V. Martin

Chancellor
Colorado State University System

Michael V. Martin is chancellor of the Colorado State University System. As chief executive officer of the three-campus system he is responsible for working with the Board of Governors to lead the systems operations, set legislative strategy and serve as the primary spokesperson. Prior to joining the CSU System, Dr. Martin served four years as campus chancellor of Louisiana State University. Before that, he was president of New Mexico State University. Additionally, Dr. Martin served for six years as vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, leading the universitys Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Previously, he was vice president for agricultural policy and the dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He began his academic career at Oregon State University. Dr. Martin is nationally recognized as a strong voice for higher education. In 2007, he received the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award, named after the author of the bill creating land-grant universities, which honors outstanding service on behalf of the land-grant mission. Only six individuals have been designated to receive this award since it was first given in 1980. A native of Crosby, Minn., Dr. Martin earned a bachelors degree in business and economics and a masters degree in economics at Mankato State College (Minnesota State University) in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1977. His areas of specialization are prices, international trade, public policy, transportation and business logistics.

Frank Muscara

Executive Vice President, Head of the Power and Utilities Group
Wells Fargo Energy Group
Wells Fargo & Company

Frank Muscara is the executive vice president and head of the Power and Utilities Group, a division of Wells Fargo Energy Group within Corporate Banking. This Group is responsible for Wells Fargo client relationships with large, investor-owned and electric and gas utilities across the U.S. and internationally. The Power and Utilities Group serves its clients from offices in Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, and Charlotte. Frank is based in Denver. Frank joined the Wells Fargo Energy Group in 2002 as the division manager for the Western U.S. and Canada regions, which grew rapidly under his guidance. The office was responsible for relationships with both large and emerging clients in the exploration and production, midstream, pipeline, refining, and coal segments. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Frank worked at Bank of America for 18 years. Most of his career was focused on serving Energy clients, many with operations all over the world. He headed the groups corporate banking effort and had offices in Dallas, Denver, Houston, London and Midland, Texas. He also worked in a number of other industries including real estate, utilities, chemicals, defense, packaging, forest products, steel, and consumer products. During that time he was asked to assume a wide variety of leadership positions in the areas of relationship management, credit policy, special credits, and acquisition finance. Frank earned his B.S. in architecture from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. in finance from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He also holds an M.S. in strategic management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Bill Ritter, Jr.

Former Colorado Governor
Director for the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, four senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate Americas transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorados 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the states biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is a member of the board of the directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelors degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denvers district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Ken Carlson

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Energy Water Sustainability
Colorado State University

Ken Carlson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 20 years of experience in water related issues. He is director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability within the CSU Energy Institute and in this role directs research related to optimizing water use in the oil and gas industry. Current projects include infrastructure modeling, recycling technologies, real-time ground water monitoring and water quality interactions with frac fluids. Recent publications include studies on water intensity of unconventional oil and gas operations relative to other forms of energy and the origin and distribution of methane in groundwater. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Hasan Dandashly

Vice President, Downstream Technology Solutions
GE Oil and Gas

Hasan was appointed VP, Downstream Technology Solutions, in July 2013. He leads GE Oil & Gas newly structured business providing products and services in both the traditional downstream market and the evolving unconventional resources & distributed gas markets. Prior to this role, Hasan led the Oil & Gas Global Services business since May 2012, based in Florence, Italy. His career started with Honeywell, where he spent 15 years. His time at Honeywell included leadership roles in Corporate Research, Air Transport Systems and Industrial Automation & Control Divisions. Hasan joined GE in 1998 as a software products manager for GEs Intelligent Platforms business. In 2000 he moved to GE transportation where he ran Train Management Systems, a business offering dispatching and planning systems for freight railroads. Following 5 years in this role, Hasan moved to Qatar in 2005 where he led the development of the Companys new technology center. In 2007 Hasan moved to GE Energy as General Manager for Power Generation Services in the Middle East and Africa based in Dubai. Hasan is a graduate of the Lebanese American University in Beirut where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, and of the University of Minnesota, in the United States, where he received a Masters in the same subject.

Dan Grossman

Regional Director for Rocky Mountain Region
Environmental Defense Fund

Dan Grossman is the Regional Director for Environmental Defenses Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Boulder, Colorado. Dan leads the organizations efforts to protect land, water and wildlife in the interior West, specifically focusing agricultural policy, water rights, endangered species and habitat conservation. Dan joined the organization in May of 2006, after serving ten years in the Colorado General Assembly. He served six years in the Colorado House of Representatives, including two years as House Minority Leader, the youngest person in Colorado history to serve in that capacity. Dan also served four years in the Colorado Senate, where he was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Dan received his bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Paula Gant

Deputy Assitant Secretary, Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Paula Gant is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Department of Energys (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Gant administers domestic and international oil and gas programs, including policy analysis, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export authorization. Dr. Gants work at DOE is focused on realizing the promise presented by Americas abundant natural gas and oil resources which hinges on prudent production, environmental stewardship and efficient use. The Department of Energys research efforts seek to deploy the best available science, analysis and technologies to ensure a more secure energy future by leveraging our domestic natural gas and oil resources and protecting our air, land, and communities. Dr. Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Duke Energy. She has also served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Louisville. Paula is a native of Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McNeese State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Chris Wright

CEO
Liberty Resources

Chris Wright is CEO of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company with unique expertise in well completion and stimulation technologies and CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC, an oilfield service company specializing in hydraulic fracturing with operations in North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming. Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and then performed graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and for 14 years served as CEO and Chairman. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry via its success in developing and commercializing tiltmeter fracture mapping and microseismic fracture mapping. Pinnacle also sold and developed the worlds most widely used fracture modeling system, FracproPT, and provided consulting services. Pinnacles most significant achievement was its lead role in the innovation of fracturing practices that led to commercialization of shale gas production initially the Barnett Shale with Mitchell Energy. Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored or co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris is a director of TAS (industrial energy technology company), Kerogen Exploration, PyraMax Ceramics, Liberty Oilfield Services, and Liberty Resources.

Patty Limerick

Co-founder, Faculty Director, Chair of the Board
Center of the
American West, University of Colorado

Patty Limerick has a distinctive use of historical perspective and of humor. The Center takes up the tranquil exploration of controversial regional topics. Limerick has developed an unquenchable enthusiasm for the role of moderator, having realized that presiding over discussions of heated subjects focuses the mind and delivers generous doses of adrenaline in ways unmatched by any other activity. Currently, much of the Centers work focuses on the topic of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development. Hosting a series of programs called FrackingSENSE has given her an enviable opportunity to observe the regions and nations struggles in this terrain and has led to the composition of a universally well-received limerick. (When you try to be neutral on fracking,/Youre a quarterback set up for sacking./You may assert and declare/That youre going to be fair,/but you still wont escape frequent whacking.) Limerick is the author of The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (1987), a book that both rattled and pepped up the field of Western American history. Her collection of essays, Something in the Soil (2000) includes her most-cited essay, Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose. Her most recent book is A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water (2012), a study using the history of water in the Denver area to challenge the conventional wisdom on urban water history (Chinatown does not fare well in this appraisal). Limerick has served as VP of the American Historical Association, and as President of the American Studies Association, the Western History Association, and the Society of American Historians. She is currently President of the Organization of American Historians.

Ted Brown

Senior Vice President & Senior Advisor to the CEO & President
Noble Energy

Mr. Brown joined Noble Energy as Vice President of the United States Division in 2005, when the company acquired Patina Oil & Gas Corporation. In 2008, he was elected Senior Vice President of the Northern Region and was appointed to his current role in 2013. Mr. Browns strategic vision has situated Noble Energy at the forefront of the DJ Basins resurgence through the successful and responsible development of the Niobrara shale. Through the application of innovative technology to reduce environmental impact while increasing production, Noble Energy has been recognized as a leader in unlocking the potential in this important resource play. Under Mr. Browns direction, the companys Northern Colorado production grew threefold and Noble Energy became one of the largest oil producers in the state. Mr. Brown began a lifelong industry career, when he joined Amoco Production Company after earning a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wyoming. Following Amoco, he held various positions of increasing responsibility for Union Pacific Resources, Barrett Resources, Williams Companies and Patina Oil & Gas Corporation before joining Noble Energy. Active in industry trade organizations, Mr. Brown serves on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. He is the Chairman of Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development and a Board member of Colorado Concern. He is also on the Board of the Western Energy Alliance, where he served as the Colorado Vice President for several years. In recognition of Mr. Browns service to both the industry and his community, he was named the Western Energy Alliance 2013 Wildcatter of the Year and inducted into the Rocky Mountain Hall of Fame in 2014.

Pete Maysmith

Executive Director
Conservation Colorado

Pete Maysmith began organizing immediately after graduating from Duke University with a degree in public policy in 1991. Over the course of the last 22 years, Pete has participated in on-the-ground organizing; run state and national field campaigns; lobbied at the city, state, and national level; done extensive communications work; directed statewide candidate and ballot campaigns; run statewide non-profits; and served as senior leadership staff with national organizations. Pete brings energy, passion, hard work, and creativity to the non-profit work he does. He moved back to his home state of Colorado in 1996 and lives with his wife and two red-haired daughters in Denver. He completed an evening law degree from the University of Denver in December of 2008, graduating with honors. In whatever spare time he can find he trains for marathons, bikes, reads, and cooks.

Howard Boigon

Founder
Boigon Law Ltd.

Howard L. Boigon is the founder and sole member of Boigon Law Ltd., a Denver law firm specializing in transactional, legislative, and regulatory matters in oil and gas law and policy, both domestically and internationally. He represents a broad spectrum of parties involved in oil and gas industry matters, including exploration and production companies, local governmental entities, and landowners. Before founding his own firm, Howard was a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm. Prior to that, Howard served in executive positions at two Denver-based publicly traded oil and gas companies, and was a partner in the natural resources department of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, a Denver law firm. Howard is a board member and past president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and serves on the steering committee for COGAs annual Energy Summit conference. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Energy Law and the Western Energy Alliance and serves on the government affairs committee of the Colorado Petroleum Association. Previously he has served as a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, chaired the Mineral Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served as Natural Resources Practitioner in Residence at the University of Denver School of Law.

Elise Jones

Boulder County Board of Commissioners
Colorado

Elise Jones was elected to the Boulder County of Board of Commissioners in 2012. Her term began January 8, 2013. Elise has lived in Boulder County for 16 years where she has been an important environmental advocate and active community member. Up until her election as commissioner, Elise served as executive director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition for 13 years where she worked to protect wilderness and open space and pushed for sustainable transportation and energy policies. In addition to a bachelors degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a masters in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan, Elise has decades of experience with the policymaking process. She has worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters, a senior legislative assistant for an Oregon congresswoman, and a resource advocate for the National Wildlife Federation. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and a Governor-appointed member of the metro areas Regional Air Quality Council. Elise has also dedicated many volunteer hours serving on such boards as the City of Boulder Planning Board, Greenprint Denver Advisory Council and Colorado Conservation Voters.

Alan Rudolph

Vice President for Research
Colorado State University

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service, having served as the Director for Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, VA. DTRA safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has published more than 100 technical publications in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. After a decade at National Research Council, he was recruited to join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to lead new strategic efforts to extract and exploit useful principles and practices in life sciences and technology and establish an agency-wide strategy for investments in biosciences and biotechnology. As Chief of Biological Sciences and Technology, Dr. Rudolph established a framework for investments that continues today. He has a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from George Washington University.

Brad Holly

Vice President, Operations Rocky Mountain Region
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Mr. Holly was named Vice President of Rocky Mountain Operations in May 2013. Mr. Holly is responsible for Anadarkos oil and natural gas production and development activities throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Previously, he served as Anadarkos Vice President, Southern and Appalachia Operations overseeing the companies operating activities in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Mr. Holly began his career in 1994 with Amoco, joining Anadarko in 1997. During his 20 years of experience, Mr. Holly has held positions of increasing responsibility in onshore and offshore engineering and management. He has served as General Manager of Anadarkos Greater Natural Buttes area in eastern Utah and the Maverick Basin, which includes the Eagleford Shale development in southern Texas. Prior to that, he served as Reserves and Planning Manager for the Southern and Appalachia region and was a reservoir engineer and development supervisor on Anadarkos Marco Polo and K2 developments in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Bryan Willson

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Founder of CSUs Engines and Energy Conversion Lab,
Co-Director, Energy Institute
Colorado State University

Dr. Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU and is the founder and co-director of CSUs Engines and Energy Conversion Lab. In addition, he is Co-Director for the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. In these roles, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Mike Ming

General Manager, Global Research Oil and Gas Technology Center
General Electric

C. Michael Ming currently serves as the General Manager of General Electrics Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City. He formerly served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor Mary Fallin, the President of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, RPSEA, and as an independent natural gas producer as a Managing Member and principal of K. Stewart Energy Group and K. Stewart Petroleum Corp. He holds a BS degree with distinction in Petroleum Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. At Stanford Mr. Ming is an emeritus member and past Chairman of the Petroleum Investments Committee, currently serves on the Earth Science Advisory Board, and co-sponsored the MAP/Ming Visiting Professorship on Energy and the Environment. He also currently serves on advisory boards at the University of Texas BEG and Tulsa University. He formerly served on the MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission, as an adjunct professor in Energy Management at the University of Oklahoma, and as an oil & gas strategic planning advisor to the Department of Energy.

Chris Shapard

Founding Executive Director
Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

Christine (Chris) Shapard is the Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA). In this role, Ms. Shapard develops and directs strategies on behalf of the states cleantech industries that: increase capital availability, expand markets, create policy drivers and communicate the importance of the industries to Colorados economy. CCIA was formed in 2008 and its 150 member companies include the following sectors: energy efficiency, advanced transportation, air, water, renewables, infrastructure, energy storage and materials. Prior to her role with the CCIA, Christine was Interim Director and Deputy Director of the Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA) and Director of Emerging Technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) under Governor Owens. She also served as the Deputy Director for international inward investment as part of the states International Trade Office. Ms. Shapard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and political science from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania.

James Bolander

Senior Vice President V+ Resource Development
Southwestern Energy

Leads Southwestern Energys V+ Resource Development Team which includes Strategic Solutions and HS&E. Strategic Solutions partners with the companys operating divisions to develop technical and operational opportunities that balance the economic and environmental impact of our operations. The team leads projects in well integrity, water management solutions, surface impact and air emissions. Projects include SWNs participation in three EDF air studies, groundwater monitoring study with Yale University in the Marcellus, ARPA-E methane monitoring project and a RPSEA project with CSI on cementing and wellbore integrity. Jim joined Southwestern Energy in 2001 as an Operations Engineer in the East Texas region and has served as Vice President HS&E, Chief Operations Engineer, and Vice President of Operations for the Companys Fayetteville Shale operations leading drilling and completion operations in the refinement of drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques. Prior to Southwestern Energy, he worked 15 years with Mitchell Energy as a drilling, production and reservoir engineer in multiple basins in the United States including the Barnett Shale area. Jim graduated with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1984. Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a registered engineer in the State of Texas.

David Allen

Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Resources
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. David Allen is the author of seven books and over 200 papers. His recent work has focused primarily on air quality, and the engineering of sustainable systems. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. Over the past two years, with support from Environmental Defense Fund and a group of natural gas producers, he has been leading a team measuring methane emissions from natural gas production sites. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and currently chairs the Environmental Protection Agencys Science Advisory Board. He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA and the Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.

Bill Ritter

Please see previous bio

Jon Goldin-Dubois

President
Western Resource Advocates

Jon Goldin-Dubois has been an innovator within the nonprofit community for nearly 25 years. His background includes strategic advocacy, campaign leadership, policy development and analysis and grassroots organizing. He has a B.A. from the University of Denver in International Studies and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. As Western Resource Advocates new President, Goldin-Dubois will apply his knowledge and expertise to the Wests pressing environmental and climate issues.

Matt Most

Vice President, Government Relations USA
Encana

As Vice President of Government Relations, Matts team is responsible for key U.S. policy initiatives and governmental relationships for Encana Oil and Gas, Inc. Previous to leading the Government Relations team, Matt led Encana Natural Gas, Inc., providing compressed and liquefied natural gas fueling solutions to a variety of industries. Matt joined Encana in 2010 from Edison Mission Energy where he was Managing Director of Environmental Policy and Strategy. Prior to that role, he served as Director of Emissions and Fuels for Edison Mission Marketing & Trading. He also served as Chairperson of the Environmental Markets Association for three years and as Director for five years. Matt holds a Bachelors degree from Clark University in Environmental Science and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

Amy Myers Jaffe

Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability
University of California, Davis

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). Jaffe is currently leading two major studies on US shale gas, one on its implications for sustainable transportation and the second, in conjunction with Harvard and Rice University on shale gas and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice Universitys James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold with Mahmoud El-Gamal. She currently serves as a member of the US National Petroleum Council, an advisory board member of GE Ecoimagination, and chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas with the World Economic Forum (Davos). Jaffe was honoree for Esquires annual 100 Best and Brightest (2005) and has been honored by the International Association for Energy Economics for excellence in energy writing and for her programs scholarly contribution to the field of energy and economics.

Bob Randall

Deputy Director
Colorado Department of Natural Resources

As Deputy Director, Bob Randall advises and coordinates with the Executive Director on the development and execution of the Departments policy, legislative, and communications initiatives. Bob previously served the Department as Assistant Director for Energy and Minerals and, prior to that, as Federal Lands Coordinator. Prior to joining DNR, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization. Before moving to Colorado in 2004, Bob spent seven years as a staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Bobs work in both of these posts focused on natural resources, particularly with regard to energy development, public lands management, and mining. Bob has lectured on energy issues at conferences and symposia, and he has published papers on federal lands management, oil and gas law, and oil shale policy. Bob holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Colleges Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Bob lives in Denver with his wife Kate and their daughters Olive and Francis.

Bill Ritter

Please see previous bio

Bryan Willson

Please see previous bio


The following speaker bios reflect the order of appearance at the 2014 Natural Gas Symposium Day 2 September 25, 2014

Maury Dobbie

Please see previous bio

Michael V. Martin

Please see previous bio

Bob Aaserude

Senior Vice President
MWH

Mr. Aaserude is a Sr. Vice President with MWH, and is the firms global leader responsible for serving the oil & gas industry. A civil engineer with a broad background in civil and environmental engineering, Mr. Aaserude began working for the oil & gas industry on the Alyeska Ballast Water Treatment project in Port Valdez, Alaska, almost 30 years ago. Over the years, Mr. Aaserude has worked on a variety of surface water and groundwater quality projects for the oil & gas industry, both upstream and downstream. In recent years, Mr. Aaserude has had the opportunity to gain a global perspective to water management issues affecting the oil & gas industry. With the advent of the unconventional oil & gas boom that was initiated and has been reshaping the industry in the United States over the past several years he has followed with interest how other countries have initiated their own programs. Although site-specific geologies vary considerably around the world, and the filter of government regulations changes geographically, many of the fundamental issues remain the same. The global oil field water management practice at MWH strives to bring the best practices from around the world to bear on our oil & gas clients problems.

Drew Nelson

Senior Manager for Natural Gas
Environmental Defense Fund

As Senior Manager, Natural Gas for EDFs US Climate and Energy Program, Drew is focused on better understanding the amount of methane leaked as a result of natural gas production, distribution, and use. Prior to joining EDF, Drew worked for the U.S. Department of State on the international climate negotiations. At the State Department, Drew was the lead negotiator on a variety of issues, including deploying clean technologies, reducing emissions from international aviation, and developing international sustainability criteria for biofuels. Drew also worked at the EPA in the Office of Air and Radiation. Drew has a joint masters in Policy and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, with a concentration in environmental policy.

Bryan Willson

Please see previous bio

Mark Ruth

Principal Project Lead in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Mark Ruth has been working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, USA for 21 years where he is now a Principal Project Lead in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. In that position, Mark is leading development of a model to analyze energy systems integration (ESI) concepts at the distribution level. The model will simulate retail market structures and estimate how energy producers and users will interact within those markets. Its intent is to understand how interactions between market structures and technology performance and penetration will affect energy use by residential and commercial consumers. He is also leading an effort identify and quantify the value of ESI and ESI opportunities. Previously, Mark spent seven years supporting DOEs Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program where he led development of the Macro-System Model (MSM) a tool that links US hydrogen models for crosscutting analysis. He also managed the Programs multiyear plan updating project and many project and technology reviews. Before that role, Mark developed technologies to produce fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass and starch. His work focused primarily on techno-economic analysis, linking experimental data to cost models, developing kinetic models, and operating a biomass-to-ethanol pilot plant.

Susan Reilly

President
RES Americas

Susan Reilly is President of RES Americas based in Broomfield, Colorado. Reilly has a utility background and has held key strategic roles at Scottish Power, PacifiCorp and Iberdrola and has been in the renewable energy industry in the UK and US for about 20 years. Her early career was in Principal Investment, within corporate banking, and private equity environments in the United States and United Kingdom. Reilly is Chair of AWEA and a Board member of Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

Robert LaCount

Executive Vice President
M.J. Bradley & Associates

Rob has over 20 years of professional experience working on the intersection of energy and environmental issues, with deep expertise in the natural gas and electric power industries, environmental policy and strategy, energy scenario analysis, climate change policy, emissions trading and clean energy. At MJB&A, Rob manages the firms natural gas practice including MJB&As Natural Gas Downstream Initiative. The Downstream Initiative is a coalition of natural gas utilities working to address key technical and regulatory issues affecting methane emission reduction opportunities from natural gas distribution systems. Before joining MJB&A, Rob directed environmental, climate change, and clean energy research at IHS CERA. He launched and managed the IHS Climate Change and Clean Energy Forum and advised clients on a wide range of environmental policy, clean energy, and energy market issues. Prior to IHS, Rob worked for PG&E National Energy Group as Director of Environmental Policy and Strategy. Rob has managed the design and implementation of numerous environmental regulations and emissions trading programs in previous positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Rob has testified before the US Congress and has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including foreign governments, US federal and state governments, industry groups, and nongovernmental organizations in the development of environmental and energy policies. Rob holds a BA degree in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, an MS degree in Energy Policy & Petroleum Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and the cole du Ptrole et des Moteurs of the Institut Franais du Ptrole, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Tisha Conoly Schuller

President & CEO
Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Ms. Tisha Conoly Schuller serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. As President, Ms. Schuller is responsible for leading the industry in Colorado legislative, regulatory, and public relations matters. Previously, Ms. Schuller served as a Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. In addition to running business operations, Ms. Schuller spent 15 years conducting environmental permitting for oil and natural gas projects across the country. She has a B.S. in Earth Systems with an emphasis in Geology from Stanford University. Tisha is a proud Advisory Board Member of the American Red Cross in Denver.

Michael F. Farina

Senior Manager, Strategy and Analytics
GE Oil and Gas

Michael is a senior marketing strategy leader at GE Oil and Gas. Michael follows industry fundamentals, competitive dynamics, supports commercial transactions and other key business initiatives. Michael has been with GE for more than six years in various roles at the Energy and Corporate levels. He brings substantial subject matter expertise in oil and gas markets and broad knowledge of GEs energy portfolio. He has been involved in strategy and market development related to unconventional resources, natural gas systems, and distributed power. In 2011, he authored Flare Gas Reduction: Recent global trends and policy considerations to help drive GE efforts to establish new technology and business solutions. In 2013, he was lead analyst and co-author of the Age of Gas and the Power of Networks and Chinas Age of Gas white papers. Michael has been in the oil and gas industry for more than twenty years. Previously he was a Director of natural gas consulting at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and has worked on LNG, pipeline, and gas-fired power plant development around the world. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and a MA in Economics from the University of Colorado.

Pete Stark

Senior Research Director and Advisor
IHS CERA

Prior to joining IHS from Englewood, Colorado in 1969, Philip H. Pete Stark was an exploration geologist for Mobil Oil. Dr. Stark has authored papers on E&P databases, hydrocarbon shows, horizontal drilling, US natural gas, global oil and gas resources, global E&P trends, giant fields and unconventional O&G. He co-authored special IHS studies of North American gas supplies during 1992 and 1994, unconventional gas supplies in 2010, tight oil in 2012 and global tight oil in 2013. Pete has participated in the AAPG Resources Committee and AAPG-SPE resource research conferences. He serves on the AAPG Corporate Advisory Board and has served on the boards of the AAPG International Pavilion and the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS). Previously, he was chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Department of Geology and Geophysics. Dr. Stark holds a BSc in geology from the University of Oklahoma and MSc and Ph.D degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Department of Geology and Geophysics honored Dr. Starks contributions to the university and profession with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Pete also received a 2011 Honorary Member Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a 2011 IHS Chairmans Award. Pete was named to the Houston Business Journals 2013 and Whos Who in Energy publications.

David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow
Center on Global Energy Policy
Columbia University

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia Universitys new Center on Global Energy Policy. He is a senior adviser to Garten Rothkopf LLC and member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. As Under Secretary (Acting), Mr. Sandalow helped oversee DOEs renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy and electricity delivery programs, with a budget of more than $3.5 billion per year. As Assistant Secretary, he helped coordinate policy development and international activities at the Department. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff. Mr. Sandalow is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009). He speaks and writes widely on energy and environment policy and has served as a moderator at many conferences including the Clinton Global Initiative and World Future Energy Summit. Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) and Yale College (BA Philosophy).

Christopher Smith

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Christopher Smith is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy with responsibilities for office operations and managing the oversight of Fossil Energys Research and Development program (encompassing coal, oil and natural gas) and the U.S. Petroleum Reserves. He was appointed to the Department of Energy in 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for FEs Office of Oil and Natural Gas. Smith served as the Designated Federal Official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, established by President Obama to investigate the root causes of the Gulf oil spill. Prior to his appointment in October of 2009, Smith served in managerial and analytical positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector. Most recently he spent eleven years with two major international oil companies focused primarily on upstream business development and LNG trading, including three years negotiating production and transportation agreements in Bogot, Colombia. Smith began his career as an officer in the U. S. Army and served tours in Korea and Hawaii. He subsequently worked for Citibank and JPMorgan in New York City and London in the area of emerging markets and currency derivatives. Smith holds a bachelors degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Cambridge University. Smith is married to Dr. Patricia Smith. They reside in Alexandria with their two children.

Andrew Ware

Director of Strategic Projects
Cheniere Energy

Andrew Ware is the Director of Strategic Projects for Cheniere Energy, which is developing the first LNG export project in the continental US at its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. Mr. Ware has over 15 years of experience in the natural gas industry. He has held multiple positions at Cheniere in communications and strategic planning, and previously served as a senior analyst of natural gas markets. Prior to joining Cheniere in 2006, Mr. Ware was managing editor and editor-in-chief of Natural Gas Week, an Energy Intelligence publication. Mr. Ware received his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in International Relations.

John Volckens

Associate Professor of Mechancial Engineering & Environmental Health Sciences
Colorado State University

Dr. John Volckens directs the Center for Energy Development and Health within the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. His research interests involve combustion science, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease. He earned a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1996 and MS and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He then went on to a Postdoctoral position in Environmental Chemistry at the U.S. EPAs National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. In 2004 he joined the faculty at Colorado State University, where he pioneered the development of several new sensor technologies resulting in two recent patent applications. Dr. Volckens is the recipient of the Best Paper award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal (1999) and the Journal of Indoor Air (2013). He has over 15 years of experience and has published over 50 manuscripts related to exposure science and air pollution. He is a co-founder of Access Sensor Technologies, a spinout company started through his research collaborations at Colorado State University.

Mike Van Dyke

Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Health, Toxicology Section
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Mike Van Dyke is the Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Health, and Toxicology Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Dr. Van Dyke has spent the last 15 years working in public and occupational health focusing on exposure assessment, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and risk communication.

Eric J. Esswein

Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Industrial Hygienist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Western States Office, Denver, CO

Eric is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service where he holds the rank of Captain. He has 27 years experience in occupational safety and health and for the past 23 years has been assigned to CDC/NIOSH. He conducts field-based occupational health exposure research, in oil and gas extraction as part of a research program he began in 2010, the NIOSH Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks for Oil and Gas Workers. Eric holds bachelor and masters degrees in environmental health/toxicology and public health/industrial hygiene and is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. He is the first named inventor for two patents in the area of chemical detection and decontamination, author or co-author for more than 30 NIOSH technical publications and 16 peer-reviewed articles. He was recently appointed as Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witswatersrand, School of Public Health in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jeffrey M. Citrone

Manager of Health and Safety
Bill Barrett Corporation

Bill Barrett Corporation is a Denver-based Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Company with extensive operations in Northeast Colorado. Mr. Citrone obtained a Master of Science in Geology from Lehigh University located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Mr. Citrone is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional and a State of Wyoming Professional Geologist. Mr. Citrone is also a current member for the State of Colorado Governors Workers Compensation Cost Containment Review Board. He was recognized by the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association as its 2010 Industrial Hygienist of the Year. Mr. Citrone is also a Past President and a current delegate of the American Society of Safety Engineers Colorado Chapter. Mr. Citrone started as an oil exploration and production geologist; and has over 36 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field. Mr. Citrone has performed a variety of activities during his career, including developing safety, health and environmental management systems for the oil & gas industry. His activities also included observing and sampling work processes and conditions in order to evaluate potential exposures to occupational hazards; and evaluating these exposures in order to develop plans and procedures to minimize them.

Morgan DeFoort

Managing Director
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Dr. Morgan DeFoort is the Managing Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, which serves as the hub for all energy-related activities at the University (including R&D, education, outreach, technology commercialization). Morgan received his B.A in Physics from Hastings College and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. In his R&D career, Morgan has managed over $10M in sponsored research, primarily in emissions control for industrial engines, advanced ignition systems, bio?fuels, biomass combustion, and technology for sustainable development. Morgan has participated in the creation of several technology ventures (including Envirofit International and Solix Biofuels), and manages a new technology incubator / investment fund called Factor(E) which is developing solutions to access to energy in the developing world in partnership with the Shell Foundation, Morgan also serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster.

James Newcomb

Managing Director
Rocky Mountain Institute

James Newcomb leads the Institutes electricity practice. He is a writer, consultant, and scenario thinker with 25 years experience in managing cutting-edge research and advisory organizations. Prior to joining RMI, James served as Group Manager for markets, policy and impacts analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratorys Strategic Energy Analysis Center. At NREL, James helped to lead the laboratorys Renewable Electricity Futures study, which examined the technical, economic, and environmental challenges and opportunities of delivering 80% of U.S. electricity supplies from renewable sources by 2050. In addition to leading the groups ongoing research in renewable energy finance and policy analysis, he initiated new programs in behavioral economics and innovation. Previously, as Managing Director and co-founder of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-era), he led bio-eras research on issues affecting the future of biological systems, energy, and the environment. Bio-era provided strategic consulting and advisory services in areas of biofuels, advanced biotechnology, and the business and economic impacts of emerging infectious diseases. From 19922000, James was the founding president and CEO of E source, a for-profit subsidiary of RMI that provided information on energy technology and services to electric and gas utilities and corporate energy managers around the world. E source was sold to the Financial Times, a business unit of Pearson plc, for $18 million in 1999. Previously, he established and led the natural gas practice at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) a leading global oil and gas consultancy. James has a M.A., ENERGY AND RESOURCES, 1984 from University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group and a B.A. in ECONOMICS, cum laude, 1979 from Harvard University.

Dag Nummedal

Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute
Colorado School of Mines

The Institute is focused on multi-disciplinary research programs in both fossil and renewable energy. CERI includes a research portfolio in basin analysis, co-produced water management, methane emissions measurement and mitigation research, and a new joint institute on geothermal energy research, linked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (also in Golden, CO), and CO2 capture, sequestration and enhanced oil recovery. Overall, CERIs research portfolio is increasingly focused on technology pathways towards more sustainable fossil energy production and use. The methane emissions and CO2 management research is closely related to, and co-funded by, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory which brings in partnerships with CU, CSU, NOAA and NREL. Dag Nummedal has an MS from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Colorado School of Mines in 2004, Nummedal served as Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University and the University of Wyoming. He also served for five years as Manager of exploration and production technology at the Unocal Corporation, in Houston, Texas. Dag Nummedal has served as president of SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and as an AAPG distinguished speaker. He is currently board member at RPSEA, the S&T committee at the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, the Energy Security Advisory Board at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Norwegian carbon sequestration research center SUCCESS, the Energy Council, and the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. He is a guest professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing, and is a frequent lecturer at universities and companies worldwide.

Paul Nelson

President, Ward Alternative Energy
Managing Partner, Saoradh Energy Partners

Paul has 25 years of energy, entrepreneurial and technology development experience. Ward Alternative Energy is developing commercial natural gas vehicle fueling stations and providing vehicle support services in Colorado and the surrounding region. Concurrent to his role at Ward, he is the managing partner of Saoradh Energy Partners, an investor in Ward. He held various positions from 2003-2010 in the research/technology field such as managing director at the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (a joint research center of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory that includes the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, multiple universities, and global energy/materials companies) and developer of the industry interface for the University of Colorados Energy Initiative/Renewable & Sustainable Energy Research Institute. From 1989-2003, he held positions at Julander Energy Company, Natural Fuels Company (NFC), and Blue Energy & Technologies. As founder and CEO of Blue Energy, he raised venture and strategic capital, acquired NFC from Xcel Energy and the Alternative Fuels Division of TXU Energy in Dallas, built the company and eventually sold it to ENRG Fuels. The combination of Blue Energy and ENRG Fuels was later renamed Clean Energy Fuels, which was taken public in 2007 (NASDAQ: CLNE). He is a member of various boards such as the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, Center of the American West and CU Tech Transfer Office. He received the lifetime achievement award in 1998 from NGVAmerica; in 2008 received the CU Physical Science/Engineering/IT Business Advisor of the Year award; and, in 2011 received the Colorado Governors Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership. He holds a B.A. and M.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in business finance, all from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a native of Colorado.

Ed Schneider

VP Diligence and Business Intelligence
Energy Insights a McKinsey Solution

Ed Schneider is leader in McKinseys Energy Insights unit. He focuses in North America oil and gas, serving operating and financial clients across the value chain including upstream, services, midstream, and trading. Ed has been a long-time leader in the development of McKinseys perspective on NA gas and light-tight-oil. Prior to McKinsey, Ed was a Production Manager and Process Engineer and Solvay and BP. Ed holds a BE in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a MBA from the Kellogg of Management, and a Masters in Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering of Northwestern University.

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Curtis Rueter

Manager of LNG & CNG Development
U.S. Onshore Operations
Noble Energy

Curtis Rueter is the Manager of LNG & CNG Development in the U.S. Onshore Operations for Noble Energy. Mr. Rueter is responsible for developing and implementing Nobles LNG/CNG strategy for using natural gas as a transportation and motor fuel throughout its operation and in its supply chain. Nobles initiatives in this area include the ongoing conversion of its lease operator truck fleet to bi-fuel vehicles, the use of LNG in drilling rigs and in its pressure pumping fleet, the construction of a LNG plant in northern Colorado, and a partnership with local Colorado school districts to convert to CNG school buses. Mr. Rueter also serves on the Board of NGVAmerica. Mr. Rueter received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.