Below are brief biographies for conference speakers. Not all speakers provided biographies.
Andy Black is President and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., whose membership is comprised of owners and operators of liquid pipelines. Andy is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the association’s activities, including implementation of the association’s public policy priorities and its advocacy to Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Administration and other relevant parties. Prior to joining AOPL, Andy served as the Director of Federal Government Relations in Washington for the El Paso Corporation, a Fortune 500 natural gas pipeline, natural gas and petroleum producer, and LNG terminal operator. Previously, Andy was Director of the Office of External Affairs for the FERC. He served as the top staff top representative to the Congress, intergovernmental agencies and many stakeholder groups. Prior to joining FERC, Andy held several positions as a Congressional staff member for Congressman Joe Barton. He was Deputy Staff Director for Policy for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce during Barton’s chairmanship. Andy received a Bachelor’s of Science from Texas Christian University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Paul Blackburn, J.D. is Staff Attorney for Plains Justice where he provides legal resources to help communities in the Northern Plains make the transition to a new energy future. Paul is an Iowa native who earned a law degree from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Macalester College. In Washington, DC, he worked for Van Ness Feldman, a law firm that specialized in energy and Native American matters, and also for the National Environmental Trust and Oceana. In California, he served as the Director of Government and Public Relations for a fuel-cell development company, worked in conservation advocacy for a local Sierra Club Chapter, helped found an alternative transportation advocacy organization, and participated in a number of conservation advocacy campaigns.
Larry Blair is the Executive Engineer with the Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority. With a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and masters degrees in both Civil Engineering and Administration he was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1961-1981 serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and as director of public works at Fort Carson, CO. Mr. Blair served as an engineer with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority from 1981-1997, and as director of public works for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1997 -2001. In1993 he was named one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association, and the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers named Mr. Blair the Engineer of the Year in 1994. For his meritorious service to our country he received the Bronze Star with Valor, and the Purple Heart. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife Kathleen.
James Davenport has been with the National Association of Counties since 1998 where he serves as is the Community Services Program Manager. He provides education and technical assistance on Source Water Protection, Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention, Smart Growth, and other environmental/land use areas to member governments, state associations of counties, and interested organizations. James also conducts extensive outreach and responds to member inquiries, and represents NACo at relevant national and regional meetings and presents project findings at meetings and conferences. Before coming to NACo James was with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (Environmental Planner) from1991-1997 and the Newport News Department of Public Utilities (Research Assistant) from 1988-1990. He received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in1984, and a Historic Preservation Certificate from Goucher College in 1997.
Dr. Donald Davis is a Professor at Penn State University, with the Institute for Energy and the Environment. Dr. Davis’ research includes several graduate students, and deals mainly with air pollution effects on forests and biocontrol of invasive plants. He has recently submitted grant proposals dealing with effects of Marcellus Shale drilling on forests of Pennsylvania. He also is a member of a partnership that consults for various industrial, environmental, and governmental agencies, mainly evaluating effects of air pollution on forests. Dr. Davis has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to The Netherlands, and as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Australia.
Delvin DeBoer, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Water and Environmental Research Center at South Dakota State University. For the past 30 years, Dr. DeBoer has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in water treatment, quality and distribution at SDSU. His recent research has focused on optimizing water treatment processes for disinfection by-product control, the use of membrane and precipitation processes in public and ethanol water supply systems, and maintaining water quality in public water distribution systems. Dr. DeBoer received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from South Dakota State Univerisity and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Jim Doherty has been an attorney for 32 years, working almost exclusively with local government issues as a public defender, prosecutor, assistant attorney general, assistant city attorney, and, for the past 17 years, as a legal consultant for Municipal Research & Services Center (MRSC) in Seattle. Since the Bellingham tragedy in 1999, Jim has been taking the lead on pipeline issues at MRSC (MRSC is a private non-profit organization providing professional services to cities, counties and special purpose districts throughout the State of Washington).
Jennifer Esposito is Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, which is under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to joining the Committee in 2004, she was with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters where she held the post of Legislative Representative. While at the Teamsters, Ms. Esposito served as a classified staff liaison for the labor movement on President Bush’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Trade (LAC), and the U.S. National Administrative Office’s North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation. Prior to joining the Teamsters in 1999, Ms. Esposito worked as a Legislative Representative for the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (TTD), where she spearheaded transportation labor’s campaign to reauthorize ISTEA and to reauthorize the Department of Transportation’s hazardous materials safety program. Prior to joining TTD, Ms. Esposito was Manager of Government Relations for the American Iron and Steel Institute. She also worked for the National Federation of Independent Business and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter as a congressional aide.
Lynda Farrell, Blue Heron Consulting & Honeysuckle Hill Farms, LLC has provided independent agricultural and environmental consulting in Pennsylvania for 7 years. Her work ranges from woman based education for farmers, to promoting agricultural and environmental stewardship, and most recently, pipeline safety awareness education. Lynda’s first pipeline experience occurred as a farmer. She’d never heard of “smart pigs” of the pipeline variety and expected an explosion when the ground rumbled below her feet during an unannounced inspection of Williams Transco pipes. Unaware that she was practicing Industry dictates, she “Ran like Hell”! Lynda has since facilitated the TAG awarded to S.A.V.E. and will work with S.A.V.E. on their second TAG to create a Chester County Coalition for Pipeline Safety. Lynda will also facilitate Penn State University’s TAG, “Forest Vegetation as a Bioindicator to Detect Leaking Natural Gas Pipelines.” She also serves as a Chester County Conservation District Associate Director, PA-WAgN representative, Chester County Pipeline Task Force committee chair, “Keep Farming First Summit” committee and loves volunteering with her certified Pet Therapy dog, Phoebe, at local rehabilitation centers.
Jack Fox is General Manager, Pipeline Security, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC. Jack joined TSA in September 2002 to start the Pipeline Security Program and he is responsible for the development and implementation of Pipeline Security Programs at TSA. During this period of time, Jack has conducted reviews of the security of approximately 60 pipeline companies and he has also worked closely with Natural Resources Canada on the vulnerability assessments that have been completed on the cross border pipeline infrastructure. Before joining TSA, Mr. Fox worked as Investigator-In-Charge, Pipeline Accident Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, DC for 5 years. During his time at NTSB, he was responsible for leading pipeline accident investigations and the preparation and submission of the final Accident Report to the Safety Board for approval of the report and the safety recommendations that were being made. Prior to working at NTSB, Mr. Fox worked in various capacities in the pipeline industry in the United States for 30 + years. Mr. Fox is a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
Kelli Gustaf is the Pipeline Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology. She reviews and approves all pipeline oil spill contingency plans in Washington and designs and evaluates both tabletop and deployment drills. Kelli also serves as the inland Geographic Response Plan Coordinator. Previously Kelli worked as a Spill Responder and facility and vessel Contingency Plan Manager. Ms. Gustaf is appointed to the CANUSWEST workgroup, Northwest Area Committee Geographic Response workgroup, and the Northwest Area Committee Response Science and Technology workgroup where she works spill preparedness and response issues. Ms. Gustaf has a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sam Hall is a Program Manager for the Office of Pipeline Safety in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In this capacity, Mr. Hall coordinates a variety of PHMSA damage prevention initiatives, including the Technical Assistance Grants program, the third-party excavation damage enforcement rulemaking, and several cooperative agreements with damage prevention and pipeline safety stakeholder groups such as the Common Ground Alliance and the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Mr. Hall began working with PHMSA in 1998 in support of the National Pipeline Mapping System and served as the GIS Manager from 2003 to 2005. He left PHMSA in 2005 to pursue opportunities in Virginia state government, where he worked for both the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Geographic Information Network. He returned to PHMSA in 2008 to serve in his current role. Mr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Geography from George Mason University.
Robert W. Hill – Brookings County, South Dakota Planning, Zoning and Drainage Director for the past 7 years. He has been involved in siting three wind tower projects, two which are complete and one is under construction. A 300 megawatt Natural Gas Energy Conversion Facility, with an associated transmission pipeline is currently under construction in his county. He is a member of the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Protecting Transmission Pipeline (PTP) Team, representing the National Association of County Planners (NACP), as an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo). He is retired from the U.S. Army and has a MS and BS in Geography from South Dakota State University (SDSU).
Robert Jones was appointed vice-president of Keystone Pipelines in June, 2006. Prior to this appointment, he provided leadership to the Keystone project team for more than three years while developing the project from the conceptual stage. Mr. Jones has overall accountability for the development and construction of all phases of the Keystone project including securing land and permits, engineering, procurement and construction management of the project as well as the processes required for operations build-up of the Keystone Pipeline system. Prior to joining TransCanada in 1998, Mr. Jones worked for Interprovincial Pipe Line, now Enbridge, for more than 10 years. He has more than 26 years of professional experience in business development, management, engineering and operations of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbon pipeline systems.
Eileen Quinn Juico is a consultant for the Technical Assistance Grant awarded to West Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania with West Pikeland, East Nantmeal, and Green Valleys Association as partners. Ms. Juico is a member of the Chester County Pipeline Task Force which seeks to facilitate accurate and timely technical review of pipeline projects proposed in or impacting Chester County and to act as a liaison between FERC, pipeline companies, and affected county residents, municipalities and organizations. As an attorney, Ms. Juico has drafted and reviewed land use and zoning ordinances for municipal clients and advised on compliance with federal and state environmental regulations. While serving as President of the West Pikeland Land Trust for four years, she organized public forums on land conservation and watershed management. Ms. Juico now focuses on advocating for stronger pipeline safety regulations. Ms.Juico has a B.A. degree from Smith College and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.
Rick Kessler is president and partner at Dow Lohnes Government Strategies, a Washington, DC government relations firm. Named by The Hill as one of its 2010 Top Lobbyists, Mr. Kessler is best known as the former chief of staff to House Energy and Commerce Chair Emeritus John D. Dingell and as a Democratic Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he served as primary staffer to the Democratic Committee Members on numerous issues related to the Pipeline Safety Act, the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Natural Gas Policy Act, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Energy Policy and Conservation Act, The Northwest Power Act, Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, the Energy Policy Act, and many others. Previously Mr. Kessler was the Director of former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Kessler was also the Associate Director of Government Affairs for Princeton University, worked as Legislative Director to Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., and held legislative positions with Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and former US Rep. William J. Hughes.
Chris Killian is a freelance journalist based in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has reported for several newspapers, magazines and news Websites, with the majority of his recent work being published in the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette. Over his five-year career as a professional journalist, the thrust of his reporting has dealt with environmental policy, politics and the effects of pollution on the environment and economic development. He began reporting on the Marshall, Mich. Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline break since Day 1 of the spill, and continues to report on the story to this day. In addition to the daily reporting of the spill story, he wrote several in-depth enterprise pieces looking into pipeline safety regulations, how they are enforced and how effective they are in ensuring the public safety. He has a bachelorÕs degree in English and History and a masterÕs degree in counseling psychology, all from Western Michigan University.
Terri Larson is the Manager, U.S. Public Affairs – Natural Gas Operations & Projects for Enbridge, where she serves as lead for all U.S. natural gas communications and manages the pipeline public awareness programs for Enbridge U.S. and Vector Pipeline. Ms. Larson serves on a number of industry committees, including the API Public Awareness Group, the API RP 1162 Steering Committee and Revision Workgroup, INGAA’s Pipeline Safety Communications Subcommittee and the PIPA Communications Team. Since July 26, 2010, she has served as the lead public information officer on the company’s spill response in Marshall, Michigan. Ms. Larson has a degree in Radio/TV from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA in Marketing from University of Phoenix Online.
Chuck Lesniak has lived in Austin, Texas for over 25 years, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Aquatic Biology, and is a Registered Environmental Manager. He has worked for the City of Austin in the environmental field for over 20 years and is currently an Environmental Policy Program Manager in the Watershed Protection Department. Until 1999, when Austin joined a lawsuit over conversion of a local pipeline from crude oil to refined products, Chuck didn’t know pipelines from Shinola. However, he is now the City of Austin’s “Pipeline Guy”. In addition to the Longhorn lawsuit, Chuck helped develop Austin’s pipeline setback ordinance, led the risk analysis and technical evaluation of two other pipelines in the Austin area, and has represented Austin and the National League of Cities in the PIPA process. More important than all of that are his wife, son, age 12, and daughter, age 9.
Peter Lidiak is the Director of API’s Pipeline Segment. Previously, he was a member of API’s Downstream Department where he served as the Fuels and Refining Issues Manager and Senior Fuels Associate. Prior to that, Mr. Lidiak staffed API’s Title I Task Force working on National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Review, Regional Haze and other Clean Air Act-related issues. He joined API in 2000 after a fifteen-year tenure with the U.S. EPA working primarily on mobile source air quality issues, including national transportation policies, sustainable development, and fuels. Prior to working for EPA, he taught secondary school science and had a short tenure with the University of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Lidiak has a B.A. in Physical Science from Colgate University.
Aaron Martinez is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. Aaron began his career with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality where he spent time in various roles including environmental permitting, local government compliance assistance, field investigations, and emergency response. After leaving the TCEQ, Aaron took over as Administrator of the Corpus Christi Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), a division of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. In this role, Aaron coordinated a national award winning public-private partnership bringing together citizen groups, industry, and government response agencies to educate, plan, train, and exercise for hazardous materials emergencies. Aaron has extensive training in hazardous materials response, emergency management, and is a certified instructor in the Incident Command System (ICS). In 2008, Aaron joined NuStar Energy, L.P., a pipeline and terminals company operating over 8,000 miles of pipeline and over 90 terminals. Aaron’s current duties include overseeing corporate pipeline safety programs, including pipeline response planning, regulatory compliance, public awareness, and operator qualification. Aaron formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Management Association of Texas and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross – San Antonio Area Chapter.
Alan Mayberry is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and is located in Washington, DC. In his role, Alan oversees PHMSA’s inspection program through five regional offices and its emergency response functions. Prior to his current role, Alan was PHMSA’s Director of the Office of Engineering and Emergency Support, where he supported PHMSA’s program and regional offices on hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline issues. Alan’s 29 years of natural gas industry experience is split evenly between transmission/distribution engineering and operations roles. Alan attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He is also a registered professional engineer.
Danny McGriff is Chairman of the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR). He began his career with the Georgia Public Service Commission in 1980, where he currently serves as Director of the Pipeline Safety Office. Mr. McGriff directs and coordinates the daily activities for two departments: Pipeline Safety Section and the Georgia Utility Facilities Protection Act (“GUFPA”) Section. In addition he worked with the Legislative Committee and developed the GUFPA that became law in July 2000 charging the Georgia Public Service Commission with enforcement. Mr. McGriff has received high marks for being instrumental in developing and managing an effective damage prevention program for the state that covers all buried utility facilities. Through his efforts, Georgia is recognized at the federal level as having one of the top five damage prevention programs in the United States. Those efforts have landed Mr. McGriff on national committees charged with developing a damage prevention program to be carried to those states that do not currently have such a program.
Anthony Moscarelli is a retiree from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has lived in Suisun City, California for twenty-two years. His residential housing subdivision borders a pipeline corridor that has a 16” and a 32” buried high-pressure natural gas pipelines. He also has two military pipelines that run parallel to the natural gas pipelines through his backyard. The military pipeline supplies Travis Air Force Base with jet fuel and the 32” natural gas pipeline feeds into Travis AFB that is located one mile away. He has gotten involved in bringing into the light the lack of concern of the local City Government and Travis AFB Officials towards Public Safety over the Military’s pipelines. He was also awarded a Community Technical Assistance Grant in September 2009 to study those major pipelines in that corridor.
Christie Murray is the National Community Assistance and Technical Services Coordinator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety in Washington D.C. In this capacity, Ms. Murray coordinates various damage prevention, public awareness, and communication activities with the regional Community Assistance and Technical Services (CATS) staff. Prior to joining PHMSA, Christie worked for the Department of Defense, Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia and was a Systems Engineer responsible for managing and executing technical aspects of fuel and water acquisition programs. Christie Murray also has a strong background in pipeline operations, communications and pipeline IT and engineering support. Christie’s experience in the pipeline industry includes working for Colonial Pipeline in various capacities. In addition, she worked for Equilon Enterprises as an Electrical Engineer, coordinating crude, diesel and gasoline pipeline engineering projects, including hydro tests and running smart pipeline anomaly detector tools. Christie holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), an MBA in General Management, an MS in Computer Information Systems and a BS in Electrical Engineering.
Cynthia L. Quarterman is Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. She was nominated by President Barack H. Obama on August 14, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 5, 2009. Ms. Quarterman was most recently a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she litigated and advised clients on matters associated with pipeline safety, royalty valuation, federal land minerals management, pipeline acquisitions, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil, gas, and liquefied natural gas facilities, the jurisdictional status of pipeline assets, as well as surface transportation, alternative energy and telecommunications. She is a former director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in the US Department of the Interior (DOI) March 1995-August 1999. As Director, she was responsible for ensuring compliance with many environmental laws. From 1992-1995, Ms. Quarterman served in various capacities at DOI. Ms. Quarterman previously practiced at a law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law. Prior to law school, she received an Industrial Engineering degree from Northwestern University and worked as an engineer for IBM.
Martin Ricard is the editor of the San Bruno Patch. He is a true Bay Area native, growing up in Hayward and attending public schools there through high school, then attended UC Berkeley twice—the first time for his bachelor’s degree, the second time for his master’s in multimedia journalism. While most of his experience comes from living in the East Bay, he approaches the majority of things with a perspective that appreciates the entire Bay Area, knowing that he has been influenced by the diversity that truly exists across that region.
Annmarie Robertson joined PHMSA’s Office of Program Development on in 2009. Annmarie previously worked for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s Pipeline Safety Division. She served as an inspector beginning in 1995 and transitioned to the position of Director of Pipeline Safety 2003, where she remained until coming to PHMSA. Annmarie was active in the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives, participating on a number of task teams and committees, and serving as Chair of the organization until her move to PHMSA. She has also been actively involved in the Common Ground Alliance. Annmarie is a Purdue University graduate and resides in Indianapolis. In her position at PHMSA, Annmarie focuses on working with stakeholders with respect to damage prevention issues and other related matters.
Ryan Salmon is the coordinator for climate and energy policy at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., where he works on various climate and energy issues, with a primary concentration on stopping high-carbon fuels, including tar sands, coal-to-liquids, and oil shale. Mr. Salmon advocates for strengthening oversight of existing infrastructure, preventing the permitting of new projects, and eliminating government subsidies for these fuels. He presently runs a national campaign to raise public awareness on the implications of developing high-carbon fuels to AmericaÕs energy future and their impacts on wildlife and natural resources. He holds a MasterÕs degree in ecology from the University of Vermont.
Christina Sames is the Vice President of Operations and Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA). In this role, she works closely with AGA’s members and stakeholders to improve safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness through promotion of sound regulation and legislation, coordination of best practices programs, forums to exchange information, and the development of a wide range of materials on corrosion, measurement, gas operations, environmental issues and other topics related to delivery of natural gas. Prior to joining AGA, Christina worked for Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. and spent 12 years with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. She holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Steven M. Sandy, AICP, CZA has worked in Montgomery County, Virginia for over ten years. He currently serves as the Director of the Planning and GIS Services Department. Montgomery County is an urbanizing county of approximately 90,000 citizens in southwest VA and is home of Virginia Tech. Previously Steven worked in the planning and zoning departments in Botetourt and Franklin Counties in Virginia. Steven has served as a representative of the National Association of Counties (NACO) and specifically the National Association of County Planners (NACP) on the PIPA report preparation. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the VA Association of Zoning Officials (VAZO). He is also actively involved in a number of other planning and zoning organizations such as the American Planning Association (APA), Rural Planning Caucus (RPC), PlanVirginia. Steven received a B.S. from N.C. State University in 1994 and a Masters degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2006. He is a certified planner through American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified Zoning Administrator through VAZO. Steve is married with three children and he enjoys outdoor activities and coaching youth sports.
Carl Weimer is the Executive Director of the national Pipeline Safety Trust. He also serves on the Governor appointed Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety, as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the steering committee for the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance. Mr. Weimer has testified to both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on pipeline safety issues, organized five national pipeline safety conferences, pushed for stronger pipeline safety legislation on the national and state level, runs the national Safe Pipelines and LNG Safety listserves that include over 700 people from around the country, and regularly serves as an independent source of pipeline safety information for news media, local government, and citizens around the country. Mr. Weimer was elected in 2005 and again in 2009 to the Whatcom County Council. He has a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, as well a degree in Industrial Electronics Technology from Peninsula College.
Robert Whitesides has served on the Board of Directors of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council since 2000. During this time the Council’s primary concentration has been on the remediation of the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site, one of the largest PCB contaminated sediment site in the United States. He has represented the Council on the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, which advises the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and was established under the U.S. – Canadian International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes. Subsequent to graduating from Harvard College in Economics, he served five and half years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as a Nuclear Weapons Officer and as an intelligence analyst. After naval service, he completed an MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Employment with Crowley Maritime led eventually to the Middle East and employment in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. Prior to retirement in 2009 he worked in pulp and paper industry operations training as a consultant in North America and Asia. He has also retired from blue water sailing, having raced on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arabian Gulf, and Lake Michigan.
Jeff Wiese is PHMSA’s Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, a position he also held on an acting basis between July and January 2007. He also served as Acting Deputy Associate Administrator from August to December 2006. During that time he lead implementation of the newly enacted Pipeline, Inspection, Protection, Safety and Enforcement Act of 2006, including creation and rollout of the agency’s enforcement transparency website. Jeff served the agency as its Director for Program Development within the Office of Pipeline Safety for nearly ten years, during a period of rapid growth and transformation in the pipeline safety program. In that role he directed major new policy initiatives, including design, development, and deployment of Integrity Management oversight and improved pipeline public awareness programs. Prior to joining DOT, Jeff worked for fifteen years for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) within the U.S. Department of Interior. At MMS Jeff directed several programs, including the offshore safety management program, and served for five years as Chief of Staff for Offshore Operations. Mr. Wiese has an M.A. from the University of Rhode Island with interdisciplinary focus on science, policy, and economics and a B.S. in General Science from Grinnell College. He has a son and daughter and lives in Reston, VA.
Libby Willis is president of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods, a position she was first elected to in December 2009. She was the first director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Southwest Field Office based in Fort Worth and also the first executive director of Preservation Texas, a statewide nonprofit organization. She has served on many Fort Worth and Texas organization boards including the Downtown Fort Worth Tax Increment Finance District and the city’s Cultural District Committee. She was first elected to leaadership in her neighborhood organization in 2003, helping earn the group local neighborhood of the year and national neighborhood honors in 2007 and 2010. In her capacity as president of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association she led that group through the early mineral leasing process. She has chaired the League of Neighborhood’s gas drilling committee since its inception in 2008 and has led the League’s programs to inform Fort Worth citizens about urban drilling issues and to advocate for responsible drilling in the city. She facilitated the League’s PHMSA TAG project and looks forward to helping implement its recommendations on the local and state levels.
Harold Winnie is currently a Community Assistance and Technical Services Regional Project Manager in the Central Region Office located in Kansas City, MO for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the US Department of Transportation. Harold has been with PHMSA for 8 years. His work experience covers a broad range of activities, from gas and electric operations, to construction, to the development and operation of a materials testing laboratory which provided new product approval and failure analysis investigations. Harold’s current duties involve providing pipeline safety information at public meetings, participating in CGA national committee, participating in CGA regional partners, involvement in state damage prevention activities, communicating pipeline safety information to a variety of stakeholders and as an ombudsman working with landowners and operators to increase understanding to assist in the resolve issues. Harold has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a MBA in Business from Webster University.