Power Matters II: Speakers

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Along with his two fellow full-time commissioners, Baker establishes overall agency direction and policy, and makes final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters.

Baker also serves as Governor Abbott’s appointee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, represents Texas as the chair on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team, and serves on the Coastal Land Advisory Board.

Prior to his appointment, Baker was a policy and budget advisor on energy, natural resources and agriculture issues for the Governor’s Office, where he was also the liaison between the office and members of the Legislature, constituents, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the TCEQ, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Animal Health Commission. He is a past natural resource policy advisor to Sen. Craig Estes, and the former director and clerk of the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources.

Baker received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the Texas A&M George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Elaina Ball was promoted to Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Austin Energy on Oct. 31, 2016. She served as Interim Chief Operating Officer beginning in late 2015. Ball served as Vice President of Power Production since October 2013, and joined Austin Energy in September 2012 as the Decker Creek Power Station plant manager, where she focused on plant operations improvements and employee engagement. Ball came to Austin Energy from CPS Energy in San Antonio, where she served most recently as the vice president of Technical Services & Energy Solutions, leading a team of more than 300 employees involved in transmission, substation, and distribution engineering, as well as smart grid and demand response programs. In addition to her electric utility experience, Ball has experience in quality improvement and process optimization in the chemical industry.

Ball has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Idaho Utility Executive course.

Head of Global Oilfield Services and Member of the North American Upstream Team
  • John has over 15 years of experience covering the Oilfield Services and Upstream Oil & Gas sectors. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2012, John worked in Citi’s Houston, Hong Kong and New York offices.
  • His primary coverage area is Oilfield Services and Upstream, providing strategic, M&A and financing advice to management teams and boards. John has participated in engagements across nearly all areas of oil & gas
  • John has participated in or led capital markets transactions raising over $30Bn, ranging from initial and follow-on public equity offerings, private equity raises, public and private debt offerings and recapitalizations
  • Before his career in finance, John worked for Deloitte Consulting (business analyst) and Motorola (design and operations engineer)
  • John holds a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA with honors and distinction from The Wharton School
  • John also serves as a board member/advisor for the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Food Bank’s “Backpack Blast” initiative, and the Bauer College of Business (UH) Gutierrez Energy Management Institute
  • John and his wife, Melina, currently live in Houston with their two children, John (6) and Janine (4)
Vice President, Administration & Chief People Officer, TEA

Susan Boggs oversees all human resources, employee relations, and administrative functions for The Energy Authority, whose diverse workforce includes over 200 employees spanning locations from Florida to Washington state. She directs TEA’s talent acquisition and implements the organization’s strategy for hiring, developing, rewarding, and retaining outstanding talent.

Ms. Boggs was formerly Director of Human Resources for S&P USA, the North American subsidiary of Soler & Palau Ventilation Group. She has supported organizations in many different industries, including software development, manufacturing, and heavy equipment. Her diverse background includes a previous career in music education, giving her unique insight into the practice and importance of empowering people to elevate their skills and achieve their goals.

Ms. Boggs’ community engagement reflects her values of developing and positioning people for success in their professional lives. She serves as a board member of the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum, an organization that supports professional women in local businesses. She is also on the Business Advisory Council of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, using her expertise to bridge the gap between the classroom and the business community.

Ms. Boggs holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Janet F. Clark is the President of the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees.

She was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marathon Oil Corporation until her retirement in 2013. She worked previously as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Nuevo Energy Company, and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Administration at Santa Fe Snyder Corporation. She began her career as an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation which was subsequently acquired by Credit Suisse. She chairs the Audit Committee on the Board of Directors of EOG Resources, and also serves on the Boards of Texas Instruments and Goldman Sachs BDC.

In addition to her Houston Symphony service, Ms. Clark hold positions on the Boards of several nonprofits, including Teach for America-Houston, the Houston Public Media Foundation, the National Public Radio Foundation and the Board of Trustees of YES Prep. At Rice University, she serves on the Council of Overseers for the Jones Graduate School of Business and the Governing Council of the Shepherd School of Music.

Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EARTHx (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world. What started as an event covering a few blocks in Dallas in 2011 has expanded to a year-round series of events, forums and more. In 2017, EARTHx welcomed more than 100,000 attendees as it continues to grow as the hub for education, innovation and relationship-building not just within the environmental community, but beyond, as we all have a stake in the future of our planet.

At a time when the world desperately needs it, Mr. Crow is focused on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines. He serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. Mr. Crow is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters. His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.

Mr. Crow’s other great passion is art. He is the president of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. His appreciation for the arts encompasses a broad range of forms — from Beatles records to graphic novels based on historical events.

Prior to his current endeavors, Mr. Crow had various other positions within the Crow family businesses. He began his career as a warehouse leasing agent in Denver before transferring to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and, subsequently, to lease retail space. Returning to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, he later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than two million square feet. By 1985, he had developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the CEO of Trammell Crow International, overseeing the Brussels International Trade Mart (largest in Europe) and developing additional trade marts in Asia.

Theresa Einhorn is a former senior partner with the international business law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP. During her career as an attorney, Theresa handled complex financing transactions in a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on oil and gas, electric power and related industries. Theresa’s experience with oil and gas financings includes the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, ranging from borrowing base credit facilities secured by oil and gas properties to large syndicated acquisition financings. She represented lenders, arrangers and agents, borrowers, investors, and other parties in transactions ranging in size from $200 million to more than $10 billion.

Theresa has served in a number of leadership roles, both in the legal profession and in the community. She served as Chair of Business Financing Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, and as Vice Chair of the Houston Commercial Finance Lawyers’ Forum. She has been recognized by clients and peers for her expertise on many occasions. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, had the highest rating by the MartindaleHubbell® Law Directory, was recognized by the prestigious lawyer ranking guide Chambers USA, and was listed in Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law) and in Texas Super Lawyers.

At Haynes and Boone law firm, Theresa served as head of the Energy Finance Working Group. Before joining Haynes and Boone, Theresa was a partner with the Houstonbased law firm Butler & Binion, where she served in a number of roles, including as a member of the management committee and head of the finance section.

Theresa currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) in Houston, Texas, and has been a member of the SPA Board and Executive Committee for many years. SPA is the largest organization of its kind in the Southwest, dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Houston by presenting the world’s best in  multidiscipline performing arts to Houston audiences and providing education and community engagement programs. Theresa is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership (formerly served on the Steering Group), and of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Greater Houston.

Theresa graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she was an editor of the law review Law and Policy in International Business. She holds an M.A. from the University of WisconsinMadison, and a B.A. with high honors from the University of Delaware. She is a member of the Texas Bar and the New York Bar.

As the COO and Principal of Energy Renewal Partners, Ms. Elizondo has over fifteen years of experience in managing and permitting complex environmental compliance projects for the energy sector.  Ms. Elizondo has led teams on the evaluation and development of over 5 GW of renewable energy.  Her experience has extended across the United States and includes work with various federal, state, and local agencies. Project scopes have included biological assessments, site investigation and remediation, environmental due diligence, NEPA and SEPA assessments, avian surveys, take-permits, wetland delineations and permitting, and regulatory negotiations.  Ms. Elizondo has developed a keen ability to anticipate project constraints early in the planning process and produce effective solutions to keep projects moving forward and meet critical deadlines.  Notable projects that Ms. Elizondo has participated include the Los Vientos portfolio in south Texas totaling 910MW of wind energy, evaluation of over 2 GW of solar developments in the southeast, permitting of the Panoche Valley Solar Project in the central valley of California, energy storage evaluation in California and Texas, repowering of natural gas plants in Corpus Christi and Laredo, permitting and oversight of development and construction of over 750MW of wind energy in northern Oklahoma, and due diligence support of numerous portfolios of renewable assets equaling over 3 GWs of projects.

Energy Renewal Partners’ experienced team provides the entire spectrum of environmental and consulting services to energy sector clients. At ERP, we pledge to provide distinctive, quality and unparalleled customer service as we strive to gain the respect and trust of our clients, suppliers, and partners.  Our team understands the needs of each of our clients and continuously delivers results and value on every project. The market demands cost-effective business solutions, and ERP delivers technical excellence in a responsive, reliable, reasonable, and transparent partnership with our clients.

Sheri Hickok currently serves as General Manager – Global Product Development, Onshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy where she is responsible for the development and execution of an industry leading platform strategy and product portfolio.   Sheri also has the pleasure of serving as a director on the board for Newmont Mining Co. and Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan.

Prior to her current role, Sheri served as Executive Chief Engineer – Autonomous Partnerships & Fleets at General Motors where she led the program strategy, execution, and implementation of General Motors’ first autonomous vehicle fleet.  In addition, she served as the key interface for partnerships critical to autonomous vehicle execution. During her 22-year tenure at General Motors, Ms. Hickok held various positions including Chief Engineer, Next Generation Full-Size Trucks from 2014 to 2016, and Executive Director, Global Supplier Quality & Development from 2012 to 2014.  She also led operations at GM’s Global Noise and Vibration Center in Milford, Michigan, and served as Chief Engineer on the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS.

Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Master’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

In both 2015 and 2016, she was named to the Motor Trend Top 50 Influencers in the Auto Industry list.  In addition, in 2015, Sheri was also named within the Automotive News Top 100 Women in the Auto Industry and has been recognized by Fortune Magazine, Kettering University, and the Detroit Free Press. Externally, Sheri is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and is a three-time DAVOS Panelist on Urban Mobility, The Future of Production, and Women in Tech.

Sheri currently resides in Commerce Township, Michigan, with her husband, Loren and her two daughters.  She is passionate about being active, having completed two marathons to date, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Director, Energy Storage, NextEra Energy

Ms. Izzi is leads NextEra Energy Resources’ utility-scale energy storage business in CAISO/WECC and NEER’s behind-the-meter energy storage business nationally.  Ms. Izzi has more than 25 years of experience commercializing and launching new products and services across multiple industries in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. As a clean energy veteran, Ms. Izzi has spent nearly 15 years building new businesses in the energy industry.  Ms. Izzi helped build CPower, one of the original demand response (DR) firms. During her time at CPower, she managed the New York region then launched the National Accounts team and led the expansion into the UK.  After Constellation purchased CPower, Ms. Izzi took on a number of roles where she helped Constellation design products, technical specs and channel partnerships to better integrate and monetize demand side services. When Constellation launched is Distributed Energy business, Ms. Izzi was tapped to lead its behind-the-meter storage business.  Ms. Izzi holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Rebecca Motal is the President of Motal and Eby LLC.  Motal and Eby provides energy, water and environmental consulting services. Rebecca is also the President and Chairman of the Association of Women in Energy.  AWE provides opportunities for women to meet other energy industry professionals and to enhance their knowledge of energy issues.

Rebecca retired from the Lower Colorado River Authority as General Manager, after 27 years at the organization. She was General Manager during a challenging period for LCRA.  She led the organization through a severe drought and devastating wildfires.   She streamlined the organization, reduced costs by eliminating more than 20% of the work force (over 500 positions) to better position LCRA for the competitive electric market. She led the development of more than 100,000 acre-feet of new supplies of water for the lower Colorado River basin.   She also held positions that included the General Manager of LCRA, Chief Executive Officer of the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation and the GenTex Power Corporation. Previous professional experience at LCRA included executive responsibilities in finance, regulatory and external affairs.

Prior to LCRA, she held positions as a water and environmental attorney.  She holds three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin:  Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics; Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters of Business Administration from the University’s Executive MBA program.

Sue Ortenstone is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of CenterPoint Energy. Headquartered in Houston, CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 Company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and energy services operations. Ortenstone is responsible for Human Resources, Communications, and Community Relations.

With more than 35 years of natural gas industry experience, Ortenstone joined CenterPoint Energy in 2014. Prior to her current position, she was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Copano Energy, responsible for Human Resources and other corporate functions. In addition to her role as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at El Paso Corporation, she also served as chief executive officer of EPIC Energy in Australia, president of El Paso Gas Services, and other engineering, operations, strategy and business development positions.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering.

Ortenstone serves on the Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, the UW College of Engineering awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Assistance Ministries of Houston.

Jennifer Rockwood is based in Russell Reynolds’ Miami office and is a core member of the firm’s Industrial Sector, where she leads the Power & Utilities team. She is also a member of the Technology Sector, where she specializes in helping clients across industries address business and organizational challenges rooted in technology disruption. Beyond conducting CEO, board director and senior-level executive assignments for companies ranging from Fortune 100 to nonprofits, Jennifer advises her clients on how to build best-in-class leadership teams, as well as leadership issues and succession planning and strategy.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Jennifer was based in Shanghai, serving as China Global Smart Energy Service Lead for Capgemini Consulting. In this role, she was responsible for working with utilities and municipalities in China to develop and implement strategies for deploying “Smart Sector” technologies. While based in China, Jennifer also worked with clients across Asia Pacific to deliver on transformative technology initiatives. Earlier in her career, Jennifer was a consultant advising companies across North America on strategic business and technology initiatives.

Education

Jennifer received her B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina and her M.Phil. in modern Chinese studies from the University of Cambridge.

Mari Salazar has worked for BOK Financial’s Energy Lending team for 14 ½ years.  She is currently a Senior Vice President and Manager of the Energy Financial Services Group. Prior to BOK Financial, Mari served as a Senior Credit Analyst at Comerica Bank in Houston, Texas in the Energy, Real Estate, and Loan Workout Groups.

Mari has a Bachelors of Business Administration and Economics (Class of ’95) and a Masters in Business and Finance (Class of ’99) from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston Texas.

Mari is the recipient of the 2006 Bank of Texas Chairman’s Award (Employee of the Year). In 2013 she was selected by the Houston Business Journal as on the top 100 most influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry. Mari was also recognized as a 2017 “Outstanding Women in Banking & Finance” recipient by the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston.

She is an active member of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, serving on two committees.  She serves as a Captain on the Go Tejano and Ladies’ Go Texan Committee.  Mari is also an Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the Small Steps Nurturing Center, an organization focused on early childhood education, a board member on the WithMerci Foundation, the University of St. Thomas Alumni Board and the Society for Performing Arts.

Mari lives in Houston, Texas. When not working, Mari enjoys traveling, playing tennis, golf, sporting clays, running, and spending time with her family.

Ryan Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts. In 2014, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that oversees oil and gas regulation in Texas and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. As Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is committed to fostering an environment where energy can be responsibly produced as efficiently and effectively as possible.

A native Texan who grew up in the Irving area, Ryan is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. What began as a garage project has today become a leading company, with over 700 employees across four continents.

With over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, Ryan is an active member of several industry groups and is the current Chairman of Texas A&M’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council. Ryan is seen as one of the foremost authorities on integrity programs and risk analysis, having been frequently called to provide expertise to some of the world’s most complex companies.

Ryan and his wife Jennifer have three children – Sarah, Luke, and Lance – and are active members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In addition to his political and technical areas of focus, Ryan is a passionate entrepreneur. In the past five years, he has spearheaded new businesses in everything from real estate to restaurants. Today, he is pursuing a new startup — a new generation of tricycles that adults and kids can both enjoy. He is deeply honored to serve as your Railroad Commissioner.

As Vice President of State Policy for the American Wind Energy Association, Susan Williams Sloan leads a team working on state policy issues covering 40 states across the country, in legislative and regulatory affairs, to build market opportunities for wind energy.  Before her role leading AWEA’s state policy program, Susan worked with the 150 partner organizations in Wind Energy Works! across the country to build understanding and support of wind energy.

Prior to joining AWEA, Susan represented the Wind Coalition at the Texas capitol in a successful campaign for expansion of the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard and establishment of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).  She also is a founder of Solar Austin, convincing Austin’s leaders to establish significant renewable energy targets and a solar rebate program.

Susan has worked for public officials at the Texas Capitol.  She also represented cable and broadcast media interests before government and media, at the local, state and federal levels, as well as internationally, in Hong Kong.

As Vice President of State Policy for the American Wind Energy Association, Susan Williams Sloan leads a team working on state policy issues covering 40 states across the country, in legislative and regulatory affairs, to build market opportunities for wind energy.  Before her role leading AWEA’s state policy program, Susan worked with the 150 partner organizations in Wind Energy Works! across the country to build understanding and support of wind energy.

Prior to joining AWEA, Susan represented the Wind Coalition at the Texas capitol in a successful campaign for expansion of the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard and establishment of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).  She also is a founder of Solar Austin, convincing Austin’s leaders to establish significant renewable energy targets and a solar rebate program.

Susan has worked for public officials at the Texas Capitol.  She also represented cable and broadcast media interests before government and media, at the local, state and federal levels, as well as internationally, in Hong Kong.

American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Traweek is in her 28th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs.  Lori is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. AGA was named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, AGA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the second consecutive year by the Washington Post.

Prior to her current responsibilities, Lori was integrally involved in AGA’s pipeline safety and environmental advocacy, including participating in the development of the EPA STAR program to encourage voluntary operations reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, serving on the executive steering team of the Department of Transportation’s distribution integrity management program, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance – a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities.

Before joining AGA, Lori worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana.  She holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in communications from Ithaca College.

Lori currently serves on the National Energy Foundation and GTI Board and is AGA’s liaison for the Center for Energy Workforce Development.

In her distinguished career Lori has received the American Public Gas Association Personal Service Award; she is a Rader Energy’s Key Women in Energy-Americas Leadership honoree; she received Purdue University’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award and the National Association of State Fire Marshals Norman Y. Mineta Excellence in Transportation Safety Award.  Lori has also received designation as an ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Lori and her husband Bill have two adult children, Scott and Julie, and live in Annapolis, Maryland.

Congressman Randy Weber is a public servant, proven conservative, former small business owner, and third generation Texan, representing the 14th District of Texas. Weber currently holds a key leadership role on the Science, Space, and Technology (SST) committee, serving as the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves on the Water Resources and Environment; Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials subcommittees.

For over 60 years, Randy Weber has called the Gulf Coast home – a place to start a family and build a business. Weber built his air conditioning company, Weber’s Air & Heat, in 1981 from scratch, and grew his business by using, what his grandfather used to call, ‘good old-fashion Texas horse sense and a strong work ethic.’ Like others who have successfully moved from business to public service, it is Weber’s real-world experience in the private sector that underpins his commitment to lower taxes, his contempt for wasteful spending, and his firm dedication to better schools.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Weber served four years in the Texas State House. During his tenure, Weber served on the committees of Environmental Regulation, Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs. While serving in the Texas House, Randy Weber authored landmark legislation to combat human trafficking and protect women and children – some as young as 12 years old. While serving on the House Foreign Affairs committee, Weber continued the fight against human trafficking, as well as co-sponsored legislation to strengthen our foreign policies and relationship with our allies across the globe.

As Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, Weber’s top priority is to fight for sane energy policies that will not stifle our economy, but create jobs and promote our business community. As the Congressional member with the largest maritime district in the country, Weber is particularly excited about tackling key legislation like the Water Resource Development Reauthorization Act, the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, and the FEMA Reauthorization Act.

Weber has lived in a 20-mile radius for all his life and has been married to Brenda Weber, a retired schoolteacher, for 40 years.  He is a graduate of Alvin Community College, and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  Randy and Brenda have three children and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Stacey Weltmer is currently Geoscience Manager for Asia Pacific Middle East in ExxonMobil Production Company.  Ms. Weltmer is located in Spring, Texas, and has been with ExxonMobil for 23 years.  During that time she has worked exploration and production and as an advisor to the upstream directors at ExxonMobil’s Corporate Headquarters. Stacey has lead exploration programs in Europe, Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Mexico and production programs in the United States. Stacey was also the in-country Geoscience Manager in Angola.    Ms. Weltmer holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Kansas and a M.S. degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma.  She is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.