Steve Winberg
Winberg has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. Over the span of his career, he has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives and gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles and carbon utilization.
Steve WinbergAssistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Michael Graney
In 2018, Graney was appointed to the post of executive director of the West Virginia Development Office by Governor Jim Justice. He has spent much of his professional career in executive or co-founder positions with companies related to the petroleum industry. In those roles, he was responsible for managing different facets of business, including acquisition, retail operations and environmental compliance.
Michael GraneyExecutive Director
WV Development Office
Joe Dawley
Dawley manages EQT’s environmental compliance and government affairs teams and is responsible for tracking and developing EQT’s positions on legislative and public policy issues affecting the natural gas industry. Joe managed the permitting and permitting appeals for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Prior to joining EQT in 2008, Joe has served as the General Counsel for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Joe DawleyDeputy General Counsel
Kathryn Dyl
Kathryn (Katie) Dyl is the Lead Modeler for the Natural Gas Markets Team in the Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Joining the EIA in 2015, Katie is the primary modeler and analyst of North American natural gas markets, providing projections and insight for EIA’s long-term Annual Energy Outlook.
Kathryn DylLead Modeler, Natural Gas
Energy Information Administration
Jessica Yeager
Yeager is an aquatic biologist and toxicologist with 24 years of experience in evaluating the effects of anthropogenic activities on aquatic communities. She reviews and prepares environmental assessments, biological assessments and other environmental impact studies, as well as environmental permits for energy and industrial clients.
Jessica YeagerSenior Scientist
Potesta & Associates
Brian Anderson
Dr. Brian J. Anderson is the Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy (DOE). In this capacity, he manages the complete NETL complex, including delivery and execution of the Laboratory’s mission. Dr. Anderson leads NETL’s national programs, in fossil energy and other DOE mission areas, with industry, universities, and national laboratories.
Brian AndersonDirector, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Department of Energy
Michael Chung
Chung is Vice President at Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction services company in the security, defense and infrastructure markets. Mr. Chung oversees the Energy Solutions group within Parsons that advises federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office, international financing institutions (IFIs) and commercial financiers.
Michael ChungVice President
Parsons Corporation
Ed Gaunch
Gaunch has been a member of the State Senate representing District 8 since 2014, is a native of Boone County. After graduating from West Virginia State University in 1970 with a double major in Economics and Political Science, he spent more than three decades in the insurance industry including 28 years at the Carson Agency in Charleston where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for a number of years.
Ed GaunchSecretary
West Virginia Department of Commerce
David Yaussy
Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. His primary areas of practice are energy and environmental law, including litigation, permitting and administrative appeals for the natural gas, chemical, manufacturing, silviculture and agriculture industries.Yaussy regularly advocates on behalf of business and trade associations.
David YaussyMember
Spilman Thomas & Battle
Frank Bakker
Bakker has 28 years of experience in the chemical industry. Prior to joining US Methanol, Mr. Bakker was President, CEO and Director of OCI Partners LP, where he spent 6 years building the company and overseeing the successful restoration of a mothballed methanol and ammonia plant in Beaumont, Texas. Prior to OCI, Mr. Bakker worked at DSM for 22 years where he served in variety of operational and managerial roles.
Frank BakkerCEO
US Methanol
Rhonda Reda
Reda serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation). Reda helped form the organization in 1997. Prior to OOGEEP, Ms. Reda served as Vice President, Internal Affairs and Public Information for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association for more than a decade. Ms. Reda has also worked for several oil and gas companies.
Rhonda RedaExecutive Director
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
Wally Kandel
Senior Vice President and specialty Polymer Marietta, Ohio Site Manager for Solvay. Wally worked for Chevron for 20 years before joining Solvay in 2007. He is a co-founder and volunteer Director for Shale Crescent USA, an organization dedicated to Branding and Marketing the Ohio Valley region also known as the Shale Crescent USA for economic development.
Wally KandelSenior Vice President
Robert Wholey
Mr. Robert Wholey is the President of Long Ridge Energy, which is developing a 485 MW gas fired power plant in Hannibal, Ohio. In addition, Long Ridge owns and operates one of the largest frac sand transloading terminals in the Appalachian Basin and is developing an NGL transloading facility. Long Ridge is owned by Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE: FTAI).
Robert WholeyPresident
Long Ridge Energy
Christopher Guith
Guith is responsible for developing the Energy Institute’s policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments. Specifically, Guith leads the development of the Energy Institute’s policies and messaging relating to oil and natural gas and nuclear energy.
Christopher GuithSenior Vice President
U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute
John Deskins
Deskins leads efforts to serve the state by providing rigorous economic analysis and macroeconomic forecasting to business leaders and policymakers across the state of West Virginia. His academic research has focused on economic development, small business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy. He has delivered more than 100 speeches to business, government, and community groups.
John Deskins Director
Bureau of Business and Economic Research, WVU
Bob McLusky
McLusky has been practicing environmental law for more than three decades. He has represented manufacturing and energy ventures covering a broad range of environmental issues, including defending Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement actions in federal court and “fill” permits issued to coal, oil & gas, and pipeline operators.
Bob McLuskyMember
Jackson Kelley
David O'Brien
O’Brien has been with ExxonMobil for 30 years, having joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1989 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dave has held a variety of positions in technology, planning, operations, and project management including assignments in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore. In 2004, Dave joined ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing.
David O'BrienGlobal Power Executive
Gideon Gradman
As Managing Director of Baker Tilly Capital and founder of Integrated Energy Advisors, he advises companies, asset owners, and investors on the development or redevelopment of energy and industrial assets, from deal origination, to real estate site acquisitions and divestitures, to feedstock supply, and transportation strategy, with a particular focus on oil and natural gas-related industries.
Gideon GradmanManaging Director
Baker Tilly Capital
Joe Bozada
Bozada has over 25 years of experience in creating shareholder value through performance improvements, integration activities, and reinvigorating growth engines. With experience in corporate, private equity, and consulting, he has worked with more than 40 companies in dozens of countries to drive value through thoughtful leadership.
Joe BozadaChief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Appalachia Development Group
Rochelle Goodwin
Rochelle Goodwin serves as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Strategy at West Virginia University. Rochelle has had a 20-year career in public service, law, and policy. After practicing law and directing the state’s pro bono legal program, she spent nearly a decade leading U.S. Senate office operations on policy, economic development and constituent services.
Rochelle GoodwinSA VP, Academic and Public Strategy
West Virginia University