Women in Energy Conference Speaker Biographies

Jessica BahrJessica Bahr

Jessica Bahr is a Land Team Lead for Chevron, located in their Moon Township office. Jessica joined Chevron in 2010 after earning a B.A. and J.D. from Louisiana State University. During her 9 years with Chevron, she has worked in many diverse basins including onshore California in Bakersfield and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. She recently made the move to PA, and her team is focused on NOJV and Exploration in the Appalachian Mountain Basin.

Lisa BruderlyLisa Bruderly

Lisa Bruderly is a shareholder and chair of the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. She is also a member of the Firm's Energy & Natural Resources Group. Lisa primarily focuses on compliance issues associated with water resources, natural gas development, and wastewater management. She works with industrial clients on a daily basis regarding water-related issues, such as wetland and watercourse permitting and mitigation, NPDES permitting, spill prevention and response, stormwater management and wastewater discharge. Lisa represents clients in enforcement actions, including civil penalty assessments. She also advises clients regarding the environmental aspects of site assessment.

Lisa graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 2001.

Lisa joined the Appalachia Chapter (currently Greater Pittsburgh Chapter) of WEN in 2011. She was President of the Chapter in 2016.

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Kristen Drew

Kristen Drew, P.E. is a Manager of Project Development for the Northeast Operating Area where she leads a team of project developers, engineers, and modelers. She started with Williams in January 2002, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Structural Engineering. Kristen has worked within almost all areas of the natural gas industry including the development, permitting, and execution of onshore, offshore, regulated, non-regulated, gathering, processing, and transmission projects from $1M to over $1B. She is married with seven children and a brand new puppy and enjoys reading and going to beaches all over the world.

 
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Gillian Flick

Gillian Flick has been a part of a team consistently since she started playing soccer at age 10. The lessons on teamwork that Gillian has learned throughout her years as a soccer player and now a coach are just a few of the ingredients that make Gillian a successful lawyer and trusted colleague. Gillian uses her skills to help clients in the energy industry in Appalachia, as well as higher education institutions in Pennsylvania.

Gillian started her career in the energy industry and has grown to love the challenges that the fluctuating energy market provides. Clients appreciate that Gillian is nimble, responsive, and efficient,and therefore a good steward with their resources. Gillian works with oil and gas developers on their transactional matters, including title examinations and title opinions and due diligence for acquisitions. In addition, she assists oil and gas clients in the preparation and review of all documents relating to mineral title ownership, including easements, deeds, leases, and other transactional contracts and documents.

As a member of the firm’s Higher Education Team, Gillian is ready and able to defend colleges and universities in grievances, faculty tenure matters, and employment matters. Gillian’s belief that “we win as a team and lose as a team” makes her a valued partner who helps her clients navigate the unknown, strengthen their teams, and come out with a win.

Karen Graham

Karen Graham

Karen Graham joined PennEnergy Resources in October 2012 and has since assumed the role of Land Administration  Manager.  Ms.  Graham  documents,  maintains  and  reports  on  all  aspects  of  the  company's land acquisition, divestiture and development. Ms. Graham acts as primary liaison between many of PennEnergy's financial sponsors, landowners and internal departments. In 2018, she was a lead team member in the company's $600.5mm acquisition of Rex Energy Corporation and managed the due diligence and integration of over 10,000 oil and gas leases covering in excess of 100,000 net acres. In her time at PennEnergy, Ms. Graham has led the Land Administration department in the development and/or  acquisition  of  over  400  unconventional  wells  from  initial  lease  setup  through  completion  of  division order.

Prior to joining PennEnergy, Ms. Graham was a Lease Analyst for EXCO Resources. At EXCO Resources she was responsible for setting up and updating leases, contracts and agreements. She worked closely with Landmen and the Lease Records supervisor to obtain proper authorization for payment, monitor monthly  rental,  obligation  and  expiration  calendars  as  well  as  process  shut‐in  payments.   She  also  resolved landowner information requests and ownership changes.

Ms.  Graham  received  her  undergraduate  degree  in  Politics  and  Government  from  George  Mason  University and is a member of National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA) and Women's Energy Network (WEN).

Carol HochCarol W. Hoch

Carol W. Hoch is the Regional Land Manager for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in Cabot's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office. Carol has been with Cabot since 2010 and moved into her current position in 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including previous positions with Chevron U.S.A. and EQT. Such positions included serving as a Land Representative, Director of Land Administration, and Director of Business Development. She also has several years of experience working in the contracts or real estate departments of non-oil and gas industry corporations. Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and earned her JD from the University of Wyoming Law School. She is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Melissa KrasnowMelissa Krasnow

Melissa Krasnow is a Regional Land Supervisor at EQT Production Company. Melissa is primarily responsible for the negotiation and management of third-party trades, joint ventures, joint operating agreements and certain acquisitions and divestitures. She works with engineering, land, title, geology, coal and commercial to achieve company directives. She was the primary diligence manager for $838 million of large-scale acquisitions and $64 million in divestitures and worked on the deal team for an additional $10 billion in acquisitions. She has also managed mineral purchasing initiatives in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Melissa's past job experience includes time at Range Resources Appalachia, Tucker Arensberg and Babst Calland.

Melissa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications & Rhetoric. She received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2010.

Barbara MatthewsBarbara Matthews

Barbara Matthews is the Division Order Manager for PennEnergy Resources, LLC. She has been with PennEnergy since 2017 and she helps manage the Division Order, Owner Relations, and Records work.

In 2012, Barbara started her career in the Records Management department at Atlas Energy Group, LLC. She quickly transitioned into the Land Administration group and grew into a Land Administration Manager role. Barbara has worked properties in Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She is experienced in all processes associated with Division Order, Contracts, Lease, Title & Curative, and Land/Land Administration as well as acquisitions, divestitures, and data conversion.

She holds a Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Barbara is a member of NALTA, NADOA, WEN, and the AAPL.

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Agnieszka McPeak

Agnieszka McPeak, associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, studies all things law and technology. She has written about the scope and shortcomings of social media discovery, lawyer ethics in the digital age, platform immunity, and tort liability in the sharing economy. Her articles have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, and Arizona State Law Journal, among others. Her work has been cited in several legal opinions, including a recent decision by the highest court of New York redefining the scope of civil discovery of social media content. She has been quoted in Fortune, Bloomberg Law, Buzzfeed News, and other popular media.

Before joining the Duquesne Law faculty, McPeak taught at the University of Toledo College of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. In her pre-academia life, she practiced complex commercial litigation in New Orleans and, prior to law school, negotiated translation rights for a computer book publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School and a B.A., with honors, from University of California at Santa Cruz.

McPeak is a political refugee from Poland who came to the United States as a child. Her first permanent home in the U.S. was in Pittsburg, Calif. She now proudly calls Pittsburgh, Pa., her new home, in part because it shares her love of pierogies.

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Stacey Olson

Stacey Olson is the president of Chevron Appalachia, LLC, a position she assumed in June 2016. She is responsible for leading Chevron's business unit that develops natural gas from shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Stacey is a board member of both the Center for Responsible Shale Development (CRSD) and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD). She is an executive committee member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania Women's Leadership Council (WLC), and is also a member of the International Women's Forum (IWF). In 2018 Stacey was honored as one of the top 25 Influential Women in Energy by Oil and Gas Investor Magazine.

Throughout her career, Stacey has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, she served as general manager of asset development for Chevron Asia South Business Unit, based in Thailand. From 2012 to 2014, she was general manager of projects and future growth for Chevron Upstream Europe in the United Kingdom. From 2009 to 2012, she was vice president of heavy oil for IndoAsia Business Unit in Indonesia. Stacey also has held engineering and leadership positions in Nigeria, Venezuela, and the United States.

Stacey joined Chevron in 1989 as a drilling engineer. She earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University in 1986 and a master's degree in business administration from Tulane University in 1994. In 2019, Stacey received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Waynesburg University, recognizing her leadership in business and dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the private sector.

Stacey and her husband, John, have three children.

Lauren ParkerLauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a vice president with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) where she serves as the corporate leader of the Oil & Gas Market Group. A professional engineer in Pa., Ohio, and W.Va., she has more than sixteen years of civil engineering design experience for commercial, institutional, E&P, and midstream projects. Since 2008, Ms. Parker primarily has worked on projects covering all design and permitting for well pads, well connects, gathering lines, impoundments, compressor station facilities, temporary water lines, and erosion and sediment control inspections within the Appalachian basin.

An active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), Ms. Parker was selected to serve as vice-chair of the Midstream/Pipeline Committee from 2014-2018 and is a current member of the Surface Use Committee. In 2015, she was the recipient of the MSC's Shale Leader award, as well as a Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Energy Leadership award. In 2015, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai appointed Ms. Parker to the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force where she served as part of the Environmental Protection workgroup. She has presented, moderated sessions, and participated in roundtable discussions at numerous oil & gas conferences.

Ms. Parker holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State University and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from Robert Morris University. She is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC); a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ), and a Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI). She resides in Wexford, Pa., with her husband, Ryan, her almost 1-year-old baby boy named Jack and her 2-year-old little girl named Freda.

Erin Pennabecker

Erin Pennabecker

Erin Pennabecker is currently an attorney for Seneca Resources Company, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. Seneca Resources is the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company which explores for and produces natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shales in Appalachia as well as crude oil in California. She is responsible for the management of all vendor contracts, assists with land related agreements and title issues as they arise, provides litigation support and works on various other corporate matters. Before joining Seneca Resources, she worked for Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney in their Energy group working on various asset transactions, large scale due diligence projects, and mineral title opinions. She received her bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC and her law degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. When not working, Erin is likely at home with her fiancé, Ryan, chasing their two young sons around the house, walking their dog Lulu or getting squawked at by their bird, Sandra Day O'Conure.

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Karolina Powell

Karolina Powell is a Prospect Manager in the Canonsburg office and works with clients throughout the eastern states. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy. She began her career at Dudley in 2011 as a contract field landman and has worked assignments throughout the Utica and Marcellus shale plays before being promoted to the office in 2017.

Originally from Poland, Karolina is bilingual, and speaks both English and Polish. When away from the office, Karolina spends her time with her husband and son and enjoys doing work around their homestead, which includes such animals as rabbits and geese. She holds a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) certification with the AAPL. She is an active member of the AAPL, NALA, MLBC, and the Women's Energy Network.

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Sarah Rambin

Sarah Rambin is the Director of Title at Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration, LLC (HHEX). She is responsible for managing all aspects of HHEX's title review and curative efforts associated with its upstream and midstream operations as well as new asset acquisition. She also regularly provides legal support for various other departments within the company. Prior to joining HHEX, Sarah was an associate in the Energy & Natural Resources Group at Babst Calland, and she is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management, International Business and Business Law from Penn State University.

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Kristin Ryan

Kristin Ryan, who is with Equitrans Midstream, has been performing air quality work for the oil and gas industry since graduating in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Mechanical Engineering. Her current role at Equitrans is Manager of Environmental for Operations. Kristin's career has spanned upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas, with a focus on air permitting and compliance. Kristin's specialty is building air programs for companies that were previously operated without a dedicated air quality professional. Due to this unique experience, she is skilled at conducting internal audits, correcting past compliance issues, and documenting industry best practices. Kristin is particularly interested in fugitive emission monitoring programs and has recently been very active in the Marcellus Shale Coalition's effort to comment on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's proposed general permits for wellpads and midstream facilities. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including MSC's Shale Insight, the Appalachian Basin Gas Producer's Association Midstream Conference, and both the Air and Waste Management's National Annual Conference and also the Louisiana Chapter's Annual Conference.

Kristin has been a highly active member of the Women's Energy Network (WEN) Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. She has served as the Young Women in Energy Chair and is currently the Chapter's Program Director. Kristin was named 2018's "Woman of the Year" at the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter's Boots and Ballgowns gala.

Bridget Sasson

Bridget Sasson

Bridget Sasson, Esq. is an attorney in the Real Estate and Oil, Gas and Mineral Services groups of the Pittsburgh office of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. She primarily focuses her practice on curative issues connected to the ownership, lease, purchase and development of oil, gas and other minerals throughout the region, but also handles insurance defense matters. Her experience is in both transactional and litigation matters, as well as any problem related to real estate.

Bridget graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, with a dual degree in political science and business. She received her JD in 2013 from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was a Public Service Fellow and Research Editor of the Business Law Journal.

Bridget joined WEN in 2015, and served as the Membership Communications Chair in 2016, Communications Director in 2017 and 2018, and presently serves as a Director at Large with her primary focus being planning the chapter's inaugural educational conference. Bridget is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar Association, PIOGA, serving on the Legislative Committee, and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

She is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. The Pirates are her favorite team, followed closely by Pitt basketball. Bridget enjoys traveling and spending time spoiling her nieces and nephews. On the weekends she can usually be found exploring the city through food and beverage.