Sucheta GokhalePresidentSr. Environmental Specialist, HollyFrontier CorporationMs. Sucheta Gokhale is currently employed with HollyFrontier Corporation in their Corporate Environmental Dept. in Dallas, TX. She serves as the technical expert for air permitting and compliance for HollyFrontier’s refinery operations and participates in corporate level initiates. Prior to HollyFrontier, Ms. Gokhale served in environmental compliance positions for independent oil and gas companies and environmental consulting firms. She received her Masters in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Ms. Gokhale grew up in Mumbai, India where she received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering prior to pursuing a career in Environmental Engineering in the United States. She is a certified Professional Engineer with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Ms. Gokhale lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two little kids, and enjoys photography in her leisure time.
Teresa Garza, CPAPresident ElectSenior Manager, Business Tax Services, WeaverTeresa Garza is a North Texas accounting leader in the energy industry. To her practice, Teresa brings nine years of experience in a variety of industries, primarily upstream and midstream energy. She helps her clients who are predominantly partnerships, corporations, and S corporations, plan for meeting their tax compliance obligations. Teresa delivers tax advice and consultation regarding complex tax matters including subchapter K, provision for income taxes, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, international and multi-state filing requirements.
Teresa holds CPA licenses in three states; Texas, Kansas and Missouri. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE). Teresa currently holds leadership roles, serving on the board of directors for energy-related professional organizations, such as the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) and the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). Formerly, she served on the board of Women’s Finance Exchange (WFE). Teresa graduated with a Master of Science in taxation and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of North Texas.
Erin BrowningSecretaryTradition EnergyErin Browning is a Senior Associate with Tradition Energy. As such, she works with large commercial, industrial, and governmental organizations to manage energy exposure and purchasing strategies. By taking a holistic approach, Erin and the Tradition team advise these organizations on ways to mitigate operational costs for electricity, natural gas, and renewables with a proactive management strategy. Growing up in Midland, TX, Erin has been around the energy industry her whole life. She received a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management, with a minor in Energy Technology and Management from Texas Christian University. Erin is now member of the TCU Marketing Alumni Advisory Board.
Elizabeth HiltbrunnerTreasurerAccounting Director, Natural Gas PartnersMs. Hiltbrunner joined NGP in 2014. She oversees the fund accounting and financial reporting for several of the NGP Funds. In addition, she serves as a member on the Valuation Team and Portfolio Company Monitoring Committee. She assists in the review of the quarterly and annual valuations for each of the NGP Funds. Ms. Hiltbrunner also serves as the auditor liaison for NGP and their two external auditors.
Prior to joining NGP, Ms. Hiltbrunner was an Audit Manager with KPMG, LLP for seven years in which she provided audit services specific to financial services including the audits of private equity funds, management companies, general partners, investment vehicles, fund of funds, and direct funds. She also provided audit services specific to oil and gas clients in accordance with PCAOB requirements, compliance with SEC rules and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. She served as KPMG National Instructor and as a member of the KPMG Network of Women Steering Committee.
Ms. Hiltbrunner is a Certified Public Accountant and received her B.B.A and M.S. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.
Kellie AdkinsExecutive Membership DirectorManaging Director, Crowe LLPKellie Adkins is a Valuation Services Managing Director at Crowe (one of the Top 10 public accounting firms). She has 17 years of business/intangible asset valuation experience. Kellie has managed and conducted valuation engagements for the purposes of mergers and acquisitions, financial and tax reporting, gift and estate tax planning and compliance, dispute advisory, and strategic business planning purposes. She developed her oil and gas experience by working directly with the KPMG Oil and Gas industry leader for over 8 years. Her energy experience includes upstream, midstream, oilfield services and power.
One of the most exciting times during her career was being selected as the Valuation Services representative for a three year rotation in KPMG’s Audit Quality and Professional Practice Group, providing assistance to teams on technical valuation, accounting and audit topics, on a national and global basis.
Kellie completed her MS in Finance and BBA in Management (HR) from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!). She also holds the Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation / Intangible Assets designation.
Sydney BarcusPrograms DirectorBarcus ConsultingSydney Barcus serves as Director of Organizational Development for EnLink Midstream, overseeing succession planning, performance management, engagement, leadership, and development strategies. Previously, Dr. Barcus served companies in the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, financial, chemical, legal, and transit industries. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations thrive through change to realize their goals.
Dr. Barcus also maintains an executive coaching and consulting business, volunteers as a mentor in several programs, and was recently chosen as a judge for Chief Learning Officer’s “Learning Elite” award. Today, she makes her home in McKinney, where she knits, weaves, and raises chickens.
Kimberly PaynePrograms DirectorDirector - U.S. HR Shared Services, Weir Oil & GasKimberly Taylor Payne is currently the Director – U.S. HR Shared Services, Weir Group. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Arkansas and a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Texas in Arlington. Kimberly has over 20 years of HR experience in the DFW area and serves as Programs Director - Fort Worth Women’s Energy Council of North Texas and also as Vice Chair of the City of Bedford Beautification Commission.
Debbie ForesterMembership DirectorDirector of Human Resources, Vista Proppants and LogisticsDebbie Forester
Debbie Forester serves as Director of Human Resources at Vista Proppants and Logistics – a leading provider of frac sand solutions. She oversees all aspects of HR such as performance management, employee relations and compensation and benefits. Debbie has spent her career predominantly in the oil and gas industry. Debbie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tarleton State University. She is a member of the Fort Worth Human Resources Chapter along with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Debbie currently serves on the Finance committee at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Debbie is excited to serve on the WEN board for her first year.
Melissa JamesMembership DirectorVinson & Elkins - National SponsorMelissa is a counsel in Vinson & Elkins’ Complex Commercial Litigation group. Her practice focuses on litigation in both state and federal court, including energy litigation, professional liability defense, landlord/tenant disputes, securities litigation, representing companies under investigation by the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, and representing plaintiffs and defendants in other high-stakes litigation. She has litigation experience throughout the State of Texas in various energy-focused lawsuits, including disputes over areas of mutual interest, reversionary disputes, and alleged royalty underpayments, including defending a case in which the plaintiff sought over $1 billion in damages.
Melissa earned her bachelor of arts at the University of Oklahoma and her J.D. at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Melissa enjoys volunteering with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, and is proud to serve on the WEN Board for her first year.
Haylee EdwardsCommunications DirectorSenior Vice President, BBVA- Private WealthAs a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager in BBVA’s Global Wealth Group, Haylee uses her 12+ years of financial services experience to provide a consultative approach to her clients, tailored for their individual needs. She focuses exclusively on working with high net worth clients and their families to address the complexities of wealth while developing personalized strategies that focus on their unique needs. Joining BBVA in November of 2019, Haylee previously spent ~3 years on the team that grew East West Bank’s energy practice from the ground up. Prior to joining East West Bank, she spent four years with MUFG Union Bank as a Vice President and Client Manager, customizing solutions to help her clients grow their businesses. She began her career with Wells Fargo’s Oil and Gas Division, completing WFB’s Credit Management Training Program.
Megan WrightCommunications DirectorManager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, EnLink MidstreamMegan Wright is Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for EnLink Midstream, a leading midstream provider with operations in the Permian Basin, Louisiana, Oklahoma, the Barnett Shale, and Ohio River Valley.
In this role, she oversees internal and external communications, including public affairs and community relations for assets spanning seven states, sustainability (ESG) strategy, media relations, branding, executive visibility and presentations, and employee communications for 1,500 employees located across the nation.
Prior to this role, Wright spent over seven years in corporate energy as a Communications Specialist at Oncor, the largest electric transmission and distribution business in Texas, where she specialized in crisis response, media outreach, social media, and employee communications.
In 2018, EnLink Public & Industry Affairs, Wright's team, won the Award of Excellence at the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil national awards for internal communications strategy, and in 2010, PR News named Wright one of their 15-to-Watch, the top 15 public relations professionals nationwide under the age of 30.
Wright has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice from Boston College.
Brianne BoulterSpecial Events / Networking DirectorWeaver - North Texas SponsorBrianne is a Senior Manager at Weaver, LLP based in Fort Worth, Texas where she focuses on serving energy industries. She has a passion for helping people and companies with governance, risk, and compliance issues. Brianne began her public accounting career at Weaver, LLP in 2005 where she developed a strong background in risk advisory services. She transitioned her career to industry for several years working as an Assistant Controller for a private upstream oil and gas company where she obtained extensive experience in accounting and financial analysis. Due to her love of client service and helping others, she re-joined Weaver, LLP in 2013. Her current practice emphasis includes; Internal Audit (both outsourced and co-sourced), Enterprise Risk Management, Joint Interest Audit (expenditure and revenue), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance, Business Process Improvement Consulting, and Accounting Assistance.
Brianne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and serves as a Board Member of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society in Fort Worth.
LeAnn Pembroke CallihanSponsorship DirectorAAPL/NAPE - North Texas SponsorLe’Ann Pembroke Callihan is AAPL’s director of communications and NAPE, overseeing two annual NAPE expos — the largest oil and gas prospect expo in the world — as well as AAPL’s Annual Meeting & Conference and all of AAPL’s publishing, marketing and public relations efforts. She started with AAPL as an intern in 1989, served on the first NAPE advisory committee, assisted with the inaugural NAPE event in 1993 and held the positions of advertising manager, editor of the award-winning Landman magazine and senior director of publishing, marketing and media relations for AAPL prior to her promotion to director. Under her leadership, Callihan’s team has won numerous awards for their innovative work for AAPL, including four Silver Quill Awards of Excellence in 2014 in the publishing, advertising and public relations categories from the International Association of Business Communicators and a 2015 MarCom Gold Award for NAPE’s branding refresh campaign.
A Horned Frog, Callihan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, cum laude, from Texas Christian University as well as completed a study abroad program at Oxford University. In 1991, Callihan co-founded Publications Partners, which provided writing and design services for a variety of clients ranging from large textbook publishers to small start-up companies. She and husband Mark live on the Pembroke family ranch in Gainesville, Texas, with sons Reece and River.
Natalia CordrySponsorship DirectorHalliburton Energy Services, Inc.Natalia Cordry is a bilingual Mechanical Engineer from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, with diverse background in the oil and gas industry. She started her career in the Oil and Gas industry with BP Colombia. Later, she joined Shlumberger as a Wireline Field Engineer and worked overseas for the next 4 years. She became a sales engineer and account manager based in Dallas where she handled more than 30 accounts. Currently she is a Technical Sales Advisor at Halliburton based in Carrollton managing most of the DFW territory.
Natalia had the opportunity to worked and lived in Colombia, UAE, Scotland, Libya, Canada and USA. Working in different countries with various cultures taught her how to easily adapt, understand the importance of teamwork and be a great leader.
Gauri GajewarSpecial Events / Networking DirectorEnvironmental Permitting and Compliance Professional, Contek Solutions, LLCMs. Gajewar is a Technical Consultant – Air at Contek Solutions, LLC in Plano, Texas. She serves as subject matter expert for regulations pertaining to environmental permitting and compliance and assists clients in various industry to achieve their compliance goals. Ms. Gajewar started her career nine years ago, with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality where she worked in their Air Quality Division. Ms. Gajewar continued her career with an environmental consulting firm, Enercon Services, Inc. and subsequently, worked for Denbury Resources, Inc. as Environmental Compliance Specialist and Terracon Consultants, Inc. as Sr Project Manager – Regulatory Compliance.
Ms. Gajewar holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Mumbai University, India. Ms. Gajewar is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for her second year. In addition to WEN, she is an active member of the Young Professionals in Energy (YPE).
Jennifer Christina WillisPublic Relations DirectorProduction Engineer, Scout Engery PartnersJennifer Willis is a production engineer at Scout Energy. She has 7 years of experience working oil and gas assets in Montana, Oklahoma, and Texas (Panhandle, Permian Basin). Her knowledge and experience includes work with waterfloods, primary depletion, vacuum reservoirs, air drilling, coil tubing work and nitrogen foam fracs. She is skilled at managing assets and working through yearly reserves and evaluation processes for her assets. Previous to working at Scout she was an operations engineer at Denbury Resources for 4 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M in 2012. Jennifer lives in Carrollton with her husband Phillip and awesome dog, Jake
Nico'l FaughtLeadership Conference DirectorHR Business Partner, Senior, Denbury ResourcesSr. Human Resources Business Partner, Denbury Resources
Ms. Nico’l Faught is a Senior HR Business Partner at Denbury Resources in Plano, TX. She has an extensive Human Resources background and 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Faught is tasked with ensuring alignment between the business operations and HR practices and objectives. She assists organization leaders with executing businesses strategies and providing solutions. Ms. Faught earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of the Southwest and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas Permian Basin.
Ms. Faught is a member of Dallas Society of Human Resources Management, an Ambassador for the Plano Chamber Commerce and has been a member of the Women’s Energy Network since 2017. She is excited to serve on the WEN Board.
Rebecca Lynn PetereitLeadership Conference DirectorPartner, Vinson & Elkins - National SponsorRebecca is a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ Commercial Litigation group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including the representation of debtors, lenders, court-appointed bankruptcy trustees, unsecured and secured creditors and litigation/liquidation trustees, throughout the United States and across various industries, including energy, financial services, manufacturing, retail and telecommunications. In particular, Rebecca has extensive experience representing clients in lawsuits, contested matters, adversary proceedings and other actions before federal bankruptcy, federal district courts and state courts.
Rebecca earned her J.D. at UCLA Law and is an active member of Attorneys Serving the Community, in addition to serving on the boards for both Turnaround Management Association and International Women’s Insolvency & Reorganization Confederation (IWIRC). Rebecca is proud to serve on the WEN Board for her first year.
Monica MessickImmediate Past PresidentPartner, Jackson Walker LLP - North Texas SponsorMonica Messick is a partner in the law firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P., where she focuses her practice on finance and corporate transactions with an emphasis on credit facilities secured by oil and gas.
In her finance practice, she advises regional and national banks, private equity companies and oil and gas companies on secured credit facilities, of both the single-lender and agented variety. As part of this practice, Monica has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating credit agreements, intercreditor agreements, subordination agreements, guaranties, mortgages, and other security documents, and in advising clients with respect to perfection, hedging and usury matters. She has also guided clients through workouts and the complex considerations implicated by distressed loans. Monica’s corporate practice includes a broad variety of transactions, extending from mergers, acquisitions and private placements to entity formation, governance issues and general contracting needs. This diversity of experience enables her to issue-spot and guide clients through the myriad issues faced by small and mid-sized companies in their formation and growth stages, financing needs, and day-to-day operations.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. She is a member of the Energy Law Section and the Corporate Counsel Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and enjoys volunteering with Attorneys Serving the Community.