Erin MageeNational PresidentMember, Jackson KellyErin E. Magee is Of Counsel in Jackson Kelly’s Energy and Manufacturing industry groups, focusing primarily on litigation and labor and employment matters. She practices out of the Firm’s offices in Charleston, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
One of Erin’s best qualities is her straightforward, no-nonsense approach – she won’t tell you what you want to hear, but rather what you need to hear. Erin is passionate about helping clients navigate issues in the workplace, consulting daily with employers about wage and hour issues, employee leave and benefit questions, reductions in force, drug testing, workplace privacy, personnel policies, and employee discharge and discipline issues. Erin also provides training and speaks at seminars and conferences on issues such as how to avoid harassment in the workplace. She is knowledgeable on this subject because she regularly conducts investigations of complaints of harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and knows providing guidance and advice on the front end often prevents the issues that ultimately lead to litigation.
Erin has built a solid labor and employment practice because she’s more than just a litigator – she’s an advisor, an instructor, and a fierce advocate. That said, she’s also a heck of a litigator. When necessary, Erin has been more than ready to go to court for her clients. She has a history of success litigating on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and in mediation and arbitration. Erin has defended clients from claims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, disability, and workers’ compensation, as well as claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, wage and hour, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employee benefits, breach of contract, deliberate intent, wrongful death, and workplace safety.
Jana GraubergerNational President-ElectAttorney, Liskow & Lewis - HoustonJana Grauberger is an oil and gas lawyer at Liskow & Lewis, located in Houston, Texas. She currently serves as the managing partner of the Houston office and is a member of the firm’s board of directors.
Jana served as President (2010) of the WEN chapter in Houston, and she also served as Vice President (2009) and Special Events Director (2007, 2008). She also worked on the WEN National task force (2015-16) and has served in various other committee and volunteer roles within WEN, including the development of WEN chapters, serving as a mentor in the WEN mentoring program, and serving as chair of the WEN charity luncheon.
Jana has more than 20 years of experience negotiating contracts, providing regulatory advice, and litigating oil and gas disputes.
Anna TallentNational TreasurerPartner, Ernst & Young (EY)Anna Tallent is a partner in the EY National office and also serves the San Antonio and Austin, Texas markets. She has more than 18 years of professional experience in public accounting, providing audit and advisory services to both public and private companies, including serving clients in the oil & gas industry. Anna has been a member of WEN South Texas for the more than seven years and served the chapter as Treasurer. She previously served as the Regional Treasurer on a not-for-profit board for an organization with 7,000 members and approximately 70 local chapters. Her board experience has enabled her to develop an in-depth knowledge of serving in the role of Treasurer and her professional background has provided her with a thorough understanding of the energy industry.
Whitney RandolphNational SecretarySenior Vice President, Credit Officer, Texas Capital BankWhitney serves as Senior Vice President and Credit Officer at Texas Capital Bank. She has over 15 years of energy finance experience providing senior debt capital to both public and private companies in the upstream and midstream sector. Whitney received her BA degree in Business from Southwestern University in Georgetown and MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In addition to serving as a board member for WEN National and Advisory Board member for WEN-NT, Whitney serves on the board of KidLinks. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys, riding horses and taking barre classes.
Theresa RomanoskyNational Chapter Relations DirectorSenior Associate, Vinson & Elkins - National SponsorTheresa Romanosky’s principal area of practice is environmental litigation and regulation, with an emphasis on environmental enforcement defense, citizen suit defense, permitting of and defending challenges to infrastructure and energy development projects, and regulatory compliance. In that role, she assists with a variety of litigation and regulatory matters under the federal environmental and public lands statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Tara MeekNational Membership DirectorRegulatory Affairs, WilliamsAs a founding member of WEN Appalachia (now the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter), Tara Meek has been involved in many roles at the chapter level, including Special Events Chair, Director at Large, Vice President and President. Tara has served as Membership Director on the National Board for the last 3.5 years and looks forward to serving as President Elect on the National Board for 2020.
Tara has over a decade of environmental experience including mine reclamation, groundwater and geochemical modeling, creating and maintaining GIS maps and databases, environmental audits, permitting, and site investigations. She began her career as a Geologist working at the West Virginia Geological and Economic survey.
She continued in the Oil and Gas industry at CTL Engineering as a Senior Project Manager. She managed permitting and site design for several large oil and gas companies. She went to work at CONSOL Energy in 2011 and managed all permitting for midstream and water pipelines and facilities for CONSOL and Noble Energy. Tara most recently is working at Williams Companies as Supervisor of Permitting. She is currently overseeing several permit and compliance managers for midstream facilities and pipelines.
In 2004, prior to joining the West Virginia Geological Economic Survey (WVGES), Tara received her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Geoscience from West Virginia University. She continued her education at WVU receiving her Master’s Degree with dual specialization in Hydrogeology and Environmental Microbiology.
Tara has enjoyed visiting her family in Ireland every 2-4 years since the age of 2. Her mother originates from Dublin, Ireland, where her maternal family still resides. Tara enjoys running and entering races for fun. She has participated in over 20 races and obstacle courses, including a 10k on the beach of Portmarnock, Ireland. She completed the April 2013 Tough Mudder 12 mile obstacle course and enjoys training for future obstacle courses.
Tara KirkmanNational Marketing DirectorProposal Specialist, GAI Consultants, Inc.Tara Kirkman has more than 14 years of experience in marketing, graphic design and corporate communications.
Tara served on the WEN Appalachia/Greater Pittsburgh Chapter board for several years – initially as Brand Chair (2016-17) then as Director At Large (2018). She also has provided a wide variety of creative services to the National Board since its inception in 2017. Tara has helped shape the WEN brand and continues to use her vast experience to propel it to the next level.
Colleen JarrottNational Programs DirectorOf Counsel, Baker DonelsonColleen Jarrott is Of Counsel in Baker Donelson’s New Orleans office. Her practice principally focuses on civil litigation, regulatory matters and transactions concerning oil and gas law in Louisiana.
Colleen serves as counsel to independent and major oil and gas companies and appears regularly in various types of litigation and transactions, as well as before various regulatory bodies, including the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board (SMEB), the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC). She also provides counsel to industry trade associations and oil and gas companies concerning environmental and energy law and policy, including participation in the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute’s legislative working group to analyze whether alternative dispute resolution is a viable vehicle for resolving legacy lawsuits (Acts 2015, No. 448).
Debra VillarrealNational Sponsorship DirectorPartner, Thompson & KnightDebra Villarreal is an experienced oil and gas attorney who counsels her clients to maximize gains while minimizing risks in joint ventures and the purchase and sale of oil and gas properties. Debra’s experience extends to all facets of the energy industry, including joint operating agreements, leases, drilling rig contracts, exploration agreements, participation agreements, farmouts, title review, and due diligence. With her strong financial background, she has represented numerous borrowers and lenders in financings secured by oil and gas assets, including plants, pipelines, undeveloped acreage, and producing properties.
Rachel MillerNational Immediate Past PresidentPartner, Forbes Tate Partners - Washington DC Sponsorhighly respected energy and environmental expert with 16 years of corporate, regulatory, and congressional experience, Rachel Miller is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners. She leads the firm’s energy practice.
Rachel joined the firm as a Senior Vice President in 2012 – providing clients with unique government relations strategies, coalition management, third party outreach and deep ties within Executive Branch agencies and throughout Capitol Hill. In today’s budget-focused times, her deep knowledge of the federal appropriations and budget processes has proven to be an invaluable asset. She has helped countless clients secure large Department of Energy grants – which, in turn, enable their projects to move forward.
Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, Rachel served as Vice President of Energy and Environment Practice at Capitol Solutions. Before that, she worked on mandatory climate change legislation and policies to support low-carbon power, as Director of Federal Affairs for BP America. There, she co-founded the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Contact Group and managed BP’s legislative agenda within the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).
Rachel also served for nearly four years as Legislative Assistant to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as a policy advisor on energy, transportation, and agriculture issues. While on Senator Feinstein’s staff, she drafted legislation that laid the groundwork for the first statutory increase in fuel economy standards adopted since 1975. She played a key role in drafting energy market transparency legislation that was eventually incorporated as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Rachel also served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), where she focused on energy policy, the environment, and education issues.
Rachel is a past President and founder of the WEN DC Chapter.