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Robert (Rob) E. Abbott, PH. D.
During a 28 year diverse career with Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Rob gained a keen perspective on the importance of integrating the EHS function into business plans. He was one of the early pioneers in bringing the concept of sustainable development into Conoco’s business processes. He understands how effective EHS Management Plans contribute to business success.
Rob was responsible for the development of Conoco’s upstream environmental auditing program and he managed the Corporate auditing program. He has audited gas plants, LNG plants, refineries, production facilities (onshore and offshore), asphalt plants and other operations across the U.S. and in Africa, Indonesia, Canada, Dubai, the Netherlands, the North Sea and many other locations.
Rob’s main role in the upstream international business development group was assisting BD teams in determining the risks and benefits associated with new ventures where the company did not have existing operations. He assisted in developing an EHS due diligence evaluation process to assist management in comparing different opportunities with respect to these risks and benefits. He has conducted numerous due diligence evaluations for acquisitions, including determining what would be required to bring the acquired assets up to ConocoPhillips’ performance standards.
He has served as the EHS team member on projects all over the world, including Africa, Russia, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Trinidad, Barbados, Qatar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand. As a member of the Gas to Liquids project development team, he coordinated a major Life Cycle Assessment project to compare the environmental impacts of the GTL process to produce diesel fuel with conventional refining technology.
Rob holds a B.A. in biology from Austin College and a Masters and Ph.D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.
Donald W. (Don) Abrahamson
Don has over forty years of experience in the Chemical Industry including engineering, operations and process safety management roles. He was Celanese’s Global Process Safety Manager for five years before starting his process safety consulting career. Prior to joining Celanese Don was the Director of Process Safety and Risk Engineering for Occidental Chemical Corporation. During his career he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas including: process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research.
His process safety experience includes building and implementing a comprehensive regional process safety management system for Occidental based upon the OSHA PSM Standard and the EPA RMP Standard. At Celanese he standardized, documented and globalized twenty one industry-wide process safety best practices. Effective program requirements were communicated by a comprehensive tiered approach: Tier I requirements were written at a high level overview for senior management; Tier II requirements were written as detailed site requirements intended for site management; and Tier III requirements were written for the engineer/manager responsible for implementation.
Don has developed leading and lagging metrics to drive process safety program improvements, conducted global PS training in America, Europe and Asia and presented papers at global process safety forums in the US and China. He has extensive experience conducting Process Hazard Analysis (PHAs), Audits, Incident Investigations and Training on three continents: Americas, Europe and Asia.
Don’s operations experience includes Engineering, Technical Management and Operations Management. Don was the Operations Manager for a large Chlor-alkali facility, responsible for assuring a safe, environmentally sound, efficient and clean operation. He developed annual operating plans and assured that production, time, cost and quality plan commitments were met. Don developed and maintained commitment at all levels of the organization to establish and achieve department, plant, and corporate goals.
Previously, Don was the Technical Manager at a semi-commercial specialty chemical facility where his responsibilities included scale-up, design construction and start-up of specialty organic processes. His management responsibilities also included facility maintenance and utility operations. Don spent eighteen years doing research and development work on organic, inorganic and electrochemical processes. He has four patents from his R&D work.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Tony has 30 years of experience in the petrochemical, refining, metals processing and consulting industry. He was formerly Manager of Atlantic Richfield’s (ARCO’s) Corporate Environmental Audit Program, responsible for conducting 40 audits per year at major facilities worldwide. His broad experience allows him to advise clients in multiple areas.
Tony has conducted scores of EHS due diligence assessments for business transactions in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Asia and across Europe. These assessments focused on upstream/midstream, refining and petrochemical industry mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
As a consultant, he has developed and implemented corporate audit programs for several national and international companies and he has conducted and led dozens of EHS audits, including environmental compliance audits of two large, integrated refineries for a major energy client preparing for EPA for multi-media audits.
Prior to his corporate environmental assignments at ARCO, he held operating and engineering positions in Anaconda Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARCO. These assignments included Plant Manager of Anaconda Metal Hose, Engineering Manager of Anaconda Brass & Copper and Superintendent of Sheet Mill Operations at Anaconda Brass & Copper.
Tony received a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, Connecticut.
Wayne B. Austin
With 35 years of experience as a health and safety professional with Shell Oil Company, Wayne has a broad knowledge of HSE management systems, process safety management, and industrial hygiene program development and management.
As a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), HSE Manager, and HSE Consultant/Advisor, Wayne has managed and worked in corporate, upstream (both onshore and offshore), and downstream aspects of the oil and petrochemical industry and has had nine years previous experience as an expatriate in the Middle East (Oman and Saudi Arabia). From September 2007 until his retirement from Shell in March 2010, Wayne was a Lead Auditor of independent HSSE management system audits process safety management system audits, regulatory compliance reviews, and focused HSE audits of company and joint venture operations and facilities in the USA and Canada.
Wayne's PSM experience includes 14 years working in PSM covered refineries or chemical plants in HSE roles that included direct involvement in various elements of PSM, with particular emphasis in the areas of Employee Participation, Operator Training, Operating Procedures, Contractors, Hot Work Permits, Management of Change, Incident Investigation, Emergency Planning and Response, and Compliance Audits. He recently led the PSM audit for the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery and participated in PSM audits for Shell's Deer Park Refinery and Chemical Plant, Shell's Norco Chemical Plant, and Motiva's Norco Refinery.
Due to Wayne's extensive field experience, he has developed an understanding of the need for practical and simple, but effective approaches to managing hazards in the workplace. Wayne's career began at Shell's Westhollow Research Center where he was an IH Technician responsible for all aspects of the industrial hygiene program for over 1200 employees. Following a six year assignment in Corporate Safety & IH, Wayne spent six years at the Deer Park Manufacturing Complex where he led safety and industrial hygiene programs and supervised support staff. He was also involved in the site's emergency response activities and served as the Response Action Team (transportation related incident response) Captain. He was the site's Radiation Safety Officer. A three year assignment followed at Shell's Odessa Refinery where Wayne was the HSE Manager and a member of the Refinery Leadership Team. In addition to leading the HSE program, he was extensively involved in organizational change management as the refinery was implementing self-directed teams within Operations.
Subsequent assignments included roles as Corporate Industrial Hygienist for Shell Exploration and Production Company and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Following five years with PDO, Wayne continued his expatriate work in Saudi Arabia as a HSE Advisor for Sadaf Chemical Company. Upon his return to the USA and until his retirement, Wayne was a member of the Corporate Affairs HSE Department as an auditor.
Wayne earned a MPH degree in Occupational Health from the University Of Texas School Of Public Health in 1983 and a BA degree in Biology from the University of Texas in 1974. He was board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene from 1982 until 2010.
Mike is a Senior Consultant with E.Vironment LP and has 43 years of relevant experience including 31 years of operational experience in the petrochemical industry where, for the last 10 years, he served as Vice President, Technology for Millennium Petrochemical (currently integrated into LyondellBasell) and its predecessor companies. In this capacity, he significantly improved the performance of the HSE function through organizational restructuring and by integrating functional strategies into corporate and business strategies. Mike also held executive responsibility for the company’s research & development, engineering, information systems, and quality functions at times during this period.
Mike has extensive executive management experience during acquisitions, mergers, demergers, partnerships and in the management of change. He also has a broad background in the international arena where, for five years, he headed the HSE and R&D functions for the Canadian operations of Dow Chemical. He also served in management positions in Dow Latin America including two years resident in Bogota, Colombia.
In his 12 years as a consultant, Mike has facilitated the successful restructuring of a Fortune 200 company including the development of HSE programs and a management system. He has worked with numerous chemical, refining and upstream oil companies in the assessment of corporate governance and HSE programs; in the establishment, training and assessment of a safety and environment-based culture, programs and management systems; and in the optimization of HSE organizational support. These include Celanese, Huntsman, Shell Chemicals, Chevron-Phillips Chemicals, Holly Corporation, Enbridge Liquid Pipelines, Anadarko, Lyondell, Sunoco, Flint Hills, Marathon Oil, Marathon Petroleum, Innovene and BP.
Using E.Vironment’s proven Pathfinder Matrix® process, he has worked with the senior management teams of several of the same companies in helping them reach consensus on a safety and environmental philosophy, direction and long-term strategy for their organization. He has also mentored several executives in helping define their roles in making such a strategy an operational reality.
Mike has played an active role in the American Chemical Council’s Responsible Care® initiative including serving as both a member and chairman of the ACC’s Responsible Care steering committee during the 1990s. He has also served as a special advisor to ACC on Responsible Care and, since the initiative became management system-based, has performed audits and provided input to companies interested in adopting the initiative.
Mike holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield (England) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alberta (Canada).
For 30 years John has consulted on soil and groundwater contamination and remediation and engineering geology. His experience spans a wide range of industrial segments including refining, petrochemical and chemical plants, electric power generation, hydropower and water supply, waste management, and oil & gas production.
John has provided consulting expertise for hundreds of environmental due diligence efforts across the globe. He recently identified a $100 million liability for a prospective purchaser of a number of petroleum refineries shortly before the deal was to be consummated.
John has served as Project Manager on many RCRA and Superfund evaluations, including high-profile projects in Texas and New Jersey. He also has a world-class background in engineering geology - from basic geologic design parameters for large dams and reservoirs to consulting for pipeline routes. He has experience in diverse fields such seismic hazard potential and nuclear power plant licensing.
John brings extensive international experience. He is a native of the United Kingdom, and is fluent in Spanish. He resided and worked in Central America for six years. He has had assignments in all areas of the world, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, UK, U.S. and Venezuela.
John received his B.Sc. (Applied Geology) from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in 1972. He is a Certified Professional Geologist and a Registered Environmental Professional.
In over 30 years working in the chemical and oil & gas industries, Jim has gained extensive operational experience in a wide range of areas from plant design and construction to operations. His corporate experience includes both corporate and business level strategy development and implementation, as well as transaction planning and execution.
His expertise includes strategic planning; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; business integration; management system design and implementation; auditing and assessments; performance management, organizational effectiveness, occupational safety, production management and process safety.
Jim has had leadership responsibility for domestic as well as international transactions including joint ventures and divestitures. He led the team that developed, negotiated and closed a multi-national joint venture to construct and operate a “first of its kind” plant to produce a new polymer material for the textile and carpet industries. He also led the sell-side due diligence for a multi-billion dollar divestiture program involving five separate businesses on five continents with over 75 total sites.
Jim developed and implemented a Sustainable Development program for a major detergent alcohols producer. He worked with a team to conduct a complete Process Safety Analysis for a new polymer plant design, then participated in the post start-up audit of the plant.
Jim earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton.
Barbara has over 30 years of industry experience working for multi-national energy and service companies. Her expertise includes the development and implementation of innovative global initiatives in areas of employee health and safety, environmental compliance, engineering, public affairs, government relations, emergency response, security, business development, medical management, and due diligence/risk recognition and mitigation.
In her most recent role as Vice President, HSE & Training for Rowan Companies, PLC, Barbara successfully resolved a high profile environmental compliance matter with the US federal government. She built an HSE organization from six employees to over 120, fully matrixed with all aspects of global operations including responsibilities for land drilling, heavy equipment manufacturing, warehousing, global security, emergency response, and workers compensation. She was also responsible for the development and implementation of a global HSE management system with leading edge HSE compliance, risk assessment and behavior based safety programs. Barbara initiated a global Medical Management Program, including rig based medical management solutions.
Prior to Rowan, Barbara served as Vice President, HSE for Texas Eastern Products Pipeline and Enterprise Products where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive processes, programs and management systems to achieve compliance in all areas of HSE with a focus on changing culture paradigms. She developed HSE Compliance Assurance Programs as part of a system-wide Environmental Management System, including multi-level compliance assessment programs. At TEPPCO, Barbara also implemented numerous safety programs including IH, PSM, DOT Trucking Safety, and H2S awareness and monitoring.
Earlier in her career, Barbara held a wide variety of management positions at ExxonMobil, including General Manager, North America Procurement Services; Manager, Transition & Change Management, Exxon Mobil Merger Transition Team; and Global Due Diligence Team Lead.
Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science, Civil/Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Science, Environmental Science from Louisiana Tech University, and a Masters of Business Administration, Finance from Houston Baptist University.
Marilyn J. Carter
Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in industrial operations and leadership development. She has worked in several global international businesses as well as small manufacturing sites. Most recently, she designed a capability development program for an International Safety and Operations audit team.
Marilyn designed and delivered a comprehensive audit program that improved auditor performance. As the Training Manager for Safety and Operations Audit, Marilyn delivered a three-day training program for new auditors, non-auditors and senior executives. In addition, she coached subject matter experts to deliver customized training in their specialty areas. She created an online program that provided connectivity and integration for a virtual and dispersed audit team.
Marilyn worked with Senior Managers in EHS to implement management system approaches in their operation to enhance performance. Her work in the EHS division of an international operation refocused the basic work model to a standardized process approach. The emphasis on process also improved customer service in one of the early implementations of a Shared Service environment.
Marilyn has extensive audit experience. She has led and worked a variety of audit assignments including: Organizational Capability, HSE, Business Strategy and Leadership and Procurement Strategy.
Marilyn supervised and managed a small manufacturing operation. In this start-up operation, she defined Standard Operating Procedures, reduced scrap and built a safety program.
Marilyn has a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University, MBA from Shenandoah University and BS from Kent State University. Marilyn is the former President of Organization Development Network/Chicago and is a Baldrige Examiner for the National Quality Award.
Bill has 40 years of experience, primarily with Mobil Oil, in facility maintenance, design, construction, and overall facility management. His fields of expertise include facility design, construction, maintenance, management, process safety, new venture evaluations, management of joint venture operations, facility assessments, reliability improvement, Work Process implementation, and change management. He has worked in many locations around the world, including Canada, Finland, Japan, London, Norway, Ottawa, US lower 48 and the Western Slope.
Bill has extensive process safety (PS), Mechanical Integrity (MI) and reliability experience. He has participated in over 25 worldwide site MI/Maintenance assessments; assessed, designed, and implemented a program to bring a major refinery into PSM compliance; and developed a Pipeline MI System for a large engineering firm. He developed and implemented Mobil’s Reliability Improvement System, implemented Mobil’s ISO 9000 system and performed annual audits. He is currently serving as a team member auditing PS and MI at ConocoPhillips refineries in the US and abroad.
Bill had responsibility for maintenance and reliability of a 190,000 BPD oil refinery, including oversight of refinery maintenance engineering, operations reliability, maintenance services, contractors and suppliers. At another refinery, while he was manager of the mechanical engineering and construction departments, he led development, design, and construction of refinery processing units and associated infrastructure.
Bill also has significant experience in working with companies to redesign work processes to improve operational performance and mechanical reliability. He conducted a work process/ organization review and redesign for an independent petroleum refiner and participated in competitive assessments and breakthrough initiatives design and implementation for several petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing clients. He was also a key member of a 22 site evaluation team for a major paper and paper products manufacturer. He later participated in delivering best practice maintenance work processes to the manufacturing sites, and follow-up performance reviews.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering of Texas A&M University. He is currently serving as a team member auditing PS and MI at ConocoPhillips refineries in the US and abroad.
For over 15 years until he retired in 2005, Larry was Shell's Manufacturing Lead Process Safety/EHS Expert for maintaining support to all the Shell Oil and Chemical refineries and chemical plants throughout the US. His specific focus was Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals, including Management and Labor involvement, Process Safety Hazard Analyses, Operating Procedures and Training, Hot Work Permits Management of Change, Incident Investigation, Emergency Planning and Response, Compliance Audits and appreciation of Human Factors.
In this role as Shell’s corporate expert in Process Safety (PS), he trained personnel and audited for safety at essentially all of Shells refineries and chemical plants, including Deer Park, TX; Norco, Baton Rouge, Reserve, Metarie, and Taft LA; Sewaren, NJ; Woodriver, Illinois; Bakersfield, Martinez and Wilmington, CA; and Puget Sound, WA. He has been a team member auditing PS and MI at ConocoPhillips refineries in the US and abroad.
Larry’s work has taken him virtually around the world for Shell, and includes visits to Union Carbide's main plant in Terneuzen Holland; Air Products plant in England; Borealis Polyethylene/Polypropylene plants in Austria; BASF in Ludwigshaven, Germany; and the National Refinery of Israel.
Larry also worked in Shell Exploration and Production (E&P), performing numerous Hazards Reviews and PSSR's as follow-up to the four-acre "flash fire" at the Fort MacMurray, Canada Tar Sands Project. He was involved in PSSR's, Hazard Reviews and PEER Reviews for the multiyear SURE project (Shale Oil Project) currently underway in Meeker County, Colorado.
During the first 20 years of his career, Larry worked in various manufacturing plants with Shell Oil and Chemical Companies. This included Production Manager at the large Olefins Gas Plant at Deer Park, TX. Later he served as EHS Manager in a Thermoplastic Rubber Plant in Ohio and as Gasoline Marketing, Distribution and Transportation Specialist, prior to moving into Shell Manufacturing Head Office Technical for the remainder of his career.
C. Lamar Daniel
An experienced engineering, maintenance and project leader, Lamar has twenty-five years of experience in the oil, gas and chemical industry. His expertise includes process safety management, safety and environmental management systems, reliability and mechanical integrity, custody transfer systems, work process implementation, change management and project and construction management. He has worked on both domestic and international assignments, and is fluent in Spanish.
Lamar is a certified HAZOP facilitator and has performed Process Safety Management (PSM) and Safe Work Practice (SWP) audits of large petroleum and petrochemical terminal facilities, refining and chemical plants. He has designed and implemented PSM, change management and Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for various upstream and downstream petroleum facilities.
Lamar has extensive experience in the refining industry, having led teams in reliability and mechanical integrity, work process systems implementation, instrument / electrical maintenance, project management, construction management, planning and turnaround management. He has also participated on change management implementation teams for two refineries.
Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
James has over 28 years' experience working in corporate Health, Safety and Environment with extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Served as the Vice President of Corporate HSE for Noble Corporation where he was responsible for the development of a three year strategic plan during 2014-2016. This development included updating and implementing a comprehensive series of HSE standards as well as designing and implementing a three tier audit program.
He redesigned and recruited a corporate HSE organization to provide worldwide governance and support for worker health and safety; process safety; environmental stewardship; and emergency response. He also developed processes to ensure executive management support for critical initiatives; alignment of worldwide HSE team members with priorities; share progress on priority initiatives with all functions; regularly review performance; and share lessons learned.
James was responsible for introducing the concept of risk based process safety to executive and senior level management. He worked closely with all functions to institutionalize concepts to minimize risk of loss of well control, marine stability and vessel station keeping.
While at Tesoro, James developed the company's initial HSE governance process that included reporting of performance metrics, HSE incidents, and asset integrity metrics to executive management.
James earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina with a major in Biology. He also completed a CHMM Hazardous Materials Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1991 to 1996.
Charleen S. Dickson
Charleen has 30 years of relevant experience in the petrochemical industry. Her experience has spanned manufacturing, business, staff and executive team functions. The majority of her career was in various plant management roles for Chevron Corporation and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. She has been on the leadership teams at six different large manufacturing facilities, serving in various capacities, including plant manager, operations manager, technical and maintenance manager. In each of these roles, she significantly improved facility performance by championing safe, environmentally sound, reliable operations through organizational involvement.
Due to her high standards and ability to champion change, she was selected as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. The role had oversight and corporate auditing responsibility for the Company's worldwide, wholly owned assets, as well as support and corporate auditing for the Company's worldwide joint ventures assets. Charleen's responsibilities included EHS and PSM assessments for mergers and acquisitions candidates, subsequent due diligence and integration into Chevron Phillips Chemical Company compliance processes. The Company's Operational Excellence management system and all associated company wide metrics were stewarded by her organization.
Since joining E.Vironment, Charleen utilized E.Vironment's Pathfinder Matrix® as a vehicle to aid senior management of clients in EHS strategic positioning. She also led a team in an integrated management system audit for a major Canadian oil sands company.
Charleen served on the Board of Directors for Americas Styrenics LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University.
Brenda has 30 years of experience in practicing and managing EHS compliance for the oil & gas, chemical, refining, packaging, marketing, sulphur mining and automotive parts manufacturing industries. She has experience in cost effectively improving environmental and safety performance by implementing management systems (MS), auditing systems, benchmarking and performance measurement for a variety of industries.
As manager of Pennzoil-Quaker State’s corporate EHS and transportation MS and compliance program, she established the corporate EHS compliance and MS audit program for six operating divisions.
Brenda is certified as an Environmental Compliance Auditor by BEAC and also as a Certified Environmental Professional by the ABCEP. She has led over 200 EHS MS and compliance audits in the oil and gas, coal bed methane, refining, packaging, marketing, sulphur mining and automotive parts manufacturing industries, and over 20 process safety management audits at refining and oil and gas production facilities throughout North America and the Gulf of Mexico. EHS compliance auditing has taken her to off-shore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and she has conducted E&S MS reviews for a major E&P company at an offshore Ireland natural gas production facility.
Brenda was placed on special assignment in Baku, Azerbaijan where she oversaw the environmental management of a $100M offshore gas plant construction project, a joint project between Pennzoil and the State Oil Company Azerbaijan Republic.
Prior to Pennzoil, she held positions of increasing responsibility with Kerr McGee and Monsanto Company. She oversaw Kerr McGee’s environmental and safety programs and policies at 100 E&P sites in 14 states, Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. While with Monsanto Company, she was environmental consultant to Monsanto’s Chocolate Bayou 3000 acre organic chemical manufacturing facility
Brenda holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University. She is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Wayne has a broad range of experience in operations, maintenance, and health, safety and environmental (HSE) auditing.
Wayne’s 30 plus year career with Phillips Petroleum and ConocoPhillips included assignments in both upstream and downstream operations. In the last 20 years of his career until he retired in 2007, Wayne served in positions as an Asset Manager for Gas Processing Operations, Construction and Maintenance Manager, and the Mechanical Integrity Contact within the ConocoPhillips Corporate HSE Auditing Group. In these positions, Wayne developed extensive experience with compliance issues concerning process safety management and asset and operations integrity including mechanical integrity, operating and maintenance procedures, management of change and risk assessment.
Wayne has been responsible for developing and implementing HSE management systems (HSE-MS) during his career. He has assisted internal customers develop, implement and obtain ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management Systems. Wayne has served as Lead Auditor on HSE-MS reviews and compliance audits in Alaska, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Indonesia, Germany, Norway, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore and numerous states in the continental United States.
His auditing experience includes all aspects of the energy industry including refineries, gas processing facilities, chemical plants, onshore production facilities, offshore production and processing facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines, shipyards, and tankers.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from West Texas State University.
Walter has 30 years hands-on experience in the chemical and energy industries. During his 15 years with Cities Service Company, he worked closely with corporate and operations management staffs (E&P, Refining, Chemicals and Minerals) in the development of environmental management systems and implementation of environmental programs. He also served as internal environmental consultant regarding major refinery projects.
Walter's strengths are in the areas of due diligence for acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and other transactional activities for industrial operations, and in EHS auditing. One of Walter's recent major areas of focus has been in assisting multiple clients, including financial institutions, on offshore (state and federal waters) oil & gas facilities due diligence and auditing.
In litigation support, Walter provides technical and professional knowledge regarding historical documentation review and information analysis for case preparation concerning facilities such as refineries, lube plants and petrochemical complexes.
Walter’s global experience includes most of the U.S. lower 48, Alaska and Canada; the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas and Aruba); Europe; and New Zealand.
Walter received a BS in chemistry and biology from Northwestern State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering Science and Public Health from Oklahoma University.
Allan A. Griggs, P.E.
Allan has 30 years' experience planning and implementing programs that reduce EH&S risk and improve performance. During his career with Valero Energy Corporation, he served in many positions including facility and corporate assignments. He completed his career with Valero as Director, Environmental Services and Director, HSE Audit. He has supported petroleum refining, exploration and production, petrochemicals, ethanol, advanced biofuels, asphalt, lube oil, pipelines, terminals and manufacturing.
His expertise includes environmental management, compliance assurance, audit services, management systems and project management. He has established systems to achieve compliance with numerous new regulations such as NSPS, NESHAP and waste management. He is experienced in acquisition and divestiture due diligence and in EPA and state enforcement negotiations.
One of Allan's notable achievements was leading a waste management cost analysis for 12 refineries that identified improvement recommendations with potential savings of $14 million. Another was managing environmental work for a renewable diesel facility, including air permitting, wetlands permitting and NEPA environmental assessment. He was part of the task force that implemented EPA global Consent Decree provisions across 14 U.S. refineries and ensured all requirements were met on deadline.
Allan was instrumental in developing, implementing and auditing several management systems, including compliance-focused and ISO systems. His work includes gap assessment, gap closure planning and managing collaborative development of management system standards. Recent experience includes an operations management system baseline self-assessment for two business units of a major Canadian upstream oil company where he evaluated 69 discrete expectations, conducted interviews, recorded observations and developed work plan action items. He has developed metrics that effectively communicate performance to all levels of management and streamlined metrics management to reduce overhead.
He has directed 200 audits and assessments in the United States and Canada, including multi-media environmental, focused-topic environmental, management system, occupational health and safety, and process safety. He has developed systems to track findings, action items and verification of their closure. He is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) in environmental compliance and in management system auditing. He has been a participant, presenter and officer of the Environmental, Safety & Health Auditing Association and a member of The Auditing Roundtable.
Allan earned a Master of Engineering (Environmental) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).
Edward R. (Ted) Grover
Ted has over 30 years of experience in chemical manufacturing operations and engineering. His production assignments with LyondellBasell include managing a world-scale propylene oxide/styrene monomer plant and managing the storage and terminal operations for a large plant site. In these assignments, Ted has developed extensive hands-on experience with people development, operational excellence, process safety management, regulatory compliance, and EHS processes.
He has been closely involved over many years in developing and implementing numerous sustainable systems to comply with PSM and other regulatory requirements. Ted’s areas of PSM expertise include process hazards analysis, management of change, operating manuals, training and certification, and pre-startup safety review.
At LyondellBasell and predecessor companies, he worked with the corporate EHS auditing team on numerous occasions, auditing EHS and PSM management systems at various plant sites as part of the on-going corporate operational effectiveness initiative. Ted is experienced in the development and use of audit protocols, the flow of operational effectiveness audits, and the techniques required for successful auditing.
Ted holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Donald L. Gunther
Don graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971, flew the Navy's P-3 Orion for 20 years and retired from the Navy Reserves in 1993. Hired by Continental Airlines in 1977, he qualified as a Captain and Instructor Pilot. As the Vice-President of Safety for Continental Airlines, he was responsible for Flight and Ground Safety, Regulatory oversight and OSHA compliance, managing all Internal Audit Programs, Worker's Compensation and Medical Programs and the safety reporting systems for all divisions.
His team developed the Threat and Error Management (TEM) training programs which have been adopted by many air carriers as well as other industries worldwide. TEM provides the basis for improved risk assessment and risk management by both corporations and individuals. Don was also instrumental in implementing one of the best practices in auditing techniques, the Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA). At the heart of LOSA is the non-jeopardy, systematic assessment of operational threats (risks) and errors and their management. LOSA is an effective tool in measuring the performance and behavior of employees during everyday operations.
Don's Aviation Industry activities included terms as Chairman of the Air Transport Association (ATA) Human Factors Committee, Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Human Factors Working Group, Chairman of the ATA Safety Council, Industry Co-chair for the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Program and Industry Co-chair for the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). Currently he is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors.
Don has applied the principles of the TEM program to his consulting practice, providing a means for companies to effectively deliver their safety programs to the "frontline" employees. Companies using these guidelines have seen reductions in employee injuries, ground damages and OSHA violations. During his tenure in Safety at Continental Airlines, the company achieved a 60 percent reduction in ground damages to its aircraft, an associated 75 percent reduction in costs, a 30 percent reduction in employee injuries and associated costs and virtual elimination of OSHA findings and associated fines.
Don is an excellent speaker and has addressed executives and managers in many industries, including airlines, chemicals and energy.
At E.Vironment, Sandra focuses on due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and environmental permitting. She specializes in providing solid and hazardous waste, wastewater and air emissions analyses on projects in the refining and petrochemical industry.
Sandra spent much of her professional career at Southdown Environmental Systems where she was responsible for the management and functioning of the analytical laboratory at a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility. She was responsible for the overall management of laboratory functions and supervised a staff of six analytical chemists. In her role as Quality Control Supervisor, Sandra was responsible for maintaining laboratory quality assurance and ensuring that the analytical data complied with the facility's RCRA permit and applicable regulations.
As an Environmental Compliance Manager at Southdown, Sandra was responsible for maintaining compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local permits and regulations including DOT, RCRA, TSCA, and NPDES. She prepared permit applications, reports and correspondence for submittal to regulatory agencies and was instrumental in the development of RCRA and NPDES renewal applications. Sandra also established policies and procedures to ensure compliance, as well as to review new regulations to develop appropriate compliance strategies. She also was involved in employee training to meet environmental and OSHA regulations.
Sandra has extensive experience with implementation of the Boiler & Industrial Furnace Regulations. She has developed compliance test burn plans as well as submitting all documentation necessary for compliance. She has written air permit amendment applications to meet the requirements of the BIF rule. She has also been called upon to help negotiate and respond to Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) questions and/or concerns on air permits.
Sandra received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut.
Jerry has expertise, both domestically and internationally, in the development, implementation and assessment of EHS management systems (MS) in power plants, mines, pipelines, refineries, chemical plants and similar facilities. He has completed assignments in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland and the U.S.
Jerry is certified as an Environmental MS and Compliance Auditor by BEAC, RAB, and IEMA. He also has experience in safety and health auditing including process safety management. He has led compliance and MS audits for many companies, including Burlington Resources, Marathon, Celanese, BASF, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and Ashland.
Jerry is effective in leading and working with others to identify problems and find solutions. He also has experience in organizational change management, operations reliability, meeting management skills, personnel skills development, group skills training and group dynamics.
Jerry has thirty years of diversified staff and supervisory assignments in the petroleum industry for Exxon (now ExxonMobil), in both field operations and company headquarters. Jerry conducted numerous E&S management system reviews and compliance audits for Exxon. His assignments included EHS incident analysis and reporting, environmental operations, hazard communication improvements, engineering support, computer systems support, reliability engineering, procurement, records management, and quality control laboratory management.
Jerry received his M.S. in chemistry from Murray State University at Murray, Kentucky.
Mike has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, environmental management and consulting in the chemical and energy industries. In particular, Mike has focused on identifying, assessing and managing HSE issues in support of business strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, compliance assurance, and risk management efforts. Since 1977, Mike has conducted assessments and audits of countless processing, refining and chemical manufacturing, treatment, storage and disposal facilities on multiple continents.
Mike was formerly the Director, Environmental Services for the NAFTA Region of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation, supporting the Regional President’s Office. Mike worked with key sites in the US to ensure implementation of the Responsible Care Management System.
As a consultant, Mike places a significant focus on HSE management systems (MS) implemented by companies to improve performance, ensure compliance and reduce risk. In particular, Mike helps clients improve their internal auditing programs by ensuring that they involve committed, involved management; clear objectives; competent, independent auditors; systematic procedures; loaned and supervised field work; written reports and follow-up.
At E.Vironment, Mike works with clients to manage risks and liabilities associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; design and implement MS; and audit compliance, MS, risk management and HSE performance. He is BEAC certified as an environmental compliance auditor. He has served as Team Leader on numerous compliance and MS audits.
Mike has extensive process safety experience. He has led and participated in process safety audits at all of Ciba's U.S. facilities. He is E.Vironment’s project manager for ConocoPhillips' PS/MI team conducting process safety/mechanical integrity audits of sixteen refineries in the U.S. & Europe.
Mike holds a BS degree in Engineering Science from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree in Marketing/Management from the University of St. Thomas.
John has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and EHS. He has had EHS leadership responsibility for domestic as well as international operations in a variety of industries including petrochemicals, oil & gas exploration and production, natural gas gathering and distribution, automotive parts manufacturing, pulp and paper and consumer packaging, shipbuilding and electrical utilities.
John's experience includes a wide range of areas from EHS management to toxicology. Specifically, his expertise includes EHS strategic planning, business integration, management system design and implementation, auditing and assessments, performance management, EHS organizational effectiveness, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, process safety and environmental toxicology.
During the first 18 years of his career with Tenneco, Inc., John directed the corporation’s worldwide EHS risk management program, including occupational health, industrial hygiene, safety, environmental, loss control, regulatory compliance, product safety, and crisis management.
John has extensive experience in EHS auditing and management systems (MS). He works with senior executives and EHS organizations in the development, implementation and assessment of EHS-MS. He has conducted numerous MS reviews and EHS audits.
John has helped many clients manage EHS business risks and routinely assists buyers and sellers in identifying, quantifying and developing negotiating strategies for EHS risks and liabilities associated with business transactions. He has worked with a number of manufacturing companies in evaluating toxicology data for new products and provided advice on the development of MSDS’s, product labeling, and employee training.
John is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a member of the American College of Toxicology and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He earned a Ph.D., Environmental Health/Toxicology from the University of Texas, an MS, Epidemiology from Texas A&M University, and a BS, Animal Science from Texas A&M University.
Dennis N. Johnson
Dennis has more than 35 years of experience in the petrochemical industry where for the last 15 years he served as the Global Director of Safety, Health and Environment for Praxair industrial gases. During his career Dennis held leadership positions in plant operations, maintenance and engineering functions as well as SH&E. As Director of SH&E for Praxair he led efforts resulting in significant safety performance improvement and recognition as the only chemical company to be included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for ten consecutive years.
Dennis has broad international experience from his role as the SH&E director for DuPont in Asia Pacific during which time he worked extensively in China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. His global work continued during his time with Praxair where he was involved with operations across 40 countries.
Dennis had wide ranging management involvement with mergers and acquisitions. He has personally conducted multiple SH&E due diligence reviews and in his role at Praxair oversaw in excess of 50 significant acquisitions and subsequent integration programs.
Dennis has extensive experience in Process Safety and Corporate Risk Management. He has directly managed multiple high-risk operations including polyethylene, phosgene and hydrogen production units. At Praxair he reported directly to the Board of Directors on Operational Risk Management and led implementation of an enhanced Process Safety program across the company.
Dennis managed the Corporate SH&E Audit Program for several years at DuPont and had responsibility for the Corporate Audit program at Praxair. He has led numerous SH&E audits through his career, many at international locations. Dennis holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He has served as Chairman of the American Chemistry Council's Safety and Health Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Compressed Gases Association Standards Council. Dennis is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sharon specializes in air quality and multimedia permitting and compliance issues. She has 18 years of environmental expertise in both consulting and industrial air quality engineering roles. Sharon’s industrial experience is broadened by several onsite consulting assignments, where she served as an extension of plant and corporate environmental staff on air, water, waste, and remediation compliance and reporting issues. Such assignments included bulk fuel terminals and a global petrochemical firm.
As a consultant, she works on numerous projects including regulatory applicability evaluations and compliance strategy development, air quality and multimedia regulatory compliance audits, litigation and due diligence support, state and federal air preconstruction and Title V permits, emissions inventories, and control technology evaluations. She has provided consulting to industries in onshore and offshore oil & gas production, processing, and transmission; petrochemicals and refining; utilities and cogeneration; surface coating; military; pharmaceutical; semiconductor; metals processing; abrasives manufacturing; and carbon black manufacturing.
Sharon has extensive compliance and MS auditing experience, having audited oil & gas facilities, refineries, petrochemical plants and facilities in several other industries. She has led multi-disciplinary audit teams of HSE professionals.
Sharon holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She is a licensed professional engineer in ten states, including active licenses in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as an inactive registration in Kentucky.
Bill has 34 years of management experience in project development,project controls, contracting, refinery operations and maintenance, and remediation/liability management. He also has expertise in the areas of leadership development, safety and environmental improvement, change management, organizational design, work processes, culture change, and implementation management.
During his career with Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Bill was the key in building three organizations, including an overall refinery organization that encompassed operations, maintenance, turnarounds, technical support, projects and administrative functions. He also built a function that was responsible for developing the data, tools and systems to enable efficient cost estimating of process plant projects at any stage of definition, and a Risk Management and Remediation organization for U.S. operations that also provided oversight of global remediation activities.
These organizational experiences included establishing a vision, values, work processes, clear roles and responsibilities, metrics, aligning diverse cultures, improving communications, improving refinery reliability, process safety management, selecting and developing senior leaders, and communication with the top levels of the organization.
Bill is also experienced at integrating teamwork among separate organizations including local refinery operations with a separate major projects group and refinery operations with a separate organization of environmental professionals. He has led negotiations for refinery labor agreement and improved labor relations.
Several times during his career, Bill was responsible for integrating HSE into a business. As an operations manager at a refinery, he led the environmental leadership team that assured operations and EHS were aligned and “flanged” at all levels. He was also responsible for improving safety performance in both a refinery and remediation organization. The remediation organization engaged thousands of individuals employed by multiple contractors, and that organization achieved zero recordable injuries for more than a year.
Bill holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Also, he has been a registered engineer in the state of Oklahoma and a certified cost engineer by the American Association of Cost Engineers.
Laura has over 25 years of experience in EHS and corporate sustainability management and consulting. She has increased efficiency and reduced costs to clients by successfully integrating EHS management systems and other corporate sustainability programs, such as those related to labor, supply chain, climate change, product stewardship and ethics.
Laura’s areas of expertise include management systems, sustainability programs, corporate social responsibility, EHS, GHG emissions accounting, CR supply chain risks and environmental compliance. Her experience includes management systems training, development, implementation, and auditing. Laura has assisted a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, refining, chemicals, renewable energy, semiconductor, electronics, automotive, aerospace, health sciences, metals manufacturing, and transportation.
Laura has many years experience leading internal and third party EHS compliance audits and management system certification audits in the US, Mexico, and Canada. She has worked with many clients including those with offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, Bay of Campeche and the North Slope. Laura has conducted hundreds of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification audits and over 40 HSSE contractor audits.
In addition to her extensive experience as an environmental consultant she has worked in the private and public sectors. As Global Environmental Manager and Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager in the semiconductor industry she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of corporate EHS and sustainability policies and standards worldwide. She developed the Corporate Social Responsibility Management System to coordinate and ensure continual improvement of the company’s worldwide ethics, labor, environmental, health and safety policies and performance.
Laura has 12 years of public sector experience. She served as Deputy Director at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), currently the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Prior to her position at the state environmental agency, Laura served as an environmental manager at the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Laura holds degrees in Geology and Geography from the University of Texas at Austin and is a RABQSA Certified Lead Auditor, Environmental Scheme.
During over 30 years with Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Keith has done it all in upstream oil & gas – both domestically and internationally. In operations, he served in various capacities from roustabout to Manager of Operation Support Services; in safety, he was Manager of Safety for Exploration Production North America,; and in auditing, he was an EHS Auditor in the corporate EHS audit group.
Keith has developed and implemented EHS Management Systems (MS); coordinated and developed OSHA regulatory compliance guidance for upstream operations; coordinated and led business unit and corporate EHS auditor training; and developed corporate auditing tools such as compliance audit checklists and MS audit protocols. Keith has many years experience leading and conducting EHS audits and MS reviews in Canada, UK sector North Sea, Syria, Nigeria, Indonesia, Venezuela, Trinidad, and numerous states in the continental United States.
His auditing experience includes offshore production and processing facilities, onshore production and gas processing facilities, onshore pipeline and storage facilities, marine transportation, retail marketing sites, and refineries.
Since he retired from ConocoPhillips in 2004, Keith has conducted over 10 corporate and business unit EHS compliance onshore and offshore audits focusing primarily on safety and mechanical integrity, and over 70 contractor MS and compliance audits (including drill ships). He has led eight MTSA security audits for offshore platforms.
Keith holds a BS and MS degree from McNeese State University and is a Certified Safety Professional.
John W. Luton
John has over 30 years of diverse environmental experience, ranging from field operations to corporate management. During his consulting career, he has managed numerous multi-billion dollar due diligence efforts in the chemical/energy sectors. Many of these assignments have led to follow up projects involving the integration of assets into the new company.
His broad based expertise allows John to provide senior management with a comprehensive perspective on EHS issues.
“ We strive to become members of your team. Our goal is to understand your overall objectives and provide value-added context to every assignment. ”
He led the strategic planning efforts for a natural gas trading company as it transformed into a world-wide gas processing leader. He has also provided expertise for companies evolving from compliance oriented to systems based management programs.
John has considerable experience in international projects, including several privatization projects. He also managed the EHS due diligence of Montell, a joint venture of Shell and Montedison, involving over 50 polyolefin facilities in 16 countries.
John has received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of Houston. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas for over 25 years.
Dan has over 35 years' experience working in manufacturing sites, business units and corporate centers across many areas and functions, including operations, process safety, environmental, health & safety (EHS), emergency response & incident management, project management, security and training. During his career, he worked in transportation, petrochemical, refining and LNG businesses for Union Carbide, Amoco and BP.
He has served in many technical and management roles, including plant operations supervisor, IH specialist, and HSSE manager. Dan was BP's Corporate Incident Management Planning Section Chief and a major projects HSSE manager.
Dan has extensive critical infrastructure security experience, having led and facilitated more than 100 risk assessments since 2001 using various security risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies including CCPS, API/NPRA, Sandia VAM/CF, DHS CSAT SVA, CARVER and proprietary methods similar to API 780: Security Vulnerability Assessment Methodology for the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries. In one particular assignment, he provided security, process safety and emergency response technical expertise as part of a small team conducting security risk and vulnerability assessments along with evaluating sites' performance, detecting and assessing simulated threat scenarios. This proprietary methodology was used successfully at fourteen critical infrastructure facilities in Al Jubail Industrial City, KSA including petrochemical facilities, pipelines, utilities and a steel mill. This methodology included elements of facility characterization, vulnerability and threat assessment, risk evaluation, and recommendations of mitigation countermeasures including elements of business continuity and emergency response planning which is very similar to API 780.
In his consulting work, Dan focuses on effective leadership and facilitation of critical infrastructure risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, and audits for process safety and security. He has assisted clients in the chemical, energy, utilities, health care, chemical distribution, heavy manufacturing, commuter rail and maritime transportation sectors as well as local and state government entities.
He works easily across organizations, from front line personnel to senior level leadership in their efforts to improve performance while positively affecting the organization's sustainability and social responsibility.
Dan earned a M.S. Safety Management from West Virginia University and a B.S. Chemistry from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
Dan served in the U.S. Navy, including two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence.
Thomas (Tom) F. Mercer
With 38 years of experience in the petrochemical industry including 31 years with Shell Chemical Company, Tom has a broad knowledge of management systems, safety management, and environmental program development and management.
Tom has worked in corporate, upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and petrochemical industry. From 2000 until his retirement from Shell in 2010, Tom led and conducted independent management system audits and regulatory compliance reviews. He also conducted focused HSE audits of company and joint venture operations and facilities in the USA, Canada and Europe.
Tom's extensive field experience has provided him a thorough understanding of what is necessary to develop practical, effective approaches to managing work practices in the workplace. In addition to leading the implementation of practical work approaches, he was extensively involved in organizational change management at various company locations where self-directed work teams were being implemented.
Past work assignments have included safety and environmental roles with Shell Exploration and Production Company and Shell Chemical Company. As a member of Shell Chemical Company's Head Office team, Tom's roles included management systems, HSE auditor, environmental regulatory advisor and process change consultant.
Tom earned a Bachelor degree in Zoology/Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 and a MS degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1990.
Mike has over 35 years of operations, engineering and HSE experience in refining & marketing. He has broad experience at the refinery, business unit and corporate level and has had a leadership role in integrating HSE through several major mergers and reorganizations. His responsibilities have included refinery operations, strategic planning, Capex, and HSE/emergency response management.
Mike’s most recent assignment was General Manager HSE for Shell Trading and Shipping in London, UK. He provided HSE support to a fleet of 70 Shell vessels including shipyard and chartered shipping support, and provided HSE support to Trading operations, including third party storage and crude trucking.
He has extensive experience in Emergency Management and Emergency Response with Equiva Services/Shell Oil Products. As Director HSE and Emergency Response for Shell Oil Products, Mike had responsibility for US HSE advocacy and compliance, business continuity planning and management including hurricanes, pandemics, crisis management, and spill response.
As Manager of Environmental Affairs for Texaco Refining & Marketing, Mike had oversight of TRMI Environmental Programs, managed regional remediation programs and major environmental projects, served as the nationwide due diligence Lead for Texaco's Downstream merger with Shell and was the Environmental Lead on the divestiture of the company’s chemicals business.
For over 15 years, Mike held various engineering, supervisory and management positions at the Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes, WA, including Assistant Supervisor Operations and Supervisor HSE. His various roles included coordinating refinery operations; coordinating permitting for significant plant upgrades; and leading the refinery’s response effort for significant oil spills.
Mike earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in WA.
Donald J. Michael
Don has over thirty years experience in petroleum refining and petrochemical facility operations. His experience includes process design, construction, and operations, including all disciplines and levels of supervision and management.
During his career, he has managed the entire spectrum of manufacturing facility functions, including process / project design and execution, facility start-up, operations evaluation and optimization, business and financial planning, labor and commercial contract negotiations, due diligence and competitive assessment reviews, and organization and work process redesign and implementation.
He served in several key roles at Mobil Oil’s Chalmette Refinery, including Operations Manager, Technical Manager and General Superintendent. From 1989 – 1997 Don was Assistant Refinery Manager (under Tenneco Oil Company) and then Refinery Manager at Chalmette. He continued as Refinery Manager following the 50:50 Mobil/PDVSA Chalmette Refining, LLC joint venture.
As a consultant, Don focuses on operations management and work process to assist organizations drive performance improvement in all phases of management and operation of the business. He has extensive process safety experience. In 2010, Don participated as a member of a team that reviewed business performance results, work processes and safe work practices and identified performance improvement potential for five refineries for a major domestic refining company. He has participated in, reviewed, and approved refinery PSSRs, and assessed and implemented mechanical integrity, maintenance and operations programs for three major chemical manufacturing firms.
Don graduated in 1968 from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering degree.
Ron’s 28 year career with DuPont encompassed a variety of management positions in manufacturing and business functions. During the last ten years of his career, Ron was involved with DuPont’s EHS function, first as EHS Manager for the Fibers business; then as Conoco’s Corporate Environmental Manager; and finally as DuPont’s Corporate Environmental Director. In this last position, he had responsibility for developing worldwide environmental policy and Company environmental management systems (MS), leading environmental strategic planning processes and program development, providing oversight function for DuPont’s corporate environmental audit program, initiating environmental benchmarking activities, and coordinating environmental engineering and research activities.
In ten years as a consultant, Ron has worked with numerous leading oil and chemical companies in developing EHS MS that meet both ISO 14001 and RC14001 criteria, while incorporating industry best practices. He has led and facilitated numerous EHS benchmarking studies that have involved progressive companies wanting to further improve their EHS performance. Ron has coached a number of EHS managers, and provided training in various environmental disciplines.
In a unique assignment, Ron served as an independent member of a special EHS compliance committee for one of the world’s leading energy companies. He has provided support to a wide array of companies, including Ashland, BP, Celanese, Ciba-Geigy, Dow, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Phillips and Sunoco.
Ron holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Northeastern University. He served for four years as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Delaware Nature Conservancy.
Craig has more than 31 years of broad experience in environmental, health and safety (EHS) management, primarily in the energy and chemical industries. He served at plant, department/division and corporate levels within Texaco for 17 years. His experience with Texaco and the U.S. Navy includes EHS responsibility for operations in the U.S. and many international areas.
As Manager of EHS for Texaco Lubricants, Craig was responsible for developing the EHS program, which included developing a comprehensive product stewardship program, a product testing (toxicology) program, a supplier EHS audit program and a soil remediation program.
At Texaco Chemical Company, Craig provided industrial hygiene and safety oversight for U.S. and European operations. He coordinated the development of the Process Safety Management Program within Texaco Chemical and was heavily involved in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program and the ACC Responsible Care Program.
While an industrial hygienist at Texaco, Inc., Craig was responsible for coordinating all corporate industrial hygiene activities throughout Texaco's Gulf Coast operations. He subsequently managed Texaco's global industrial hygiene activities and served as Texaco's industrial hygiene representative to the API, and chaired the API's Exposure Assessment Committee.
As a senior consultant, since 1994, Craig has worked extensively in international due diligence projects, primarily in the refining, chemicals, manufacturing and oil/gas industries. These assignments include divestitures, acquisitions, mergers and refinancing. He has also participated in EHS Management Systems audits of Fortune 500 companies in EHS Compliance Audits for domestic and international operations.
Craig began his professional career as an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the U.S. Navy where he was responsible for developing industrial hygiene programs for both afloat and shore-based commands within the Atlantic Fleet.
Craig was a Certified Industrial Hygienist from 1985-2007 and is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He holds a MS degree from the University of Oklahoma in Environmental Health (specialty-industrial hygiene), and a BS degree in biology from the University of Central Oklahoma.
William H. (Bill) Mueller
Bill’s technical and managerial skills and experience in the chemical industry cover a period of over 30 years with Dow Chemical. His technical strengths in the areas of failure analysis, predictive maintenance, material selection, welding and metallurgical technology, plus industry specifications and standards, have served him well in a variety of leadership roles throughout his career.
He has employed his leadership, problem-solving and motivational skills to focus attention on improving equipment reliability and reducing maintenance costs while addressing safety, environmental concerns and compliance with national codes and standards. He has developed ways and means of increasing productivity in chemical plant operations through coaching and training people in best practices, many of which he developed himself.
As Senior Technical Consultant in Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering, he directed the activities of a professional group of Dow engineers and technicians responsible for design and implementation of equipment safety systems, PPM/Reliability programs, material selection criteria, and vendor surveillance programs. Bill has chaired teams charged with developing North American piping inspection standards and QA/QC programs for vendors. He chaired a task group from eight participating companies in development of the Fixed Equipment Inspection Guide for CMA (now ACC) and chaired a CMA forum to determine the role of Maintenance in Plant Operations and vice-versa.
In previous roles as project engineer, group leader and consultant in Dow Chemical, Bill developed and implemented the global Dow Chemical Mechanical Integrity Program, and optimized equipment inspection programs and developed standards and procedures for compliance with PSM requirements. He also developed specifications and supervised the installation of the first on-line continuous monitoring acoustic emissions system used in the chemical industry.
As a consultant, Bill has focused on due diligence, problem solving, Phase I Discovery and Phase II Implementation projects in Manufacturing Excellence with emphasis on materials technology, mechanical reliability and application of best practices in Maintenance and Operations. He has developed Mechanical Integrity Programs for several clients in the petrochemical industry.
Bill earned a BS, Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
For over 32 years with The Dow Chemical Company, Alex has been an influential leader in US and Canadian business operations providing strategic EH&S, Sustainability, Change Management, Public Affairs and Community Relations expertise. He provided strong interpersonal leadership while delivering EH&S related improvements resulting in increased respect and reduced liability for Dow.
In his last assignment for Dow, Alex served as Global Director of EH&S where he led the advancement of Personal Safety, EH&S Auditing, EH&S Management Systems, Industrial Hygiene, and associated work processes. He chaired the Global EH&S Leadership Team that created and implemented Dow’s EH&S Functional 3-5 year improvement plan. For several years, Alex formulated agendas and content for the annual meetings of Dow’s EH&S Committee of the Board of Directors.
In a previous assignment, Alex was EH&S Change Management Leader, where he led the implementation plan to transform EH&S from a regional organization to a global one comprised of Global EH&S Expertise Centers, EH&S Delivery roles and Client Interface roles. He also led the team that merged Dow and Union Carbide EH&S Functions in 2000/2001, achieving targeted synergies.
In addition to his many corporate roles, Alex held several key positions at Dow manufacturing sites. He was Director of EH&S Services/Energy & Utilities and Manager, Industrial Hygiene for the Michigan Division. He was also Manager, Environmental Operations, Manager, Public Affairs/Media Relations and Manager, Industrial Hygiene for the Sarnia Division.
Alex has broad experience in merging organizations, strategic planning, organizational design, and navigating change. He has a passion for leadership development and has instructed, encouraged and challenged audiences at numerous professional conferences.
Alex holds a BS degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering (MEng) from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He is Board certified in the practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. He is a chartered chemist in the Province of Ontario. Alex received The Dow Chemical Company Genesis Award for excellence in people leadership (2006), and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (2006).
Leah has extensive permitting, auditing, and environmental compliance experience, primarily for chemical, petrochemical, and refining facilities. She has prepared numerous multimedia permit applications, developed compliance audit manuals and performed many environmental audits. Her management experience includes serving as a senior project manager and a national client service manager for a large consulting firm.
Leah’s technical work experience includes multimedia permit activities, air quality permitting, Title V air permitting, compliance audits and program development, health effects/screening modeling, environmental risk assessments, process design environmental review, and post-disaster environmental evaluations for chemical, petrochemical, and refining facilities. Her understanding of process units and environmental regulations has made Leah an invaluable asset in formulating overall strategies for addressing environmental issues.
Leah’s has conducted environmental audits on numerous chemical plants and refineries. She has performed many due diligence assessments on domestic and international facilities. She has extensive experience in conducting air, wastewater, and solid waste regulatory compliance reviews for Mexican refineries, terminals, and pipelines.
Leah has a BS in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. She is also an active member of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Rich has nearly 40 years of broad management experience in manufacturing operations, technical, engineering and finance. He has served in management positions for DuPont, Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal), ICI and LyondellBasell acquiring in-depth experience in chemicals, polymers, fibers, fluorochemicals and refining.
Most recently, Rich served as Director, Health, Safety and Environmental for LyondellBasell Industries. In this role, he participated in the development and implementation of HSE management systems for the recently merged LyondellBasell, conducted assessments of management systems and provided follow-up coaching to site management teams to improve the implementation of their systems.
Rich has significant Process Safety management experience. He was a HAZOP trainer for ICI Americas Polyester division. He has also implemented Mechanical Integrity systems in several facilities, led the development of a uniform approach to Facility Siting and developed leading programs for Occupational Safety and Contractor Safety management.
Additionally, Rich served for two years as Manager of Corporate Development where he led development of several strategic business analyses and organized the offering for sale of several assets.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tom brings to E.Vironment thirty years of strategic environmental consulting services, including extensive facility site selection, development and re-development expertise. Tom was previously a co-founder and Vice President of Pilko & Associates and is the founder of T.P. Roche Company, which provides project management and environmental consulting services to industry and government organizations.
Throughout his professional career, Tom has had responsibility for staffing, selling and managing project facilitation, site selection and economic services. He has managed over twenty site selection projects including chemical plants, manufacturing operations, waste management facilities, corporate headquarters, and research facilities. Other projects have included community assessments and target industry studies for utilities and government economic development organizations.
Tom has provided real estate development strategy assessment and implementation assistance for a variety of industrial properties including shut down facilities, contaminated manufacturing sites, industrial parks, and industries desiring to use real estate assets to attract customers. He has also provided environmental due diligence services for numerous transactions including: power generation, chemical plants and refineries, oil and gas production and transmission, commercial real estate, undeveloped land and residential properties. Tom has extensive international experience.
As a consultant to Detroit Edison, Tom has provided assistance in attracting industrial projects to the Detroit Edison service area. His involvement includes identifying industry opportunities, targeting specific companies, marketing development opportunities directly to prospective developers and facilitating project implementation. Most recently, Tom is assisting Detroit Edison’s Economic Development Group with redevelopment of brownfield sites within their territory, creating community development and employment as well as revenues from power and natural gas sales.
Tom received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University in New York. He has also earned an MBA from Cornell University.
Ana is a seasoned professional with 13 years of experience managing regulatory and environmental issues for pipelines and associated facilities in the oil and gas industry.
Ana is an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills. She is fluent in French and Spanish. Ana is adept at forming productive and effective working relationships. She has strong project management skills, with a proven track record of managing projects on budget and on schedule.
Ana has been intimately involved in the development/update of environmental policies and internal standards for the United States and Canada - aimed at assuring compliance with regulations and implementation of industry best practices in the pursuit of improved environmental performance. She has developed and implemented requirements for all project phases (business development, feasibility studies/risk assessment, conceptual design, regulatory, detailed design, construction, commissioning and hand-over to operations).
Her Risk Management experience includes maintaining current knowledge of applicable legislation to proactively manage regulatory risks and ensure internal dissemination of relevant information. Ana has conducted numerous company-wide audits of Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001 aligned) and developed appropriate corrective action plans. She has participated in numerous HSSE audits of operating regions and assisted in the development and implementation of corrective action plans.
She has substantial experience working at all levels of the organization and she is acutely experienced in sharing lessons learned and ensuring best practices are disseminated to improve overall corporate performance.
She has a Masters in Environment, Sustainability and Management, from Royal Roads University (Faculty of Applied Sciences) and she received a Health, Safety and Environment Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
David (Dave) L. Wacker
Dave’s 35 year career with Conoco and ConocoPhillips included extensive experience in all facets of upstream oil and natural gas industry engineering, operations, business unit leadership, and Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) management. His assignments included both onshore and offshore locations in the Lower 48 region of the USA. Dave held positions as HSE Manager for E&P Americas which included operations in Canada, USA, and Venezuela; Division Manager; Engineering Manager; and Operations Manager.
He understands technical, operations, and leadership requirements to design and implement an effective EHS management system (MS). Dave has actively participated in the development of corporate and business visions and strategies and the generation of tactics to support implementation. He has initiated E&P industry EHS benchmarking processes, led the development and implementation of the first EHS MS in Conoco’s mid-continent region, and was the EHS Manager responsible for developing one consistent HSE MS across Conoco E&P Americas.
Dave led re-structuring and right-sizing HSE and business unit organizations on numerous occasions. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in both HSE compliance and MS auditing programs. Dave’s recent consulting experience includes instructing and leading seminars in the area of safety management and operational excellence and analyzing client’s safety and operational excellence systems; preparing asset and operating integrity well integrity programs; and assessed HSE performance for international E&P assets, prepared a recommended HSE improvement program and implementation plan.
Dave is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Professional Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Jay Wagner has over 20 years experience in environmental and social management consulting and has held senior appointments with major blue-chip consultancies. He has a unique combination of experience in HSE due diligence, regulatory, and governance, as well as social performance, stakeholder consultation and sustainability issues in the chemicals, energy and oil and gas sectors. He has carried out assignments around the world and has led major projects in Europe, the Far East and Latin America.
From 1994-2000 he headed the environmental and regulatory practice at Petroconsultants-IHS Energy. In 2000/2001, he managed an integrated impact assessment on the development of hydrocarbon resources in the Faroe Islands for BP. He has since specialized in HSE auditing and due diligence assignments in Eastern and Western Europe and Scandinavia, as well as social performance auditing in the petrochemicals and the upstream oil and gas industry.
Jay has worked on numerous buy and sell-side HSE due diligence assignments in Europe (notably in Belgium, Germany, France, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the UK) and in Latin America. In 2006-2007, he managed an HSE due diligence assignment for the divestiture of ConocoPhillips' downstream assets in Scandinavia and Finland. In 2007/8 he carried out HSE due diligence assignments for Shell France including a Phase I audit of Shell's petroleum storage and associated pipeline network in Southern France. He also coordinated the permit transfer following the sale of Shell's French refineries to the new owners and has carried out HSE audits of oil storage assets in Denmark, France and Sweden. He also recently carried out a review of the Buncefield incident, associated UK safety regulations and the subsequent accident investigation for a corporate client.
In 2009 he directed a seascape visual impact assessment and an associated stakeholder consultation programme for a near-shore oil and gas project in Brazil for El Paso Energy. In the social performance area, Jay has assisted clients in meeting international project finance and Equator Principle requirements and has carried out social performance and regulatory audits and reviews, best practice benchmarking and social impact assessment assignments.
Jay holds a B.A. (hons) in political science from the University of Iowa and a MSc in International Law and Marine Resource Management from the London School of Economics. Based in the UK, Jay has lived and worked in France, Germany, Norway and the US. A linguist, Jay is bilingual in English and German and speaks fluent French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. He is also has a good working knowledge of Dutch and Italian.
Weston S. (Wes) Yonge, P.E.
Wes is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, including operations, project management and construction supervision for numerous natural gas, petroleum (downstream, midstream and upstream), water and conversion projects. His career has encompassed operations, integrity management, business development, optimization, transportation, permitting, design and construction.
Wes has overseen as Lead Engineer and Project Manager, from cradle to grave, expansion and new construction projects for natural gas pipelines, meter stations, compressor stations, and mainline odorization systems. He has also managed integrity initiatives, feasibility studies and system modeling studies. His work in system operations involved communication with and understanding of daily and long-term system control management. He served as Project Manager for Integrity Management projects at Williams Gas Pipeline. His experience as an environmental consultant includes engineering and environmental oversight for soil assessment and remediation, groundwater remediation systems, greenhouse gas emissions accounting, and sampling, remediation and chemical cleaning of mercury in natural gas streams.
Wes’s operations experience includes 10 years as a project engineer with natural gas transmission companies. He has extensive hands-on field experience with production, compression, measurement and transmission facilities, both onshore and offshore. He has also been integrally involved with the planning and design of onshore and offshore facilities as an engineering consultant. More recently, Wes has been involved in evaluating worker exposure and safety at refineries and gas plants in Saudi Arabia, Alaska, Canada, and New Mexico.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.