Executive Planning Committee – Operations Gas

This Committee consists of senior executives of key business lines in Gas Operations. The committee conveys member companies’ education/leadership needs to WEI, recommends leaders to serve on program delivery teams, communicates WEI program offerings back to member organizations, and monitors participation and evaluation of WEI activities. Participants in the EPC Planning Session assist in building valuable programs for employees and their peers, identify key contributors to learn and grow, and promote these programs within their companies.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact

Kevin Sullivan at sullivan@westernenergy.org or at 971-255-4973

Committee Members

Phillip Andrew


Sr. Director, Utilities

Christine Austin

Hubbell Gas Connectors & Accessories

Southwest Sales Representative

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics
WEI Liaison
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In his role as Director of Curriculum Development, Eric leads the WEI Operations Conference and the Executive Planning Committee. He also leads the Electric and Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights skills development programs, and is one of WEI’s instructors for the electric course. He also supports the organization and his teammates as the Director of Analytics.

He joined WEI after seven great years at Portland General Electric. At PGE he developed and managed the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and worked in several other areas including operations benchmarking, regulatory affairs, fleet services, AMI, and finance.

Prior to joining PGE, Eric worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis at a local finance company.

Eric earned his Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Oregon Society of Association Management and as an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Portland Soccer District.

Gary Ebnet


Territory Sales Manager

Lance Elroy

MDU Utilities Group

Director, Operations Systems and Process Improvement
Past Chair

Ryan Germaine P.E.

ATCO Natural Gas

VP, Operations, Calgary & Edmonton Regions
Past Chair

Paul Good

Avista Corp.

Senior Manager, Gas Operations

Jeffrey Holloman


Managing Director

Joe Karney

NW Natural

Sr. Director of Operations

Dan Kizer

NW Natural

Engineering Manager

Jay Lippert

SENSIT Technologies

Regional Sales Manager

Richard Mooney


Sales Manager
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Rick Mooney is a veteran of the natural gas industry, having served in various sales and sales management positions for nearly 16 years. Currently Rick is the International Market Segment & Northwest District Sales Manager for Elster American Meter.

Prior to joining Elster, Mooney managed a network of international representatives & distributors for Dresser Mooney Controls. Mooney is also a respected instructor, speaker, and author. He has been an instructor at Western Gas Measurement Short Course over the past 13 years. Additionally, Mooney has taught at the Texas A&M University Gulf Coast Gas Measurement Society, the University of Oklahoma International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (ISHM); Appalachian School of Gas Measurement Technology (ASGMT); and the New England Gas Operations School (NEGA).

Mooney, who graduated with a degree in business marketing from the University of Portland, is an avid sportsman who enjoys spending any leisure time he can on water – no matter what “state” it is in. Throughout the winter, he can be found experimenting with water properties in its solid form, courtesy his snowboard or skis. He shares his passion for outdoor sports with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Zach (12) and Alexis (9).

Ryan Morgan

Southwest Gas Corporation

Administrator, Operations Planning & Analysis

Benjamin Nelson

Michels Pacific Energy


Chris Noble

Dominion Energy Utah

Manager, Gas Operations

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas Company

Director - Gas System Integrity Staff and Programs

Vincent Robinson

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Director of Engineering

Harry Shapiro

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Gas Operations

Gord Swan


Regional Manager, Metro Vancouver

Chad Whited

Spire Storage

Director, Spire Midstream

Don Wolfe


Director Business Development

Beverly Woolf

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Liaison