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

Jeff Ball

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Senior Director
Member

Bennie Barnes

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director/Chief Engineer

Tom Bullard

New Mexico Gas Company

Chief Engineer
Member

Derek Cedars

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Superintendent, Gas Operations Safety Lead
Member
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Derek is the Gas Safety Superintendent and leads a team of managers and safety specialists across the 70,000 sm service territory. Derek and his team are dedicated to ensuring each employee goes home injury free and are on a journey to help Gas Operations become the safest, most reliable gas company in the United States.

Previously, Derek was the Manager of the Gas Operations Performance Management and Continuous Improvement team for PG&E. Derek led a small team of analysts in the identification of key performance indicators, benchmarking operations, and translating insight into improvement plans.

Prior to joining PG&E, Derek led project teams on major electric and gas transmission capital projects as the Director in an energy consulting company. Prior to this role, Derek was a decorated Officer in the United States Navy for 12 years, serving on destroyers and nuclear powered aircraft carriers in roles varying from ordnance and operations to nuclear engineering. Derek left active duty to spend more time with his family.

Derek holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS from the United States Naval Academy.

Mike Faulkenberry

Avista Utilities

Director of Natural Gas
Member

Hart Gilchrist

Intermountain Gas Company

Vice President, Operations
Member

Matthew Helmers

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Operations Planning & Analysis
Chair
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Matthew Helmers has been an employee with Southwest Gas Corporation for 11 years. He has an engineering background and worked in the Northern Nevada Division on distribution design, transmission design, and code compliance before relocating to Las Vegas. His current position as Manager of Operations Planning & Analysis has him involved with the operations aspect for all five divisions at Southwest Gas. He analyzes budgets and operating plans along with collects performance metrics related to safety, service, and reliability. He is also currently the Vice Chair for the American Gas Association’s Best Practices group and second Vice Chair for the Western Energy Institute’s Gas Operations group. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and obtained is Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has a wife of seven years and a one year old son.

Jon Huddleston

NW Natural

Sr. Director, Utility Operations
Member
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Jon Huddleston is currently Director, Engineering & Operations Technical Services for NW Natural a Portland Oregon based natural gas local distribution company. As part of his current responsibilities Jon is responsible for oversight of Engineering, Technical Training, Business Systems Support, Business Analytics as well as Gas Storage and System Control for all of NW Natural’s service territory.

Jon has twenty-three years of experience in the natural gas industry ranging from engineering design and network analysis to construction management. Jon has also held management positions with responsibility for DOT compliance activities such as facilities maintenance, leakage inspection, cathodic protection and line locating.

Jon has volunteered in the community for many years as a youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball coach. Jon has served on several non-profit boards over the years. He currently serves on the OSU MECOP Engineering Internship Board and the United Way Columbia-Willamette Board.

Jon is married and has three children ages 17, 20 and 23. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.

Patrick Jacobs

Heath Consultants Incorporated

Sales Consultant - West Region
Member

Chad Lewis

Dominion Energy

Region Manager
Member
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Chad has worked for Questar Gas for 37 years, beginning as a Utility Worker in the Murray office in 1977. He worked in the Holladay and South service centers for the next 18 years, performing customer service and parts replacement. He then spent 3 years in the training department before overseeing the re-orfacing program. Questar combined the Service and Construction departments in 2010, making one Operations Department. Chad currently serves as the Operations Manager in the Operations Center for Questar Gas in the Bluffdale, Utah office.

Chad was born and raised in Utah. He attended Hillcrest High School before joining Questar. He is an avid fan of the Utah Jazz, Dallas Cowboys, and Ford trucks. He and his wife Shauna live in South Jordan. They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Jay Lippert

Sensit Technologies

Regional Sales Manager
Member

Eric Martuscelli

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Vice President, Operations
Member
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Eric Martuscelli, Vice President of Operations for Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, is a native of Walla Walla, WA. Eric began his career as summer help with Cascade Natural Gas in Walla Walla and became a full time meter reader in 1992. He held several operations positions through 2002 when he moved to Bend, OR as a construction coordinator. In 2004 Eric moved to Pendleton, OR as a general manager and then in the same year to Mount Vernon, WA serving in the same role. Eric became the Region Director in 2008 and moved back to Bend, OR. In 2012 Eric became Vice President of Operations and currently resides in Kennewick, WA. Eric is a 2010 graduate of Ashford University where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Organizational Management.

Eric and his wife, Laurie, have a one daughter and one son.

Richard Mooney

Honeywell

Director of Sales - Honeywell Perfection
Member
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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).

Michael O’Neill

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Organizational Development and Labor Relations
Member

Ferenc Pataki

FortisBC

Director, Operations
Member

Ferenc Pataki

FortisBC

Director, Operations

Angela Serrano de Rivera

New Mexico Gas Company

Manager, Gas Systems Engineering

Harry Shapiro

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Gas Operations
Member

Diana Zoren

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
WEI Liaison