Ohio Oil and Gas Association's 2020 Annual Meeting
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3/4/2020 to 3/6/2020
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Where: Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr
Columbus, Ohio  43219
United States
Contact: Deneen Welker

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Join us March 4-6 in Columbus for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association's 73rd Annual Meeting. This event brings together top state and national industry leaders who will discuss current issues impacting the Ohio oil and gas industry. In addition to the business sessions, vendors exhibiting products and services pertinent to the industry will participate in the trade show portion of the event. The Annual Meeting is the principal business meeting of the Association and the premier networking event of the year. A sampling of this annual gathering includes:

  • Business Sessions
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Networking Receptions

Registration Rates
A $50 Early Bird discount is available until February 7, 2020

  • Member: $325
  • Non-Member: $425

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations prior to 2/21/2020 will be subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds after 2/21/2020. Registration may be transferred upon request.

2020 OOGA Annual Meeting

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Wednesday, March 4th

Exhibitor Set Up
Ohio Geological Society Fundamentals of Geosteering Workshop

register separately at: https://www.ohiogeosoc.org/events/geosteering-workshop/

Member Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Ergon, Inc.

Thursday, March 5th

Registration Opens

Sponsored by Ergon, Inc.

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Dominion Energy

Trade Show Opens
Morning General Business Session

Sponsored by TC Energy

  1. Debrosse Memorial Report & 2020 Appalachian Basin Roundup
  2. Energy & Chemicals in Ohio: Realizing the Entire Value Stream
Breakout Sessions
  1. Transitioning to Ohio811 and an Update from ODNR

    Hosted by Producers Committee

  2. Ohio Title Issues in Post Corban World

    Hosted by Legal Committee

  3. What’s the Next Fight? National Trends Opposing Development

    Hosted by Communications Committee

Afternoon General Business Session

Sponsored by Ascent Resources

  1. Welcome from OOGA
    • Matthew Hammond
      OOGA President
  2. Fireside Chat
  3. Lessons Learned from Colorado
    • Dan Haley
      CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Breakout Sessions
  1. Legislative Update & 2020 Elections: How is the Presidential Race Affecting State Politics

    Hosted by Government Affairs Committee

    • Larry Obhof
      President, Ohio Senate
    • Larry Householder
      Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives
  2. How the New PHMSA Rules Will Affect Oil and Gas Operations

    Hosted by Midstream Committee

PAC Reception ($200 suggested entrance fee)
Trade Show Reception
Chairman's Reception

Sponsored by American Refining Group

Friday, March 6th

Morning General Business Session

Sponsored by Diversified Gas & Oil

  1. OOGEEP Update
    • Greg Mason
      Geokat LLC, OOGEEP Chair
  2. How to Become a Preferred Vendor for Orphan Well Plugging
Breakout Sessions
  1. Trends in Site Security
    • Dwayne Jones
      TC Energy / CPG Corporate Security
  2. Review of Regulatory Issues Impacting Upstream and Downstream Activity in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Hosted by Environment Committee

Conference Concludes

Staying in Columbus

Hilton Columbus at Easton

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Rate: $154
Phone: 614-476-1100

Complimentary Shuttle info:
Driver will drop & pickup attendees at the main entrance at the Hilton Columbus at Easton
Also provides an airport shuttle.

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Marriott Courtyard, Easton

Phone: 614-416-8000

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Hampton Inn, Easton

Phone: 614-473-9911

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Residence Inn, Marriott Easton

Phone: 614-414-1000

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Become an Exhibitor

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Annual Meeting attracts a large audience to attend its business sessions and supplemental events that focus on critical industry topics and legislative issues. Take advantage of this opportunity by becoming an exhibitor to connect with new business prospects or to introduce new products at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Contact Georgette McElroy at gmcelroy@ooga.org to inquire about purchasing booth space or more information.

Available Booth spaces are shown on floor plan below:

2019 OOGA Annual Meeting


Mark Mills

Keynote Speaker: Mark Mills

Mark is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a faculty fellow at the McCormick School, and co-founding partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners. He writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, and is author of the book, Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era, (January 2020) and last year, Work In The Age Of Robots. With the book he co-authored in 2005, The Bottomless Well, Bill Gates said: “This is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.” He served as chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies, helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Earlier Mark served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan. Prior to that, Mills was an experimental physicist and development engineer in microprocessors and fiber optics, earning several patents, at Bell Northern Research (Canada’s Bell Labs) and at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center. He holds a BSc Honours in physics from Queen’s University, Canada.

Alex Stroman, TC Energy

Alex Stroman, TC Energy

Alex Stroman is a Manager of Government Relations and Community Affairs at TC Energy. Prior to joining TC, Alex worked in politics and government at the state and national level, including stints at the Republican National Committee, the Donald Trump for President campaign, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Alex is a member of the OOGA Board of Trustees, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association PAC Advisory Board, the Board of the Mississippi Petroleum Council, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Marcellus Shale Coalition. A proud South Carolinian, he resides in Washington, D.C.

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc., manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations for existing company assets and major expansion projects nationwide.

Prior to joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore was a Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard. Mr. Fore has also served as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, as general counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, as the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party, and as a Judge Advocate General in the Illinois Army National Guard and US Army Reserve.

Mr. Fore received his B.A. from Eureka College and a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University.

Amanda Finn - Director of Government Relations

Amanda Finn - Director of Government Relations

As Director of Government Relations for Ascent Resources, Ms. Finn is the liaison to local, state, and federal officials on issues affecting not only Ascent but the industry as a whole. Assisting with legislative initiatives and bill creation Ms. Finn is a registered lobbyist in Ohio and West Virginia.

Ms. Finn also handles all landowner relations for Ohio which is part of creating a corporate/local relationship structure within their operating counties.

Previously Ms. Finn worked as Government Relations Manager for Magnum Hunter Resources, Eureka Midstream, and GreenHunter Resources, where she also handled all local, state, and federal issues affecting all three companies. After years of working closely with a Congressman on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ms. Finn brings with her the experience and exposure that is necessary to be an effective advocate to the oil and gas industry. Counterpoint to her government relations reach is her community relations experience. An Ohio native, an active volunteer for local political campaigns, Officer of OOGA, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for OOGA, active member in several OOGA committees and a member of local volunteer organizations, Ms. Finn’s community involvement plays a critical role in the relevancy of her understanding of the issues for the industry.

Ms. Finn has a background in Marketing and Business Development and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Ilya Batikov

Ilya Batikov

Ilya is an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s energy group. His practice focuses primarily on oil and gas and public utility matters, including litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies. Ilya regularly counsels clients in matters involving oil and gas development, leasing and operating rights, and mineral ownership. He also has experience representing clients, including wholesale and retail suppliers, in rate proceedings, complaint proceedings, and investigations before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

His notable experiences include:

  • Serving on litigation team that successfully defeated class certification in federal action concerning the deduction of post-production costs.
  • Serving on arbitration team that successfully represented operator in dispute concerning JOA operating rights over a $1.0+ billion project in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Successfully obtaining reversal on appeal involving the Ohio Dormant Mineral and Ohio Marketable Title Act.
  • Successfully defending appeal involving the constitutionality of Ohio’s statutory unitization law and its interplay with private lease rights.
  • Serving as amicus counsel to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
  • Defending appeals involving well permitting and unitization before the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.
  • Serving as Ohio counsel to E&P company in $300 million sale.

Ilya authored three chapters for the LexisNexis treatise, Hydraulic Fracturing Law and Practice. He is also a co-author of Equitable and Statute of Limitations Defenses to Lease Expiration Claims, 38 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 4 (2017). Ilya has also presented on oil and gas issues and is a regular contributor to the Vorys Energy & Environmental Law Blog. He is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Oil and Gas Law Short Course. Ilya received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A. cum laude from John Carroll University.

Ben Sullivan

Ben Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan joined Diversified as Executive Vice President & General Counsel in 2019 with oversight of the company’s legal, land/real estate, and governmental affairs functions and works with the CEO and board on governance matters. Prior to joining Diversified, Ben worked with Greylock Energy (an ArcLight Capital Partners portfolio company with extensive national holdings) and its predecessor (Energy Corporation of America) as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with supervision of many business units. Prior to Ben’s tenure at Greylock Energy, he worked as counsel for EQT Corporation as well as with a private law firm. He is a member of the leadership and Board of Directors of several commerce, legal, and industry groups, and has considerable experience in corporate governance and reporting / ESG, complex commercial transactions, land/real estate, acquisitions & divestitures, financing, government investigations, and corporate workouts and restructurings. Mr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A degree in History and received a J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He holds licenses to practice law in several States, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

James A. Carr II

James A. Carr II

James (“Jay”) A. Carr II is an associate in the Columbus office and a member of the energy, finance and real estate group. His practice and experience span several areas, including oil and gas transactional matters, title review and due diligence, and litigation. He routinely prepares original title opinions and division order title opinions as well as assignments, amendments and ratifications, and releases of oil and gas leases for producers. He also litigates, or assists others in litigating, claims involving breach of an oil and gas lease, wrongful payment of royalties, and title to leasehold properties.

Jay received his B.S. cum laude in business management from Grove City College, his J.D. from Duquesne University, and his MBA summa cum laude from Ashland University. He is admitted to practice in the State Ohio, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the State of West Virginia as well as the United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Southern District of West Virginia.

Chuck Green

Chuck Green

Chuck Green has worked as a Public Awareness & Services Coordinator for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) since 2007. Primarily servicing the northern Ohio region, Chuck works closely with contractors, excavators, contract locators to spread the message of damage prevention. He provides safety talks to industry groups, participates in several Damage Prevention Councils and Utility Coordinating Councils and promotes cooperation amongst all stakeholders. In addition, Chuck acts as the communication link between O.U.P.S. member facility companies and O.U.P.S. management. He is actively involved in the Common Ground Alliance, a national damage prevention organization, serving on their Regional Partner committee.

Stephen Clark Senior Technical Analyst

Stephen Clark Senior Technical Analyst

Stephen Clark is a Senior Technical Analyst at ROGII Inc. with over a decade of work experience in Petroleum Geology. Having worked the entire range of geosciences ranging from large scale exploration and development to operations well planning and geosteering (300+ wells). At ROGII Stephen specializes in training, technical support, client relations, and business development. He previously worked at Saudi Aramco as an Exploration Geologist and was an early member of the first unconventional resource venture in Saudi Arabia. Stephen also worked at Southwestern Energy as an Operations Geologist.

Stephen holds a B.S. in Geology & a M.S. in Geology/Geochemistry from Baylor University. He enjoys scuba diving, flying, and is proud to call Houston home.

Clint Ratke

Clint Ratke

Clint has 12.5 years of midstream industry experience. He began his energy career with Chesapeake Midstream in 2007 as a Specialist in the GIS department.

He transitioned to the Pipeline Safety & Integrity team in 2009 at CHK and served in a variety of roles in that team until Chesapeake Midstream was spun off into its own company, Access Midstream in 2013.

At the inception of Access Midstream, Clint took over the responsibility for the enterprise pigging inspection and digging program until Williams acquired Access Midstream in 2014. After transitioning into Williams in 2015, Clint was asked to lead one of the Pipeline Safety teams that oversaw all of Williams Northeast Gathering and Processing assets as well as the remainder of the assets from the Access Midstream entity in the midcontinent region (mostly OK, TX & LA). Today, after a recent reorganization at Williams, Clint is responsible for the leadership of the Pipeline Safety efforts for all of the Gathering and Processing assets in Williams portfolio which span across 10 states.

Daniel P. Corcoran

Daniel P. Corcoran

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Collections
  • Litigation
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate


  • Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University (2005, Summa Cum Laude).
  • Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2008, Summa Cum Laude).

Vital Statistics

  • Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, July 30, 1982
  • Admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • Areas of emphasis are oil and gas, collections, and corporate and commercial litigation
  • Practicing in Marietta with TheisenBrock since 2008
  • Chair, Legal Committee, Southeastern Ohio Oil & Gas Association
  • Violinist, River Cities Symphony Orchestra
  • Knights of Columbus
Matt Cybulski Managing Director of Energy and Petrochemicals JobsOhio

Matt Cybulski Managing Director of Energy and Petrochemicals JobsOhio

Matt joined JobsOhio in 2011 as project manager/site selection manager and managed major attraction and expansion projects across Ohio. Matt has held various positions during his nine years at JobsOhio including Director of Project Management and Director of Energy and Chemicals.

Prior to joining JobsOhio, Matt served in project management and leadership positions at the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the Ohio Department of Development, the Will County Center for Economic Development in Joliet, Illinois, and the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Matt is a native of Steubenville, OH. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Matt and his wife Carolyn reside in Dublin, OH and have a son Walter and a daughter Eleanor.

Anthony W. Jesko

Anthony W. Jesko

Anthony W. Jesko is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and a member of the firm’s Energy and Real Estate Groups. He concentrates his practice in all areas of oil and gas law with a particular emphasis in oil and gas litigation, administrative, lead counsel in statutory unitizations and appeals, transaction work, and title.

Mr. Jesko was in-house corporate counsel for an independent exploration and production oil and gas company. As in-house counsel, he frequently advised the CEO, COO, General Counsel, CFO, Executive Vice Presidents, and top senior management on complex oil and gas related legal issues.

He has experience negotiating and drafting numerous legal documents including, without limitation to, leases, lease amendments, ratifications, lease assignments, credit facility agreements, right-of-ways, surface use agreements, water impoundment agreements, disposal agreements, road use agreements, lease swap agreements, agreements to lease, drill to earn and farm-out agreements, letters of intent, purchase sale agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint operating agreements, settlement agreements and various other litigation motions, disclaimers, releases, and license agreements.

Before attending law school, Mr. Jesko worked in corrections.

Practice Focus

  • Energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate
Steven M. Downey Vice President, Business Development & Marketing EnerVest Operating, LLC

Steven M. Downey Vice President, Business Development & Marketing EnerVest Operating, LLC

Steven M. Downey is the Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for EnerVest Operating LLC where he is responsible for the acquisition, divestiture, and the joint venture of the division assets as well as the marketing and transportation of its natural gas production. He has over 32 years of experience in the natural gas industry having been previously employed by Chesapeake Energy Corporation, its predecessor Columbia Natural Resources, LLC., and Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation having served in the areas of Finance, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Customer Services, Land, and Divestitures. Mr. Downey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a certified public accountant. He is the current President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association through December 31, 2020 and is chair of its Commerce Committee, a former Board of Director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, and a member of several other state oil and natural gas associations.

Rick W. Grady

Rick W. Grady

Rick is a construction attorney based in Columbus who works on projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. He advises owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals throughout the course of public and private projects and has appeared before courts and arbitration panels in numerous jurisdictions. He advises clients on risk management in various circumstances, and has met construction professionals in dozens of job trailers and conference rooms – from Ohio to downtown Los Angeles and in rural Brazil. Rick drafts and negotiates contracts and related construction documents; assists with claims during the construction phase; and handles post-completion litigation and arbitration.

Rick deals with industry forms such as those of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), ConsensusDocs, the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC). Rick has also developed numerous manuscript contracts for various complex commercial and residential projects.

For disputed matters, Rick regularly handles cases stemming from breach of contract claims, change order disputes, insurance coverage issues, liens, delays, differing site conditions, professional errors and omissions, and licensing issues. Rick has significant experience in both courtroom hearings and trials, as well as recent arbitration hearings through award.

Notable experience includes:

  • Litigating complex construction cases throughout California and Ohio for over 14 years, as well as experience in other jurisdictions in coordination with local counsel
  • Drafting and negotiating dozens of general contracts, design agreements, and subcontracts for various projects ranging from small houses to multiple $50+ million industrial facilities
  • Obtaining a successful verdict on behalf of a general contractor against subcontractor claims on a $130+ million Federal project
Dan Haley President & Chief Executive Officer

Dan Haley President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dan Haley serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. As President, Mr. Haley is responsible for leading the industry in Colorado legislative, regulatory, and public relations matters. Previously, he was Vice President of Communications, Development and Strategy at EIS Solutions, a public affairs firm where he served as a consultant for numerous corporate and political clients, including oil and gas interests. Prior to that, Mr. Haley spent more than 20 years in the communications field, including 13 years at The Denver Post, where was the Editorial Page Editor. He also was Director of Corporate Communications for CoBank, a $100 billion bank headquartered in Denver. A Colorado native, Mr. Haley has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and sits on the Advisory Council to the USO Denver as well as the Colorado Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Holly Hannold Public and Government Affairs Manager XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil

Holly Hannold Public and Government Affairs Manager XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil

Holly Hannold is the Public and Government Affairs Manager for XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. She manages public affairs for XTO Energy’s unconventional business in the tristate region and manages government relations for ExxonMobil across Appalachia in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Holly worked at Chevron for nearly 7 years where she held various roles in Northeast State Government Affairs, Corporate Marketing and Advertising, and International and Federal Affairs. Holly started her career working on Capitol Hill and in media affairs at the White House.

Holly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Liberty University and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications from West Virginia University.

Jeff Fisher Ascent Resources

Jeff Fisher Ascent Resources

Jeff Fisher has been Chief Executive Officer since December 2014 and has served as Ascent’s Chairman of the Board since February 2015. Before joining Ascent, he served as COO for American Energy Partners and was instrumental in building multiple basin-focused companies including Ascent. Mr. Fisher worked at Chesapeake Energy Corporation from 2003 to 2013, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Production, where he was responsible for upstream operations and integrated field developments. Prior to Chesapeake, he worked in various engineering and operational leadership roles at BP PLC, Vastar Resources and ARCO Oil and Gas, Inc. Mr. Fisher earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Jim Cooper CEC

Jim Cooper CEC

Mr. Cooper works for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. as an office lead for their Cleveland office, as well as a Principal in the air practice. He has over 20 years of experience working in air quality, including 5 years in source testing, 6 years in air quality consulting and 10 years working in the oil and gas industry in a variety of capacities. He has provided air quality consulting services including, but not limited to, minor and major source permitting, compliance auditing, NESHAP area MACT determinations, penalty negotiations, emissions inventories, SARA 313 reporting, and semiannual deviation and monitoring reports. Mr. Cooper spent the biggest part of the last decade as an industry liaison to local and federal trade associations where he worked diligently to affect change and mitigate impacts to industry as a result of unfavorable regulatory actions. Developed effective and successful relationships with regulators by working closely with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality; Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control; West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality; and the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality, Planning and Standards.

Keith Coyle Babst Calland

Keith Coyle Babst Calland

Keith Coyle is a member of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Transportation Safety groups and Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice. Mr. Coyle advises clients throughout the United States on energy matters, but his practice focuses primarily on the regulation of pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and the transportation of hazardous materials. He has significant experience working on these issues for clients in the private sector, as a former government attorney, and through his participation in industry task forces and trade organizations.

Mr. Coyle advises his clients on PHMSA compliance issues and acts as outside counsel during audits and investigations, enforcement cases, and other administrative proceedings. He also assists clients by participating in PHMSA-related proceedings at the state level and in the federal courts and by drafting legislative and regulatory proposals.

Timothy S. Knobloch

Timothy S. Knobloch

Tim Knobloch is president of James Knobloch Petroleum Consultants Inc. (formerly James Engineering Inc.) based in Marietta, Ohio. Tim has been associated with the firm since 1997 performing reservoir analysis and economic appraisals, estimating and auditing oil and gas reserves, providing litigation support, production analysis, oil and gas appraisals, and acquisitions and divestitures.

Tim previously worked with Peake Energy as a district petroleum engineer where he was responsible for estimating and auditing oil and gas reserves, AFE preparation, and disposal well permitting, monitoring, and reporting. In addition, he also was responsible for compressor system evaluation, specification, permitting, and installation and assisting in telemetering installation and maintenance. Prior work experience included Quaker State Corporation in Bradford, Pennsylvania where he was responsible for the design and supervision of drilling, logging, cementing, stimulation, gas well testing, equipment design, and remedial operations. Tim began his career with Amoco Production Company in Traverse City, Michigan as a drilling and production engineer.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is a certified minerals appraiser with the AIMA. Tim has been a lifelong member of the SPE and has co-authored technical papers for SPE Eastern Regional Meetings on both production analysis and corrosion.

Lee Richards

Lee Richards

Lee Richards began working for Ohio Utilities Protection Service in 1978 as a customer service representative. In 1982, she moved into the position of Manager of the Operations Department and served that role for approximately four years. She then established the mapping department and became the manager there for approximately five years. She has been the Public Awareness and Education Supervisor since then and just recently stepped into the newly established role of Director, Educational Programs where she will oversee all OHIO811 educational programs including their new learning management system, Coursettra.

Timothy M. McKeen

Timothy M. McKeen

Tim McKeen focuses his practice in oil and gas law throughout the Appalachian Basin, specializing in title, due diligence and mineral acquisitions. Mr. McKeen is the author of the American Association of Professional Landmen's Ohio comparative law article on oil and gas and is a frequent speaker for industry groups on oil and gas issues throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He has also authored several law review articles on Ohio oil and gas issues. Mr. McKeen is the Leader of the firm's Mineral Title and Energy Real Estate team.

In 2017, Tim was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 oil and gas professionals in the country by the Oil and Gas Investor magazine.

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller serves as External Affairs Manager for Dominion Energy. In this role, he is the forward-facing representative in communities Dominion Energy serves. Kyle works with local officials, municipalities, and community and business leaders, to cover a wide range of utility issues. Additionally, he develops and maintains strategic relationships to promote the company and the natural gas industry.

Trained as an attorney, Kyle previously worked in government affairs for a local health system, and on the prestigious U.S. Senate committee on Environment and Public Works. During his time as Counsel for the Senate EPW Committee, he was the lead Republican negotiator for an economic development bill and key provisions of a $105 billion surface transportation bill. Kyle was twice-elected to serve on his local city council and is civically engaged through various boards and committees.

Kyle is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he served as student editor-in-chief of the internationally published Energy Law Journal. He lives in Strongsville with his wife, Melanie, and their two young children, Lydia and Everett.

Will Ratcliffe

Will Ratcliffe

Mr. Ratcliffe is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Williams Companies where he is responsible for regulatory policy matters for Williams’ assets in the United States. He currently serves and the Chair of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) Midstream Committee, was appointed by the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Environment and Safety Committee, recently served on the PA Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) Environmental Protection Workgroup and is Vice Chair of the Marcellus Shale Coalition Advocacy Committee. Before entering the oil and gas industry, Mr. Ratcliffe worked an environmental consultant in the eastern United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from West Virginia University.

Gregory D. Russell

Gregory D. Russell

Greg is a partner in the Columbus office and leads the firm’s energy group, which is one of the most experienced energy practices in the Midwest. For more than 20 years, he has been advising producers and pipeline operators in Ohio on business and regulatory matters, ranging from asset transactions, to unit operations and development, to leasehold and royalty disputes. Greg's practice frequently involves appearing before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies.

He is an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching a course on oil and gas law. Greg is also a frequent speaker on a broad range of topics impacting the natural gas industry, including oil and gas leasing and contract matters, regulatory (e.g., pooling and unitization), environmental and natural gas market issues. Recently, he served as the chair of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Title and Development Issues in the Utica Shale (2013).

Greg is an editor of the Vorys Energy & Environment blog. The blog highlights news and breaking legal developments involving the crude oil and natural gas industries, alternative and renewable energy resources and the latest environmental issues.

Greg serves as the general counsel of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He also serves as an editor for the Institute for Energy Law's Oil & Gas E-Reporter.

Greg received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University. He received a Fulbright Grant to study mathematics at the TH Darmstadt in West Germany in 1988-1989.

Ryan Elliott

Ryan Elliott

Ryan is an associate in the Columbus office and a member of the energy and environmental group. He counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental matters including federal and state air, water and waste regulatory permitting. Ryan also assists clients involved in the development of the Utica Shale.

Ryan is a member of the Columbus, Ohio and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Schools Network Columbus Collegiate Academy, Dana Ave. school.

Ryan received his J.D. cum laude from Capital University Law School, where he was member of the Order of the Curia and the Order of the Barristers. He received his B.A. from Miami University.

Martin R. Shumway, PE, CPG

Martin R. Shumway, PE, CPG

Mr. Shumway has been involved in the resource industry for most of his career. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mining and petroleum industries and has extensive experience with both exploration and development of oil and gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. He has completed numerous reserve evaluations, field studies, production studies, and geological evaluations of petroleum properties. Mr. Shumway is a Professional Engineer (PE.72266) in Ohio and a Certified Petroleum Geologist (AAPG - CPG #6025). He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Shumway currently serves as a Technical Director for Locus Bio-Energy Solutions where he is working with development and application of the company’s biosurfactant based products for enhanced oil recovery, paraffin dispersal, and other oilfield applications.

W. Jonathan Airey

W. Jonathan Airey

Jon is a retired partner in the Vorys Columbus office and was a member of the energy group. His oil and gas practice was broad in scope, as reflected in his appointment as General Counsel to the Ohio Oil & Gas Association. He has represented numerous oil and gas development and midstream clients in state and federal regulatory proceedings and in connection with all aspects of oil and gas related disputes including royalty class action litigation.

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