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Board and Committees

2023 – 2024 Officers & Executive Committee

Michael Hillebrand

Huntley & Huntley, LLC

Ben Wallace

Vice Chairman
Penneco Oil Company

Frank J. Ross

2nd Vice Chairman
T&F Exploration, LP

James Kriebel

Kriebel Energy, LLC

Sam Fragale

Freedom Energy Resources LLC

Gary Slagel

Past Chairman
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

  • Nicholas Andreychek, Ergon (2021-2024)
  • Robert Beatty Jr., Coolspring Gas & Oil Co., LLC (2022-2025)
  • Stanley J. Berdell, BLX, Inc. (2021-2024)
  • Dan Billman, Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. (2022-2025)
  • Brian Bittinger, Bittinger Drilling, LLC (2022-2025)
  • Mark Cline, Cline Oil Company (2023-2026)
  • David Cook, American Refining Group, Inc. (2022-2025)
  • Carrie Crumpton, CNX Resources Corp. (2022-2025)
  • Charles Cunningham, Diversified Energy Company PLC (2021-2024)
  • David Hill, Hill Drilling (2023-2026)
  • Jessica Houser, WGM Gas Company Inc. (2022-2025)
  • Paul Kanouff, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (2022-2025)
  • Bruce King, Greylock Energy (2022-2025)
  • Teresa Irvin McCurdy, TD Connections, Inc. (2021-2024)
  • Joe O’Donnell, Eastern Energy Field Services, Inc. (2021-2024)
  • Len Paugh, Long Ridge Energy & Power  (2021-2024)
  • Gene Pietrowski, BlackRock Resources, LLC (2022-2025)
  • John Snedden, ShalePro Energy Services (2022-2025)
  • Jake Stilley, Patriot Exploration Corporation (2023-2026)
  • Bryan Snyder, Snyder Brothers, Inc. (2022-2025)
  • Jeff Walentosky, Moody and Associates, Inc. (2023-2026)
  • Ben Wallace, Penneco Oil Company (2023-2026)

(Board of Directors term shown in parenthesis)

Environmental Committee

Responsible for monitoring federal, state and local environmental regulatory developments that affect well drilling, site preparation and reclamation, and production operations. Provides public policy recommendations and industry guidance.

CHAIRS – Paul Kanouff, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (Co-Chair) and Angelo Albanese, Diversified Energy Company PLC (Co-Chair)

Market Development Committee

The mission of the Committee is to advocate for the sustainable production and responsible development and use of PIOGA member resources. The Committee is responsible for monitoring developments at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Reviews pipeline and LDC tariffs and pipeline open seasons affecting the movement of natural gas, recommending and managing interventions in rate cases and developing producer policy positions on natural gas marketing matters.

Also responsible for actively working to accelerate increased utilization of Pennsylvania produced natural gas through increased use in electric generation, natural gas vehicles consumption, commercial applications, exporting, industrial demand, distribution demand and natural gas conversions from other fuels in and throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

CHAIRS – Gene Pietrowski, BlackRock Resources, LLC (Co-Chair) and Joseph O’Donnell, Eastern Energy Field Services,  Inc. (Co-Chair)

Legislative Committee

Responsible for actions to be taken on legislative issues and assists in developing the association’s legislative agenda.  The work of the committee includes: reviewing legislation being introduced and recommends actions to be taken on legislative issues; contacting legislators and encouraging members to be active with regards to legislative issues; assists with lobby days and other education and fundraising events; comments on proposed legislation; and communication efforts to PIOGA members on legislative issues that impact the industry.

CHAIR – Ben Wallace, Penneco Oil Company and Penneco Environmental Solutions, LLC

Tax Committee

Responsible for monitoring and reporting federal, state and local tax developments. Organizes annual tax update seminar.

CHAIR – Woodrow “Woody” Morris – CPA, Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Safety Committee

Provides a forum to exchange best practices and to disseminate those practices to the oil and gas industry within Pennsylvania. Serves as a means for members and government agencies to work together to improve the performance of the industry in matters relating to safety.

CO-CHAIRS – Wayne Vanderhoof, CSP, RJR Safety, and Eric Staul, Diversified Energy Company PLC

Diversity Committee

Provides a forum where members work collaboratively to advocate and support diversity within PIOGA, as well as within Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry.  The committee will work to ensure that PIOGA provides a climate and culture that encourages social interactions that support a diverse membership of individuals involved in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.

CHAIR – Deana Stephens, Steptoe and Johnson PLLC

Membership Committee

Ensures the sustainability and growth of PIOGA via connection with current members, potential members, and the public about the value the association holds in the oil and gas industry.

CO-CHAIRS – Jessica Houser, WGM Gas Company Inc. and Don Zuch, Fusilier Resources, LLC

Want to Join a Committee?

Contact Deana McMahan at deana@pioga.org to sign up. You must be a PIOGA member to participate.