The SPE GCS Nominating Committee recommended and the board approved the following slate of officers and directors at the December 14, 2006 board meeting to serve in 2007–08. According to SPE GCS bylaws (See Governance under About SPE GCS on, this slate will stand as elected unless an alternative candidate is put forth by February 15, 2007. If a petition for an alternative candidate is signed by 100 active SPE GCS members, an election will be held at a meeting in May with at least 50 active SPE GCS members present. Other 2007-08 board positions will be appointed by the section chair.

The slate was selected by the Nominating Committee, which received guidance from the Succession Planning Committee.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Randy Woods (Membership)
Claude Thorp (Career Management)
Ricky Pena (Community Services)
Mike Cooley (At-large)
Anissa Sorola (At-large)

Succession Planning Committee

Chair: Randy Woods (Membership)
Susan Howes (Regional Director)
Roger Hite (Chair)
Hiep Vu (Vice Treasurer)

Vice-Chair—Bill Bowers, Hanover Compressor

Bill is the business director for Early Production Solutions for Hanover Compressor Co., where he is responsible for marketing, technical sales support,and strategic market development for the company’s worldwide surface production facilities business. Bill founded and was president of Peak Process Inc., an engineering consulting and specialty manufacturing services company for separation technologies; he later sold the company to Hanover. He previously worked for Conoco Specialty Products and Vortoil Separation Systems in a variety of engineering and management roles supporting applications, design, and manufacture of oil and gas production and processing facilities.Bill began his oilfield career with Schlumberger in1976 and has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He has been an SPE member for 20 years and became an active member of the SPE GCS Projects, Facilities, & Construction Study Group in 2003 as event coordinator and chairman.Bill was nominated to the GCS board as vice treasurer in 2005 and is currently the Section treasurer.

SecretaryJane Moring, ExxonMobil

Jane is a reservoir engineer in the US Production Group for ExxonMobil Production Co. An SPE member since 1977, she has spent much of her career as a member of the Delta Section where she held the following positions: past-chairman (voting position on board) in 1999–2000, chairman in1998–99, vice-chair (programs) in 1997–98, vice chair(membership) in 1996–97, secretary in1995–96, and participating member and chair ofthe Career Guidance Committee in 1992–95. In2001 she was awarded the Central and Southeastern North American Region Regional Service Award. Jane has also been appointed by the board to assume the remaining months of the current director-at-large position vacated by Sally Thomas who has been relocated outside the
Houston area.

Vice-Treasurer—Mark Peavy,  Consultant formerly with Anadarko Petroleum

  Mark is a consulting petroleum engineer. He worked for Kerr-McGee for 25 years in various operations, completions, and facility engineering roles. .He has been an active SPE member throughout his 25 year career. He is currently serving as a director-at-large on the Gulf coast section Board of directors. He was a member of the ATC completions subcommittee from 2002 to 2004. He was a member of the SPE Dallas section board of directors from 1995-2002. During this period he served as section chairman (2000-01).  Prior to this he served as Chairman and program chairman of the: Dallas section completions and stimulations study group( 92-94), LA basin section( 87-90), and Gulf coast Westside Study group(83-86). He has authored numerous technical articles involving well completion, stimulations,  and production operations.  He holds a BBA degree in business and a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.  He is currently pursuing an MBA at Rice University. 

Director—Anjali Prasad, Hydril

Anjali has worked for Hydril for 8 years, providing technical support worldwide for Hydril''s tubular products, product development, marketing, and field service. As a member of the Drilling Study Group, she has been the chair since 2005 and previously held the positions of registration committee, membership coordinator; special projects chair (organized the Third Annual Drilling Symposium), and vice chair. In addition, she has served on the Succession Planning Committee, as golf chair on the Emerging Leaders Program in2003-04, as historian, and represented the GCS at the SPE International Board Meeting in London.She was also a member of the Membership Committee from 2002 - 04 and served on the registration group for the Northside Study Group in2002–03. Anjali has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston.

Director—Libby Cheney, Shell E&P

Elizabeth (Libby) Cheney is the vice president of corporate support for Shell E&P Co., Americas Region. Her responsibilities include health, safety,security, and environmental; business planning and support; and communications and government affairs with E&P activities throughout North,Central, and South America. She was previously the manager of non operated global development projects for ExxonMobil Development Co. She began her career as a reservoir engineer with Exxonin Kingsville and worked in various assignments managing multifunctional teams for producing assets offshore Gulf of Mexico, west Texas, and California. Libby managed field operations and ledan organization of more than 150 engineers and technicians in developing and optimizing onshoreU.S. assets. She also worked as the senior strategic planning contact for development projects in Russia, the Caspian, and the Middle East. An SPE member since 1982, she has been a member of the SPE South Texas, Permian Basin, Delta, California Coastal, and Gulf Coast Sections. She was secretary in the Delta and California Coastal Sections and has also received service awards from both.

Director—Mike Strathman, Aspen Technology

Mike has 35 years of experience in the energy business as a business executive and a consultant working in all phases of oil and gas exploration and production, refining and marketing, technology,and finance. He is currently the vice president of industry consulting for Aspen Technology Inc. His experience includes working with Marathon Oil Co., a technology company, a solution provider to the energy industry, the U.S. government, and several major consulting firms. Mike has a master’s degree in finance from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS degree in systems analysis from Miami University. He is the current co chair of the Digital Energy Study Group and has co chaired the group’s annual conference.