The SPE Gulf Coast Section board of Directors approved the following slate of officers and directors as nominees for 2011-2012 at the December 2010 board meeting. According to SPE GCS bylaws (see Bylaws 2009 under About SPEGCS/Governance on, this slate will stand as elected unless an alternative candidate (or candidates) is put forth by February 15, 2011. If, by that date, 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 in attendance. Other open board positions for 2011-2012 will be appointed by the incoming section chair.


Nomination Committee

Jane Moring

Immediate Past Chair

Skip Koshak


Jeanne Perfue

Membership Chair

Robert Bruant


Cindy Reece

At-Large Member


Succession Planning Committee

Jane Moring

Immediate Past Chair

David Tumino

Vice Treasurer

Hiep Vu

At-Large Member

James Montagna

At-Large Member

Mark Peavy

Current Chair

Sid Smith, Jr.

GC Regional Director


The following slate was recommended by the GCS Nominating Committee, which received guidance from the Succession Planning Committee.


Vice Chair

Stephen A. Baumgartner, Marathon Oil Company

Steve is a senior technical consultant for Marathon Oil Company in Houston. He joined Marathon in 2007 and is currently a member of the Shale Technology Development Team in Upstream Technology. The team develops and drives technical excellence, expertise and understanding of unconventional shale plays through the effective application of technology, knowledge transfer and development of technical professionals. Steve has held positions in pressure pumping services research and development, operations, technical sales and management throughout his career and has worked and lived in several domestic and international locations. He is a graduate of Grove City College with a BS in chemical engineering.

He is an active member of the SPE and has co- authored Society of Petroleum Engineers technical papers, industry technical publications and internal technical publications on well stimulation chemistry and well stimulation treatment design, execution and evaluation. He has prepared and presented numerous well stimulation and completion seminars, workshops and schools. Steve has served on the Well Completions, Production Operations, Reservoir Monitoring, and the Production Monitoring and Control program committees for the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. He was co-chairperson for the 2010 Tight Gas Completions Conference and is co-chairperson of the 2011 Americas Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition. He is past chairman and an active member of the GCS Westside Study Group committee and is a Director on the GCS board of directors.


Vice Treasurer

John Medler, Schlumberger

John Medler has been a member of the SPE GCS
since 2002. He has served on the Golf committee since that time in the capacity of treasurer for four years, chairman for two years and senior advisor for two years. During that time the committee produced events that contributed on average over $50,000 each year toward the SPE scholarship program. He has spent over 30 years in the energy business in upstream, downstream and midstream sectors, and is currently with Schlumberger IndigoPool group. He is a registered professional engineer and has held a NASD Series 65 license as well as a secondary teaching certificate.



Rob Bruant, BP

Rob Bruant is a reservoir engineer/petroleum systems analyst for BP America, Inc., currently supporting BP’s Gulf of Mexico-Southern Green Canyon assets. He has served as secretary for the SPE GCS Emerging Leaders Program, chairperson for the GCS Magic Suitcase committee, and GCS director. He has received the SPE GCS Service award, the SPE North American Region Service award, and the SPE Outstanding Technical Editor award. Bruant received a BA in geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College and a PhD in hydrology from The University of Arizona. Prior to joining BP, he was a research associate and instructor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University.



Marise Mikulis, Baker Hughes/Rice

Marisé Mikulis is the director of Baker Hughes’ Production Decision Services program. This group is part of the company’s Intelligent Production Systems Group that provides asset-scale systems for improving production optimization and reservoir management. In that regard, PDS operates in tandem with BHI’s well monitoring and control, artificial lift and chemical treatment products and services. She is responsible for developing the portfolio of services and products that combine BHI’s rich production experience with the data delivered via our monitoring technology to help improve the quality of our clients’ production programs and digital oilfield pursuits. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry as well as the tech sector. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, she was Microsoft’s Worldwide Oil and Gas industry manager, incubating and growing the now highly successful Energy Industry Business unit. She also has held management positions at companies such as Petroleum Geo-Services and Energistics/POSC. She began her energy career with The Superior Oil Company in Lafayette, La. Mikulis graduated cum laude with a BS in geology and mathematics from Tufts University. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in Houston. She is a member of SPE and the Gulf Coast Section, as well as AAPG and the Houston Geological Society.



Jeff Whitaker, Welltec

Jeff Whitaker is a global account manager for Welltec specializing in developing markets for new and existing technology on a global level for large, international oil and gas operators. He previously served with Expro Americas as technical manager of Downhole Video Services. He has over 30 years experience with the oil and gas industry working for Schlumberger, Shell Oil, Downhole Video, Expro, and now Welltec. He has been involved with the SPE for many of those years and has spent much time involved with the Westside Study group serving in all officer roles and often times gets involved with various other opportunities.



Mike Sullivan, Chevron

Mike Sullivan is a reservoir diagnostics consultant for Chevron’s Energy Technology company in Houston Texas. He serves as a global consultant for issues relating to open hole petrophysics, cased hole logging, pressure transient testing, reservoir surveillance, and integration of dynamic data in the reservoir characterization process. Previously, he was the reservoir surveillance coordinator for Chevron’s Tengiz field in Kazakhstan. He had previous assignments as an openhole petrophysicist at ChevronTexaco E&P Technology Company in Houston and as a cased- hole petrophysicist for Chevron in Angola. He has held a variety of positions in the petroleum and production engineering since 1979. Sullivan has authored several papers including a Distinguished Author series article in the July 2007 JPT. He has received several best paper awards and was 2009/2010 SPE Distinguished Lecturer on “Using PLT Calibrated Permeability to Improve Carbonate Reservoir Characterization”. In 1990-91, he was Chairman of the Central Alberta section of the SPE. He graduated from Montana Tech with high honors in petroleum engineering.