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​Keynote Speakers at CH4 Connections ​2018:
The Methane E​missions Conference

Sharon Tomkins, VP, Customer Solutions & Strategy, SoCal Gas

Sharon Tomkins

​Vice President, Customer Solutions & Strategy, SoCalGas

Sharon Tomkins is vice president, customer solutions and strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives. Tomkins leads the company's advocacy campaign for energy choice, affordability and reliability. Her responsibilities include renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency. Previously, she was vice president and general counsel for SoCalGas.

Bill Ritter, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Enerkem, Inc.

Bill Ritter, Jr.

​Director, Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at CSU

Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started in February 2011 with Mr. Ritter as the founding Director. Bill Ritter Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Mr. Ritter led Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term he established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies​​.

Ron Snedic, SVP Corporate Development, GTI

Bryan Willson

Executive Director, Energy Institute at CSU

Dr. Bryan Willson is the Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, the Bryan Willson Presidnetial Chair and the founder of CSU's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory. As an enterpreneur, Dr. Willson is the co-founder of Envirofit International, Solix biosystems, and Factor(e) Ventures, and has helped to launch or enhance numerous other companies. Dr. Willson has worked for over 25 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, the same year he joined the CSU faculty.​


Moderators at CH4 Connections ​2018:
The Methane Emissions Conference

Ron Snedic, SVP Corporate Development, GTI

Ron Snedic

​Senior Vice President, GTI

Ron Snedic leads the effort to expand GTI’s customer base and increase revenues from technology-based product and service offerings. The Corporate Development team is committed to finding and implementing solutions that create exceptional value for GTI customers. Snedic’s duties include management of the business development, marketing, and communications activities for GTI. He leads GTI’s merger and acquisition activities and serves as President of GTI International, a holding company for GTI’s for-profit entities.

Snedic oversees GTI’s human resources department and a wide range of education and training programs on technical and business topics. He is also the President of Operations Technology Development, NFP and Utilization Technology Development, NFP. Both companies focus on the development of new technology for the natural gas industry.

Vanessa Ryan, Senior Adviser Shale Issues, Chevron

Vanessa Ryan

​Senior Adviser Shale Issues, Chevron Corporation

Vanessa T. Ryan is Senior Adviser, Shale Issues at Chevron Corporation. She also serves as Chair of the Steering Committee of The Environmental Partnership, an industry group committed to continuously improving the industry’s environmental performance. Previously, she was Senior Advisor for Chevron Asia-Pacific Exploration and Production, responsible for providing advice to Chevron’s Asia-Pacific business on government and public affairs issues, including trade and community engagement. She has served as Coordinator for Policy, Government, and Public Affairs for Chevron Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Ms. Ryan joined Chevron as a Public Policy Adviser at Chevron Corporation, where she was responsible for the corporate responsibility report and advised on environmental, social, and geopolitical issues. Prior to joining Chevron she worked in social marketing firm focused on health and environment issues. Clients included the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Los Angeles County Sanitation District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the California Department of Transportation. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

Joe von Fischer, Professor of Biology and Associate Department Chair, CSU

Dr. Joe von Fischer

​Professor of Biology and Associate Department Chair, Energy Institute at CSU

Dr. Joe von Fischer is a Professor of Biology and Associate Department Chair. Following his PhD at Cornell and post-doctoral research at Princeton, von Fischer has spent the past 15 years studying the emissions of greenhouse gases, with particular focus on methane. His research examines natural systems including grasslands, forests, wetlands and the Arctic, where he has used stable isotopes and other tracers to understand how the production, consumption and transport of gases lead to differences in emission rates. More recently, he and CSU colleagues have worked in partnership with Google and the Environmental Defense Fund to measure natural gas leakage from urban distribution systems. These measures use high-precision methane analyzers in Google Street View cars. Von Fischer and his team have developed algorithms for gathering and interpreting these data to both find and quantify the rate of methane release from these leaks. In deploying this technology, they have worked with natural gas utilities to prioritize leak repairs and pipeline replacement.

Pamela Lacey, Chief Regulatory Counsel, AGA

Pamela Lacey

​Chief Regulatory Counsel, American Gas Association

Pam Lacey is the American Gas Association’s chief regulatory counsel, with over 30 years of experience in energy and environmental law. She is staff executive for AGA’s environmental advocacy committee and has staffed Board-level task forces on climate, sustainability and clean energy issues. Ms. Lacey also represents AGA on the International Gas Union (IGU) Group of Methane Experts. She represents AGA in environmental matters at the White House, EPA and other federal agencies, and has been actively involved in advocacy and research initiatives regarding climate issues, renewable natural gas (RNG), greenhouse gas measurement and reporting, and natural gas (methane) emissions.

Arvind Ravikumar, Asst. Professor Energy Engineering, Harrisburg Univ.

Arvind Ravikumar

Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering, Harrisburg University

Arvind Ravikumar is an Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering at Harrisburg University and a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. His work focuses on developing engineering-based solutions to inform energy and environmental policy in the road to a global clean energy transition. Most recently, his research has sought to understand and reduce methane emissions from the North American oil and gas industry through a combination of field work, modeling, and policy analysis. His other research interests include global trade in liquefied natural gas and the clean energy future in developing nations. He regularly consults with non-governmental organizations, and state and national regulatory agencies energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining Harrisburg, Arvind was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2015.​

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, CSU

Kristine Wiley

Research & Development Director, GTI

Kristine Wiley, R&D Director, leads GTI's Environmental programs. She has been working in the natural gas industry for 17 years. Kristine leads research focused on quantifying methane emissions from various sources; including national and state specific field measurement programs to update emission factors for various natural gas distribution sources. She also manages programs focused on evaluating new and emerging methane detection technologies for natural gas operators. Kristine holds a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.​

Daniel Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, CSU

Daniel Zimmerle

​Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute at CSU

Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. Zimmerle was a principal investigator on three major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and leads METEC, the ARPA-E MONITOR test facility at CSU. Additionally, Zimmerle also works on energy access and development in rural communities in the developing world and the integration of distributed generation into power systems.

Prior to CSU, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager. He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer aided design software, test systems, and consumer products. Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries.



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