Leadership

The EnerGeo Alliance Board of Directors is responsible for steering the EnerGeo Alliance towards a sustainable future. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the EnerGeo Alliance staff is a well seasoned team that brings a wealth of experience from a diversity of backgrounds.

The Board sets the EnerGeo Alliance’s priorities and ensures capacity and resources to advance the mission and realize the vision. EnerGeo Alliance Board members also play a key role in contributing to the EnerGeo Alliance’s values, culture, and strategic framework, and are association ambassadors and advocates.

The value of the energy geoscience industry and the EnerGeo Alliance cannot be emphasized enough. I strongly believe the EnerGeo Alliance plays an integral role in educating the public, facilitating new business, coordinating with other organizations within and outside of the industry, and improving our ESG reputation. I think we all do better under the EnerGeo Alliance umbrella.

Kristian Johansen
CEO, TGS
EnerGeo Alliance Chairman

Board of Directors

Staff

The staff who work at the EnerGeo Alliance share the values of the energy geoscience and exploration industry and support the vision and strategic framework of the organization.

President
Nikki C. Martin

VP of Communications & External Affairs
Gail Adams

VP of Global Policy & Government Affairs
Dustin Van Liew

VP of Business Operations
Criss Rennie White

Director of Marine Environment & Biology
Dr. Alex Loureiro

Director of Membership & Committees
Jameson White

Director of Global Policy & Government Affairs
Faisal Diab

Director of Business Development & Strategy
Shawn M. Rice

Programs Coordinator
Rose Ingrande

Nikki C. Martin
President

Nikki C. Martin is currently President of the EnerGeo Alliance.  In this position, she is responsible for the EnerGeo Alliance’s global organization and execution of its mission and priorities to optimize the business and regulatory climate and enhance public understanding to support a strong, viable energy geoscience and exploration industry. Nikki is an attorney and government affairs professional with years of experience engaging government regulators globally.

Nikki joined EnerGeo Alliance in 2013. In her previous role as the Vice President for Government and Legal Affairs, she was responsible for monitoring and coordinating EnerGeo Alliance’s review and response to government regulations, directives and initiatives.

Before joining EnerGeo Alliance, Nikki worked as the Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager at the Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA) and practiced law in Anchorage, Alaska. Nikki’s prior legislative experience includes serving as staff to U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens and as legislative aide to the Alaska State Senate President and Alaska State House Majority Leader.

Nikki currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Western Resources Legal Center and is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

Gail Adams
VP of Communications & External Affairs

Gail Adams is the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at EnerGeo Alliance. She has more than 20 years of experience in the environment and natural resources public policy arena and working with states and local government. She has more than 30 years’ experience in public affairs, non-profit organizations, and governmental affairs.

She is the former Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (OIEA) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Immediate Office of the Secretary. Her responsibilities were to establish and maintain relationships between the Department of the Interior and Governors, state and local elected officials and the more than 6000 stakeholders and organizations that represent interests related to DOI.

Prior to her appointment, Gail served as the Governmental Affairs Officer for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on loan from FEMA to the U.S. Coast Guard. Gail received the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Award, the highest public recognition given by the Commandant of the Coast Guard for her work on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

As the Oil Spill Governmental Affairs Officer, Gail oversaw Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional Affairs, the Non-Governmental Organization Interaction Unit, VIP and International visits as well as some aspects of Community Relations for the entire Gulf Coast. She also served as the governmental affairs advisor to the three Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinators as a member of their Command Staff for the response.

She is the former Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of External Affairs for FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office headquartered in New Orleans.  As the IGA Director, Gail headed intergovernmental operations for Louisiana offices for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Gail also coordinated all foreign delegation meetings coming to Louisiana to learn lessons of response and recovery efforts.

Gail is a former television news anchor and radio personality. She is also a certified grants writer. Adams is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

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Dustin Van Liew
VP of Global Policy & Government Affairs

Dustin Van Liew is the Vice President of Global Policy & Government Affairs at EnerGeo Alliance. He has extensive legislative and regulatory engagement experience at national and international levels.

Dustin, originally from northern California, comes to the EnerGeo Alliance from Washington, D.C. where he served as the Executive Director for the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Dustin’s leadership regarding legal strategy guided his former organizations through several major victories, including a court decision granting unprecedented legal standing to the livestock organizations and legislative action reducing administrative burdens for ranchers.

With more than thirteen years experience in government affairs, Dustin is a leading authority on public and government lands and resource policy issues, thanks to his extensive knowledge of the legislative history and ability to successfully navigate through the many legal challenges facing natural resource-based industries. He is also an expert in providing guidance for resource regulatory frameworks.

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Criss Rennie White
VP of Business Operations

Criss Rennie White is the VP of Business Operations and works directly with the President to organize and align the association’s strategic priorities and ensure operational efficiency across all facets of the EnerGeo Alliance’s internal operations. Criss oversees large, often cross-functional, projects and initiatives and brings together important stakeholders to help drive vital decisions and outcomes.

As part of the executive team, Criss is responsible for managing the organization’s finances, providing forward-looking and proactive strategy to support the EnerGeo Alliance’s mission and vision through programs and services. Criss guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, programs and benefits, and manages all aspects of the EnerGeo Alliance’s office facilities.

In her previous role as Director of Membership and Administration, Criss managed membership activities, including the EnerGeo Alliance Annual Conference. She also developed program, initiatives, and policies designed to increase and retain membership. She is the longest tenured EnerGeo Alliance staff person and has built long-lasing relationships with the Board of Directors and other industry leaders throughout her career with the EnerGeo Alliance.

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Dr. Alex Loureiro
Director of Marine Environment & Biology

Alex Loureiro is the Director of Marine Environment and Biology at the EnerGeo Alliance. In this role, she supports the EnerGeo Alliance’s mission to address critical scientific and policy issues related to noise in the marine environment and the impacts on marine life. Alex holds an undergraduate degree in marine science and biology and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in marine biology.

Prior to joining EnerGeo Alliance, Alex served as a research and development consultant, working with a wide range of scientific companies and attorneys to quantify value-oriented benefits. Additionally, Alex brings several years of research experience in marine mammal behavior and fisheries science, including fine-scale habitat usage of bottlenose dolphins and best practices for catch success in the longline reef fish fishery. She has also worked closely with a variety of marine mammal species in aquariums for husbandry purposes.

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Jameson White
Director of Membership & Committees

Jameson White is the Director of Membership & Committees. As the Membership & Committees Director, Jameson is responsible for managing the integration of the EnerGeo Alliance’s membership, committee and workgroup structure, and strategy. His duties encompass overseeing the development and updating of industry best practices and standards, including health, safety and environment (HSE) guidance; model contracts; statements of principles; and managing EnerGeo Alliance member-dependent initiatives.

As one of the leaders of the next generation of Juggies, Jameson brings his passion for seismic surveying to the EnerGeo Alliance with over a decade of experience, both in the field and office environments. His experience in the industry and creative thinking brings a unique skill set to the EnerGeo Alliance, helping to lead the energy geoscience and exploration industry into the next transformation. Jameson began his seismic career in early 2006 on a field crew and worked his way through various positions until being promoted to Business Development Manager of Alaska.

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Faisal Diab
Director of Global Policy & Government Affairs

Faisal Diab is the Director of Global Policy & Government Affairs. He has extensive domestic and international energy consulting and regulatory experience. With nearly a decade of management consulting experience within the petroleum and natural gas industry, Faisal is a seasoned Petroleum Land Manager with a wide breadth of experience in the major shale plays in the lower 48 states.

Throughout his career, Faisal has acquired a valuable skillset and experience in the negotiation of the acquisition and divestiture of petroleum and natural gas producing properties and leases, which has given him an expert level understanding of the regulatory framework governing the energy industry, and in particular the U.S. upstream sector. With his professional background and experience, Faisal comes to the EnerGeo Alliance uniquely placed to advocate on behalf of members’ freedom to operate and to assist in navigating the complex legal and regulatory framework that govern the energy industry.

Faisal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and a Certificate in Energy Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Shawn M. Rice
Director of Business Development & Strategy

Shawn is an experienced geoscience and energy leader, most recently serving as Director of Operations for ION Geophysical analyzing, planning, and executing on a portfolio of International seismic projects.

After graduating from Tulane University with a double major in Finance & Strategy and a minor in Energy Fundamentals, Shawn began his career with ION as a Sales Analyst and over more than a decade, grew through the operations team taking on multiple positions and playing a key role in the overall success in operations and QHSE for ION all while maintaining key involvements with the larger industry as a whole.

Shawn recently received his MBA and has his eyes set on pivoting to support the broader energy geoscience industry and its navigation of the energy evolution serving our current member base and attract new partners to further the EnerGeo Alliance’s mission.

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Rose Ingrande
Programs Coordinator

Rose Ingrande is the EnerGeo Alliance’s Programs Coordinator and plays an essential role in sustaining the Association’s programs by providing administrative support and working closely with the management team to oversee a variety of tasks related to the Association’s initiatives.

Rose brings 23 years of professional experience from the trade show and live events industry. As a former Purchasing Director, she managed company expenditures, contract negotiations, vendor relations and purchasing operations nationwide.

Rose’s experience also includes project workflows, processes and procedures. Her passion for technology and experience in software architecture, database management and process implementation is a key component in supporting the EnerGeo Alliance’s initiatives.

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