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Officers

President

Shree Vikas
Director, Market Intelligence & Business Analysis
ConocoPhillips
600 North Dairy Ashford TR 3006
Houston, TX 77079-1175
Phone: 281-236-7966
E-Mail: shree.vikas@gmail.com

President-Elect

Guy F. Caruso
Senior Advisor
CSIS
4526 Banff Street
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-402-0944
E-Mail: gcaruso@csis.org

Immediate Past President

James Smith
Professor of Finance
Southern Methodist University
6212 Bishop Blvd 430 Fincher Bldg
Dallas, TX 75275
Phone: 214-768-3158
Fax: 214-768-4099
E-mail: jsmith@smu.edu

Vice President - Membership

Karl J. Nalepa
President
Resolved Energy Consulting
11044 Research Blvd Ste A420
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: 512-331-4949
Fax: 512-331-5743
E-Mail: knalepa@resolvedenergy.com

Vice President - Conferences

Thomas E. Drennen
Profesor of Economics
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
28 Scotland Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 585-746-7323
E-Mail: drennen@hws.edu

Vice President - Chapter Liaison

Ramses Omar Cabrales
Energy Industry Analyst
Federal Energy Regulatory Comm
1816 New Hampshire Ave NW #504
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 240-274-9767
E-Mail: cabralesncac@gmail.com

Vice President - Academic Affairs

Anastasia Shcherbakova
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Road SM31
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: 972-883-5871
E-Mail: anastasia.shcherbakova@utdallas.edu

Vice President - Communications

Seth Blumsack
Associate Professor
Penn State University
115 Hosler Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-7597
E-mail: blumsack@psu.edu

Vice President - Business Liaison

Zain Hak
GM Pricing & Logistics US/CAN
Shell Oil Products US
1000 Main Street 14186D
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 281-467-3450
Fax: 832-730-6362
E-Mail: zain.hak@shell.com

Vice President - Government

Kim Coffman
Economist
US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Rd VAM LD
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: 703-787-1221
Fax: 703-787-1165
E-Mail: kim.coffman@boemre.gov

Secretary - Treasurer

Eric Hittinger
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
71 Warrington Dr
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: 703-899-6861
E-Mail: eshgpt@rit.edu

Student Representative

Melanie Craxton
Student
Stanford University
250 Gabarda Way
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Phone: 585-507-7894
E-Mail: mcraxton@stanford.edu

Council Members

Ines Azevedo
Associate Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
EPP Baker Hall 129 Frew St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-3754
E-Mail: iazevedo@cmu.edu

Burcu Cigerli Esmerok
Principal Analyst, Market Fundamentals
BG Group
811 Main Street Suite 3400
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-599-5311
E-mail: burcu.cigerliesmerok@bg-group.com

Tina Vital
Director
Aegis Energy Advisors Corp
708 Third Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 917-432-8474
E-Mail: tvital@aegisenergy.com

General Counsel

John W Jimison, Esq.
Senior Advisor
Energy Future Coalition
6671 McLean Drive
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 202-536-8971
E-mail: johnjimison@gmail.com

Executive Director

David L. Williams
USAEE Headquarters
c/o Administrative Management Services, Inc.
28790 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 350
Cleveland, OH 44122
Phone: 216-464-2785
Fax: 216-464-2768
E-Mail: usaee@usaee.org

President's Advisors

Martha Goodell
Managing Partner
Enigami Partners LLC
121 W Chestnut St., #2001
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-961-8760
E-Mail: marthagoodell99@gmail.com

Peter R. Hartley
Professor & Baker Institute Scholar
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 22
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Phone: 713-348-2534
E-Mail: hartley@rice.edu

Surya Rajan
Vice President
Profitability3
4502 Riverstone Blvd., Suite #202
Missouri City, TX 77459
Phone: 713-581-0130
E-Mail: rajan.surya@gmail.com

The President
  • Is the chief executive officer of the Association
  • Sets the agenda for and chairs Council meetings
  • Serves on the Conference Executive Committees
  • Appoints ad-hoc task forces as needed
  • Represents USAEE at IAEE meetings and in any relationship with other organizations
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review as described in the management contract; the review team shall also include the President-Elect and the Past-President
The President-Elect
  • Chairs the Strategic Planning Group
  • Chairs any ad-hoc task forces or committees as appointed by the President, including the committee to negotiate or renegotiate the Association's management contract(s), which committee shall include the Secretary-Treasurer
  • Serves on the Conference Executive Committees
  • Maintains the list of Officer and Committee Action Items
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review
The Past-President
  • Chairs the Nominations Committee
  • Serves on the Strategic Planning Group
  • Engages with the Executive Director in an annual review
The Vice-President for Membership chairs the Membership Committee and is responsible for seeing to it that membership in USAEE is maintained at a level necessary to support the organization's activities and for striving to increase it, aiming for substantial increases in membership.

The Vice-President for Membership shall:
  • Work with the Membership Committee and the VP-Communications, hone and spread a message emphasizing USAEE as a special association where US energy economics professionals from business, academe, government, consulting, finance, the media and other professions collaborate for their professional development and for the benefit of our society
  • Review past membership drive efforts and their effectiveness
  • Identify plausible pools of new members including sustaining members (perhaps identified by professional specialty, by geography or by sector) and craft strategies for attracting them
  • Coordinate efforts with other Council members, especially VP Conferences, VP Communications and VP Academic Affairs
  • Consider ways to engage current members in attracting new members
  • Keep good records regarding which recruitment methods seem to work and which do not
  • Report regularly to Council on plans, activities, progress and needs
The Vice-President for Conferences chairs the Conference Executive Committees which are responsible for planning conferences that achieve the Association's objectives for its conferences. The Vice-President for Conferences is responsible for setting meeting agendas and distributing notes from each meeting.

The Vice-President for Conferences is also responsible for:
  • Timely action on the conference countdown checklist items and any updating of that checklist
  • Incorporation into future conference planning of ideas and suggestions noted as part of conference evaluation and post-mortem review
The Vice-President for Academic Affairs is responsible for:
  • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that serve the interests of the academic members of USAEE
  • Working with the Student Member of USAEE Council to promote and increase student membership of USAEE
  • Coordinating the USAEE student awards and scholarship programs
  • Coordinating the nomination of a student member to serve on the USAEE Council
  • Providing oversight of the USAEE Working Paper Series and fostering its growth and visibility within the research community
  • Maintaining and updating the standing list of academic departments, research programs, and learning centers that may be interested in the activities and services provided by the USAEE
  • Encouraging and supervising educational outreach by USAEE to secondary school teachers as opportunities for this arise
The Vice-President for Communications is responsible for:
  • Chairing the Communications Committee.
  • The Communications Committee consists of one additional Council member plus the Editor of Dialogue and the Facebook coordinator
  • Participating in all new initiatives for communicating with members
  • Press relations, particularly at conferences, and for implementing the USAEE's policy on press relations
  • Appointing member to the Subcommittee on Press Relations and chairing that subcommittee
  • Overseeing new initiatives involving the USAEE website and recommending changes where appropriate
  • Working with the Facebook coordinator to oversee the USAEE's presence on Facebook
  • Implementing a media plan to increase the visibility of USAEE in the energy policy arena
The Vice-President for Chapter Liaison is responsible for:
  • Seeing to it that all members of USAEE are encouraged to join local chapters
  • Seeking opportunities to open new chapters or revitalize older ones through focused USAEE attention
  • Encouraging chapters to maintain up-to-date information at their USAEE website locations
  • Sponsoring a chapter head meeting at the annual USAEE meetings
  • Providing appropriate USAEE assistance to chapters who wish to coordinate programs with one another
The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for:
  • Drafting minutes of Council meetings (with the assistance of the Executive Director)
  • Certifying all votes of Council and of general membership
  • Chairing the Finance Committee and serving as a member of the Conference Executive Committees
  • Budgeting:
    • Coordinate the work of the Finance and Sponsorship Committees and the Executive Director to
      • Establish Conference budget(s) and recommend to Council
      • Establish a balanced Association budget and recommend to Council
    • In consultation with all Vice Presidents and the Executive Director establish an Association Advancement Fund budget and present for Council approval
    • Comment as requested on the budgeting implications of proposals considered by Council and the Conference Executive Committee(s)
    • Authorize budget amendments that leave the Association budget balanced; notify Council of such amendments
  • Financial Oversight:
    • Ensure that the Association's management firm employs current, efficient budgeting and financial management software and practices
    • Review frequent reports from the Executive Director on the Association's financial condition
    • Promptly advise Council of deviations from approved budgets
  • Directing the investments of the Association
  • Resolving any financial questions raised by the Executive Director
The Student Representative is responsible for:
  • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that serve the interests of the student members of USAEE
  • Working with the Vice President - Academic Affairs of USAEE Council to promote and increase student membership in USAEE
  • Overseeing student programs that take place at the North American Conference (e.g., Student Happy Hour, networking opportunities between students and prospective employers, student breakfast meeting, etc.)
  • Coordinating and participating in all aspects of USAEE social media (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).
The Vice-President for Business is responsible for:
  • Establishing a Committee of USAEE members to assist in carrying out his or her duties. These duties include:
    • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that are of interest to the business members of USAEE
    • Working with the Vice-President, Conferences, to assure that annual USAEE conferences and other programs it sponsors contain subject matter of interest to business members
    • Working with the head of the Sponsorship Committee to promote USAEE within the business sector and develop long-term relationships between companies and the Association
    • Promoting USAEE within the business sector for purposes of encouraging company employees to join the Association and participate in its activities
    • Promoting avenues of communication with business members of USAEE to obtain feedback on existing services and suggestions for enhancement
    • Maintaining relationships with appropriate representatives of companies whose activities are related to the professional interests of the USAEE membership
    • Keeping Council appraised of the desires of business members of USAEE and any issues raised by this segment of the membership
The Vice-President for Government is responsible for:
  • Establishing a Committee of USAEE members to assist in carrying out his or her duties. These duties include:
    • Providing leadership and oversight of new or proposed USAEE programs and activities that are of interest to the government members of USAEE
    • Working with the Vice-President, Conferences, to assure that annual USAEE conferences and other programs it sponsors contain subject matter of interest to government members
    • Working with the head of the Sponsorship Committee to promote USAEE within the government sector and develop long-term relationships between governmental bodies and the Association
    • Promoting USAEE within the government sector for purposes of encouraging governmental personnel to join the Association and participate in its activities
    • Promoting avenues of communication with government members of USAEE to obtain feedback on existing services and suggestions for enhancement
    • Maintaining contact with appropriate representatives of governmental bodies whose activities are related to the professional interests of the USAEE membership
    • Keeping Council appraised of the desires of government members of USAEE and any issues raised by this segment of the membership

Council members serve at the pleasure of Council and are expected to participate and contribute to the general deliberations of Council. They are also expected to assist in special projects of the Council. For example, recent special projects involving Council members include development of a salary survey, development of special sessions for the North American Conference; cross marketing efforts with other associations and development of marketing efforts to expand membership. Council members will also sit on the committees of Council and participate in their deliberations. Recently Council members have sat on the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee and other Committees as deemed appropriate.