Moderator

Mike ChadseyMike Chadsey
Director of Public Relations – Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Mike Chadsey serves as Director of Public Relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. In that capacity, he assists OOGA with media efforts in the state and to continue the Association’s great work creating and building relationships with local elected, community, and business leaders throughout the state. Prior to joining OOGA, Mike served as director of Energy In Depth-Ohio (EID), a grassroots advocacy, research and education initiative organized in support of responsible oil and gas development. Mike has served in a variety of roles at both the local and state level working for various campaigns and office holders since 1997. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Speakers (in order of appearance)

Shawn BennettShawn Bennett
Executive Vice President – Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Shawn Bennett serves as the Executive Vice President for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), having been elected to that position in December 2014. Shawn is the chief executive officer of the Association and its operations; editor of the Association’s publications; an industry spokesperson to media outlets and other forums; and serves as the public policy advocate in Columbus and Washington D.C. on behalf of OOGA’s members’ interest.

Prior to joining OOGA, Shawn served as director of Energy In Depth-Ohio (EID), a grassroots advocacy, research and education initiative organized in support of responsible oil and gas development. In that capacity, Shawn received the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s Workhorse Award and the Columbus Business First Top 20 to Know in Energy. Shawn also worked as the Government Affairs Manager for the Ohio Coal Association where he managed policy on behalf of his membership.

Shawn is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Communications.

Corey MislinskiCorey Mislinski
Project Development Engineer – GeoStabilization International

Corey Mislinski, P.E., is Project Development Engineer at GeoStabilization International and holds a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Civil Engineering and an emphasis in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. Corey has been employed within the Geotechnical Engineering Industry in increasingly challenging roles for the past eight years and has spear headed the geotechnical design of over 50 well pad projects. He is a licensed professional engineer registered in Pennsylvania, with extensive experience designing and overseeing the construction of over 30 slips in PA, WV, and OH. Corey helps lead GeoStabilization International’s Energy Services Division with his experience in construction, slope stability, retaining structure design, estimating, and project management. Through GeoStabilization, he provides extensive technical presentations throughout his territory, focusing on geohazard mitigation within the energy industry. Corey remains involved in the Appalachia Pipeline Association and has recently been adopted as an ASCE Geo-Institute member at large.

Robert Rabe
Senior Account Manager – ChemTreat

Bob Rabe received his BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1986. Mr. Rabe has spent the last 30 years working in the water management sector as an R&D Chemist, Application Engineer and for the last 27 years as a Senior Account Manager directly involved in new business development with specialized focuses in corrosion, scale inhibition and microbiological treatment programs. Additionally, his background in solids separation in influent and effluent clarification applications has allowed for the expansion of the typical treatment processes done at injection well sites resulting in lower operating costs for injection well owners. Bob is currently employed as a Senior Account Manager with ChemTreat Inc. of Richmond, VA.

Tom TomastikTom Tomastik
Senior Geologist and Regulatory Specialist – ALL Consulting

Tom Tomastik received his BS and MS degrees in geology from Ohio University in 1979 and 1981. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Tomastik was employed as a consulting geologist involved in oil and gas exploration and development in southeastern Ohio. From December of 1988 until August of 2014 (when he retired), Tom was employed by the Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Section. He was responsible for all of the UIC duties, which included Class II saltwater injection, secondary and enhanced recovery projects, and Class III salt-solution mining wells in Ohio. Additionally, he provided technical expertise to the general public, oil and gas industry, governmental agencies and officials regarding Federal and State regulations, oil and gas and injection well construction, well operations, and groundwater contamination and stray gas investigations. Tom is currently employed as a Senior Geologist and Regulatory Specialist with ALL Consulting of Tulsa, Oklahoma and is involved in injection well evaluation, permitting, and oversight, gas storage, stray gas investigations, groundwater complaint investigations, water sourcing, induced seismicity, and seismic monitoring.

Devin FitzgeraldDevin Fitzgerald
Certified Petroleum Geologist – EMF Geosciences, Inc.

Devin is from and currently resides in New Concord, Muskingum County, Ohio. Devin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in 2013, and a Master of Science in Geology from Ohio University in 2015. His research focused on the subsurface depositional model of the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale. Devin is a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association (SOOGA), Ohio Geological Society (OGS), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Devin is a registered Certified Petroleum Geologist through the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs and serves on the Board of the Ohio University Geology Department.

Devin has served as a geologist with Eastern Mountain Fuel since 2010 and is responsible for business development, private equity and capital raise with technical teams, 2D/3D seismic interpretation, developing conventional and unconventional prospects, analyzing well logs, modeling petrophysical characteristics, and mapping subsurface formations and structures. Prior to working for Eastern Mountain Fuel, Devin held internships with Artex Oil Company, EQT Production, and Range Resources Appalachia.

Wes CastoWes Casto
Petroleum Engineer – Casto PE

Wes Casto is a registered Professional Engineer (OH Lic. No. E-79905) and holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. Before starting Casto Petroleum Engineering, Wes was a Petroleum Consultant for Wright & Company, Inc. in Brentwood, TN. Prior to that, Wes worked for Chevron as a Drill Site Manager in the Gulf of Mexico and Permian Basin.

Robert Thomas
President – EMF Geosciences, Inc.

Bob is from Louisville, Stark County, Ohio and currently resides near Watertown, Washington County, Ohio. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science (1983) and a Master of Science (1986) in Geology from the University of Akron. He is currently a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association (SOOGA), Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

Bob is President/Geologist of EMF Geoscience, Inc. which provides geological consulting, seismic interpretation, prospect generation, well-site geology and geological database management services. His previous experience includes 2 years as a full-time mudlogger for Stratagraph, NE and 26 years as a consulting geologist. During this time he has done well-site geology on over 500 wells, interpreted over 400 square miles of 3D seismic in Ohio and Pennsylvania and generated over 50 Knox Group and Clinton Sandstone Prospect Areas.

Michael VarneyMichael Varney
Application Engineer – Ariel Corporation

Michael received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He currently works for Ariel Corporation in Mt. Vernon, Ohio as an Application Engineer. Michael is responsible for new unit sizings, aftermarket reconfigurations, and technical support for Ariel compressors.


Bill SchleterBill Schleter
Project Manager – Lightning Master Corporation

Backed by his degree in Electronics Engineering, Bill has lead a broad career as a Field Engineer, serving the oil and gas, and agricultural industries. He also has a background as a financial advisor, running his own business for 7 years and has been fortunate to be part of several project management teams within different organizations.

Bill first started with Lightning Master Corp in 2015 and was chosen to be part of the team that designed, tested and developed the In-Pipe Turbine Generator (IPTG) from inception.  Now, as Project Manager over Research and Development, Bill and his team are bringing this new product to market in the US and Canada.

Bryon HodgesBryon Hodges
National Sales Manager –Lightning Master Corporation

Bryon Hodges has worked with Lightning Master since 2010 specializing in lightning protection and surge suppression for the Marcellus and Utica Regions.Paying attention to market needs and requests, a large gas company in the Marcellus region suggested to Bryon about developing a power generation unit for remote production sites that could run 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no maintenance. Bryon brought the idea to LMC’s upper management and the engineers and that’s when the idea for the IPTG was born. Bryon has been an integral part of all stages of the IPTG including research, design, testing and bringing the IPTG to market.

Bryce CusterBryce Custer
President – Petrochemical & Energy Services
Ohio River Corridor, Inc.

Bryce has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail and industrial projects. As an active real estate investor for over 20 years, Bryce understands the challenges facing both buyers and sellers in sale and lease transactions. Utilizing his experience from prior businesses, he works to discover critical success factors to develop solutions that meet the needs of both parties.

Current focus is serving the needs of the Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Derivative Industries and Energy Services companies capitalizing on the drilling and exploration of the Utica /Marcellus Shale in Eastern Ohio the West Virginia Panhandle. (Appalachian Basin and Ohio River Corridor). Primary focus is in the area of site selection for industrial clients utilizing rail throughout Ohio and West Virginia and barge along the Ohio River.

His experience in site selection includes natural gas power companies (Carroll County Energy and Southfield Energy), hotels (Corporex) and many other industrial and distribution clients, specifically those that may have a need to be close to the Shell and PTTP cracker along the Ohio River corridor.

Mark BruceMark Bruce
Corporate Technical Director – TestAmerica

Mark Bruce has experience in environmental monitoring including sample preparation and analysis since 1979. He has participated in the development of several EPA methods. He is leading TestAmerica’s dissolved gas analysis development and best practices team. He has been active on the Marcellus Shale Coalition Dissolved Gas Analysis inter-lab study team. He is also a member of the ASTM D-19 workgroup that is developing a dissolved gas analysis method. Dr. Bruce earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1984.

Martin ShumwayMartin Shumway
Technical Officer – Locus Bio-Energy Solutions LLC

Marty Shumway earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the College of Engineering at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Kentucky and an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist. Mr. Shumway has more than 20 years of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries. Professional association memberships include the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).