Read more about the 2017 YPP USA Symposium speakers below.
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Brigham A. McCown (Nouveau Inc., Winstead PC, Hunton & Williams LLC) is the CEO of Nouveau, Inc., a thought leader, and a trusted advisor to public and private sector clients engaged in public policy impact issues. A domestic and foreign policy expert in areas pertaining to energy, infrastructure, national security, transportation, and the environment, Mr. McCown is also the Founder and Chairman of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, a non-partisan think tank located in Washington, DC. He has advised three presidential administrations, multiple presidential campaigns, and served on two presidential transition teams.

Mr. McCown also formerly served as the federal government’s chief energy transportation regulator where he was responsible for the safe and secure movement of 1.5 million daily shipments of dangerous goods by air, rail, sea, highway, and pipeline constituting two-thirds of all energy products consumed by the U.S. on a daily basis.



Elizabeth Herdes (Herdes Law & Consulting, LLC) is CEO of Herdes Law & Consulting and a leader in the legal environment for oil and natural gas pipeline operators and utilities as well as to organizations in the communities they serve. With nearly 20 years of experience, Elizabeth provides expert consulting services, conducting privileged and non-privileged risk assessments and safety audits for senior management, Boards of Directors, and governing bodies to help identify gaps, provide advice about industry best practices, and assist organizations reduce risk arising from the operation of oil and natural gas pipelines. She advises companies on enforcement actions and provides assistance in rate cases before state and federal regulators including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and state’s public utility commissions (including the California Public Utility commission). Her clients include oil and natural gas pipeline operators, utility companies, consulting companies, tribal communities, and trade organizations.


Mark L. Hereth (P-PIC) is a Principal with Process Performance Improvement Consultants, LLC (P-PIC), part of the Blacksmith Group.  Mark has over 38 years of experience in the energy, chemical and environmental industries as well as the oil and gas insurance industry. He has worked in the areas or risk management, management system development, pipeline operations, project management, process plant design and environmental and pipeline safety legislation and regulations. He serves on the PHMSA Risk Modeling Work Group and was appointed by the Transportation Secretary to the Voluntary Information Sharing Advisory Committee for a three year term beginning in 2017. Mark presently serves as a board member for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the INGAA Foundation for 2017.


Kimberly Tarr (Boardwalk Pipeline Partners) serves as VP Engineering and Construction for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.  Ms. Tarr has 25 years of experience in the energy sector and joined Boardwalk in 2008. In her current role, Kimberly has responsibility for executive leadership, project management, project design and estimating, construction management, land management and environmental permitting for an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline company. Ms. Tarr currently leads the execution of a $1B portfolio of pipeline, compressor station, and interconnect projects. Prior to Boardwalk, Ms. Tarr held various roles for AGL Resources, Inc. In her last role with AGL, she had responsibility for the development, design and construction of grass roots natural gas storage facilities.  In other roles with AGL, Kim managed the engineering activities for two local distribution companies: Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Natural Gas. Prior to 2000, she served in various roles with The Williams Companies and with The M.W. Kellogg Company. Kim is a graduate of Rice University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University.


Alan Mayberry (PHMSA) is the Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, within the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in Washington, DC, and serves as the senior career official for pipeline safety oversight.  Previously, Alan served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs, leading PHMSA’s development of comprehensive oversight programs including regulatory development, engineering and research, state grants, federal enforcement and the Training and Qualifications Division.  Prior to August 2013, Alan was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field operations overseeing US pipeline safety oversight through PHMSA’s five regional offices.

Alan has over 34 years of experience in the energy industry, equally divided between pipeline operations and design engineering.  In 2006, Alan first joined PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety in a senior engineering role in the Engineering and Emergency Support Division.  Alan was appointed Director of the group in 2008.  In his role as PHMSA’s technical lead, Alan was responsible for supporting programs and the regional offices on nationwide pipeline issues to ensure uniform policies.  Additionally, Alan led the agency’s response to major pipeline incidents.  In 2010, Alan was appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations.

Alan is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is also a registered professional engineer.



Trevor MacFarlane (Dynamic Risk) is President and CEO of Dynamic Risk.  Over the past 20 years, Trevor has supported the development and implementation of risk management programs across the pipeline industry. Mr. MacFarlane is a leading advisor in the development of pipeline integrity management programs and has extensive experience in all technical aspects of pipeline reliability and risk management.


Andy Drake (Enbridge, formerly Spectra Energy) is the Vice President, Asset Integrity and Technical Services for Enbridge Gas Transmission and Midstream.  Andy has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including manager of construction, general manager of technical services, vice president of engineering and construction and vice president of Operations and EHS.  Drake has held leadership positions on numerous technical committees and regulatory initiatives within the natural gas industry, including chairing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Gas Piping Standards Committee, representing the U.S. natural gas infrastructure industry on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Advisory Committee on Pipeline Safety, and Chair of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Integrity Management Initiative.




Michael McGonagill (Strategic Convictions LLC) is President- Strategic Convictions LLC.  Mike most recent experience in serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office for Alliance Pipeline.  Mike Is currently focused on helping individuals see the convictions of their calling within their trade and their world. Currently actively developing and teaching industry courses on Pipeline Safety Management Systems in association with Process Performance Improvement Consultants (P-PIC). Is also developing educational materials to provide insights to individuals, companies and teams.


Jill Silman Chapman, MS-HRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a Senior Performance Consultant with Insperity.  Jill is a nationally recognized speaker and routinely presents on the topics of Workforce Planning, Candidate as Consumer/Candidate Experience, Generational Diversity, Talent Management, Recruiting, Branding and Media Relations.  For the past 10 years, Jill has served as an Instructor at the Institute for Human Resource Education at Rice University (Sally Glasscock School of Continuing Studies).


Alan Eastman (Mears) is Executive Vice President with Mears.  For over 35 years, Alan has held technical and executive leadership positions in both the gas pipeline and electric power industries.  Through his efforts the root cause of many damage mechanisms have been determined, resulting in the deployment of strategies to address and/or manage them in a way that optimized the Safety and Life Cycle of the component.   He has leveraged extensive field experience to grow personally,  which he credits as a key contributor to his effectiveness and appointment to key executive leadership positions, including his current role as Executive Vice President Mears Integrity Solutions.   His efforts were very pivotal in working with OPS and other key industry leaders to craft the Gas Transmission Integrity Management rule.



Tara McMahan (DNV GL, YPP USA) is a Head of Section, Integrity Solutions at DNV GL.  Ms. McMahan joined DNV GL after obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Ohio State University in Material Science & Engineering.  During Ms. McMahan’s 12 years in the pipeline industry, she has contributed and led many projects ranging from on-site technical support to third party defect assessment to integrity management program design.  Ms. McMahan was part of the start-up team for YPP in 2015 and served as the inaugural Chair from 2015 to 2017.




Jennifer Ngo (Boardwalk Pipeline Partners) is a project engineer for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. She has 6 years of experience in the natural gas industry and joined Boardwalk in 2011 after completing her education at the University of Houston. In her current role, she manages and coordinates the execution of various capital projects from conception, through engineering, construction, and close out. Jennifer is currently executing $50MM of interconnect projects.


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