Jon Barbalich, P.E.

Executive Vice President, Mott MacDonald


Jon Barbalich has over 28 years of experience in the pipeline, oil & gas industries. Jon is Mott MacDonald’s North American Pipeline, Oil & Gas Practice Leader. His experience includes project management and controls, engineering and design, surveying and mapping, environmental/permitting, right-of-way acquisition, material procurement, construction management and inspection. He also has compressor and measurement operations engineering experience.

Jon joined Mott MacDonald in 1997 and has been instrumental in growing the pipeline, oil & gas team into one of the leading practices in North America. He engages routinely with numerous clients, providing value-added services which contribute greatly to project success. He has been at the forefront of developing innovated systems and tools for large projects. Jon has been heavily involved in numerous project types, including new construction, integrity, rehabilitation, operation and maintenance. He has significant expertise in constructability evaluations, feasibility assessments, pre-FEED and FEED studies, CAPEX/TIC estimates, pipeline route/workspace/access selection, construction execution planning and logistical planning.

Jon is highly experienced with a wide range of regulatory permitting processes. He has led numerous FERC Applications and Environmental Reports for proposed interstate natural gas pipelines and related facilities. Jon has completed applicant-prepared environmental assessments, and is well-versed in all aspects of Federal, state and local environmental permitting requirements for pipeline and facilities projects.

Jon has substantial experience in all phases of engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) projects, including long linear pipelines and facilities. He is well-versed in interface/integration management, risk management, contract conformance, and construction bid packages/processes. He is highly experienced in leading projects in which Mott MacDonald manages major project activities on behalf of clients and owners.

Chantz Denowh, PhD, P.E.

Senior Associate, ADV Integrity

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At ADV Integrity, Chantz focuses on ensuring safe pipeline operations while simultaneously reducing threat remediation costs by creating, calibrating, and validating integrity assessment models using advanced analysis methods and full-scale testing. His experience with full-scale testing provides an innovative approach to problem solving applicable to areas across the oil & gas industry. This has led to his working with technology companies and operators to facilitate the development and application of new technologies and services.

Chantz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University and is a licensed Professional Engineering in the state of Texas.

Melanie Diaz

Senior Manager, Education Business Development


Continuing education professional with 25+ years’ experience in global training and project management, as well as accounting and auditing. Built and/or managed five global training teams for five different organizations, supporting a multitude of educational products. Currently, Senior Manager, Education Business Development of NACE International, responsible for researching new business development opportunities, serving multiple industries and market segments globally.


Troy A. Eid

Attorney / Principal Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Tribal Consultation

Troy A. Eid is a Principal Shareholder in the Denver office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP and co-chairs the firm’s American Indian Law Practice Group.  He represented El Paso Corporation’s Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline Project and has advised numerous right-of-way negotiations in Indian Country. He is also a veteran mediator chosen by tribes and energy companies to help focus and resolve their disputes.  The Chambers USA Guide ranks Troy as one of the top 12 Federal Indian law attorneys in the United States.

Troy served as Colorado’s 40th United States Attorney appointed by President George W. Bush.  Under President Barack Obama, Troy chaired the Indian Law and Order Commission, advising the President and Congress on public safety improvements for all 567 federally recognized Native nations, including the Violence Against Women Act Amendments recognizing tribes’ ability to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence crimes.  He teaches Federal Indian Law at the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law.  In 2018, Troy was elected President of the Navajo Nation Bar Association, which serves 500 attorneys, advocates and judges in a tribal court system handling 75,000 cases annually in an area larger than West Virginia.

Troy graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is married to Allison Eid, a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and they have two children.  Troy competes regularly in distance-running events across the country, including the Boston and New York Marathons. He and his English Springer Spaniel, Athena, finished 2nd Place Overall last December in a four-marathons-in- four-days trail race (104.8 total miles) in the Navajo backcountry with a combined chip time of 16:50:19.


Gerald S. (Jerry) Frey

President, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company

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Jerry received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and began his career with Exxon Corporation in 1981 at the Exxon Research and Engineering division in New Jersey. During his career, he has covered a wide range of responsibilities across the globe in Technical and Operations organizations. In 1984, Jerry was transferred to ExxonMobil’s Baytown Refinery where he supported both the technical and operations supervisory departments through a number of positions.

In 1992, he moved to Project Planning where he supported development of major capital projects. In 1996, Jerry became the Technical Manager for the Benicia Refinery and in 1997 became the Refineries Operations Manager. In 2002, he returned to Research and Engineering as the Americas Engineering Manager, supporting refinery operations in the United States and South America. In 2005, Jerry accepted the position of Asia Pacific Engineering Manager in Singapore supporting refinery operations throughout Asia.

In 2009, he returned to Fairfax, Virginia as the Global Process Engineering Manager. Three years later, Jerry assumed the role of ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery Manager. Jerry currently serves as the Global Pipeline Manager and President, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo), a position he has held since March 1, 2014. In addition to his responsibilities with EMPCo, Jerry is also involved with the AOPL Board of Directors, API Pipeline Subcommittee and Pipeline Safety Excellence Steering Committee.

A native of Detroit, he and his wife Alison have two children.

Marcelino Guedes F.M. Gomes

Executive Manager, Petrobras

Young Pipeline Professionals

Mechanical Engineer from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), he has gained his Masters in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) and his MBA in strategic Knowledge Management from PUC Paraná. He has also attended a specialization course in terminals and pipeline engineering from PETROBRAS. He joined PETROBRAS in 1987 and worked in several units of the Company, including the Maritime Terminal in São Paulo and several Terminals and Pipelines in Rio de Janeiro. He has also worked in PETROBRAS’ Research Center – CENPES, where he started in the subsea engineering area and later became responsible for the pipeline technology program (PRODUT).

He was Director of Terminals and Pipelines of PETROBRAS TRANSPORTE – TRANSPETRO, where he previously held the positions of technology manager and general manager – business development and partnerships. From 2008 to 2013, he was Director-President of Abreu e Lima Refinery. Presently, he is Executive Manager, responsible for developing and applying solutions for illegal tapping in pipelines at PETROBRAS.

He is also a member of the Pipeline Commission of the Brazilian Oil and Gas Institute (IBP), former Chair of the Pipeline System Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), an elected ASME fellow, former President of ABENDI – Brazilian Society for Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection, Member of Industry Advisory Board – IAB/ASME, and presently President of the Pipeline Technology Center – Brazil (CTDUT).

Lorna Harron – P.Eng, M.Eng, MBA

President, Harron Risk Management

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS)

Lorna is President, Harron Risk Management Ltd., a company focused on management of operational and human risk, and a consultant with Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, supporting the development and implementation of management systems.  Prior to starting her own company, Lorna held various senior leadership roles at Enbridge Pipelines Inc. in Risk Management, Leak Detection, and Pipeline Integrity.  Prior to working at Enbridge Pipelines, Lorna worked with Imperial Oil Limited in Facilities, Truck Transportation, and Pipeline Integrity.  Over her 20+ years in industry, areas of responsibility have included integrity advocacy, pipeline integrity research and development, pipeline compliance, management systems, competency management, benchmarking & statistics, operational optimization, leak detection systems, leak simulation, and risk management system development and implementation, hired carrier management, facility project management, budgeting and strategic planning.

As an industry advisor, Lorna has supported the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) and she is a recipient of the Outstanding Mentor award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).  When not working, you can find Lorna showing her Arabian horses, Bernese Mountain Dogs, or Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Jeff Janocik

Product Development Executive, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, Strategy & Planning

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS)

Effective September 2016, Jeff Janocik became the Project Development Executive of the Pipeline Improvement Initiative in the Fuels & Lubricants Company, Strategic Planning & Global Project Development organization. He formed a new project team from pipeline expertise across EM to progress a variety of pipeline projects in North America.

In his prior assignment, Jeff was seconded as President & CEO of the Wolverine Pipe Line Company from April 2013, a joint venture company with headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan that transports refined fuel products from Chicago area refineries east to Michigan and beyond.  During his tenure, the company developed the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline project and won the API Distinguished Operator award for industry recognition of exceptional safety and environmental performance.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1986 and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 from the J.B Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville and began his career with Mobil Oil Corporation as a Project Engineer at the Port Everglades, FL terminal.  During his 30+ year career, he has progressed through a broad range of field and staff positions of increasing responsibilities in EM Technical and Operations organizations.

Jeff was born in Milwaukee, WI but was raised in Louisville, KY, is married and has one son.

Ben Johnson

Vice President, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners


Ben Johnson is Vice-President, Rates & Tariffs for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP.  He is responsible for all rate and tariff related matters for Boardwalk’s regulated assets.  Prior to joining Boardwalk, Ben worked in the commercial group of Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) as Director, Strategy & Fuel Analysis.  Prior to that role, Ben was Director, Rates & Regulatory Affairs for CPG where he was a key member of the team which negotiated a mechanism that allowed Columbia Gas Transmission to invest $1.5 billion over a five-year period in facilities to modernize that system.  In addition to his time at CPG, Ben has worked on the regulatory teams at TransCanada and ONEOK.

Terri Larson, APR, MBA

Principal, Larson Communications and Consulting

Public Relations & Stakeholder Management

Terri has nearly 30 years of experience working in public relations, media relations, internal communication, crisis communication, community engagement, pipeline public awareness programs, and in the broadcast and print news media. Formerly a member of Enbridge Inc.’s senior leadership team, she led the company’s U.S. communication team, counseled business unit and corporate executives on communication- and engagement-related issues and developed and implemented an Enterprise approach for pipeline public awareness programs. After the company’s 2010 Line 6B release in Marshall, Michigan, she was also tasked with rebuilding the company’s crisis communication and response program, which, for the first time, considered the company’s role alongside that of responding agencies.

As principal of Larson Communications & Consulting, formed in April 2017, Terri supports clients on their communication, crisis communication & response and community/stakeholder engagement needs related to expansion projects, as well as public awareness programs and evaluation of program effectiveness. She co-chaired the American Petroleum Institute (API) Pipeline Conference in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is currently chairing the API Public Awareness Group and the team tasked with rewriting API Recommended Practice 1162, which provides guidance to pipeline operators regarding their required pipeline public awareness programs.

Terri is a member of the Greater Houston Women Chamber of Commerce, the International Crisis Management Conference, PRSA and PRSA Houston, and IABC and IABC Houston. She is Accredited in Public Relations; has a B.A. degree, Radio/Television, and an M.B.A., Marketing. She has completed an executive leadership program at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is certified in ICS 100/200, 300, 320 and 403.

Mike Manteris

Vice President, Upstream Infrastructure, Cheniere Energy

Presentation – Commercial

Michael Manteris is Vice President, Upstream Infrastructure at Cheniere Energy, Inc and President of Midship Pipeline Company. In this role, Mr. Manteris is responsible for the development, commercialization, construction, and commercial operations of Cheniere’s pipelines and infrastructure upstream of its LNG facilities, including Cheniere’s three interstate pipelines.  Prior to this role, Mr. Manteris held Business Development roles with responsibility for capital projects upstream and downstream of Cheniere’s liquefaction facilities.  Before joining Cheniere, Mr. Manteris was at Chesapeake Energy responsible for structured and term natural gas and NGL sales and transportation. Mr. Manteris earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University in Economics & International Relations and his Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Robin Rorick

Group Director Midstream & Industry, API

Friday Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Robin Rorick is the Group Director of Midstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade association of more than 600 companies, representing all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. In his twenty years at API, Robin has worked in various capacities throughout API in Communications, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Policy Analysis. Additionally, Robin has been involved with each segment of the industry—Upstream, Midstream and Downstream—working on a myriad of issues including climate change, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and fire and safety to name a few.

Currently, Robin is responsible for all energy infrastructure issues for the Institute, including the gathering, processing, storage and transportation (i.e. marine, pipeline, rail and trucking) of oil and natural gas. In addition, he oversees all of the security and emergency response issues. In this latter capacity, Robin is responsible for activities associated with prevention of and response to oil spills and broad crisis management for all segments in the industry. Robin regularly represents the API to the media, at conferences and at other speaking venues.

Robin lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. Robin received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Christina Sames

Christina Sames, Vice President, Operations & Engineering, AGA

Regulatory Development and Advocacy

Christina Sames is the Vice President of Operations & Engineering Services for the American Gas Association.  In this role, she works with stakeholders to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency through sound regulation and legislation, best practices programs, peer-to-peer reviews, forums to exchange information, and the development of materials on gas operations, security, environmental issues, underground storage and other topics related to the delivery of natural gas.  Christina leads AGA’s efforts on safety culture, Commitment to Enhancing Safety, Executive Leadership Safety Summit, and is on the Advisory Boards of the Eversource Energy Center, Cross Bore Safety Association, and API Emergency Response.


Prior to joining AGA, Christina worked for Pipeline Research Council International and spent 12 years with DOT’s Office of Pipeline Safety.  She holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Tony Straquadine

Executive Director, INGAA Foundation

INGAA Session – Encouraging YPP Involvement!

Anthony “Tony” Straquadine, Jr. assumed the role of Executive Director of the INGAA Foundation in September 2018.

As executive director, Tony is responsible for managing the Foundation’s technical and economic studies, implementing its strategic plan and overseeing the planning and studies process. He also leads the development and execution of the Foundation’s meetings and workshops. Tony has worked in the oil and natural gas industry for over 35 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tony worked with Alliance Pipeline, most recently as Managing U.S. Officer and Manager, Commercial & Government Affairs. He was responsible for developing and implementing government relations strategies in the U.S. and Canada. Before joining Alliance in 1999, he held variety of operational and senior human resource management positions at Haliburton Company.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii. He has served on the board of directors of both the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the INGAA Foundation, the executive committee of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the advisory board for Illinois State University’s Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies and as the past chair of the Heat is Power Association, an association representing the Waste Heat to Power industry. He frequently speaks at industry and regulatory conferences.

Kent Strasser

Principal Technologist, Pivvot

Routing Techology

Mr. Strasser provides over twelve years of experience in the Pipeline Oil & Gas and Power sectors. As Principal Technologist, he leads a team of strategists to provide geospatial product development, spatial analysis, and database management for clients of InSite Pro. He primarily focuses on pipeline conceptual, feasibility, and FEED studies (for crude, NGL, natural gas, and refined products), environmental and regulatory permitting support, and power development projects for solar generation and transmission line companies. Mr. Strasser offers experience in engineering and construction, project management, pipeline data integrity management and GIS enterprise development.

Chris Yoxall

Chris Yoxall, Vice President, ROSEN

ILI Case Study

Chris Yoxall is a Vice President of the ROSEN Group and is presently based in Houston, Texas. He has over 25 years of experience in asset integrity management with a strategic focus on the Future Energy Industry. Over this period, Chris has worked throughout Africa, Australasia, Asia, China and North America. He remains involved globally, actively participating in various Standards and Committees, including Research and Development. He spends part of his time lecturing to industry and is a passionate advocate in supporting the leadership development of future industry professionals.

He studied both mechanical and metallurgical engineering and is recognized with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. Chris is also an executive of the Australian Pipeline & Gas Association Research & Standards Committee, as well being on the Board of Directors for both The Energy Pipelines CRC and YPP USA respectively.


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