Chair – Tara Podnar McMahan
Ms. Tara Podnar McMahan is the Head of Section for the Integrity Solutions group within Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. (DNV GL) and is located in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. McMahan joined DNV in 2005 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University in Material Science & Engineering.
Since joining DNV GL, Ms. McMahan has been participated in or led a wide variety of projects related to pipeline integrity such as in-line inspection assessments, corrosion management, longitudinal seam weld management, corrective action response, anomaly criticality calculations, remaining life calculations, and integrity management programs. Ms. McMahan has also served as interim integrity engineers and integrity managers for durations ranging from 6 months to 2 years. Ms. McMahan is currently serving as the Chair of YPP USA.
Vice Chair – Molly Laughlin
Molly Laughlin is currently Marketing Manager and Sales Representative (Alaska and Hawaii) for Clock Spring Company, L.P. She has experience with composite repair training, installation, and finding composite solutions for critical applications. Ms. Laughlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and will begin pursuing her MBA this fall. She serves as Secretary for Young Pipeline Professionals USA and also serves on the board of the Composite Repair Users Group.
Treasurer – Cassandra Stacey
Mrs. Cassandra Stacey, P.E. is an operations engineer with Harvest Pipeline Company, the midstream entity of Hilcorp Energy Company located in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Stacey joined Harvest in 2011 after obtaining her Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Houston in 2011. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Texas A&M University in biochemistry and genetics with a chemistry minor in 2009. She recently earned her Professional Engineering licensure in the State of Texas under the Mechanical Engineering: Thermal and Fluids Systems discipline in October of 2014.
Since joining Harvest Pipeline, Mrs. Stacey has been responsible for operations of both the Louisiana midstream assets and, most recently, the Texas midstream assets. She has been involved with scoping, design, cost tracking, and execution of new construction, system modifications, routine maintenance projects with in each of these geographical areas. Mrs. Stacey has also been responsible for all pipeline system integrity management inspections of Harvest midstream assets in the Lower 48 states.
Mrs. Stacey is currently serving as the Treasurer of YPP USA.
Secretary – Eric Lang
Mr. Eric Lang, P.E. is an Integrity Engineer located in Houston, Texas and has been working for Enbridge Energy’s Systems Integrity group since 2012. His current responsibilities include work in Pipeline Risk Assessment with past experience in hydrotesting, In-Line-Inspection, cost estimating, bidding analysis, and historical pipeline records and MAOP analysis for pipeline systems in Enbridge’s southern region. Prior to Enbridge, Mr. Lang worked as a Land Development Engineer for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 2010 in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering and his Professional Engineering designation in 2015.
Mr. Lang is currently serving as the Secretary for YPP USA.