Chair - Joe Bratton
Joe Bratton is a Principal Engineer and Group Leader in the Integrity Solutions Section at DNV GL, located in Columbus, Ohio. He has been trained in areas related to pipeline integrity, in-line inspection, field investigations, mechanical damage, and fatigue. He has experience working in client offices, selecting in-line inspection methods, assisting with in-line inspections, developing dig programs, participating in field excavations, analyzing defect assessment and repair reports, and general pipeline integrity management. Mr. Bratton has been involved with YPP USA since 2017, previously serving as the Membership Engagement Work Group Lead in 2017 and the YPI Liaison Work Group Lead in 2018.
Vice Chair - Landon Lucadou
Mr. Landon Lucadou is an Engineering Specialist located in The Woodlands, Texas and has been working for Dynamic Risk USA, Inc. since 2013. His current responsibilities include evaluating and performing engineering procedures and techniques to assist pipeline operators in the management of threats and the overall risk associated with the operations of hazardous liquid and gas pipelines. Since joining Dynamic Risk, Mr. Lucadou has participated in a variety of projects including data assimilation of in-line inspections; outflow and overland spill modeling analysis and the development of technical documentation to support final reporting; threat assessments; engineering assessments; and the determination of high consequence areas and class locations. In 2013, Landon obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Geography with a minor in Geographic Spatial Sciences. Since the inception of YPP USA in 2015 to 2017, Landon has served as the Community of Practice Work Group Lead and as the Treasurer managing all finances for YPP USA from 2017 to 2019. In July 2019, Landon was appointed to the position of Vice Chair of YPP USA and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Secretary - Kaushal Shah
Kaushal Shah is a Project Manager based out of Mott MacDonald’s West Springfield, MA office. Mr. Shah has been in the gas pipeline industry for the last seven years and has worked on various large diameter natural gas transmission pipeline and compressor station projects across North America. Additionally, Mr. Shah manages Mott MacDonald’s North American Global Delivery Service team consisting of 30 engineers and designers. Mr. Shah graduated from University of Massachusetts in 2012 and is a Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Previously, Mr. Shah served as the Community of Practice workgroup lead for YPP USA and is an active member of Springfield Area’s Young professional organization in MA and a local office champion for Mott MacDonald’s Early Career Professionals (ECP) program.
Treasurer - Sheri Baucom
Sheri Baucom serves as Director of Integrity Services for RCP, Inc. and is located in Houston, TX where she specifically manages all services associated with in-line inspection and pressure testing. Some notable projects include creating and executing the ILI program for a natural gas distribution company, serving as interim integrity engineer for two liquid transmission pipeline operators, in-house expert and sole account manager for TestOp, and project manager for thousands of ILI-related excavations for a natural gas company which included the response to a Corrective Action Order after a pipeline rupture. She has 8+ years of pipeline integrity experience in the oil and gas industry. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Polymer Engineering in 2010. She is originally from Chattanooga, TN Previously, Ms. Baucom supported YPP USA as the Membership Engagement & Communications Work Group Lead.
Community of Practice - Tyler Tunic
Tyler works in Williams’ Pipeline Control group in Houston, TX as the Maintenance Coordinator for the Atlantic - Gulf Operating Area. He coordinates all maintenance activities and maintains a complete long-range maintenance schedule to ensure timely communication to all affected parties, internal and external. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University in 2014 and has worked for Williams ever since. Prior to joining Williams’ Pipeline Control group, Tyler held various Pipeline Engineering roles within the organization. Tyler recently received his Professional Engineering License for the State of Texas.
Membership Engagement - Colette Young
Colette Young is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Marketing at Indiana University, and just recently returned to Columbus, OH after a semester abroad in Italy. Colette began working in the pipeline industry during her 2019 summer internship with DNV GL as a Digital Communications Marketing Intern. Last summer Colette worked as an Internet Sales Coordinator and as a rock-climbing Instructor and camp counselor the summer before. Her past experiences have taught both hard and soft skills and her summer internship has provided learning opportunities regarding pipeline management and other aspects within the oil and gas industry.
YPI Liaison - Christopher T. Kuhman
Chris Kuhman is a Policy Advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API). Mr. Kuhman is responsible for developing and communicating pipeline business and operational input, guidance, and priorities on legislative and regulatory activities on the federal and state levels. Prior to joining API, Mr. Kuhman worked in several engineering capacities ranging from hydraulic fracturing to distribution pipeline systems. Mr. Kuhman received his Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas and is currently working on a Juris Doctorate at the American University Washington College of Law.
Advisor Relations – C.J. Osman
C.J. Osman is the Director of Operations, Safety and Integrity for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). INGAA advocates regulatory and legislative positions on behalf of the natural gas pipeline industry. C.J. is responsible for directing the association’s efforts to promote sound federal policy for the safe operations of interstate natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. C.J. evaluates regulatory, legislative, technological and operational developments, and he creates strategies for advancing effective, practical and technology-driven safety practices and regulations. Prior to joining INGAA in 2016, C.J. held engineering and construction management roles for an oil and gas operator, working on a variety of upstream and midstream projects in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. He received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Website - Ricardo Saenz Landazabal
Ricardo Saenz is a Pipeline Software Analyst at Colonial Pipeline Company, focusing on Leak Detection Software. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He joined YPP in 2017. Ricardo supports YPP by maintaining the website and helping develop digital solutions to encourage member collaboration.