Chair – Molly Laughlin

MLaughlin

Molly Laughlin is a Communications Analyst II for Plains All American Pipeline. She is a founding member of YPP USA and has previously served in the roles of Secretary and Vice Chair. She has experience with pipeline safety management systems, composite repairs, marketing, and technical sales. Ms. Laughlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with a concentration in International Business from The University of St. Thomas- Houston.

Ms. Laughlin is the current Chair of YPP-USA.

Vice Chair – Eric Lang

Eric Lang

Eric Lang, P.E. is an Risk Engineer located in Houston, Texas currently working for Kinder Morgan. His current responsibilities include the analysis of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline system for threats and determining an appropriate remediation plan. Prior to Kinder Morgan, Mr. Lang worked for Enbridge Energy’s Integrity group. His responsibilities included work in Pipeline Risk Assessment, hydrotesting, In-Line-Inspection, cost estimating, bidding analysis, and analysis of historical pipeline records and MAOP confirmation for pipeline systems in Enbridge’s southern region. 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 currently serves as the Vice Chair and is one of the founding members for YPP-USA.

Treasurer – Landon Lucadou

Landon Lucadou

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; engineering assessments; and the determination of high consequence areas and class locations. In 2013, Mr. Lucadou obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Geography with a minor in Geographic Spatial Sciences.

Mr. Lucadou has been a part of YPP-USA's leadership since the organization's inception in 2015, previously serving as the Community of Practice Work Group Lead. He currently serves as the YPP-USA Treasurer.

Advisor Relations – Tara McMahan

Tara McMahan

Tara 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 lead 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 previously served as Chair for YPP-USA, as is now Lead for the Advisor Relations Work Group.

Young Pipeliner’s International Liaison – Javier Arbulu

Javier Arbulu

Javier Arbulu is the Latin America Regional Sales Manager for Clock Spring Company, where he has worked since 2015. Mr. Arbulu has significant experience in sales, production, and customer service in a variety of industries, including oil & gas, manufacturing, automotive, and agriculture. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and has expertise in finance, supply chain, and technical drafting. Mr. Arbulu has an MBA from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Finance, and received his Bachelors in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Universidad de Piura in Peru.

Mr. Arbulu serves as the YPP-USA Liaison & Deputy at Young Pipeliner's International.

Community of Practice – Kiona Meade

Kiona Meade

Kiona Meade is the Global Midstream Technical Sales Engineer for Schlumberger, overseeing the Pipeline Services & EXKAL product lines, as well as contributing to flow assurance and asset integrity issues that may arise from midstream clients. Ms. Meade is a graduate of a rotational management training program within M-I SWACO (a Schlumberger company), working in the US, Gulf of Mexico, and Algeria. During her assignments, she has worked with a variety of groups, including: Drilling & Environmental Solutions, Environmental Affairs, Global Regulatory Compliance - Chemicals, Training, Recruiting, and Production Technologies (PT). As an introduction to PT, Kiona rotated between Technical Services, Research & Development, Sourcing, Purification Solutions, Field Work, ChemWatcher Remote Monitoring, Sales and Pipeline Services. Ms. Meade has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Arizona.

Ms. Meade currently serves as the Community of Practice Work Group Lead for YPP-USA.

Membership Engagement & Communications – Joe Bratton

Joe Bratton is a Group Leader for the Integrity Solutions section within DNV GL and is located in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Bratton joined DNV in 2007 after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Bratton has worked across all areas of pipeline integrity management programs and has been developing mechanical damage analysis methodologies and tools used to assess ovality, dent strain, and the fatigue of plain dents, dents with metal loss due to corrosion, and dents with stress concentrators.

Mr. Bratton supports the group as the Membership Engagement & Communications Work Group Lead.

Webmaster – Ricardo Saenz

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.

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