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CHRISTOPHER D. HEINSON, SPE, was appointed chief operating officer (COO) and senior vice president of Sanchez Oil and Gas Group. He served as interim COO starting January 2014. Before joining the company in March 2013, he served as a senior planning engineer for Occidental Petroleum’s Williston basin division and staff reservoir engineer for Oxy’s Permian Basin division. Heinson has a technical background in unconventional oil resource plays and enhanced oil recovery, and held roles of increasing responsibility while at Oxy and Sanchez. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

DOUG KELLER, SPE, was named president of Knight Oil Tools International. He has been with the company since 1988. Keller served on the executive management team for more than 10 years, most recently as executive vice president of global strategic business development. His previous positions include senior vice president, vice president of sales, and vice president of marketing and business development. Keller is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and American Association of Drilling Engineers. Keller is a past-president of the Lafayette Petroleum Club and past board director of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and has also served as executive committee member and chair of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition. He earned a BS degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University.

ANJANI KUMAR, SPE, has been promoted to vice president–consulting, support, and training at Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based Computer Modelling Group (CMG). Kumar joined CMG in 2005 as a reservoir simulation engineer and was promoted in 2009 to manager–consulting, support, and training. He has more than 13 years of reservoir engineering experience both in the field and at CMG, and specializes in heavy-oil recovery processes, chemical enhanced oil recovery, and unconventional oil and gas reservoir simulation. Kumar has authored several technical papers, serves on the editorial committee of SPE’s Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology and on SPE’s Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal Award Committee. He holds an MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of technology degree in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines.

ALEX OZZARD-LOW, SPE, was appointed global business development manager at Wireline Engineering. Based in the company’s Louisiana office, he will be responsible for development of strategies for entering new markets, with a primary focus on Latin America and Africa. Ozzard-Low returns to Wireline Engineering after a 2-year stint at Guardian Global Technologies, where he specialized in introducing new technologies to the US market. He had previously served at Wireline Engineering for 10 years.

RICHARD PARRISH, SPE, was promoted to vice president–acquisitions and engineering at EnerVest. Parrish has served EnerVest as senior technical advisor of acquisitions and engineering since 2011. Before joining EnerVest, he served as vice president of engineering for investment banking firm, Imperial Capital, as well as for Petrobridge Investment Management. During his career, Parrish has been involved in selling and acquiring oil and gas properties in almost every basin of the continental US. He began his career at Texaco, in Louisiana, where he held positions with increasing levels of responsibility—from reservoir and production engineering to assistant district engineer for Texaco’s Harvey district. Parrish graduated from the University of Houston with a BS degree in chemical engineering, with a petroleum option.

DAVID L. STOVER, SPE, was promoted to chief executive officer at Noble Energy. Stover has more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience. Before 2009, when he assumed his role as president and COO of the company, he served for 3 years as executive vice president and COO. Stover previously served for 2 years as Noble Energy’s senior vice president of North America, after working as the company’s vice president of business development from December 2002 to July 2004. Before joining Noble Energy, he was BP’s vice president and business unit leader for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. He holds a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

JANA SCHEY, SPE, was promoted to vice president–operations at Energistics. Schey will lead Energistics’ effort to achieve Certified Standards Development Organization status and will continue to be responsible for standards development facilitation, volunteer coordination, and documentation. She has worked in the oil and gas industry for 13 years. Schey joined Energistics in 2008 to provide program planning and management for all Energistics’ standards initiatives. Previously, she worked with eProcurement standards (particularly PIDX) and catalog management. Schey also has experience in the telecommunications industry in the areas of health, safety, and environment; corporate security; and data exchange/systems integration. She holds an MA degree from the State University of New York–Brockport and a BA degree from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada—both in history.

MATT VANDERFEEN, SPE, vice president of petroleum consulting for Weatherford, was elected to Energistics’ board of directors. He has 32 years of experience in various exploration and production roles, including wellsite engineer, division geophysicist, application development engineer, program manager, global technical services manager, and global business manager. For a large portion of his career, Vanderfeen has served in the business of managing data and information and understanding their impact on geoscience workflows. In his current role, he is responsible for developing integrated solution strategies—leveraging technologies across the lifecycle of the field— with a particular focus on unconventional and deepwater assets. Vanderfeen earned a BS degree in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and an MS degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Member Deaths

Ernest R. Haskell, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
William R. McElroy, Spokane Valley, Washington, USA
Wim Moeshart, Pointe-Noire, Congo
Jose Ricardo Rozo Tobar, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Donald R. Wisinger, Longview, Texas, USA