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Perry Babb

CEO, KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis & CCS

Babb is the CEO and chairman for KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC, a $400,000,000 low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and urea production facility proposed for Clinton County, PA. KeyState is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize its 7,000 acre natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, and direct-use of its onsite natural gas supply, as feedstock and power source, in onsite, value-added manufacturing, with novel onsite carbon capture, use and geological storage.

Joe Barone Shale Directories

Joe Barone

President, Shale Directories

Barone is president of Shale Directories, the “yellow pages for the oil and gas industry” connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators, their employees and families. Barone has attended over 40 oil and gas expos in the last five years and spoke before the Marcellus Shale Commission. He guest hosted “The Marcellus Shale and You” radio show on KDKA News radio, and is currently a regular on the radio show, “All Energy Now.”

Lynn Brickett

Carbon Capture Program Manager, DOE

Lynn Brickett is the Carbon Capture Program Manager in the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Her career has focused on environmental issues associated with fossil-fired power plants including: by-products, water, nitrogen oxides, mercury and carbon dioxide. Ms. Brickett was previously at NETL, working as the Carbon Capture Technology Manager, Director of the Capture Division, Project Manager, and a researcher studying the environmental impacts of coal by-products. Prior to NETL, she worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines conducting research on bio-leaching of copper ores, bio-oxidation of gold ores, and remediation of acid mine drainage. Ms. Brickett received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science and her M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management.

Michael Ducker

Vice President, Mitsubishi Power Americas

Michael Ducker is the Vice President of Renewable Fuels & Western Region at Mitsubishi Power, a power generation and energy storage solutions provider in the energy industry.

Michael is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of Mitsubishi Powers’ recently launched renewable fuels business which focuses on delivering carbon-free fuel solutions to the power industry and other verticals. Additionally, Michael is responsible for sales and business development for new power equipment within the western region of the US.

Prior to his current role, Michael was a founding member and contributor to Mitsubishi Powers’ NEXT division which develops, launches, incubates, and turns over new businesses at the company. While also at Mitsubishi Power, Michael established and led its Market Analysis division and originally started at the company in its Applications and Performance Engineering team.

Sam French

Senior Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey

Sam French currently works in Business Development at Johnson Matthey, leading the development of the strategy and the program for Low Carbon Hydrogen. Previous roles at Johnson Matthey include Technology Manager for the steam reforming catalyst and technology research and development (R&D) team. After moving from R&D into Business Development, he was tasked with developing a portfolio of new opportunities for processes from new feedstocks, such as biomass, waste and renewable energy. Sam represents Johnson Matthey on the Hydrogen Council Working Board, the Decarbonised Gas Alliance, the CCUS Advisory Group and is on the Advisory Board of the new cross sector publication H2 View.

Tom Gellrich

Founder, TopLine Analytics

Gellrich has been one of the pioneers in understanding and identifying the changes that shale gas as risks and opportunities for the US manufacturing industry. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted.

As an Executive with experience in operational business management, strategic development, hands on sales and marketing Tom provides a unique perspective combining all elements. He has been involved in several start-up opportunities – innovation – balanced with Fortune 50 experience – rigorous application. At Elemica, a B2B service company that Tom was instrumental in founding, he managed all aspects of European operations but focused on customer acquisition. Prior to Elemica, at Arkema/Atofina, Tom held a variety of positions in Strategic Planning, Business Management, and Business Consulting. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobile, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

Larry Maggi Commissioner Washington County

Honorable Larry Maggi

Commissioner, Washington County

The Honorable Larry Maggi is currently serving his fifth term on the Board of Commissioners of Washington County and currently serving as the board’s vice chairman. He is proud to have been born, raised, educated, and working most of his life in Washington County. Commissioner Maggi believes in Washington County and that it is a great place to work, live, play, and raise families. He is committed to keeping Washington County at the forefront in jobs, low taxes, quality of life issues as well as keeping its agricultural and country charm.

Commissioner Maggi served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1971. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Prior to being elected commissioner in 2003, he was the sheriff of Washington County for six years, elected in 1997. He served for 24 years with the Pennsylvania State Police as a state trooper. He and his wife Mary Jeanne reside in Buffalo Township and have four children and seven grandchildren.

He is active in the Claysville United Methodist Church, serving as lay speaker, liturgist, and Sunday school teacher for 18 years.

Tim Reichwein

Executive Vice President, Lane Power and Energy

M.C. “Tim” Reichwein is the Executive Vice President for Lane Power and Energy. Tim has experience in engineering, operations, and construction surpassing 40 years. An expert in underground storage of hydrocarbon products, Tim frequently travels the globe to make presentations about technical issues. His areas of expertise include planning, designing, constructing, and operating gas & oil storage and handling facilities. Among his specialties are designing, developing, and operating hard rock and salt storage caverns – and the surface facilities related to them. Tim has been active for numerous years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facilities. He earned a B.S. in industrial construction and an M.Ed. in industrial construction management from Colorado State University.

Alysia Salva

Alysia Salva, PhD

Gas Quality Engineer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Alysia Salva is a Gas Quality Engineer for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, comprised of certain gas transmission and storage companies purchased from Dominion Energy. She is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the quality of gas across pipeline systems and implementing procedures and training programs for gas quality. She also assists in identifying and testing new technology. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a PhD in Pharmacology a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate in Biomedical Engineering.
Bob Schrecengost

Bob Schrecengost

Senior Program Manager in the Advanced Energy and Hydrogen Systems division of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE)

Bob is a Senior Program Manager in the Advanced Energy and Hydrogen Systems division of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and is responsible for the FE Hydrogen, Advanced Turbines and High Performance Materials programs. Mr. Schrecengost joined DOE in January 2020. Before joining DOE, he spent 13 years as the Boiler R&D Program Manager for GE Steam Power and Alstom Power in Windsor, CT. Mr. Schrecengost has 35 years of experience in fossil power research and technology development.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.  Bob is the holder of 6 patents and has over 30 publications on fossil fuel emissions reduction technologies and power plant operations.

Nicholas Stork

CEO, Archaea Energy

Nick is Chief Executive of Archaea Energy, a leading developer of renewable fuels projects located in Southpointe. Following a stint on Wall Street and in the Permian Basin, Nick started Archaea Energy with the purpose of aligning his extensive experience in finance and the oil & gas industry to bring a new approach to renewable energy project development. Archaea deploys an innovative, technology driven model to its extensive pipeline of projects under development. Archaea is unique in the renewable fuels space in that it takes a full lifecycle approach to project development and is the only developer of renewable natural gas projects with an active team working on both hydrogen at scale as well as carbon capture & sequestration.
 
In addition to his role as CEO of Archaea, Nick also serves as CFO of Noble Environmental, an integrated waste management company he started with Rich Walton that now owns and operates two landfills in the Pittsburgh area. Nick is a former principal with Baleen Capital Management in New York City and a former member of the business development and corporate finance team with Three Rivers Natural Resources, a Riverstone backed E&P company in the Permian Basin of Texas. Nick graduated from Dartmouth College and resides in suburban Pittsburgh.
Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speakers Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

Founder and President of Mustang Sampling

Thompson, founder and president of Mustang Sampling, brings with him over 30 years of experience in the gas and oil industry and the proven ability to lead multi-disciplined and multi-channel teams. Throughout his tenure, Thompson has grown the companies ten-fold by focusing on innovative solutions in the natural gas, NGL and LNG sampling markets, and is the holder of numerous global technology patents. Utilizing his tenured experience, Thompson currently leads the operational business units for Mustang Sampling and Valtronics, creating a thriving and nurturing environment.

Michael Tritt

Michael Tritt

President & CEO, Lane Power and Energy

Tritt spearheads the outstanding delivery of our power and energy projects. He has been active in strategic pursuits in the oil & gas and power sectors in North America, Europe, and Asia. These included hard rock and salt cavern hydrocarbon storage projects. With 25 years in executive management, Tritt brings many advantages to his PES role, from strategic planning to project evaluation. His power generation projects entail waste-to-energy, natural gas, biomass, compressed air energy storage, and geothermal. An influential thought leader on oil & gas, including strategic storage issues, he is active in the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Atlantic Council, and the Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI). Mike earned his civil engineering degree from Lehigh University. He graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Warner, Ph. D.

Chief Technology Officer, Mustang Holdings, Inc.

Kevin Warner is a professional physicist currently serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Mustang Sampling. Kevin has worked in the measurement industry since 1994 when he joined Daniel Industries to promote ultrasonic gas flow metering, after which he joined Instromet as division president and later served as Senior Vice President for Elster. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from University of Delaware, has earned several patents, and has published on subjects including cryogenics, speed-of-sound measurement techniques, formation evaluation, nuclear experimentation, and ultrasonic flow metering.

Robert "Bo" Wholey

President, Long Ridge Energy Terminal

Robert “Bo” Wholey joined Long Ridge in 2017 as its President, having previously worked as an infrastructure private equity investor and investment banker in New York City at firms including UBS Warburg, Highstar Capital, American Capital and Strata Energy Investments. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bo returned to the region to oversee Long Ridge’s redevelopment of the former Ormet Aluminum Smelter site on the Ohio River. Under Bo’s leadership, Long Ridge has achieved several important milestones including raising $588 million of project financing for the construction of a 485 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant, entering into several long-term, fixed price power sales agreements, vertically integrating the power plant’s natural gas supply, and establishing a plan to transition the power plant’s fuel source to hydrogen, which will initially reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon emissions. Bo graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and was the Captain of the Varsity Ski Team.

Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speakers Chuck Zelek

Chuck Zelek, Ph. D.

Chief Marketing Development Officer - Mineral ORE, Omnis Energy Refineries, LLC

Dr. Chuck Zelek is a senior economist with the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. Dr. Zelek conducts energy market analyses to inform fossil energy research, development, and demonstration programs and contribute to related policy and regulatory decision-making. He has supported formulation of the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill as a senior economist for the Department of Agriculture, evaluated the impacts of advanced energy technologies at the DOE, and recently been assigned by the Assistant Secretary of Energy as the DOE Point of Contact for the Tri-State Governors Shale Coalition. Chuck left federal service after 22 years in 2021 and is currently working on bridging the gap between coal waste disposal, low emissions energy production, and sustainable agriculture.