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Joe Barone Shale Directories

Joe Barone

President and Founder, Shale Directories

Barone, President, Shale Directories and Founder, H2 and Carbon Capture Network

Barone is president and founder of Shale Directories, known as the “yellow pages” for the oil and gas industries connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators, their employees and families. He is also a founder H2 and Carbon Capture Network. 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 Manager, Department of Energy

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. 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.

Brickett received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science and her M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management.

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. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobil, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

Perry Babb

Chairman and CEO, KeyState to Zero

Babb is the CEO and chairman for KeyState to Zero, 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.

Stephen R. Lee, P.E.

Executive Vice President, Navigator CO2 Ventures

 Stephen has over 20 years of experience in transmission and midstream engineering, construction, and operations throughout the U.S. Prior to joining the Navigator team, Stephen held the position of Director of Special Projects at Plains All-American Pipeline, where he oversaw and managed a large capital project portfolio associated with intermodal transportation and storage of crude in the Gulf Coast and Midcontinent regions. 

Prior to Plains, Stephen held numerous engineering and management positions at Texas Eastern, Williams Midstream, Crosstex Energy, and Florida Gas Transmission. 

Stephen graduated from Texas A&M University (College Station) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and obtained an M.B.A in Global Energy Management from the University of Houston. Stephen is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. 

Larry Maggi Commissioner Washington County

Larry Maggi

Commissioner, Washington County, PA Commissioners

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, PA.

Bob Schrecengost

Bob Schrecengost

Sr. Program Manager, Fossil Energy, Department of Energy

Schrecengost 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.

Robert "Bo" Wholey

President, Long Ridge Energy

Bo 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.

Michael Valore

Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization at Westinghouse

Michael Valore has 15 years of combined experience in the energy sector, where he’s held varying roles of increasing responsibility. Michael is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization at Westinghouse. In this role, he is responsible for leading the effort to bring eVinci to the commercial market.  Prior to his current role, he served in a senior position as the Westinghouse Americas Procurement Officer where he was responsible for Westinghouse’s North American supply chain.   He has previously held roles managing projects for AP1000 in the US and China and was responsible for all material and equipment delivery for AP1000 sites. Prior to joining Westinghouse, Michael started his career at FirstEnergy working as a Mechanical Engineer in two large coal fired power plants.