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At Project Canary, we’re working to alter the course of climate change. We believe in the power of science, the importance of transparency and that accurate, independently collected data is critical to driving a clean energy future. Our commitment to these ideals means that our ESG data can be trusted by partners, investors and the general public.

Leadership Team

Chris Romer

Chris Romer is the CEO of one of the fastest-growing companies in ClimateTech, Project Canary. His history of public service, economics, and leadership in energy have all combined for his role at this Public Benefit Corporation focused on altering the course of climate change.

Chris spent 24 years developing energy infrastructure and public-private partnerships with investment banks, including JPMorgan & Citibank and was a leader in energy policy as a Colorado State Senator from 2006 – 2010.

He is also a co-founder and senior advisor at Guild Education, Denver’s top unicorn-status SaaS startup. At Guild, Chris helped Fortune 500 companies partner with leading universities to offer education as a benefit to increase employee satisfaction and retention. His background in energy, education, policymaking, B-Corp capital formation, and entrepreneurship is instrumental in achieving Project Canary’s mission-driven growth goals and customer service objectives.

Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University. He can be found mountain biking in the Colorado mountains or doing yoga in a local studio when he’s not enjoying a Broncos game or spending time with his wife, children, or his grandchildren.

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Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder

Tanya Hendricks

Tanya Hendricks is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Project Canary. She is responsible for leading all commercial operations, overseeing corporate objectives, and implementing strategic growth strategies. Ms. Hendricks oversees the intersection of the customer and the market, driving environmental performance initiatives for emission-intensive industries. She also oversees Sales and Marketing. Her professional purpose focuses on helping the global population access affordable and reliable energy while the energy sector delivers a better climate profile so populations can thrive.

Before joining Project Canary, Tanya [Andrien] Hendricks was the COO of Enverus. Prior to this, she was a lecturer at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and the associate director of the McCombs Energy Center, where she was responsible for alumni relations, student programming, and business operations. Before working at McCombs, Ms. Hendricks was a director at Duff and Phelps, an international financial advisory firm.

Tanya graduated Magna Cum Laude in economics from Princeton University, and she holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was a Palmer Scholar.

Chief Commercial Officer

William Foiles

Will Foiles is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, including supply chain management, field monitoring systems, new product development, growth strategy, partnership building, financial modeling, clean gas market development, operations, and long-term data projects. He plays a key role in coordinating company resources to fulfill the Project Canary brand promise and ensure customer success as the company grows.  His background in energy finance and work developing data acquisition technologies is vital to Canary’s long-term technology goals.

Will holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, an MS in Finance from Villanova’s School of Business, and an BBA in Real Estate from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

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Chief Operating Officer
Co-Founder

Ray Mistry

Ray Mistry is an Engineer, Scientist, and Startup veteran. He has managed and grown teams from the ground up. He is responsible for the technology and product roadmap as well as technical guidance at Project Canary.

Ray gained startup and energy sector experience at Energy Acuity, a firm in the Energy Intelligence space. He was the original Software Engineer/Architect and grew the company as their Chief Technology Officer until acquired by Enverus in 2021. Ray has been part of large software and hardware teams at companies like Oracle and Zoll Medical and brings more than 20 years of experience in Software Development, IT Management, Hardware Engineering, and Executive Leadership. In addition, Ray has a background in Software Engineering, Algorithm Science, and Bio-Software Engineering. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Chief Technology Officer

Tim Romer

Tim Romer is Project Canary's Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy. He brings over 35 years of experience working in US infrastructure markets to help build critical assets that promote economic growth with a long-standing focus on technology, ESG, and sustainability. Working at the intersection of the private and public sectors, Tim has been an early market leader developing innovative solutions to complex problems with a proven track record of executing a variety of deals and partnerships. Tim brings critical expertise to the Project Canary team with over $75 billion of M&A advisory and financing transactions covering a broad range of assets in transportation, water, power, renewables, social, sustainable, digital, and other sustainable infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Project Canary, Tim worked as a Goldman Sachs Investment Banker and a software company CFO. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy

Rachael Shayne

Rachael Shayne spends her days standing in the stream of consumer culture so she can apply unique insights about brands, marketing, customer experience, culture, and behaviors. Her passion for trend-insights and experience strategy helps her articulate a vision for success demonstrated by a proven track record of leading in high-change environments. She is passionate about solving for innovation and growth.
Rachael built her leadership experience in startups, ad agencies, and global corporations. Throughout her career, she has helped guide some of the world’s leading brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Alibaba.com, The North Face, Zayo, Sephora, L’Oréal, REI, Manna Tree private equity, Axon, VMP/Vinyl Me Please, Colorado Tourism, and more. She is a mentor at Techstars Sustainability, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, and a Board Member Emerita of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Chief Marketing Officer

Penfield Tate III

Penfield Tate III is the Chief Environmental Justice Officer for Project Canary, overseeing environmental justice issues for low-income utility customers. Penfield is focused on refining Project Canary's commitment to the triple-bottom line and how ESG data can be used to drive equity for those who have been disproportionately affected by the actions of others driving climate change.

Before joining Project Canary, Penfield founded his law firm Tate Law. He has over 30 years of experience serving governments in public finance and municipal law and helping people in corporate and business matters and with estate planning.

He previously served as an aide to Denver Mayor Federico Peña and served in the cabinet of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer as Executive Director for the Department of Administration. He has over six years of service in the Colorado General Assembly, four years in the House as the State Representative for District 8, and over two years in the Senate as the State Senator for District 33.

Penfield takes pride in giving back to the community by serving on boards and volunteering. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Sociology and a J.D. from Antioch School of Law. In his spare time, he can be found with his wife and daughter and enjoys watching sporting events, fly fishing, and scuba diving.

Chief Environmental Justice Officer

Miles Tolbert

Miles Tolbert serves as General Counsel for Project Canary. Before joining our team, Miles practiced law extensively in the energy and environment sectors, heading the environmental practice group at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City and serving as Vice-President and Associate General Counsel at Chesapeake Energy. Before entering the private sector, Miles had a distinguished public career that included service as the Secretary of the Environment for the State of Oklahoma. Miles holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and Classics from Stanford University.

General Counsel

Executive Team

Caroline Dunn

Caroline Dunn is responsible for managing operations, business development, and internal finance. She ensures coordination among the company’s core functions to meet customer needs and fulfill Project Canary’s mission.

She spent her early career with ExxonMobil as an engineer implementing downstream projects, transitioning to leading structured finance transactions with NY Green Bank to invest in projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Caroline holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Senior Vice President of Operations

Brian Miller

A 30-year energy sector veteran, Brian is responsible for developing markets for Project Canary and our customers. Brian leads our state and federal public policy development programs, which seek to enable and expand markets for differentiated energy products, both domestically and abroad. Brian also plays a lead role in assisting our customers across the energy supply chain, by developing comprehensive solutions that align with their business, operational and environmental objectives.

Brian’s energy sector and government experience includes Noble Energy (now Chevron), BP, and the US House of Representatives. Throughout his career he has worked at the intersection of business and policy development, enabling win-win solutions that encourage energy production, environmental protection, and economic prosperity.

Brian holds an MBA and has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communications from James Madison University

Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Growth

Michael Chavez

Michael Chavez is the Vice President of Growth, responsible for all new revenue-generating processes within Project Canary. He plays a lead role in expanding Project Canary's market penetration in the energy sector. Before joining our team, Michael helped scale numerous SaaS start-ups across the energy, infrastructure, and climate industries. He began his career designing and installing advanced automation in the field for Chesapeake Midstream and is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.

Vice President of Growth

Edward Lush

Edward Lush is a Head of Energy Transitions, responsible for midstream strategy, business development, and revenue growth. Before joining our team, Edward worked for MarkWest Energy Partners, LP, a publicly-traded midstream natural gas company, and then for MPLX, L.P., a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, following MPLX’s acquisition of MarkWest. During his time at MPLX, Edward held various commercial roles and most recently led business development efforts for all of MPLX’s gathering, processing, and fractionation assets in the Marcellus and Utica shales. Edward holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and an M.A. in Geography and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom.

Head of Energy Transitions

Michael Oh

Michael Oh is the VP of People & Culture at Project Canary, responsible for recruiting, onboarding, DEI, culture engagement, performance management, organizational design, total rewards, and learning and development.

He brings 17 years of People (HR) experience with 6 years of experience working in an early-stage startup having grown and scaled companies throughout his career. With an emphasis on B2B SaaS startups, prior companies held verticals in real estate, local municipality, education, financial services, culture engagement, logistics and supply chain, and non-profit.

In his spare time, he consults individuals and organizations regarding career development and meditation coaching. and is an Ambassador Council of TEDxMileHigh, and an Advisory Committee at CU Boulder.

He holds a BA from the University of California, Irvine.

VP of People & Culture

Colin Routledge

Colin is responsible for Project Canary’s economic strategy and forecasting. His previous experience includes investment banking, private equity, corporate development and small business entrepreneurship.

Colin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BComm in Finance from the University of Calgary.

VP of Finance

Jessie Schiavone

Jessie Schiavone is Head of Utilities, responsible for helping utilities achieve their gas pipeline safety- and climate-related ESG goals. She believes the future power grid (and the future of our planet) will require proven, tech-enabled decarbonization. Measured and verified impact. Not estimates. She joined Project Canary to help utilities embrace the use of real time monitoring and leak detection in order to meet the demands from PUCs and legislators for increased environmental stewardship and ESG reporting.

Before joining our team, Jessie spent 15 years in the gas and electric utility sector, leading teams deploying hardware, software and SaaS tech to drive energy efficiency and operational improvements for many of the largest utilities in the US. As a seasoned startup executive, she has expertise in all major business areas - technical and strategic sales, delivery, product development, finance and customer success.

Jessie holds a BS (with Honors) from the US Naval Academy, an MBA (with High Honors) from Boston University, and an executive certificate from MIT in Artificial Intelligence & Business Strategy.

Head of Utilities

David Stewart

David Stewart is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships with external clients to enable customer success and drive ESG performance excellence. Additionally, he partners with our operations team and product development team to provide meaningful feedback for continuous improvement in our products.

Before joining our team, David worked in the oil and gas exploration and production sector for 16 years, most recently as Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Regulatory (EHS&R) for Crestone Peak Resources.  Prior to that, he served in senior leadership roles at Bonanza Creek Energy and Encana.  His technical background includes an additional 14 years working in air quality and environmental consulting.  David holds a bachelor’s degree from Coe College and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

Vice President of Customer Success & Environmental Solutions

Josh Zier

Josh Zier is the Head of Certifications for Project Canary. He is responsible for leading and executing the development and evolution of Project Canary's TrustWell Certification and Midstream Certification programs and accompanying verified attributes. He is passionate about driving data-driven solutions to reach net-zero goals--this passion resonates through the projects he leads within Project Canary.

Josh has over 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, where his experience has focused on drilling activities and project management. Prior to Project Canary, Josh worked as the lead environmental engineer for International Environmental Standards PBC, an independent ratings, analytics, and certification company in the energy industry. Before this, he worked as a field drilling engineer for Hess Corporation, an American global independent energy company involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

Josh graduated from Montana Technological University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He spends as much of his free time as he can outdoors, hunting and mountain biking.

Head of Certifications

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Harris

Jeffrey Harris founded Global Reserve Group, LLC (www.globalreservegroup.com) in 2012 an investment and advisory firm focused on the intersection of the technology and energy industries.  Also, in 2012 he became a Venture Partner of Quantum Energy Partners, LLC, an energy-focused private equity firm, where he sits on the Investment Committee.  Global Reserve and Quantum have a joint venture that invests in early stage companies.

Previously, he had been at Warburg Pincus since 1983 where he was a senior partner of the firm and head of its Energy Group. Currently, he is a director of Knoll, Chargepoint and several private companies.  He has served on the Board of Directors of nearly fifty companies including fourteen publicly-listed corporations.

During his tenure at Warburg Pincus Mr. Harris advised companies around the world and directly oversaw over $4 billion of equity investment.  He has significant experience investing in and working with companies in the software, consumer/industrial, telecoms, and energy industries.

Mr. Harris is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Cranbrook Educational Community, and Friends of The High Line in New York.  In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business from 2005 through 2017 where he taught courses on venture capital, innovation and entrepreneurship.  In 2001 he served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association where he had been a Board member for six years.  He received a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Denise M. O’Leary

Ms. O’Leary has been a private venture capital investor and a corporate director since 1996. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Medtronic, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Calpine Corporation, where she currently chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. She was previously the Chair of the Audit Committee at both Medtronic and USAir. She has also served on the boards of ALZA Corporation, Chiron Corporation, Del Monte Foods Company and numerous private companies.

O’Leary was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver in early 2013 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of The Denver Foundation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she recently stepped down as Chair. She previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where she served as Chair of the Board, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She was a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees for 15 years, during which time she was Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Committee on the Medical Center. She was a member of the Presidential Search Committee at Stanford in 2000 and was awarded the Stanford Medal for distinguished volunteer leadership in 2008.

A graduate of Stanford University (BS, Industrial Engineering) and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA), O’Leary was a General Partner at Menlo Ventures in Menlo Park, CA for 15 years.

Max Wolff

Max Wolff is a Principal on the investment team at Insight Partners, a global software-focused private equity and venture capital firm with $90B in assets under management. Insight specializes in helping emerging technology leaders scale up and build long-term sustainable businesses.

Max joined Insight in 2014 and has made investments into 20+ high-growth technology companies like Commercetools, Pipedrive, Workato, Devo, Sysdig, and Aviatrix. Prior to joining Insight, Max started an education technology company and worked at Oppenheimer and Co.

Max graduated summa cum laude from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Woodward

Jane Woodward is a Founder and Managing Partner of MAP Energy. MAP is one of the longest-standing private energy investment fund management firms in the U.S. MAP began investing in natural gas mineral rights in 1987, wind energy in 2004, utility scale solar in 2015 and energy storage in 2017. In December 2020, MAP sold its renewable energy and energy storage assets under management to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ms. Woodward is an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and has over 30 years of experience developing and teaching energy classes at Stanford University. Ms. Woodward serves on the Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council and the School of Earth Advisory Council at Stanford University and on the boards of Fervo Energy and Stem.  Ms Woodward has a longstanding interest in methane emission management and was a founding member of Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative and an early investor in IES the assets of which were acquired by Project Canary. Prior to founding MAP and teaching at Stanford, Ms. Woodward worked as an exploration geologist with ARCO Exploration Company and later as a petroleum engineering consultant to Stanford University’s endowment. Ms. Woodward received her B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Earth Science and M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Advisory Board

Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice, between 1969 and 1983 had a variety of exploration and production posts in North America and the UK, and in 1984 became Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. He served as BP Group Chief Executive for 12 years and retired from that role in 2007. He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today, a United Kingdom business publication, every year between 1999 and 2002. He has also held board positions with a wealth of corporations and other organizations.

Dr. Kenneth Carlson, Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Carlson is the Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He has over 30 years of experience in addressing water related issues; especially optimizing the synergies between water and energy and has championed efforts to increase the sustainability of water use in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years.

CEWS employs scientists, engineers and researchers working on various energy-water sustainability initiatives. Past initiatives have included optimizing water transportation systems, reducing the cost of produced water recycle treatment technologies, researching the viability of various beneficial reuse opportunities and policy limitations, a first of its kind public facing real-time continuous ground water monitoring framework in oil and gas fields, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool development for managing water and wastewater in spatially diverse oil and gas operations. On-going efforts include developing and deploying industry’s first standardized freshwater reporting framework and metrics that would assess and certify oil and gas operators on their water stewardship program and thereby enable and encourage operator efforts towards freshwater stewardship, an important component of a responsibly sourced gas (RSG) certification program. Dr. Carlson has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Jory Caulkins

Jory Caulkins is an entrepreneur and investor with a background in business strategy, growth and finance. He serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards, including IES, Enduring, GridHawk, and Kimmeridge (a $2.75B private equity fund focused on the energy sector). He was directly and indirectly involved in building and growing multiple companies which addressed major problems across a spectrum of industries. He worked for Bain Capital as an investment professional in their flagship North American Private Equity group, Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking group, and was the Founder and CEO of Nexodex. Mr. Caulkins received a BS in Biology (Genetics) from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was the valedictorian for BS recipients. He received an MBA from Stanford University. He lives with his wife and son in Texas, is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid fly-fisherman.

Carrie Hudak

Ms. Hudak joined our Board in October 2019. Ms. Hudak served as Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Vice President, DJ Basin Development, from May 2017 to September 2019. Before that, Ms. Hudak served in various management positions at Anadarko, including General Manager, DJ Basin Development and Execution from March 2016 to May 2017, and Director, Rockies Business Development from November 2014 to March 2016. Ms. Hudak previously served the non-profit organization, Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development as its Chairperson from 2018 to 2019 and as a Board Member from 2017 to 2018. Ms. Hudak also served as Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association from 2017 to 2019. Ms. Hudak received her Master’s Degree in Geology from Duke University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Miami University.

Dan Kelly

Mr. Kelly has 35+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a focus on the development of energy assets throughout the western United States. Dan spent 13 years in various capacities with Noble Energy, Inc., including the Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Mr. Kelly was also a Director for SRC Energy prior to their merger with PDC Energy, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Kelly received his Bsc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Anthony Kinslow II, Ph.D

Anthony Kinslow II, Ph.D. primary focus is accelerating the U.S. transition to a clean energy economy. Anthony argues that without prioritizing the engagement and education of marginalized communities the transition will be slow, expensive, and inequitable. He has spent the last decade working toward this goal through researching, implementing, and educating on energy efficiency. Anthony is the Founder & CEO of Gemini Energy Solutions, which provides investment-grade energy audits to the underserved small commercial sector. As well as a Lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches two courses Racial Equity in Energy and Quest for an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy.

Born in Nashville, TN and raised in Baltimore, MD; Anthony holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in CEE from Stanford University. His expertise is in sustainable design and construction, and energy efficiency analytics. In addition, Anthony is a certified energy manager and has worked and lived in the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Anthony is committed to improving the quality of life of those most disadvantaged. His active involvement in understanding wage theft in the construction industry, was recognized by the City of San Jose. Moreover, his active participation in the design and implementation of Stanford’s workforce program has introduced the concept of environmental justice to hundreds of high school students. When Anthony is not spending time with his wife, Maria and son, Marcus, he enjoys mentoring high school and college students. Anthony’s favorite quote also reflects the way he lives his life,

“life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pier LaFarge

Pier is an experienced entrepreneur and changemaker. He is the co-founder and CEO of Sparkfund, a platform to enable leading brands to deliver on their behind-the-meter strategies, capture new revenue from customers and do so with a cohesive customer experience. Sparkfund’s mission is to combat climate change through healthier buildings. He serves as a Trustee at The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland and DC chapter. Previously, while at ICF International, he co-founded a service offering focused on energy efficiency finance strategy. Pier also has experience in financial analysis, working on a major evaluation of loan financing modalities employed by the World Bank under its Climate Investment Fund program. In 2010, he founded Race to Replace, a statewide clean energy focused voter registration campaign in Vermont in partnership with League of Conservation Voters.

C. Michael Ming

Michael Ming is the President and Founder of Ming Energy Partners, LLC. He retired in 2018 as the VP – Executive Liaison for Marketing & Technology for Baker Hughes, a GE Company. Formerly, Mike served as the original General Manager of General Electric’s Global Research O&G Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Mike previously served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor Mary Fallin, the President of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), and as an independent natural gas producer as a Managing Member and principal of K. Stewart Energy Group and K. Stewart Petroleum Corp.  He holds a BS degree with distinction in Petroleum Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University, and is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma. At Stanford Mr. Ming is an emeritus member and past Chairman of the Petroleum Investments Committee and co-sponsored the MAP/Ming Visiting Professorship on Energy and the Environment. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma and currently teaches in the Executive MBA in Energy program.  He also serves on several boards including the Central Oklahoma United Way BoD, chairman of Riversport OKC (formerly the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation), Global Innovation Platform, Duncan Oil, and university industry advisory boards at Stanford, the University of Texas BEG, and OU.  He authored the “Oklahoma First Energy Plan”, Oklahoma’s first formal energy plan in 2011.  He is a frequent speaker in the U.S., in addition to dozens of countries around the world as a Society of Petroleum Engineers 2011-12 Distinguished Lecturer, on energy and energy systems.  He also co-chaired the 2019 Oklahoma Academy Energy Townhall, served on the MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, and as a strategic planning advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Ming is co-chair of Project Canary's Science Advisory Council.

Bill Ritter

Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005.  During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policymakers to create clean energy policy throughout the country.  Governor Ritter has authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

Governor Ritter was formerly the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and currently serves on the board of The Climate Group American and the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy.  Ritter is a member of Blackhorn Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Green Alpha and Millennium Bridge, among others.  Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Dr. Anna Scott, Ph.D

Dr. Anna Scott is an atmospheric scientist, an entrepreneur, co-founder of Project Canary and Co-Chair of our Science Advisory Council.

She received her PhD in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and a Master of Arts and Sciences in Earth Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Scott has installed sensor networks and led field campaigns in Birmingham, Alabama, Nairobi (Kenya), and Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Scott founded the Baltimore Open Air project, a community-based air quality monitoring project that designed, built, and deployed air monitors in the Greater Baltimore region.

As a scientist, she’s worked on projects around the world with the Red Cross/Red Crescent’s International Climate Center, NASA, The World Bank, and numerous local governments.

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Tom Tyree

Mr. Tyree serves as Chairman of Northwoods Energy, which he founded in January 2018 with members of Apollo Global Management. Northwoods owns and operates oil and gas properties in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.

Mr. Tyree also serves as a director of Antero Resources and was a director of Bonanza Creek Energy from 2017-2020.

Until recently, Mr. Tyree was Chief Executive Officer of Extraction Oil & Gas, where he led the company's restructuring and strategic efforts, which culminated in several merger transactions and the formation of Civitas Resources.

Prior to Extraction, Mr. Tyree was co-founder, president, chief financial officer and director of Vantage Energy, a private equity-backed exploration and production company which was sold to Rice Energy (now EQT Corporation) for $2.7 billion in late 2016.

From 2003-2006, Mr. Tyree served as Chief Financial Officer of Bill Barrett Corporation, leading its initial public offering in 2004. Prior to Bill Barrett, from 1989-2003, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., serving as Managing Director in the Energy Group.

Mr. Tyree holds a B.A. from Colgate University, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and he earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Tyree has been married for 30 years and has three adult children. He enjoys skiing, golf, and time with family and friends.

Dr. Mark D. Zoback

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus at Stanford University, where he was also the Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy.  Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production as well as CO2 sequestration. Dr. Zoback served on the Secretary of Energy Subcommittee on shale gas development and the National Academy of Engineering Committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon accident. He is the author of two textbooks and the author/co-author of about 400 technical papers. His most recent book, Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics, was written with Arjun Kohli, and published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press.  Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award of the AAPG in 2015. He was the 2020 chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Technical Committee on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.

Team

Evan Albright

Evan Albright is a QA Engineer responsible for testing and validating Project Canary software and services. Before joining our team, Evan performed QA software validation in EOR/AOR staffing. Evan holds an A.S in Computer Information and Technology from Dixie State University.

QA Engineer

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander is a field technician responsible for drone operations, troubleshooting, and installs. Before joining our team, Chris worked in drone services, structural steel estimating, and drilling rigs.

Field Technician

Michelle Moorman Applegate

Michelle Moorman Applegate is the Senior Director of Policy for Project Canary, and is responsible for developing and implementing policy initiatives at the federal, state, and local level, working with legislators, regulators, and market stakeholders.

Michelle has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy industry working with various utilities spanning power generation, regulation, and renewable energy, as well as natural gas transmission, distribution, and transportation. She has worked in many roles including utility regulation, engineering, pipeline integrity, and operations with an emphasis in strategic planning.

Michelle holds degrees in Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering, Economics, and Public Affairs from the Colorado School of Mines.

Senior Director of Policy

Liz Arthur

Liz is a Director of Technical Sales at Project Canary with over 15 years of diverse experience in energy and technology. Prior to joining Project Canary, Liz worked at CHK for 7 years, Weatherford Labs for 7 years ,and most recently as the Senior Account Manager to the department of Energy at Amazon Web Services. Liz has developed underperforming territories through attracting and expanding critical revenue-generating accounts, elevating organizations with an unwavering investment in client relationships and internal development. As a solution-based and team-oriented leader, Liz is known to lead and collaborate with internal and external partners at all levels of an organization while accelerating performance.

Director of Technical Sales

Tunde Awosika

Tunde Awosika is the Environmental Assessments Project Manager, responsible for working with the TrustWell team focusing on managing project schedules and supporting efficient completion of customer assessments.

Before joining our team, Tunde worked at Xcel Energy as an Environmental Analyst III focusing on administering environmental assessments, building emissions models, and software management.

Tunde holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Environmental Assessments Project Manager

Alex Ballasiotes

Alex Ballasiotes is Project Canary’s Director of Operations, where he leads and provides cross-functional support for the company’s business analytics & processes, supply chain, and product development & strategy. Alex comes from a background in consulting, where he worked with large corporations on projects ranging from financial M&A in industrial products to process analysis and improvement in Big Tech. He also has experience with VC and PE in the climate tech space and launching an impact investing fund on Chicago’s West Side. He holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and undergraduate degrees in Economics, Management Information Systems, and International Business from the University of Georgia.

Director of Operations

Anthony Barkett

Anthony Barkett is the Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for overseeing the execution of future-oriented agreements and pilot programs to increase the value of the existing services within current markets. Before joining our team, Anthony worked at a publicly traded private equity firm and a family investment office on real estate acquisitions, investor relations, and asset management projects. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nina Bernardin

Nina Bernardin is a Finance Specialist responsible for financial strategy, forecasting, process improvement, and overall data integrity. Before joining our team, Nina worked in Finance and Program Management at Baker Hughes, SOCAP Global, Conscious Company, and General Electric. Nina holds a B.A. in International Development and Business Management from Indiana University and is a graduate of General Electric's rigorous Financial Leadership Program.

Finance Specialist

Connor Borgmier

Connor Borgmier is the Marketing Coordinator, responsible for organizing the marketing team, helping with demand generation and ABM campaigns, and being the glue that keep the department together.

Before joining our team, Connor worked in travel/tourism where he did lead generation and business development. As well as running a food blog (@ThiccEats) where he posts content around recipes, local restaurants, and food culture.

Connor holds a Bachelor's Degree majoring in American Studies and minoring in Marketing from The University of Kansas.

Marketing Coordinator

Lydia Breitenstein

Lydia Breitenstein is an Energy Solutions Specialist responsible for developing customer solutions to help manage ESG performance and provide technical support to enhance customer success further. Before joining our team, Lydia worked in technical sales and as a project manager for a mechanical systems engineering firm. Lydia holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Energy Solutions Specialist

Emmi Burke

Emmi Burke is the Business Development Analyst, responsible for midstream strategy, market analysis, and customer relationships. Before joining our team, Emmi worked at Dominion Energy as a Market Development Representative for the Renewable Natural Gas team, focused on commercial and new business opportunities. Emmi holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Policy from The College of William & Mary.

Business Development Analyst

Spencer Cage

Spencer Cage is the Financial Strategy Analyst, responsible for Project Canary's corporate development, business optimization, and financial analysis.

Before joining our team, Spencer worked as an Associate at Foss & Company, a renewable and sustainable technology investment firm. Spencer started his career in the M&A Advisory group at Macquarie Capital in New York.

Spencer holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College.

Financial Strategy Analyst

Kaitlin Cahalane

Kaitlin is an Operations Associate responsible for business analytics, process development, and cross-functional relationships within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing teams. Before joining our team, Kaitlin worked in the oil & gas industry, responsible for asset loss prevention analysis. Kaitlin graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as an Evans Scholar and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.

Operations Associate

Blake Cannon

Blake Cannon is a DevOps Engineer responsible for automating cloud infrastructure as code and providing continuous integration/delivery of software. Before joining our team, Blake worked at a large corporation transitioning from on-premises data centers to the cloud and maintaining secure cloud infrastructure. Blake holds an MSc in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado's Business School and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

DevOps Engineer

Jason Clark

Jason Clark is responsible for the installation and maintenance of operational devices, communication with customer field staff, improving data platform functionality, maintaining midpoint inventory locations, hardware assembly and management of field technicians.

Jason brings over nine years of oilfield experience working with CalFrac Well Services and two other local oilfield service companies.  Jason’s knowledge of energy field operations and crew management expertise are vital to ensuring functioning devices over a wide area.

Environmental Field Technician Manager

Mikaela Currier

Mikaela Currier is a software engineer responsible for maintaining, developing, and designing internal and external tools. Before joining our team, Mikaela worked at Wayfair and Broadcom. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colorado State University and graduated from Lambda School's Full Stack Web Development course.

Associate Software Engineer

Nathan Eichenlaub

Nathan Eichenlaub is the Lead Software Engineer at Project Canary, responsible for design, architecture, development, and maintenance of all of the company’s software, data acquisition and analytics systems.

He brings more than 10 years of experience working as a software and electrical engineer in the oil & gas, utility and transportation industries, specializing in data visualization and analytics, SCADA system design, and cloud architecture.

Nathan holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.  

Principal Engineer

Tom Erwin

Tom Erwin is the Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist, responsible for strategic sourcing and hiring of technical and executive professionals.

Before joining our team, Tom worked at/in multiple different VC backed startup SaaS communities for a range of different enterprise products.

Tom holds a BS in Accounting from Northern Arizona University.

Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist

Justin Eusoof

Justin Eusoof is the Certification Engineer for the midstream, responsible for design and execution of the midstream TrustWell certification.

Before joining our team, Justin worked at Tetra Tech where his experiences covered the engineering, design and procurement of midstream oil and gas pipelines, facilities and tanks.

Justin holds a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Colorado Denver.

Midstream Certification Engineer

Micah Feigelson

Micah Feigelson is an Operations Associate responsible for scaling analytics, processes, supply chains, and product development. Micah served with the Peace Corps in Mali and Benin, coordinated operations for a solar energy startup, and consulted with organizations on ESG metrics and conflict mineral sourcing. Micah holds an MBA focused on Sustainability and Supply Chain from the University of Denver and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Operations Associate

Nick Fekula

Nick Fekula is the Corporate Strategy Analyst responsible for Project Canary's economic strategy, business planning, and market analysis. Before joining our team, Nick worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant, where he supported the National Park Service's asset management initiatives. Nick holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Corporate Strategy Analyst

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is a hardware engineer responsible for electronic hardware development and oversight. Before joining our team, Chris worked in aviation as a design engineer, systems engineer, and engineering manager. He specialized in instrumentation and measurement for aircraft-based weather observations and led hardware and software development efforts. He has experience working for startups and large corporations. He has collaborated on projects and committees with various government and international organizations such as NASA, NOAA, the U.K. Met Office, and the World Meteorological Organization. Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver.

Hardware Engineer

Amy Giffin

Amy Giffin is the Accounting Specialist, responsible for A/R, A/P, and general accounting systems management. Before joining our team, Amy worked at a variety of small companies doing a variety of accounting duties. Amy holds a BA in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Accounting Specialist

Max Goff

Max brings nearly a decade of upstream oil and gas engineering experience to Project Canary, where he works with the TrustWell team to provide rigor to the certification process.

Before joining Project Canary, he served in various office and field positions with Chesapeake Energy, including the world-class Marcellus Shale asset, which produced over 3.4Bcf/day. Max accomplished key production optimization, well abandonment, annular gas remediation, asset level planning, and logistics projects.

Max holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he won a Rowing National Championship.

Director of Certifications

Scott Greenlee

Scott Greenlee is a Field Technician responsible for installing and maintaining Canary monitors in the Appalachian regions of P.A. and W.V. Before joining our team, Scott worked in hydraulic fracturing in several U.S. basins and pipeline support in the N.E. region and W Texas. Scott holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Field Technician

Jonathon Gridley

Jonathon Gridley is a Senior Software Engineer, responsible for design, development, and maintenance of Project Canary's software applications. Before joining our team, Jonathon worked as a software and architectural engineer in the transportation, power, construction and consulting industries. Jonathon holds a BS in Computer Science and a BAE in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Senior Software Engineer

Nick Hansen

Nick Hansen is a System Engineering Manager responsible for Embedded Engineering, Systems Integration, and Firmware Development on Project Canary's continuous monitoring devices. Before joining our team, Nick worked with teams in the medical device industry, creating consumer products and robotic systems, including data storage solutions. Nick holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University.

Systems Engineering Manager

Erin Highbloom

Erin Highbloom is the Senior People Operations Specialist responsible for supporting all areas of People Operations, including onboarding, culture, benefits, employee experience, and performance management. Before joining our team, Erin worked in several SaaS startups and supported their people programs through hypergrowth. Erin holds a BA in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Saint Louis University.

Senior People Operations Specialist

Sam Hoidal

Sam Hoidal is a Software Engineer responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining Project Canary software applications. Before joining our team, Sam worked in Fintech and Higher Ed. Sam holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Associate Software Engineer

Jennifer Isaac

Jennifer is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, responsible for coordinating the activities of the CEO's office. Before joining our team, Jennifer's career spanned 10+ years supporting C-level and Executive leaders in the nonprofit sector and international NGO space. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies.

Executive Assistant

Latifat Karenson

Latifat Karenson is a Junior Certification Engineer responsible for analyzing operational data, equipment, and well pads for the certification process. Latifat holds a graduate and undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Junior Certification Engineer

Diana Kaul

Diana Kaul is our Director of Marketing, responsible for managing content strategy, the Project Canary community, and partner marketing. She plays a crucial role in driving our brand voice across the web, digital platforms, and traditional media.

Before joining Project Canary, Diana worked in marketing and communications, both agency side and in-house, for clients across industries, including energy, technology, healthcare, and agriculture. She earned her BA from New York University and a MA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Director of Marketing

Steve Kemp

Steve Kemp is responsible for the ongoing success of Project Canary partnerships through consistent value creation and alignment with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) targets and goals. By understanding the unique needs and objectives of each client, region, or industry, he develops mutually beneficial relationships through careful coordination between Customer Success and additional strategic Project Canary experts and teams.

Before joining the company, Steve worked in a variety of field, sales, management, and financial roles for an oilfield services company (OFS) with operations in all major US oil and gas basins. He began his career as an exploration geologist working on precious metal deposits in Central America and the Western US. Steve graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Geosciences and a minor in Economics.

Senior Director of Customer Success

TJ Kettner

TJ Kettner is an IT Support Technician, working to improve Information Technology systems for the company. Before joining our team, TJ worked in IT Support for a local credit union.

IT Support Technician

Wade Leach

Wade Leach is Director of Growth, concentrating on refining, coordinating, and executing Project Canary’s customer acquisition plans.

He’s lived in central Houston for most of his life. Wade earned 17 years of experience across the energy sector in leadership, operations, business development, sales, marketing, project management, consulting, and field-lab services. The last five years focused on environmental monitoring.

Director of Growth

Luna Lee

Luna Lee is a Certification Engineer responsible for executing the TrustWell certification by evaluating well pad design and equipment. Before joining our team, Luna worked at Halliburton as a drilling fluids engineer. Luna holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Certification Engineer

Jonathan Lefor, P.E.

Jonathan Lefor is a Certification Engineer responsible for TrustWell certifications to verify responsibly sourced gas (RSG) through drilling, completions, and operations data analysis. Before joining our team, Jonathan worked for 15+ years in oil and gas production and operations throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Texas. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is a licensed Professional Petroleum Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Certification Engineer

Kieran Lynn

Kieran Lynn is Director of Software Engineering responsible for overseeing and contributing to Project Canary's software applications' design, development, and maintenance. Before joining our team, Kieran worked in Fintech and Cannatech. Kieran holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University.

Director of Software Engineering

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is part of Project Canary's Certification Team which assesses our customers’ approach to environmental responsibility. Responsible for managing customer relationships, executing certifications, and maintaining best practices for constant evolution of our product.

Before joining our Team Patrick worked at a large corporation doing Gas gathering, Transmission, and Integrity projects. Prior to that he served in the United States Army.

Patrick holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and Construction Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. As well as his Project Management Professional and Certified SCRM Master Certification.

Midstream Certification Engineer

Sabrina Medellin

Sabrina Medellin is our Marketing & Communications Project Manager, responsible for managing projects initiated by our Marketing team. Before joining Project Canary, Sabrina worked in marketing & brand — for global corporations, SMBs & start-ups that specialize in tech. Originally from Singapore, and recently moved from Texas, Sabrina is a new Denverite who loves the outdoors and volunteering for her new community. Aside from giving climate change the bird — she is an advocate for mental wellness, DEI & promotes inclusive culture in the workplace. Sabrina is also an American Marketing Association mentor & alumni at University of North Texas.

Marketing & Communications Project Manager

Matt Mills

Matt Mills is the Associate of Customer Solutions, responsible for providing customers with data-driven outcomes and solutions. Matt will also serve as the owner of the Enverus Prism Platform, allowing the Customer Solutions team to drive values and pivot from being qualitative reactive to quantitative proactive in day-to-day operations. Before joining our team, Matt worked as a Production Engineer for Circle 9 Resources in Oklahoma, where he helped run all vertical operations in eastern Oklahoma. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering and a minor in Economics.

Associate of Customer Solutions

Shawn Moulton

Shawn Moulton is a Director of Technical Sales at Project Canary, responsible for new revenue-generating accounts. Before joining our team, Shawn worked at Applied Control and Halliburton and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Denver.

Director of Technical Sales

Kelsey Pate

Kelsey Pate is a Product Manager, responsible for defining the product strategy & roadmap, leading customer discovery, and working across the organization to prioritize product enhancements. Before joining our team, Kelsey worked at an oilfield technology startup creating software products to analyze and store hydraulic fracturing data. Kelsey holds an MS in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University.

Product Manager

Rod Reed

Rod Reed is a Field Technician, responsible for Operations. Before joining our team, Rod worked at/in several oil and gas corporations in various operational and technical areas

Field Technician

Oliver Reinecke

Oliver Reinecke is an Operations Associate responsible for coordinating and scaling Project Canary's supply chain processes, business operations, and data analytics. Before joining Project Canary, Oliver worked at a logistics technology startup focused on driving supply chain efficiencies and implementing process & data improvement projects. Oliver holds a B.A. in Global Commerce from Denison University.

Operations Associate

Trevor Richmeier

As a Jr Field Technician, Trevor has extensive experience in oil and gas, from working with drill pipe and casing to Class A CDL operations and logistics within the field. Trevor is responsible for maintaining proper operation of the in-field devices. Trevor handles the Colorado Regulatory Summa program, and operations and maintenance in the front range business unit.

Junior Field Technician

Anastasia Romanowicz

Anastasia Romanowicz is the Senior Communications Manager, responsible for providing external communications support for Project Canary.

Before joining our team, Anastasia worked within large public relations agencies and in house with an advertising technology startup, providing strategic communications plans for media efforts.

Anastasia holds an undergraduate degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University,

Senior Communications Manager

Ashley Rutkowski

Ashley Rutkowski is the Talent Acquisition Specialist responsible for developing a pipeline of exceptional talent to join Project Canary. Before joining our team, Ashley worked at/in Barry's Bootcamp as an instructor and NYC People Operations Manager. Ashley holds a BA in Communications from Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi.

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Ben Short

Ben Short is an Associate Account Executive responsible for managing the customer journey process and developing short and long-term account plans. Before joining our team, Ben worked at an energy efficiency company leading a team of Energy Advisors in reducing GHG emissions for commercial utility customers. Ben is pursuing an MS in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver.

Associate Account Executive

Petra Sikorski

Petra Sikorski is an Energy Business Development Manager responsible for research, analysis, and business intelligence support. Before joining our team, Petra worked in an early stage, high-growth Ag-Tech startup where she was responsible for leading business development strategy and establishing operational processes. Petra holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability from Pepperdine University.

Business Development Manager

Shayna Sims

Shayna Sims is Project Canary's Certification Engineer, responsible for analyzing oil and gas operational documentation and evaluating well pad design for the TrustWell Certification process. Before joining our team, Shayna worked onsite as a Field Engineer to supervise daily oil & gas operations and support engineering design, execution, and evaluation in the Permian and Delaware Basin. Shayna holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and certification in Data Analysis & Visualization from The University of Texas at Austin.

Certification Engineer

Ryun Song

Ryun Song is a Software Engineer. Before joining our team, Ryun Song worked at Amazon and holds a BS in Comp Sci and Economics from University of Arizona and Clemson University.

Software Engineer

Jenni Sparks

Jenni Sparks is the Product Field Marketing Manager responsible for event and product marketing at Project Canary. Before joining our team, Jenni worked at Applied Control as the Marketing Director and currently serves as the Women's Energy Network Colorado President. Jenni holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a BSBA from the University of Colorado.

Product Field Marketing Manager

Nate Steers

Nate is an Energy Solutions Specialist, responsible for developing customer solutions to help manage ESG performance and provide technical support to enhance customer success further.

Before joining our team, Nate worked at a SaaS startup helping scale their operations by providing support as a subject matter expert and an implementation specialist.

Nate holds a BS in Community and International Development from the University of Vermont.

Energy Solutions Specialist

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is the Senior Advisor - Air Quality, responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with external stakeholders by providing environmental solutions to drive ESG performance and success.

Before joining our team, Brian worked in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, driving environmental excellence in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. During that time, Brian supported all facets of EHS and Air Quality groups and most recently acted as a Senior EHS manager at Noble Midstream and Noble Energy (now Chevron). Prior to that, Brian worked as an environmental consultant and owned a successful consulting business for 7 years prior to making the move to the industry in a leadership role at DCP Midstream.

Brian holds a BS in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics from Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Senior Advisor

Merry Tesfu

Merry Tesfu is a Junior Certification Engineer responsible for analyzing drilling, completion, and operation data for TrustWell certification. Before joining our team, Merry worked as a Reservoir Engineer for Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a Petroleum Engineer for Neset Consulting Service, Tioga, North Dakota. Merry holds an M.S. degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of North Dakota (UND) and a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from UND.

Junior Certification Engineer

Erika Tokarz

Erika Tokarz is responsible for managing customer success through technical support and regulatory compliance assistance.

Erika brings more than 10 years of oil and gas regulatory and environmental experience working for UP Energy/Ultra Petroleum.

Erika holds a BS in Biomathematics from the University of Scranton and an MS in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.

Senior Manager of Environmental Solutions

Colette Van Straaten

Colette Van Straaten is a Senior Director of Customer Success at Project Canary, responsible for the ongoing success of our partnerships through consistent value creation and alignment with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) targets and goals. Before joining our team, Colette worked at Geosyntec Consultants, Antero Resources, and Energy Corporation of America. Colette holds a BS in Engineering- Environmental Specialty with a minor in  Humanitarian Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

Senior Director of Customer Success

Tucker Volk

Tucker Volk is the Product Solutions Specialist responsible for connecting customer success and product evolution, combining technology with real-world problems to achieve impactful customer outcomes.

Before joining our team, Tucker worked in high-growth agriculture tech companies in unique roles centered around customer utilization of sustainable technology services and product growth.

Tucker Volk holds a BA in Ecology and Evolution from The University of Colorado at Boulder.

Product Solutions Specialist

Annie Walbridge

Annie Walbridge is a Junior Certification Engineer responsible for evaluating procedural data, validating operational detail, and certifying oil and gas operations. Before joining our team, Annie worked in environmental consulting, focusing on air permitting and regulation. Annie holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Junior Certification Engineer

John “Bunkie” Westerheide

John brings over 14 years of deep energy industry experience to the Project Canary team. Through his time at General Electric (G.E.), then Baker Hughes, John led highly technical teams on cross-enterprise initiatives often focused on developing and activating new products or markets. Before departing Baker Hughes as the Director – Innovation at the Energy Innovation Center in Oklahoma City, John helped conceptualize and lead advanced R&D programs around oil and gas challenges. A tacit understanding of pragmatically balancing economics and energy industry sustainability fuels John's passion for openly collaborating with partners to deliver market-changing solutions. John earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in Marketing and Economics; and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma with a specialization in Energy.

Senior Director of Customer Solutions

Jeremiah White

Jeremiah White is an IT Support Technician, working to improve Information Technology systems for the company.  Before joining our team, Jeremiah worked in a variety of IT roles for large and small corporations across industries.

IT Manager

Lorena Wiant

Lorena Wiant is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist responsible for full-cycle recruiting supporting all teams. Before joining our team, Lorena worked at a large Denver law firm focusing on Talent Acquisition and developing and implementing culture, DE&I, and facilities programs & processes. Lorena holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Colorado Mesa University.

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

Gilad Wilkenfeld

Gilad Wilkenfeld is the Business Intelligence Manager responsible for developing analytical tools and resources to assist in data-driven decision making across Marketing, Sales, Product, Technology, and Finance teams.

Before joining Project Canary, Gilad worked in data analytics and business intelligence for over a decade, most recently as the founder of Slope Research, a Denver based data and analytics consulting company.

Gilad holds an MA in political science from both American University and the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus on statistical analysis.

Business Intelligence Manager

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson is the coordinator of Market/Customer Outreach for Project Canary. In this role, Steve provides oversight and coordination to support natural gas transactions, and contract structure for TrustWell Certified natural gas. Steve was instrumental in the early development of this market in his previous job in the northeast region of the US beginning in 2018.

Steve began his career as a Petroleum Engineer in drilling and production offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico for Tenneco Oil Company. He transitioned through multiple roles of increasing responsibility where he managed term natural gas transactions and coordinated the transition of long-term sales agreements under FERC Order 636. Steve joined Dynegy in 1996, where he served as Vice President of Gas & Power Origination for multiple US regions. He coordinated long-term power capacity, energy sales, and derivative structured natural gas transactions in this role. In 2003 Steve joined Chevron, serving as Vice President of Natural Gas Origination, coordinating Chevron’s US natural gas marketing business. Steve’s most recent role before Project Canary was the Director of Origination at Southwestern Energy, where he coordinated economic evaluation and execution of term natural gas transactions, including the first-ever TrustWell Certified Gas transaction in the US.

Steve has enjoyed being a mentor throughout his career and was nominated and awarded Chevron’s two highest honors, Global Mentor of the Year, and Chevron’s Chairman’s Award. Steve is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and now resides in The Woodlands, TX.

Market Development

Ramon Yu

Ramon Yu is a Certification Engineer responsible for Trustwell Certification. Before joining our team, Ramon worked primarily in completions operations, performing hydraulic fracturing. Ramon holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Certification Engineer

Melissa Yuan

Melissa Yuan is a Midstream Certification Engineer responsible for designing, developing, and executing the midstream TrustWell certification. Before joining our team, Melissa worked across multiple U.S. Onshore oil and gas regions, responsible for large-scale development and operations of facilities ranging from gas processing plants to well-site facilities. Melissa holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

Midstream Certification Engineer