PODS Board of Directors

President - Paul Herrmann, Chevron

Mr. Herrmann is a GIS Project Manager for Chevron Pipe Line Company (CPL). His current responsibilities include the coordination and management of GIS related projects, data integrity, support of ongoing GIS activities, and the enhancement and evolution of CPL’s GIS platform.


Mr. Herrmann has over 20 years in information technology and business process solutions experience, including over nine years in pipeline and GIS. Most of his career has been in information technology consulting for a variety of industries, but with a primary focus on oil and gas with over 14 years experience. He has been involved in a wide range of initiatives, including full lifecycle software development projects, procurement solution implementations, management consulting, and various GIS related initiatives. In 2002 his career shifted to GIS and the pipeline industry in particular, first from a consulting perspective and then as pipeline operator upon joining Chevron in 2008.


Mr. Herrmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.


Mr. Herrmann's current term on the Board ends in 2016.



Vice President - Jeff Allen, Novara GeoSolutions

Mr. Allen Joined Novara GeoSolutions, Inc. in 1992 and heads up all Geospatial Technology and IT Infrastructure for the firm. Jeff has a BS in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and began his career at Novara GeoSolutions working summers on various survey crews and manning a GPS shore station for our prestigious Boston Harbor Diffuser Project.


Over the past 18 years, Mr. Allen has continued setting the vision for geospatial applications development at the firm and his responsibilities now include creation, management and strategic planning of all software development efforts at Novara GeoSolutions. These products have been successfully deployed to many of today’s energy giants and have enabled Novara GeoSolutions. to set itself apart from its competition. Mr. Allen's unique problem solving skills joined with his extensive knowledge of the Geospatial marketplace offer the firm, and our clients, an unparalleled resource to help them solve their complex data management issue.


Mr. Allen's current term on the Board ends in 2014.


Mr. Blumenstock is currently a GIS Project Manager at Sunoco Logistics where he has been a part of all aspects of GIS development, deployment and training.  He has been very involved in moving the company to the PODS data model. 
Mr. Blumenstock has worked in the pipeline industry for over 25 years with experience that ranges from engineering to systems. During his early introduction into the civil design CAD world, he quickly realized the power of design programs and grew his knowledge into the GIS world in the 1990’s. He went on to manage and help build Sunoco’s first entry level GIS program which utilized Autodesk’s AutoCAD Map software to generate alignment sheets.
Mr. Blumenstock has been involved in the PODS organization over the past 10 years and is committed to the success of the PODS organization and looks forward to the challenges of the future for PODS.
Mr. Blumenstock’s term ends in 2015. 

Secretary - Ron Brush, New Century Software

Mr. Brush is President of New Century Software, a company he founded in 1994. New Century Software, based in Fort Collins, Colorado is a leading pipeline GIS software application and service provider in the oil and gas pipeline industry. Ron has more than 20 years experience in GIS designing and developing enterprise GIS data management and analysis applications, GIS consulting, and data integration services.


A Colorado native, Mr. Brush earned his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He has completed the Stanford Executive Program for Growing Companies. He is also involved in several professional organizations including NACE and GITA and is actively participating in the pipeline GIS professional community.


In 1998, Mr. Brush helped initiate the PODS Association, and served as its President in 2001.  As an active member of the Association, Ron has lead advanced PODS training workshops and has participated on many PODS working groups including PODS Spatial, NACE/PODS ECDA data interchange, and the ILI data interchange working groups. He is also a past member of the APDM Steering committee.


Mr. Brush's current term on the Board ends in 2014.


Treasurer - Kenneth Greer, CenterPoint Energy  

Kenneth Greer is the Mapping Leader of CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission. He oversees the pipeline data entry into the PODS model database, system maps, inventory records and GIS support to the natural gas transmission and gathering pipelines owned by CenterPoint Energy. Mr. Greer has worked in the design drafting, inventory and GIS mapping departments.


Mr. Greer has over 38 years experience in the Gas Industry with pipelines and compressors. He has been involved with the PODS Association since 1999 and has served as Secretary, Vice President, President, and is the currently serving as PODS Treasurer.


Mr. Greer's current term on the Board ends in 2015.



Bruce Dahms, Enbridge

Mr. Dahms is the Geomatics Services team lead within the Liquids Pipelines (LP) business unit of Enbridge in Edmonton.  He is  responsible for the planning and delivery of geomatics products and services to all business areas within LP.  This includes the development of a PODS geodatabase and data management environment for roughly 15,000 miles of liquids transmission pipeline assets in the USA and Canada.  Before joining Enbridge five years ago, Mr. Dahms worked for roughly two decades in both the public and private sectors in varied roles – all related to the design, development and delivery of applications and systems for managing geographic information.


Mr. Dahms current term on the Board ends in 2016.



Lucas Hutmacher, Willbros Engineering

Mr. Hutmacher is a Senior GIS Consultant at Willbros Engineering. He currently is responsible for rolling out enterprise pipeline GIS solutions for domestic and multi-national clients.  His roles include defining and managing project scope, methodologies, and appropriate technologies.


Mr. Hutmacher  has over 15 years of Pipeline GIS experience. His highly technical background includes implementing and managing PODS Spatial, PODS Relational, ISAT data management and data migration projects.


Mr. Hutmacher has been an active member of the PODS Technical Committee and is a regular contributor to industry events providing white papers, presentations and overall thought-leadership to the pipeline GIS community.


Mr. Hutmacher's current term on the Board ends in 2014.


Mike King, BP

Mr. King is the Pipeline Discipline Lead in the E & P Central Engineering Pipeline and Civil Team for BP America Inc.  His primary responsibility is to lead a team of engineers in support of timely and quality delivery of Technical Service, R&D and Continuous Improvement projects across the BP Group.   He currently leads BP’s Group wide Pipeline Information Management and Data Governance activities in support of the Risk and Integrity Management programs and Champions the standardization and implementation of PODS and GIS across the Group.


Mr. King joined BP in 2001 and has 37 years of experience in the Pipeline Industry.  His career path includes employment in various leadership positions with operating pipeline companies, engineering consulting firms, and oil & gas producers in domestic and international locations.  Mr. King has a B. S. in Industrial Technology from Lamar University.


Mr. King has served on the PODS Board of Directors since 2004 and as President of the Association for three consecutive terms 2007-2009.  He has also served as Chairman of the PODS Spatial work group.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation, member of the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) Onshore Pipeline Construction Modernization project and past Chairman of the IPLOCA Novel Construction Planning, Design, & Control workgroup.


Mr. King's current term on the Board ends in 2016.


JW Lucas, Enterprise Products Company

Mr. Lucas is a Senior Project Manager for Enterprise Products Company, a large pipeline operating company.  He is responsible for pipeline data integration, analysis, and distribution, as well as business analysis.  Mr. Lucas has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for 20+ years, with the majority of that time spent supporting pipeline operations.


At Enterprise, Mr. Lucas has been part of the team responsible for implementing a PODS database for 50,000+ miles of domestic pipelines, including gathering & transmission, liquids & gas, offshore & onshore.  This implementation of PODS now broadly serves Enterprise in many business critical activities.


Mr. Lucas has served on the PODS Board of Directors for six years, including terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and now President.  He has also participated in PODS working groups and task forces, and has been a regular presenter at the annual PODS User Conference.


Prior to becoming a Project Manager at Enterprise Products, Mr. Lucas was a GIS/Drafting supervisor at El Paso Corporation, where his group supported Project Engineering, Compliance, Operations, and Commercial activities.


Mr. Lucas's current term on the Board ends in 2015.



Michael E. Ortiz, Plains All American Pipeline LP

Mike Ortiz has over 20 years of experience overseeing risk, integrity and data management programs for the energy transportation industry. He joined Plains All American in 2008 after 5 years at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners where he was Manager Risk Engineering for the Products Pipelines Group. Mr. Ortiz began his career in the early 90’s as a field and project engineer working in various roles at EPC firms supporting the energy industry. His work included experience managing various projects in oil & gas exploration and production, gathering and transmission pipelines, petroleum refineries and marine & marketing terminals across the US. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.


Mr. Ortiz is currently the Manager of Data Integration at Plains All American Pipeline LP where he leads the GIS and Data Integration groups, which manage pipeline asset and performance data for the organization. His Current focus is the development and implementation of standards and data management practices for supporting pipeline construction projects, project management and KPI using GIS technology.


Mr. Ortiz's current term on the Board ends in 2016.


Dominic Palazzolo, Williams Gas Pipeline

Mr. Palazzolo has been with Williams Gas Pipeline for 25 years, including 9 years in the Pipeline Operations & Engineering group, and 16 years in Operations & Engineering IT Development & Support Departments.  In his current role as Senior Information Management Architect with the Williams GIS Architecture Department, he provides consulting for the Gas Pipeline Operations & Engineering IT Business Processes, Requirements & Projects with respect to GIS Systems at Williams.  Mr. Palazzolo was part of the team that developed the original Williams GIS system, and the Williams event-driven database model.  This model was used as an initial contributor to the first PODS Data Model.  


Mr. Palazzolo has served as Project Manager over many projects for Williams Gas Pipeline during his tenure, including the migration of the Williams pipeline database to an extended PODS model, and the migration of vendor-based GIS application software.


Mr. Palazzolo holds a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston, and an Associate degree in Applied Science from Central Texas College.


Mr. Palazzolo's current term on the Board ends in 2016.



Vincent Tanguay, Pacific Gas & Electric

Dr. Vincent Tanguay is Data Delivery and Quantitative Analysis (DDQA) Manager within the Asset Knowledge Management Department at PG&E. Dr. Tanguay has 3 main responsibilities: The first, data delivery, involves responding to internal (within the business) and external data requests and ownership of the company’s new PODS-based GIS business requirements. Quantitative analysis involves analyzing the large amount of asset data in the GIS captured through the MAOP Validation effort to identify possible engineering issues. The third is Class Location and HCA Determination.Prior to this position, Dr. Tanguay was heavily involved with PG&E’s MAOP Validation effort.Dr. Tanguay holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from McGill University (Canada) and was formerly a scientist in a Canadian National Lab and a consultant for the engineering/scientific consulting firm Exponent.


Dr. Tanguay's current term on the Board ends in 2016.



Joanne Sykes, TransCanada

Joanne Sykes is currently the Manager of GIS Strategy and Governance within the Engineering and Asset Reliability department of TransCanada where she has set the vision and is championing the implementation of an integrated Corporate GIS on behalf of all the business units across the company. TransCanada is a leading energy infrastructure company in North America with a strong focus on pipeline and power generation. 


Mrs. Sykes has over 6 years of experience in leadership roles including people management and strategy development.  She has 15 years of GIS experience in data management, project management and program management working in various industries including telecommunications, engineering, exploration, transmission and pipeline.


The time working at TransCanada has provided her with broad exposure to many of the areas within the company with a focus on Engineering, Pipe Integrity, Facility Integrity and Field Operations. Over the last 10 years the company has experienced a significant growth period due to large acquisitions and construction programs.


Mrs. Syke's current term on the Board ends in 2015.


Executive Director

Kathy Mayo

PODS Association


Kathy joined the PODS Association August, 2014 as Executive Director.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.  Mayo comes with fifteen years of pipeline experience including Communications Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Anchorage, Alaska) for the trans-Alaska pipeline (TAPS) and regulatory oversight of TAPS–monitoring environmental, safety and integrity for the BLM Office of Pipeline Monitoring. 


She has also worked on assignments in Washington, D.C. including the Department of Interior Secretary’s Office and the Office of the Federal Coordinator for the Alaska Gas Line project.


Her background also includes leading organizations in planning and organizational development.




PODS Technical Coordinator

Christa Freeman
PODS Association


Christa Freeman joined the PODS staff as the Technical Coordinator in early 2014.  Christa is responsible for coordination and facilitation of Technical Committee activities, and also oversees PODS Work Groups and outsourced technical projects. Christa Freeman is an experienced Certified Managing Consultant with concentration on data modelling and project management. She has over 30 years of experience in information systems with roles including Project Manager, Data Architect/Modeller, ETL, and Business Analyst.   She has experience in all aspects of the energy industry, exploration, production, refinery, trading, pipeline, and distribution.


PODS Technical Committee Members


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Scott Blumenstock

Coler & Colantonio


Rod Burden

Moore Resources


Kirk Cameron

New Century Software


Chad Corcoran

QEP Resources


Lee Davis

Gulf Interstate Engineering


* Michael Emanuel

Quantum Spatial


Janice Fisher

Eagle Information Mapping


* Aruna Gubba

Enterprise Products Company


Craig Hawkins



Olga Ingerman



Costas Kotzabassis

Tech Mahindra 


* Narmina Lovely

BHP Billiton


* Christopher Moravec

Eagle Information Mapping


Michael Ray



Victoria Sessions

Noah Consulting 


Kent Strasser

Willbros Engineering


Eric Thomsen

Coler & Colantonio


Tracy Thorleifson

Eagle Information Mapping


Peter Veenstra

Willbros Engineering


Marsh Wong



Teresa Young




* Subcommittee Chairperson

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