Board Member Bios

Sam Achesen, The Rosen Group

“I plan to bring my years of experience blending the needs of the PODS organization with the needs of the industry, and to assist in leading the organization to a successful transition to the PODS 7 era.”

Chad has been involved in the PODS organization since 2011, working with clients to implement, extend, and employ the data model. He joined the Technical Committee for Governance (TCG) in 2015 and have operated as the liaison to Technical Committee for Data Modeling (TCDM). These roles challenged him to gain a clearer understanding of the delicate balance between charter development and intention, and the hurdles encountered through working group execution and practical data model application. His experience in conceptual data model development, navigating the PODS organizational structure, and expertise in applying the data model to solve real-world business problems will provide value as PODS seeks to complete and roll-out the next generation model.

Mr. Acheson’s term on the board ends in 2021.


Jeff Allen, Esri 

For the past 25 years Jeff has been helping operators in the pipeline industry utilize location enablement technology to manage the life cycle of their assets.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Survey Engineering from the University of Maine and has worked the majority of his career leading a successful Esri business partner in the pipeline space.   In 2016 Jeff transitioned from the partner community to join Esri as the Global Pipeline Practice Lead.  In his role at Esri, Jeff continues to offer strategic guidance to pipeline companies to help them leverage Esri core technology to streamline asset management workflows and increase operational efficiencies.

Jeff has previously served on the PODS Board, various technical committees and working groups.

Mr. Allen’s current term on the board ends in 2021.


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“I am committed to the execution of the PODS strategic plan; and as a Board Member I would bring my knowledge and experience to support these critical activities and the continued growth of the PODS membership.”

Chad Corcoran is the Senior Manager of GIS/DMS/Drafting at Tesoro Logistics, a limited partnership of Tesoro Companies, Inc. His current responsibilities include driving the strategic direction and implementation of the GIS, Document Management, and Drafting programs across the organization. Tesoro Logistics utilizes a PODS 4.02 database to manage and maintain gathering and transmission pipelines. Previously, Chad held Project Management and Leadership roles within Information Management, Information Technology, and Pipeline Safety/Regulatory Compliance.

Chad has been an active member of the PODS association since July 2012, serving as a Release Coordinator and member of the Data Modeling team from July 2012 until August 2015. During this time he supported the PODS 6.0 release and participated in various data modeling activities. In August 2015 he joined the Technical Committee on Data Governance team where he currently serves. He was recognized as a “PODS Rock Star” by the PODS Executive Director during the 2013 and 2015 user conferences.  Since 2017, Chad has been Co-Chair of the Next Gen Workgroup, and in 2019 he became Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Corcoran’s current term on the Board ends in 2020.


Terry Furches, Chevron

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Ms. Furches’ current term on the Board ends in 2020.


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Treasurer – Chad Hultman, ONEOK

Chad Hultman is the Supervisor of GIS Services for ONEOK Partners, L.P. with over 10 years of experience working with pipeline GIS and the PODS data model. Chad has coordinated data migration projects from paper to PODS, from spatial data sets to PODS, and PODS to PODS. Managed a large project team to ensure all GIS data is traceable, verifiable, and complete. He has managed projects to install data editing, HCA, Class Location, and MAOP. Chad has overseen data bridge projects to perform ILI Data Analysis, Risk Analysis, and Modeling. Was a member of the INGAA committee formed to comment on the PHMSA NPMS Information Collection proposal.

Mr. Hultman’s current term on the board ends in 2020.


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Andy Morris, DCP Midstream

“I plan to bring best practices from a variety of GIS sub-disciplines gained from my experiences and apply them to pipeline GIS solutions. My technical background will allow me to add to conversations regarding database design and implementation. I have a structured approach to solving problems, an ability to facilitate consensus form various stakeholders and the passion to continue to grow and improve the PODS community.”

Andy Morris is the GIS Manager for DCP Midstream LP. His current responsibilities include strategic direction and implementation of programs to provide internal and external customers geospatial analysis and mapping products to support safe pipeline operations, regulatory compliance and business development activities. He is constantly on the lookout for innovative approaches to provide actionable intelligence to support executive decisions at DCP.

Mr. Morris has 18 years of GIS experience covering numerous industries and projects. He started his career creating digital mapping products for the U.S. Department of Defense and moved onto leading projects for Local and State Governments including pipeline GIS projects for a municipal water system. His subsequent position as GIS Manager at an engineering firm provided experience with creating high-accuracy mapping products derived from digital orthophotography and LiDAR digital surface models along with data modeling solutions for clients. After the 9/11 attacks and as an ESRI subcontractor, he quickly built the capacity to provide classified digital mapping products for the National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency. His time at New Century Software allowed him a deep immersion into PODS and providing PODS-based database and software solutions to support pipeline data management and integrity management programs.

When his is not thinking spatially, Mr. Morris enjoys skiing and mountain biking in Colorado’s mountains with his family and friends.

Mr. Morris’ current term on the Board ends in 2019.


Gina O’Beirne, TC Energy

Gina is currently the Manager of the GIS Strategy and Governance and Canadian GIS Services teams at TC Energy in Calgary, Alberta. She has an engineering background and started working with GIS as a developer and analyst in the late 1990s. Since then she has held a variety of IT, Pipe Integrity Threat Management, Damage Prevention, Class/HCA and field operations roles, all with varying degrees of GIS implementation or use.
Gina’s team collaborates closely with IS and other GIS colleagues within the organization, having responsibilities for the enterprise GIS environment and toolset applicable to the management of 92,000km (57,000 miles) of pipeline, assessment, and base datasets in Canada, the US and Mexico. Gina has experienced the business integration efforts resulting from several pipeline acquisitions over the past 15 years, and on the database technology front, she has seen the transition of the company‘s GIS data model into the PODS environment. She values the highly collaborative PODS approach to Standards development and looks forward to continuing to learn and share best practices with her PODS colleagues.

Ms. O’Beirne’s current term on the Board ends in 2020.


Todd Patterson, Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Todd Patterson is the Manager of Data Integration and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Buckeye Partners LP. His current responsibilities include strategic and tactical data management to provide internal and external customers accurate and reliable geospatial analysis and mapping products.

Todd has more than 15 years of GIS experience spanning multiple industries and diverse applications, including academic support, landcover mapping, imagery classification, CAD integration, environmental remediation, software development, and pipeline operations. He has been working with PODS over the past several years, including planning for migration to PODS Lite and Next Gen, as Buckeye has enhanced its GIS and moved to the industry standard data model, and looks forward to engaging with the PODS organization to help ensure its success as it evolves into the future. Todd has been involved in other non-profit organizations in various capacities including serving as an executive officer and Board member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Lehigh Valley Chapter for more than 15 years.

Mr. Patterson’s current term on the Board ends in 2020.


Eugene Lam, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP

Eugene joined Boardwalk in 2014 as Sr Solutions Architect. He has 20 years of experience in the pipeline and energy industry, designing and implementing solutions for a variety of gas, electric and other utilities, based on the developing technology of ESRI and Smallworld GIS. Previously, Eugene held technical and management roles in GE Energy, Telvent and Schneider Electric, leading project teams to implement enterprise GIS solutions, both local and international.

More recently, Eugene has focused on conceptualizing and implementing solutions that help users understand and leverage the use of technology in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality and data integration between PODS, enterprise asset management as well as Business Intelligence systems.

Eugene graduated from University of Denver with an M.B.A. and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Mr. Lam’s current term on the board ends in 2021.


Secretary – Rick Roberts, Petro IT

“I plan to bring my vast experience and knowledge of the industry to the PODS organization in hopes of improving the models currently under deployment. I will be able to bring ideas that will allow global construction practices to be integrated into future model/modules helping to bridge the current gap. Given my past and current experiences with direct involvement on project sites, I can be very technical and at the same time very practical. This allows me to have real world discussions with the field while understanding the application on the database side.”

Rick currently serves as Principal Consultant at Petro IT. His 45 years of Oil and Gas experience has
given him a broad knowledge of the industry. During this time, he has held many diverse positions
ranging from construction to technical staff. Rick spent 25 years with Chevron Pipe Line Co where
he had a variety of assignments and many project team memberships. His vast experience in
construction, afforded him many opportunities and became an asset to Chevron Pipe Line’s PODS
implementation. He began working with PODS in 2002 as they migrated from a customized version
of ISAT. Rick has 20 years of GIS experience spanning all the PHMSA integrity related rules
involving Liquid and Gas HCA analysis. His cross-functional experience will allow Rick to bring construction needs and current/future TVC requirements to the team for implementation.

Rick was an active member of the PODS/IPLOCA New Construction Working Group. He still participates as a member of both organizations.

Mr. Roberts’ current term on the Board ends in 2020.


Gautam Singh, ExxonMobil

Gautam Singh has 14 years of experience in project management, design, planning and managing programs. He has managed large pipeline & facilities projects in the US and Canada. Currently, he is a supervisor for Geospatial Systems & Graphics group, which is responsible for global operationalization of PODS & GIS and enhancing data integration.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He was on American Petroleum Institute (API) working committee to update API Recommended Practice (RP) 1133 -Managing Hydrotechnical Hazards for Pipelines Located Onshore or Within Coastal Zone Areas. This RP (2nd Edition) was recently published to include the latest best practices from operators and subject matter expert to reduce and manage water crossing risks.

Mr. Singh’s current term on the Board ends in 2020.


head_jackiePresident – Jackie Smith, Williams

Ms. Smith currently serves as an IT GIS Architect and technical lead at Williams. Her experience includes nearly 20 years in all aspects of GIS in the pipeline industry and local government. She began her career assisting Williams in building its Enterprise GIS and remembers discussing the beginning of PODS with current members.

Over the years, Ms. Smith has developed expertise in designing, implementing and supporting enterprise GIS databases and solutions, as well as leading GIS programs, staff and budgets. She has also led data governance initiatives, such as creating Open Data Procedures at the City of Houston and implementing GIS data policies at Williams. She has been a member of PODS since late 2014, keeping up with the paradigm shift in the model.

Ms. Smith served 3 years (2004 – 2007) as a Chair on the Board of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Geographic Data Committee. Currently, she is serving on the Board of the DAMA International Houston Chapter. She has also coordinated an informal women’s group for GIS professionals, in years past.   She is a GISP and has a ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management.

Ms. Smith’s current term on the Board ends in 2019.