Board Member Bios

head_sblumenstockTreasurer – Scott Blumenstock, Dynamic Risk

“I believe in a standard approach that can be utilized by organizations to greatly streamline required processes, and allows for greater sharing of information as well as more proactive responses instead of reactive responses as regulations become more stringent in the oil and gas industry.”

Mr. Blumenstock worked 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 2018.

head_chad_CChad Corcoran, Tesoro Logistics

“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.

Mr. Corcoran’s current term on the Board ends in 2018.


Katrin Franke, TransCanada

Katrin works as an Operations Lead in TransCanada’s GIS team.  Since joining the Oil & Gas Industry in 2011 she has worked on the enhancement of TransCanada’s existing practices around GIS data management and implementing a new data governance framework.  In her current role she is accountable to multiple internal stakeholders to manage and analyze existing geospatial data and also supports the migration of new data into TransCanada’s GIS environment.

TransCanada has recently adopted PODS as the data standard for its enterprise asset data, which offered Katrin the opportunity to gain valuable experience in developing flexible implementation methods, best practices and effective data sharing mechanism, all of which support the strategic product goals of the PODS organization.

Katrin looks forward to joining the PODS Executive Board and supporting the association in achieving its vision of becoming a recognized global leader in pipeline data standards and best practices.

Ms. Franke’s current term on the board ends in 2018.

head_pherrmannPresident – 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 2018.


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 2018.

head_nicholeNichole Killingsworth, BSD

Nichole Killingsworth is Vice President at BSD Consulting Inc. based out of Houston, Texas. With over 10 years of experience in the pipeline industry, she has served the PODS Association the as co-chair of the New Construction Standards Workgroup, participated in the PODS conference planning committee and also been a speaker and supporter at the PODS EMEA conference in Vienna. Nichole is also an active member and participant of GITA (Geospatial Information Technology Association), IPLOCA (International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association), the Texas Gas Association and other influential organizations dedicated to pipeline safety. Her current role at BSD allows her to work with over 200 pipeline companies around the world with divers backgrounds and data management needs. Thus offering the PODS Association a unique and well-rounded perspective.

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


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 2017.

head_wnagelWilliam “Buddy” Nagel, Kinder Morgan

“My 37 years of experience provides me with the knowledge of operational and regulatory needs of the industry and the 25 years of GIS experience in manipulating pipeline data for use in mapping and analysis. I also bring the knowledge of data and systems integration in regards to conversion and merging of two pipeline systems with approximately 80,000 miles of natural gas pipelines and 9,000 miles of liquid pipeline lines.”

Mr. Nagel is a Technical Service Supervisor in the Pipeline Data System Department at Kinder Morgan. He leads a team that has the responsibilities for validation of data loaded into PODS, alignment of ILI data, loading of ILI data, data integration, and process/procedure development. He has 37 years of pipeline experience with 25 years of GIS experience using various software applications.

Mr. Nagel’s current term on the Board ends in 2017.

head_jackieSecretary – 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.

head_pveenstraPeter Veenstra, TRC

“The PODS organization is facing challenges and needs to be more responsive and compelling to their users. If PODS can be more flexible in supporting operators in different environments (onshore, offshore, transmission, distribution, gathering, domestic and international) and can be deployed to allow pipeline operators more latitude for implementing PODs to suit their needs while keeping a standard and well documented core to provide mechanisms and standards for interoperability – then we will have done our job.”

Mr. Veenstra is the Principal GIS Technologist for TRC. He is responsible for rolling out enterprise pipeline GIS solutions. His experience includes 20 years in the GIS field, product development, software architect, programmer, GIS analysis and consulting, and CAD drafting.

Mr. Veenstra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Geographic Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh.

“Energy, Ideas, Organization and Focus. I submitted a proposal to the PODS BOD with ideas for allowing the PODS model to be more flexible in supporting operators in different environments (onshore, offshore, transmission, distribution, gathering, domestic and international). The PODS organization is facing challenges and needs to be more responsive and compelling to their users. I hope to direct initiatives that will allow the model to be deployed quicker and to allow pipeline operators more latitude for implementing PODs to suit their needs while keeping a standard and well documented core to provide mechanisms and standards for interoperability. I have been actively working with pipeline data models for 15 years. I know pipelines GIS internationally and domestically and with my 20 years of experience in the GIS industry; I have a good idea of what pipeline operators want and need from their GIS.”

Mr. Veenstra’s current term on the Board ends in 2019.

Vice President – Elizabeth Ziemer, Enbridge

Elizabeth Ziemer is currently the Supervisor of Pipeline Information for Enbridge’s Liquid Pipelines business unit. She is responsible for all pipeline records, drawings, and GIS for the 17,000 miles of liquid pipelines in North America. Elizabeth has previously served 2 ½ terms on the PODS Association Board of Directors from October 2009 through February 2014. During those terms, she held the Vice-President position as well as the Secretary position. Elizabeth has also been directly involved with several PODS initiatives such as the Phase I Working Group for New Construction, the contact for the NACE Engineering Symbols Related to Cathodic Protection, and previous PODS Strategic planning.

As an operator, Elizabeth has familiarity with implementing both the PODS relational model and the spatial model. She has been involved and sponsored data management and solution implementation based on the PODS model. She was previously the LP GIS Manager for Enbridge and a GIS Project Manager for Enbridge’s Major Projects business unit. She has 20 years of GIS experience, 16 years in the pipeline industry of which 13 have been spent as an operator. As an operator, she has experience in engineering services for operations, pipeline integrity, risk management, and construction.

Because of previous experience on the board, Elizabeth realizes the commitment and level of engagement required to continue positive momentum for the PODS Association. Elizabeth works well with others in setting and achieving goals. She understands and believes in the mission and vision of the PODS Association.

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