Board Candidates

The PODS Board of Directors consists of 12 elected members from PODS-member companies who govern the Association. The twelve Board members include nine (9) Operators and not more than three (3) Service Providers. The PODS Board of Directors is comprised of pipeline industry professionals whose companies support the PODS Association and contribute their employee’s time to Association activities. Board members serve 2-year terms and serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Nominations for the Board are annual. 

Natalie Fisher, Enbridge Pipelines

I have a rich and diverse background in using spatial data management systems to support asset management for the utilities and pipeline industry and will celebrate 20 years in this profession in 2020. I define myself as a practical self-starter who enjoys the challenge of problem-solving, implementing Geographic Information Systems, Database Design and Management, and Spatial Database integration.

Over the last 18 months, I have been exposed to the practical implementation of PODS 6.0 at Enbridge Liquid Pipelines. As we work to develop our database and integrate it with other systems and databases across our organization we have faced and overcome many challenges. My passion for establishing this centralized database has fueled my interest in playing a more meaningful role in the PODS organization. I believe in the true collaboration, sharing of our lessons learned as an operator, and using this to further refine the PODS Pipeline Data Model and extend its implementation across our industry.

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.

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 with 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 NextGen, 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.

Paul Herrmann, Chevron

Paul Herrmann brings 30 years in information technology and business process solutions experience, including over 18 years in pipeline GIS to PODS.

Since joining Chevron in 2008, Paul has been involved primarily in pipeline GIS but has also held roles in program management and business planning/service management. Paul is currently responsible for Chevron Pipeline & Power (CCP) Data & Insights and the CPP pipeline data management system. His responsibilities include coordinating and managing GIS and PODS-related projects, data management and integrity, data analytics, and reporting. He manages the PODS/GIS system and technology, which includes data management, field data collection, and regulatory reporting, as well as provides support for operations and integrity management. Paul focuses on various GIS-related initiatives, including PODS enhancement and software update projects, ArcGIS Server and a Chevron Pipeline (CPL) web mapping tool implementation, a PODS-related publishing environment, the CPL-wide One Call solution implementation, and centerline loading and corrections. He has also represented CPL in a Chevron corporate GIS strategy project.

Paul holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Deborah Matthews, TC Energy

With 21 years of GIS experience exclusively focused on the pipeline and utility industries, Deborah Matthews understands the importance of data standards and expanding spatial awareness to support company-wide business decisions. She is currently the Manager of US Integrity and Operations Services at TC Energy. Deborah is active with PODS, supporting over 50,000 miles of transmission pipeline across the US and Canada. She leads three programs: GIS, One Call, and Records Research. Deborah is responsible for the GIS system TC Energy utilizes as the system of record, providing accurate and consistent data and analysis to meet regulatory, integrity, and operational requirements and efficiencies.

Notable accomplishments: ESRI Special Achievement in GIS award for her work on the DIMP solution models (2009), GISP certified, BA and MA in Geography.


Carlisle Green, Boardwalk

Carlisle Green has worked in the pipeline industry for 19 years. He has spent time in both Commercial IT and Operations IT. He has extensive experience in midstream pipeline operations, compliance, safety, asset maintenance, and reliability. For the past five years, Carlisle has been the manager of the GIS IT group at Boardwalk, utilizing a PODS Spatial database.

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. He has held many diverse positions during this time at Petro IT 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 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.


Rachael Webster, New Century Software

Rachael Webster has 22 years of experience at New Century Software working with pipeline operators to find the best solution for managing their pipeline data. She has extensive hands-on experience with implementing PODS databases for over 30 different pipeline operators on various platforms such as SQL Server, Oracle, Azure, AWS, etc. With her background in database administration and experience with clients, she understands the technical aspects of implementing a pipeline data model and holds a deep appreciation of operator’s issues managing, analyzing, and publishing their pipeline data. Rachael has extensive experience supporting PODS-based GIS programs, data migration, and end-user training for software applications and the underlying data model. She focuses on best leveraging Esri’s APR and Utility Network with PODS 7 and UPDM. Her goal is to help PODS continue to grow and better meet the changing needs of pipeline operators.