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Clay Bretches

Mr. Bretches is the President & CEO of Sendero Midstream Partners. He has spent his career gaining a broad base of experience in all sectors of energy, including upstream, midstream and marketing. Prior to joining Sendero, he worked at Anadarko for 14 years and held various executive management positions, including leading Anadarko's global crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids marketing organization. He also led the Exploration and Production Services division that provided centralized commercial, technical, and logistical support to all of Anadarko's worldwide operations. Prior to joining Anadarko, Clay led the crude oil marketing and midstream operations for Vastar Resources. He started his energy career at Arco as an engineer, working on various drilling, completion, and reservoir engineering projects in West Texas and Mid-Continent areas of operation. His education includes a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Texas. Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Texas A&M, he served in various leadership positions in the U.S. Army reserve. He currently serves on the advisory council of the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) and is a board member of the Gulf Coast Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Robert McNally

Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 24-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.

Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.


Ryan Flynn is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, a trade group representing the hard-working men and women in New Mexico’s oil and natural gas industry. As NMOGA’s Executive Director, Ryan has worked to strengthen relationships with community partners and members, and better communicate with the public about the role and impacts of oil and natural gas in New Mexico. Prior to joining NMOGA, Ryan previously served as the Secretary of Environment and the Natural Resources Trustee for the State of New Mexico.  As Environment Secretary, Flynn brokered several key agreements with federal and state agencies, including a successful agreement with the United States Air Force to remediate groundwater contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base; and a landmark settlement agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation over regional haze regulations in the coal and power producing Four Corners region of New Mexico – called by one environmental group, the “greatest environmental improvement in the state’s history.”  Ryan’s settlement agreement with the Department of Energy over violations at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the largest settlement agreement of its kind in the history of the United States.  Ryan serves as an area defense counsel in the New Mexico Air National Guard and is the proud father of two girls, Livia and Margot.   


Tim McIlwain is Senior Vice President, Production Operations of XTO Energy and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tim was born in Mobile, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. Tim has spent 35 years in the industry, with the last 19 being at XTO. Tim came to XTO through an acquisition in 1998 and served as Engineering Manager in the newly-formed East Texas Division. In 2005, he moved to Fort Worth to start the Fort Worth Division (Barnett), serving as Vice President. In 2011, Tim moved to Pittsburgh to start the Appalachia Division as Senior Vice President. In 2013, he returned to Fort Worth to assume his present position, overseeing the operations portion of our seven operating divisions.



  Duane Ripperger has gained extensive experience in the electric utility industry through various engineering and management positions over the last 33 years and he currently works as the Regional Manager of Strategic Transmission Initiatives for Xcel Energy in the New Mexico and Texas service areas.  His current responsibilities include the planning for major new transmission line projects, such as the current expansion in southeast New Mexico, and helping shape the implementation of public policies that affect the transmission business. 

Mr. Ripperger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.  He is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.   

Michael D. (Mike) Nedd is the Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Prior to this appointment, he served as Assistant Director for the BLM’s Energy, Minerals & Realty Management Directorate. In this capacity, he provided vision and leadership for developing and implementing programmatic policies, guidance, oversight, and human and fiscal resources for the BLM’s renewable energy, fluid and solid minerals, lands and realty, and cadastral survey programs.

In addition to these roles, Mike has held numerous leadership positions within the BLM, including State Director, Associate State Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Deputy Assistant Director. Prior to joining BLM, Mike worked for the National Park Service, the State of South Carolina and several private organizations. He also spent more than eight years on active duty in the U.S. military as an officer and enlisted soldier, in several highly specialized units. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Information and Systems Management from Strayer University. He has also earned undergraduate degrees in Information and Systems Management and Business Administration.

As Acting Director Mike oversees the nation’s largest natural resources organization, with responsibility for more than ten percent of the land in the United States and one-third of the country’s minerals. The BLM has nearly 10,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.3 billion.

Noreen Teel was born in New York, and as the child of a veteran and welder/pipefitter was able to visit many places before making Southeastern New Mexico her home five years ago. She lived in Colorado for many years, employed in the private sector in management, most recently as a Senior Manager for FedEx.

She attended Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University, where she earned her degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice. After spending many years in management, she chose to fulfill her personal goal of serving her community doing social work, which led her to the Department of Workforce Solutions, where she is now the Area Director for Eddy County, overseeing the Carlsbad and Artesia offices and serving those cities, along with the surrounding communities, to include Loving, Hope, Seven Rivers and Loco Hills.She enjoys bringing the employers together with qualified applicants, where the Workforce Motto is to educate, empower and employ.

She is an active member of the community, chairing the Nurture Committee as well as acting vice president of the Methodist Women's Organization of Artesia. She enjoys attending community functions for the local chambers of commerce, supporting groups such as the Lion's club or NM Division of Veteran Services and attending activities and events that her children and grandchildren are participating in. Her families' hobbies include sports and drag racing, so you may see her in the community dressed in anything from her Sunday best to a baseball cap and sunglasses.

 No matter where you might see her, she's always interested in what's going on in the community and lending a hand wherever needed. You may even hear her on the radio promoting the next job fair or newest employer who is coming to the area.

Alan J Cohen serves as Director of the Office of Oil and Natural Gas Research (FE-32) at the United States Department of Energy in Washington DC. He is responsible for identifying and investing in longer-term Upstream and Midstream research and development programs that are critical to safe and environmentally-friendly oil and gas operations, and to reduce America’s dependence on petroleum imports.  He partners with the National Laboratories (including the Sandia and Los Alamos facilities in New Mexico), academia and industry, to develop and deploy advanced technology solutions.

Alan joined the DOE in August 2017 after more than 40 years in the oil industry in executive, leadership and senior advisory positions in geosciences and petroleum engineering. He worked at Shell Oil, Ecopetrol, and several high-technology service companies. He has done business on every continent and in over 30 countries. Dr. Cohen received his PhD degree from Harvard University in Chemical Physics and his BSc degree from McGill University. He is married and has six children. Alan’s oldest son lives with his family in Santa Fe.