Board of Directors

Executive Board


Jared Calabria

Archaea Energy

Jared is a Director of Project Execution at Archaea Energy (now a BP company), the largest RNG provider in the country.  Jared oversees the full lifecycle of major projects from the business development phase all the way through the commissioning phase across the US. In addition, Jared is also an EPC Pm for Noble Environmental where he helped to oversee and construct the largest RNG facility in the World.

 Jared attended Pennsylvania State University with a focus in business and got his start in the Oil and gas industry as a Business Development Manager for Orbital Engineering.  From there he shifted focus to the midstream sector, where he worked as a Project Manager for Steel Nation. After many years in midstream, Jared moved into the RNG world. Jared is passionate about the energy industry and hopes to bring awareness to the APA members, and beyond, that RNG and traditional O&G can and should work together to present a uniform front to US energy independence.


                               Matt Ciprich

Equitrans Midstream

Matt was born and raised in Northeastern PA, in the heart of the Marcellus formation, along the Susquehanna River.  Matt holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Drexel University and a MBA from Villanova. He has worked in the downstream space for Sunoco, owned a construction and engineering firm, and is the current Director of Water Services for Equitrans Midstream. Matt and his wife live in Peters Township with their three children, saying busy on ski slopes, athletic fields, golf courses and working with E&P firms to optimize their water.


Jayme Stotka

     Williams Energy

Jayme Stotka is an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist IV for the Williams Companies, Inc. and has been with the company since December 2011. In her current role she is the lead environmental permitting specialist for natural gas gathering pipelines, primarily located in Northeast Pennsylvania. Over the course of her career with Williams, she has permitted pipeline projects in Ohio, West Virginia, New York and New Jersey. In 2013, Jayme transitioned into an environmental compliance role. During this time, she focused on environmental inspection during construction and post construction of natural gas pipeline and facilities in PA, WV and OH. In 2018 she transitioned back into the permitting specialist role. Jayme serves on the Advisory Board for the Williams Companies Political Action Committee (WILLCO PAC), a role she has held since September 2019.

Jayme graduated in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor‘s degree in Biological Sciences and worked in various research roles until she entered the Oil and Gas industry by joining GAI Consultants in November 2010.

Jayme has been a member of the Women’s Energy Network Greater Pittsburgh Chapter since 2014. She served on the Board of Directors for 5 years in various roles, including Secretary for 2 consecutive years from 2019-2020

Jayme received the Women’s Energy Network Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Woman of the Year award in August 2019.


Kitrina Pople


Kitrina Pople is a Senior Manager at EY. She has been with EY for over ten years and has worked with clients across the energy value chain as part of EY's audit and accounting advisory practices. She is also an active member of the Women's Energy Network (WEN). 
Kitrina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Outside of work and volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as travelling and hiking with her husband. 

 Kelly Nissenbaum
CJ Hughes Construction

Kelly works for CJ Hughes Construction, a construction contractor located in Huntington, West Virginia as their Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Corporate Strategy. Her background includes over 15 years of experience in sales, client relations, and new market expansion. Her role is paramount in cultivating new business relationships for Cj Hughes. She serves as the main point of contact for CJ Hughes's‘ new and existing clients to ensure effective communication and personalized service. As Vice President of Business Development, she focuses on new business but the core of her role is to foster the ongoing relationships she has with their current client base.

Kelly graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Minor in Business Administration. Kelly has been an active member of the Appalachian Pipeliners Association since their first event back in 2016.  She joined the Board of Directors as the Golf Outing Chair in 2017 until 2021 where we transitioned to the Vice President Role, President, and now past president.   Kelly was nominated and awarded the Women of the Year for Women's Energy Network in 2021 and help grow the Women's Pipeliners Network in Houston Texas.  She is also the Golf Chair for the Pipeliners Association of Houston, the APA's sister organization.  

Board of Directors

Communications Director

Kevin Sanders

CJ Hughes Construction

Kevin is a dedicated business development professional at CJ Hughes Construction, where he applies his extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, a sector he has been actively involved in since 2008. Kevin's career journey through various roles in the industry has been instrumental in shaping his current successes. A proud 2007 graduate of Muskingum University, he majored in business, a field that has always been close to his heart and aligned with his professional aspirations.

On a personal front, Kevin has been happily married to Sara for five years, and they are blessed with a son, Hudson. His family life is a source of immense joy and motivation. Kevin is known for his persistence in both his professional and personal life, a trait that has consistently driven him to excel and make meaningful contributions in his field.

Membership Director

Harry Anthony

Golf Outing Director

Makenzie Wall

Makenzie Wall has worked at USA Staffing Solutions for the past 18 months and recently got promoted as the Client Service Manager, managing a team of recruiters and staffing for clients in various industries across the country. Before joining USA Staffing, Makenzie worked at a golf club planning weddings, special events & golf outings. 

Makenzie graduated from IUP in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Marketing and went on to get her Master's degree in Human Resources. 

Clay Shoot Co-Director

Kim Gavran

Equinox Engineering

Kim Gavran currently works for Equinox Engineering Ltd. out of Southpointe for which she has worked with since 2019 and full time since 2023.  Kim started in Oil and Gas Industry in 2017 as the V.P. in Business Development for a waste treatment facility in Ohio and West Virginia. After assisting several companies with their growth plans, Kim started her own consulting company called K.A.M. Connects, LLC which she has since worked with a number of companies offering customers an array of turnkey services in the Upstream/ Midstream and Industrial markets. This diversification has given her great exposure to all facets of the construction, oil and gas industry.

Kim is an active board member for Appalachian Basin Gas Pa Association, Appalachian Pipeliners Association, Friends of Fossil Fuels and Customs Kicking Cancer (CKC).  In addition, member of the Women’s Energy Network, American Association of Drilling Engineers and Ohio Oil and Gas Association.  Kim graduated from Waynesburg University with a B.A. in Public Service Administration.  Kim began her career in the Human Services field and went on to receive a Certificate of Training and Consulting from University of Pittsburgh Training and Resource Center.

When Kim is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, traveling and her Pure Barre workouts.

Clay Shoot Co-Director

BJ Whitman

Encompass Energy Services

William BJ Whitman is the Vice President of the Oil & Gas group for Encompass Services.  He is a third generation Professional Land Surveyor registered in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York and has worked in the Appalachian basin since 2009.  With over 30 years of experience, his diverse background includes civil survey and related services in support of a variety of industries in addition to providing survey services across the life cycle of the Oil and Gas Market.  Mr Whitman joined Encompass in October 2012 as the Northeast Regional Director where he organically fostered a group that would eventually support the entire East Coast and see him promoted to the Vice President of Eastern Operations.  BJ is a Ripley, WV native and die-hard Mountaineer fan who now calls Washington, PA home.

Scholarship Director

Tara Meek

Williams Energy

Tara Meek is a State Governement & Regulatory Affairs Senior Rep for the Williams Companies, Inc. who has been serving the company in many roles since 2014. In her current role she works with various trade groups and regulatory agencies determining the pathway for environmental regulations for the benefit of the company and the environment.

Tara began her career in the Oil and Gas industry in 2004 upon graduating from West Virginia University with a bachelor‘s degree in Geology. She continued her education at WVU while working at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) earning a master‘s degree with dual specialization in hydrogeology and environmental microbiology.

Tara is co-founder and past president of the Appalachian Chapter of Women‘s Energy Network (now formed into Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Ohio Chapter, Susquehanna Valley Chapter, and West Virginia Chapter). She helped form the National Board and currently holds the position of National President for Women‘s Energy Network.

Tara is a member of American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG), is chair of the midstream committee at Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Vice Chair of the Leadership Section Committee for Southern Gas Association (SGA) and serves on the Environmental Committee for Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV). Tara has received the WING (Women in Natural Gas) Leadership award in 2014 and 2015 and has served on numerous speaking panels. She was a nominee for the ATHENA Award for 2016 and received the Pioneer Award for Women‘s Energy Network in 2017.

Marketing Director

Carmen Miller

Williams Energy

Carmen is an experienced design and drafting professional with six years of experience in the midstream space, supporting Williams Northeast Gathering and Processing assets under Project Execution. In her current role at Williams, Carmen leads and manages a large volume of Management of Change work for greenfield and brownfield projects for her team. Carmen has several years of experience as an entrepreneur with a focus on event planning and customized invitations. Carmen is an active member of the Women’s Energy Network Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, currently serving as the Co-Director of Social Media & Communications. Carmen is also an experienced professional vocalist and sings locally and internationally with her group, the BGV’s a.k.a. Background Vocals. In her free time, Carmen enjoys making new memories with her loved ones, crafting, sewing, baking, and reading.

Sponsorship Director

Brittany Giarnelli


Brittany Cushing has worked in the oil and gas field in the northeast for over seven years. Currently, she is a Senior Account Manager for WeldFit, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer-focused activity in the Marcellus/Utica play, a role she has served in for over four years.

WeldFit focuses on midstream and pipeline services and is a leading innovator in bringing solutions to market to help producers and transporters of natural gas and crude with emissions recovery. 

Prior to joining the company, , Brittany was the account manager at both Central Hydraulics and BakerCorp.  She developed and grew their respective businesses within the Appalachian region while forming invaluable relationships with operators. 

Brittany currently serves on the PIOGA membership committee, where she is actively engaged in helping to retain and grow the membership base.  She is also active in the Appalachian Pipeliners Association (APA), Appalachian Basin Gas Processor Association (ABGPA), and Women in Energy Network (WEN), serving on numerous committees and providing leadership to each organization as they pursue goals similar to that of PIOGA.

Outside of work, Brittany maintains a busy schedule, including the occasional trip to see her alma mater in Happy Valley.   Brittany, her husband, Tom, and daughters, McKenzie and Claire, reside in North Huntingdon, PA

Speaker Dinner Chair


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Social Media Chair

Meronaca Davis

Meronaca Davis is a CRE Project Manager for Western Land Services with a demonstrated history of working in the oil, gas, real estate, solar, and energy industry, focusing her talents primarily on Abstracting, Review, and Operations Management. She has worked on projects for various clients in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Texas. Meronaca has been an active member of the Appalachian Pipeline Association since 2022. Additionally, she is an active member of the Women's Energy Network (WEN), the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) with a Registered Professional Landman Certification, and the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL (MLBC). Outside of work and volunteering for various organizations, she enjoys trips to her home state of Louisiana, walks with her puggle, Rorschach, reading, and spending time with her husband, Jesse, at their home in Canonsburg, Pa. 

Social Event Chair

Laurel Schubert

Tank Services

Social Event Chair

Nicole Rebyanski

Frontier Ventures LTD

Laurel Schubert is a Business Development Executive at Tank Services, a corrosion company that specializes in coatings and catholic protection. Prior to joining Tank Services, Laurel was an Account Manager in the Oil & Gas for 15 years. By focusing on honesty and authenticity, Laurel has been able to put the bachelor's degree in management and Master's in Education to great use. When she's not working or traveling, Laurel finds happiness and accomplishment at the gym. Her weekend vibes include outdoor activities and trying in experiences.  

Nicole is a sales executive with over 20 years of experience; the last 8 of which working in the oil and gas industry. As the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Frontier Ventures Ltd., Nicole is responsible for the implementation and execution of critical corporate responsibilities for its diverse portfolio of construction companies.  The subsidiaries include Frontier Environmental, CH&D Enterprises, Frontier Golf, All Green Irrigation, and Union Pipeline.  Her focus is to provide leadership on the development and execution of growth plans that will build on their reputations as industry leaders. 

Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from Penn State University in December of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. She has been an active member of APA since 2019 and is currently serving as Co-Chair for social events.  Additionally, Nicole serves as the Director of Programs for ABGPA.      

A native of Western PA, Nicole resides in Greensburg with her husband Bill.  When not working, Nicole enjoys weight training, traveling, cooking, and a myriad of outdoor activities.  

Appalachian Symposium Chair

Gillian Flick

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Gillian Flick has over ten years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is an attorney and Member with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, a U.S. law firm with core strengths in energy, labor & employment, litigation and transactional law. She works with oil and gas developers on their transactional matters, including title examinations and title opinions, and due diligence for acquisitions. In addition, she assists oil and gas clients in the preparation and review of all documents relating to mineral title ownership, including easements, deeds, leases, and other transactional contracts. As part of the firm’s Renewable Energy Team, she advises clients on site control, leasing, zoning, and other issues that may arise with utility-scale solar operations and related transactions.

Gillian attended Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her JD in 2011 from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was part of the Urban Redevelopment Clinic and the Criminal Law Journal. Gillian also was the Vice President of the Women’s Law Association and active with the Animal Law Society.

Gillian is a Past President of Women’s Energy Network – Greater Pittsburgh and received the 2022 Woman of the Year Award. She is currently serving as the President Elect for the WEN Global Board. In addition to WEN, Gillian is a member of the Washington County Bar Association and is a past graduate of Leadership Development Initiative XXII.

Fishing Tournament Chair

Nathan Weimer


Nathan Weimer is a Regional Mechanical Integrity Engineer for the Williams Companies. Throughout the past six years, he has provided engineering and project management support for Plant Processing & Gas Gathering Operations in three separate operating areas throughout the United States. In his current role, he is responsible for planning, executing, and managing all mechanical integrity related inspections for the gas gathering facilities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. His focus is to develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective solutions that will aid in improving operations and business performance, while ensuring compliance with all codes and regulatory requirements. Nathan’s career with Williams began in 2016 after graduating from the University of West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum & natural gas engineering. Since then, he has obtained his 510/570 Pressure Vessel & Piping Inspector certifications from the American Petroleum Institute.