Board of Directors

Meet Our Executive Committee

The Executive Committee ensures that SGA’s executive initiatives serve member company needs. Members of the Executive Committee provide ongoing insight and guidance to SGA for development and evolution of programming, events and training.

Steven Lindsey

Spire Inc., Chair

Steve Lindsey is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Spire. Steve spent 23 years in the natural gas utility business at AGL Resources. Most recently he served as president of Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas and Florida City Gas and senior vice president of southern operations for AGL Resources. 

Steve holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and was recently named “Who’s Who in Energy” by the St. Louis Business Journal. In the industry, he serves as a board member of the Southern Gas Association. Carrying on Spire’s tradition of community service, his board service includes the Regional Business Council, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Sports Commission, Missouri Energy Development Association and Kansas City Civic Council.

Scott Doyle

CenterPoint Energy, First Vice Chair

With more than 25 years of utility industry experience, Scott is CenterPoint Energy’s Executive Vice President, Utility Operations. He leads the company’s natural gas and electric businesses serving 7.4 million customers in eight states, including 1,300 megawatts of electric generation capacity in southern Indiana.

Prior to this role, Scott served in numerous executive leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President – Natural Gas Operations, Senior Vice President of Regulatory, Legislative and Public Affairs, Vice President of Natural Gas in Texas and Vice President of Natural Gas in Louisiana/Mississippi. During his career, Scott has also held leadership roles in electric operations and multiple geographic locations across the company’s natural gas service territory.

Scott currently serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Houston, American Gas Association, American Gas Foundation, Southern Gas Association and Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Council of Texas A&M University.

Scott received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Luke Litteken

Xcel Energy, Second Vice Chair

Luke Litteken is Senior Vice President, Gas, for Xcel Energy. He is currently overseeing the gas business and is responsible for employee and public safety, engineering, integrity management programs, operations, compliance, system performance, reliability, and overall gas strategy.
Mr. Litteken has worked at Xcel Energy since 2014. Mr. Litteken was previously employed by CenterPoint Energy for 25 years. His responsibilities at CenterPoint Energy included distribution operations, sales, community relations, contractor services, and retail services operations.

Mr. Litteken holds a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and MBA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Executive Council for the Southern Gas Association, the Leadership Council, Safety Council and Operations Managing Committee for the American Gas Association, and the Board Chair for the Gold Shovel Standard.

Scott Hallam

Williams Companies, Secretary / Treasurer

Scott Hallam is the Senior Vice President of Williams’ Transmission and Gulf of Mexico operating area.  His responsibilities include business development, commercial operations, asset operations, technical services, health, safety and training.  The operating area includes interstate natural gas assets, such as Transco, Gulfstream, Northwest Pipeline and Discovery Gas Transmission, along with the offshore Gulf of Mexico gathering and processing assets.  Scott has twenty years of industry experience and been with Williams and predecessor companies since 2011.

His other roles include Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Gulf Operating Area, Vice President of Operations for Utica and Marcellus gathering and processing, VP/GM for the Eastern Interstates franchise, and General Manager of the Utica Supply Hub.  Scott has worked in upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the natural gas industry, including at Chesapeake Energy and Dominion Energy in a variety of roles.  Scott serves on the Board of the United Way of Greater Houston, Southern Gas Association and The Santiago Partnership. He also serves as the 2021-2022 United Way Community Campaign Chair for the Greater Houston area.

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Jimmy Staton

Santee Cooper, Immediate Past Chair 2021

As President and CEO of Santee Cooper, Jimmy D. Staton is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the state-owned electric and water utility, advancing Santee Cooper’s mission to be the leading resource for improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Prior to joining Santee Cooper, Jimmy served for more than five years as the President and CEO of Southern Star Central Corporation, a leading transporter of natural gas, with approximately 5,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. He also has served as Executive Vice President and Group CEO for NiSource Inc., one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, with approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states; as Senior Vice President for Dominion Resources Inc.; and as President of Asset Operations for Consolidated Natural Gas (CNG) Company prior to its acquisition in 2000 by Dominion Resources.

Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for The Energy Agency (TEA) and a member of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC). Jimmy graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering.

Jimmy enjoys sporting events, live music, golf and the great outdoors. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Cole and Chance. The Statons currently reside in Pinopolis and have a home in North Myrtle Beach, where they have been Santee Cooper customers for 15 years.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Steve Lindsey
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Spire, Inc.
Scott E. Doyle
First Vice Chair
Executive Vice President, Utility Operations, CenterPoint Energy
Luke Litteken
Second Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Gas, Xcel Energy
Scott Hallam
Secretary / Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, The Williams Companies
Jimmy Staton
Immediate Past Chair 2021
President & CEO, Santee Cooper
Suzanne Ogle
SGA President
President & CEO, Southern Gas Association
Eric J. Amundsen
Group Sr. VP Operations, Energy Transfer Company
Bryan Batson
EVP and Chief External Public Affairs Officer, Southern Company Gas
Lonnie Bellar
Chief Operating Officer, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Rodney Blevins
President-Gas Distribution, Dominion Energy
Lori Bruck
Chief Marketing Officer, Tenaska Marketing Group
Stan Chapman
EVP & President - US Natural Gas Pipelines, TC USA Pipeline Services, LLC
Diana Charletta
President & COO, Equitrans Midstream
Arthur Corbin
President & CEO, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia
Nick Gardner
VP of Natural Gas Utilities, Black Hills Energy
Carl Haga
Vice President, Commercial, Kinder Morgan
Jeff Householder
President & CEO, Chesapeake Utilities
Bobby Huffman
VP U.S. Marketing, Southern Region, Enbridge, Inc.
Blue Jenkins
President, Washington Gas
Carim Khouzami
President & CEO, BGE
Brian Langille
Interim Director, Clearwater Gas System
Richard Lujan, P.E.
Interim Vice President, Gas Solutions, CPS Energy
Tom Mathiasmeier
President, Global Gas, Power & LNG, ConocoPhillips
Cristie Neller
VP Administrative Services, BHE GT&S
Becky Palmer
President, West Texas Division, Atmos Energy
Shawn Patterson
President & CEO, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline
Jeff Sanderson
SVP, Operations, Engineering & Construction, Boardwalk Pipeline
Chuck Shafer
VP Health, Safety & Environmental Execution, NiSource
Kent Shortridge
SVP of Operations & Customer Service, ONE Gas, Inc.
Alonzo Weaver
Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division
Jason Weekley
SVP and Chief Operation Officer, Summit Utilities
Sasha Weintraub
SVP & President, Natural Gas Business, Duke Energy Corporation
Helen Wesley
President, Peoples Gas
Marlan Jarzombek
GMRC Board Chair
Atmos Energy
Michelle Trapp
Associate Director
Business Development Manager, Michels Utility Services, Inc.
Gerald Sims
Associate Director
National Sales Manager, Health Consultants Incorporated
Scott Kranstuber
Associate Director
VP of Sales and Marketing, Sensit Technologies
Chris Wykle
Associate Director
VP Gas Sales, Sensus
Adrian Chapman
Ex-Officio; Past Chair 2019
Caron A. Lawhorn
Ex-Officio; Past Chair 2018
SVP & CFO, ONE Gas, Inc.
Kimberly Watson
Ex-Officio; Past Chair 2017
President, Interstate Gas Pipelines, Kinder Morgan


Executive Council

The purpose of the Executive Council is to provide insight to SGA for use in development and evolution of its executive initiatives so that they are properly aligned with member company needs.

Pipeline Safety Council

The Pipeline Safety Council will provide leadership while working with operators and stakeholders to enhance the safe operation of our pipelines.

Diversity and Inclusion Council

The purpose of the Inclusion and Diversity Council is to foster innovative actions that help members to embed inclusion and diversity in their long-term business strategy

Board Committees

SGA has 6 board-level committees: 5 that are identified in the by-laws and 1 that is not. The President & CEO provides committee member recommendations to the committee chairs. The Board Chair approves the final committee make-up.