Leadership Section Managing Committee


Providing a forum for executives from member utilities to learn, develop, and share best practices to enhance the current and future industry leaders.

OUR MISSION

A collaborative community within Leadership

The mission of the Leadership Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee promotes and enables the development of leaders in the natural gas industry. The committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

The committee provides educational and networking opportunities to industry peers through our roundtable at the SGA Management Conference, oversees the activities of sub committees focused on specific areas, and provides guidance to SGA staff on appropriate areas of focus for the association.

The committee meets in person at planning meetings, conferences, and periodically by conference call.

Tara Meek, Vice Chair

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Williams Companies

Cordell O Carter, Member

Director
Southern Company Gas

Curtis Rice, Member

Regional Operations Manager
Dominion Energy

Fred A. Steele, Member

General Manager
Frontier Natural Gas Company

Jen Kostyniuk, Co-Chair

Director, Corporate Affairs & Capital Project Support
Dominion Energy

Joseph B Hampton, Executive Council Liaison

President, Alabama and Mississippi
Spire Alabama Inc.

Kimra H. Cole, Executive Council Liaison

President and COO
Columbia Gas of Kentucky

Laura Roberts, Member

Director, Gas Contracting
Xcel Energy

Lauren Gilliland, Member

Director, Gas Governance
Xcel Energy

Matt McCoy, Member

Director, Commercial Services
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

Michael Carnahan, Second Vice Chair

Operations Supervisor
Atmos Energy Corporation

Richard Lujan, P.E., Executive Council Liaison

Interim Vice President, Gas Solutions
CPS Energy

Sara Athen, Member

Vice President of Human Resources
Northern Natural Gas

Sarah Jacobs, Member

Economic Development Project Manager
Spire Inc.

Shasta Foy, CAE, SGA Staff Liaison

Senior Manager, Education and Credentialing
Southern Gas Association


Leadership Section Sub-Committees

Multi-Generational Leadership

Committee Leadership

  1. CHAIR: Crystal Campbell, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

The mission of the Multi-Generational Leadership Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee will address the five generations and the opportunities and challenges facing our member organizations by developing strategies to turn those challenges into success.

Who We Are?  Natural Gas Industry who are strategic thinkers, leaders, and decision makers within member companies.

What We Do? Provide networking and educational opportunities to industry peers through awards programs, best practice sharing and educational development for SGA events.

Where We Meet? The group meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly committee calls.

Crystal Campbell, Chair

Manager of Creative Services

Amanda N Carte, Associate Committee Member

Director of Sales, Gas

Colin Silla, Associate Committee Member

Chief of Staff

Jared Ciarella, Associate Committee Member

Director - Engineering Services

Jazzmin Jefferson, SGA Staff Liaison

Matt Joiner, Associate Committee Member

Executive Director, Education

Inclusion and Diversity

Committee Leadership

  1. CHAIR: Kimberly Blasingame, CenterPoint Energy
  2. FIRST VICE CHAIR:  Ian D Cooley, Spire Alabama, Inc.
  3. SECOND VICE CHAIR:  La Shon Johnson, CenterPoint Energy

The mission of the Inclusion & Diversity Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee focus will be on the individual employee leadership & development related to demographic experience, curiosity & empathy, and authenticity & belonging.

Who We Are? Natural gas industry employees focused on inclusion & diversity within their companies.

What We Do? The Committee broadens the effectiveness of inclusion & diversity efforts in their companies and across the natural gas industry.

Where We Meet? The Inclusion & Diversity committee meets on monthly conference calls, onsite planning meeting and holds a roundtable as part of Natural Gas Connect.

KImberly W Blasingame, Chair

Director HR and Diversity & Inclusion

Anthony Wise, Member

Operations Manager

Celesta Miracle, SGA Staff Liaison

Senior Manager of Committee Strategy

Dave Durgin, Member

Director, Natural Gas Division

Heather S. Sexton, Associate Committee Member

Natural Resources Team Lead and Project Manager

Ian D Cooley, First Vice Chair

Manager, Inclusion & Diversity

Javvad Qasimi, Associate Committee Member

Sr VP

Joe Cimbak, Associate Committee Member

Director of Talent Management

Joshua McLeod, Member

Director, Supply Chain Innovation and Supplier Diversity

La Shon Johnson, Second Vice Chair

Lead Project Manager

LaGeizia Ford, Member

Labor Employment, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Tony Magganas, Member

Gas Program Coordinator-Administrations, Warehouse & Meterin

Women & Leadership

The mission of the Women & Leadership Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee is designed to educate, inspire and energize women in the natural gas industry, aiming to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge.

Who We Are? Diverse group of individuals from across the natural gas industry who are passionate about growing, training and improving today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.

What We Do? Provide an opportunity for women to grow their professional network of mentors and business partners, learn from each other through sharing ideas, observing, interacting with established leaders, coaching and encouraging one another.

Where We Meet? The Women & Leadership Committee meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly committee calls.

 

Join the conversation at Connect@SGA Women & Leadership Interest Group!

Nancy E Conder, Chair

Director, SMS and Quality

Kristi Cheatham-Pettit, Vice Chair

Gas Sales & Public Affairs Manager

Allie Meyer, Associate Committee Member

Engineer

Ashley Knight, Member

Vice President, Human Resources

Brandi Price, Member

Vice President, Public Affairs

Carol McKnight, Associate Committee Member

Program Manager

Emily Rogers, Member

Manager

Jazzmin Jefferson, SGA Staff Liaison

Jen Kostyniuk, Member

Director, Corporate Affairs & Capital Project Support

Joyce Gorgan, Associate Committee Member

Managing Director, Houston

Kerry Davis, Associate Committee Member

Owner

Lauren Maas, Associate Committee Member

Project Manager | Environmental Energy Group

Lisa Holleron, Member

Rachel B. Williams, Associate Committee Member

Senior Project Manager - Environmental Permitting

Raven Elliott, Past Chair

Senior Air Qualty Project Manager

Samantha Howard, Member

Leader Environmental Compliance

Sarah Walls, Member

Business Analyst

Sylvia Joure, Member

T&D Specialist III

Thuy Geraci, Associate Committee Member

Business Development