Abnova Ecological Solutions provides a wide-array of ecological services, focused primarily on land reclamation and ecological restoration. Abnova is owned and operated by Dr. Michael Curran. Mike is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) and received both the top M.S. and top Ph.D. Student Award in the country by the American Society of Reclamation Sciences upon completing his graduate degrees. He developed techniques to improve reclamation & restoration monitoring which not only improve data quality, but also reduce field time by 10-40x (depending on if handheld or drone imagery is used). He also pioneered the use of spatially-explicit dashboards to rapidly report reclamation monitoring results, allowing for informed decision making and easy-to-interpret data. Mike worked with 26 oil & gas companies in reporting reclamation and restoration data to the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Conservation Efforts Database prior to the 2015 Endangered Species Act listing decision of the Greater sage-grouse and was acknowledged by the USFWS for the importance of his contributions. He has experience transitioning the reclamation monitoring and reporting techniques he developed to conservation bank monitoring. Mike has experience developing reclamation plans which go beyond satisfying regulatory criteria towards restoring food webs and creating pollinator and wildlife habitat.
Robert Ballantyne served the United States as a United States Marine. He is an electrical engineer with his follow-on education concentrating on Molecular and Atomic spectroscopy. He presently serves as Senior Vice President of his body of science research work focuses on environmental monitoring, mitigation, and remediation systems design. With an emphasis on waste stream reduction. His current role as Director of Research and Development for RWI Evaporation has allowed him to pursue the raw scientific research into ways to fundamentally change environmental mitigation markets and methods.
Nathan Wendt joined JHCGA as Vice President in 2016. He was elected President by JHCGA's board of directors in 2021.
Nathan has a background in management consulting, public policy think tanks, and as an entrepreneur. Prior to joining JHCGA, Nathan worked for Deloitte Consulting and Gallup. In these roles, Nathan worked on organizational transformation projects at U.S. Government Agencies and global data projects for clients including UNICEF, UNDP, the government of Rwanda, and more. Previously, Nathan was an Associate with the EastWest Institute, a foreign policy think and do-tank where he managed EWI's D.C. strategy and outreach to G20 governments, the White House, State Department, and other partners. Nathan has also worked on Presidential Campaign field operations.
From 2003 - 2009, Nathan spent extensive time abroad. In 2003, he traveled from Cairo to Cape Town, in 2005, across India by train. From 2005 - 2009, he spent large chunks of time in southern Africa (Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique) as a Research Fellow for FINCA, a consultant for Gorongosa National Park, and as a social entrepreneur designing for-profit and sustainable waste collection systems on the ground in Maputo, Mozambique.
During high school, college, and after, Nathan worked at McDonald's, Costco, J. Crew, as a barn mucker, in construction, and as a whitewater raft guide. Nathan holds a BS from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a MBA from the City University of New York. He speaks functional Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili. He is married with two young kids: a daughter and a son.
Encino specializes in emissions performance testing (all criteria and GHG pollutants), LDAR leak detection and repair, CEMS continuous emissions monitoring systems, high-resolution satellite methane detection, and advanced environmental data software for the measurement and minimization of emissions to help ensure regulatory compliance and meeting ESG strategies and objectives.
With a recent heavy bias towards continuous methane monitoring, my history has been focused on solution sales growth, and, geographic and technology expansion. Creating technology adoption roadmaps which align with a vision for a prospective customer base; ultimately leading to value realization. Technologies based on connectivity/modernization/controls/IoT/IioT with manufacturers, systems integrators and End Users in the Upstream/Midstream/Downstream/PetroChem O&G industries.
Thirty-five years industry experience with energy majors, including Shell and Maersk. Project management within technology, innovation and engineering. Have led complex, multi-discipline projects with budgets of up to 110 million Euro.
My approach is simple. Ask "brave" questions and challenge assumptions in order to unlock potential within groups.
I am a human being who strives to help others be better. I help government agencies and industrial sector clients to improve productivity and achieve operational excellence through customized solutions to complex problems. My specialty is process improvement, project management, and project planning.
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Specialties: SAP, Lean Six Sigma, Touchplan
Simply put, we are creators of content and distributors of information. The Crude Life began when entrepreneur and media personality Jason Spiess began covering the Bakken oil boom full time in March 2012. The first nine months, Spiess operated The Crude Life while living and operating the business in an RV. The method-journalism approach not only allowed Spiess to embed all the idiosyncrasies of the Bakken Boom, but capture face-to-face interviews with once-in-a-lifetime news-makers and personalities.
Executive for utility and commercial solar. Have been involved in sales of over 10GW of implementations around the world. This has included innovative solutions, relationship building, and solving issues this young industry faces.
Service-driven leader with a passion for building effect campaigns to address the climate crisis. Strong management and community engagement skills with extensive experience cultivating relationships with allies and partners in the climate arena. Internationally educated on climate policy, collaborative and nimble, with a proven ability to serve as a self-starter within a high-functioning and diverse team.
Spencer Schecht is a Senior Client Engagement Lead at the Global CCS Institute. Spencer is a climate change expert skilled across the energy value chain with competencies in member success, business development, virtual and in-person facilitation, account management, and project delivery. In his current role, Spencer is responsible for client engagement across North America, including delivering maximum value to current members, new member recruitment, commercial opportunity prosecting, and advocacy optimization.
Prior to joining the institute, Spencer has built robust experience working in non-governmental and non-profit organizations delivering mission-oriented results. His key accomplishments over nearly 5 years serving the membership at the Smart Electric Power Alliance include serving a diverse 1,200 organization membership while maintaining an over 90% recommencement rate. Spencer spent several years at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, advancing the city’s sustainable energy goals and serving DC residents, businesses, and universities.
Spencer holds an MA in International Relations with a focus on Global Environmental Policy from American University, an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from The United Nations Mandated University for Peace, and a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Eugene Holubnyak has recently joined University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources as a Director of Hydrogen Energy Research Center. He previously served over a decade as a CCUS program lead at Kansas Geological Survey and spent five years working on the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership at EERC. He has been a Principal Investigator on over $40M of the Department of Energy and other sponsored research and development projects on CCUS, Hydrogen, and critical minerals.
Eugene has served on multiple professional committees, including KS Induced Seismicity Task Force, State Carbon Capture Work Group, Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative. Until recently, he has organized and led the KS CCUS Task Force and represented Kansas at CO2 Transport Infrastructure MOU. He also regularly provides training and seminars for the Climate Tech and Carbon Capture & Storage Industry.
Eugene is also interested in space exploration and developments in Advanced Life Support Systems for space settlements. He is continuing research and publication activities in this area.