Sally HallingstadPresidentFrom balancing budgets and creating collateral to executing a 100,000-person event, Sally Hallingstad has a wide range of event, community outreach and marketing experience. She has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, allowing her to think and speak about issues with a unique perspective. Hallingstad believes that collaboration is the key to success for any organization, regardless of sector. Her passion for collaboration has been consistent throughout her career and is the driving factor for her willingness to brainstorm new ideas and desire to implement change.
In November 2018, Hallingstad joined the Corporate Communications department at Whiting Petroleum as their Corporate Community Relations Representative. Prior to joining Whiting, she was Executive Director for the Denver Petroleum Club and responsible for the overall management of the organization and its more than 950 members. Hallingstad worked closely with the Board of Directors on defining a mission, goals, and strategies for the organization and implemented new strategies for recruitment, retention, and engagement of members.
Hallingstad received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University with a minor in business management. A self-proclaimed workaholic, Hallingstad does make time to enjoy the outdoors and can often be found touring Colorado on her road bike, hiking in the foothills or reading a book. She is actively involved in the Denver nonprofit community and currently serves as the Board Chair for Project PAVE, Board Chair for Oilfield Helping Hands Rockies, Board Chair for the Colorado Energy Foundation and last but not least, Chapter President WEN Colorado.
Caley Van CleavePresident ElectManaging Partner, Iridium Consulting CompanyWhether navigating new growth strategies or landing top talent, she has worked hands-on with business leaders finding valuable solutions for most of her career. Prior to co-founding Iridium Consulting Company, Caley served as the Vice President in two previous award-winning consulting and search firms. In both companies, she supported clients in identifying new approaches to their businesses and teams. In addition, Caley has successfully coached professionals across all levels of an organization to effectively advance their careers.
She serves as a speaker and workshop administrator on human capital strategies, career development skills, soft skill development, energy industry and other key topics for private organizations, associations, and educational institutions. As an active member of the community, Caley currently serves as the President Elect on the board of the Colorado chapter of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), an international organization an international organization of 6,800+ women professionals who work across the energy value chain.
Rhonda Eve WillertTreasurerManaging Director, DeloitteRhonda Willert is a Managing Director at Deloitte responsibile for delivering Audit and Assurance risk services including managing large consultative projects to managing SOC and external and internal financial statement and Information Technology audits. Rhonda has fifteen years of diverse consultative and project management experience. She has led and participated in a broad range of engagements including external and internal compliance audits for public, private and governmental clients. Rhonda is equally proficient in managing and performing business cycle process and information technology assessments.
Rhonda is married, with 4 children and lives in Colorado.
Sarah DerdowskiPrograms DirectorExecutive Director, University of Colorado Denver, Global Energy Management ProgramProfessional with more than 10 years of experience in energy education building relationships between industry and education. She is the Executive Director of the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver. The GEM program is known as an all energies program that provides, graduate, public and professional educational opportunities. She was recognized as one of the Top Women in Energy in Denver in 2019 and is an advocate for energy dialogue across all sectors. Previously, working for the Canadian Consulate of Denver conducting political and trade research and working at the UNFPA in Sarajevo, BiH evaluating programming. She holds a Master’s from the University of Denver in International Administration and Political Economy and a Bachelor’s from Wesleyan College in International Relations. She is an avid mountain biker and outdoors enthusiast.
Jennifer KrausMembership DirectorSenior Project Manager, CORE ConsultantsJennifer is a senior project manager at CORE Consultants, Inc. with over 20 years of experience working in natural resources. Jennifer specializes in project management of proposed wind and solar projects, focusing on the coordination of natural resource surveys and environmental permitting prior to construction in various states across the west. She has written National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) documentation to support permitting of large-scale transmission line projects, and has worked with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on several Environmental Impact Statements (“EIS”) for proposed oil and gas pipeline and terminal projects.
Prior to focusing on project management, Jennifer conducted field surveys for water and sediment quality evaluations, stream habitat monitoring, wetland delineations, and environmental site assessments in the Pacific Northwest while living in Seattle, Washington before moving to Colorado in 2014.
Waverly McDanielMarketing DirectorCo-Founder, Type 7 Creative AgencyWaverly is a Co-Founder of Type 7 Creative Agency, a boutique design firm based out of Denver, CO. In her previous role, she worked for Holland & Hart LLP in marketing and assisted the firm’s Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources attorneys in developing and implementing marketing and business development strategies and initiatives. Because of her experience in the energy industry, Waverly now specializes in branding, strategy, and design for energy related clients. Waverly’s experience includes creating and executing strategic marketing campaigns, graphic design, web design, event planning and branding, and social media management. Waverly received her B.S in Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not at work, Waverly enjoys spending her time at local coffee shops, watching college football, skiing, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.
Julie ClarkOutreach DirectorAttorney, Oram & HoughtonJulie Clark is an experienced oil and gas attorney for Oram & Houghton, PLLC. Julie began her career as an insurance defense litigator and later transitioned to oil and gas litigation. Since 2008, she has focused her practice on mineral title examination, curing title defects and probating estates to clear title to mineral interests. She has substantial experience drafting drilling, division order and acquisition title opinions covering State, Federal, Bureau of Indian Affairs and fee lands, as well as complex issues including railroads, rivers and subdivisions. She is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. In addition to WEN, she is involved in various non-profit organizations, including the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, serving on its Community Service Committee, and iResQ.co, an animal welfare organization. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark College. After graduating from law school in Portland, Oregon, she practiced law in Houston, Texas, until settling in Denver in 2012. When not working, Julie enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Abby BriggermanImmediate Past PresidentPartner, Holland & HartAbby Briggerman is a Partner at the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. She counsels clients through a broad array of electric, natural gas and telecommunications matters before state regulatory agencies throughout the West and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). She represents large electric consumers, consumer coalitions, independent power producers, and natural gas companies in a variety of subject matters, including rate and reliability matters, tariff disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and transmission planning. She and her energy regulatory team practice before the public utilities commissions in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico, and also before the FERC.
Abby is experienced in negotiating and drafting contracts related to energy projects. She regularly represents her clients in rule making proceedings and advises them on compliance with final rules.
Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Abby was an attorney at Duncan & Allen in Washington, D.C., where she represented state commissions, consumer counsel, and municipally owned electric utilities in virtually all aspects of utility law.