Caley Van CleavePresidentManaging 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 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.
Jenni SparksPresident ElectMarketing Manger, Applied ControlJenni Sparks is an experienced Marketing Manager with over 10 years at B2B technology companies. Jenni specializes in communications with expertise in developing marketing strategies, defining value propositions, facilitating innovation development, digital communications strategy, and leading cross-functional teams. She attained her BSBA from CU-Boulder in 2010 and her MBA from DU in 2019. She believes the best way to get work done is to set goals and have fun along the way. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, exploring the great outdoors, and taking a yoga class.
Kimberly SandsSecretaryDirector, Reserves and Planning, Great Western PetroleumKimberly Sands is Director of Reserves and Planning for Great Western Petroleum, a private oil and gas exploration and production company. She has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Kimberly joined GWP in 2016. Prior to her time at Great Western, Kimberly was an Asset Engineer for the Rocky Mountain division of Samson Resources Company. Prior to that, she was a completions engineer in the Paradox Basin for Encana. Kimberly begin her career with Vastar/BP in the GOM Shelf as a drilling engineer. Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. She is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.
In 2020, Kimberly was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's Top Women in Energy. In 20202, she iwas 2020 Energy 101 Program Co-Chair for the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). Additionally, Kimberly actively involved in the Junior League of Denver (JLD).
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.
Erin BiekerEvent DirectorCommunity Outreach, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.Erin Bieker is currently a Community Outreach and Account Representative at Halliburton Energy Services, based in Denver, CO. For ten years, she has played key roles for various energy companies in the community engagement and business development areas. At Halliburton, Erin is responsible for local government affairs, strategic community outreach and employee advocacy. She led the expansion of the company’s community partnerships and developed a STEM program, in partnership with GEAR UP Colorado and API. Additionally, she provides account management for key accounts at Halliburton.
Along with WENCO, Erin is on the Board for Funzeleo, a non-profit organization supporting the youth in Africa to promote STEM careers. She is a member of the Oilfield Helping Hands leadership team and holds the position of Social Media Director for the American Association of Drilling Engineers. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family on their farm raising animals.
Sally HallingstadImmediate Past PresidentBusiness Development Manager, Western Energy AllianceFrom creating collateral and hosting a podcast to executing a 100,000-person event, I have a wide range of program/event development, community outreach, and marketing and communications experience. I thrive on connecting people and organizations to the tools and resources they need, and enjoy making it a fun experience for everyone involved.
I am actively involved in the nonprofit community and currently support a number of organizations, including Women's Energy Network, Oilfield Helping Hands, Project PAVE and Global Dental Relief.