AJ AkaydinAdvisory Board MemberChief Financial Officer, Sammons InfrastructureAJ Akaydin is the Chief Financial Officer of Sammons Infrastructure, Inc., a Dallas-based holding company, which owns and manages renewable energy, energy storage, mitigation banking, and other infrastructure projects in North America. Akaydin has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking with a focus on power and energy industries. Prior to joining Sammons Infrastructure in 2017, Akaydin served in various financial leadership positions at Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE: VST), an independent power producer and retail electric provider, and Murchison Oil & Gas, Inc., a privately-held exploration and production company with operations in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. Akaydin spent the first 8 years of her career in the investment banking industry, 5 years at Citigroup’s New York and London offices, and 3 years at the Dallas offices of Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank. Akaydin’s transactional and management experience spans across various segments of the power and energy industries including upstream oil & gas, pipelines, refineries, conventional and renewable power generation, transmission, and energy storage.
Akaydin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University at Istanbul, a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master of Engineering degree in Operations Research from Cornell University where she was a Fulbright scholar. Akaydin is a CFA charterholder.
AJ has been volunteering with the WEN North Texas Mentoring Program since 2015.
Alissa EasonAdvisory Board MemberVice-President, Legal and Contracts, Kosmos EnergyAlissa Eason is Vice President of Legal and Contracts at Kosmos Energy. With twenty-five years of experience in the international oil and gas industry, she has worked on upstream, midstream and power projects around the world, from Brazil and Colombia to Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Her current work focuses on Kosmos’ operating assets in Sao Tome and Principe, Suriname, and Equatorial Guinea, new ventures development, and managing the Contract negotiations group.
Prior to joining Kosmos, Alissa worked at ConocoPhillips, with her last posting in Indonesia for four years. Alissa holds her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston and her Bachelor of Liberal Art in German and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Diana FrazierAdvisory Board MemberPresident, Guardian Mineral ManagementDiana Frazier is Founder and President of Guardian Mineral Management and Consulting headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, serving clients who live and have assets nationally. The boutique firm is customizable to serve all clients whether large or small for all their surface or subsurface oil and gas mineral management needs. She is a Certified Professional Landman and is quite active with the American Association of Professional Landmen – serving on the Education Committee and a member of the Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen. She is an Executive Member of the Women’s Energy Network of North Texas and she also serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Energy Network of North Texas as a Past President. Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University and an Oil and Gas Masters of Business Administration from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She and her husband love spending time with their three daughters and two dogs.
Sucheta GokhaleAdvisory Board MemberSr. Environmental Specialist, HollyFrontier - North Texas SponsorMs. Sucheta Gokhale is currently employed with HollyFrontier Corporation in their Corporate Environmental Dept. in Dallas, TX. She serves as the technical expert for air permitting and compliance for HollyFrontier’s refinery operations and participates in corporate level initiates. Prior to HollyFrontier, Ms. Gokhale served in environmental compliance positions for independent oil and gas companies and environmental consulting firms. She received her Masters in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Ms. Gokhale grew up in Mumbai, India where she received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering prior to pursuing a career in Environmental Engineering in the United States. She is a certified Professional Engineer with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Ms. Gokhale lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two little kids, and enjoys photography in her leisure time.
Lindsay GriderAdvisory Board MemberTailwater Capital LLCLindsay Grider is Head of Investor Relations at Tailwater Capital, an energy focused private equity firm. Prior to joining Tailwater, Lindsay was the Director of Investor Relations at NGP, a natural resources focused private equity firm, and she managed corporate development and distribution for Sterling Stamos Capital Management, an alternative investment firm based in Menlo Park, California. Lindsay started her career with five years in investment banking with Citigroup and Wachovia Securities, focused on M&A and capital raising transactions across various industries. Lindsay received her B.A. in International Commerce from Vanderbilt University.
Lindsay served on the board of the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas in various positions for over five years and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the chapter. She also serves as a national board member for The Foundation for the Women's Energy Network. She has also served the community as a founding board member and Treasurer of Flight, Vogel Alcove’s Young Professionals Organization, and through the Junior League of Dallas.
Carly HewettAdvisory Board MemberPartner, Childers Hewett Slagle PLLCCarly grew up in Austin, Texas, and is a founding partner of Childers Hewett Slagle PLLC. After earning both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Finance degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Carly moved back to Austin and worked for Ernst & Young LLP as an external auditor, focusing on real estate. While she is not currently practicing accounting, she is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. After 3 years in public accounting, Carly moved to Dallas to attend law school at SMU Dedman School of Law where she focused her studies on oil and gas. During law school she served as an Associate Managing Editor on the SMU International Law Review Association.
Carly has been practicing oil, gas, and energy law her entire legal career, and primarily represents oil and gas companies in their exploration and production operations, with an emphasis on title examination and transactional matters. She has extensive experience drafting curative instruments, assignments and other conveyancing documents, joint operating agreements, and farmout agreements. Carly has advised clients during the acquisition and divestiture process of surface, mineral, and leasehold interests, and has drafted various instruments related to the settlement of such matters. Her experience in the energy industry also includes matters related to surface use, including drafting surface use agreements, conducting due diligence for pipeline projects, and drafting easements. She has also assisted clients in conducting probate procedures in both Texas and New Mexico.
Carly has been married to her husband, Clayton, since 2014, and they have one son, Carter. Carly and her family have spent countless hours volunteering for Rodeo Austin through her life, and she enjoys returning to Austin each March to attend the rodeo and assist at the youth auction.
Christina KitchensAdvisory Board MemberManaging Partner, 3P Energy CapitalCHRISTINA KITCHENS stands out at leading organizations in accomplishing goals and optimizing resources. Described as a “360 leader”, Christina works effectively up, down and across organizations. She builds trust and delivers solutions that are inclusive, profitable, durable and paradigm shifting. Christina thrives in complex organizations where a holistic perspective and consistent delivery are mission critical.
Currently, Christina is the principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital focused to alternative energy capital and the refinance or purchase of reserved-based lending debt. She is building an enterprise platform as a conduit to alternative capital and viable partnerships across the energy sector.
Previously, she was the Group Managing Director of Specialized Industries Finance at East West Bancorp. With full P&L responsibility, she delivered substantially all the commercial and industrial loan growth since launching successful verticals in Upstream, Midstream, and Healthcare Finance. Additionally, she led the bank’s expansion to create an Investment Bank and launched an ESG Finance Platform within the specialized units. Prior to, she lead divisions at Community Trust Bank, F&M Bank and Sovereign Bank.
Christina has received frequent media coverage and has been a speaker at a variety of events. She has also been recognized multiple times as a top executive, including being listed on the D CEO Magazine’s list of the 500 most powerful business leaders in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Christina serves on the Boards of the Professional Leadership Program, the UNT Ryan College of Business and on the IPAA Capital Committee among others. She is active with the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Tocqueville Society.
Christina holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a BA in Psychology focused to Organizational Behavioral Management from the University of North Texas.
Monica MessickAdvisory Board MemberPartner, Jackson Walker LLP - North Texas SponsorMonica Messick is a partner in the law firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P., where she focuses her practice on finance and corporate transactions with an emphasis on credit facilities secured by oil and gas.
In her finance practice, she advises regional and national banks, private equity companies and oil and gas companies on secured credit facilities, of both the single-lender and agented variety. As part of this practice, Monica has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating credit agreements, intercreditor agreements, subordination agreements, guaranties, mortgages, and other security documents, and in advising clients with respect to perfection, hedging and usury matters. She has also guided clients through workouts and the complex considerations implicated by distressed loans. Monica’s corporate practice includes a broad variety of transactions, extending from mergers, acquisitions and private placements to entity formation, governance issues and general contracting needs. This diversity of experience enables her to issue-spot and guide clients through the myriad issues faced by small and mid-sized companies in their formation and growth stages, financing needs, and day-to-day operations.
Monica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. She is a member of the Energy Law Section and the Corporate Counsel Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and enjoys volunteering with Attorneys Serving the Community.
Whitney RandolphAdvisory Board MemberSenior Vice President, Credit Officer, Texas Capital Bank-North Texas SponsorWhitney serves as Senior Vice President and Credit Officer at Texas Capital Bank. She has over 15 years of energy finance experience providing senior debt capital to both public and private companies in the upstream and midstream sector. Whitney received her BA degree in Business from Southwestern University in Georgetown and MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In addition to serving as a board member for WEN National and Advisory Board member for WEN-NT, Whitney serves on the board of KidLinks. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys, riding horses and taking barre classes.
Peggy TibbettsAdvisory Board MemberPartner/VP, LaRoche Petroleum Consultants, Ltd.Peggy Tibbetts joined LaRoche Petroleum Consultants in 1998. Peggy has over 40 years of oil and gas experience including economics, database applications, accounting, and government compliance for both small and large independent oil companies. Peggy is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, is a past Chairman of the Dallas SPE Chapter, and has received multiple leadership, section, and regional service awards. Peggy was the General Chairperson of SPE’s biennial Hydrocarbon Economics & Evaluation Symposium.
Peggy is a member of the Women’s Energy Network, and in 2017, was honored by the Hamon Oil & Gas Center celebrating the Top Women in Energy in North Texas. Peggy is a member and past President of the Texas Energy Council, a member of the Lone Star Desk & Derrick Club, and past President of the Desk & Derrick Club of Dallas where she received their highest merit award.