Brianna WalcottPresidentSenior Knowledge Management Specialist, WilliamsBrianna Walcott has worked in the energy industry for eight years as a Senior Knowledge Management Specialist at Williams. Her primary responsibility is supporting Williams’ gas pipeline and midstream operations by defining and executing company-wide knowledge sharing projects and document and data management processes.
She previously worked in Information Technology for Gartner Inc, and covered local business as a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune. She has a bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Library and Information Science.
Her non-profit experience includes volunteering as a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2006, transcribing historical documents for Smithsonian Institute as a digital volunteer, serving as a mentor for a student at Westminster College, and volunteering in Salt Lake County Animal Services’ kitten nursery.
Halli HarrisPresident ElectSenior Environmental Specialist, WilliamsHalli Harris has worked in the energy industry for 19 years as an environmental project manager. Her focus has been in the natural gas industry, and she specializes in projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Over her career, she has worked in the United States and Canada across multiple project phases. Her work on major projects has involved identification of project feasibility, project siting, biological field surveys, regulatory agency coordination, environmental reporting and permitting, mitigation, environmental compliance, construction inspection, and post construction environmental monitoring. She has worked with Williams for the last 4 years as a senior environmental scientist supporting project teams working throughout the west. Halli is a certified professional wetland scientists (PWS) and project management professional (PMP).
Halli is pleased to serve as WEN Utah’s Membership Director, responsible for communicating with the Chapter members and developing the membership base for this new Chapter. In her free time, Halli enjoys hiking with friends and her three rescue dogs on Utah’s many trails.
Cassandra CantrellTreasurerAssociate Accountant, Dominion EnergyI am associate accountant at Dominion Energy. This is my first job in the industry after completing my bachelors degree in Accounting at Brigham Young University- Idaho. I love working in the energy industry.
Meghan AlbersMarketing & Communications DirectorEcology and Environment, Inc.Meghan Albers is currently an environmental scientist/group manager at Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E), in Salt Lake City, Utah. She joined E&E in May 2013 and has worked for E&E in Buffalo, NY and San Diego, CA.
Throughout her career as an environmental consultant, Meghan has supported a range of energy projects throughout the country, including natural gas pipeline, transmission, and solar development projects. Meghan has managed the environmental permitting of several complex, large scale projects, including projects located offshore.
Five years into her career, Meghan was named manager of the E&E Sandy, UT office. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science degree from the State University of New York, the College at Brockport. Meghan has also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America, and pet rescues. Meghan is a marathoner and world traveler, who enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing in her free time.
Nancy Jo PhilippPrograms DirectorHR Manager, Dominion EnergyNancy Philipp is a senior leader of human resources for Dominion Energy West. She started working for Dominion Energy West in January 2018. She has 25 years of experience in human resources and 15 of those years in leadership.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Organization Design from California State University Long Beach. Nancy had no experience supporting an energy or utility company until joining Dominion Energy West; however, she quickly realized the importance of women professionals, particularly women in the science and technology area, within the industry. Nancy is dedicated to supporting women in all areas to become successful professionals and dynamic leaders.for Dominion Energy West.
Tristen M. McDonaldCommunity Relations DirectorSupervisor, Project Controls, WilliamsTristen McDonald has been in the energy industry since 2001 and is currently a Supervisor of Project Controls. She has an MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and has served on local boards for (AACE) Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering and the YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Board. Tristen is a Utah native currently living in Holladay. She and her husband Brian have three children; Carter (22), Benjamin (21) and Jacob (18).
Amanda O'ConnorSponsorship DirectorEPG EventsAmanda O’Connor is a senior project manager at Environmental Planning Group (EPG LLC), an interdisciplinary planning and environmental firm. For more than a decade, Amanda’s professional area of focus has been on obtaining rights-of-way and other permits for use of federal lands in the western U.S. for developers and utilities. Her expertise includes managing the National Environmental Policy Act review process and federal land use management plan compliance. Through this experience, Amanda has gained extensive knowledge of complex federal and state policies and planning issues affecting electric power and natural gas transmission, development of oil and natural gas and minerals, and renewable energy development, particularly if federal lands or significant other natural resources are involved.
Marie DurrantDirector at LargePacifiCorp - Utah SponsorMarie Bradshaw Durrant is an energy attorney who helps energy companies comply with environmental issues under the Clean Air Act and other environmental statutes, including issues involving Indian tribes and tribal lands. She is currently coordinating a cross-disciplinary working group with the goal of reducing and responding to ozone events in Utah’s Uinta Basin. She has represented energy and natural resource clients in legal challenges to rulemakings, permitting, and enforcement actions at the local, regional and national levels.
After law school, Ms. Durrant worked as a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where she conducted policy research for the Department of Energy on the Clean Air Act, climate change legislation, unconventional fossil fuels, and carbon capture and sequestration. During law school she worked with a large energy law firm in Kazakhstan, and before becoming an attorney she served as a research fellow at Brigham Young University in the Women’s Research Institute and the Kennedy Center for International Studies, and also worked as adjunct faculty in the departments of Geography, Anthropology, and Social Work. Before undertaking law, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Chad, Africa, and maintains African connections through an annual student study abroad trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.