Gulf of Mexico Foundation



Board of Directors




Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Board of Directors

During the GMF Board of Directors meeting held in Alabama in July 2008, GMF board members and associates toured the Shell Exploration and Production Company’s Yellowhammer Gas Processing Plant in Coden, Alabama. From left (front row): Marcus Allen, Gail Sutton, Bobbi Reed, Marti Powers, Paul Kelly and David McBride. (Back row): Laura Bodenheimer, Paul Kelly, Fred Palmer, Dan Smallwood, Wayne Johnson. Click photo to enlarge.

Dr. Quenton Dokken
Corpus Christi, Texas
GMF's President and CEO Dr. Quenton Dokken is uniquely qualified to lead the efforts of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Formerly, he was Associate Director of the Texas A&M; University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies and the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program. As a marine scientist, Dr. Dokken has an extensive publication record relating to the study of the ecosystems and fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. As Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program, he has led his professional peers in developing priorities for marine research in the Gulf of Mexico, a daunting task in the face of declining research dollars. He is the founder and coordinator of the Flower Garden Ocean Research Program and was Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium in 1985.

Wayne Johnson
Chairman, Founding Member
Dallas, Texas
Wayne Johnson is an attorney with over 30 years experience in the practice of law in Dallas, practicing primarily in the transactional, business formation and governance and regulatory law areas. During his career in both law and business, Mr. Johnson has been general counsel, executive officer, director and owner of various public and private enterprises. As a co-founder of Siro Wireless, a prepaid wireless telephone company, he currently serves as executive vice president and general counsel. Mr. Johnson has an undergraduate degree in finance and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Ian Richard Hudson
Vice Chairman
Houston, Texas
Dr. Ian Hudson is the Director, QHSE, at Transocean, the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, with over 137 rigs distributed worldwide and over 22,000 employees. Mr. Hudson coordinates the company's Corporate Responsibility and Environmental strategy worldwide, covering a wide range of areas from community and stakeholder engagement to global Environmental Management Systems. Transocean operates its fleet of rigs in over 30 countries worldwide, which provides a large diversity of activities and opportunities covering within the Corporate Responsibility and Environmental spectrum. Mr. Hudson serves on various industry and scientific committees on subjects ranging from environmental management to marine research and conservation. Previous to his current role, he was Director of the SERPENT Project, a scientific collaboration among 15 major oil and gas companies, which included Transocean and scientific institutions coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in the UK. He was a scientific advisor to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was involved in the successful Blue Planet and recent Planet Earth productions for Discovery Channel. Mr. Hudson holds a degree in marine biology from the University of Newcastle in the UK and a PhD in deep ocean ecology from the University of Southampton, UK.

Cathy Krajicek
Vice Chairman
Houston, Texas
Cathy Krajicek is the Asset Team Manager for Marathon Oil Corporation’s production operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that she was the development manager for Marathon’s Droshky Subsea Development Project in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and before that Asset Manager for the Bakken Asset Team, a role that she assumed when she joined Marathon in September 2007. Ms.  Krajicek came to Marathon after a 22-year career at ConocoPhillips where she worked in offshore oil production off the coast of Venezuela. Prior to that, she held management positions for ConocoPhillips Indonesia. She graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Petroleum Engineering and joined Conoco in 1985 as an Associate Engineer in Midland, Texas. After two years in Midland she progressed through a variety of reservoir engineering, strategic management, business development and NGL marketing positions. She has lived in multiple US locations including Midland, Casper, Lafayette, New Orleans and Houston; and also spent five years living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Michael Kieschnick
Corpus Christi, Texas
Michael Kieschnick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M; University Kingsville (TAMU-K) in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and a Masters of Public Accountancy. Mr. Kieschnick was the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the College of Business Administration. He joined Guerra, Kieschnick, Cross & Lovvorn, LLP part-time in August 1998, becoming a partner January 1, 2005. He received his Certified Public Accounting Certificate in September 2002. He and his wife Laura have two children. His uncle, Lawrence Kieschnick, served as the GMF's treasurer until his death in August 2005.

Eric Adams
Houston, Texas
Eric L. Adams is Vice President of Business Development for Oceaneering International, Inc., an advanced applied technology company that focuses on deepwater engineered products and services for the oil and gas industry worldwide. With 23 years of industry experience, he has held technical and commercial roles with increasing levels of responsibility in the midstream and upstream sectors of the industry. He holds undergraduate degrees in petroleum engineering and geology from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Joseph Dial
Founding Member, Former President
Dallas, Texas / Washington DC
A native Texan, Joseph Dial is a founding member and former president of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. In 1989 he was elected by 24 gubernatorial appointees from the five Gulf coastal states to serve as the first Chairman of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program. Leading up to that time, Dial owned and managed a multi-faceted cattle, crop and agricultural products/services business in South Texas. He was also active in banking and international trade and had been exporting agricultural products to foreign countries for 25 years. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Dial served as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington DC. In January 1998 he was named a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently a consultant to several foreign governments and US firms in the fields of Global Derivative Markets Development and Managing Change in Agriculture through Electronic Commerce. He serves as a member of the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development, Committee on Commodities Group of Experts.

Colie Donaldson
Founding Member
Diamondhead, Mississippi
Colie Donaldson is a founding member and former president of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. His management experience in economic and community development spans more than 25 years. During the past decade, he has been a consultant to various companies, assisting them to reorganize and refinance their operations. He has completed the six-year Institute for Organizational Management Program and the three-year Advanced Management Academy, at Notre Dame, both under the direction of the US Chamber of Commerce. Donaldson offers his diverse experience in management, economic, and community development to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.

J. Gary Ellis
Gulf Shores, Alabama
J. Gary Ellis is president and publisher of Compass Marketing, Inc., parent company of Southern Breeze magazine. Launched in 2000, Southern Breeze highlights the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest Florida and promotes conservation of our natural resources and responsible tourism to its readers. Ellis, a lifelong resident of coastal Alabama, believes in preserving resources and promoting that concept. Upon launching Southern Breeze magazine, Southern Breeze made a donation to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation in honor of all charter advertisers. That spirit of giving continues, with GMF as the key beneficiary of the Southern Breeze Coastal Wine Tour, a series of wine and culinary events aimed at the magazine's readers. Ellis is also involved in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the Conservation and Natural Resources committee of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Tourism Society, the Travel and Tourism Research Association, the Alabama Tourism Partnership and the Alabama Hospitality Association.

Rick Fowler
New Orleans, Louisiana
Richard L. "Rick" Fowler is vice president Deep Water Projects for LLog Exploration Company L.L.C. Prior to joining LLog, Mr. Fowler was General Manager of Gulf of Mexico operations for Dominion Exploration & Production based in New Orleans. Rick joined Dominion in 1996 when the offshore unit was part of Consolidated Natural Gas Co. Prior to CNG, Mr. Fowler performed reservoir engineering and operational duties for Exxon. A 1984 graduate of Tulane University, Rick earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. An active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, he has served as past president of the Delta section, chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Symposium, and committee member for the geology and geophysics session for the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Paul Kelly
Director Emeritus
Houston, Texas
Paul L. Kelly is an internationally recognized consultant on energy and ocean policy and is a retired Senior Vice President of Rowan Companies, Inc. For four administrations, he was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee, serving as chairman of the committee from 1994 to 1996. In 1991, President Bush appointed him to serve on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy established to examine the major issues affecting America’s coasts and oceans. Currently he serves as a member of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and on the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel providing independent advice under the Bush Administration’s Ocean Action Plan. This year he has begun a two-year appointment to the U.S. National Committee of the Census of Marine Life which is assessing the changing diversity, distribution and abundance of marine species, as well as the functional role of marine biodiversity in the United States. He has written widely on the subject of energy policy and is Senior Editorial Advisor of World Oil. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law, and a member of the Oceanography Development Council at Texas A&M University. Mr. Kelly is the President of the Board of Directors of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.
Article by Paul Kelly for World Oil magazine (PDF 4.23 MB)

Terri G. King
Houston, Texas
Terri G. King is the Manager of Gulf Coast Operations in ConocoPhillips' L48 Region. Her career experience spans asset management, operations, planning, strategy and portfolio management, and reservoir engineering. Prior to her role in the Gulf Coast, King managed E&P; assets in the North Sea. She is a native of Texas and holds fond memories of fishing trips with her dad off the coast of Texas. She earned an engineering degree from Trinity University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

John LaRue
Member, Former President
Corpus Christi, Texas
With a career of public service spanning more than 25 years, John LaRue brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. He is the Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority. His responsibilities include day-to-day operations of the port including the departments of Engineering, Finance & Administration, Government Affairs, Operations, and Trade Development. He offers the Foundation his broad experience in commerce, management, and development, as well as his knowledge of effective collaboration with government agencies.

David J. McBride
Houston, Texas
David J. McBride is Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) for Anadarko Petroleum Company located in The Woodlands, Texas. Anadarko operates globally, with a major focus area being the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Other areas of operation include Alaska, South America, Indonesia, Africa and China. Mr. McBride has worked closely with the oil and gas industry over the past two decades with a number of independent exploration and production companies in a variety of EHS and legal roles. David possesses an bachelor's degree in marine biology from Nicholls State University and a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He is active in the American Petroleum Institute and has served as chair of the Subcommittee on Environmental and Health Law. He is a Registered Environmental Manager and completed a fellowship on environmental communication with Loyola University. He has also been chair of Clean Gulf Associates, the nonprofit organization formed to provide spill response capability in the Gulf of Mexico for the oil and gas industry. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife, Katherine and son, Pierce.

Dr. Gene Meier
Picayune, Mississippi
A member of the board since 2002, Dr. Gene Meier has 31 years of experience in basic and applied research related to health and environmental science. He brings to the Foundation experience in: developing methods of analyzing environmental samples, developing hazardous waste, environmental monitoring, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), environmental monitoring, and remote sensing programs.

Greg Simmons
Houston, Texas
Dr. Gregory Simmons is Vice President Deepwater Gulf of Mexico for Devon Energy. Dr. Simmons has more than 25 years of energy industry experience and with an emphasis on deepwater exploration along the North and South Atlantic continental margins. Prior to joining Devon he worked with Ocean Energy, Seagull Energy, Exxon Exploration, Exxon Production and Research. Dr. Simmons received his B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. in Geophysical Oceanography from Texas A&M; University (TAMU). His dissertation and expertise involves tectonics and deepwater sedimentary processes of salt-cored continental margins. His interests extend to shallow water as well. He is an avid kayaker throughout the Texas bays. His interests include the proper balance between coastal economic sustainability, resource utilization, and environmental protection/preservation. He is committed to education throughout the community, from public education at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, to primary school education through Communities in School – Houston Independent School District, to higher education as a member (former chairman) of the Oklahoma State University Geology Advisor Board.

Hasting Stewart
New Orleans, LA
Hasting Stewart is Senior Communications Manager - Deep Water at Shell EP Americas business. In this role, he has responsibility for providing public, social performance, reputation, stakeholder and local government relations’ support for Shell’s exploration and production operations and new business ventures in the US Lower 48 states and Gulf of Mexico.

Larry Thomas
Brownsville, Texas
Larry Thomas is the General Manager of Government and Public Affairs for the Gulf of Mexico and Mid and Southern Continent performance units for BP America. He has served in a number of key roles for BP since joining the company in 2000. Mr. Thomas gained significant public and government affairs experience in the public sector as Chief of Public Information for the City of Jacksonville, Florida, and as Chief of Staff for the Fire and Rescue Department there. As an officer in the United States Navy, he served aboard two aircraft carriers, a guided-missile cruiser, and as a staff officer for the Navy’s ballistic missile submarine fleet. He recently retired as a Captain after nearly 25 years of active duty and Reserve service. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in Georgia. This is his second stint on the GMF Board, having served from 2002-2004.

Mary Yturria
Director Emeritus
Brownsville, Texas
Mary Yturria is a founding member and former president of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. She is a civic activist and visionary community leader who is well known in South Texas. Her legacy of contributions to a multitude of public services organizations has gained her recognition in both the United States and Mexico. She is a recipient of numerous civic and humanitarian awards. Yturria's foresight, organizational skills, and leadership are an immeasurable asset to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.

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New positions for Board

September 2010 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation held its annual CEO Council/Board of Directors meeting in Houston in September, during which Paul Kelly stepped down as the Foundation’s Board President. At the annual dinner, Kelly was recognized for the effort and hard work he has given. His efforts have helped grow the organization and provide expanded opportunities to improve the Foundation's mission of maintaining a healthy and economically sustainable Gulf of Mexico. His wife, Grace, was also recognized for her support and encouragement. Dr. Quenton Dokken was named President/CEO, and long-time member of the Board Wayne Johnson was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Kelly was named Director Emeritus which will enable him to stay involved and a part of the GMF family.

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Board meets in Houston
January 2010 - The GMF held its winter Board of Directors meeting in Houston on January 25-26. The meeting was hosted by Transocean, which also sponsored a dinner for Board members the first evening. The meeting focused on further development of on-going and proposed projects.
   The new GMF logo which is being rolled out just in time for the GMF's 20th anniversary celebration year was approved for use. The logo, designed by Kim LaKayo and Justin Ferguson of Anadarko, replaces the original logo which has been used since the GMF's inception in 1991 and depicted the map of the Gulf of Mexico.
   The next board meeting will be held in Houston in May.

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Board meets in Mississippi
October 2009 - The GMF Board of Directors held its fall meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, October 27-29. As guests of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, the Board members were given a tour by boat of the Biloxi Bay area, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound and barrier islands. Local experts on the marine ecology and biology of the area were onboard to provide Board members with a clear understanding of the natural resources of the area and the challenges those resources face.
   In the evening, the GMF and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation hosted a dinner for Board members and guests at Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant. That restaurant is located in a house built during the French occupation of the area and was featured in a National Geographic article as Biloxi’s “oldest house.”
   The business meeting was held on October 29, and several members of the Board stayed on for the Gulf Guardian Awards ceremony held that evening.

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Board meets in New Orleans
April 2009 - The GMF Board of Directors held its first quarterly meeting of 2009 on March 31 and April 1. CEO Council partner, Shell Exploration and Production, hosted the meetings at the Shell offices in downtown New Orleans.
   On the first afternoon, the Board heard from three guest speakers. The first was Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director of Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, who provided information on HRI’s current programs and activities and on ways that HRI and the GMF can interact to benefit the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico.
   Dr. William Walker, Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, provided an update and overview of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and ways that the GMF could assist the Alliance and help the Gulf of Mexico at the same time.
   The third speaker was Lars Herbst, Regional Director of the Minerals Management Service Gulf of Mexico Region. He described the many environmental efforts that are underway at MMS in the Gulf Region. The MMS is particularly interested in ultra deep water exploration and production.
   In the evening, GMF Board President Paul Kelly of Rowan Industries hosted a dinner at Luke Restaurant for Board members and guests.
   On April 1, the GMF held the business portion of the quarterly Board of Directors meeting. The next Board of Directors meeting will be held in July 2009.

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John LaRue speaks at Coastal Issues Forum
Jan 2009 - GMF board member John LaRue, Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, headed a forum entitled "State of the Port" during the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation's Coastal Issues Forum on January 12. The forum was held at the Carlos F. Truan Natural Resource Center, Texas A&M; Corpus Christi.

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GMF Director delivers message to World Affairs Council
Jan 2009 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Executive Director, Dr. Quenton Dokken, spoke on January 21 to the World Affairs Council of South Texas. His speech was called, "The Gulf of Mexico: An Internationally Managed Natural Resource." The council system has the largest international affairs speakers’ program in the country with over 2,500 events each year.

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Board meets in Alabama
July 2008 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation Board of Directors held its summer meeting at the Grand Marriott Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. The event began on July 28 with lunch and a tour of the Shell Exploration and Production Company’s Yellowhammer Gas Processing Plant in Coden, Alabama. The board members then continued on to the hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. On July 29, the board approved and welcomed two new members, David McBride with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Dan Smallwood with ConocoPhillips. The rest of the morning was devoted to presentations and discussions relative to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Dr. William Walker, Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, gave a presentation on the history of the Alliance and its efforts to date. Also representing the Alliance were Bryon Griffith and Phil Bass with the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program. The Program has been a catalyst and partner in the Alliance since its inception. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is also an active partner in the Alliance, as it manages and coordinates the Gulf state-led activities relevant to habitat restoration and conservation. The discussion provided an opportunity for board members to hear about future plans for the Alliance and the efforts of the GMF. On the afternoon of July 29, the Board held its business meeting. Following that meeting, Shell Exploration and Production Company hosted an evening reception which provided an opportunity for the GMF to share its mission, goals, and activities with local dignitaries and area environmental groups.

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Board meets in Corpus Christi
May 2008 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation held its spring Board of Directors meeting May 8-9 at the Omni Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. The meeting kicked off with a welcome reception hosted by Marathon Oil Corporation at the nearby Texas Surf Museum. Board members met local business representatives and heard a talk given by Dr. David Yoskowitz of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies on “The Productive Value of the Gulf of Mexico.” On May 9, board members met with members of Governor Fidel Herrera’s administration from Veracruz, Mexico, to learn about the plans for the next State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit. During the working lunch, Dr. Yoskowitz gave a talk on the “Economic Valuation of the Freshwater Inflow.” After conducting an afternoon business session, board members attended a Corpus Christi Hooks baseball game at the city's new Whataburger Field. The evening activities were hosted by Valero Refinery and Marathon Oil Corporation. On May 10, a number of board members participated in the GMF Science & Spanish Club Network’s Youth Leadership Conference 2008, held at the Sinton ISD High School in Sinton, Texas.

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Board meets in South Texas

February 2008 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation held its first meeting of 2008 at the Rancho Viejo Resort in Brownsville, Texas, Feb 27-28. The meeting began with a visit to one of the GMF's Science & Spanish Club Network projects in the area, the Juliette Garcia Middle School, and toured the club's sable palm pond project. They also visited students in the classroom and learned about experiments they were conducting such as water salinity testing. The evening was devoted to a Meet and Greet reception at the resort. Guests included local business people and representatives from the University of Texas-Brownsville.
The second day, GMF hosted a Business and Industry Roundtable, where members of oil and gas, ports and other industries came together to discuss ways that their employees could get involved as volunteers for GMF projects. The meeting was followed by a luncheon with guest speaker Robert Cornelison, Director of the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District. He spoke about the social challenges faced in the Brownsville area and about its record of environmental progress. He also described the impacts to the area from the expanding offshore oil and gas developments.
Following the GMF Board of Directors’ business meeting held that afternoon, board members and guests enjoyed dinner at Rancho Viejo sponsored by Founding Board Member, Mary Yturria. Although Mrs. Yturria was unable to attend the event, she extended a warm invitation to board members and local business people to enjoy some South Texas hospitality. Dinner speakers were Bill Grimes with the Texas General Land Office and Bill Haines, Harbor Master and Assistant Police Chief in Aransas Pass, Texas. They both spoke on the problem of abandoned vessels and structures along the Texas Coast.

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