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LGS Board Nominees 2015-2016

Samantha Leone: President-elect

Samantha Leone earned her undergraduate degree in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  After deciding to pursue a career in the oil industry she moved to Louisiana and earned her Masters of Science in Geology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  During her Masters studies she interned with both Orbit Energy and Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas.  In 2013 Samantha accepted a full time position with Freeport-McMoran Oil & Gas as a Geophysicist in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico development team.  Samantha served as the LGS Vice President for the 2014-2015 term and the Treasurer for the 2013-2014 term.

 

Bill Finley: PresidentWRF-headshot_sm

Bill grew up in Lake Charles, LA, and graduated from LaGrange High School in 1965. Returning to college on the GI Bill, Bill finished his course work with a BS Degree in Geology in 1974 and an MS Degree in Geology in 1975 from USL.

Bill started with Gulf Oil Corp. in New Orleans in 1975 performing regional exploration in the MAFLA (Mississippi Alabama Florida) Region, and eventually well-site work on COST (Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test) wells in the Baltimore Canyon. Bill then accepted a position with Forest Oil Corp. in Lafayette in 1979, working development projects and large regional studies in south Louisiana both onshore and offshore. Bill became a free agent in 1990, and began to seek his fortune as an independent, contracting his first consulting job with his previous employer, Forest Oil.

Bill joined the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (S.I.P.E.S.) in 1990. As an independent, Bill has worked extensively with computer applications for geologic mapping and seismic interpretation with Forest Oil, ESRI in Columbia, SC, and Dan Tearpock at Subsurface Consultants & Associates, both in Lafayette, LA and Houston, TX.

Bill joined Rozel, LLC in 1996 as a partner (operating under his company, Aquila, LLC) generating prospects and selling deals. The partnership has been successful drilling an average of about 2 wells per year with a success rate of 82%. Bill left Rozel and opened an office in the Oil Center as Aquila, LLC in 2013.

A long time member of AAPG, SEG, and S.I.P.E.S., Bill was the 2008-09 S.I.P.E.S. Vice President of National Energy, the S.I.P.E.S. National President for 2009-10, and is still representing the Lafayette Chapter on the S.I.P.E.S National Board.

Bill wrote the lead article in the March 2011 S.I.P.E.S. Quarterly, “Whose Fault Is It? A Geologic Empire in the Central Gulf Coast”, and also contributed to the New Orleans Geological Society’s “Oil and Gas Fields of S. La., 2010″.

Bill was appointed to the LA Board of Professional Geoscientists as a charter member in 2013, and has been involved in writing the LBOPG Rules. Additionally, Bill serves on the Acadiana Chapter of the American Red Cross and has been an Adjunct Professor at ULL since 2014. As an instructor at the University, Bill is currently teaching the Subsurface Mapping Project Class.

While active in other professional societies, Bill currently serves as President-Elect on the LGS Board, and will be advancing to the position of President for the Society in 2014-15.

 

Justin Guidry: Vice PresidentJG-headshot_sm

Justin Guidry graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a BS in Geology in May of 2011. He began his career in petroleum geology by working as a geotech for Shoreline Energy shortly after graduation.

At the end of 2012 he began working full time as an operations Geologist for Shoreline.  He continues his employment with Shoreline as an operations Geologist as well as interpreting data and mapping south Louisiana properties as an exploitation Geologist.  Justin enjoys golf, running, and plays in USTA tennis leagues.

Justin served as the LGS Secretary for the 2014-2015 term.

 

Terri Bannister: TreasurerTerriBannister_LGSphoto_sm

My name is Terri Bannister and I am currently a MSc Geology student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I am originally from Kingsville, Ontario and I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo. While at Waterloo I participated in the cooperative education program, whereby every four months students alternate between taking classes and work placements. I did two of my internships with local municipalities doing GIS tasks, and two with the Canadian Ice Services where I used remote sensing tools to study ice characteristics in the Arctic. After graduation, I spent 15 months in Nova Scotia where I did an internship on the Bay of Fundy.

As the internship in Nova Scotia was concluding, I began looking for full-time employment and debated between coming to Lafayette, LA to do contract work for the USGS at the National Wetland Research Center or work for a Canadian exploration company working in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. I decided to come to Louisiana because I could get Netflix (Canada did not yet have Netflix at the time), and the USGS contracting firm was willing to wait for me to start work by two months while I went backpacking in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. I spent five years working full-time at the Wetland Center and am co-authored on six remote sensing journal articles.

While pursuing my MSc in Geology at UL I have taken a variety of theoretical to applied geology courses. I am currently in the subsurface mapping project class; my data pertains to Mystic Bayou. My thesis work focuses on geohazards in Nepal using data collected with Dr. Duex and Dr. Poudel. I am currently the Geo Assistant for the Geosciences Division at C&C Technologies.

Besides my interests in geology, remote sensing, and increasing my tolerance for spicy foods, I am on a mission to visit as many nations equal to my age (±2). I am currently ahead of schedule at 34 nations.

 

Elisabeth Boudreaux: SecretaryElisabethBoudreaux_pic_sm

Elisabeth is originally from Thibodaux, LA, grew up in east Texas, and has been back in the Lafayette area for some time. In 2006 she received her B.S. in Geology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She went on to earn her M.S. in Geology (also from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 2013, focusing on petrologic/petrographic studies of volcanic rocks from the Big Bend region. During some of that time (2006-2010), Elisabeth was employed with the Lafayette Parish Assessor’s Office and worked with research/ArcGIS in the mapping department. In 2012, she began teaching classes for the Geology Department at UL of Lafayette, where she is still currently employed. Elisabeth and her husband Gary reside in Lafayette with their 3 young children.

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