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LGS Board Nominees: 2016-2017

Bill Finley: Past President


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.


Samantha Leone: President

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.


Jen Hargrave:  President Elect

Hargrave photoDr. Hargrave joined the faculty of the School of Geosciences at UL this January as an Instructor for geology and a museum research scientist.  Dr. Hargrave is a UL Lafayette alumnus, graduating in 2000 with a B.S. in Geology.  She received her Masters in Vertebrate Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2004.  She then received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 in geology with a focus in vertebrate paleontology.  After graduation, she spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Syracuse University, conducting a study on lacustrine carbonates on Lake Turkana, Kenya.  Upon completing her post-doc, she then made her way to Southern Utah University, spending five years as an assistant professor of geology and as the university resident paleontologist.

 In addition to teaching at UL, she will be splitting her time at the Lafayette Science Museum.  Dr. Hargrave’s current research includes the numerous Pleistocene fossil birds from Fossil Lake, Oregon.  Additional research interests include paleontology, sedimentary processes, depositional systems, and geoscience education and outreach.



John Hollier: Vice President

JohnHollierBorn and raised in Lafayette, John graduated from Our Lady of Fatima High School and attended USL to receive a BS Degree in Geology (1979).

After interning in Lafayette for two years before graduation John accepted a position with Tennessee Gas Transmission (Tenneco) in Houston (8/79). Working as a Geological Engineer at TGT provided a broad exposure to Gulf Coast geology in both onshore and offshore fields and in the developing Baltimore Canyon Area of the East Coast.

John was recruited into an exploration geology position for the Offshore GOM by Union Texas Petroleum and in 1985 began working sub-salt and deep water exploration, including the “ground up” development & execution of a sub-salt GOM exploration program for a major international oil company.  In 1995 John was recruited back to Lafayette and, with his wife of 34 years, has enjoyed raising “and releasing” two lovely daughters in Lafayette’s family friendly environment.

John is a Lifetime member of Lafayette Geological Society and a past Director, AAPG member since 1979, was a Houston Geol. Soc. Member (15 yrs.) and has participated 3 times as a GCAGS Judge.

Terri Bannister: Treasurer


Terri Bannister is currently a MS Geology student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Geo Assistant for the Geosciences Division at Oceaneering Survey Services (formerly C&C Technologies). Terri served as the LGS Treasurer for the 2015– 2016 term. She is originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. She has seven years work experience in Remote Sensing, GIS, and wetland research while working at the USGS National Wetland Research Center where she co-authored several journal articles.




Elisabeth Boudreaux: Secretary

Elisabeth is oriElisabethBoudreaux_pic_smginally 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.

Kaare Egedahl: Adviser

 Kaare Egedahl earned both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Geology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Kaare interned with PXP while pursuing his Master’s degree and upon completion accepted a job with Marathon Oil in Houston in PAGE 15 2013. By 2014, Kaare had returned to Lafayette to join the deepwater Gulf of Mexico Development team at Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas as a Geologist.


Lou Groth: Adviser

LGrothLou was reared in Wharton, Texas and graduated from Lafayette High School. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1975. He started his career oil and gas career as a roughneck for W. C. Fatjo Drilling Company, working summers while attending USL. At the time he graduated from USL, he was employed with Pennzoil Producing Company as a draftsman and was subsequently promoted to Geologist, responsible for South Louisiana development work. After 5 years in Lafayette he was transferred to the Houston based exploration group. After 3 years in Houston, he then returned to Lafayette as a Consulting Geologist, logging time with Energy Investments Inc. and Texas Crude Inc. From there he moved on to become Exploration Manager for Coalinga Corporation, working projects situated in South Louisiana, West Texas, and Oklahoma. After 11 years, Coalinga sold their production and he joined the ranks of Stone Energy as a development Geologist— gleefully retiring after 13 years—the last 6 years as Business Development Manager (unconventional resources). He is now the president of J&H Resources, LLC, a geological consulting firm. Lou is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and been a member of AAPG since 1975. He is currently a long standing member of the LGS and past member of the West Texas Geological Society, South Texas Geological Society, Houston Geological Society, and the Calgary Society of Petroleum Geologists. He also is a member of the ULL Geology Department Advisory Board.

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