EnGen Program Advisory Committee
Sarah Sandberg, Colorado Oil & Gas Association Program Advisory Committee Chair
Sarah Sandberg serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), and is responsible for COGA’s financial direction, day-to-day operations, events, programs, local regulatory engagement, and community outreach. In this role, Ms. Sandberg has helped establish COGA as a leader in innovative programming and authentic engagement strategies. Additionally, Sandberg serves as Conference Director for The Energy Summit, a prominent energy conference in the West.
She also previously worked on communications and outreach within the Louisiana Governor’s Office, including assisting with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts and several hurricanes. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, and her Executive MBA from Denver University’s Daniels School of Business.
She serves on the Advisory Council for the Global Energy Management graduate program at the University of Colorado, Denver and is a board
member for the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance. She is the Chair of the Behind the Red Governing Council within the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, the chair of City Year Denver’s Associate Board, and the co-chair the Bring STEM to Life Committee within the American Heart Association. In 2017, she was named “40 under 40” by Oil and Gas Investor. She was also named to the Denver Business Journal’s 2017 & 2016 “Who’s Who in Energy” list and was a 2017 Top Women in Energy recipient.
Rachel Peterson, P.G., is a senior project manager and professional geologist with A.G. Wassenaar, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. In her position she performs and manages diverse soil, groundwater, and vapor remediation projects; and assists real estate developers, oil and gas operators, municipalities, and government agencies with regulatory compliance. She has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Rachel is an active member of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, the Colorado Environmental Management Society, and is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals. Rachel is passionate about camping, music, gardening, cooking, knitting, and the EnGen Program! Most importantly, she is married and is mother to Sadie, age nine and Brooks, age two.
Liz Wright is a media and communications specialist for Liberty Oilfield Services. Prior to joining Liberty Ms. Wright worked for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association supporting digital content development, providing research and analysis on policy issues, and developing communications and marketing strategies. Before transitioning in to the energy industry, Ms. Wright worked on a non-profit project building a groundbreaking continental scale ecological observatory network. Ms. Wright managed the environmental permitting team, oversaw project wide NEPA compliance and site-specific outreach activities. In her free time, Ms. Wright is a partner in Social Venture Partners and consults with local non-profits committed to social enterprise projects in the Denver metro area. She also enjoys fly fishing, reading, and spending time with her dog, Rio and her husband, Patrick.
Sarah Bartlett is the Senior EHS Manager at PDC Energy. She graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Technology Management. Sarah has spent her career working in various aspects of air quality and environmental compliance in the oil and gas industry, first in a consultant role and then for oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. At PDC, Sarah has been charged with developing and managing air quality compliance and environmental data management programs. As part of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Sarah serves as the co-chair of the air quality subcommittee, is on the Program Advisory Committee for EnGen, and was honored as the 2014 Emerging Leader. Sarah was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s 2016 Top Women in Energy.
Ana Gutierrez, Associate, focuses her practice on government regulatory issues. She advises clients on environmental regulatory matters, with a particular concentration on energy and natural resources. Recent and past experiences include advising oil and gas companies on environmental compliance strategies, permitting and enforcement matters, and preparation of comments on federal resource management activities; consulting local jurisdictions on the regulation of oil and gas operations; drafting comments on behalf of energy developers in response to federal rulemaking and decision-making on various environmental and energy-related issues; advising a leading clean energy company on the development of one of the largest wind farms in the United States; assisting with environmental and natural resources litigation related to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, as well as various other federal statutes; and assisting clients on numerous land use matters, including a particular focus on obtaining federal and local permitting authority for mining, renewable energy, and other development projects. Ana also advises ski areas and other recreation clients as public lands, land use, environmental, and regulatory counsel.
Caroline Hansen, Senior Landman, at Liberty Resources Management Company focuses on responsible exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons and takes a cradle-to-grave approach to all Landman responsibilities in Liberty’s Rocky Mountain drilling program. Caroline has vast experience with the Colorado and Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commissions and employs the required guidance and leadership to effectively communicate company concerns and issues pertaining to regulatory, permitting and surface owner matters to administrative officials.
Caroline devotes a significant amount of time to oil and gas industry associations. Caroline is the current Director for the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, and past Vice President. She has served on the leadership committee for the Denver Petroleum Club’s neXecutive Program and participated in the 2016 Colorado Oil & Gas Association EnGen class.
Mrs. Hansen is a Colorado native, a rare find in this diverse state. She attended The College of Charleston in South Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Hospitality Tourism Management. Caroline’s studies took her to Brazil and ultimately Dubai where she was awarded the opportunity to complete an international business program.
In Caroline’s free time she loves golfing, tennis, paddle boarding, skiing, hiking, fishing, traveling and spending time with her family. Mrs. Hansen married her husband Jon Hansen in September of 2015.
Steven Hatcher, Sklar Exploration
Steven currently serves as General Counsel for Sklar Exploration Company L.L.C., a privately held oil & gas exploration and production company with offices in Colorado and Louisiana. Prior to joining Sklar, he served as Land Manager for Ilios Resources, Inc., a family owned mineral and royalty acquisition company based in Shreveport, Louisiana and, before that, as an Associate Attorney with the law firm Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC in its Shreveport, Louisiana office.
Steven attended the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he obtained a J.D. in 2012. He also attended both Louisiana State University and Georgia State University during his undergraduate career and graduated with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University in 2009. Steven is admitted to practice law in the states of Colorado and Louisiana and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) and the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). Steven is also a member of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) EnGen Class of 2016 and currently serves as a member of the EnGen Program Advisory Committee (PAC). He is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), the Denver Petroleum Club (DPC) and the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).
Steven is a Louisiana native and grew up in a small town outside of Baton Rouge. Steven is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fly fishing, hunting and camping in his spare time. He and his wife also enjoy cooking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and spending time with their golden retriever, Roux.
Abby Mercado is an investment professional with Altira Group, a Denver-based venture capital firm that works closely with entrepreneurs to provide funding for emerging oil & gas software, equipment and technology-advantaged service companies. At Altira, she evaluates and executes new investment opportunities and plays a hands-on, business building role with the firm’s current portfolio companies. She is a Board Observer of Agile Upstream.
Prior to joining Altira, Ms. Mercado spent five years with Triangle Petroleum Corporation, a vertically integrated, Bakken-focused oil & gas company (now Nine Point Energy). During her time at Triangle, she wore many hats, the primary of which was leading business development efforts for the midstream affiliate, Caliber Midstream. Ms. Mercado began her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she served in their investment banking group, assisting in the structuring of mergers and acquisitions and the underwriting of debt and equity securities. Ms. Mercado earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Bachelor of Science degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. She is on the Associate Board of ACE Scholarships, the COGA EnGen Program Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board of Energy Tech Works. She is also an angel investor in the Colorado start-up community.
Robert Norton Serves as Director of Business Development for Saulsbury Industries in Denver, Colorado. Saulsbury Industries is a national leader in providing engineering, construction, and fabrication services to the oil and gas market and has installed over 7.3bcf of gas processing in the last few years. Robert is responsible for all day-to-day marketing and business development operations in the Rocky Mountains focusing on the Upstream, Gas Processing and Treating, Refining, and Power markets. Robert has spent his career in various applications of the energy sector including power (fossil & wind), refining, and midstream oil and gas. Robert graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2008 and holds a bachelor’s of science in Economics with Financial Applications.
Patrick is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He spent several years in engineering consulting working on industrial water treatment before joining Noble Energy. In his time as a water resources engineer for Noble Energy, Patrick has had the opportunity to experience all sides of the oil and gas industry. His passion for responsible water management has driven him to help Noble develop and implement a produced water recycling program across all of its US basins.
Raised in Littleton, CO, Patrick has a passion for the outdoors and loves to get outside whenever possible. When not camping, hiking or skiing, Patrick enjoys spending his time playing board games and brewing beer with friends. He currently lives in Broomfield with his wife and dog.
Teale was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to moving to Denver in 2007 where he accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of Denver. He graduated in 2011 with a Management degree from the Daniels College of Business. Teale began working for Bill Barrett Corporation shortly thereafter. Teale worked as a Landman for Bill Barrett Corporation for five years focusing predominantly on their assets in the Uinta and DJ Basin. In March of 2017 Teale accepted a Senior Landman position at the recently formed private equity backed Fifth Creek Energy Operating Company. Fifth Creek’s operations reside in the very rural northern part of Weld County. In his free time Teale enjoys skiing, soccer, basketball, golf, lounging with his two dogs and watching the Oklahoma Sooners and OKC Thunder.