Advanced Resources International, Inc.

MANAGEMENT AND SENIOR STAFF

Arlington, VA
E: vkuuskraa@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

Vello A. Kuuskraa
President

Mr. Vello A. Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources, has over 40 years of experience with oil and natural gas resources and extraction technologies. He leads the firm’s market studies addressing the outlook for North American and international oil and gas development, is the co-author of the recently published “World Shale Gas and Oil Study” (sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration), and is the author of over 100 technical papers on energy resources and technology.

Mr. Kuuskraa was the 2007/2008 SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Integrating Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Sequestration following his original lecturer season in 1986/87 on enhanced oil recovery. He has worked with numerous firms and countries examining how to coordinate the productive use and storage of CO2 with enhanced oil recovery. He serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Carbon Capture Project, a major industry/government partnership involving BP, Chevron, Suncor and Petrobras working on advanced CO2 capture and storage technologies.

Mr. Kuuskraa is a 2001 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor that recognizes individuals for exceptional professional and patriotic contributions by America's diverse cultural ancestry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), on the National Petroleum Council and on the University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council. He is recently retired from the Board of Directors of Southwestern Energy Company (SWN). Mr. Kuuskraa holds a M.B.A., Highest Distinction from The Wharton Graduate School and a B.S., Applied Mathematics/ Economics; from the North Carolina State University.

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Jonathan R. Kelafant

Arlington, VA
E: jkelafant@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

Jonathan R. Kelafant
Sr. Vice President

Mr. Jonathan R. Kelafant is a Vice President with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has over 25 of years of experience in natural gas resource recovery and assessment in over 20 countries including Australia, Botswana, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mozambique, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. 

He manages domestic and international energy projects with a primary emphasis on the technical assessment and development of gas resources.  Responsibilities include new business development, contract negotiation, scheduling and management of field operations, geologic analysis, and feasibility study development.  Projects range from short-term reserve assessments for domestic and overseas production companies (ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, Shell, BP Amoco, etc.) to managing full scale field development programs.  He has worked extensively in Ukraine and neighboring countries on unconventional gas projects including shale gas and coalbed methane for more than a decade.

Mr. Kelafant holds a M.Sc. in Geology from George Washington University and a B.Sc. in Geology from  Washington and Lee University. 
He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


Arlington, VA
E: mgodec@adv-res.com 
T: 703-528-8420

Michael L. Godec
Vice President

Mr. Michael L. Godec is a Vice President and Treasurer with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has 28 years of high-level experience in supporting the public policy, strategic planning, market analysis and forecasting, asset evaluation, and resource evaluation missions of both public and private sector organizations.

Mr. Godec provides objective and analytically sound consulting services and advice to all the major stakeholders concerned with the development of regulatory policies for the upstream oil and gas industry in the United States. These include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme, UNIDO, UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change, U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), American Petroleum Institute (API), Gas Research Institute (GRI), and National Petroleum Council (NPC).

Mr. Godec was the Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer (2009-2010) on the subject “Environmental Performance of the Exploration and Production Industry: Past, Present, and Future.”  Mr. Godec has an M.S. in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado.


Arlington, VA
E: gkoperna@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

George J. Koperna
Vice President

Mr. George J. Koperna Jr. is a Vice President with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has over 15 years of experience conducting and supervising projects within the energy sector, with emphasis in the reservoir aspects of unconventional gas and in the use of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil and gas recovery as well as storage. 

Mr. Koperna currently leads the Coal-Seq Consortium, which seeks to develop the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide in coal seams and shale reservoirs through basic laboratory science.  He also is the storage technical co-lead for the United States’ first fully integrated carbon capture, transport and storage demonstration project being carried out in Alabama (SECARB).  In addition to conducting private studies in the area of CO2-enhanced oil and gas recovery, Mr. Koperna was a co-author of Advanced Resources’ Basin-Oriented Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery and Residual Oil Zone studies. 

Mr. Koperna holds B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering awarded from West Virginia University and represented the Northeastern United States on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Arlington, VA
E: ctalkington@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

Clark C. Talkington
Vice President

Mr. Clark C. Talkington is a Vice President with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has over 20 years of experience in energy and environmental matters across public, private and multilateral organizations with the last 13 years focused principally on climate change and sustainable energy development.

Prior to joining ARI, Mr. Talkington was Sr. Vice President at Sindicatum Carbon Capital where he was responsible for managing a global team that originated and structured coal mine methane projects in the United States and China.  At Sindicatum, he also supported development of other clean energy and renewable energy projects.  Mr. Talkington’s background also includes positions at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland managing the work programs for cleaner electricity production, coal mine methane, and petroleum and mineral reserves classification, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division where he led EPA’s Coalbed Methane Outreach Program and co-chaired the Global Methane Initiative Coal Mine Technical Subcommittee.

Mr. Talkington holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas and a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. 


Arlington, VA
E: rpetrusak@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

Robin L. Petrusak
Project Manager

Ms. Robin L. Petrusak is a petroleum geologist with Advanced Resources International.  She has more than 25 years of consulting and industry experience in oil and gas exploration and production.

Recent projects include characterization of a complex carbonate reservoir and evaluation of oil in-place for a large CO2 enhanced oil recovery project in the Permian Basin. For the U.S. Department of Energy, Ms. Petrusak is currently engaged in a project to assess factors influencing effective CO2 storage capacity and injectivity in eastern gas shales. Ms. Petrusak is estimating gas in-place for the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin, characterizing the potential CO2 storage reservoir in these shales, as well as estimating potential CO2 storage capacity. 

Ms. Petrusak provides technical and analytical support to government and industry clients in the areas of resource evaluation for unconventional natural gas and oil, carbon geosequestration, and oil and gas exploration and development activity and production technology. Recent engagements include the U.S. Department of Energy Southeast Carbon Sequestration Partnership, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Natural Gas STAR Program. Ms. Petrusak has an M.S., Environmental Science, from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a B.A., Geology, Yale University.


Arlington, VA
E: jhummel@adv-res.com
T: 703-528-8420

Jason A. Hummel
Project Manager

Mr. Jason A. Hummel is a Project Manager with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has ten years of experience as a consultant providing research, analysis, and strategic planning services to the energy industry. 

Mr. Hummel focuses on the technical and economic evaluation of unconventional resource projects in the U.S. and abroad.  His areas of expertise include project feasibility studies for gas shale and coalbed methane (CBM), regulatory and environmental policy analysis, asset valuation and transaction support, market analysis and forecasting, benchmarking studies, and technology research.

Mr. Hummel holds a master’s degree in resource economics and policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Gettysburg College.   He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Houston, TX
E: aoudinot@adv-res-hou.com
T: 281-558-9200

Anne Y. Oudinot
Project Manager

Mrs. Anne Oudinot is a Senior Reservoir Engineer with Advanced Resources International, Inc., and has over 10 years of experience conducting projects within the energy sector, with emphasis in the reservoir aspects of unconventional gas and in the use of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil and gas recovery as well as storage.

Her area of expertise is reservoir simulation applied to unconventional reservoirs (coalbed methane and gas shales) as well as CO2 sequestration. She is currently working on a full scale CO2 injection project in a DSR in Alabama as well as a full scale CO2-EOR project in Texas and recently managed the Pump Canyon CO2-ECBM/ Sequestration Demonstration Project in the San Juan Basin. 

Mrs. Oudinot received the B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics and the M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from France. She received the M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston, USA and is a member of SPE.


Knoxville, TN
E: driestenberg@adv-res.com
T: 865.240.3944.

David E. Riestenberg
Project Manager

Mr. David E. Riestenberg is a Project Manager with Advanced Resources International, Inc.  He has over 13 years of experience in the energy sector, with emphasis on the geologic aspects of unconventional resources and the use of carbon dioxide for both enhanced recovery and sequestration. He is the project manager and monitoring lead for the SECARB RCSP Phase III Anthropogenic Test being conducted in Mobile County Alabama. 

Previously Mr. Riestenberg served as the geologic operations lead for EQT Production Company, a large gas shale E&P operator where he supervised the drilling of over 150 horizontal wells.  Prior to that Mr. Riestenberg served as a post-masters research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he studied natural and artificially produced gas hydrates. Mr. Riestenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mr. Riestenberg is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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