Featured Speakers

Jonathan Weisgall • Featured Speaker
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jonathan is is Vice President for Government Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He joined CalEnergy (Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s predecessor company) in 1993 as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

Weisgall also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and vice president of the Geothermal Energy Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990 and recently received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award as outstanding adjunct professor of the year. He has also guest lectured on energy issues at Stanford Law School, Haverford, and the Johns Hopkins Environmental Science and Policy Program. He has been named one of the top Washington, DC corporate lobbyists by The Hill since 2004.

Weisgall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College and from Stanford Law School. He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling, has written several law review articles and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Landon Stropko • Featured Speaker
Invariant

Landon Stropko chairs the energy and environment practice group at Invariant, a government relations firm based in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining Invariant, Landon served as legislative director for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY).  Before that, he served as the Washington, DC chief of staff and legislative director for Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) while also running the 50-member Congressional Western Caucus in the House of Representatives.  Earlier in his career, Landon served as legislative assistant for Representative Barbara Cubin (R-WY).  Landon holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming.

Richard Horner • Featured Speaker
University of Wyoming

Richard joined UW in March 2014, as Engineering Tier-1 Program Coordinator, responsible for liaising with internal UW and external stakeholders – including the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force. Working with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Richard’s activities involved strategy crafting and the delivery of plans to elevate the College of Engineering & Applied Science at UW into a world class premier center of learning in select areas of education and research that impacts the State of Wyoming.

In July 2015, Richard moved to the School of Energy resources to occupy the position of Deputy Director of Emerging Projects and Technology. One of the key initiatives that he is leading is the scoping and development of a distinguished carbon engineering and applied science research and technology development program. The focus of this endeavor is to investigate the conversion of coal into engineered products that command price premiums beyond the BTU value.

Before joining UW, Richard was Technology Management consultant for Saudi Aramco – the National oil company of Saudi Arabia. As an advisor to Corporate Executives, General Managers and business leaders, he participated regularly in high level dialogues that focused upon research, technology and the future of energy. Before this, he was the first appointed Downstream and Strategic Research Director for Saudi Aramco.

Jessica Western  • Featured Speaker
Collaboration Program in Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Jessica Western (formerly Clement) is Senior Research Scientist in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources and Director of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources in the Ruckelshaus Institute of the University of Wyoming. As Director of the Collaboration Program, she has created the curriculum for this six session collaborative leadership program that runs during the course of a year and provides training to natural resource professionals in collaborative problem-solving, facilitation and leadership skills specifically related to natural resource policy and science contexts. She provides other types of collaborative problem solving trainings for specific purposes and audiences. She has been assessing, designing and facilitating collaborative public processes for 20 years, related to endangered species, forest, wildlife and other issues on multiple-state, statewide and smaller scales.

Dr. Western has conducted social psychological research regarding the relationship between people and natural resources and taught natural resources policy related subjects for 20 years. She has published her work using survey and Q-methodology related to research regarding natural resource policy, collaborative processes, biomass utilization, and forest planning. She has also been named to the National Roster of Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals with the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Kipp Coddington • Featured Speaker
Energy Innovation Center, University of Wyoming

Kipp Coddington is Director of Energy Policy & Economics at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming. A chemical engineer and lawyer, Mr. Coddington has more than two decades of experience in helping fossil and renewable energy companies address some of their most challenging energy, environmental, and climate change issues. He is an expert on low-carbon technologies such as carbon capture & storage, and is a co-principal investigator on the University of Wyoming’s 10,000’ stratigraphic test well that commenced drilling operations on April 12. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.

 

Mark Christensen • Featured Speaker
Campbell County, Wyoming

Mark A. Christensen is a fourth-generation Campbell County native who was raised on his family ranch south of Gillette. Mr. Christensen attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Management Information Systems. He then received a M.S. in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver.

After finishing his graduate degree, Mark returned to Gillette in 2006. He owns and operates The MC Family of Companies, LLC, a holding company for his real estate development and construction companies.

Mr. Christensen was elected to the Campbell County Board of Commissioners in 2012. Prior to being elected to the Board of Commissioners, Mark served two terms on the Campbell County Public Land Board (which oversees the operations of CAM-PLEX) as a member, treasurer, vice-chairman, and chairman. Mr. Christensen also served as treasurer of the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation from 2009 through 2013.