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March 8, 2017 Speakers and Presentations

Dan Weaver serves as President and Executive Director of PIOGA effective September 2016.  Prior to serving in this role, Dan led PIOGA’s efforts to educate both school students and the public about energy issues for the past five years, including the development of K-12 study course on oil and natural gas that meets Pennsylvania’s standards in history, civics and government, economics, and science and technology.  He has represented PIOGA to members of Congress and the state legislature, as well as media sources around the state and nation. Full Bio  Presentation

Dan Borné is the recently-retired President of the Louisiana Chemical Association, which represents the interests of over 60 chemical manufacturing companies with nearly 100 locations in Louisiana.  He was also President of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, a group of over 800 businesses supporting the state’s chemical plants with products, supplies and services. Full Bio



Denise Brinley is the Special Assistant to the Secretary for Strategic Industry Initiatives.

In this role, she leads the agency in developing tactical recruitment, development, and

investment strategies for the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s access to natural gas, the upcoming pipeline infrastructure build out, impaired properties that hold great potential for redevelopment, and the existing industrial and manufacturing base

position the Commonwealth for sustained economic growth in and around the energy sector – and are be key areas of focus for Ms. Brinley. Full Bio   Presentation

RB Smith retired in 2011 after 30 years of service working at Sowela Technical Community College in technical education and workforce development.

Smith currently holds the position of Vice President of Business and Workforce Development for the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. His focuses include recruiting, retaining, and expanding businesses, and facilitating better communication between the business and education communities of southwest Louisiana to identify needs and resources for building a 21st century world class workforce in our region.
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David J. Spigelmyer is president of the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), the region’s largest shale development trade association. On behalf of the MSC’s approximately 300 member companies, he works closely with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance responsible shale development and the overall enhancement of the region’s economy and environment. Mr. Spigelmyer was instrumental in the MSC’s 2008 founding, and has served as the organization’s chairman, vice-chairman and as lead of its legislative committee. Full Bio  Presentation

Brian LeJeune: Curriculum Supervisor of Math and Science for the Jeff Davis Parish School Board in July of 2006 – June of 2011. Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson Davis Parish School Board July 2011 -June 2013. Superintendent of Jeff Davis Parish July 2013 – January 6, 2017. President of Louisiana School Superintendents Association. Full Bio  Presentation





David Lafargue is the Dean for the School of Industrial Technology at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has ten years of Industrial Petrochemical and administrative experience covering various aspects of petrochemical processing and operations, training, project management, and supervision. He also has over four years of post-secondary instructional experience in the field of Process Technology along with four years of administrative experience in higher education in the State of Louisiana. Lafargue is part of industrial alliances and community advisory panels to work with industrial partners on projects benefitting industrial partners, educational collaborators, and community members. He has experience in grant writing and funding proposals that paved the way for innovative program design and cutting edge instructional technology for higher education. Full Bio  Presentation

William Emil Mayo currently serves as the Director of Workforce Development for SOWELA Technical Community College. He is in charge of leading the development and growth of new and existing programs based on the needs of employers and community. In addition, he has an in-depth knowledge of and the ability to successfully build relationships with strong ties based on trust between diverse individuals, populations, communities and Industry. Presentation