Carlsbad Mayor’s Energy Summit Speaker Bios

Meet Our 2021 Speakers

Tony Dorsett
Anthony Drew was born to Wes and Myrtle Dorsett on April 7, 1954, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. When his parents moved to be near the Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill in Aliquippa when Tony was young, they hoped at least one of their seven children would reach beyond the town’s limits. Tony was the one who did. He had visions that went beyond the steel gray hue of the Western Pennsylvania projects that he called home.

While Tony was still attending Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, his coach made a wise decision to switch him from linebacker to running back. Dorsett gained 1,034 yards as a junior in high school, and his record of excellence continued unabated when he moved up a step to the University of Pittsburgh.

Dorsett’s record with the Panthers was legendary. He was named to an All-America team as a freshman and again as a junior and senior. Playing under Coach Johnny Majors, Dorsett became the first college back to run for 1,000 or more yards four seasons and the first to gain more than 1,500 yards for three years. His best season as a senior saw him running for 1,948 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He crowned a brilliant collegiate career by being named All-American four times and winning the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1976. He is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history.
 
In the 1977 draft, the Dallas Cowboys were quick to select Tony in the first round. He won consensus rookie of the year honors in helping Dallas win Super Bowl XII. Tony is one of the top ten all-time leading rushers in the NFL. In 1982, Tony captured his first NFC rushing title and established an unbreakable NFL record by racing 99 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown.
 
Tony served as team captain in ’81, ’82 and ’84. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in ’78, ’81, ’82 and ’83. In 1981 he earned consensus All-Pro honors and was named NFC Player of the Year by UPI. In a 1979 Gallup Youth Survey of American teenagers’ favorite sports personalities, Tony finished second to Roger Staubach.
 
1994 was a banner year for Tony. He was inducted into the prestigious Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
Today, Tony lives with wife Janet in the Dallas area and has three beautiful daughters and a son, Anthony, who also played in the NFL. Tony is involved in many community activities and charities in Dallas, including ALS, March of Dimes, Minnie’s Food Pantry and the Tony Evans Ministry. Tony also supports the McGuire Memorial Foundation in Pittsburgh, a facility for handicapped children. 


Clay Gaspar – Chief Operating Officer, Devon Energy

Clay Gaspar is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Devon Energy following Devon’s January 2021 merger with WPX Energy. He is responsible for Devon’s geosciences, reservoir, production, drilling, completions, facilities, field operations, environmental, health and safety and ESG functions.

Gaspar recently served as president and chief operating officer of WPX Energy and served on the company’s board of directors. Prior roles at WPX included senior vice president and chief operating officer and senior vice president of operations and resource development.

Gaspar holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in petroleum and geosciences engineering from the University of Texas.


Kent Hance – Chancellor Emeritus of Texas Tech University

Kent R. Hance is an attorney who founded the Austin law firm, Hance Scarborough, LLP, and leads the firm’s lobbying efforts in Texas, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. From 2006-2014, he served as Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.

During his tenure at Texas Tech, Chancellor Hance raised $1.2 billion, increased student enrollment by 45% and added a groundbreaking new medical school in El Paso. His legacy at Texas Tech has been immortalized by an interdenominational chapel on campus that bears his name.

As the founder of Hance Scarborough, Chancellor Hance provides more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sector as an attorney and businessman. He served in public office as a Texas State Senator, U.S. Congressman, and Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. He also previously served on the Governor’s Energy Council, the Governor’s Oil Spill Advisory Committee, the Texas High Speed Rail Authority, the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, and the Texas Mining Council.


Vicki Hollub – CEO of Occidental Petroleum

Ms. Hollub became President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in April 2016. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Most recently, she served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Ms. Hollub previously was Senior Executive Vice President, Occidental Petroleum, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Vice President, Occidental, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, Americas; Vice President, Occidental, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Oxy Oil and Gas; Executive Vice President, California Operations; and President and General Manager of the company’s Permian Basin operations.

Ms. Hollub started her career at Cities Service, which was acquired by Occidental. Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute. She is the chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, a stewardship board member for the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials, and a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.​


Rebecca Roose – Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Environment Department

As Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Administration at the New Mexico Environment Department, Rebecca Roose guides key policy and regulatory priorities, including state and federal public health and environmental initiatives.

Previously, Ms. Roose served as the Department’s Water Protection Division Director from 2019 through May 2021, where she led surface and groundwater quality, drinking water protection, and wastewater infrastructure finance programs for the State.

He has also served as an EPA ozone program manager in Denver, as a senior Prior to joining NMED, Ms. Roose worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA Headquarters, Ms. Roose devoted 11 years to supporting EPA, states, and Tribes with implementation of federal water protection programs. During her last two years at EPA, she served as Senior Advisor for Tribal Capacity Development in the American Indian Environmental Office.

Ms. Roose earned her law degree and natural resources law certificate from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree in Geography from Valparaiso University.


Adrienne Sandoval – Director, Oil Conservation Division

Adrienne Sandoval was named the Director of the Oil Conservation Division in April of 2019. Prior to the Oil Conservation Division, Ms. Sandoval has deep industry experience and spent the years before the Division in the Marathon Petroleum’s Denver office working on federal regulatory affairs and legislative matters. She also worked for the Williams Companies out of Tulsa, OK doing engineering and environmental work. She holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa.


Eileen McGrath-Conner – General Manager of Health, Safety & Environment, Chevron Mid-Continent Business Unit

Eileen McGrath-Conner is the General Manger of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for MCBU, responsible for the Operational Excellence (OE)/HSE performance in the Business Unit.

Eileen came to MCBU from the Wells organization where she was responsible for Global OE/HSE.  Eileen was the OE/HES Advisor for Europe Eurasia and the Middle East (EEME) prior to joining Wells. 

Eileen started her career in 1995 in the El Segundo Refinery as a Chemist and move to Houston with Chevron Chemical Company doing Product Technical Service.  Eileen then moved to Chevron Pipeline Company and had several HES and Operations positions of increasing responsibility, including Environmental Specialist, CHESM Coordinator, MVS, Operations Specialist, HES LT, and Operations Manager.  Eileen supported Base Business and Operations with Process Safety and reliability in the UC Center.  Eileen then moved to MCBU where she was the Operations Advisor and Process Safety Supervisor before moving to London to be part of Europe Eurasia and the Middle East as an OE/HES Advisor before joining Wells as the OE/HES Manager in Houston. 

Eileen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Loyola Marymount University. 


Eric Ormond – Senior Vice President, Engineering & Project Management, Crestwood Energy Partners, LP

Eric Ormond is Senior Vice President, Engineering & Project Management at Crestwood Equity Partners LP. In his role, he oversees project management and construction, cost leadership, engineering, land and right-of-way acquisition, environmental services and asset integrity.

Eric joined Crestwood in 2013, holding multiple roles in the organization from project management to strategic development with his most recent being Vice President, Engineering & Project Management and Vice President, Strategic Development & New Ventures. Prior to joining Crestwood, Eric held engineering roles at Diverse Energy Systems and Audubon Engineering as well as working as a Landman early in his career.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Josh Viets – Vice President of the Delaware Basin, ConocoPhillips

Josh Viets is vice president, Delaware Basin in the Permian Business Unit for ConocoPhillips. Viets began his career with ConocoPhillips in 2002, working in a variety of technical and leadership roles in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. He has held leadership positions in operations, engineering, subsurface, and capital projects.

Earlier in his career, Viets worked as a reservoir and production engineer supporting a diverse set of assets including CO2 floods and HPHT reservoirs. Prior to his current role, Viets recent assignments have included asset manager and engineering manager in the Permian Basin; projects superintendent and operations superintendent roles in the Williston Basin; and development supervisor in the Williston Basin. Viets is currently on the board of directors for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA). Viets earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2001.