Maribeth Anderson

Antero Resources

Maribeth Anderson is the Director of Government Relations for Antero Resources. She came to Antero at the end of 2017, after serving in similar roles for West Virginia natural gas producers since 2007.  Prior to entering the energy sector, Maribeth was the news director for WSAZ Television.

Maribeth is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the Gas and Oil Association of WV (GO-WV), and has served in industry leadership roles across four states. She serves as the Vice-Chair for The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and is the past board chair for the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Marshall University, Maribeth lives in Huntington with her husband and has two children in college.

Congressman Andy Barr

Sixth District of Kentucky

Andy Barr has served as the United States Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013.

Congressman Barr is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee where he serves as the Chairman of the influential Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy Subcommittee. This Subcommittee has oversight of key financial regulators including the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.  This Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the monetary policy functions of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System and, as a result, is leading congressional oversight of the Fed’s efforts to combat the current inflation crisis and recent failure to achieve its price stability mandate.

Congressman Barr is also beginning his second term on the Foreign Affairs Committee where he serves on the Indo-Pacific Subcommittee.  In addition, Speaker McCarthy recently appointed Congressman Barr to serve on the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

On both the Indo-Pacific Subcommittee and the Select Committee on China, Congressman Barr brings his extensive experience of overseeing the U.S. Department of Treasury’s international portfolio, including its role in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, its implementation and enforcement of sanctions through the Office of Foreign Asset Control and its participation in international financial institutions. This makes Congressman Barr uniquely qualified to advance U.S. interests in its economic competition with the People’s Republic of China, craft policies to prevent Chinese military, surveillance and technology companies from accessing U.S. capital markets, and counter the CCP’s economic aggression.

During his time in Congress, Congressman Barr has been a champion for Kentucky families, farmers, and small business owners, fighting to keep taxes low and against overly burdensome regulations.  At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Barr was a key architect of the Paycheck Protection Program, which delivered forgivable loans to small businesses to stay open and keep paychecks flowing to their workers.  

Congressman Barr graduated from Lexington’s Henry Clay High School in 1992, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia in 1996, and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001.

Congressman Barr and his wife Davis reside in Lexington, Kentucky with his two daughters, Eleanor and Mary Clay.

William J. Black IV


Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

William “B.J.” Black is a Member in the Morgantown, West Virginia office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.  B.J.’s technology leverage practice is focused on transactional due diligence and large scale title projects throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.  B.J. serves as an Assistant Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Energy Abstracting and Land Services practice group.

Travis L. Brannon


K&L Gates

Travis Brannon is a litigation Partner with K&L Gates LLP in Pittsburgh, PA.  He represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes with a career emphasis on energy matters.  Travis is an experienced trial lawyer with first chair experience in state and federal courts.  He joined EMLF as a student member in 2010 during his time at WVU College of Law and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Vice President/President Elect.

James A. Brock

Chief Executive Officer


James A. Brock serves as Chief Executive Officer of CONSOL Energy, and has served as a member of CONSOL Energy’s Board since November 2017. He currently serves as a member of our Board’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee. Mr. Brock previously served as the Chief Operating Officer – Coal of CNX Resources Corporation (CNX) from December 10, 2010 until November 28, 2017, when CONSOL Energy separated from CNX. Mr. Brock also currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of CONSOL Coal Resources LP, a position he has held since March 16, 2015. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President – Northern Appalachia – West Virginia Operations of CNX from 2007 to 2010, and as Vice President – Operations of CNX from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Brock began his career with CNX in 1979 at the Matthews Mine and since then has served at various locations in many positions including Section Foreman, Mine Longwall Coordinator, General Mine Foreman and Superintendent. With a career in coal spanning five decades, we believe Mr. Brock’s extensive knowledge of our industry and our operations gained during his years of service across CNX and CONSOL Energy provides our Board with valuable experience.

James (“Jay”) A. Carr II


Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP

James (“Jay”) A. Carr II is a partner in the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP in Columbus, OH. Jay is a member of the firm’s finance, real estate, and energy group and practices both oil and gas and commercial real estate law, representing clients in oil and gas transactional matters, title review and due diligence, and litigation. He also assists producers with regulatory matters and compliance, and routinely represents them before the Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. Jay is a member and trustee of EMLF and received his B.S. from Grove City College, M.B.A. from Ashland University, and J.D. from Duquesne University.  

Keith Coyle


Babst Calland

Keith Coyle is a member of Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. office and a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Transportation Safety groups and Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice. Mr. Coyle advises clients throughout the United States on energy matters, but his practice focuses primarily on the regulation of pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities and the transportation of hazardous materials. He has significant experience working on these issues for clients in the private sector, as a former government attorney, and through his participation in industry task forces and trade organizations.

John R. Crockett III



Crockett joined LG&E and KU in January 2018, serving as the company’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. In addition to his responsibilities for the company’s Legal and Corporate Compliance departments, he also oversaw local, state and federal External Affairs, and Federal Regulatory and Policy.

Prior to joining LG&E and KU, he served nine years as the chairman of Frost Brown Todd, a regional firm with more than 500 lawyers in mid-America. At Frost Brown Todd, Crockett was responsible for driving the firm’s growth and strategic planning, merger opportunities, and ancillary and new business ventures. During his 27-year tenure at the firm, Crockett focused primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and has been honored by his peers in “The Best Lawyers in America®” for his work on commercial litigation and mass tort litigation/class actions from 2008 to 2018. In private practice, he represented LG&E and KU for many years in claims associated with the company’s electric and gas operations.

Crockett is highly involved in the community having served on a number of civic and charitable boards. He is the former chair of Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville’s chamber of commerce, and past president of Family and Children’s Place, and the Kentucky Bar Foundation. He formerly served on the boards of the Leadership Louisville Center, the Jefferson Community and Technical College Foundation, and the Bingham Child Guidance Center, and currently he is a trustee of the Gheens Foundation and a board member of the Speed Art Museum, Baptist Hospital Foundation, and Greater Louisville Foundation.

Crockett earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky.


Kourtney E. Doman

Senior Counsel

Gordon Rees

Adam Edelen

Chief Executive Officer 

Edelen Renewables

Adam is the founder of Edelen Renewables, which has garnered significant attention for structuring innovative partnerships between coal interests in Appalachia and global renewable energy giants.

As a chief of staff to former Kentucky governor, Steve Beshear, and later as the State Auditor of Kentucky, Adam earned a reputation as a modernizer and reformer in government. His efforts resulted in prison terms for corrupt politicians and school administrators, uncovered fraud and abuse in Kentucky’s nearly $3 billion system of “Ghost Government” (special taxing districts), and the testing of more than 3,000 previously unaccounted for rape kits..

Adam has been described in the media as “a man on a mission” and “a refreshing example of leadership”, and his record of accomplishments have garnered state and national recognition. He has been named the Outstanding Young Kentuckian and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber Commerce, an honor previously bestowed upon presidents Kennedy, Ford, Nixon, and Clinton. More recently he has been honored by the Aspen Institute, the German Marshall Fund, and the Kentucky Rural Health Association.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently sits on its Board of Public Health. He is an avid sportsman, a proud father of twin sons, a student of history, and a University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and football fan.

Andy Eidson

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Alpha Metallurgical Resources

Andy Eidson has served as chief executive officer and director since January 2023.  He previously served as president from August 2022 and as president and chief financial officer since December 2020.  He also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer from July 2016 and as interim co-chief executive officer for Contura Energy from May 2019 through July 2019.  Mr. Eidson previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a position he held from March 2016.  His previous roles with Alpha included senior vice president, strategy and business development, and vice president, mergers and acquisitions. 

Prior to joining Alpha in July 2010, Mr. Eidson held several financial positions across industry sectors, including at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Eastman Chemical Company, and most recently Penn Virginia Resource PArtners, where he led mergers and acquisitions projects for the coal segment and managed the budgeting and planning process.  Mr. Eidson holds a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and a master of business administration degree from Milligan College.

Sarah C. Ellis


Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Sarah C. Ellis is a secured transactions attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.  She is the Co-Leader of Steptoe & Johnson’s Bankruptcy and Workouts Team and Co-Leader of the firm’s Economic Downturn Team.  A significant portion of her practice is dedicated to workouts, collections, and bankruptcy matters across the country and across industries.  She also has a robust practice representing lenders and borrowers in commerical financings and transactions.  Outside of the practice of law, Sarah volunteers with The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Bible Center School, and enjoys time at the basketball court and baseball field watching her two young sons.

Max Gottlieb


Hissam Forman Donovan Ritchie PLLC

Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Max is a lawyer with Hissam Forman Donovan Ritchie PLLC. At HFDR, Max has a diverse and varied practice, ranging from leading complex federal court litigation and appeals to handling multi-million dollar corporate transactions, including specifically those in the energy space. As a successful trial lawyer — having tried first-of-their-kind and precedent setting matters — Max became the author of the Trial Handbook for West Virginia Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, and was recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers®. After attending Georgetown University and Washington and Lee School of Law, having received Latin honors from both, Max clerked for the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Hon. Robert Chambers of the U.S. District Court for Southern District of West Virginia. Before attending law school, Max worked for various elected officials on the state and federal levels, including West Virginia’s senior United States Senator.

Keith B. Hall

Director, LSU’s John P. Laborde Energy Law Center

LSU Law School

Keith B. Hall is the Nesser Family Chair in Energy Law at Louisiana State University, where he also serves as Director of LSU’s Mineral Law Institute and its John P. Laborde Energy Law Center.  Professor Hall is the co-author of three books on oil and gas law and a co-editor of a fourth book on the subject.  Before joining the LSU faculty, he practiced law for sixteen years and before that worked as an engineer for eight years. 

M. Shane Harvey


Jackson Kelly PLLC

Shane Harvey is a Member of Jackson Kelly PLLC and practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia. He leads the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group and Coal Industry Group. The Best Lawyers in America® named him as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, West Virginia for Mining Law in 2020 and for Environmental Law in 2021.  Shane frequently litigates complex commercial and environmental matters and counsels clients on a variety of compliance issues. He has significant experience in both law and business, having served as in-house counsel and general counsel for energy companies for more than a decade. He has handled many high-profile crises and counsels clients on crisis management planning and response.

Mike John

Founder, President & CEO

Northeast Natural Energy

Mike John founded NNE in 2009 and continues to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. John previously served as Vice President of Operations of the Eastern Division for Chesapeake Energy from 2005-2009. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy, Mr. John held various senior executive roles at Triana Energy/Columbia Natural Resources, where he also served on the company’s Board of Directors until Columbia Natural Resources was sold to Chesapeake in 2005. During this time with Chesapeake, Mr. John was instrumental in the drilling, completion, and operation of Chesapeake’s initial 100 horizontal Marcellus wells in Appalachia. Mr. John is a West Virginia native and a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in petroleum engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors for the WVU Alumni Association and resides in Charleston, WV with his family.

Scott Kreutzer

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Ramaco Resources

Scott Kreutzer is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Ramaco Resources, beginning this role in September 2022.  He comes to Ramaco with over 25 years of experience in operational, strategic, environmental, legal and land administration matters. Prior to joining Ramaco, he had served as an Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer at Contura Energy. He also previously served as Senior Vice President for Environmental Compliance and Land Administration at both Contura and Alpha Natural Resources, worked at Eagle Specialty Materials as General Counsel and TECO Coal as Head of Business Development. Mr. Kreutzer holds a bachelor of arts degree from Transylvania University and a juris doctor from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Erin Magee


Stage Four Consulting

After more than 25 years in the courtroom, Erin Magee retired from Jackson Kelly PLLC and created Stage Four Consulting LLC to work with employers on strategic human resources projects. Erin has held numerous leadership positions in EMLF, including serving as the organization’s President in 2017-2018.  She is the recipient of the 2021 McClaugherty Award, EMLF’s highest honor which recognizes service to the organization and to the profession.

Erin has also served as the national president of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) and is a founding member of that organization’s Greater Pittsburgh and Appalachia Chapters.  She has been instrumental in shaping WEN and served on the team that created its current national structure. In 2015, she was recognized with the organization’s Pioneer Award.

She is a frequent speaker and author on energy law topics both for EMLF and other organizations, and has been consistently recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times Who’s Who in Energy.  Erin is also a leader in her community, having served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Charleston, the Children’s Therapy Clinic, and the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center, among others.

Benjamin C. McKinney


Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ben McKinney is a Member in the Morgantown, West Virginia office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Ben regularly assists clients with transactional due diligence and large-scale title projects in the Appalachian Basin as well as midstream and upstream operational matters, including the review and negotiation of general land and supply chain agreements and assistance with statutory pooling and unitization in the State of West Virginia.

Rich Moore


Reed Smith

Rich is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Rich is currently an Associate with Reed Smith LLP, where he specializes in state and local taxation. Rich also regularly volunteers as a Volunteer Attorney with Volunteer Services of Central Texas, where he provides pro bono legal services to low income taxpayers in various areas of law.

Prior to joining Reed Smith LLP, Rich worked at an international boutique law firm focusing on state and local taxation, as well as a Big 4 accounting firm, where he focused his practice on international taxation. Rich’s diverse professional experiences, educational successes, and leadership make him a well-rounded tax attorney.

Rich received his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center and Juris Doctor from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. During his time at Villanova Law, Rich served as a Legal Extern for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s LB&I Division. He also worked at the Villanova University Federal Tax Clinic, assisting low income taxpayers resolve their tax issues with the IRS. Additionally, Rich was selected by his peers and the Dean of Villanova Law to serve on the 2014 Legacy Committee, where he organized fundraising events for boosters. Rich also served as the Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Journal for Catholic & Social Thought. Upon graduation from Villanova Law, Rich was awarded the Dorothy Day Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts and service to the community.

Prior to law school, Rich studied Finance at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. During this time, Rich excelled both in and out of the classroom. Rich was a four-year letterman and voted Captain of the Varsity Men’s Basketball Team. In addition, Rich was chosen by his professors to serve as the Financial Statistics Tutor for the McLane College of Business.


Kyle Mork

President and Chief Executive Officer

Greylock Energy

Kyle Mork is President and CEO of Greylock Energy.  He began his career with Halliburton Energy Services before moving to Energy Corporation of America where he served in a variety of operations and management roles, ultimately culminating in the role of CEO.   In fall 2017 he, and the management team, launched Greylock Energy, a new oil and natural gas, exploration, production, and midstream company formed in partnership with ArcLight Capital Partners.

Mork holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and has taken masters courses at the University of Southern California in Petroleum Engineering.  He is Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and also serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council. He is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and Past-Chair of the Mountain State Chapter.  He and his wife Kirsten live in Charleston, West Virginia with their three children. 

David Morrison


Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

David Morrison has been practicing in the field of labor and employment law at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC for 42 years, and is the former head of firm’s Labor Department. He has served as EMLF’s President, was on EMLF’s Executive Committee, and, in 2013, was awarded the John L. McClaugherty award for outstanding service to the Foundation. David has spoken and written extensively in the field of labor and employment law, speaking over 15 times at EMLF events. He has been active in his local community, having worked with a number of philanthropic organizations. David has also coached 33 seasons of youth sports, and has been the P.A. announcer for Notre Dame High School basketball for the past 18 years.

Roger L. Nicholson

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Alpha Metallurgical Resources

Roger L. Nicholson has served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary since December 2020. He previously served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary from December 2019. Prior to joining the company, he practiced law as a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Charleston office from 2015. Mr. Nicholson previously served as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG). Prior to his post at ICG, Mr. Nicholson served as vice president, secretary and general counsel of Massey Energy Company and in various roles in private practice and at Arch Mineral Corporation (now Arch Resources, Inc.). Mr. Nicholson holds a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown College and earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a trustee-at-large of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

Gregory J. Ossi


Faegre Drinker

Vincent Potter

Policy Analyst 

NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Vincent Potter is a Policy Analyst at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. His expertise includes community solar, grid modernization technologies, and electrification programs. Vincent researches and maintains DSIRE entries and DSIRE Insight policy information for ten states and the PJM Interconnection.

John E. Rhine


Dentons Bingham Greenebaum

John E. Rhine is a partner in the Evansville office of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum whose practice focuses on carbon capture and sequestration, and coal, oil and gas law and commercial transactions.  He has represented many of the nation’s largest mineral producers and lenders in transactions and litigation as well as many entrants into the carbon capture and sequestration field.  He is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Board of Trustees.

Alexander J. Reyes

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

CNX Resources Corporation

Alexander J. Reyes has served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of CNX Resources Corporation since December 21, 2020. Mr. Reyes has a breadth of corporate legal and business expertise in the energy industry. He first joined CNX in 2006, and spent 14 years with the company, with responsibilities ranging from legal management of major transactions to leading the Company’s Land department. Before rejoining CNX to become General Counsel, for much of 2020 Alex served as Chair of the Corporate Practice Group of Pittsburgh-based Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC. He began his career at Buchanan Ingersoll PC where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities, financings, and corporate governance. He is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law where he served as an editor of The Duquesne Law Review. Mr. Reyes holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in finance from The George Washington University.

Ben Sullivan

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Diversified Energy

Mr. Sullivan joined Diversified as Executive Vice President & General Counsel in 2019 with oversight of the company’s legal, land/real estate, and governmental/community affairs functions and works with the CEO and board on governance matters.  Prior to joining Diversified, Ben worked with Greylock Energy (an ArcLight Capital Partners portfolio company with extensive national holdings) and its predecessor (Energy Corporation of America) as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with supervision of many business units.  Prior to Ben’s tenure at Greylock Energy, he worked as counsel for EQT Corporation as well as with a private law firm.  He is a member of the leadership and Board of Directors of several commerce, legal, and industry groups, and has considerable experience in corporate governance and reporting / ESG, complex commercial transactions, land/real estate, acquisitions & divestitures, financing, government investigations, and corporate workouts and restructurings.  Mr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A degree in History and received a J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.  He holds licenses to practice law in several States, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  
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