Geology Foundation Advisory Council

Foundation leadership offers counsel to enhance the success of the Jackson School.

The Geology Foundation is steered by an Advisory Council comprised of friends, alumni and corporate representatives. Council members are champions for the school and model philanthropic leadership for our community. This group meets twice per year to offer experienced business advice, provide feedback on student preparation for the “real world” and advise the Dean of the Jackson School on effective distribution of foundation assets.

Through its Hall of Distinction, the Jackson School of Geosciences honors individuals with a strong affiliation to the school who have made high-level accomplishments in academia, industry or government. We salute their efforts to positively impact society.


Ms. Robbie R. Gries
Priority Oil & Gas Co.

Vice Chair

Mr. Elliott Pew

Honorary Life Members

Dr. Robert E. Boyer Mr. Thomas M. Burke Mr. Thomas E. Fanning
Dr. William L. Fisher Mr. James A. Gibbs
Five States Energy Company, L.L.C.
Dr. Sharon Mosher
Mr. Fred L. Oliver Mr. Don B. Sheffield
Hahn and Clay
Dr. Charles R. Williamson


Elita De Abreu
Ms. Annell R. Bay Mr. C. Douglas Brown
Ms. Denise M. Butler Ms. Danielle L. Carpenter
Mr. Andy Castaldi
Mr. Robert Clarke
Wood Mackenzie
Mrs. Pam Darwin Dr. George H. Davis
University of Arizona
Mr. Daniel Dick
Aon Benfield
Mrs. Connie M. Dyer Ms. Frances Esson
Mr. James W. Farnsworth
Blackston Group-Beacon Offshore
Operating Partner-Azimuth Capital
Mrs. Julia A. Garvin
Roxanna Oil Co.
Mr. James Geary
Total E&P
Mr. Gerald M. Gilbert
Ms. Gretchen Gillis
Aramco Americas
Mr. Pat Goodson
Geoprojects International
Mr. Jeremy Greene
Noble Energy
Ms. Claudia Hackbarth Mr. Albert Haertlein
SG Interests
Dr. Kelly A. Hereid
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Mr. Bill D. Holland
Holland Exploration Inc.
Mr. Stephen C. Jumper
Dawson Geophysical Company
Mr. David L. Kirchner
Basin & Range Hydrogeologists, Inc.
Mr. James T. Langham
Langham McKay & Company
Dr. William Langin
Mr. Thomas B. Layman Dr. Susan A. Longacre Mr. Richard Lunam
Dr. Robert E. Mace
Meadows Foundation
Dr. Vishal Maharaj
Mr. David T. Martineau
Martineau Petroleum, Inc.
Mr. A. Dax McDavid
Brigham Minerals
Mr. Abayomi Olufowoshe
Ms. Deborah Pfeiffer
Linda Price
Mr. David A. Pustka
Dr. Andrew Quarles
Endeavor Energy Resources
Dr. David I. Rainey Mr. Brian Reinsborough
Novara Resources
Mr. Gregg Robertson
First Rock, Inc.
Dr. Matt Rodell
Mr. Walter J. Scherr III
Valence Operating Company
Mr. Timothy A. Shin
Total E&P Exploration
Ms. Mackenzie Sorensen
Rio Tinto Kennecott
Mr. Richard K. Stoneburner
Pine Brook Partners
Mr. Bryan C. Wagner
Wagner Oil Company
Mr. Darryl Willis
Ms. Cindy A. Yeilding
BP America

Members, Ex-Officio

Dr. Jay Hartzell
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Claudia Mora
Geology Foundation
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Mr. Andrew West
Geology Foundation
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin


Read the Advisory Council By-Laws and Procedures (PDF)