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Oil 150 Speakers Bureau

The following speakers are available through Oil 150 and can provide a diverse range of interesting programs for a wide range of audiences.

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Dr. William Brice, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is a Professor-Emeritus of Geology & Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) where he joined the faculty in 1971. He has written over 100 articles and presentations relating to the history of geology, the oil and gas industry, and biographical studies. He has published two books, Cornell Geology Through the Years and Gilbert Dennison Harris: A life with Fossils. Currently he is preparing a new biography of Edwin Drake, to be published in the spring of 2009.


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John Harper, P.G., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a geologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), where he is employed as the Chief of the Oil, Gas and Subsurface Geology Section of the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey. He has also been involved in studies dealing with a variety of geological issues, and has published numerous professional and popular articles on many aspects of geology and geologic history.


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Chuck Knox, Fort Wayne, Indiana is a Manager/ Member as well as Geologist and Historian for St Joe Valley Exploration LLC. He received a BA from Western Illinois University and went on to work in the Rocky Mountain region as a petroleum geologist. Today his main duty with St Joe Valley is to document the development and subsequent depletion of the world’s first giant oil and gas field; the Lima-Indiana (1884-1910). He has spoken on the topic of the Lima-Indiana for The Michigan Oil and Gas Association, The PTTC and Western Michigan University. .


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Lois McElwee was the Oil 150 Coordinator from October of 2005 through January of 2008. She is employed as an engineering professional with an industrial equipment manufacturer catering to the aluminum and steel rolling mill trade. She received her BS degree from Penn State University. Lois resides in Oil City, Pennsylvania.


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Neil McElwee, of Oil City, Pennsylvania, is a self-employed businessman and author of several books including Oil Creek the Beginning, an account of the development of the oil industry along Oil Creek following the Drake Well oil strike in August of 1859; the Standard Oil Co. Men in the Early Oil Region; and the newly released The National Transit Co., Standard Oil’s Great Pipeline Company. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Marquette University.


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Rhonda Reda, of Patakala, Ohio, serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Ms. Reda serves on the Public Outreach Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and is an active member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Ms. Reda recently served on the White House Task Force on Energy Education. Ms. Reda is a graduate of both Ohio University and Edison State College.


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David A. Waples, of Fairview, Pennsylvania is the author of The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia: A History from the First Discovery to the Maturity of the Industry. Dave is employed as corporate communications manager for a natural gas utility. He also teaches speech communications at Penn State University-The Behrend College. He has a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


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Barbara Zolli is the Director of the Drake Well Museum and Park - the Commonwealth site where Edwin Drake drilled the well that launched the modern petroleum industry in 1859. She also oversees the Pithole Visitor Center and McClintock Oil Well #1 for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and completed Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies requirements toward a Masters from the State University of NY.


The Oil 150 staff can provide a variety of informational programs on the project plans and programs and are knowledgeable in all facets of the celebration of the Sesquicentenial of Oil.

If you are interested in being listed in our speakers bureau , please contact the Oil 150 staff.