Mentorship

The mentorship program is now active!

Mentors are listed below. Please review the list of mentors and apply to those whom you believe will help further your knowledge of the industry and help you develop as an individual.


Participation in the PYP Mentorship Program requires mentor/protégé pairs to talk on the phone or meet monthly during the year-long program as well as spend one afternoon together at a location determined by the mentor and scheduled on a day that works for both parties. Monthly discussions are not required to be conducted face to face; a phone call will suffice for a meeting if the pair is unable to meet in person. Protégés may request a huddle (quick call or in person meeting to discuss one specific topic) with the mentor should an urgent matter arise at any time. Although we suggest no formal agenda for the meetings, we do recommend that the protégé spend time prior to meetings thinking of relevant questions to ask his or her mentor. In order to make the sessions as productive as possible the mentee might share the questions or concerns with the mentor at least 24 hours before each meeting.
 

How to Apply:

  1. Choose the mentor to whom you would like to apply.
  2. Write an application letter explaining why you chose the person you did, what you hope to gain, as well as any free form text of your choosing. 
  3. Submit your application to houstonpypmentorprogram@gmail.com. The application will be checked to ensure it meets the minimum application requirements and that the work is original. 
  4. Should your application meet minimum requirements, it will be submitted to the mentor you chose. 
  5. Lastly, you will receive a letter from PYP accepting or rejecting your application.

It is our hope that your participation in the PYP Mentor Program will be a mutually beneficial, rewarding experience for all parties involved. Should you have questions about your mentor/protégé pairing or program requirements, do not hesitate to contact the PYP Leader of Mentorship and Training.
 

PYP Mentors:

Jim Gregory
 
 Jim Gregory has nearly 30 years of professional experience providing environmental services in a wide array of industries. Upon receiving both his BS and MS in Forest Game Management from Stephen F. Austin State University, Jim began his career as a contract wetland consultant shortly before joining the Environmental Services Business Unit of Fluor Daniel, Inc. as a full-time environmental consultant. In 1992, he started as the sole ecologist for Espey, Huston & Assoc. Inc. which became PBS&J. At the culmination of his 17 years at PBS&J, Jim served as a vice president and a Senior Project Director for the central portion of the United States. In March 2010, Jim joined BGE, Inc, where he currently works as the Director of Environmental Services.  
 KC Yost, Jr., PE

KC offers 40 years of experience working in the pipeline industry including notable roles acting as a SME and technical authority during the design and construction of pipeline systems. He has been involved in pipeline systems from less than 1 mile in length to over 1,500 miles in length carrying natural and industrial gases, liquid hydrocarbons, and other fluids on project stages ranging from conception, through design and construction, to commissioning. KC’s strong aptitude for program, project, and construction management; a comprehensive technical background in due diligence and feasibility studies; route selection, piping, and facility design; estimating; hydraulic analysis; contract and material specifications; code compliance audits and evaluations; and permit acquisitions enables him to confidently lead hundreds technical and engineering staff on pipeline and facilities projects throughout North and South America.
 
Christean Kapp

Chris Kapp received his Masters of Science/Engineering from the NTH in Trondheim, Norway, and also studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. He underwent a 2-year graduate trainee program at Mannesmann Demag as a project engineer and program manager. After transferring to the London office, Chris gained responsibility for North Sea oil and gas projects as the head of sales. He later moved to Pune, India, where he started up Demag Kirloskar Compressors Pvt India Ltd, a joint venture company whose main focus was packaging compressors, steel plates, and other industrial applications. After immigrating to the United States, Chris worked as a director of marketing and product standardization for gas turbines and centrifugal compressors for Cooper Energy Services / Rolls-Royve Energy Systems in Ohio, followed by a move to Houston where he worked for Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery (O&G) in marketing, project management, and engineering. Chris currently works for Hoerbiger in charge of OEM sales and engineering for reciprocating and screw compressors in the Americas.
 
Rachel Mondshine

Rachel Mondshine has been involved in the oil and gas industry for roughly eighteen years with a strong focus in business development. She attended New Mexico State University and also received paralegal certification from Laredo State University. Rachel has worked in business development positions for many companies over the years, including Polaris Hydro Excavation Services, Larrett Energy Services, and NMR Pipeline Construction, where she is currently employed. She has also worked as a fitness instructor and an athletic director, and she is certified as a personal trainer.
 
Lance Thomas

Lance Thomas has more than 26 years of international pipeline engineering experience with high and low pressure gas, liquid, and steam pipelines. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Education, Industrial Arts, from the University of Alberta. Throughout a career with companies such as Spectra Energy and Enbridge Pipelines, Lance has become skilled in pipeline route analysis, design and construction, and construction support and operational improvement efforts among other areas. He is currently employed as a chief pipeline engineer at Gulf Interstate Engineering, where he provides quality, procedural, and technical guidance to Gulf’s Pipeline Engineering group, and also serves as Lead Engineer and HDD Subject Matter Expert on several projects.
 
Glenn Gesoff

Glenn Gesoff was involved in the electronics manufacturing industry for 20 years before joining BP in February 2007.  He has been involved with Project Management since joining BP and spent the first few years in the US Pipelines and Logistics group.  There he worked on major capital projects ranging in size from $500K to over $35M and within many different aspects of the pipeline business.  In 2009, he joined North America Gas as the Project Manager responsible for the Water Management process across NAG’s business regions, including the water needs for all of BP’s drilling and completions activities.  Glenn shifted into a role managing many different projects across BP’s Upstream Technology portfolio. Glenn currently manages BP’s efforts to ensure compliance to the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency’s settlement agreements surrounding the Macondo incident.  He is a graduate of ‘Projects & Engineering – The BPWay’ in September 2007 (Cadre 2), ‘Managing Projects’ (Cadre 6), and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
 
John Andrus

J. R. “John” Andrus has 40 plus years of international/domestic, onshore/offshore, office/field experience in virtually all aspects of oil, gas, refined products, power generation, and communication projects. These projects included marketing, business development, project management and controls, and environmental and non-environmental permitting among many others. John received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. He was a Technician of Engineering at Waukesha Pierce Inc. and progressed to Director of Engineering while employed there. He also held roles as a Projects Director, Projects Manager, and a Director of Design, Construction, & Environmental. John was also a Vice President and Senior Vice President at Universal Ensco Inc. Today, John is the founder and principal consultant at Andrus & Associates, LLC.
 
Thomas Martens

Thomas Martens has managed environmental departments since 1990. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in Texas. Thomas is currently a Senior Principal and the Houston Environmental Services manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. He is responsible for an annual revenue of over $5 million and oversees approximately 30 environmental professionals and technicians performing a broad variety of consulting services throughout southeast Texas. Thomas also serves as a National Account Manager for multiple pipeline, industrial, and commercial clients. He has been a key member of several initiatives with Terracon, including the development of a project manager training program, annual performance review system, and practice resource groups. He has also been an active member of several professional societies including the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), serving as a board member and committee chair for SAME for the past 13 years, including his current role as President Elect. In 2016, he was awarded the SAME Member of the Year Award for his tireless efforts with the organizations.
 
John Juenger

John Juenger has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, project/program management, operations management, and business development. He obtained his Master of Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering and his Bachelor of Science if Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He is also registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. John was the Gulf Region Managing Director and Oil and Gas Market Sector Leader for Fugro Consultants, Inc. based in Houston, Texas. His responsibilities included overall operations management for all South Texas and Southern Louisiana Operations encompassing some 400 personnel and a total of 11 business units. John is currently the Director of Oil and Gas services and Senior Principal with Terracon Consultants, Inc., with the responsibility of overseeing and managing the development of projects in the industrial and ports/coastal sector. He is also responsible for the overall management, development, and strategic growth of operations in the Western US and select operations in Western Canada and South America. Over the last 8 years, he has been heavily involved in the strategic growth plan for FCL and has held key roles in the development of both organic and acquisition strategies.
 
Pamela Moreno

Pamela Moreno’s 31 years in the industry has resulted in worldwide experience in organizational direction, technology innovation, business development, personnel motivation and mentoring, client management, litigation support, regulatory support, and as a speaker. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M University. Pam currently is a Principal Consultant and Senior Project Manager at Det Norske Veritas. She specializes in supporting clients through developing smart solutions and risk assessments based on advanced technical analysis of data from Ultrasonic, MFL, and Geometry ILI tools. She also provides risk assessments of pipeline segments based on multiple integrity threats and data sets. Prior to joining Det Norske Veritas, Pam worked with Tuboscope Pipeline Services – National Oilwell Varco for over 20 years, holding positions such as Worldwide Director of Analysis, Manager of Data Analysis, and the Northeast US Regional Account Representative.
 
 Matthew Glose
 
Matthew Glose has been involved in the oil and gas industry for twenty-five years. He has spent the last four years working in crude oil with Centurion Pipeline, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, where he is the Manager of Project Management, Engineering, Drafting and Estimating. Prior to working with Centurion, Matt spent twenty-one years working with natural gas pipeline transmission companies such as Tenneco Gas, El Paso Corporation, and Kinder Morgan. Throughout this time, he held various roles including Project Engineer and Project Manager, Drafting Supervisor, Field Based Operations Supervisor, and Estimating Manager.
 
Richard Crews

Richard B Crews has over 20 years of experience in the industry dealing with team leadership and project management. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and after seven years of service in the US Navy, both active and reserve, was honorably discharged upon leaving college. After college, Richard spent 11 years with The Dow Company working in reliability engineering and received Six Sigma Black Belt certification in January 2001. He also worked as a Projects Manager for Motiva in Norco, Louisiana for over 3 years. Currently, Richard is the North American Large Projects Lead for Shell, where he also served as an Asset Master Planner and Reliability and Maintenance Manager.