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Nancy McDonald, CPL, MBA – Co-Chair


  • Staff Landman for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • More than 25 years of Canadian and US oil and gas industry experience in small to large companies in the capacities of Landman, Project Management and Business Development
  • Grew up in the east coast of Canada.
  • After college she moved west to Alberta and worked in the oil and natural gas industry
  • Moved to Missouri in 1998 where she earned her MBA at Keller Graduate School of Management (now DeVry)
  • Certified Professional Landman (CPL)
  • Member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL), Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL)
  • Co-Chair of the DAPL Regulatory and Advocacy Committee
  • An Advocate for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and the oil and natural gas industry
  • Received the 2015 DAPL Education Award and the 2015 AAPL Education award

Malinda (Mindy) Morain – Co-Chair

aamalindamorainMalinda (Mindy) Morain is an Associate with the law firm, Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. who focuses her practice primarily in the area of oil and gas litigation. Malinda also advocates for her clients on issues related to natural resources development on public lands. Prior to joining Beatty and Wozniak, Malinda practiced for seven years with an AmLaw 100 firm in New York City.

In addition to her experience in the energy industry, Malinda has broad-based experience in civil litigation, environmental litigation, complex litigation, and mass and toxic torts. She represented a petroleum industry defense group and petroleum company in a complex, multi-district water contamination litigation. She was also successful in confirming a hundred million dollar arbitration award on behalf of an industry client.

In her spare time she can be found training for her next marathon.

 Douglas C. Sandridge


Doug started working in the “oil patch” at the age of 16 in Midland, Texas.  While attending university, Doug worked as an oil field mechanic, roustabout, pumper, roughneck and landman.  In 1982, Doug graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.  In 2011, Doug earned his Master of Science Degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Doug has primarily worked for petroleum exploration companies in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, with some experience in renewable energy.  Doug and his partners recently sold their petroleum exploration company (EE3 LLC) to SandRidge Energy.  Doug is currently an energy consultant and is the founder of EnergyPrecis, an organization which promotes energy education.

Doug has been happily married for almost 30 years and has three wonderful children.   Doug’s hobbies include his kids, Boy Scouts, golf, skiing, genealogy, energy education and travel (70 countries).

 Lisa Hamil, CPL


Lisa Hamil, CPL has over 30 years of experience in both land and land administration and recently left Encana after 13 years.  She has formed a new company, Energy 360 Colorado, whose mission is to build consumer energy knowledge and engage them in a critical conversation about the future.  Working with a group of energy professionals with diverse backgrounds who collectively have spent decades dealing with the logistical, political and economic issues associated with energy, she wants to help uncover the misinformation around all forms of energy.

She currently teaches the “Life Cycle of Oil and Natural Gas” class through the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado at Denver, is a Board member of the Denver Petroleum Club, AAPL member, DAPL member and is active on the Education and Advocacy committee.

 Dean Sellers


Dean D. Sellers is an Attorney with the nationwide energy law firm, Rosas, PLLC, based out of Boerne, Texas. Dean focuses his energy legal practice in the areas of civil litigation arising from the exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas; title examination and curation; mergers and acquisitions; and transactional oil and gas legal work. Prior to joining Rosas, PLLC, Dean served as the managing partner of Trunnell & Sellers, P.C. which assisted energy clients, corporations and private individuals in business contractual law, taxation, debtor/creditor law, corporate financial restructuring, procurement and acquisition law, and other related areas of law. Dean has represented several Fortune 500 Companies before the Colorado Supreme Court Consolidation Panel, Colorado State District Courts, and the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals – which collectively involve more than $100 million in gross tax assessments.

Dean is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado and Utah. He holds a Master of Science in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver School of Business – he graduated with a 3.925 GPA, Summa Cum Laude Honors. Additionally, Dean possesses a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. He is fluent in Spanish from living in Argentina for several years, and he has possessed security clearances with the United States federal government.

In his free time, Dean enjoys lifting weights and spending time with his family – Dean has been married for over 16 years and has seven beautiful children.

James Culbertson


James graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016 with a degree in Energy Management and quickly moved to Denver to begin his career as an energy professional. He is currently an Associate Landman at QEP Energy Company working in their High Plains Division. Prior to joining QEP full-time, he had the opportunity to intern two summers in QEP’s Tulsa, OK office, working on projects in the Permian Basin. In addition to Land work, James is also passionate about politics, regulation, and energy education.

When he’s not working, James enjoys hiking, skiing, and watching Netflix.

Jake Bakker, RPL


Jake is a Regional Landman with PDC Energy, Inc. where he focuses on the DJ Basin.  Before joining PDC, he was a Consulting Landman at Noble Energy, Inc. where he worked in the Business Development Group.  Jake began his career buying leases and running title across the Bakken with Petro-Hunt, LLC.  He is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business where he studied Finance & Real Estate and served as Student Body President.  In 2014, he completed the Advanced Energy Land Management Certificate at the University of Denver.  In addition to his work with DAPL, Jake is an active volunteer for CRED and other various political campaigns.  When he’s not working, Jake can be found practicing yoga, hiking, snowboarding and traveling with friends.


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