AFPM members serve you and America by manufacturing vital products for your life every day, while strengthening America’s economic and national security.
About Our Members
Chet Thompson began his role as president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers AFPM) in May 2015. Thompson leads a staff that advocates for petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of public policy issues. AFPM, under his leadership, works to emphasize the importance of petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers and their positive impact on U.S. manufacturing, jobs growth, energy independence and national security.
Prior to joining AFPM, Thompson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell and Moring LLP, where he was chairman of the Environment & Natural Resources Group, one of the country’s premier environmental practices. His practice included counseling, litigation, and regulatory and legislative representation for a wide array of clients under major environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the Resource Conservation Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, Liability and Recovery Act. While at Crowell Morning he represented AFPM as external counsel for nine years.
Thompson previously served as deputy general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he provided legal advice to the Agency’s administrator, general counsel and program offices. Before joining EPA in 2004, he spent 10 years at Collier Shannon Scott PLLC, where his work focused on the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Thompson has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. by Chambers & Partners, and was awarded a Certificate of Accommodation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. Thompson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He and his family reside in Potomac, Maryland.
Brendan E. Williams is responsible for leading AFPM’s Government
Relations, Communications and Outreach Departments as they work to educate
the media, Congress, the administration, and other stakeholder groups
about the important role AFPM members and products play in daily life
and the American economy.
Rebecca oversees AFPM communications with the media and
other external audiences outside government and works with senior
management to develop AFPM's messages and communications strategies.
Diana works closely with the media and other external audiences
to disseminate AFPM's messages. She oversees and manages the AFPM
Geoffrey A. Moody is responsible for managing AFPM’s Government
Relations Department, which primarily represents the association
Joanne M. Shore is responsible for developing research
and assessments of how various regulations and policies impact fuel
and petrochemical manufacturers and American consumers.
Sarah Magruder Lyle is responsible for developing and executing
strategic outreach initiatives that educate consumers, key stakeholders,
policy makers and federal, state and local elected officials across
country about how AFPM's members make modern life possible and keep
America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation
and local communities, strengthen economic and national security,
and support 2 million American jobs.
Steve Higley is responsible for overseeing and implementing
AFPM's "outside the beltway" outreach activities.
Melissa Hockstad is responsible for leading AFPM’s Petrochemicals
Division. Her responsibilities include oversight of various petrochemical
committees, organization of the International Petrochemical Conference,
and providing support for addressing legislative, regulatory and
communications issues impacting the petrochemicals membership.
James R. Cooper advises the petrochemical programs at AFPM
on a variety of technical and policy issues. He is also responsible
for the development of new educational and business enhancement
programs, with a particular focus on shale development and its potential
impacts on the manufacturing supply chain.
David N. Friedman represents AFPM members before federal
regulatory agencies and the Executive Branch. His team develops
AFPM positions on environmental, fuels, safety and security issues
with AFPM leadership and members.
Jeffrey T. Gunnulfsen oversees and manages the AFPM Security
Committee and the TSCA Workgroup. He serves as the principal liaison
on security issues with the Department of Homeland Security, the
U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Timothy C. Hogan manages AFPM regulatory advocacy on fuels
issues and staffs the AFPM Fuels Committee.
Susan E. Yashinskie supervises the member relations and
technical departments. In this role, she leads member relations
and development to support the current membership and cultivate
new relationships; and directs the technical department to provide
counsel to the AFPM Board on relevant topics. She also develops
program content for AFPM’s Annual Meeting and Board of Directors
Jeffery L. Hazle is responsible for working with AFPM members
to assist in developing positions on regulatory and legislative
issues affecting fuels production and the operation of refineries
and petrochemical plants. He oversees selection of all technical
sessions for AFPM conferences.
Daniel J. Strachan oversees the work of AFPM’s Plant Automation,
Lubricants & Waxes, and Labor Relations/Human Resources Committees.
He also oversees the Industrial Hygiene and Cyber Security Subcommittees.
Lara Swett oversees and manages the work of the Safety
and Health Committee.
Helen M. Kutska oversees the AFPM Convention Services Department
and is responsible for all meeting planning services including site
selection, contract negotiations, announcements, marketing, registration,
logistics, trade show management, meeting material production and
Gordon Robertson oversees the work of AFPM’s Reliability and Maintenance Committee and the Screening Committee; he also oversees the Industrial Hygiene Subcommittees. Additionally, he publishes the bi-weekly Tech Update and the annual Refinery Capacity Report.
Richard S. Moskowitz oversees all AFPM legal matters, staffs
AFPM’s Legal Committee and supervises outside counsel representing d
the association in litigation.
Gerald R. Van De Velde is responsible for the financial
and administrative operations of AFPM. He oversees the Information
Technology, Convention Services, Human Resources, and Accounting
and Office Administration Departments and AFPM’s Political Action
Wade L. Easter manages the accounting operations and office
administration for AFPM. He also serves as an adjunct to the Human
Resources Department and administrator of employee benefits.