• Staff

    Executive Team

    Chet Thompson is the president and CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the trade association representing over 400 companies that encompass virtually all U.S. refining and petrochemical manufacturing capacity. He became president and CEO of 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.

    Before coming to AFPM, he had a successful legal career in Washington, D.C. for over two decades. Most recently he was a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where he was chairman of the Environment & Natural Resources Group, one of the country’s premier environmental practices. He previously served as deputy general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the George W. Bush Administration 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.

    Since joining AFPM, Chet has been named to the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100, which is committed to advancing jobs, growth, and opportunity that help our nation prosper; and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., which serves to promote a greater sense of community among the region’s top business and government leaders, and the diplomatic community.

    In October 2015, The Hill named him as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists. He has also been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the United States 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.


    • Rebbie J. Riley, Executive Assistant

    Office of General Counsel

    Richard S. Moskowitz oversees all AFPM legal matters, staffs AFPM’s Legal Committee and supervises outside counsel representing the association in litigation.


    • Taylor Hoverman, Associate Counsel
    • Maggie O’Connell, Executive Assistant, Advocacy

    Outreach, Federal & Regulatory Affairs

    Derrick Morgan is responsible for leading AFPM’s government relations, regulatory affairs, and industry analysis departments as they work to educate policymakers, stakeholder groups and the general public about the important role AFPM members and products play in daily life and the American economy.


    Government Relations

    Geoffrey A. Moody is responsible for managing AFPM’s Government Relations Department, which primarily represents the association before Congress.


    • Justin Sykes, Manager, Government Relations

    Industry Analysis

    Susan Grissom is responsible for developing research and assessments of how various regulations and policies impact fuel and petrochemical manufacturers and American consumers.


    Outreach

    Don Thoren is responsible for developing and executing strategic outreach initiatives that educate consumers, key stakeholders, policy makers and federal, state and local elected officials across the 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.


    • Jared Hawes, Director, Outreach
    • John Eick, Manager, Outreach
    • Airika Walker, Specialist, Outreach
    • Elizabeth Olds, Manager, Outreach & Regulatory Affairs

    Regulatory Affairs

    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.

    Rob Benedict is responsible for developing association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters related to transportation and infrastructure affecting the AFPM membership. Mr. Benedict also works with the advocacy team in increasing the effectiveness and visibility of AFPM with the Executive Branch on key regulatory matters affecting the refining and petrochemical sectors.

    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.


    • Ariel Sarandinaki, Specialist, Regulatory Affairs

    Communications

    Rebecca H. Adler 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 Cronan works closely with the media and other external audiences to disseminate AFPM's messages. She oversees and manages the AFPM Communications Committee.


    • Victor Adams, Manager, Web/Database Systems
    • Michael Frohlich, Manager, Communications
    • Ryan Mills, Manager, Social Media & Digital Communications
    • Gail Easley, Coordinator, Communications

    Member Services, Programs Department, Technical Departments, and Convention Services

    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 meeting.


    • LaToya Britt, Manager, Member Services
    • Naila Stocks, Administrator, Membership Services

    Daniel J. Strachan oversees the work of AFPM’s Plant Automation, Lubricants & Waxes, and Labor Relations/Human Resources Committees. He also oversees the Cyber Security Subcommittees.


    Health & Safety Programs

    Lara Swett oversees and manages the work of the Safety and Health Committee.

    • Rehan Ehsan, Senior Manager, Safety Programs
    • Eileen Scherzinger, Senior Manager, Regional Networks
    • Daniel Forest, Manager, Safety Programs
    • Anna M. Scherer, Manager, Process Safety Database
    • Mawusi Bridges, Administrative Coordinator, Safety Programs

    Convention Services

    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 on-site execution.


    • Merla Zollinger, Senior Manager, Convention Services
    • Brittany Jacobs, Meeting Planner, Convention Services Department
    • Katharine Nesslage, Meeting Planner, Convention Services Department
    • Kira Short, Meeting Planner, Convention Services Department
    • Elena Perez , Administrative Coordinator, Registrar, Convention Services

    Petrochemical, Manufacturing, and Technical

    James McCloskey is responsible for leading AFPM’s Petrochemical and Manufacturing Division. His 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.

    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.


    • Rose Sabijon, Manager, Petrochemical Programs
    • Adam Ali, Manager, Workforce Development
    • Tanya Cooper, Specialist, Conference Programs
    • Yvette Brooks, Specialist, Technical Programs

    Finance and Administration

    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 Committee.

    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.


    • John Manansala, Accounting Manager
    • Lydia M. Austin, PHR, Senior Generalist, Human Resources
    • Tanji Davis, Accounting Associate
    • Carlos Lopez, IT Consultant
    • Vinod Belani, IT Specialist
    • Colleen Van Gieson, Sponsorship Associate
    • Angela Segura, Receptionist/Facilities Manager