16th Annual Kern County Energy Summit

November 16, 2022

Time: 7:30AM-12:00PM *Registration begins at 7:00am

Location: Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. 801 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301



Speakers Include:

Lorelei H. Oviatt

Lorelei H. Oviatt

Director, Kern County Planning and Natural Resources

Lorelei Oviatt, AICP, is Director for the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department in California and has worked in both the public and private sector of land development.   Her years of professional planning experience in the public and private sectors focuses on project management of large scale, multiagency planning, moving extremely complex projects through the system under accelerated timeframes to streamline business permitting and support quality of life for communities.  Her work on natural resources land use for renewable energy, mining, alternative fuels and oil and gas production as well as streamlining industrial and housing projects has made Kern County a center for business development in the U.S, while ensuring environmental protections for communities and certainty for investors.

Suzanne Noble

Suzanne Noble

Senior Director of Production Operations, Western States Petroleum Association

Suzanne Noble is the Senior Director of Production Operations with the Western States Petroleum Association.  During her tenure with WSPA she has worked throughout the state of California on environmental regulatory issues in coastal regions, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento. She is responsible for managing and directing production priority projects, regional external affairs, research of technical issues and coordination of working issues groups and technical committees.

Prior to joining WSPA, Suzanne served as a minerals advisor to the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.  At the Department of the Interior, a minerals advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, she was responsible for legislative and national regulatory and environmental issues related to oil and gas production on federal lands throughout the Country.

In the Bureau of Land Management, Suzanne served as Communication Coordinator for fluid minerals and then as Fluid Minerals Coordination Specialist developing strategies for outreach and marketing of the Bureau’s Oil and Gas National Performance Review and represented the Bureau on Interagency Agreements for mineral projects and publicly on environmental issues.

Suzanne is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, and holds a bachelor’s degrees in both communications and liberal studies.

Alexei V. Vyssotski

Alexei V. Vyssotski

General Manager, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, Chevron New Energies

Alexei V. Vyssotski is a General Manager of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), as part of Chevron New Energies. In this role, he is focused on deploying CCUS solutions to accelerate progress toward the lower carbon ambitions of Chevron and its customers.

Alexei is often described as a “strategy translator” as he adeptly leads teams to convert aspirational goals into reality while working with complex technical, business, and geopolitical challenges.

Alexei has a keen interest in the environment and has a high regard for practical science that improves the quality of life. These interests were inspired by his childhood spent helping his family work the land and learning from his parents who are both geologists. This experience led him to study geology and environmental science where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Geology from Rice University. Alexei has been fortunate to work in a variety of geologic basins while at Chevron where he led teams to recover hydrocarbon resources in North America and international locations.

Today, Alexei finds his role with Chevron New Energies to be a perfect intersection of the environment, practical science, and complexity as he works to help advance a lower carbon future. en.

Secretary David Bernhardt - Keynote Speaker

Secretary David Bernhardt - Keynote Speaker

David Bernhardt grew up in Rifle, Colorado. He is the only person to ever be confirmed by the U. S. Senate to serve as secretary of the Interior, deputy secretary (chief operations officer) and solicitor (chief legal officer) of the Department of the Interior in its 173 year history.

While serving as the 53rd secretary of the Department of the Interior, David led a U.S. cabinet department with an asset portfolio that exceeded $300 billion, a $16 billion annual budget and nearly 70,000 employees.

 A creative problem solver, David focused his efforts to further conservation stewardship, expand opportunities for access to hunt and fish on public lands, drive regulatory change and worked to enhance our nation’s energy independence. He led the Trump administration’s effort to enact the Great American Outdoors Act and President Trump tasked him with playing a key role on initiatives such as addressing the threat to the domestic supply chain from reliance on critical minerals from foreign adversaries and serving as co-chair of the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council.

 Before serving as secretary, David served as deputy secretary at Interior, where he led many significant initiatives ranging from: creating and implementing policies and practices to address a systemic culture of harassment in the workplace; modernizing business processes related to permitting authorizations and denials; dramatically improving the ethics program; and developing one of the most diverse leadership teams in the department’s history.

 Since leaving the Department, David returned to the practice of law, and is active in various charitable and business endeavors.

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