IAGC Staff

IAGC is the international trade association which represents the industry that provides geophysical services (geophysical data acquisition, seismic data ownership and licensing, geophysical data processing and interpretation, and associated services and product providers) to the oil and gas industry.

IAGC represents more than 150 member companies from all segments of the geophysical industry.  IAGC member companies:

  • come from all regions of the world;
  • globally employ tens of thousands of people;
  • range in size from the largest global full service contractors to individuals in business as sole proprietorships, and range from start-up companies to companies who provide geophysical goods and services to contractors and E&P companies alike;
  • represent the vast majority of both the global data acquisition capacity and the non-exclusive data in libraries today. 



Ken Wells

Mr. Wells is the founder of Lifeline Strategies, a safety and regulatory management consulting company serving the oil and gas industry.  Prior to founding his own company, Ken served as the President of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), representing the U.S. oil and gas workboat industry.  He is also the former Vice President of the American Waterways Operators, representing the U.S. tug boat and barge industry. Before entering the energy sector, Ken was an award-winning television reporter in New Orleans, LA, and Tulsa, OK.



Executive Vice President

Walt Rosenbusch

Walt brings to the IAGC over 25  years of public and private sector experience and expertise in all aspects of  federal and state oil and gas upstream regulatory activities. Specific areas of  expertise include federal and state public land management, federal and state  regulatory accounting (tax and royalty), public law and policy development,  administrative law, auditing, training, and public sector consulting. His  knowledge of the issues facing governments and industry in regulatory  compliance and business processes are unique given his broad professional  experience. Walt has provided Advisory Services to industry clients on a  wide-range of regulatory compliance issues and government outreach strategies. He has consulted with governments around the  world on energy-specific issues and assisted his clients in advising the  Governments of Indonesia and Vietnam on energy specific issues.

Walt has served as Director of the Minerals Management  Service at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he was directly  responsible for the management of federal mineral revenue and outer continental  shelf (OCS) leasing and administration programs. His charge was to promote  "best business practices" by encouraging the development and  implementation of innovative practices and new technology. He was also named  the Department of Interior's official representative to the Interstate Oil and  Gas Compact Commission in 2000.


Walt also worked as Vice President of Business Advisory Services and Government Relations at Petris where he provided consulting services to oil and gas clients in areas of business performance management and government  relations. Other professional positions Walt has held include: Special  Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the  U.S. Department of the Interior, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young's Houston office, Deputy Land Commissioner for Energy Resources, Division Director for Royalty Management and Compliance, Royalty Audit Manager at the Texas General Land Office, and Senior Tax Auditor for the Texas Comptroller. Walt earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Texas at Austin.



Director of Communications

Gail Adams

Gail Adams is the Director of Communications at IAGC. She is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, has 20 years of experience in the environment and natural resources public policy arena and working with states and local government. She has more than 27 years experience in public affairs, non-profit organizations, and governmental affairs.

Adams is the former Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (OIEA) for the Department of the Interior (DOI), Immediate Office of the Secretary. Her responsibilities were to establish and maintain relationships between the Department of the Interior and Governors, state and local elected officials and the more than 6000 stakeholders and organizations that represent interests related to DOI.

Gail also served as the Secretary’s contact for tourism and works with the tourism industry and tourism stakeholders. She was a member of the President’s Task Force for Tourism and Competitiveness, headed by Secretaries of the Interior Salazar and Bryson of the Commerce Department which developed the nation’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy. She served on the Secretary’s behalf on numerous tourism committees and boards.  She was a member of the Tourism Policy Council which leads the implementation of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy.


Prior to her appointment, Gail served as the Governmental Affairs Officer for MC252 Oil Spill on loan from FEMA to the U.S. Coast Guard. Gail received the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Award, the highest public recognition given by the Commandant of the Coast Guard for her work on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

As the Oil Spill Governmental Affairs Officer, Gail oversaw Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional Affairs, the Non-Governmental Organization Interaction Unit, VIP and International visits as well as some aspects of Community Relations for the entire Gulf Coast. She also served as the governmental affairs advisor to the three Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinators as a member of their Command Staff for the response.

She is the former Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of External Affairs for FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office headquartered in New Orleans.  As the IGA Director, Gail headed intergovernmental operations for Louisiana offices for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Gail also coordinated all foreign delegation meetings coming to Louisiana to learn lessons of response and recovery efforts.

Gail is a former television news anchor and radio personality. She is also a certified grants writer. Adams is a graduate of Louisiana State University.


Vice President for Government and Legal Affairs

Nikki Martin

Nikki Martin joined IAGC in September 2013 as part of IAGC’s new Environment Group. She is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience working with government regulators in Alaska and Washington, D.C. In her new role, Nikki is responsible for monitoring new environmental regulations, directives and initiatives, coordinating IAGC’s review and response to such developments, and representing IAGC in joint industry regulatory management efforts.

Martin recently moved with her husband from Alaska where she worked as the Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager at the Alaska Oil & Gas Association. Previously, Martin practiced as an associate attorney for an Anchorage-based law firm and also as a law clerk for the Anchorage Superior Court Judge and the Western Resources Legal Center. Martin’s prior legislative experience includes serving as legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and as legislative aide to Alaska State Legislature House Majority Leader and Senate President.

Martin received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Resources Legal Center.



Director of Marine Environment - Science and Biology

Dr. Robert (Bob) Gisiner

Dr. Robert (Bob) Gisiner recently joined the IAGC staff in Houston as Director Marine Environment Science/Biology.  He will be supporting IAGC’s strategy to address critical science and policy issues related to sound in the marine environment and the impacts of industry-generated sound on marine life.  Dr. Gisiner will manage IAGC’s participation in related joint industry research projects and provide subject matter expertise and support to the IAGC Environmental team in its regulatory deliberations.

Before joining IAGC Dr. Gisiner managed the Navy Living Marine Resources Applied Research Program prior to his retirement from federal service in June 2014.  During his 21 year career with the Navy Dr. Gisiner was a marine mammal research scientist with the Navy Marine Mammal System program, led the Marine Mammal Science and Technology program at the Office of Naval Research, and was a member of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45).  Between 2006 and 2010 Dr. Gisiner served as Scientific Program Director for the US Marine Mammal Commission.  Dr. Gisiner is a recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and other government and professional awards and honors.  He is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and professional presentations and has served on several Federal Advisory Committees and expert panels related to marine bioacoustics, protected species management and recovery, and marine ecosystem modeling and management.



Office Manager

Criss Rennie

Criss joined IAGC in 1991 after studying Business Management at Houston Community College.  Previously she had worked part-time for an insurance company while going to school. She signed on as Assistant to the President and remained as such until 1998 following the birth of her first child. At which time she continued with IAGC as Houston Office Manager. Her responsibilities include accounting, budgeting, personnel, employee benefits, insurance coverage, membership services, event planning, etc.

In addition, Criss directs all activities related to IAGC's annual fundraisers - the IAGC Golf Tournament, which is held every Spring and the IAGC Sporting Clays Tournament, which is held during the Fall.



Administrative Assistant

Bianca Lopez

Bianca joined IAGC on August 2012. Bianca is currently a student at the University of Houston and pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Geosciences and Geology with a minor in Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. Bianca has over six years of experience as an administrative assistant in the oil and gas field.

Bianca’s responsibilities include administrative support for Vice President of Projects & Issues, Walt Rosenbusch and Communications Director, Gail Adams.



Communications Specialist

Melissa Frederick

Melissa Frederick joined IAGC as the communications specialist in January 2014. She is part of the communications and marketing department, monitoring and evaluating media interactions, and producing content for the website and external publications. Supporting the Director of Communications, Melissa is also involved with writing, editing and designing print and online materials like the newsletter, and deals with media relations, corporate publications, press releases, and internal communications. Melissa is also responsible for redesigning and maintaining the company website, new membership processing and database maintenance, as well as all print publications and mailings. She also manages IAGC's social media accounts, controls mass emails and electronic file management, assists event planning and offers general office support.

Originally from Indiana, Melissa has been as an administrative assistant for the last seven years and worked as an editor and writer for the University Publishing Corporation for seven years prior to that. She has been writing professionally for over 15 years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English / Writing from Indiana University and Goshen College.



Communications Assistant 

Nimit Shah

Nimit joined the IAGC staff in May of 2014. He is currently a senior at the University of Houston and is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Geology with a minor in Geophysics. His main responsibility is to help with updating and maintenance of the current website, as well as to help with the migration of the existing site (including all data files and pages) to the new website currently under construction. He also assists Gail Adams and Melissa Frederick in any projects or issues that arise pertaining to the website. 



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