independent geologist Robbie Rice Gries has assumed the leadership
of the association's Executive Committee for 2001-2002.
Gries, who served as AAPG president-elect for 2000-2001,
becomes the first female president of AAPG.
A native of Ingleside, Texas, she received her bachelor's
degree in geology from Colorado State University and a master's
from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gries began her career teaching geology at Wichita
State University and in 1973 joined Texaco in Denver. In 1976 she
became a staff geologist for Reserve Oil in Denver. In 1980, when
Reserve was acquired by Getty, Gries began her career as a consultant
and independent, opening an office in Denver.
Gries formed Priority Oil & Gas in 1992. She
orchestrated the merger of two Colorado companies in 1993 and was
a director and vice president for a year.
Since 1995 she has been president and CEO of Priority,
with operations primarily in the Mid-continent and Rockies, with
other onshore gas exploration projects in the UK/Northern Ireland
Joining Gries on the Executive Committee will be
Daniel L. Smith, a Houston independent geologist who was recently
voted president-elect by the AAPG membership. He will serve
as president 2002-2003.
Smith began his career with Pan American Petroleum
(now BP Amoco), and later also worked with Roberts and Whitson and
Texoil, where he was vice president and exploration manager.
In 1992 he joined Texas Meridian (now The Meridian
Resource Corp.) as a consultant and later joined the company as
vice president of exploration, retiring in 1999 as vice president-new
Also recently elected to the 2001-2002 Executive
Vice president -- Donald W. Lewis, a consultant in Lafayette,
Calif. He will serve a one-year term.
-- Charles J. Mankin, director of Sarkeys Energy Center at the University
of Oklahoma and director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. He will
serve a two-year term.
-- John C. Lorenz, distinguished member-technical staff with Sandia
Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. He will serve a three-year term.
of the House of Delegates -- Edward W. Dolly, of Anschutz Exploration,
Remaining on the committee as treasurer is
Edward B. Picou Jr., a consultant in New Orleans who is serving
the second of a two-year term.