SIPES Foundation

What is the SIPES Foundation?

The SIPES Foundation, a charitable and educational organization, was chartered in Texas in November 1981. In addition to awarding annual earth science scholarships and conducting educational seminars, the Foundation maintains an extensive earth science video film library, with films of technical programs that have been presented at past annual meetings and seminars.


Donations are welcomed by the SIPES Foundation to continue scholarship awards, seminars, and educational programs. Your gift may be made in honor of or in memory of a family member, friend or business colleague. All gifts receive written acknowledgment. If you wish to make a contribution online, please click the button below.

Foundation Leadership

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Christopher H. Reed

President - Tyler, Texas

Chris has been an at-large member of SIPES for the past 18 years, residing in “chapter free” Tyler, TX and has served on the National Board of Directors for the past three years. He also currently serves as Presidnt of SIPES Foundation. Chris has been an active professional geologist since 1975 working primarily the Mesozoic Gulf but has also worked throughout the U.S. and Asia. He is licensed in both Texas and Arkansas, along with certification from the AAPG/DPA.

Neil D. Sharp

Vice President - Denver, Colorado

Neil currently resides in Denver, CO and is the President of Rampike Resources, Ltd.  His company focuses on generating and developing oil and gas prospects within the Midcontinent and Rockies in both conventional and unconventional plays.

Wendell R. Creech

Secretary - Midland, Texas

Wendell Creech has been a geophysical consultant since 1996, primarily working in the Permian Basin and Gulf Coast areas. He is a U.S. Veteran (Navy), and graduated from Missouri State in 1979 with a B.S. in geology.

Michael R. Vasicek

Treasirer - Midland, Texas

Robin Vasicek graduated in 1979 from the University of Texas with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. He went to work as an engineer for Mobil Producing Texas and New Mexico until 1982, when he joined Mewbourne Oil Company. He started Bessero Oil Company in 1993, and in 1998 formed QP, Inc. to purchase and operate stripper wells in West Texas.


Gregg S. Alletag - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dawn S. Bissell - Corpus Christi, Texas

Dan Earl Duggan - Fort Worth, Texas

Barry J. Rava - Houston, Texas

Carol M. Shiels - Dallas, Texas

Foundation Seminars

The SIPES Foundation presents a continuing education seminar annually during the SIPES Annual Meeting. Recent seminar topics have included

  • The History of Santa Fe
  • Tales from Seven Continents – Living an Explorer’s Dream
  • The USS Midway’s 47-Year Odyssey & Beyond and San Diego: The Birthplace of Naval Aviation
  • Discovering Dinosaurs in Utah: 150 Million Years of Earth History
  •  A Sense of Time and Place in New Mexico
  • New Department of Energy
  • Geology of Yellowstone National Park
  • To the Moon and Beyond!
  • Advanced Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning Strategies
  • Hurricane Katrina – What Happened?

On June 3, 2019, the SIPES Foundation presented a seminar on Rocky Mountain National Park and Historic Estes Park by two different experts from the area.

Past Officers of The SIPES Foundation

2019Barry J. RavaChristopher H. ReedWendell R. CreechMichael R. Vasicek
2018Michael R. VasicekBarry J. RavaJohn H. NewberryCarol M. Shiels
2017Gary C. HuberMichael R. VasicekJohn H. NewberryKirk C. Kolar
2016Patrick A. NyeGary C. HuberVacantMichael R. Vasicek
2015Howard E. DavenportWilliam R. FinleyPatrick A. NyeMichael A. Fogarty
2014C. Al Taylor, Jr.Howard E. DavenportDouglas H. McGinness IITerence G. O’Hare
2013James L. AllenC. Al Taylor, Jr.Brian K. MillerEduardo A. Riddle
2012James P. Evans IIIGilbert D. “Gib” BrownBrian K. MillerJames L. Allen
2011Kenneth J. HuffmanJames F. HardwickJames P. Evans IIIGilbert D. “Gib” Brown
2010J. R. ClevelandBobby M. GreenwoodDennis M. GleasonSuzanne G. Cluff
2009J. Phil Martin, Jr.Marc D. MaddoxKenneth J. HuffmanJ. R. Cleveland
2008Lee M. PetersenJ. Phil MartinMarc D. MaddoxKenneth J. Huffman
2007Lanny O. ButnerH. Jack Naumann, Jr.Clifford A. WalkerLee M. Petersen
2006George S. JohnsonWoodruff G. Leel, Jr.Clifford A. WalkerJames K. Applegate
2005Michael A. PollokGeorge S. JohnsonJames K. ApplegateE. Bernard Brauer
2004Daniel M. ReynoldsCraig W. AdamsRobert B. RobinsonWendy G. Holland
2003Paul W. BrittCharley B. WhippTony R. StuartValary L. Schulz
2002Robert C. LeibrockPaul W. BrittBrian S. CalhounJ. D. Hughes
2001Scott A. WainwrightPeter G. GrayLawrence H. DavisJames A. Savage
2000Deborah K. SacreyPeter G. GrayJames L. ClaughtonJames A. Savage
1999Deborah K. SacreyPeter G. GrayWilliam P. WilbertGeorge F. Willis
1998H. Rudy ParkisonDeborah K. SacreyVictor L. CooperGeorge F. Willis
1997Donald C. WambaughScott LaurentJohn M. JurasinH. Rudy Parkison
1996James B. BennettTerry L. HollrahRobert D. CowderyJames H. Henderson
1995Don D. MatsonJohn M. RakowskiWilliam M. KazmannJames B. Bennett
1994James P. Evans IIIDon D. MatsonMichael F. McKenzieWilliam M. Kazmann
1993Daniel L. SmithJames P. Evans IIIMalcolm D. McGregorMichael F. McKenzie
1992Robert E. BoyerFrank M. BrooksDaniel L. SmithTaylor W. Dillard
1991George B. VockrothHarry L. FrankKenneth O. SeewaldGeorge E. Farmar
1990Charles B. GodfreyLeonard E. JordonRoy C. WaltherJon F. Cobb
1989Eugene L. HowardCharles B. GodfreyFred M. Thompson, Jr.Robert R. Lamb
1988Richard F. PetersonWilliam G. EllisGene B. Wiggins, Jr.Eugene L. Howard
1987H. Grady Collier, Jr.Richard F. PetersonWilliam G. EllisJohn C. Roberts
1986O. H. BerryH. Grady Collier, Jr.Richard F. PetersonWilliam W. Crump
1985Evelyn W. MoodyO. H. BerryH. Grady Collier, Jr.William W. Crump
1984Adam M. SturleseDonald C. GiffordO. H. BerryEvelyn W. Moody
1983Wilbur C. BradleyFred L. OliverAdam M. SturleseJohn W. Ruwwe
1982E. Lee MillsPatrick J. F. GrattonA. H. Wadsworth, Jr.George R. Gibson