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

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Neil D. Sharp

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.

Dan Earl Duggan

Vice President - Fort worth, Texas

Dan Earl is currently serving his fourth year on the SIPES National Board of Directors representing the Fort Worth Chapter where he was previously Chapter Chairman. He has lengthy & broad experience in the domestic oil and gas industry with both public and private companies. The latter includes substantial activity as an independent, conducting project development and investment for his own account primarily in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. He is an Emeritus member of AAPG.

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.

Carol M. Shiels

Treasurer - Dallas, Texas

Carol Morrison Shiels graduated from Princeton in 1980 with a geological engineering degree. She is a registered Texas PE and the president of Shiels Engineering, Inc. Carol and David live and work on their family ranch in Kaufman, TX. They are both members of the Dallas SIPES Chapter.



Dawn S. Bissell - Corpus Christi, Texas

Barry J. Rava - Houston, Texas

Michael R. Vasicek - Midland, Texas

Foundation Seminars

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

  • Rocky Mountain National Park & Historic Estes Park
  • 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 7, 2021, the SIPES Foundation presented two seminar topics on Energy 101 and Deregulation and the Texas Energy-Only Market by two different experts from the energy field.

Past Officers of the SIPES Foundation

2020Christopher H. ReedNeil D. SharpWendell R. CreechMichael R. Vasicek
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