Executive Director
John Bridges

John Bridges extensive career in the oil and gas industry has encompassed leadership roles in exploration, production and operations in multiple US locations from Texas to Alaska, and international roles including explorations, negotiations and business development in SE Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Most recently, John Bridges served as Manager of International Negotiations – North Africa and Europe in the UK for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. John’s career with Anadarko allowed him the opportunity to work and contribute directly on three of these major efforts including Alaska, Algeria and Mozambique while also conducting Business Development efforts in SE Asia.

John began his career with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in its mining division Anaconda where he worked in Denver, Colorado and Reno, Nevada both exploration and supported operations in Butte Montana, Tonopah Nevada, and Tooele Utah. His success led him to Bakersfield to work the California Oil and Gas Units in Los Angeles and also production and exploration in the San Joaquin Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara areas. He did a brief tour in Midland working predominately the four corners area and Wyoming production. With this lower 48 experience, he progressed to Alaska with ARCO where he resided in Anchorage for 7 years working Prudhoe Bay, Alpine and exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve and North Slope Foothills area. He joined Anadarko in 2001 and held several positions including Supervisor Alaska Land and Land Manager East Texas, Mid Continent and Alaska. In 2006 he was afforded the opportunity to work on the Negotiations team for Anadarko’s entry into Mozambique which has led to the discover of over 75 TCF recoverable reserves. John’s focus then shifted to Business Development in SE Asia and participating in the company’s efforts in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

John earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from California State University - Bakersfield and his BBA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas - Austin.

John has a passion to help others and has served in various positions with the Boy Scouts of America, as a Board member for the Alaska Performing Arts Center and also as a Board Member for the Alaska Junior Theater. John is currently active with UNICEF and works on its Houston Congressional Action Team Committee.

In his leisure time, John enjoys scuba diving and photography.

Contact John at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 105.

Assistant Executive Director & Communications Manager
Wendy P. Gereau

wendy100x125Wendy moved to Houston in 2001 from Bellville, Texas. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2005 with a degree in communication, and a minor in philosophy. During college, she completed an internship in the public affairs office at the University of St. Thomas. She later became a full-time staff member there, where she was responsible for a portion of the university’s Website management and print publications. She has been with AIPN since 2008, where she is responsible for the AIPN website, marketing and communications, and graphic production for the association.

Contact Wendy at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 103.

Event Planner
Chelsea Ordonez

chels100x125Chelsea, a native Houstonian, graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA in Marketing. She began her career at Burns & McDonnell Engineering. As an Assistant Marketing Coordinator, Chelsea was responsible for everything from proposals to events. Chelsea managed several events during her time at Burns & McDonnell, including fundraiser dinners, employee meet & greets, and company picnics. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Sergio.

Contact Chelsea at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 107.

Business Services Administrator
Melanie Barrett

melanie-barrett100x125Melanie is originally from San Antonio Texas and has spent most her life in Houston. She has been in accounting for over 25 years in the legal and petroleum fields and eight years in public accounting. She has two sons and lives in Oak Forest.

Contact Melanie at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 106.

Office Manager & Membership Coordinator
Marcia Ross

Marcia was born and raised in the inner-city of Chicago, Illinois.  She moved to Houston in 2008 with her previous employer, but also to escape the cold winters of Chicago! Marcia comes to AIPN with 17 years of Administrative/Office Management experience. She graduated from Houston Community College in May of 2010, where she obtained an Associates of Arts Degree with an Accounting concentration.  She’s planning to continue her studies at the University of Houston-Downtown where she will obtain a BA in Finance. Marcia currently lives in the Westchase District of Houston. She also enjoys volunteering with Houston Food Bank and Discovery Green. She joined AIPN in February 2017 to coordinate all administrative aspects for AIPN, including general membership queries and assisting new members throughout the application and approval process.

Contact Marcia at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 100.

Regional Events Coordinator
Kevin Smith

Kevin was born in Virginia and lived in several U.S. states, Canada and Luxembourg as a child. After graduating with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art he worked for several years as an advertising photographer and graphic artist. Kevin moved to Texas in 2006 and returned to school to earn an MBA in non-profit management from the University of Dallas. Prior to joining AIPN Kevin spent twelve years with the American Diabetes Association.

Contact Kevin at or +1 281-558-7715 ext. 108.