Energy Workforce Staff

Roni Ashley

Director Operations

Eddie Bowman

Events Specialist

Susan Dudley

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Fuqua

Director Marketing

Deidre Kohlrus

Senior Director Government Affairs

Corry Schiermeyer

Senior Director Communications

Maria Suarez-Simmons

Senior Director Energy Policy


Leslie Beyer is CEO of the Energy Workforce & Technology Council in Houston, Texas, the global energy technology and services association representing over 600,000 jobs in the energy workforce. She is a leading industry advocate in a variety of areas including global energy market, energy workforce impacts, supply chain, regulatory environment, energy expansion, ESG best practices and DEI in the energy sector. Highlights of Ms. Beyer’s career include 15 years in Washington, D.C. serving in policy and public affairs roles in the U.S. Senate, multiple presidential campaigns, The White House Executive Office of the President, U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After government service, Ms. Beyer began a career in advocacy as Director, Member and Board Relations with the National Association of Manufacturers, collaborating with member companies on targeted priority legislative issues and lobbying efforts, primarily in the energy industry.

She is an Independent Director on the Board of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. serving as Compensation Committee Chair, and the Audit and ESG Committees. She also serves on the Veriten Strategic Advisory Board, Advisory Board of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Energy Center and Editorial Advisory Board of World Oil. Leslie was named to Hart Energy’s Top 25 Women in Energy in 2021, Energy Transition Economist 100 Women of the Energy Transition in 2021, and Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2022. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.




As President of the Energy Workforce & Technology Council, Determan is a partner in the development and management of the association’s strategy and activities to promote the energy services and technology sector of the oil and gas industry. In addition to overseeing daily operations, Determan works directly with Energy Workforce leadership to execute the Council’s engagement and growth strategy.

Determan leads Energy Workforce’s communications, branding and marketing. She advocates on behalf of the energy workforce and speaks frequently on workforce, culture, leadership and supply chain issues. Additionally, she oversees Energy Workforce Committees, including those focused on leadership development, best practice sharing and benchmarking, as well as the acclaimed State Department Houston Energy Course.

Prior to joining Energy Workforce, Determan provided private PR consulting services across multiple industries and held senior positions with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. In these roles, Determan won regional and national awards for publications and marketing campaigns.

Determan has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and German from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Determan serves on the IPAA/Energy Workforce Education Advisory Board and Hart Energy’s D&I Advisory Committee. She is a member of Rotary International and led a vocational exchange team to Portugal in 2012. She was named an E&P Magazine “40 Under Forty” honoree in 2021.



Tim Tarpley oversees Energy Workforce’s Policy, Government Affairs, International Trade Policy and ESG and Environmental Policy, developing and implementing an integrated strategic plan to advance Energy Workforce’s policy positions; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its positions across key stakeholder audiences.

Tarpley has advocated for the men and woman of the U.S. energy industry for the past five years in Washington and around the country.  Tarpley has presented at multiple conferences on energy policy and has testified in the United States Congress in front of the House Natural Resources committee, the United States Trade Representative, and the Texas Legislature.   

Prior to joining the Energy Workforce & Technology Council, he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and began his legislative career as an aide to Congressman Thornberry (R-TX). As a lynchpin of Congressman Poe’s staff for more than nine years, Tim worked on permitting the Keystone pipeline, ending the crude oil export ban, and streamlining the permitting for LNG export approval.

Tarpley holds a juris doctor from Creighton University School of Law and a LLM from American University Washington College of Law.

Vice President Programs & Events


Peggy Helfert leads Energy Workforce’s robust training and events, including signature programs such as the State Department Houston Energy Course, Executive Leadership Programs, ESG Certification, Oil & Gas 101 and Leadership Forums.

Prior to joining Energy Workforce, Helfert held export compliance, as well as strategic marketing positions at Cameron Compression Systems and GE Oil & Gas. Before relocating from Central New York to Houston, she was a an educator for 10 years.

Helfert has a bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.