Sklar Explorations

Our Team
Our Team
Employees analyzing maps

Executive Team

Howard Sklar
Howard Sklar
Chief Executive Officer
B.S. and M.S. in Physics and Engineering from the University of Michigan

M.S. in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Howard Sklar
Howard Sklar
Chief Executive Officer
Howard Sklar became active in his family’s oil business, Sklar & Phillips Oil Co., in 1992. At that time, Mr. Sklar began applying his expertise in physics initially toward applications of AVO and later toward use of NUMAR logging in non-conventional pay zone analysis. His early efforts in East Texas led to the addition of reserves and new pay zones at Oletha, N. Oletha, and Personville Fields in the Travis Peak and Cotton Valley sandstones. These three fields have an estimated 180 BCF in recoverable reserves. Mr. Sklar formed Sklar to lead the continued growth of his immediate family’s oil and gas and other assets. Mr. Sklar has earned both an B.S. and M.S. in physics and engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”). He has taught numerous courses in physics at MIT and Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and in mathematics and physics at Louisiana State University at Shreveport and Centenary College of Louisiana. Mr. Sklar is a Past Chairman and current Director on the Board of Directors of ArcMail Technologies, an emailing archiving company. Mr. Sklar is currently working on a Ph.D. in physics at University of Colorado in Boulder.

David Barlow
David Barlow
President — Chief Operating Officer
B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana

J.D. from Tulane University School of Law

David Barlow
David Barlow
President — Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Barlow has a B.A. degree from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, where he now serves as a Trustee on Centenary's Board of Trustees and as a Member of that board's Executive Committee. He earned a J.D. (Cum Laude) from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, LA. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he served as a research assistant for Prof. Michael Hurst, the Senior Fellow of St. Johns College, Oxford University in Oxford, England. During law school, he worked as a student law clerk for Judge Steven Plotkin, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, Louisiana. Before joining Sklar in 2001, he practiced law at the law firms of Barlow and Hardtner L.C. and its successor, Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P., where he specialized in oil and gas law, generally representing oil and gas independent producers in oil and gas transactions, environmental, tort and breach of contract litigation, regulatory matters and title work. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana and is a member of the IPAA, LOGA, the Ark-La-Tex Petroleum Landman’s Association and the Oil & Gas Section of the Louisiana State Bar. Mr. Barlow also serves as Charter Member of the Advisory Board of Bowman Systems LLC, a software company specializing in the human services industry; Charter Member of the Board of Directors of The Leonard Family Corporation, a family holding company with subsidiaries in the meat packing, food processing and soil and composting industries; Director and Vice President of the Sisters of the Destitute; and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources. He is a graduate of IPAA’s Executive Management Program for Oil & Gas Executives at Harvard Business School and has been a presenter at the 2007 Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Educational Seminar and at the 54th Mineral Law Institute at LSU Law Center.

Cory Ezelle
Cory Ezelle
V.P. — Exploration Manager
B.S. in Geology from Millsaps College

Cory Ezelle
Cory Ezelle
V.P. — Exploration Manager
Mr. Ezelle has more than 20 years of exploration and production experience focusing primarily in the Ark-La-Tex and MAFLA regions. He was directly responsible for 15 field discoveries during that time with estimated total reserves of over 120 BCF and 20 MMBO. Mr. Ezelle joined Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1996, and Sklar at its inception in 1998. Prior to working with the Sklar family, Mr. Ezelle worked as an explorationist with other oil and gas firms, including Marlin Exploration, Robey H. Clark (consulting for Diamond Shamrock Corporation), Spirit Petroleum, Tideway Exploration, Texas Oil and Gas Corporation, and American Natural Resources. He earned a B.S. in geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and completed two years of graduate work at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA. He is an AAPG certified petroleum geologist, a licensed professional geoscientist in the State of Texas and a past board member and secretary of the Shreveport Geological Society.

Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell
V.P. — Chief Financial Officer
B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Centenary College of Louisiana

M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell
V.P. — Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Farrell is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. Mr. Farrell is also a certified public accountant and earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He is a member of the Council of PetroleumfAccountant Societies (COPAS). In addition to his responsibilities with Sklarco, LLC and Sklar Exploration Company, LLC, Mr. Farrell also manages the non-oil and gas investments of Mr. Sklar. He has worked for the Sklar family since 2001.

Greg Rembert
Greg Rembert
V.P. — Land Manager
B.S. in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana

Greg Rembert
Greg Rembert
Land Manager
Mr. Rembert attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. He earned a B.S. in geology from Centenary in 1976. Upon graduation, Greg worked independently as a geologist and landman prior to joining Amoco Production Company (New Orleans, Louisiana region) as Staff Landman. After leaving Amoco, he worked for The Hunter Company Inc., as Staff Landman; Projects, Inc., as President and Exploration Manager; and Polaris Pipeline Corporation as Operations Manager. Most recently, Mr. Rembert worked for Tensas Delta Exploration Company, LLC as a contract landman prior to joining Sklar as Senior Landman. He is a member of American Association of Professional Landmen (CPL), Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen and The Shreveport Geological Society.

Key Personnel

Geology Department

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson
Geoscientist Technician

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson
Geoscientist Technician
Ms. Anderson has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked at the Shreveport Petroleum Log Library. She joined Sklar in 1999 as a geoscientist technician for Cory Ezelle and currently assists the exploration department. She was promoted to Regulatory Analyst in 2001 and has since received regulatory certifications with the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. She served on the Board of Directors for the Red River Desk & Derrick Club in 2008 and has been an active member of the club since 2007.

Don Eustes
Don Eustes
Geophysicist
B.S. in Geology from Louisiana Tech University

Don Eustes
Don Eustes
Geophysicist
Mr. Eustes has over 25 years of experience as a geophysicist with various oil and gas companies focusing in the southern U.S. with some offshore experience. He has played a key role in the development of numerous fields based on bright spots and AVO anomalies, along with conventional 2D seismic interpretation. He has used 3D data to prove up 2D prospect 'leads' and develop efficient exploitation plans. He joined Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1997, and Sklar in 1998. Prior to working with the Sklar family, Mr. Eustes worked for nine years as an independent geophysical consultant. During this time, he worked continually with Cory Ezelle and contributed to many of the field discoveries mentioned above. From 1980 - 1988, he worked with Cities Service and Placid Oil Company. He is a licensed geophysicist in the State of Texas and an active member of the AAPG and the SEG. He has served in many leadership capacities with the Cross Bayou Emmaus community and is currently an elder at Open Door Bible Church.

Todd Faulkinberry
Todd Faulkinberry
Geologist
B.S. in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana

Todd Faulkinberry
Todd Faulkinberry
Geologist
Mr. Faulkinberry joined the Sklar team upon graduation from Centenary College in 2010. Todd began his career as a geologist technician and was promoted to Geologist in 2011. He is a member of the Shreveport Geological Society.

Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson
Geological Technician
B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University

Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson
Geological Technician
Mr. Jackson joined the Sklar team in December 2013 as a Geological Technician. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University majoring in advertising design and was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He has 30 years of experience with various oil and gas companies in Shreveport, Louisiana. Past employers include Texas Oil & Gas Corporation, Latham Exploration Co., T.L. James Oil Company and St. Mary Land & Exploration. Mike served on the board of directors for Louisiana Shots for Tots and has volunteered with the American Heart Association, Shreveport Rescue Mission, Toys for Tots, MS Society, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Habitat for Humanity.

Miles McDowell
Miles McDowell
Geologist
B.S. in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana

M.S. in Geology from the University of New Orleans

Miles McDowell
Miles McDowell
Geologist
Mr. McDowell began working for Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1996 as a geo-tech while he was attending Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. He joined Sklar at its inception in 1998. In 1999, he graduated from Centenary College with a B.A. degree in geology. From there, he continued his studies at The University of New Orleans in Louisiana and in 2002 received an M.S. degree in geology. He began working full-time as a geologist for Sklar in 2002.

Nathan Snyder
Nathan Snyder
Geologist
B.S. Geology B.A. English, minor in Engineering M.S. Engineering Science, emphasis Geology from University of Mississippi

Nathan Snyder
Nathan Snyder
Geologist
Mr. Snyder joined the Sklar team in June 2011 upon completion of his master’s degree. During his tenure at the University of Mississippi, he taught a wide range of undergraduate geology courses. His research focused on modern carbonates in Exuma, Bahamas where he presented his work at the annual 2010 Geological Society of American conference. In addition, he is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America and Shreveport Geological Society.

Valerie Walker
Valerie Walker
Senior Staff Geologist
B.S. Geology from Middlebury College

M.S. Geology from University of Colorado Boulder

Valerie Walker
Valerie Walker
Senior Staff Geologist
Mrs. Walker graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. In 1987, she received her Masters of Geology from University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She began her oil and gas career with majors, working as a Petroleum Geologist first for Shell and then for Amoco. Between 1991 and 1999, she worked as a Senior Geologist for Questar Exploration and Production Company in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Walker worked as Vice President of Exploration for Ellora Energy, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado from its inception in 2002 until 2009. She is an active member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Houston Geological Society and Geological Society of America, as well as a certified geologist in the State of Wyoming.

Land Department

Lindsey Abernathy
Lindsey Abernathy
Lease Analyst
B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University

Lindsey Abernathy
Lindsey Abernathy
Lease Analyst
Joined the Sklar team in June of 2010 as a Lease Analyst. Lindsay graduated with a B.S. in Marketing, with a minor in Merchandising and Consumer Affairs from Louisiana Tech University.

Marshall Jones
Marshall Jones
Landman
B.S. from Southern Methodist University

Marshall Jones
Marshall Jones
Landman
Mr. Jones joined Sklar in 2005 after working for The Mitchell Company as a petroleum landman. He performs a number of land-related functions, including title abstracting work, title examination and lease take-offs, lease negotiation and acquisition, and lease curative work. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Ericka Levine
Ericka Levine
Lease Analyst

Ericka Levine
Ericka Levine
Lease Analyst
Ms. Levine joined the Sklar team as a lease analyst in January 2010. She is an active member of the Red River Desk & Derrick Club.

Sutton Lloyd
Sutton Lloyd
Lease Analyst
B.S. from Louisiana Tech University

Sutton Lloyd
Sutton Lloyd
Lease Analyst
Mr. Lloyd joined Sklar’s Boulder team as a Land Intern in September of 2013. He is a 2011 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and holds a B.S. in marketing. Though a Shreveport native, Mr. Lloyd enjoys all the outdoor sporting activities Colorado has to offer.

Michelle Pennington
Michelle Pennington
Land Assistant

Michelle Pennington
Michelle Pennington
Land Assistant
Michelle joined the Sklar team in 2012 as a Land Assistant. She was previously employed at Locke Homes as a Decorator and Sales Representative.

Kim Ramsey
Kim Ramsey
Landman
B.A. from Louisiana State University in Shreveport

Kim Ramsey
Kim Ramsey
Landman
Ms. Ramsey joined Sklar as a lease analyst in 2001 after working as a paralegal at a local law firm for six years. In 2003, she obtained her Louisiana real estate license. While employed with Sklar as a lease analyst, she was an active member of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission and the Northwest Louisiana Association of Realtors. She was promoted to the position of Landman in 2005 and currently performs a number of land-related functions, principally in the office. She is a member of the Ark-La-Tex Petroleum Landman’s Association.

Katy Smith
Katy Smith
Division Order Analyst
B.A. in Commercial Art, minor in Business Administration from Centenary College

Katy Smith
Katy Smith
Division Order Analyst
Ms. Smith joined Sklar as a lease analyst shortly after graduation. Over the next two years, Ms. Smith’s position evolved into Sklar’s first Division Order Analyst. She provides various land-related services, including internal investor and royalty owner relations; she is also the departmental liaison to accounting.

Sherri Thibodeaux
Sherri Thibodeaux
Senior Lease Analyst
A.S. in Office Administration from Louisiana Tech University

Sherri Thibodeaux
Sherri Thibodeaux
Senior Lease Analyst
Ms. Thibodeaux has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has previously worked for Palmer Petroleum, Inc., Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin and Roberts, Winchester Exploration Company and SM Energy Company (formerly St. Mary Land & Exploration Company). She joined Sklar in 2013 as a Senior Lease Analyst and is responsible for all GIS land mapping. She is a CPLTA (Certified Professional Lease and Title Analyst) and a Notary for the State of Louisiana. She is pursuing a B. S. degree in geographic information science from Louisiana Tech University and is a member of NALTA, AAPL, and Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen.

Engineering Department

Brooke Embry
Brooke Embry
Engineer
B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University

Brooke Embry
Brooke Embry
Engineer
Ms. Embry has worked as a production enhancement engineer specializing in hydraulic fracturing for Halliburton Energy Services. She primarily worked in the Piceance Basin in Grand Junction, Colorado. After returning to her hometown of Shreveport, she joined Sklar as an engineer in July 2011.

Sabrina Guillory
Sabrina Guillory
Engineering Assistant

Sabrina Guillory
Sabrina Guillory
Engineering Assistant
Ms. Guillory joined Sklar’s engineering department in November of 2011. She previously worked at Seaber Corporation in natural gas marketing for six years. Prior to Seaber Corporation, she worked for Brammer Engineering for 17 years assisting in the revenue department and the joint interest billing department, and was also an Environmental Technician. She has been an active member of the Red River Desk and Derrick Club since 1998 and has served as Treasurer, Second Vice President, First Vice President and President.

Robert Sencenbaugh
Robert Sencenbaugh
Senior Operations Engineer
B.S. in Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

Robert Sencenbaugh
Robert Sencenbaugh
Senior Operations Engineer
Mr. Sencenbaugh earned a B.S. in geological engineering in 1984 from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. He has more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry; in the early part of his career, he worked for the service industry. While at HS Resources, he led an extremely successful re-frac program, completing over 800 re-fracs. Most recently he has worked for El Paso Exploration and Production as the Rocky Mountain Production Engineering Manager, and Fidelity Exploration and Production as the Paradox Basin Asset Manager. Mr. Sencenbaugh has published several papers on drilling and hydraulic fracing, and is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is recognized by the state of Utah as an expert and has testified before the Utah Division Oil Gas and Mining. Mr. Sencenbaugh’s family was one of the early settlers of Colorado territory, building the first permanent structure in Boulder in 1859.

Leisa Tompkins
Leisa Tompkins
Petroleum Engineering Technician
A.S. from Louisiana Tech University in Petroleum Engineering Technology

Leisa Tompkins
Leisa Tompkins
Petroleum Engineering Technician
Ms. Tompkins joined Sklar in June 2011 as Petroleum Engineering Technician providing support to the V.P. - Operations Manager. She communicates drilling and production information to interest owners and Sklar personnel. Previously, she was employed at the Marathon Oil Company as a petroleum engineering technician in reservoir engineering.

Accounting Department

Cindy Christianson
Cindy Christianson
Controller
B.S. in Business, Major in Accounting from University of North Dakota

Cindy Christianson
Cindy Christianson
Controller
Ms. Christianson is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota with a B.S. degree in business, majoring in accounting. She is a certified public accountant and a member of Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Colorado Society of Certified Accountants. Ms. Christianson has over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas, utility, and renewable energy sectors. Her roles included exploration and accounting manager and controller in both public and privately held entities with both domestic and international operations.

Marie Gardner
Marie Gardner
Accountant & JIB Specialist
A.D. in Computer Science and Accounting from Southern Union State College

Marie Gardner
Marie Gardner
Accountant & JIB Specialist
Ms. Gardner has approximately 18 years experience in oil and gas accounting, specializing in joint interest billing, accounts payable, revenue disbursements, severance tax and related accounting functions. She was previously controller of Phoenix Oil & Gas, Ltd., L.L.P.; before that, she worked as an accountant for EnSight Resources, L.L.C., Brammer-Keystone Energy, LLC, Keystone Exploration, Inc. and Grace Drilling Company. Marie joined the Sklar team in 2002.

Bobbie Gore
Bobbie Gore
Accounts Payable & Office Manager

Bobbie Gore
Bobbie Gore
Accounts Payable & Office Manager
Ms. Gore joined the Sklar team in 2009. She majored in accounting at Columbus State Community College. Before joining Sklar, she worked for Rosbottom Production.

Cassandra Hicks
Cassandra Hicks
Senior Accountant
B.S. in Business Administration from University of Colorado Boulder, M.S. in Accounting from University of Colorado Denver

Cassandra Hicks
Cassandra Hicks
Senior Accountant
Cassie joined the Sklar team in June 2014 as a Senior Accountant. She graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and received her Master’s of Science in Accounting from University of Colorado Denver. She was previously employed by Berry Petroleum. Cassie is an active member of Council of Petroleum Accountant Societies.

Julia Smith
Julia Smith
Accounts Receivable

Julia Smith
Julia Smith
Accounts Receivable
Mrs. Smith joined the Sklar accounting department in 2011. Prior to joining Sklar, she worked for Crystal Gas Storage, formerly known as Crystal Oil Company, for 12 years assisting in the accounting department and as an executive assistant to Crystal’s president and vice-presidents.

Administrative Department

Vickie Deaton
Vickie Deaton
Office Manager

Vickie Deaton
Vickie Deaton
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ms. Deaton joined the Sklar team in 2006 providing administrative support to David Barlow, President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Sklar she worked for Ludlow Coated Products and Beaird Industries. Vickie’s contributions to the local community include volunteerism in the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes Board of Directors and United Way of Northwest Louisiana. She is currently an active member of Executive Women International.

Monica Goncalves
Monica Goncalves
Administrative Support
B.S. in Human Resources Management, Minor in Philosophy from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Monica Goncalves
Monica Goncalves
Administrative Support
Ms. Goncalves joined Sklar in August 2013 and provides administrative support to the Boulder team. She previously worked at Spherion Staffing in Dartmouth, Massachusetts as a payroll specialist and recruiter for administrative and light industrial positions in the southern region of the state. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and a minor in philosophy. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society.

Amber Montgomery
Amber Montgomery
Receptionist

Amber Montgomery
Amber Montgomery
Director of First Impressions
Ms. Montgomery joined the Sklar team in 2013. Amber serves as receptionist and assists Sklar’s team and clients to facilitate seamless communication and client service. Prior to joining Sklar she worked for Providus Financial.

Geoffrey Nenninger
Geoffrey Nenninger
Office Manager
B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Geoffrey Nenninger
Geoffrey Nenninger
Office Manager
Mr. Nenninger attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in 2003 with a degree in communication. Prior to joining the Sklar team in 2012, he managed one of the most successful multisport stores in the country, while at the same time competing as a professional triathlete. In addition to managing the Boulder office, he helps to maintain Mr. Sklar’s personal finances.