Candidate for Director | Lanette Marcha

I am fortunate to have 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, securing energy needs both locally and internationally working in major, mid-size, private, and national oil companies, as a tri-lingual native Houstonian geologist.   I earned my M.S. in geology from Rice University and recently integrated into Chevron working Equatorial Guinea – Cameroon both on development and near field exploration opportunities, including well delivery.  My multi-faceted experience across more than 12 basins globally includes regional exploration (petroleum system framework analysis/play based exploration), prospect maturation, appraisal, field development planning, and operations in projects predominately involving extensional and salt-derived tectonic settings in both clastic and carbonate reservoir depositional environments, from onshore South Texas, Alaska, offshore deepwater GOM, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Oman. 

As a member of HGS and AAPG, I have actively participated in activities both in the U.S.A. and Middle East, and thus, have had the privilege to work with, listen to the drivers of, and learn from geoscientists with varying cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  I even have had the opportunities to present New Ventures on behalf of Shell at AAPG 2006, present the Budour NE-SE fields in South Oman at the annual AAPG Middle East Conference 2011, chaired and executed the first annual HGS Fall Family and Friends event 2019 here in Houston, volunteered to be a panel delegate representing both HGS and Noble Energy at the 2019 Exploring Energy Conference at University of Houston to encourage ~1300 high school students from local petroleum academies supported by IPAA/PESA and STEM-interested students from greater Houston area, as well as attend a myriad ACE conventions and HGS activities/conferences.  While earning my M.S., I was honored to receive the Marilyn Atwater Memorial AAPG Grant-in-Aid Award in 2003.

I am grateful to be nominated for and welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of HGS.  As an early mid-career geoscientist, I am enthusiastic about the future of HGS and AAPG organizations and hope to help uphold and adapt guiding principles to our changing times, support membership growth, as well as activities fostering development of current professionals, college students, and those aspiring to be geoscientists and/or work in the energy sector.