18 May, 2023

AAPG Election Results Announced


The AAPG election results are in: Deborah Sacrey, Sa’id Al-Hajri and Sarah Spencer Barnes will be joining an Executive Committee headed by AAPG President Claudia Hackbarth.

Deborah Sacrey, a longtime AAPG member who has held a variety of leadership positions over the past several decades, has been voted president-elect of AAPG for the 2023-24 term.

She is one of three new officers chosen in this year’s AAPG election, which closed on May 15.

Sacrey will serve on the new Executive Committee as president-elect for the coming term and will then serve as the Association’s president in 2024-25.

Also elected to the incoming Executive Committee were:

  • Vice President-Regions (2023-25) – Sa’id Al-Hajri, manager of geological operations for Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
  • Secretary (2023-25) – Sarah Spencer Barnes, exploration geologist, Global Exploration New Ventures, Chevron, Houston.

All will begin their duties on July 1, on an Executive Committee headed by Claudia Hackbarth, who assumes the AAPG presidency on that date.

They will be joining continuing EC members Rebecca Dodge, who starts the second year of her two-year term as vice president-Sections; J. Alexandra Sloan, continuing her two-year term as treasurer; and Matthew Pranter, who will start the second year of his three-year term as editor.

Also joining the committee will be Robert Archer, as chair of the AAPG House of Delegates.

Current AAPG President Steven Goolsby offered special thanks to candidates Maria Angela Capello, Steven Veal, Dwandari Ralanarko, Lizbeth Calizaya Carlan and John Casiano for their dedication and commitment to AAPG and their willingness to serve in leadership roles. “The Association and its members owe each of them a debt of gratitude,” Goolsby said.

Voting results show that just over 20 percent of AAPG’s 10,021 eligible voters cast ballots in this year’s election.