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About Energy Education Center ยป Staff

Barry Russell
President/CEO Independent Petroleum Association of America
Barry Russell is President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. (IPAA) Mr Russell, joined IPAA in 1980 and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and is responsible for its day-to-day operations.

Anne Ford
Executive Director, IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center
Mrs. Anne Ford joined IPAA in 2010 and is the Education Center Executive Director. Mrs. Ford has over 30 years experience in workforce development and human resource management in national and global roles in the energy industry and served as a founding member of the IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Board.

Sarah Hewitt
Director, IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center
Mrs. Sarah Hewitt joined IPAA in 2008 and is the Energy Education Center Director. Mrs. Hewitt is responsible for overseeing operations on each IPAA/PESA petroleum academy campus. She serves as the primary volunteer contact for any individual interested in becoming involved with the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center.

Sarah Castro
Senior Associate Director, IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center
Mrs. Sarah Castro joined IPAA in 2013 as the Associate Director for the Houston area. She has partnered with Education Center as a dean of students at Westside High School involved in the Westside Engineering and Geosciences Academy for the past three years. Mrs. Castro has also been an elementary school principal, a teacher, and administrator in Houston ISD. Mrs. Castro is responsible for organizing and coordinating the variety of educational initiatives provided at each IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy campus, with a particular focus on the Houston area.


Kelley Hedges
Program Administrator, IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center
Ms. Kelley Hedges joined the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center as Program Administrator in January, 2014. Ms. Hedges brings a deep background in accounting, event coordination and graphic design with more than 40 years experience. She is responsible for the detailed execution of the Energy Education Center's programs.