2024 Pipeliners




Brittney was born and raised in Houston, TX. In 2010 she began her career in Oil and Gas and started working in the Pipeline industry in 2017. Currently she works as an Account Manager for N-SPEC Pipeline Services. After recognizing the lack of representation of the growing number of amazing women in the industry she wanted to create a welcoming environment for women to connect. Brittney then founded the Women’s Pipeliners Network in 2020. When Brittney is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Kai and two cats, and staying active.

Co-Director of Marketing & Communications/Co-Founder

Shelby Knight Sandlin

Shelby was born and raised in Mont Belvieu, TX. She studied Marketing and Business at Texas Christian University (Go Frogs)! Today she proudly runs the Marketing department within her family company, Knight Industrial Services. Before joining Knight, Shelby was in the Entertainment Industry and did marketing for Topgolf and Bar Louie.

Shelby is proud mom and wife. In her free time, you can find her with her family, at pilates or on the pickleball court.

Chief of Staff

francine salonga

Francine graduated from UT Austin, loves her dogs Rocky & Chachi and refers to food as “nutrients.” She’s been an active board member of WPN since October of 2021 and feels so lucky to be involved in an organization that brings all the leading women in pipeline together. Francine comes from an extensive background in corporate account/territory management and sales. Francine is an Account Executive-PFS Nitrogen Services that is headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS and services onshore pipeline facilities in the Southeast US. 

Director of Events

KELLY Nissenbaum

Kelly works for CJ Hughes Construction, a construction contractor located in Huntington, West Virginia as their Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Corporate Strategy. Her background includes over 15 years of experience in sales, client relations, and new market expansion. Her role is paramount in cultivating new business relationships for CJ Hughes. She serves as the main point of contact for their new and existing clients to ensure effective communication and personalized service. As Vice President of Business Development, she focuses on new business, but the core of her role is to foster the ongoing relationships she has with their current client base.
Kelly graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Minor in Business Administration. Kelly has been an active member of multiple industry-related organizations including; the Appalachian Pipeliners Association where she recently served as president of the organization. The Women’s Energy Network as their Director of Member Retention and was nominated and awarded the Woman of the Year for Women's Energy Network in 2021. She is also the Golf Chair for the Pipeliners Association of Houston, the APA's sister organization. Kelly is our Director of Operations & Events for the Women’s Pipeliners Network.

She called Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, but spends most of her time at the airport traveling to see clients and event but does like to throw in a trip to wine country whenever she has free time.

Membership Director & Event Manager

courtney ellis

Courtney has been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for several years, with her initial pursuit in the procurement of natural gas. She now puts her Texas Tech University degrees in Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management to use by marketing and distributing PetrolValves & VSI Controls’ custom designed manual and control valves, globally. She has experience in the Upstream, Downstream and Midstream sectors, and she loves how useful networking with like-minded women in the WPN is. Courtney’s favorite WPN event of 2022 was the WPN Golf Series, and she can’t wait for next years’ golf event. Wreck Em!!” 

Lauren works with the Liquids Field Operations team at TC Energy and serves as a project manager for business performance and technical services. This native Houstonian graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, obtained her P.E. in 2018, and has 8 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Lauren has been involved with WPN since it’s founding in 2020, and she loves meeting new friends at the WPN happy hours! In her free time, she runs the Houston Dinner Club, volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Hit her up for a spin class buddy, glass of wine, or a restaurant recommendation 



Kara Turner

Co-Director of Marketing & Communications

Kara is the co-founder and managing director of ADV Marketing. She recognized a need in the energy and industrial services space for smart, intentional, and effective B2B (business-to-business) marketing that was not currently being served. She taps into her many years of experience both in business development and owning a company before starting ADV Marketing to make recommendations that make sense for business owners. Her many years of driving successful businesses give her a unique sympathy for business development teams and owners.

Kara received her B.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and she serves on the Board of Directors for Women’s Energy Networking Houston as the Marketing Chair. When not leading ADV Marketing, she is a proud mom to four hilarious children.

Tina Ward


Tina Ward, Certified Association Executive and Certified Meeting Planner, has extensive experience supervising the entire life cycle of association meetings, conferences, symposiums, legislative days, trade shows, special events and education sessions. These responsibilities include site selection, online event registration, management of the housing block, maintaining budget objectives, review and execution of all venue contracts with hotel staff, vendors and caterers, distribution of meeting materials, managing the onsite attendee experience and providing a detailed post-event analysis. For all of her in-person events, Tina implements green meeting practices. Tina also prides herself in providing ADA compliant meeting venues.

Tina is a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives and active member of the Meeting Planner Roundtables. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and her Master’s degree from Florida State University.

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