Management Team

Archaea is one of the fastest growing RNG producers in the world and has built an experienced management team to execute on its strategic objectives.

The Archaea management team has extensive knowledge of biogas and experience within the RNG industry, having helped design, build, and develop key gas processing systems utilized in the majority of U.S. RNG facilities in operation today. Archaea’s team brings together expertise in project development, engineering, operations, finance, and public company management from across energy sectors.

Nick Stork

Nick Stork

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Stork

Nick Stork

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Stork has served as Chief Executive Officer of Archaea Energy since September 2021. Mr. Stork served as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Archaea Energy LLC from its founding in November 2018 until combination with Rice Acquisition Corp. and Aria Energy LLC in September 2021. Since November 2016, Mr. Stork has also served as Chief Financial Officer and a director of Noble Environmental, Inc., an industry-leading environmental services company focused on providing innovative solutions to solid waste management companies, and Managing Partner of Noble House Capital, where he is responsible for investing and business development in the Appalachian Basin. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Stork served as a Principal with Baleen Capital Management, a global value investment firm. Mr. Stork is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Richard Walton

Richard Walton

President

Richard Walton

Richard Walton

President

Mr. Walton has served as President of Archaea Energy since September 2021. Mr. Walton served as co-founder and President of Archaea Energy LLC until combination with Rice Acquisition Corp. and Aria Energy LLC in September 2021. Mr. Walton oversees the process of gas extraction at partner sites, manages business operations, and works to increase awareness of the benefits of RNG nationwide. Before working at Archaea Energy LLC, Mr. Walton was the CEO and director of Noble Environmental, Inc., an industry-leading environmental services company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focused on providing innovative solutions to solid waste management companies. At Noble’s municipal waste site, Mr. Walton oversaw the operation of a 2000 scfm high-BTU project.

Mr. Walton was also the CEO of Redstone International, a services company that specializes in deep foundations, earth retention, and shoring systems and grouting solutions. Before Redstone, Mr. Walton was an investor with the private equity firm AlpInvest in New York, NY, and an investment banker with Citigroup. Mr. Walton graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

Chief Investment Officer & Interim Chief Financial Officer

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

Chief Investment Officer & Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mr. McCarthy is the Chief Investment Officer of Archaea Energy, where he is responsible for the Company's renewable natural gas commercial partnerships and offtake, corporate and business development, and finance. Brian is passionate about connecting the good we do at our projects and connecting with like-minded partners interested in economic, environmental, and social justice. Mr. McCarthy served as Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Archaea Energy LLC until combination with Rice Acquisition Corp. and Aria Energy LLC in September 2021. Mr. McCarthy was previously a research associate at Saltonstall and Co. (S&Co.), a Boston-based financial services company and equity sponsor of Archaea Energy LLC. At S&Co., Brian was responsible for identifying energy investment opportunities and supporting capital growth in companies focused on sustainability.

Before moving to SS&Co., Mr. McCarthy was an analyst with Stevens Capital Management, Schneider Capital Management, and Goldman Sachs. Mr. McCarthy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Physics and Economics.

Edward Taibi

Edward Taibi

General Counsel & EVP of Strategic Initiatives and Government Affairs

Edward Taibi

Edward Taibi

General Counsel & EVP of Strategic Initiatives and Government Affairs

Mr. Taibi is the General Counsel and EVP Strategic Initiatives and Government Affairs of Archaea Energy leading the company’s legal and risk management functions as well as supporting the company’s strategic development efforts. Prior to joining Archaea Energy in 2022, Mr. Taibi served as Executive Vice President for MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a diversified holding company with a portfolio of investments across a wide range of industries. Mr. Taibi has several decades of experience in corporate management, transaction structuring and execution, complex legal matters, and public company governance and regulatory initiatives. Mr. Taibi began his career as a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Taibi received his juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.

Megan Light

Megan Light

Vice President, Investor & Community Relations

Megan Light

Megan Light

Vice President, Investor & Community Relations

As Vice President of Investor Relations, Ms. Light leads interactions with the investment community and research analysts. She also leads Archaea's Community Relations function. Ms. Light has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry and prior to joining Archaea Energy served as Director of Investor Relations at Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE American: LNG), a natural gas liquefaction company. Ms. Light also has prior experience in finance and investor relations roles across the upstream and services sectors of the energy industry.

Ms. Light is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and received a Master of Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Derek Kramer

Derek Kramer

Chief Technology Officer

Derek Kramer

Derek Kramer

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mr. Kramer is responsible for Archaea Energy’s technology strategy, IT capabilities, and business transformation programs. Mr. Kramer has over 20 years of experience in several industries including energy, utilities, and high tech. Serving as Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer in prior organizations, Mr. Kramer modernized technology operations and capabilities for companies such as American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: PCG), and Service King Collision, a Blackstone portfolio company.

Mr. Kramer holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado and the US Air Force Academy.

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner

Vice President of Renewable Partnerships

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner

Vice President of Renewable Partnerships

As Vice President of Renewable Partnerships at Archaea Energy, Ms. Turner is responsible for overseeing and developing partnerships with organization seeking to decarbonize their operations and products. Ms. Turner has nearly a decade of experience in clean energy solutions, environmental credit compliance, and business partnership development. Prior to joining Archaea Energy, Ms. Turner worked in energy compliance services at Weaver & Tidwell LLP where she advised biofuel producers eligible for federal and state renewable fuel credits. Before that, Ms. Turner held multiple roles at Air Liquide including technical sales, market strategy, business development, and policy/regulatory activities within the biogas business.

Ms. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Chad Bellah

Chad Bellah

Chief Accounting Officer

Chad Bellah

Chad Bellah

Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Bellah is Chief Accounting Officer of Archaea Energy and oversees the accounting and treasury practices of the company. Prior to joining Archaea Energy, Mr. Bellah served as a freelance accounting consultant for various clients including Vice President, Controller of Penn America Energy Holdings LLC, a liquefied natural gas energy project. Mr. Bellah served in various accounting positions with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for over 12 years, including Director of Accounting Research and Policy, lead Finance Manager of International Accounting, and Finance Director of Anadarko Algeria Company based in London. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Bellah was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young LLP, serving large clients in the airlines and energy industries.

Mr. Bellah is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and an M.S. in Finance.

Mitch Athey

Mitch Athey

Corporate Secretary & Deputy General Counsel

Mitch Athey

Mitch Athey

Corporate Secretary & Deputy General Counsel

Mr. Athey is the Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of Archaea Energy. Mr. Athey advises on a variety of corporate, securities, financing and ESG matters and works closely with Archaea Energy’s Board of Directors on corporate governance issues. Prior to joining Archaea Energy in 2022, Mr. Athey practiced corporate law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Baker Botts L.L.P., where he represented public and private companies in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance issues. Mr. Athey earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Chicago Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University.

JP McNeil

JP McNeil

Senior Vice President, Operations

JP McNeil

JP McNeil

Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. McNeil is the Senior Vice President Operations for Archaea Energy where he is responsible for the company’s plant operations, development plan execution, and asset enhancement. Mr. McNeil has over 10 years of experience leading operational teams with a focus on data and transparency. Prior to joining Archaea Energy, Mr. McNeil spent 14 years at Norfolk Southern Railroad (NYSE: NSC) in various roles spanning asset utilization, operational performance, network planning, and commercial strategy.  Mr. McNeil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ted Yowonske

Ted Yowonske

Chief of Gas Processing and Supply Chain

Ted Yowonske

Ted Yowonske

Chief of Gas Processing and Supply Chain

Mr. Yowonske has over 10 years of experience working on electrical engineering innovation, industrial plant processes, and large construction plants. Mr. Yowonske leads Archaea Energy’s development team, advising on investment opportunities and growth strategy. Before working at Archaea, Mr. Yowonske led the commissioning team for Noble Environmental, Inc.’s 2000 scfm high-BTU RNG plant. Mr. Yowonske has also held engineering and management positions at Ansaldo-STS Hitachi, ICxt – FLIR, and Cattron-Theimeg. Mr. Yowonske holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburg and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

Eric Lannen

Eric Lannen

Chief Human Resources Officer

Eric Lannen

Eric Lannen

Chief Human Resources Officer

Eric Lannen is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Archaea Energy.  He has over thirty-one years experience as an HR professional including corporate and field experience in all aspects of HR.  His work history includes US domestic as well as international assignments in eight countries on five continents.  Mr. Lannen has served as an HR leader for companies in five industries: Oil Field Services, Government Services, Technology, Offshore EPC and Engineering & Construction. Prior to joining Archaea Energy, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Basic Energy Services and DynCorp International.  His professional experience also includes executive leadership roles at McDermott International, IBM, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) and Halliburton Company.  Mr. Lannen graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Land Economics.  He holds two professional certifications: Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from the Society of Human Resource Managers and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute.

Olivia McNamara

Olivia McNamara

Vice President, Health & Safety

Olivia McNamara

Olivia McNamara

Vice President, Health & Safety

Olivia McNamara is the Vice President of Health and Safety at Archaea Energy. Olivia has more than 20 years of experience leading health, safety, and environmental teams. She has held roles of increasing responsibility throughout her career, including development of Corporate Safety programs and ESG strategies. Olivia joined Archaea from Southwestern Energy, where she served as the Vice President of Health, Safety, Environmental, and Regulatory.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Environmental Policy from University of Tulsa and a Master’s of Science from Oklahoma State University.

Whit Martin

Whit Martin

Vice President, Hydrogen Strategy & Development

Whit Martin

Whit Martin

Vice President, Hydrogen Strategy & Development

Mr. Martin leads the Hydrogen Strategy & Development function at Archaea Energy. Before joining the company, Mr. Martin served in senior financial and development roles for Air Liquide, including as Global Head of M&A from 2017-2020 in Paris as well as the head of M&A for the Americas from 2014-2017. Mr. Martin led some of the largest and most transformative transactions in the company’s history. He also served as VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer of Voltaix, a high-growth advanced electronic materials business where he managed the financial development of the company through several rounds of equity and debt financing, construction of new global manufacturing sites, the establishment of strategic joint ventures, and the sale of Voltaix to Air Liquide in 2013.

Mr. Martin is a former VP in the investment banking groups of Credit Suisse and ING Barings in their New York offices. He received a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.

Michael Mitariten

Michael Mitariten

Vice President, Gas Processing

Michael Mitariten

Michael Mitariten

Vice President, Gas Processing

As Director of Gas Technologies for Archaea Energy, Mr. Mitariten helps lead the technology development efforts for biogas upgrading, hydrogen production, and carbon capture. Mr. Mitariten has over 35 years of experience in gas separations for the biogas, natural gas, and hydrogen markets including PSA and TSA adsorption, membrane separations, amine and physical solvent processes, and cryogenic processing. In these areas, Mr. Mitariten holds 23 patents and has been responsible for the process design and supply of hundreds of gas separation systems.

Mr. Mitariten graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has a Professional Engineering license in the State of New York.

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Director of Gas Processing

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Director of Gas Processing

Mr. Anderson has over 30 years of experience developing energy solutions. As the Director of Gas Processing at Archaea Energy, Mr. Anderson is responsible for managing the RNG lifecycle from landfill or farm to pipeline. Mr. Anderson also supports innovation in the RNG industry via his AndersonRNG consulting company in Delaware. Mr. Anderson served as Director of Gas Processing and co-founder of Archaea Energy LLC until combination with Rice Acquisition Corp. and Aria Energy LLC in September 2021.

Before joining Archaea Energy LLC, Mr. Anderson managed the membrane gas separation processes at Air Liquide for 26 years. While at Air Liquide, he invented and patented the leading landfill gas membrane system followed by the development of this technology into a major business segment for Air Liquide in the U.S. and Europe. This technology and associated design guidelines are being used at 25 landfill RNG projects in the U.S. Mr. Anderson graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1972 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.