Darwin Stevens, the Safety Advisor for Secure Energy Services, entered the Oil and Gas Industry as a safety professional in 2009 and has since completed his COSS Certification, and two years later, followed that with his COSM Certification. Additionally, Darwin and his wife are the owner/operators and certified auctioneers of Stevens Auctioneer Services.
Darwin enjoyed a welding career after graduating from UND Williston in 1986. His education continued at Red Rocks Community College, in service with the Williston Fire and Ambulance service since 1991, earning his EMT, serving as assistant chief, then Battalion Chief for 10 years, and continuing to serve the department today.
Darwin has lived in Williston his entire life, still here with his wife Debbie. They have three children, Heather and husband, Jon, Brendan and wife, Alayna (all of Williston) and DaeMynn (of New York City), and two wonderful grand-children, Linkin and Aislynn. To get away, Darwin and Debbie enjoy riding the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
Tara Swegarden is the Health and Safety Coordinator for Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation in their Robinson Lake field office in New Town, ND.
Tara received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University and master’s degree from the University of Mary. She is currently enrolled in master’s level courses in Energy Management at the University of Mary. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry she was employed in the health care field as a mental health administrator.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Tara currently resides in Stanley, North Dakota and is married to Jim Swegarden, the principal at Stanley High School. She is the mother of Jara who resides in Fargo, ND and Noah who attends at Stanley High School.
John Souza is a career safety and security professional with extensive experience in regulatory compliance, training, emergency response and investigations. John entered to the oil industry in 2011 and has lived in North Dakota since, currently serving as the Safety Manager for Sentry Crane and Services. Mr. Souza also has a Safety Consulting and Training Company.
John's certifications include Incident Command Structure and Disaster Training, Arson and Bomb Investigations, Dignitary Protection, Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation, Certificate for Law Enforcement Management and PEC Basic Instructor.
John has worked overseas in leadership capacities focused on safety in high risk environments. During his career in law enforcement, he rose from patrol officer to Chief of Police. Additional to service as a police officer, John volunteered as a firefighter/EMT/engineer for over 18 years.