Meet the Team

Christopher Kalnin
Managing Director and Co-founder
Rebecca Kalnin
Co-founder
Joseph Davis
Vice President Geosciences, Partner

Christopher Kalnin

Managing Director and Co-founder

Christopher Kalnin co-founded Kalnin Ventures LLC in June 2014. Christopher oversees all activities of the investment fund, including oversight of the team, opportunity sourcing, valuation, asset management and other related activities.

Before founding Kalnin Ventures LLC, Christopher worked as strategist and vice president for Level 3 Communications (a Fortune 500 company) where he was responsible for developing long-term and global strategies for the company.

Prior to this, Christopher worked as a strategy advisor to the CEO of PTTEP, Thailand’s National Oil and Gas Company’s upstream company. During his time at PTTEP Christopher helped to shape the company’s international growth strategy, redesign the company’s new ventures processes and execute investments of several billions of dollars.

Prior to working with PTTEP, Christopher was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where he was responsible for developing and executing business strategies for a number of Global Fortune 1000 companies, including a strong focus on the energy sector.

Christopher also spent time working as a financial analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston’s Real Estate Capital Partners private equity fund, where he was responsible for valuing and underwriting over $1 billion in transactions. Christopher has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of business.

Rebecca Kalnin

Co-founder

Rebecca Kalnin, co-founded Kalnin Ventures LLC in June 2014. Rebecca oversees travel arrangements, corporate event planning and accounts payable.

Rebecca is also mother of three children. Rebecca has a variety of prior experience including a background in education. Rebecca has a MA in Curriculum Development for Bilingual Education from Arizona State University and a BA in Psychology from Westmont College, where she was NAIA women’s basketball All-American.

Prior to working with Kalnin Ventures, Rebecca worked in a variety of roles including Assistant Teacher at Red Hawk Elementary School, Flight Attendant with Continental/United Airlines and Missionary/English Teacher with Frontier Labourers for Christ. Rebecca is passionate about people and organizations, and is the driving force behind Kalnin Ventures’ focus on developing a deep network of relationships.

Joseph Davis

Vice President Geosciences, Partner

Joe has over thirty years in oil and gas exploration, with significant success in evaluating and developing new ventures around the world, including onshore Gulf Coast, deep-water plays in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa and emerging developments in Iraq and Mexico. Joe began his career as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and worked for Arco Oil and Gas and Maxus Energy before beginning a successful consulting career. In addition to his experience in conventional exploration, Joe began studying resource plays and using log parameters to map source rock maturity, dating to a study of the Bakken Shale in the 1980’s. Joe’s technical expertise includes risk and resource assessment, play evaluation and geophysical interpretation. Prior to joining Kalnin Ventures, Joe consulted on evaluations of the Fayetteville Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale, and the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, as well as several international resource plays.

Joe has been working with Kalnin Ventures since 2014 and has been an integral part of the team, sourcing, evaluating and conducting key analysis on on-shore North American unconventional opportunities. Joe earned degrees in geology at Dartmouth College, Southern Methodist University and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Joe is past-President of the Dallas Geological Society and an active member of the House of Delegates of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Ethan Ngo
Ethan Ngo
Vice President Engineering, Partner
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Senior Director of Finance & Land, Partner
Heather Child
Heather Child
Asset Manager

Ethan Ngo

Vice President Engineering, Partner

Ethan is a new ventures focused reservoir engineer with 8+ years of experience working on unconventional resource plays. He began his career with ExxonMobil and worked extensively on reservoirs in East Texas, West Texas and California. Subsequent to Exxon, Ethan has served as a Reservoir Engineer for Newfield Exploration, Liberty Resources and Fidelity Exploration and Production.

Ethan joined Kalnin Ventures in 2015. Ethan brings deep experience in unconventional resources plays and has particular expertise in the Bakken/Three Forks, where he has conducted numerous analyses on the plays, including developing proprietary benchmarking software to analyze well performance across a range of operators.

Ethan is an alumnus from the Colorado School of Mines where he received his Masters in Petroleum Engineering. Ethan has also worked internationally with experience working in Myanmar, and studying abroad in China and Australia. When not busy with work, Ethan enjoys rock climbing, spending time with his wife and taking care of his new born son.

Matthew Johnson

Senior Director of Finance & Land, Partner

Matthew is the senior director of finance and head of land with experience across many facets of the Oil & Gas industry. He began his career with Linc Energy, developing strategic plans and advanced financial models for the valuation of new projects. After Linc, Matthew started work for Samuel Gary Jr. & Associates (“SGA”), an independent exploration company located in Denver, Colorado. While at SGA, Matthew contributed to the geology, land and engineering departments by creating dynamic Excel models and merging data across all disciplines. Matthew spent extensive time analyzing drilling activity through detailed well-log analysis and interpretation. Simultaneously, he was actively securing new acreage by conducting extensive research on land title and developing and negotiating oil and gas leases.

Matthew joined Kalnin Ventures in 2015, bringing a strong foundational understanding of the exploration business along with the background and experience in building financial models. Matthew is an alumnus of Baylor University where he received undergraduate degrees in finance and real estate, and is currently finalizing his Masters in Finance from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Matthew was born and raised in Texas, but married into a family of Colorado natives. He and his wife, Tessa, currently reside in Denver and enjoy spending time in the mountains across all seasons of the year. They also have a newborn daughter, Molly Mae.

Heather Child

Asset Manager

Heather is a production and completions engineer with 9+ years of experience working mostly unconventional plays. She entered the industry working for ExxonMobil as a subsurface engineer in East Texas and Piceance Colorado before transferring as an operations engineer for XTO Energy in the Barnett Shale. Then she moved to Denver to work the DJ basin for Anadarko as a senior production/optimization engineer.

Heather joined Kalnin Ventures in 2016. Heather brings strong completions, workover, surveillance and optimization skills coupled with years of hands-on operations and field experience. She has expertise in artificial lift, specifically plunger lift and gas lift, which she has applied in both dry gas and oily unconventional plays.

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She also obtained her Professional Engineering license in Texas. In her free time, she enjoys playing music with her husband (violin, piano, and organ).

Kathleen Neuheardt
Kathleen Neuheardt
Controller
Sam Hoda
Samid (Sam) Hoda
Data Scientist
Brent Perkins
Brent Perkins
Financial Analyst

Kathleen Neuheardt

Controller

Kathleen joined Kalnin Ventures as Controller in October 2016. Previously, she was an auditor with KPMG for over twelve years, mainly serving oil and gas clients based in Houston. As an Audit Senior Manager, Kathleen was a national firm instructor recognized for excellence and was tapped to help develop formalized oil and gas training for audit and tax staff serving clients within the industry. Kathleen’s clients were mostly oil and gas companies, ranging from small, privately-held companies to larger publicly-traded organizations with both domestic and international investments.

Kathleen has also spent time serving first as a science teacher for a public charter school program and more recently as Senior Director of Finance for a larger nonprofit missionary organization that serves college students.

Kathleen is a CPA graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, Accounting Option.

Outside of work Kathleen enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children, skiing, skating, and biking. She also enjoys supporting her children’s activities, including fencing, track and competitive Irish dance.

Samid (Sam) Hoda

Data Scientist

An applied mathematician and computer scientist, Sam specializes in data science and analytics.  He graduated from the University of Waterloo majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and later obtained his PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University. Sam’s academic work focused on developing efficient solution methods in artificial intelligence. His first paper provided an algorithm that helped compute the strategy of one of the world's best automated poker players.

Sam started his career creating and refining algorithms for the real-time clearing of reverse and combinatorial auctions. After finishing graduate school, Sam worked at Exxon Mobil's Upstream Research Center developing new methods for the strategic and tactical management of Exxon Mobil's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business.  Subsequent to Exxon Mobil, Sam has continued to deliver effective solutions to challenging problems across many industries. He has experience working in logistics, supply chain management, telecommunications, digital advertising and SaaS using a variety of programming languages and database systems.  Moreover, he has successfully built and maintained large-scale data and analytics pipelines. Sam has been a technical leader at several organizations helping developers, analysts and decision makers understand and answer problems in data analysis and algorithm design.

Outside of work Sam enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He loves to run, ski, practice martial arts, and read science fiction.

Brent Perkins

Financial Analyst

Brent is a financial analyst with 3 years of consulting experience at Protiviti. As a Senior Consultant at Protiviti, Brent led audit and consulting engagements which focused on the reliability of his clients’ financial reports. In direct partnership with executive level client leadership, Brent created Board level audit reports which identified and analyzed financial and regulatory risks. Throughout his time at Protiviti, Brent found ways to use technology to streamline the analysis of large data sets, improve processes, and analyze financial risk.

Brent joined Kalnin Ventures in 2017, bringing a strong foundational understanding of risks and controls over financial reporting. Brent is an alumnus of Baylor University where he received undergraduate degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. Brent was born in Texas, but grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He currently resides in Denver, where he enjoys working on cars, learning new musical instruments and spending time in the mountains.

Shannon Kretzer
Shannon Kretzer
Administrative Assistant

Shannon Kretzer

Administrative Assistant

Shannon joined the Kalnin team in February of 2017.  She has 19 years of experience as an administrative assistant and receptionist, with a varied background in real estate, underwriting and office management.  Her maiden name, Wattenberg, traces back to ancestors who settled in Northern Colorado, atop what was to later be coined the Wattenberg Gas Field. Shannon is a Colorado Native through and through, and enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She looks forward to learning all that she can from the wonderful team at Kalnin Ventures.