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E&A's Team

Don Ellis

In 1996, Don established Ellis & Associates, Inc. to provide land and environmental services to the energy and transportation industries. In his 35 years in the energy industry, Don has directed the land and environmental efforts for some of the largest energy transmission projects throughout North America. Don has negotiated with the Federal Regulatory Commission, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forestry Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as numerous state and local agencies.

Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the International Right-of-Way Association and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Bob Freeman

Bob directs the fiscal and administrative affairs of Ellis & Associates, Inc. Bob has worked in the energy industry for over 35 years. From 1969 until 1995, Bob has been involved in various land acquisition projects across the country. As a Vice-President of Ellis & Associates, Inc., Bob oversees human resources and financial operations.

Bob has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s of the Plains College and is a member of the International Right-of-Way Association.

Max Libby

Max is a Vice-President of Ellis & Associates, Inc. and has worked in the energy industry for over 25 years. He has preformed title research, negotiated oil and gas leases, for both exploration and storage projects, and completed title curative work. Additionally, Max has served as principal negotiator and supervisor for the acquisition of rights-of-way, surface easements, as well as civil and environmental permitting for natural gas pipeline projects, gas storage fields, and petroleum production and gathering facilities.

Max has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, with major studies in environmental science from Oklahoma State University and is a member of the International Right-of-Way Association.

Ted Lofstrom

Ted is a Vice-President of Ellis & Associates, Inc. and has 20 years experience in the energy industry; primarily in pre-construction environmental permitting and cultural resource management for FERC regulated gas pipeline projects. In 1995, Ted prepared the environmental feasibility study for the Northern Area Transportation Study, the precursor to the Alliance Pipeline Project. From 1996 to 1999, Ted served as pre-construction environmental manager for the U.S. portion of the Alliance Project, leading the team that prepared the Environmental Report for the FERC application. Additionally, Ted directed the environmental permitting effort; participated in the FERC EIS scoping meetings, prepared responses to FERC information requests, directed cultural resource surveys, and prepared requests for notices to proceed with construction. In 2000, Ted served as a principal author of the EIS for the Buccaneer Gas Pipeline. Prior to 1991, Ted worked at the Minnesota Historical Society where he served as SHPO review and compliance officer.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in anthropology from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) and has completed additional studies in anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

Kim Austin

Kim has over 16 years experience in the energy industry since starting in pipeline construction as an office manager on pipeline /power line projects. In 1996, Kim joined Ellis & Associates, Inc. and now supervises the E&A office located in Clarksville, TN. Her areas of expertise include Real Estate Broker, right-of-way acquisition, civil permitting, due diligence review, electronic data management and document preparation.

Kim attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. She has served as a civilian military administrator in the U.S. and in Europe. Kim is the President of her chapter of the International Right-of-Way Association. She is a member of the Tennessee Gas Association and the West Tennessee Gas Association. Kim holds a real estate brokers license for the states of Missouri and Tennessee.

Morgan Covill

Morgan oversees geographic information systems (GIS) and information technology at Ellis & Associates. Morgan is an accomplished cartographer and analyst who has been working with GIS for 15 years. His cartographic work and analysis has been presented in conferences and exhibits. Morgan has successfully applied GIS solutions to a variety of projects for the energy industry and government agencies, including: cultural resource management in right-of-way projects, archaeological sensitivity modeling, soils characterization in right-of-way, threatened and endangered species evaluation, wetland assessment and inventory, groundwater contamination assessment and automated cartographic production. He also assists in environmental report preparation. 

Morgan has been with Ellis & Associates, Inc. since 2002 and studied environmental science and anthropology at the University of Minnesota.