CRC Champions

The strength and success of California Resources Corporation (CRC) is due to our exceptional workforce that is committed to safe, responsible operations. From our field operators to our technical experts to our corporate functions, it is through the extraordinarily talented and diverse individuals at our company that make CRC who we are – a different kind of energy company.

Our “CRC Champions” program proudly recognizes our employees for the immeasurable value they add to our company, our industry, and our communities. Get to know our CRC Champions and the stories that shaped them into becoming stewards of California’s natural resources, sustainably providing much-needed energy and innovative solutions to the state.

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CRC Recognizes Ken Haney as a CRC Champion

Fourteen years ago, Ken Haney worked on his first planned power project in which carbon dioxide (CO2) would be captured and injected into the ground to minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Today, Ken serves as a strategic advisor on carbon for California Resources Corporation (CRC) and its carbon management business, Carbon TerraVault (CTV), where he helps oversee the company’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) efforts to advance energy transition in the state.

Ken is originally from Surrey, British Columbia, and moved to Bakersfield in 1980 to attend California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) on an athletic scholarship, where he competed in track and cross country and became a two-time NCAA Track and Field All-American. There, he developed an interest in science and earned his bachelor’s degree in geology. He worked as an engineering assistant in the energy sector for a few years, where he discovered that he was more interested in engineering than geology. Ken then made the decision that he recalls as defining his entire career. He returned to school at the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned his master’s in petroleum engineering.

Ken has developed a robust career in the energy industry over the last 35 years. He has worked on projects in California, West Texas, New Mexico, Alberta, and Columbia. At CRC, Ken currently oversees the engineering aspects of CTV projects including the California Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hub, the state’s first full-scale DAC plus storage network of regional hubs, and an assemblage of emerging green projects that will be located at the Elk Hills Field in Kern County in California.

“I am fully committed to supporting an effective energy transition that is underpinned by a common-sense approach to evolving our energy infrastructure in a way that balances positive environmental, safety, and economic impacts with maintaining reliable and affordable energy across all communities and sectors. I love doing meaningful work, I love to lead people into new horizons,” said Ken.

Ken lives in Bakersfield with his wife, Laura, where he gives back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as United Way, Golden Empire Gleaners, and the Boys and Girls Club. He still values his athletic roots and bikes 80 to 100 miles per week. He has coached for several local youth sports, including coaching his two children, Blake and Carolin.

Ken also takes the time to mentor CSUB geology and engineering students. In recognition of his successful career and contributions to the community, CSUB recently inducted Ken into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame. Ken’s colleagues from CRC joined his family in cheering him on at the induction ceremony in January.

Thank you, Ken, for being a CRC Champion and representing our core values of Character, Responsibility, and Commitment.

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CRC Recognizes Brooke Williamson as a CRC Champion

When Brooke Williamson joined the U.S. Army, she knew she would be facing some of the greatest challenges of her life. Upon completing her basic training and preparing to go to advanced individual training, her drill sergeant told her, “You earned your place here in the Army. You are where you are supposed to be.”

Brooke would go on to become the 56th woman to ever be integrated into field artillery. She would carry what her drill sergeant told her into every challenge she faced, task she took on, and position she held.

Today, Brooke is a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Compliance Advisor for CRC and ensures the safe transport of oil and gas in our operations. In addition to regular DOT task monitoring, she works closely with CRC’s Mechanical Integrity group and Operations department for audit preparation and presentations. She also oversees CRC’s DOT Operator Qualification, DOT Drug and Alcohol, and DOT Public Awareness programs. It is her responsibility to continuously demonstrate that CRC not only meets but exceeds industry standards as part of our commitment to safety.

Brooke was initially unsure about what kind of career she wanted to start after her four years of service in the Army. She knew she wanted to do hands-on work that involved a lot of teamwork. One of the hardest parts of leaving the Army for her was leaving the team environment her service had provided. She had family members who enjoyed their jobs in the oil and natural gas industry and decided to start applying for roles in this field. Brooke’s first role in the industry was as a data entry clerk in 2012 where she learned the functions of the midstream stage of oil and gas operations on an intimate level. From there, she branched out and began working with different teams within the industry, including those focused on operations, legal compliance, pipelining, facility inspection, and Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping. Her experience in Midstream Operations allowed her to develop her regulatory background and the desire to see things from regulators' perspective.

Brooke credits her role with CRC in helping her overcome her fear of public speaking. When Brooke was first hired in 2022, within a month, she was confronted with her first audit. While it was challenging, it also allowed her to take a step back and watch how everyone around her handled the audit and the different processes they used to meet the requirements. During her second audit, she was given opportunities to present to regulators. She initially found this intimidating, but she reminded herself of how she learned during her military service that we are all humans regardless of rank and that it’s important to pay more attention to the tasks at hand and the responsibilities of everyone in the room. To develop her public speaking skills further, Brooke took public speaking classes, one of which was offered by CRC to employees.

Brooke credits the support and mentorship she received from her leaders at CRC in encouraging her to share new ideas and pursue other opportunities that would help her grow. This growth led to her recent election as Board President of the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness, which promotes open communication and cooperation with national organizations to enhance public safety, improve emergency preparedness, protect the environment, and prevent damage to property and facilities. She previously joined the association’s excavator committee and public affairs committee, overseeing the creation of newsletters and helping to spread the association’s messages. 

Brooke’s service in the Army taught her that no challenge was too big to keep her from getting the job done. Having her daughter while she was in the service drove that lesson even deeper, as she wanted the same ideologies for her. Today, in addition to her rewarding career, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with the American Youth Soccer Organization as Head Coach, which allows her to engage and encourage young girls to work as a team and push themselves to achieve their goals.

Thank you, Brooke, for being a CRC Champion and representing our core values of Character, Responsibility, and Commitment.

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CRC Recognizes Amanda Callahan as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Amanda Callahan as a CRC Champion for her years of service and volunteerism. Amanda is a Well Analyst Manager in Kern County. She joined CRC full-time in 2013 and, prior to that, held a number of internships with our company beginning in 2010.

Amanda says, “CRC has always supported me in learning and developing through different roles. If I show that I will put in the work, CRC has always provided me with the opportunities I’m looking for.

The energy industry is the bedrock of the last two centuries of development and today is critically important in nearly every facet of modern human life. I can see the direct impact of what I do in moving the world forward and lifting the quality of life across all economic levels. I think operating in an ethically responsible way and working in a culture that uses that as a guiding principle is one of the most important things that we do.

Because of my work in the industry, I’ve been able to buy a house, travel, spoil my pets, and pursue hobbies like scuba diving, photography, and the outdoors. I volunteer as a mentor at the Independence High School Energy and Utilities Academy, serve as a scuba diving instructor to active-duty Marines and disabled veterans, and have supported CRC’s partnerships with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, CASA of Kern County, and Union Rescue Mission as a volunteer.”

Thank you, Amanda, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Raquel Aguilar as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Raquel Aguilar as a CRC Champion for her years of service and volunteerism. Raquel is a Geoscience Advisor in Bakersfield and has been with CRC for over 14 years.

Raquel says, "My favorite part of my job is overseeing the Cal-State Student Internship Program where I help students with their interview skills and setting up projects for them to complete. I help train them in various software programs and mentor them throughout their professional career. I enjoy building relationships with them and take great pride in watching them grow their professional skills.

I think the most important thing about my job is helping provide student interns with an opportunity to learn new things about an industry that provides various products we use daily and serves our communities.

As a single mom, the oil and gas industry has changed my life by providing a solid foundation for my family. As a result of working in this industry, I have had the opportunity to purchase a home, pay for education, and help provide for my family."

Thank you, Raquel, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Kayla Saldivar as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Kayla Saldivar as a CRC Champion for her commitment to volunteerism. Kayla is a Division Order Specialist in our Land Department in Bakersfield.

Kayla says, “I am proud to work for an industry that has enabled me to provide a solid foundation for my daughter. The most important part of my job is cultivating and maintaining great working relationships with our property owners who are vital stakeholders of the industry.

My favorite part of my job is getting involved in the community and being able to give back. Working with a company that values community work is priceless to me and CRC has afforded me the opportunity to give back to local organizations like Relay for Life, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Latina Leaders of Kern County, Dress for Success, Tree Foundation of Kern, Housing & Opportunity Foundation, and Honor Flight Kern County. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Bakersfield Association of Professional Landmen.”

Thank you, Kayla, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Desmond Fuzee as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Desmond Fuzee as a CRC Champion for his years of service and volunteerism. Desmond is a Sr. Environmental Health and Safety Advisor in the Los Angeles Basin and has been with CRC for five years.

Desmond says, “I’m a proud second-generation oil and natural gas worker. My father worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power for 40-plus years. He started as a janitor, then, after returning to school to study operations, followed by his service in the military, he got his first opportunity to work as an Operator 1 and ultimately worked his way up to the position of Operator 3. My father then spent the last ten years of his career with LADWP in the parts/warehouse division, organizing millions of dollars in supplies for outage projects. My father was passionate about delivering reliable, safe water and electricity to over four million residents and businesses in the Los Angeles area. That passion and drive that I saw in him as a kid continued in me as I finished college at CSUB, which led me into the oil, gas, and energy industry as well.

My favorite part of my job is getting out into the field to work with our operations and engineering teams, and engaging with different service providers, learning what they do for our industry day in and day out. My passion and love for the health, safety, and the environment (HSE) field stem from being able to share my knowledge in this industry and hopefully instilling it in others so they can return home safely to their families and loved ones.”

Desmond has supported many nonprofits during his time with CRC. Through the years, Desmond has hosted and participated in volunteer projects with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Conservancy, and local schools. Desmond also spoke on behalf of CRC at a Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce event in Downtown Los Angeles where CRC was recognized as Corporation of the Year.

Thank you, Desmond, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Timea Mezei as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Timea Mezei as a CRC Champion for her years of service and volunteerism. Timea is a Reservoir Engineer in Kern County and has been with CRC for six years.

Timea says, “Working in the industry has given me a career that I love and am passionate about. It has also provided me with the opportunity to give back to my community, where I have had the privilege of volunteering at various events, including the Open Door Network, Golden Empire Gleaners ‘Oil Can Do It’ Kick-off campaign, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Earth Day tree planting, Kern Energy Festival, CSUB Career Fair, and mentoring high school students at the Taft Oil Academy. I have also participated as an advocate at various legislative hearings in Kern County. Volunteering is very important to me. It is a way for me to serve my community and ensure it thrives.

As a first-generation immigrant, working in the oil and gas industry has provided me with opportunities that I have never imagined were possible. It has given me peace of mind to know that I can afford to provide for my family members if needed. It has also given me the opportunity to travel and see the world.”

Thank you, Timea, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Jim Scroggins as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Jim Scroggins as a CRC Champion for his years of service and volunteerism. Jim is a Well Abandonment Superintendent in Kern County and has been with CRC for 27 years.

Jim says, “Working in the industry for 30+ years has provided a wonderful life for my family. It has allowed me to raise amazing children and experience incredible memories. My oil and gas career has also taken me around the world and allowed me to see other countries and cultures I would not have otherwise seen. It has allowed me to provide an example to my children about work ethic and giving back to those in need.

I was once told the way to spell love is T-I-M-E. I try to set the best example I can for my family by volunteering for worthy causes. I have participated in various volunteer opportunities through our company, such as Relay for Life, United Way and Kern Alliance Against Family Violence. However, in 2016 I found my volunteering passion in helping those that volunteered to fight for our nation, military veterans. I volunteered to be a guardian for Honor Flight Kern County. I took a WWII veteran to Washington, D.C. to see his memorials and to honor him and his fellow veterans. I have now served on 12 Honor Flights. I also volunteer in the kitchen once a month for the veteran breakfasts. I recently had the humbling honor of being appointed to the Honor Flight Kern County board of directors, an opportunity and challenge I am excited to take on.

Working in the oil and gas industry has provided me with the means and opportunities to share blessings with my family and our community.”

Thank you, Jim, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Frank Salas as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Frank Salas as a CRC Champion for his years of service and volunteerism. Frank is a Lead Production Technician in Long Beach and has been with CRC for 25 years.

Frank says, “Time flies by so fast when you are doing something you truly enjoy. Working in the Long Beach area, I see how truly dedicated we are to protecting the environment and people. I really enjoyed going to my kids’ high school during open house nights and answering questions people have about our industry. I have been so blessed and fortunate to be part of a great team of people. The friendships that I have made here will last a lifetime.

I was hired in September 1998 and married my wife the following year. We bought our first house a few years later and had our twin boys. Now my boys are going off to college, and my wife continues her studies in the dental field. CRC has given us so much, and it just feels right to give back. The best way I could think of was supporting our community. As a family, we volunteer with various organizations including Long Beach Rescue Mission, Compton Creek, Compton Community Business Fair, Long Beach Veterans Hospital, Doctors Community Fair in Downtown LA, and Bolsa Chica Conservancy. One of my sons also donates his time to beach cleanup days at Cabrillo Beach.

We have been doing this for years, and it just feels right to help people whenever we can. CRC gave me the opportunity to build our family, and with the help of God, we will continue to grow together. I look forward to many years here and with my grandkids in the future.”

Thank you, Frank, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Dean Stanfill as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Dean Stanfill as a CRC Champion for his years of service and volunteerism. Dean is a Production Tech III in Rio Vista and has been with CRC for 20 years.

Dean says, “I have over 20 years of experience in the natural gas side of the industry. I am involved in operations, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting, and our Department of Transportation (DOT) program, all while working alongside the Mechanical Integrity (MI) group on various projects.

Working for CRC has helped me provide stability for my family and has enabled us to send our daughter to Sacramento State University. She will graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She chose this major because of her brother, my son, who has special needs.

It is difficult for special needs children to become involved in sports, yet our family was fortunate enough to find a baseball team for him to play on. I took over coaching for my son’s team 5 years ago and love every minute of it. The team has grown to 21 players ranging from 5 to 21 years old. Coaching this team has been a fun and rewarding experience for me. My son is almost 15, and I plan on continuing coaching these kids past his 21st birthday. I also volunteer as a cook at fundraising dinners for a local school and for a charity that raises money to help support parents who have lost a child at a young age due to an accident or illness. Working for a company like CRC has enabled me to give back to my community and organizations that are important to me.”

Thank you, Dean, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Veronica Navarro as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Veronica Navarro as a CRC Champion for her years of service and volunteerism. Veronica is an AP Controls & Cash Coordinator in Bakersfield and has been with CRC for 10 years.

Veronica says, “I have been fortunate to have great women mentors in my career with CRC. What I have learned from these women I have used as a guide to help me in my leadership role. The best part about my current role is helping my team grow and watching them become experts in their areas. I enjoy helping people, and in my position, I have the pleasure of working with all departments across our company.

I attended CSU Bakersfield, and I am the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. With my education came student loans. During my time at CRC, I was able to pay off my student loans and start college funds for my daughters. While at CSUB, I was a Founder Mother of the Nu Phi Chi organization, which promotes women in higher education, diversity, and community. This year, the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary, and I continue to be involved.

CRC has given me the opportunity to volunteer in our community. I have been involved with the Shafter Christmas Store for the past three years, where I have enjoyed getting to know the families and serving the community. These community service opportunities have also allowed me to bring along my daughters and show them the importance of giving back and helping others.”

Thank you, Veronica, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Joseph Carr as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Joseph Carr as a CRC Champion for his years of service and volunteerism. Joseph is the Operations Supervisor of our Rio Vista Field in the Sacramento Basin and has been with CRC for more than 16 years.

Joseph says, “I started my career in the gas patch in 2006, coming from selling cars and looking for a change. As I learned more about the job and expanded my knowledge about the industry, I knew this would be a great career path. My career has led me to build lasting relationships with my community by volunteering my time to support the Montezuma Firefighter Association Annual Dinner and the Rio Vista High School fundraiser dinner. The industry has helped me accomplish many personal goals and has provided a wonderful life for me and my family.”

Joseph is also a CRC Ambassador and participates in discussions with local elected officials to share the history of the Rio Vista Field and the positive impact it has on the community.

Thank you, Joseph, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Maria Williams as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Maria Williams as a CRC Champion for her years of service and volunteerism. Throughout her years at CRC, Maria has volunteered at the Kern County League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kern County, Dress for Success, Relay for Life, and California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) 12 Cups of Coffee-Mentor program. She has also taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for the Adult Literacy Council.

During the initial start of Covid, when there was a lack of available face masks, Maria reconnected with her sewing machine and worked endless hours sewing masks for her family, co-workers, and friends. Maria believes it’s important to give back to the community where she lives and works.

Maria says, “Working for CRC has given me the resources and opportunity to go back to school and obtain my bachelor’s in Business Administration, making me the only person in my family to graduate from college. I’ve also had the opportunity to donate my time to organizations that are near and dear to my heart. CRC has a strong dedication to our community, and I am proud to be a part of a company that provides and gives back.”

Maria is also a CRC Ambassador, where she advocates for energy careers and the impacts of energy policy with legislators.

Thank you, Maria, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Noel Ramos as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Noel Ramos, who works as a Production Technician Lead at THUMS Island Freeman in Long Beach. Noel has been working for the oil and natural gas industry for 34 years and oversees Facilities and Production and handles optimization of injection and production, and management of Island Freeman’s facilities for CRC.

Noel’s compassion and empathy led him to providing meals to those impacted by COVID during the pandemic. Noel takes pride in helping others and teaching operators how to follow safety standards in daily operations.

Noel says: “My favorite part of my job is working with good people, and that I never stop learning. Working hard, teaching others, and working safe is very important to me. My parents are my teachers and role models, they taught me to work hard, help and respect my peers. The opportunity and support CRC has provided me has given me great knowledge of the oil and natural gas industry that I can share and teach to others.”

Thank you, Noel, for being a CRC Champion!

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CRC Recognizes Jon Klein as a CRC Champion

We are proud to honor Jon Klein as a CRC Champion. Jon works as a Carbon Solutions Manager and is helping CRC meet its 2045 Full-Scope Net-Zero Goal that aligns the company with the state of California’s 2045 net zero ambition.

Jon volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and is involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach, EXP, Long Beach Rotary Club, and Children's Health Orange County Hospital. Jon believes in the power of philanthropy and the impact of volunteerism.

Jon says, “I am proud to work for a company that provides for me and my community. The support CRC provided for me to complete my master’s degree at Arizona State University, their focus on innovative technology solutions such as CCS, and continued community outreach are just a few of the ways CRC has impacted my life personally. I’ve worked for the oil and gas industry for over 15 years and I continue to be humbled.”

Thank you, Jon, for being a CRC Champion!