About Us

Mission Statement

As the "voice" of the Texas oil and gas industry, the primary mission of the Foundation for Energy Education is to educate our youth about our industry through scholarships, programs, and internships.



The Foundation now conducts four major programs. These programs include:

1) Offshore Energy Center MOLU Program

2) Leadership Texas - 50 under 25 Program

3) Scholarships via IPAA and other organizations

4) Support Energy High School in Houston


Membership is composed of companies and individuals involved in oil and and natural gas extraction, as well as citizens concerned about present and future U.S. energy supplies, trends and policies, and the need for greater public awareness. For more information on becoming a Foundation member, please click on the "Membership" tab.



David L. Bole, Chairman of the Board


David Bole has been Chairman of the Foundation for Energy Education since November 2011. He is a Co-Founder and President of JDS Energy, LLC and Senior Advisor at Houston-based Ceres Energy Partners. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Houston-based Quantum Energy Partners, where his primary duties included investment sourcing and the due diligence of Quantum’s potential portfolio companies in the upstream oil and gas and midstream sectors. Prior to joining Quantum, he was President of SouthView Energy, LP, a Quantum portfolio company, and before that he was a Managing Director of Randall & Dewey, a division of Jefferies & Co., Inc., from 1996 to mid-2005, where in 1997 he founded Randall & Dewey’s Annual A&D Summit held in Houston. Mr. Bole brings more than 40 years of experience in oil and gas transactions through senior executive roles with Alexander Energy Corp., Edwards & Leach Oil Co., Equitable Resources Energy Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co. He began his career in 1961 as a Landman for Humble Oil & Refining Company.

Mr. Bole has served on the IPAA Board of Directors and has previously served as IPAA Regional Director, Chairman of the Membership Committee and Chairman of the annual IPAA Wildcatters Ball and is a recipient of the IPAA Leadership Award.

Mr. Bole holds a B.B.A. in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma, where he has served on the Sarkeys Energy Center Board of Directors and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University’s Energy Management Program in the Price College of Business, where in May 2011 he received the Price College Distinguished Alumni Award, and in June 2011 he was interviewed by Oil and Gas Investor as an Industry Legend. In 2012 he was recognized at Hart Energy’s A&D Strategies and Opportunities conference for his diligent efforts within the E&P sector.

Chris Atherton, Secretary/Treasurer


Chris Atherton is the Vice President of Business Development for the oil and gas asset acquisition and divestiture firm, EnergyNet. Chris works with buyers and sellers in the Houston area, and serves as team lead to EnergyNet’s business development offices in Houston, Denver, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Amarillo and Midland.

Chris has been part of the EnergyNet team since 2002 and has been actively involved as the firm has completed over $1.35B in transactions. Chris has originated divestment mandates with over 500 unique clients including Chevron,ExxonMobil, El Paso, Noble Energy, Shell, Total,Marathon, Apache, Hilcorp and many others. At EnergyNet, he has completed over 2,500 individual transactions comprised of approximately 15,000 oil and gas properties in virtually all basins of the lower 48 US Onshore. Chris graduated from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State in San Marcos, with a business management and marketing degree. Prior to EnergyNet, Chris worked at the Enron Corporation for a number of years until they politely asked him to vacate the building.

Chris has served as the chairman for the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Business Development Study Group for three years. He is also an active member of the IPAA, Texas Energy Alliance, ADAM and Houston Producer's Forum.


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