Mike Morella, Chief Accounting Officer
Mike is the Chief Accounting Officer, having joined the company in December 2014. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining Vitesse, Mike spent seven years as the Controller for two startup oil and gas companies.
Mike cut his teeth at KPMG in Midland, Texas as an audit manager for oil and gas companies. He then moved up to Controller at Westport Oil and Gas, during which time Westport successfully completed its initial public offering. At Westport, Mike was responsible for incorporating and converting accounting operations for several large mergers and acquisitions. When Westport was acquired by Kerr McGee in 2004, he continued working with Kerr McGee until it was subsequently acquired by Anadarko.
Mike received his B.A. in Accounting from Montana State University in 1989. He spends his free time watching his three boys play basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and flag football.
Michael Sabol, Chief Reporting Officer
Michael Joined Vitesse in April 2016 as the Chief Reporting Officer having spent the previous seven years working to bring several biofuels and other energy startup companies to market. He brings over 25 years of financial experience with both public and private companies in the Biofuels, Technology, Manufacturing and Finance sectors to his role at Vitesse.
At Vitesse, Michael is responsible for Reporting functions as well as certain Finance and Human Resources functions. Prior to Vitesse, Michael was the Chief Accounting Officer at Ensyn Technologies and Luca Technologies and Chief Financial Officer at Range Fuels Inc. He started his career with seven years in public accounting at Price Waterhouse, Philadelphia leaving as Audit Manager after spending time with the audit, tax and consulting practices, and then spent 15 years in the telecommunication industry with Verizon, LCI and Qwest Communications. During his time at Qwest, Mike directed the SEC reporting, corporate and tax accounting, technical accounting and investor relations departments.
Michael has BS degrees in Accounting and English Literature from King’s College and is a Certified Public Accountant, but enjoys himself most while hiking, biking, skiing and spending time in the Colorado outdoors with his wife and two children.
Michael Zoll, Operations Manager
Michael joined Vitesse in 2015 and is responsible for working with the finance, engineering, and land groups to optimize daily operations. Previously, he was the Bakken area manager at EOG Resources. During his time at EOG, he oversaw field-wide planning and development for the Williston Basin.
From 2003 to 2011, Michael was an engineering lead and completions manager at Noble Energy. During this time, he was directly involved in the development of the Niobrara shale play in the Wattenberg field. Prior to 2003, he worked as a field engineer at BJ Services in the fracturing and cementing service lines.
Michael’s focus at Vitesse has been using his operations experience in high-grade acreage and operators to hone financial decision-making. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Michael is married with two children and enjoys golfing, wine collecting and spending time with his family.
Lisa Odem, Senior Financial Analyst
As Senior Financial Analyst, Lisa is responsible for supporting the CEO and CFO in all business development and corporate planning efforts, including analysis of acquisition opportunities, budgeting, financial reporting and corporate strategy.
Prior to Vitesse, she spent three years in oil and gas investment banking with Scotia Waterous in Calgary, Canada where she worked on various mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity financings.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary. She has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience. She is married and enjoys traveling, reading, snowboarding and is training for a triathlon.
Blake McKenna, Senior Engineer
As Senior Engineer, Blake is responsible for supporting the continuing development of Vitesse Energy with his operations and engineering expertise in unconventional resource plays. Blake’s responsibilities will include the handling of reserves, providing insight into oil operations and enhancing the efforts of business development from the engineering side.
Blake comes from EOG Resources where over the last eight years he worked on all aspects of operations and engineering for multiple EOG U.S. divisions and basins. Most recently he served as a Senior Production Engineer overseeing production, planning and budgeting for EOG in the Williston Basin. Blake holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
An avid skier with a penchant for action sports and music, Blake enjoys his hobbies alongside his wife and two kids. They spend as much times as they can outdoors while also living life in the city of Denver.
Eric Matus, Senior Engineer
Eric Matus joined Vitesse in January of 2017. Eric is responsible for developing proprietary information systems, integrated data processes and big data analytics for the company. Throughout his engineering career, Eric has used his strong technical skills and creativity to bring a fresh light to solving problems.
Prior to Vitesse, Eric worked at EOG Resources for 11 years as both a Production and Completion Engineer, with experience in both the Barnett Shale and Permian Basin. During his time at EOG, Eric excelled at using programming to find meaningful trends in large datasets using statistics and visualizations.
Eric earned his BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer. Eric enjoys using science in the kitchen while cooking at home with his wife and son.
Pat Evans, Controller
Pat Evans is the Controller of Vitesse and joined the company in June 2014. He has been in corporate accounting for over 15 years, with the majority of his time spent in the oil and gas industry. Pat is responsible for managing accounting, financial reporting, well-level analysis and reporting, and administration of employee benefits for the company.
Prior to Vitesse, Pat held various positions, including Controller, within Discovery Natural Resources, a West Texas exploration and production company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Devonshire Investors. At Discovery, he also focused on evaluating, re-examining and reinforcing processes around areas of high-risk and high-dollar impact.
Before Discovery, Pat was Accounting Manager at CenturyLink where his focus was on employee benefits reporting, technical accounting and SEC financial reporting. Prior to CenturyLink, Pat was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte. At Deloitte, his specialty was auditing energy and investment companies.
Pat received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family.
Matt Olson, Landman A&D
Matt joined Vitesse in June of 2014 and is responsible for sourcing acquisitions and divestitures and performing due diligence. He maintains the asset and works with operators to correct disputes over interests owned by Vitesse.
Prior to Vitesse, Matt spent five years at Transcontinent Oil Company where he worked on various leasing projects, abstracting, title examination, curative and other land tasks. He has an RL certification from the AAPL and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado.
A consummate sports fan, Matt loves water skiing, his two dogs, and spending most fall Sundays at Mile High Stadium.
Brian Southern, Special Projects
Brian Southern joined Vitesse in January of 2014. Brian is responsible for many different roles in reporting, financial analysis, acquisition/ asset analysis and managing corporate insurance. He works closely with the accounting and land departments to provide cash flow planning, lease and well interest analysis, capital and expense analysis and supports all of the Company’s business procedures.
Brian has worked in various business financial roles for 16 years, the last 13 in the oil and gas industry. He spent three years in revenue accounting at Forest Oil Corporation, then the next eight with SM Energy in various financial analyst, reporting, and treasury roles.
Brian has a B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Abilene Christian University and M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Regis University. He is married with three children and enjoys a host of outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Dane Roybal, Financial Analyst
Dane started working with Vitesse in May 2015. His main responsibilities include acquisition and divestiture analysis, assisting with financial reporting, and other tasks supporting the CEO and CFO in day-to-day operations. Dane has been personally investing in Bakken non-operating working interest acreage since 2011 and has participated in over 85 gross wells.
Prior to that, Dane spent five years working as a biotechnology equity analyst at Sagient Research, a private consulting firm. He worked directly with pharmaceutical companies, analyzing competitors’ drug development pipelines and the future cash flow potential of drugs under development.
Dane graduated with an undergraduate degree in Finance from Washington University in St Louis. He is a huge Denver Broncos fan and proudly owns a Broncos Snuggie.