Our Team

Kastle Jones

Kastle is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rose Rock Bridge, where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the program including startup recruitment, service delivery, and fundraising. Previously, he worked at Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL) leading TIL’s energy technology and advanced air mobility portfolios. At TIL Kastle developed and launched Rose Rock Bridge and the EIC Rose Rock seed fund. Kastle also designed research programs for the advanced mobility initiative that was awarded $38.2 million from the EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

Prior to joining TIL, Kastle worked at Endeavor, a New York City-based nonprofit that builds entrepreneurial ecosystems. His work resulted in the organization’s expansion to the Heartland through a partnership with the Walton Family Foundation and George Kaiser Family Foundation. In previous roles, Kastle led business development and operations for an energy-focused family office based in Oklahoma.

Kastle completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned a master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Will Brueckner

As the Startup Recruitment Manager, Will’s mission is to connect with startup founders building innovative energy solutions and help them establish a presence in Tulsa.

Before moving to Tulsa through Tulsa Remote, Will researched companies in the EV supply chain and sourced energy investments for a Family Office in the Silicon Valley. Previously, Will also worked as a Growth Officer at a security consulting firm and as a Senior Research Analyst at a SaaS startup. These experiences clarified what excites Will the most about the future: startups building new technologies for sustainable resource use while positively impacting local communities.

Will completed his undergraduate business studies at Gonzaga University where he majored in Finance & Accounting.

Joanna Jeffries

Joanna is a Tulsa native whose dedicated her career to driving innovative economic development and the pursuit of making meaningful impact in the communities she serves.

Her professional journey began with the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where she spent over eight years making significant contributions to the organization’s internal and external DEI efforts. She played a pivotal role in developing strategies to create a more inclusive work environment and community, while fostering collaboration between businesses and community organizations to promote diversity in the workforce. She also created opportunities for underrepresented groups and assisted in developing programs to address the region’s skills gap.

Joanna joined Tulsa Innovation Labs following her tenure at Tulsa Regional Chamber to manage operations and drive growth for over 2.5 years. During this time, she supported the creation of Rose Rock Bridge, and embraced the opportunity to directly support its mission upon launch.

Our Advisors

Jennifer Hankins

Jennifer is a fierce advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in the heartland of America, with extensive experience working in Tulsa and the wider region on economic development initiatives. She is responsible for TIL's corporate and university... Read More

Greg Lusardi

Greg Lusardi is senior vice president, corporate development, responsible for analyzing mergers and acquisitions, advancing venture capital opportunities and risk activities. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president... Read More

Trey Lowe

Trey Lowe is the Chief Technology Officer at Devon Energy. His team includes Operational Technology, IT, Data Management, and Data Science. Trey’s engineering background helps Devon focus on leading technology in the E&P industry. Prior to his current role... Read More

Andrew Lackner

Andrew is a Managing Director with Energy Innovation Capital and has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, strategy consulting, corporate innovation, and corporate business development (partnering, business plan development... Read More

Kyle Haustveit

Kyle Haustveit is a professional petroleum engineer and is currently leading Devon Energy Ventures. Devon Energy Ventures focuses on advancing the energy addition, low carbon solutions and venture capital investments that support the... Read More

Pete Burgess

Mr. Burgess has served as VP, Treasurer for The Williams Companies since January 2013. In addition to his role as Treasurer, he chairs the Williams Investment Committee overseeing company benefit plan assets in excess of $1.0 billion and is an... Read More

Dave Clouse

David is a Managing Director with Energy Innovation Capital and has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, corporate innovation, and corporate business development. Previously, David worked with bp ventures... Read More

Eric Weeldreyer

Mr. Weeldreyer is a Vice President at Argonaut Private Equity, a Tulsa-based private equity firm focused on the investing in industrials sector. He was previously a member of Paine Schwartz Partners... Read More

John Schwarck

John Schwarck is vice president, capital ventures, responsible for leading the initiative to invest in and partner with private energy and energy transition companies that will shape the future of the energy industry. Read More

Steve Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is the CEO of Argonaut Private Equity, a private equity and venture capital firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more than $2 billion in assets under management. Read More

Reid Spears

Reid Spears is an Investment Officer at the George Kaiser Family Foundation, where he manages the Foundation’s investments in private equity, venture capital funds, and direct deals. Read More

Chris Miller

Chris Miller is the Director of Helmerich & Payne Ventures, responsible for strategic investments connecting H&P drilling rigs and expertise to new energy technologies. Read More

Jennifer Hankins

Jennifer is a fierce advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in the heartland of America, with extensive experience working in Tulsa and the wider region on economic development initiatives. She is responsible for TIL’s corporate and university engagement, stakeholder relations, and governance and advisory bodies. Prior to joining TIL, Jennifer served in the economic development division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber as vice president of entrepreneurship and small business. In this capacity, she worked with area partners to help grow the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, assisting local startups and small businesses remove barriers to growth and managing the Chamber’s business incubator for high-growth startups, The Forge. Jennifer also managed business retention and expansion efforts at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University and earned a certificate from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

She serves as vice president of the board of directors for 36 Degrees North.

Greg Lusardi

Greg Lusardi is senior vice president, corporate development, responsible for analyzing mergers and acquisitions, advancing venture capital opportunities, and risk activities. Prior to his most recent role, he served as senior vice president, finance, responsible for accounting, treasury, tax and risk activities.

Lusardi joined ONEOK from J.P. Morgan, where he served as an executive director, energy investment banking, primarily focused on midstream, refining, and certain utility clients. Key responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activity and strategic planning.

Lusardi earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Trey Lowe

Trey Lowe is the Chief Technology Officer at Devon Energy. His team includes Operational Technology, IT, Data Management, and Data Science. Trey’s engineering background helps Devon focus on leading technology in the E&P industry. Prior to his current role, Trey spent 20 years in operational engineering and leadership roles in various countries around the world. He joined Devon in 2005 from Schlumberger where he held various engineering and management positions. Trey is a past Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Andrew Lackner

Andrew is a Managing Director with Energy Innovation Capital and has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, strategy consulting, and corporate innovation. Previously, Andrew led Accenture Bloom Capital, a program focused on expanding Accenture's access to capital to assist with the launch of Fortune 500 incubated new ventures. Andrew also worked for ten years at GE where he helped establish the energy venture capital team. Andrew lives in Boston with his wife Karen and son Jackson.

Kyle Haustveit

Kyle Haustveit is a professional petroleum engineer and is currently leading Devon Energy Ventures. Devon Energy Ventures focuses on advancing the energy addition, low carbon solutions and venture capital investments that support the core and future businesses at Devon.

He is experienced in unconventional oil and gas reservoirs with a focus on completions design, diagnostics, and field development. Kyle is passionate about applying technology to solving difficult problems. He has authored numerous technical papers and holds three patents in offset pressure monitoring. Kyle was the lead inventor on the breakthrough fracture diagnostic, Sealed Wellbore Pressure Monitoring.

He is a graduate of Montana Tech with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and of The University of Oklahoma with an Executive MBA in Energy.

Pete Burgess

Mr. Burgess has served as VP, Treasurer for The Williams Companies since January 2013. In addition to his role as Treasurer, he chairs the Williams Investment Committee overseeing company benefit plan assets in excess of $1.0 billion and is an active member on the Williams Corporate Venture Capital Investment Committee. Mr. Burgess has extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance, corporate restructurings including IPO’s, spin-offs, acquisitions and divestitures, domestic and international project finance, capital markets and enterprise credit. Prior to his current role, Mr. Burgess served in various roles within Williams’ corporate treasury department since 1998 and played a key role in the structuring, negotiation and execution of various domestic and international financing transactions and the execution of various corporate restructurings. Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Burgess served in various accounting and finance roles at MAPCO Inc.

Mr. Burgess graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Accounting.

Dave Clouse

David is a Managing Director with Energy Innovation Capital and has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, corporate innovation, and corporate business development. Previously, David worked with bp ventures, the corporate venturing arm of bp where he invested in oil and gas technologies as well as sustainable technology to help deliver bp’s netzero aims. David recently moved from Houston to Tulsa with his wife Jen, daughter Quinn, son Alexander.

Eric Weeldreyer

Mr. Weeldreyer is a Vice President at Argonaut Private Equity, a Tulsa-based private equity firm focused on the investing in industrials sector. He was previously a member of Paine Schwartz Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in the food and agribusiness sectors. Prior to that, he worked in the industrials investment banking group at Credit Suisse. An Oklahoma native, Mr. Weeldreyer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John Schwarck

John Schwarck is vice president, capital ventures, responsible for leading the initiative to invest in and partner with private energy and energy transition companies that will shape the future of the energy industry.

Schwarck joined ONEOK in 2022 from American Electric Power (AEP) in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as director of corporate venture capital, strategic investments, and partnerships. He previously held strategic planning and financial positions with, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and RiverSource Investments, Ameriprise and American Express.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a past guest lecturer at Ohio State University’s Fischer School of Business. An advisor for TradeJack Business Solutions, Schwarck participated in mentor programs with REVI and the CFA Society of Columbus and has held various board positions with private energy and energy related companies.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Schwarck earned a Master of Business Administration in 2005 from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Institutional and Investment Analysis Finance from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1999.

Steve Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is the CEO of Argonaut Private Equity, a private equity and venture capital firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more than $2 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Argonaut Private Equity in 2005, he managed private equity and venture capital investments for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner as principal at Radical Incubation/2929 Entertainment and worked in the legal field as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas and as a law clerk for Judge A. Joe Fish of the Federal District Court-Northern District of Texas. Mr. Mitchell also earned his JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Mr. Mitchell serves on civic boards as director of the board at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, is vice chairman of the Tulsa Development Authority, and is former president of the Eisenhower International School Parent-Teacher Association. Corporately, he leads as chairman of the Downing Wellhead, Inc., JAC Products, Inc, S & R Compression, and S3 Ventures boards, in addition to serving on boards at Applied Industrial Machining, LLC, Global Technology Partners, LLC, Pivot3, Inc., Aspen Aerogels, Inc., Falcon Flowback, LLC, Green Hills Software, Inc., and others.

Reid Spears

Reid Spears is an Investment Officer at the George Kaiser Family Foundation, where he manages the Foundation’s investments in private equity, venture capital funds, and direct deals.

Reid is also involved in the Foundation’s local economic development efforts, and was previously board chair of 36 Degrees North, a support organization for entrepreneurs and high-growth startups.

Originally from Tulsa, Mr. Spears graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics and the Program of Liberal Studies and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

Chris Miller

Chris Miller is the Director of Helmerich & Payne Ventures, responsible for strategic investments connecting H&P drilling rigs and expertise to new energy technologies.

H&P portfolio companies include those in the geothermal, completions, and LNG sectors. Chris has been with H&P since 2011, working in the areas of legal, M&A integration, and corporate development.

Chris is a U.S. Air Force veteran and holds a B.S. in Management from University of Phoenix as well as a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law.