Leslie Shockley Beyer
As PESA President, Leslie Beyer leads strategic and operational development of PESA’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission in support of oilfield service, supply and manufacturing organizations. Working with PESA’s Board of Directors, she serves as primary advocate for key priorities, promoting the sector’s technological innovation and economic contributions.
Beyer began her career at the US State Department, and later in the US Senate as Legislative aide for US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, managing legislation on immigration, finance and trade issues. Following her tenure on Capitol Hill, Beyer joined the Bush/Cheney 2000 Presidential campaign, eventually joining the White House Staff in 2000 in the Executive Office of the President. There, Beyer served as primary on-site liaison to local, national, and international media on all domestic and international Presidential travel. Following her service at the White House, Beyer accepted a Presidential Appointment at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she functioned as chief legislative liaison to the Senate and House Appropriations, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and House Financial Services Committees.
After government service, Beyer successfully founded a private government affairs and strategic communications consulting firm, serving as communications advisor to multiple Fortune 500 clients. She relocated to Houston in 2010 and joined Burson-Marsteller Public Affairs, directing diverse teams in strategic communications and providing public relations counsel to clients in energy, education and technology sectors. Most recently, Beyer served as Director, Member and Board Relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), collaborating with NAM member companies on targeted priority legislative issues and advocacy efforts, primarily in the energy industry.
Beyer holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Board, Offshore Energy Center Advisory Board, World Petroleum Congress 2020 Houston Bid Committee and the US International Trade Administration U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council. Beyer has three young children, speaks fluent Spanish and is a long distance runner.
Since 2013, Smart has led PESA’s communications efforts, including the rebranding of the Association. Additionally, she serves as the staff leader for PESA committees, including those focused on developing member companies’ high performers, as well as the acclaimed Foreign Service Officer Training Program. Smart works directly with PESA leadership and executives to execute the PESA engagement and growth strategy.
Prior to joining PESA, Smart provided private PR consulting services across multiple industries and held senior positions with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. In these roles, Smart won regional and national awards for publications and marketing campaigns.
Smart has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and German from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Smart is an active member of Rotary International and led a vocational exchange team to Portugal in 2012.
Jean Gould is the senior director of public policy for the Association. In this role, she is responsible for providing effective guidance, coordination and advocacy support for PESA’s legislative and regulatory activities.
Gould has more than 25 years of government and public affairs experience and has managed public policy issues at the state, national and international levels. She comes to PESA from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), an international classificaion society where she serves as VP, External Affairs and Communications.
Before joining ABS, Gould served as director of corporate and government affairs for Coyne PR, a leading public relations agency. Gould began her career as an engineer with Exxon Corporation. She spent 18 years with Exxon holding a number of positions in operations and corporate affairs, including federal lobbyist and international corporate affairs advisor.
Gould earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York University.
Juanita Ybarra Rains
Financial Administrator & Information Technology Manager
Director of Membership Services
Director of Membership Services
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Member Services Administrator
Information Technology Specialist