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Ron Ness is president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. His primary function is governmental relations in North Dakota. He serves as the industry spokesperson and manages the association.

Ness was previously the president of the North Dakota Retail and Petroleum Marketers Association. Prior to that he spent 10 years with the state of North Dakota, most of which as the Deputy Commissioner of Labor.

Ness is a Tolna, ND native, a graduate of North Dakota State University in business and economics, and received his masters in management from the University of Mary.

Ness was appointed by Governor Hoeven to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Oil and Gas Research Council, and the Empower North Dakota Commission. He is Chairman of the IOGCC Public Outreach Committee. He also serves the Energy Environmental Research Center’s Foundation Board of Directors and the South Central High School Advisory Board. He serves on the North Dakota Pheasants Forever Leadership Team and served at Habitat Chairman for the Dakota Chapter of Pheasants Forever for 10 years.

He and his wife Becky have three children and are avid outdoorsmen, who enjoy golfing and hunting.

Kari Cutting, vice president, NDPC

Kari Cutting is vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. As vice president, she will provide leadership in developing and executing strategy, manage Petroleum Council activities, and provide communication support for the association. You can reach her directly at 701.557.7741 or kcutting@ndoil.org.

A North Dakota native, Cutting has a diverse background in the state’s energy industry, including more than 25 years of experience in chemistry, sales, marketing and transportation.

Cutting received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in management from Minot State University.


Alexis Brinkman is government relations manager for the North Dakota Petroleum Council. You can reach her directly at 701.557.7743 or abrinkman@ndoil.org.

She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and advertising. Her previous work experience includes Clearwater Communications and North American Coal.

In her spare time, Brinkman enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and serving as the communications director for the North Dakota Leadership Seminar.

Brittany Rud is membership services manager for the North Dakota Petroleum Council. You can reach her directly at 701.557.7742 or brittany@ndoil.org.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in energy management, and a minor in process plant technology from Bismarck State College. Her previous work experience includes Corner Express and Rud Oil & Gas. She is currently on the Board of Directors for  Bismarck State College's Alumni Association.

She is the proud parent to one daughter, Kylie. In her spare time, Rud enjoys photography, playing volleyball, cooking, and taking her daughter to the zoo.

Tessa Sandstrom is communications manager for the North Dakota Petroleum Council. You can reach her directly at 701.557.7744 or tsandstrom@ndoil.org

Prior to joining the North Dakota Petroleum Council, Sandstrom served under Sen. John Hoeven as a member of his senior staff in Washington, D.C. Sandstrom also managed communications for Hoeven's 2008 re-election campaign for Governor, managed new media and research for his 2010 campaign for Senate, and served as a legislative research analyst and communications specialst for then-Governor Hoeven.

Sandstrom, a native of New Town, ND, graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degrees in Communication, English and German.