Meet the MAPL Board of Directors


Gregory J. Vadnais, RPL
Paxton Resources, LLC
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Greg Vadnais is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Southwest Colorado. After relocating to Boyne City in 2007, Greg joined Paxton Resources, LLC as a landman. Since then he has worked on lease negotiations, acquisition of pipeline right-of-way, performed title curative and due diligence for acquisitions, learned mapping and GIS software, and worked hand in hand with his operations manager to ensure landowner satisfaction with Paxton’s field operations. He is a Registered Professional Landman (RPL), member of AAPL and MOGA.


Chris Tooman, CPL
Western Land Services, Inc.
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Chris graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations. After a 5-year career in the motorsports marketing & event promotion industries he took the leap into the Oil & Gas Industry. Chris joined the team at Western Land Services, Inc. in 2008 and is currently the Michigan Land Manager. His skill set includes experience in lease acquisition, title & abstract research as well as due diligence, curative and operations work. He is an active member of AAPL, MAPL, MOGA and IRWA.

Greg Hackworth, RPL
Clayton Energy
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Greg Hackworth graduated from Western Michigan University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Cable Production. After 4 years in Television and Video Production he shifted gears and joined Clayton Energy Company in 2006. Greg is an experienced Title examiner and Abstracter. He is also skilled in the areas of Project Management, Due Diligence and Title Curative. He is an Active member of AAPL and is excited about the opportunity to serve on the MAPL Board.


Bill Jenness, IV, RPL
Evergreen Land Services, LLC
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Mr. Jenness has been an exclusive sub-contractor and employee of MAR/TEC Land Services, Inc. and Clayton Energy Company since early 2006 and is the owner of Evergreen Land Services, LLC.  During his more than a decade of work, Mr. Jenness has worked with outstanding clients and colleagues allowing him to develop a depth of knowledge, skill and ability well beyond his years of experience.

A natural communicator and problem solver, Mr. Jenness has been engaged in all facets of field land work;  including oil and gas lease negotiation and acquisition, document preparation, mineral and surface title research and reporting, title curative and abstracting.    Further, Mr. Jenness has a strong background in negotiation and acquisition of easement, right-of-way, surface use and damage settlement agreements.  Mr. Jenness’ specialty is complex and difficult landowner negotiations.

In addition to MAPL, Mr. Jenness is an active member of the AAPL, MOGA and a graduate of Central Michigan University with experience in sales, banking, information technology and project management.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our members and association.

Membership Chairman
Sara L. Cunningham, J.D.
Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C.
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Sara handles oil and gas matters, including regulatory matters and title work, as well as a diverse litigation practice in oil and gas, construction law, labor and employment law and business and commercial law.

Ms. Cunningham is admitted to the State Bars of Michigan and Ohio.  Ms. Cunningham has successfully managed a very busy litigation practice for several years.  Ms. Cunningham has handled complex commercial business and construction litigation throughout Michigan.

Active in the community, Ms. Cunningham is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and the Athena Womens Interest Network (WIN).

Ms. Cunningham earned a law degree at the Ohio State University College of Law before joining the Loomis Law Firm.


Immediate Past-President
Mathew Maritz, RPL
Maritz Land Company, LLC
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Matt Maritz immigrated from South Africa in June of 2003 to attend College in Traverse City. Maritz Land Company was formed in 2006 and has continued successfully in the Michigan Basin working with private and public exploration firms from around the country. Matt has enjoyed serving the members of MAPL over the course of his tenure on the board of directors and hopes to continue as President of MAPL. He is also a member of AAPL with a Registered Professional Landman (RPL) certification and a member of MOGA.


AAPL Region II Director
Steven N. Rapanos, CPL
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Steve holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  Steve joined Trendwell Energy Corporation in 2015 and currently serves as the Land Manager.  Prior to joining Trendwell, Steve worked as an independent landman for 10 years and obtained accreditation as Certified Professional Landman.
Steve looks forward to continuing to serve on the MAPL Board and working with the Board Members to strive to provide the best educational and networking opportunities for the MAPL membership.


2019 Winter Mini-Seminar

The 2019 MAPL Winter Mini Seminar will be held on February 19th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Traditionally, the Winter Mini has been held in Mt. Pleasant at the Comfort Inn preceding the MOGA Membership Meeting which has been replaced in 2019 by State Legislative Education Day on February 20th also in Lansing […]

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