Staff

Pete Obermueller

Email: pete@pawyo.org

Pete Obermueller is President of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, a post he has held since January of 2019.  As President, Pete represents Wyoming’s oil and gas industry at the local, state and federal level.  A graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, Obermueller holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.  Following several years of serving Wyoming in Washington D.C. as an aide to former United States Representatives Barbara Cubin and Cynthia Lummis, Pete moved back to Wyoming in 2013 to head up the Wyoming County Commissioners Association before taking the helm at the Petroleum Association.  Pete enjoys a good cup of coffee, a nice bourbon, running, backpacking, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Esther Wagner

Email: esther@pawyo.org

Esther Wagner joined the Petroleum Association in 2012, and currently serves as Vice-President for Public Lands. Esther is the principal advisor and policy analyst on land and wildlife issues.  Esther has worked in the oil and gas industry for over thirteen years, previously at Devon Energy Corporation as a public affairs specialist.  Esther has served on several industry boards and committees in Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico and currently has the pleasure of serving on the board of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust.  Esther has lived in Casper most of her life and graduated from Natrona County High School.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.  She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, cross country skiing and camping.  She and her husband, Brian, have two children, Jessica and Remington

Ryan McConnaughey

Email: Ryan@pawyo.org

Ryan McConnaughey has been with the Petroleum Association since 2019.  He currently serves as the Communications Director overseeing all aspects of communication and media relations for the Association. Ryan brings extensive experience to the position having spent more than 10 years in constituent services, communication, public affairs, and policy development spanning the agriculture, natural resources, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and government sectors. Prior to joining PAW, Ryan worked for the Pronghorn Agency, a Wyoming-based public relations firm. Ryan started his professional career serving 5 years as a Field Representative and Grants Coordinator for U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis. Ryan is a lifelong Wyomingite having graduated from Riverton High School. He received is Master of Science degree from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2015.

Rachel Sanborn 

Email: rachel@pawyo.org

Rachel Sanborn joined the Petroleum Association of Wyoming in 2017 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant.  Between oil and gas businesses and trade association offices, Rachel has 20 years of office management experience. Rachel enjoys camping and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and dog.