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Black History Month marks a time to recognize, celebrate, and reflect on the history and lives of African Americans. To take part in the celebrations this year, we met with four members of the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) team to hear about their roles and what Black History Month means to them. 

We hope you enjoy reading their spotlights below, and if you would like to continue learning more about #BlackHistoryMonth, #BlackExcellence, and FECM #EmployeeAppreciation, explore our TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn pages! 


Mary Dixon
Security Specialist, Office of Petroleum Reserves (OPR)

FECM staff member Mary Dixon

What work do you do for FECM?
I serve as OPR’s oversight program authority for the direction and implementation of security programs and initiatives for the Strategic Petroleum Reserves security program. I also perform oversight of OPR policies, procedures, standards, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, and/or materials.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History reminds me of how rich and deep our roots are. I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, where on December 1, 1955, the civil rights movement began when Ms. Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus.

As I reflect on this, Black History Month is a celebration of culture, past and present, as well as a time to reflect and learn about our ancestors and their achievements in the pursuit of freedom, justice, equality, and finally being asked to sit at the table. I want to give thanks to those who set the stage so we can live the dream they marched, struggled, and committed to achieve one day. Their strength, faith, and determination are still very powerful today and help me stay focused, committed, and steadfast in my beliefs, ability to assist others in need, and lead by ethical standards to ALWAYS do the right thing even when no one is looking.

I do feel that we still have work to do if not for our generation, for the next…pay it forward!


Jennifer Wade
Director, Division of Regulation, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement

FECM staff member Jennifer Wade

What work do you do for FECM?
I manage the natural gas regulatory program, overseeing the processing of applications to import or export natural gas and the preparation of procedural orders. I also ensure that importers and exporters are in compliance with their authorizations.   

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate stories, contributions, and achievements of black Americans that aren’t normally shared. It’s a time to remember that our history transcends race and culture and inspires the dreams of the next generation. 


Marc Talbert
Natural Gas Analyst

FECM staff member Marc Talbert

What work do you do for FECM?
I am a natural gas analyst. In this role, I manage the FECM database of U.S. natural gas imports and exports, and provide monthly and quarterly reports on natural gas and liquified natural gas.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
To me, Black History Month means celebrating the spirit of equality for everyone, while overcoming obstacles.


Author Gallow
Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications

FECM staff member Author Gallow

What work do you do for FECM?
I am a public affairs specialist with FECM’s Office of Communications. In this role, I serve as a spokesperson for FECM and am responsible for promoting and increasing awareness of the office’s mission and activities through digital communications. Social media is my jam! So, follow us to stay up to date with everything happening across FECM.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month represents all dreams realized and inspiration for those who dare to dream. It’s a moment when we support each other’s dreams and redefine our own.