Alchemist Energy Texas Oil and Gas Development Capital


Morgan Hinchcliffe


Morgan spent 10 years with Pioneer Natural Resources focused on field development, reservoir engineering and planning. Morgan was the Permian Field Development Manager, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 35 professionals tasked with directing Pioneer’s $3 billion per year development plan. While forming Alchemist, Morgan consulted for a private Midland Basin company where he managed the subsurface planning and optimization of a 21-well horizontal program. Morgan has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a ME in Petroleum Engineering both from Texas A&M University.

Scott Nelson


Scott spent 10 years at Pioneer Natural Resources focused on large-scale operations, drilling, completions and water infrastructure.  Scott served as Eagle Ford Asset Team Leader, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 140 personnel focused on optimizing production and lowering operating expenses. While forming Alchemist, Scott consulted for a private Midland Basin company where he managed the design and execution of a 21-well horizontal program. Scott has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Billy Hannes

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Billy directs the land, legal and business development efforts for Alchemist.  He has spent 14 years practicing oil and gas law both in private practice and for privately held oil and gas companies. Prior to joining Alchemist, Billy served as EVP & General Counsel for PCORE Exploration & Production I & II, private oil and gas Permian operators, where he led PCORE’s legal and land efforts.  Before PCORE, Billy practiced law at the international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, where he  focused on oil and gas transactions with an emphasis on the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas producing properties, which includes over $2 billion in closed deals. Billy has a JD from South Texas College of Law and a BS in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Scott Zacharie

Vice President of Operations

Scott has over 12 years of operations experience working for ExxonMobil, Pioneer Natural Resources and several privately held oil and gas companies primarily focused on the Permian Basin and SCOOP/STACK. Scott has vast experience in unconventional drilling and completion programs and has managed drilling, engineering and operations programs. Scott has drilled more than 40 horizontal Wolfcamp and Bone Springs wells throughout the Midland and Delaware Basins. Prior to joining Alchemist, Scott served as VP of Drilling & Completions for Castell Oil Company. Scott has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. 

Adam Himelfarb

Vice President of Geology

Adam has 15 years of geoscience experience primarily focused in the Permian Basin in both exploration and operation roles. Prior to joining Alchemist, Adam served as Senior Geologist for Occidental Petroleum, gaining a decade of expertise in the Permian Basin while performing a variety of tasks that included advanced geologic modeling, reservoir characterization, regional mapping and development planning. Before Occidental, Adam worked as a geologist for Haas Engineering. Adam has a BS in Geology from Tulane University.

Julie Carruth

Manager of Engineering Analysis & Accounting

Julie has over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry through a variety of roles and responsibilities.  Prior to joining Alchemist, Julie was the Corporate Reserves Manager for Pioneer Natural Resources, was a part of the operations team at Encana Corp and worked in the acquisitions and divestiture group for Hunt Petroleum.  Julie’s varied skill set, and experience serve her well in her role at Alchemist where she focuses on prospect analysis, operational and process management, and corporate accounting. Julie has a BS in Mathematics from Texas A&M University – Commerce.