The Pipeline Association of the Northwest

About PANW

The Pipeline Association of the Northwest (PANW) is comprised of pipeline operators in Idaho, Oregon and Washington that are dedicated to promoting pipeline safety by training emergency responders and public officials in how to respond to pipeline incidents. Trainings will be hosted throughout the three states annually.

If you have questions about joining PANW or PANW Trainings, please contact us via e-mail at

Main Points of Contact

President: Lynsay Demko | | 509-572-8475
Training Administrator: |

Lynsay Demko - President, PANW

Lynsay has been a member of PANW for 5 years and elected as President in 2021. Lynsay has worked in the Natural Gas industry for 5 years and spent the previous 3.5 years in the Nuclear Industry working in safety. Lynsay specializes in project/program management, community safety outreach, pipeline safety training, code compliance, and bridging the gap between policies/procedures and field operations. Lynsay is passionate about public safety and making an impact on the community. In her role she helps improve community safety by enhancing educational outreach, advancing the damage prevention industry, and improving emergency response capabilities.

Montana-Dakota Utilities (Cascade Natural Gas & Intermountain Gas) 2017 – Present Manager, Public Awareness and Damage Prevention

Colorado State University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Minor: Diversity in Law, Criminal Justice
Columbia Basin College
Bachelor of Applied Science, Project Management

Charles R. DeBell - Lead Trainer, PANW

Charles has been a training instructor with Pipeline Association of the Northwest (PANW) since 2016. He brings an extensive amount of knowledge, experience, and personal interaction to his training workshops. As a dynamic trainer, Charles has designed and implemented safety trainings utilizing his experience with a strong focus on safety as an essential element based on real life experiences and outcomes. He focuses his training classes to engage attendees to resolve scenarios with purpose and decisive results.

Seattle Fire Department (SFD) 2001 – Present
Fire Fighter, Hazmat Technician

George Fox College Bachelor of Science, Biology

Jason H. Rickey - Trainer, PANW

Jason began as a training instructor with Pipeline Association of the Northwest (PANW) in 2022. Jason brings over 20 years of hazmat experience and 15 as a firefighter to his work with PANW, joining the organization in 2022. His passion for safety, both for his fellow man and the environment, is evident in his training workshops.  In previous roles, Jason trained professionals in improving their efficiency and effectiveness in hazardous waste materials management, crisis situations, equipment utilization, and more. His experience goes beyond designing curriculum and education, as his previous positions include practicing what he teaches, including a specialization in moving flammable liquids by rail.

Graham Fire and Rescue 2016 - Present

Central Washington University
Bachelor of Science, Paramedicine

Cheri Gay - Training Administrator, PANW

Cheri serves as the Training Administrator with Pipeline Association of the Northwest (PANW) starting in 2021. She brings more than 20 years of experience in administrative support and project management through the complete life cycle, overseeing quality assurance initiatives, achieving deadlines, and budget goals. Cheri is also skilled in using tools such as the Microsoft Office Suite, including Access.

University of Phoenix.
Bachelor of Applied Science Business
Emphasis in Project Management