Our Team

Our Team

Darin L. Houchin, P.E., Chief Executive Officer

Darin has worked in the natural gas utility and pipeline business his entire career. Darin began his career as a laborer for Illinois Gas Company, a mid-sized LDC in southeastern Illinois. Shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1989, Darin was named assistant general manager of Illinois Gas Company. Darin currently serves as President of Illinois Gas, as well as the CEO at USDI.

I love the fact that almost every day a client tells me what a great job one of USDI’s employees did helping them out with the solution to a problem.  I want to continue to make sure USDI has the best people as well as the easiest to use, most effective and most affordable compliance solutions available as we continue to be a valuable resource and partner to our clients operating natural gas systems throughout the Midwest.

C. Lindsay Enloe, P.E., President

Lindsay has 28 years of experience in the natural gas industry. He joined USDI in 1980 as a project engineer. As president, Lindsay works with individual clients to solve problems associated with their natural gas utility and oversee the operations of the company. He has served on the NACE International Board of Directors, is past president of the St. Clair Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and has been a speaker at various seminars and meetings on topics relevant to the natural gas industry.

Over the years I have developed some wonderful relationships with our clients. I tell our new employees that our clients are not only our clients, they are our friends. I consider many of them to be extended family. While we strive to provide superior assistance with the day-to-day operation of their utility, the true treasures we receive from our clients is the ability to see their families prosper and them as individuals to grow professionally.

Lindsay has provided design services for replacement and relocation projects for natural gas utilities for 24 years. These projects have included the preparation of plans and specifications necessary to complete the bidding process for major relocation jobs and new construction jobs. These projects have included initial route determination, design of all pipeline components including main sizing, coating specification, cathodic protection design, regulator station meter station design and odorization design. Lindsay has been responsible for all aspects of these projects from inception to preparation of contract documents, construction supervision and project close-out.

Most recently he was the lead engineer on the relocation of five miles of 8” main in Morton, Illinois, for improvements to Route 98. In this capacity, he was responsible for preparation of plans, specification and bidding documents, recommending the contractor for award and supervision of onsite inspectors. He also prepared all payment estimates and change orders. This project was completed in June 2004. Lindsay is also the lead engineer for a three-mile high pressure main extension for the Village of Waterloo, where he provides services from plan and specification preparation to construction supervision. In 2003, Lindsay designed the two-mile 10” main from the Curtis Road Station to St. Mary’s Road for the Abbott Power Plant Expansion and Rehabilitation Project on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.

Lindsay received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1980 and his master’s degree in 1988, both from Southern Illinois University. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. When Lindsay isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family. His hobbies include golf, reading, and home improvement projects.

Jason Brangers, P.E., Vice President (Shelbyville, KY)

After serving nearly nine years as Program Manager for the Pipeline Safety Branch at the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Jason decided to join the USDI team in 2013.

In 1995, he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky, and became a licensed professional engineer in 2000.  After graduating from UK, Jason worked for an engineering/surveying firm as well as GPS/GIS consulting firm where he began working closely with utility companies, local governments, and public safety officials.   In 2004 Jason went to work for the Kentucky PSC as a Public Service Engineer in the Engineering Division’s Water/Wastewater Branch.   Jason accepted the position of Program Manager for the Pipeline Safety Branch at the PSC in 2005,  where he was responsible for administering the natural gas pipeline safety program for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Jason served as Kentucky’s representative to the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR), where he also served as vice-chairman (2010-2011) and chairman (2012) of NAPSR’s Southern Region.

When Jason is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children.  Jason is also an avid woodworker and serves as Vice-President and Program Director for KYANA Woodcrafters, Inc., a local woodworking club.

Anthony W. Everette, P.E., Vice President – Engineering (Unionville, MO)

Anthony joined USDI in 2008 as an engineer. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1994.  Anthony worked with Darin for three years in the Olney office and was recently promoted to Vice President of Engineering in the Unionville office.

Anthony has provided inspection,design, operator qualification and code compliance services to USDI’s utility clients.  He also helped develop the USDI LDC Operations, Maintenance and Emergency Manual.  Most recently he was the lead engineer for the Town of Roachdale Indiana Gas System Replacement Project.  Anthony was responsible for developing plans and specifications for the total replacement of the town’s distribution system.  Duties also included coordinating the project with the USDA, bidding services, contractor recommendation and supervision of onsite inspectors.  The project is expected to be completed in the winter of 2012.  Anthony is also responsible for performing and directing the compliance activities required for pipelines and utilities that USDI operates out of the Unionville office.  He is currently a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska,  Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and is hobbies include gardening, fishing, hunting and watching sports.

David Wood, Vice President   – Construction (Unionville, MO)

David joined USDI in 2001; however he has had 29 years experience in the natural gas industry. He has been an API -1104 qualified welder for 20 years. Building pressure regulating and metering stations, as well as installing mains, and service line construction are just a few of the challenges that David looks forward to daily. In addition, David also oversees the day to day operations of seven smaller LDCs in the northern Missouri area. He assists with odorization and construction projects for our clients in the mid-west.

In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, sports, farming, hunting and spending time at his cabin.

Tyler E. Enloe, P.E.

Tyler began working for USDI in 2004 as a summer intern. He began full time in 2009 after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tyler works directly with municipal clients to solve day to day regulatory and operations problems, as well as being involved with the operations of several pipeline systems where USDI is the operator of record.

When Tyler isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He also enjoys playing fastpitch softball, golf, football.

Michael Wendling, Engineer

Mike began working for USDI in the fall of 2011.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1986, Mike spent 25 years as a Manufacturing Engineer before joining the USDI team.  While with USDI, Mike has worked primarily with meeting the jurisdictional requirements of both transmission pipelines and master meter systems.

When Mike isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. He also enjoys home improvement projects, hunting, ATV riding, and church activities.

Michael Weiler, P.E.

After working for Ameren Illinois’s Gas Transmission Engineering group for 6 years, Michael joined USDI in 2015 as an engineer.

In 2008, he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   After graduating from the U of I, Michael joined Ameren Illinois’ Gas Transmission Engineering group where he was responsible for designing and managing transmission and high pressure distribution pipeline projects throughout Illinois.  Some of the projects included relocating exposed pipelines, rebuilding regulator stations, and replacing large sections of pipelines in conflict with IDOT construction activities. In 2014, Michael was promoted to Supervising Engineer of Gas Transmission where he was responsible for managing a team of project engineers.

At every opportunity, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys and his hobbies include fishing, hunting, and riding dirt bikes.

Taylor Browne, P.E.

Taylor began working for USDI in 2010 as a summer intern. She began full time in 2012 after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from University of Illinois. Taylor will receive her Professional Engineering License in September of 2016. Taylor assists with the operation and inspection of several transmission pipelines throughout the Midwest. She maintains regulatory compliance records for both transmission and distribution systems. Taylor is a NACE certified Cathodic Protection Technician and is part of the USDI team that performs and analyzes ECDA surveys.

Outside of work Taylor enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Andrew Smith, Engineer

Andrew graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2013. Following graduation, he worked for Halliburton in Louisiana for 3 years.

In September 2016, Andrew joined the USDI team as Gas Engineer for the Kansas branch. His work for USDI primarily consists of Municipal Gas Distribution Operation, Integrity Management Programs, and system modeling for our Kansas and Oklahoma customers.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Jordan Kocher, P.E.

Jordan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2011 from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, IL. He went on to start his career with an engineering firm where he was a project engineer, working closely with many CAD drawings and maps, as well as conducting various inspections for construction projects overseen by the firm. He was later promoted to Regional Manager, where he began to work with several Municipal clients, and was able to assist with their engineering and design needs.

Jordan joined the USDI team as GIS/CAD Specialist in July 2017. His work primarily consists of implementation of GIS to USDI’s clients, updating system maps and helping with CAD design on projects.

When Jordan isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, farming, home improvement projects and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife have also recently restored an old barn to be used for their wedding, which is now an event venue, The White Silo Barn.

Chase Barnes, Engineer

Chase graduated from Missouri S&T with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 2019 and began working at USDI shortly thereafter. With USDI, Chase works throughout the northern Midwest in all facets of natural gas pipeline development, ranging from design and compliance to construction and operation. Chase also works with clients to solve operational problems and answer questions they may have.

In his free time, Chase loves preparing/eating food of all kinds, spending time with his wife and pets, watching baseball, and going to the movies.

Daniel Deimel, Engineer

Daniel graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2018. Following graduation, he worked a year in the auto industry. Daniel joined USDI’s team in efforts to aid in the expansion of 192.GIS.

Outside of work, He enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends and family, going boating and riding ATVs.

Zachary Farhat, Engineer

Zachary graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Project Management and Civil Engineering Technology in December 2018. Directly after graduation I worked in the utility industry for an electric company in design distribution. Zachary joined USDI team to aid in the Shelbyville expansion effort.

Outside of work, Zac enjoys to play golf with friends, watching sports, and spending time with his dog. 

Mike Martin, Regional Manager
(Pittsboro, Indiana)

Mike comes to USDI with a great background including military service to our country, pipeline installation with Miller Pipeline and most recently experience as a pipeline safety analyst with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.  Mike lives in the Avon, IN area along with his wife and children.