Meet Our Instructors

Bill Murchison, CEO, Lead Instructor, Albuquerque Corporate Office 
Bill has a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University. Bill has been working for MDS since 1997. Before joining MDS, he managed several other companies in other industries. Bill has over thirty years of experience in training and teaching. He is a certified IADC WellSharp and IWCF well control instructor and assessor.

Richard "Dicky" Quick, Manager of Houston Training Center, Lead Instructor
Dicky has over forty years of experience in drilling operations. Prior to joining Murchison in January 2017 as an instructor, Dicky spent nineteen years with Shell, working as a Drilling Superintendent and later as the manager of Shell's Robert Training Center. Dicky is certified as an IWCF and an IADC instructor and teaches drilling well control, workover intervention well control, and drilling operations.

Willie Lyon, Lead Instructor, Houston Training Center
Willie Lyon has a Petroleum Engineering degree from Texas A&M, and has forty-five years of experience in drilling operations. He joined MDS in 2009 as a Lead Instructor. He has worked as a production engineer, drilling engineer, manager of engineering, manager of operations, and as a drilling consultant. Willie has a varied experience, working on land rigs, jack-ups, semisubmersibles, and drill ships. Willie is a registered PE and is a certified IADC WellSharp and IWCF well control instructor. He is also a member of the AIME/SPE and the IPAA.

John Breidenthal, Lead Instructor, Houston Training Center
John has a Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Kansas, and has forty years of experience in drilling. He has worked as a field drilling engineer for deepwater and jackups, drill site manager, production supervisor, and well control instructor for a major oil company. John has varied experience working on land rigs, jack-ups, and drill ships. He is a certified IADC WellSharp and IWCF well control instructor.

Cecil Duke, Instructor, Texas & Oklahoma
Cecil graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma state University with a BS degree in Natural Resource Management/Chemistry. He began working in the oil industry in 2007 as a mud engineer in the Rocky Mountains. In 2012 Cecil founded CD Fluid Training and began teaching a Drilling Fluids school at Vernon College in north Texas.

Charles "Chuma" Ubaru, Instructor, Houston Training Center
Chuma has 32 years of experience in drilling on land rigs, jack-ups and semi-submersibles. He worked in various positions from roustabout to rig manager, well control instructor, drilling engineer and drilling supervisor. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and member of the project management institute (PMI) with a BS degree from University of Benin, Nigeria and MEng degree from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Gordon Poss, Instructor, Colorado Training Center
Gordon Poss teaches well control courses in the Rocky Mountain and Baaken areas. Gordon has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has over forty years of operational experience. After graduating, he worked as a drilling engineer, senior drilling engineer supervisor and specialist, as well as a drilling manager. Gordon has experience with HPHT drilling, MPD operations, desert operations, exploratory drilling, offshore drilling and workover, and research and development. He has varied experience, working on land rigs, jack-ups, semisubmersibles, and drill ships. Gordon is a registered PE and is a certified IADC Supervisor (Level 4) combined surface/subsea well control instructor.

Dan Grunwald, Instructor, Alaska & Colorado Training Centers
Dan has a BS in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and he will be teaching IADC WellSharp well control classes in Colorado. Dan has twenty years of operational and teaching experience.

Tim Arnold, Lead Instructor 
Tim has a Petroleum Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, and has over thirty years of experience in drilling operations. Tim joined the MDS teaching staff after retiring from Marathon Oil Corporation in February 2011. Tim has a varied experience, working on land rigs, jack-ups, semisubmersibles, and drill ships. Tim is a certified IADC WellSharp and IWCF well control instructor.