About Norstar Petroleum Inc.

Key Personnel

Mr. Burchardt moved from Norway to earn a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1977.  Following employment with Exxon and Anadarko in Louisiana, Kansas and Colorado as a senior reservoir and production engineer, he founded Norstar Petroleum Inc. in 1989.  His experience at the time included onshore and offshore reservoir and operational experience in oil and gas properties, waterflooding, CO2, polymer, chemical flooding and joint operations.  Mr. Burchardt has been responsible for the consistent growth of the company throughout the many business cycles.  Mr. Burchardt is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, and has been a long-term volunteer Board Member of the Denver Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Per Burchardt




303-925-0696 ext. 113

Patsy Botts

Land Manager                                                                        



303-925-0696 ext. 120

Ms. Botts is a Certified Professional Landman and serves as Land Manager for Norstar Petroleum Inc.  She has been employed by Norstar since 2001 and oversees land, leasing and the legal matters for the corporation.  She began her landman career in 1974 working for numerous companies in both Denver and San Antonio, Texas.  During this time, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from Regis University.  Ms. Botts is a member of the DAPL, WAPL, and AAPL.

Mr. Pfeiffer graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May 2011 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a double minor in Geology and Economics.  Mr. Pfeiffer spent his first year of employment with Devon Energy Corporation in Riverton, WY working the Wind River Basin, learning on such projects as the Beaver Creek Madison CO2 Flood and Riverton Dome CBNG project.  Prior to graduation, Mr. Pfeiffer worked two summers for Luca Technologies in Golden, CO and Gillette, WY working on their microbial-producing CBNG project.  Mr. Pfeiffer started with Norstar in July 2012 and handles the daily operational supervision as well as production and reservoir engineering projects.

Brady Pfeiffer

Engineering Manager                                                                      



303-925-0696 ext. 115

Katy Burchardt

Office Manager                                                          



303-925-0696 ext. 121

Ms. Burchardt graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in International Studies.  Katy is Per Burchardt’s youngest daughter, and throughout the years she has worked periodically for Norstar during her summer vacations and other school breaks, helping her dad out and learning about the family business.  Ms. Burchardt has been working full time for Norstar since 2012, assisting in matters such as accounting, engineering tech support, environmental compliance, and various IT support.

Mrs. Buffington moved to Colorado from Grand Island, Nebraska.  She studied business at the Denver Women's College.  Mrs. Buffington has been working full time for Norstar since August of 2008.  She is responsible for a variety of tasks, most notably bookkeeping and accounting.

Joanie Buffington

Administrative Assistant                                                                                    



303-925-0696 ext. 110

Suzanne Mazza




303-925-0696 ext. 117

Mrs. Mazza has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and previous work experience with independent oil and gas companies.  Her responsibilities include lease acquisition, title curative, and assignment preparation.  Mrs. Mazza  manages the lease records system for Norstar’s properties.