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Board of Directors

*Note: The Board of Directors are also members of the Leadership Council

John Easoz
Board President

President – Solar PV Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

  • At Solar PV Conslting, has developed a client base of over forty solar companies, ranging from startups to well established solar PV firms, worked in the solar industry since 1985, with over 40 years of experience in energy engineering and research, solar PV development and manufacturing, and technical and corporate management
  • Concurrently works as CEO of Direct Gain Consulting, LLC, an executive level consulting firm specializing in the renewable energy industry
  • Has also worked in the areas of nuclear fusion development, surface/particle interactions, ion beam physics, crystal growth, thermal hydraulics, and control systems development while employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and holds two patents.
The Honorable Tom Stevenson

Partner – Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates
Mt. Lebanon, PA

  • Former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (served 10 years), and former Commissioner of Mt. Lebanon (served 7 years)
  • Attorney at Law, a Graduate of Penn State University and Western New England College School of Law
  • Launched Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates to supply electric power and solar energy generation in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Chad Forcey
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
Camp Hill, PA
(Full bio can be found on staff page.)
The Honorable Chuck McIlhinney
Pennsylvania State Senator, 2007-2019
Bucks County, PA

  • Former member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, 2007-2019, previously was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1998-2006
  • Served on the borough council of Doylestown, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1996, also served as Director of the Bucks County Office of Employment and Training
  • Holds a B.S. degree in finance from Bryant College
Ed Johnstonbaugh
Education Program Associate for Energy, Business and Community Vitality, Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences
Washington County, PA

  • Works exclusively on building renewable energy capacity through education, the development of well-designed public policy, reconfiguration of the modern transmission and distribution grids, and the design and leveraging of equitable incentives, at Penn State Extension has led a number of funded programs including the Pennsylvania Wood Energy Team, the Renewable Energy for Municipal Authorities project and the Farm Energy IQ program
  • Founded and, since 2008, has led the Future Times Energy renewable energy aggregation group, with over 400 customer generators and an installed capacity of over seven megawatts
  • Holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems from Penn State University. Ed also serves on the Environmental Quality Board in Peters Township, PA where he resides

Leadership Council

John Storey
Harrisburg Director, Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
Camp Hill, PA

(Full bio can be found on staff page.)
Brian Kennedy
SVP for Operations and Government Affairs
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh, PA

  • The Pittsburgh Technology Council is an advocate for local tech-focused businesses in the Pittsburgh region and helps to make connections and create a better business climate, serves in the field of Government Relations, where he supports the work on the Council with advocacy and outreach,
  • Previous service includes work as a mentor with the German Marshall Fund, and board positions with Standing Firm SWPA and the Local Government Academy. 
  • Prior to joining the Tech Council, Brian worked in community and economic development for the U.S. Senate. Brian is a graduate of Gannon University.
David Jason
Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates
Mt. Lebanon, PA

  • Co-founder of Green Roads Energy, LLC and Iceburgh Associates, LLC with Tom Stevenson and Paul Steigerwald, in 2011
  • Led prior initiatives in the commercial insurance industry and commercial real estate financing. Through his work in helping secure venture capital for new business startups, David developed a strong interest in the renewable energy sector 
  • Veteran of the USAF/PAANG and served both on active duty and in the reserves. He trained as a Security Forces Police Officer and was deployed abroad to Japan and Jordan. Served four consecutive terms on the Scott Township Board of Commissioners since first being elected to that position in 2001. He is currently serving as Board President. David is a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
Mark DeSantis
CEO - RoadBotics

Pittsburgh, PA

  • CEO of RoadBotics, leaders in applied technology development, responsible for smartphone road inspection tech to diagnose road defects, previously co-founded and was Executive Chairman of kWantix, an energy hedge fund (acquired by Moody Aldrich Hedge Fund), previously co-founded and was CEO of kWantera, a GE Ventures-backed energy predictive analytics company and Think Through Learning, a venture-backed online tutoring company (acquired by Imagine Learning)
  • Served as the director of government relations for Texas Instruments and earlier served in policy positions in Washington, D.C. including as a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Commerce, both in the Administration of George H. W. Bush. Also worked for the late U.S. Senator John Heinz
  • Currently an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and has lectured at Princeton University and Dartmouth College, served previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. Mark holds a BA and MBA from the University of Dayton, an MS in Technology Management from The American University and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University.
The Honorable Jim Seif
PA Department of Environmental Protection, 1995 - 2001
Philadelphia, PA

  • Served as PA Secretary of Environmental Protection from 1994-2000, awarded the Lifetime Award of Public Service from the National Academy of Public Administration for his work as Secretary, Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA, 1985-1994 
  • Served as Vice President of Corporate Relations for PPL, Inc., as Principal of the Energy and Environmental Practice at Ridge Global, LLC, a strategic consulting firm in Washington D.C., and currently, maintains his own consulting practice, serves on the board of BioChem Technology Inc., a water pollution control company in King of Prussia, and is on the Advisory Committee of the Dick Thornburgh Forum of Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Began his career in the US Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh where he prosecuted some of the earliest environmental cases of the modern era. In 1977, Jim joined the Dick Thornburgh gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania and served as administrative assistant to the Governor for six years until becoming a lobbyist for AT&T.
Jerry Pickel
Pickel’s Wildlife Services
York County, PA

  • Founder of Pickel’s Wildlife Services, a wildlife managing company in York County, Pennsylvania. Jerry is an avid outdoorsman, trapper, hunter and angler
  • Served as a National Trustee for Ducks Unlimited, also a Life Sponsor member, and is a member of the following organizations: Pennsylvania Trappers Association, National Trapper Association, North American Trap Collectors Association, Amateur Trap Shooter’s Association, Handyman’s Club of America and the Starview Sportsmen’s Association
  • Served as a Hunter-Trapper Education Instructor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and served as State and Regional Director for the National Wildlife Control Operators Association; began his career with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State, where he majored in both Civil Engineering and Forestry, and minored in Surveying
The Honorable John Lehman

U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987
Bucks County, PA

  • Served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy from 1981-1987, responsible for the management of 1.2 million people with an annual budget of $95 billion, prior to serving as Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Lehman was President of Abington Corporation, served on the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as a senior aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House. Dr. Lehman also served as an aviator in the U.S. Air Force and Navy
  • Dr. Lehman is a founding partner of the John F. Lehman Company. Immediately prior to forming JFLCO, Dr. Lehman spent three years as a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at PaineWebber, Inc.
  • National Board Service and Education:
    • Overseer, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
    • Chairman, Princess Grace Foundation
    • 9/11 Commission
    • National Defense Commission
    • St. Joseph’s University, B.S.; Cambridge University, B.A. and M.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
Barry Moore
CEO - Moore Energy
Moore Energy
Bucks County, PA

  • Founded Moore Energy LLC, to address the lack of businesses in Pennsylvania providing a single source solution for the design, cost-benefit analysis, and the installation of solar energy systems
  • Previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Anglo Irish Bank, prior to that he was an Executive Vice president at GMAC Commercial Mortgage
  • Currently involved in a number of nonprofit activities to preserve the environment, including his service as President of the Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County. Barry serves as an elected member of his local Township Board of Supervisors
Mike Feeney
CEO - Feeney's Wholesale Nursery
CEO - Feeney's Wholesale Nursery
Bucks County, PA
  • Owner/Operator of Feeney's Wholesale Nursery, a production nursery located in central Bucks County, specializing in Pennsylvania hardwood deciduous trees
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors and as Governent Affairs Committee Chair for the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
  • Volunteer and donor for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Tree Tenders Program, and has participated in urban revitalization and tree planting efforts throughout Philadelphia and by direct advocacy in Washington, DC
The Honorable Jim Cawley
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Temple University
32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Bucks County, PA

  • Served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from 2011- 2015, where he honed a unique understanding of how various strategic improvements can lift Pennsylvania’s economy and trajectory, brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships, and helped to lead Pennsylvania's emergence as a national energy leader,
  • Currently serves as Temple University’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, where he directs the university’s fundraising and alumni relations, to ensure Temple’s mission of providing affordable, accessible, diverse and high-quality education,
  • Prior to Temple, served as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, recieved a B.S. from Temple (cum laude) and a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law.
Ron Gdovic

President & CEO – WINDSTAX Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Founded WINDSTAX Inc., a full-service developer of integrated alternative energy solutions and a pioneer in large vertical wind turbines and microgrid,
  • Previously served as President of Digital Media & Marketing Division at Mace Security International, Inc., as Executive Director of InSITeS, the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society, and as Executive Director of 3 Rivers Connect.
  • Has over 20 years of business experience and holds both a B.A. Degree and M.S. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dilip Limaye
President & CEO, SRC Global, Inc.; Global Energy Consultant

SRC Global, Inc. Global Energy Consultant

Newtown Square, PA

  • A highly accomplished entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 40 years of international success in financing clean-tech and numerous verticals of energy. A trusted financial advisor and consultant, providing services to organizations in more than 50 countries with a proven ability to assist companies implement innovative initiatives while ensuring regulatory compliance and driving sustainable growth.
  • Areas of expertise include strategic business planning, climate change mitigation, utilities, fund-raising, financial structuring, global expansion, international joint ventures, program design, contract negotiation, and reverse mergers. Mr. Limaye serves as a member of the International Energy Advisory Council, as a senior advisor and consultant to the World Bank, and as Chair of the Advisory Council for the International Institute for Energy Conservation.

Mr. Limaye is a Ph.D. Candidate at Drexel University for Alternative Energy Systems; a Ph.D. Candidate at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania for International Business; holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Cornell University; and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian University of Technology, Bombay

Dan Laughlin

State Senator Dan Laughlin
49th District
Erie County

Senator Dan Laughlin was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2016 to represent the 49th Senatorial District, which includes most of Erie County. He was reelected for a second term in November 2020.

Senator Laughlin serves as Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and Vice Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. He serves as a member of four other Senate Committees: Appropriations; Community, Economic and Recreational Development; Law & Justice; and State Government. He also serves as the Senate representative on the
Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, one of Pennsylvania’s six veterans’ homes.

Born in Erie and raised in the Erie Heights housing project, Senator Dan Laughlin is the son of a decorated World War II combat veteran who worked as a union carpenter and a mother who assembled fighter planes at the Curtis Wright Plant in Buffalo.

One of four children, Senator Laughlin contributed to the family income during his formative years by mowing lawns, delivering the Erie Daily Times, working at a strawberry farm and being employed as a vertical lathe worker and homebuilder.

Senator Laughlin joined his brother’s construction firm and later bought into the company as a full partner. Today, Laughlin Builders is one of the region’s premier builders of quality homes. Twenty years later, the brothers formed Waste Away, a trash disposal company, which they later sold to Pro Waste Corp. Their portfolio of companies expanded to include Clear Water Foam, an insulating firm, as well as Laughlin Properties, a rental company.

As a small business owner, Senator Laughlin strongly supports policies and programs that create jobs, limit government spending and ease the tax and regulatory burden on job-creators. A strong advocate for government reform, he is committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people he serves.

Senator Laughlin is married to the former Peggy Schneider, a mechanical engineer. They have two sons, Spencer and Nathaniel, and a daughter, Sinclaire. The family attends Grace Church in McKean.