Our Board of Directors

Becky Campbell, Board President – Becky Campbell leads External Affairs at Leeward Renewables. She was previously the Manager, Government Affairs at First Solar, a leading global solar manufacturer and developer. Becky Campbell joined First Solar in 2015 and leads the company’s U.S. state government affairs efforts. In this role she frequently crafts, advocates and testifies in support of market enabling renewable energy policies before state legislatures and local governments. She held prior roles in the company’s business development and market development teams where she advanced community solar opportunities and originated business opportunities with electric utilities. Becky also currently serves on the board of directors for the Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association and the Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association. Becky’s previous roles include positions at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), where she was the association’s Senior Manager of Research & Advisory Services, and the Pennsylvania State Energy Office, where she designed and managed the $100 million PA Sunshine solar rebate program and supported the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority grant program. Becky has a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Penn State University and an M.S.in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Becky resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Andrew Baram, Board Treasurer – Andrew is the Director of Finance and Administration at South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) where he manages the development and execution of all projects related to finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, IT, administration, and facilities. Andrew worked for PNC Financial Servies for almost 20 years, where he held multiple positions. Andrew received his Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Penn State, and he served in the PeaceCorps in Uzbekistan. Andrew currently lives in Mt. Lebanon.

 

Sel Edor, Board Secretary– Sel Edor is the Market Director (Renewables) for the BAI Group, LLC. He also serves as an associate pastor and board member at his local church in State College, Pennsylvania. At BAI, Sel leads the development of renewable energy projects for local governments, non-profits, and Commercial and Industrial (C&I) clients. He also plays a critical role in the company’s utility scale solar development efforts. To date, BAI Group, LLC has originated or developed over 275 megawatts (MW) of solar. Previously, Sel led sales and marketing at Sun Directed, a residential solar design and install firm that serves Pennsylvania. Sel graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Information Science and Technology

 

Gina Johnson, Founding Board Director

Gina served as the PA Solar Center President for four years. Gina is currently a consultant for CSR/Sustainability Strategy & Communications Consultant for BuzzWord, Inc. She formerly served as director of programs at the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh, responsible for advancing programs that align the region’s environmental, social and governance needs through sustainability practices and reporting. Previously she was a corporate social responsibility (CSR) analyst at BNY Mellon, involved in global CSR strategy and reporting. Before working in business sustainability, Gina had a career as editor-in-chief and content strategist at brands including Solar Today, Durability + Design, and Energy Customer Management. She chairs the American Solar Energy Society Fellows Screening Committee and serves as chief sustainability officer of the Blue Stream Farms aquaponics project-based learning program for high school students. Gina has been named a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society and received Duquesne University’s inaugural Excellence in MBA Sustainable Business Practices award. Gina lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jeaneen Zappa, Founding Board Director

Jeaneen served as the Board Secretary for four years. Jeaneen is the Executive Director of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). She formerly served as the executive director of the the Pittsburgh, PA-based non-profit, Conservation Consultants Inc., which focused on residential energy efficiency and healthy home performance.  With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, her background and expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership and client relationships to program development. Jeaneen’s prior work as Sustainability Manager of Allegheny County fostered a clear understanding of the complexities facing local governments. Currently, Jeaneen serves on the Policy Advisory Committee of the PA Weatherization Assistance Program, the national conference session selection panel for the Building Performance Association, and locally on the Board of Directors of NeighborWorks Western PA. Jeaneen lives in Shaler Township, outside of Pittsburgh.

Camila Rivera-Tinsley, Board Director

Camila Rivera-Tinsley is the director of education and the director of the Frick Environmental Center, for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She leads the Conservancy’s growing slate of all-ages, environmental education programming and helms the Frick Environmental Center, the first publicly owned Living Building in the United States. Before serving in her current role, she attended The Pennsylvania State University and subsequently secured a position at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, where she worked for 14 years, stewarding programming and mentoring hundreds of students and early career professionals. While there, she realized that urban environmental education and ensuring the diversity of the field, was her true life’s passion. She helped to start a small environmental non-profit focused on people of color and continues to use her voice to highlight the concerns of underserved populations. With an extensive background in environmental education, horticulture, permaculture, and urban agriculture, Rivera-Tinsley serves on the Environmental Education Advisory Council for the state of PA, the board of The Pennsylvania Association for Environmental Education. She is also active on leadership team of Pittsburgh’s Black Environmental Network, and The Outdoor Inclusion Coalition. Camila’s 17-year history of serving her community through her profession, volunteer work, and as an adviser to environmental organizations of color have formed and cemented her passion for providing opportunities to connect all peoples to green spaces and opportunities for sustainability initiatives, in their community. Her true motivation lies in creating a more verdant and inclusive future for her 15-year-old daughter.

 

 Student Board Director – This position will be announced soon.

 

 


Alumni Board Directors

  • Joy Bergey, Founding Board Director and Secretary – 2019-2021
  • James M. (Jamie) Van Nostrand, Founding Board Director – 2019-2022
  • Andrew Chabot, Founding Board Director and Treasurer – 2019-2023
  • Anjali Ankula, Founding Student Board Director – 2020-2023

 

Our Staff

Sharon Pillar
Founder and Executive Director

Sharon Pillar is the founder and executive director of the Pennsylvania Solar Center, which she started in 2018 because the state was not realizing its full potential for clean energy and there was a noticeable gap of information and organizing activity to move solar energy forward. Sharon believes that solar energy will be a major contributor to the new energy economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs in our state, and will bring billions of dollars of investment to our communities and play an important role in decreasing carbon and air pollution. Sharon also owns the Hot Earth Collaborative LLC, a consultancy she started in 2013 to advance clean energy markets that transform our communities, economy and environment. Since 2016 she has also consulted for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) as their Pennsylvania Advocate working with businesses across the state to advocate for clean energy. During her seven years at PennFuture, Sharon served as the Project Manager for solar programs and worked as a climate change advocate. Prior to her work in clean energy, Sharon worked in the pharmaceutical research field for 15 years. Sharon holds an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary’s-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN, and a B.A. in Psychology from Mansfield State University in Mansfield, PA.

Currently lives:  Coraopolis, a walkable, main street community in western PA along the Ohio River.

Grew up:  Wellsboro, PA, in the beautiful mountains of Tioga County, PA, which instilled a love of the outdoors and community in me.

Passions in life:  Camping, hiking, kayaking, exploring Main Street towns, baking pies and poetry writing.

Favorite solar installation:  Global Links, because it was the first project we helped to go solar in 2020, and they are such an amazing organization.

 

Matt Mahoney
Director of Government Affairs

Matt Mahoney is the Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Solar Center. Matt has advanced clean energy policy over the past 10 years in Pennsylvania with a focus on energy efficiency resource standards and public/private clean energy financing.

Before joining the Pennsylvania Solar Center, Matt worked with Plug Smart, a regional energy services and building automation company, to develop Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) opportunities throughout the Midwest. Prior to Plug Smart, Matt served as the Western Pennsylvania Program Manager for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), a Pennsylvania-based trade association for the energy efficiency industry. During his time with KEEA, Matt successfully advocated for the adoption of C-PACE among county governments in Western Pennsylvania. Before KEEA, Matt worked with the Center for Responsible Shale Development where he served the inaugural President and Board of Directors to mitigate air emissions and protect water system related to natural gas development in the Appalachian Basin.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology from Slippery Rock University and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems from Penn State University. Matt is also an adjunct professor teaching Energy Policy at Chatham University, a military veteran that served honorably, and a member of the Greenfield Community Association Board of Directors.

Currently lives:  Greenfield, a residential community in the City of Pittsburgh

Grew up:  Bairdford, PA, a small coal town in Western Pennsylvania surrounded by farmland.

Passion in life:  Reading, teaching, and spending time with my wife, daughters and our three cats

Favorite solar installation:  Mill 19 in Hazelwood because it represents the regions energy transition

 

Leo Kowalski
Director of Transformation

Leo Kowalski is the Director of Transformation for the Pennsylvania Solar Center, administering a variety of programs including coordinating educational outreach and leading the Galvanizing our Energy Transition (G.E.T.) Solar program. Leo spent nearly a decade working his way up through the renewable energy industry, from the quite literal dirty work of processing used vegetable oil into usable automotive fuel at the Braddock-based Fossil Free Fuels, to operating as the National Business Development Manager for national renewable energy retailer, Green Mountain Energy. He realized his passion to return to working in his community when he joined the Solar Center in 2019. Leo has a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Currently lives:  Millvale, a riverfront community with a storied energy history and a vision for a sustainable future.

Grew up:  Bakerton, a tiny, rural community with no stoplights and a low three-figure population north of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Passion in life:  Homesteading on my ½ acre of sloping hilltop, mushroom-hunting, volleyball, biking, and designing board games as part of the upstart Pittsburgh design company, Tunnel Monster Collective.

Favorite solar installation:  Millvale Community Library was the first installation on which I worked in my capacity at Green Mountain Energy. Through this project, and the genuine passion of Millvale’s community leaders, I fell in love with—and moved to—the neighborhood soon thereafter.

 

Amelia Eggan
Sr. Program Manager, Special Projects & Strategy

Amelia is a Sr. Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Solar Center, working primarily in the G.E.T. Solar Program assisting organizations and communities with solar feasibility analyses and the PASC team with program organization and development. Amelia also leads the volunteer PA SolarCorps program that maps the solar potential of communities. Amelia has years of experience working in the sustainability community in Pittsburgh, most recently with ZeroFossil focusing on small business development and sustainable events, and an early career focus on community engagement and education development. Amelia received a BA in Applied Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and more recently a Masters of Sustainability from Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability, focusing on sustainable community development and project management.

 Currently lives:  Plum Borough, near Boyce Park, on the outskirts of Allegheny County

Grew up:  in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Early childhood Penn Hills, then later Murrysville where I graduated high school.

 Passion in life: Hiking and running with my dog, kayaking, enjoying concerts and music with friends, cooking & cookouts with my family, learning about awesome sustainability projects, and making new connections!

 Favorite solar installation:  Solar powered safety lighting along a portion of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail in Homestead, just outside of Pittsburgh. This was my first time on a large installation, and I got to spend weeks learning more about solar and battery backup systems along the river!

 

Jon Bunyaratapan
Sr. Program Manager, Technical Lead

Jon Bunyaratapan is a Sr. Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Solar Center, focused on the Galvanizing our Energy Transition (G.E.T.) Solar Initiative, and serves as the organization’s Technical Lead. Jon also oversees the solar developer network. Jon has worked in the solar industry for over four years, beginning in Maui, HI as a commercial solar technician. He has also held roles in solar installation, procurement, estimating and project engineering and project management. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems from Penn State.

Currently Lives: Glenshaw, right down the street from Hartwood Acres.

 Grew Up: Lancaster, PA, a lively, small city surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Passions in life: Exploring the outdoors on foot, bike or kayak with my wife and daughter, and learning more about renewable energy every day.

Favorite solar installation: Tröegs Brewery in Hershey because it combines two things I love: beer and solar energy.

 

Gretchen Dlugolecki
Consulting Communications Director

Gretchen Dlugolecki has spent the past 13 years promoting brands and ideas through a combination of tried-and-true public relations methods and targeted digital media campaigns. She has overseen content creation and performance for large corporations, political candidates and action committees, small businesses, and nonprofits, and in freelance, in-house, and agency settings. Gretchen also has a firm grasp on how public policy is made, having spent eight years in policy analysis and communications in the state House of Representatives and the Department of Education.

Gretchen earned her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Philadelphia, where she’s a member of the South Philadelphia Kiwanis Club (Charter President 2017-2018) and where she serves on the marketing committee for the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Currently lives:  South Philadelphia, PA — not far from the Italian market (and Pat’s and Geno’s!).

Grew up:  Mechanicsburg, PA, just outside the State Capitol, which played a role in drawing me into the world of state politics.

Passions in life:  Reading, plant-based cooking, yoga, traveling (I lived and worked in France for almost two years in my twenties), and spending time with my family, friends, and two cats, Coco and Harry. Oh, and the Oxford comma!

Favorite solar installation:  Happy Valley Winery, because sustainable wine is the best wine.