Board Secretary &
Chad Forcey has served in public policy since 1998, and has focused on conservation and small business growth throughout his career. He previously ran his own environmental consulting firm, and spent five years as State Affairs Director for the Irrigation Association (IA). At the IA, he fought to advance water conservation and efficient technologies across the 50 states. Chad built public/private partnerships in California and Texas to reduce potable water use during drought emergencies, and increase the use of smart irrigation controllers, surface and sub-surface high efficiency systems in the landscape and agricultural sectors. Chad also represented the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association for six years, where he drafted and implemented legislation on right to farm, immigration reform, and green infrastructure. He achieved an $11.6 billion federal appropriation for landscape revitalization, and secured $33 million for urban air and water quality projects in Philadelphia. Chad began his career in public service as an aide with the Virginia House of Delegates, as Personal Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Chad is a member of the Penn State Agriculture Council, and provides industry and conservation advice to the U.S. Senate as a member of the Agriculture Advisory Team. He holds a Bachelors of Science in History from Liberty University, and has completed coursework towards a law degree from Penn State.
President – Solar PV Consulting & CEO – Direct Gain Consulting, LLC
John R. Easoz currently operates Solar PV Consulting, a consulting firm providing services in areas of strategic business planning and assessment, operations startup, and equipment and process evaluation related to the international photovoltaic (PV) solar industry. Since January 2009, he has developed a client base of over forty companies, ranging from startups to well established PV firms, and covering the value chain from silicon production through installed systems. He has worked in this industry since 1985, and has over 40 years of experience in energy engineering and research, PV development and manufacturing, and technical and corporate management. John is concurrently CEO, and a director of Direct Gain Consulting, LLC. This company is an executive level consulting firm specializing in the renewable energy industry.
Until 2009, John was COO of Solar Power Industries (SPI), where he was responsible for company operations including strategic planning, manufacturing, engineering, research, sales, human resources, and general administration, moving SPI from a startup in 2003 to a company with over $80MM in sales in 2008. SPI is a vertically integrated solar cell manufacturer, which also produces silicon ingots and wafers. Prior to starting SPI, John was Vice President and co-founder of EBARA Solar Inc., an R&D company dedicated to the development of dendritic web silicon processes. He 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. John has authored or co-authored over twenty-five technical publications and has two patents.
Partner – Green Roads Solar Energy & Iceburgh Associates
Tom Stevenson is a partner of Green Roads Solar Energy and Iceburgh Associates. A native of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and Western New England College School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Pennsylvania.
Active in community affairs, Tom has and continues to serve on numerous board of directors for various non-profit entities. He is also a founding member of the Mt. Lebanon Sunrise Rotary Club. Tom was a Mt. Lebanon Commissioner for seven years and served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for ten years.
Green Roads Energy, LLC and Iceburgh Associates, LLC were formed in 2011 to provide energy services to business, government, and non-profit clients. These two companies provide innovative programs for supplying electric power and building solar energy generation systems in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
President & CEO – WINDSTAX Inc.
WINDSTAX Inc. is a full-service developer of integrated alternative energy solutions. The company is a pioneer in large vertical wind turbines and microgrids that are changing industry’s perspective of energy as a commodity to energy as an opportunity. Ronald Gdovic serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at WINDSTAX Inc. Prior to starting Windstax, Ron served as President of Digital Media & Marketing Division at Mace Security International, Inc. and served as its Chief Operating Officer of the segment. Prior to Mace, he served as Executive Director of InSITeS, the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of 3 Rivers Connect, a cutting-edge technology company resolved to establish Greater Pittsburgh as the leader in advancing social, educational, and economic development agendas through information technology. He has over 20 years of business experience. Ron holds both a B.A. Degree and M.S. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Temple University
32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jim Cawley is Temple University’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. As vice president, he directs the university’s fundraising and alumni relations operations to ensure Temple’s mission of providing affordable, accessible, diverse and high-quality education.
Jim has been part of the Temple family for over 25 years. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991 and a law degree from the Beasley School of Law in 1994. An active alumnus, he also served as a Commonwealth Trustee at Temple from 2011 until his appointment as vice president.
With a long career in the service of others, both regionally and nationally, Jim has significant experience with fundraising, organizational advancement and addressing the needs of the surrounding community. As president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, he led the organization’s work to improve Education, Financial Stability and Health for the region’s most vulnerable populations. He oversaw UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to drive measurable, lasting impact.
As the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jim honed a unique understanding of how various strategic improvements can lift the entire region. He also brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships. Prior to being elected to statewide office, Jim served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and as a member of the board of the Bristol Township School District.
In the community, Jim has served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as trustee of Bucks County Community College and Manor College.