Conservation Consultants, Inc.

CCI's Board of Directors

Executive Board

A. Apple White A. Apple White – President

Apple White, Vice President at BNY Mellon, is currently the global Environmental Sustainability Manager.  In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of environmental sustainability programs in the areas of energy consumption, resource consumption, carbon emissions, recycling, transportation, and sustainable design across the company’s entire geographically-diverse facilities portfolio. Additionally, Apple has been tasked with being an agent for change management by creating awareness of the program's key objectives and establishing communication and education programs company-wide.

Steve Moritz - Vice President

Steve Moritz is the President, CEO and one of the co-founders of Encentiv Energy.  In his former life, Steve was the Utility Optimization Practice Director for a consulting firm that provides strategic design and management of energy reduction programs. He also, was a consultant to CB Richard Ellis where he helped design and launch a global energy and sustainability management program targeting 50,000 buildings across the country. Steve and his wife Tammie love to spend their free time traveling and enjoying good food, whiskey and wine with family and friends. Steve is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program and is a member of the Executive Board of the Agency for Jewish Learning.

Katie Flynn Katharine Flynn CEM, LEED AP O&M - Secretary

Katie is currently the Energy Manager at Giant Eagle Inc. She has nearly ten years of diverse experience in sustainable building ranging from performing energy audits of multifamily buildings to carbon accounting. In her current role, Katie worked on WESCO’s internal sustainability program, tracking environmental performance and contributing to the overall corporate sustainability strategy, and assisting customers in meeting their sustainability related goals. She is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP O&M.

Randy Francisco – Treasurer

Randy grew up on a farm near the small town of Meadville Pennsylvania in the northwestern part of the state. He has been a Union organizer for SEIU and in 2004 began working with the Sierra Club. Randy is Western Pennsylvania's Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Team.

He has worked on many environmental issues mostly surrounding the Sierra Clubs Climate Recovery work. He is currently working in Pittsburgh and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania with communities being impacted negatively by the coal industry as well as working with renewable energy developers, businesses and supporters to increase the production of renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar. Randy also works to make sure we are using the energy we produce efficiently by pushing energy efficiency measures with supporters and large energy users.


Michael Aronson
Michael Aronson – Director

Michael brings many years of business experience to CCI.  He works as a manager for GlaxoSmithKline and has past experience as the Director of an Emergency Response Agency in Rochester, NY and founder ofmultiple startup companies.  In his leadership roles, he brings a passion for helping individuals discover and expand their skills and forhelping teams work together.  Michael earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his MBA from Canisius College. 

Kieran O'Dea Kieran O'Dea, CPA – Director

Mr. O’Dea currently serves as a shareholder in the Audit & Assurance Department of BDO USA, LLP. He has nearly 15 years of experience in public accounting and has been with the firm since 2002. A large concentration of the services he provides focuses on privately-held manufacturing, distribution and service companies.  Additionally, he provides buy and sell side due diligence assistance to the firm’s clients and is co-director of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services Group. In addition to his role as treasurer of CCI Kieran also serves as a board member for; the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation and the Turnaround Management Association. Kieran is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and a member of the Association for Corporate Growth.

 Cheryl Hall-Russell - Director

Cheryl oversees both the Hill House Association and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.  She manages senior staff, serves as a board member for both entities, leads fundraising initiatives, and participates in strategic planning and policy development.  A seasoned nonprofit executive with almost 20 years of experience in economic development, youth services, human resources and advocacy, she is also an author and researcher having published articles and books on the traditions of ethnic philanthropy.

Emily Loeb Emily A. Loeb – Director

Emily is Executive Director of the Gendler Grapevine. This project, which is national in scope, offers financial and informational support for innovative, effective, replicable, and lasting initiatives within the Jewish community that promote environmental sustainability and social justice. Prior to this role, she has worked as a consultant to facilitate community and economic development in underserved Native American communities.

She was drawn to CCI because of the organization's unique mission of addressing environmental sustainability in addition to social and economic justice. She grew up in Kansas City and relocated to Pittsburgh via Seattle with her husband and two children in 2011.

Bridget Gaussa - Director

Bridget currently works in real estate sales. She also, has more than 15 years of experience in commercial property management. She has experience with green building practices including successfully establishing a massive waste diversion plan where she prevented more than 60 tons of waste from being sent to a landfill.

Steven Albert - Director

Steve is an associate at Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel Architects where he has managed the restoration, demolition, redesign and construction of multiple commercial buildings. He chose to study sustainable building design at the ECOSA institute. Steve holds multiple certifications including AIA, NCARB, and LEED AP BD+C.
Matthew Mehalik - Director

Matt is the Program Manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh where he is building a network of companies who convene to tackle common-interest issues, and acts as a community leader in building performance programs like: Green Workplace Challenge, SWPA Sustainable Business Compact and Sustainable Small Business Compact. He has taught a variety of courses related to complex systems and the fundamentals of sustainable product innovation and design, including taking students to China and Brazil for hands on experience.  He has written multiple journal articles in the areas of engineering sustainability and engineering education.

Bill Miller - Director

Bill Miller is the COO and Vice President of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation. He has been involved in his company's mission is of providing strategic planning, development and direct management assistance for organizations seeking the acceleration of technology-based businesses and combating community decline in the City of Pittsburgh for 25+ years.

  Theodore M. Trbovich, Esq.

Mr. Trbovich earned a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University’s School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science, Education from the same university. He practices private law, and was the Assistant County Solicitor in the Allegheny County Law Department from 1981-2013. Mr. Trbovich has experience with non-profits Articles of Incorporations, By-Laws and Corporate Minutes.

Shane Gastecki, CPA - Director

Shane Gastecki joined Schneider Downs in 2009 and has experience providing service to not-for-profit, higher education, engineering, and manufacturing clients, as well as conducting audits of employee benefit plans. Shane provides accounting and assurance services to his client base, which includes planning and managing the execution of the firm’s accounting and auditing approach, gaining an understanding of client and industry risks, oversight of the preparation and review of the financial statements, and advising clients on the application of technical accounting matters

Karen Woods

Karen Wood is a CPA in public practice with the firm Ruzomberka Holland Renk Smith, where she specializes in small business and nonprofit accounting and consulting. Karen has extensive experience as a board member and consultant within diverse nonprofit organizations, particularly in the environmental movement in both Pennsylvania and in Oregon, where she lived from 1984 – 2000. Karen is a long-time advocate of conservation and alternative energy, helping to organize Eugene Oregon’s first “Energy Independence Day,” which brought utilities, alternative energy companies, and conservation activists together in downtown Eugene for an educational festival, and living off the grid herself for five years with a mini-hydroelectric system.

Frederic Sargent

Frederic Sargent – Director Emeritus

A native of Pittsburgh, Fred Sargent graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1962.