Conservation Consultants, Inc.

CCI's Board of Directors

Executive Board

Michael Aronson
Michael Aronson – President

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 of multiple startup companies.  In his leadership roles, he brings a passion for helping individuals discover and expand their skills and for helping teams work together.  Michael earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his MBA from Canisius College.  Michael was recently voted in as President of the Board at CCI.
Andrew Lang Andrew Lang – Vice President

Mr. Lang is a registered architect who specializes in real estate development; including zoning analysis, programming, planning, development, design, and construction of new and renovated buildings.  Mr. Lang also has extensive experience in the performance of Property Condition Assessments and Reserve Term Analysis of office, retail, institutional, hotel, medical, and industrial facilities.  Currently serving as the Director of Development Services with Oxford Development Company, Mr. Lang is primarily responsible for assembling multidisciplinary teams to pursue competitive proposals as well as performing a wide array of evaluation studies produced by Oxford Development Company.

Kieran O'Dea
Kieran O'Dea, CPA – Treasurer

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.
A. Apple White A. Apple White – Secretary

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.


Matthew Barron Matthew Barron – Director

Katie Flynn
Katie Flynn - Director

Katie is currently an Energy & Sustainability Specialist with WESCO Distribution. 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 works 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 – Director

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.

 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.
Stephen Hockley Stephen Hockley, MBA, LEED AP: EBOM – Director

As Sustainability Process Manager at evolveEA, a leading consulting firm in Western PA, Steve works as a strategic sustainability and green building consultant for organizations of all shapes and sizes in and around the Pittsburgh Region.  Steve is a graduate of Duquesne University’s Sustainable MBA Program, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Existing Buildings.  He is a passionate and creative change advocate for strategic business practices that generate strong triple bottom line performance, and his thought leadership in sustainable business, green buildings and organizational behavior makes him a unique asset to CCI’s Board of Directors.
Emily Loeb Emily A. Loeb – Director

Emily Loeb 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.
Frederic Sargent
Frederic Sargent – Director
A native Pittsburgh, Fred Sargent graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1962. 

Advisory Board

Katie Anderson
Tingle Barnes
Michael E. Braxton
Ann Buckman
Rose Carberry
Jeanne Clark
Andrew Csech
Nancy Fales
Rick Landesberg
Nick Pasciullo
Rick Rothhaar
Thomas B. Sturges
Joshua C. Whetzel, III