Conservation Consultants, Inc.

CCI's Board of Directors

Executive Board

Theodore M. Trbovich, Esq. - President

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.
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

Matthew Mehalik - Treasurer

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.


A. Apple White A. Apple White – Director

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.
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.

Bridget Gaussa - Director

Bridget is Director of Business Development at Cribs for Kids. 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.

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.

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 Wood - Director

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.

Erika Staaf Strassburger - Director

Erika Staaf Strassburgher is the Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman. Erika has led local, state, and federal campaigns on a variety of issues that impact the Pittsburgh region, including river restoration, air quality, shale gas extraction and voting rights. She has more than ten years of experience in management, fundraising, environmental advocacy, grassroots engagement and coalition-building

Brandon Nicholson - Director

An accredited architecture and real estate professional founder of NK Architects, Nicholson is actively involved in the design and development of high performance, zero energy buildings, advocating for policy advancement that leads to sustainable urban environments and more attractive neighborhoods. Nicholson is passionate about reducing the impact of buildings on global climate change, utilizing his research and development projects to establish a cost effective method to deliver net zero energy buildings now. An advocate of Passive House design and building standards, Nicholson was instrumental in Seattle’s acceptance of Passive House as a green building incentive.

Joseph Freudenberg, Esq. - Director

Joe Freudenberg has over twenty years of environmental law experience. He is currently employed as Environmental Counsel at Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Inc. In the past, Freudenberg represented clients in all aspects of environmental law, including various compliance issues, hazardous site litigation, and business transactions
Frederic Sargent

Frederic Sargent – Director Emeritus

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