Advisory Committee of the Met Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

The Met Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund is seeking nominees for the Advisory Board.

Through the distribution of grants and other forms of capital, the funds promote the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies, energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable energy businesses, and projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories.

The Advisory Board consists of not fewer than seven nor more than nine positions. The term of a board member is two years and members may serve a total of six terms.

The funds are seeking nominations for the following position:

  • A representative from an environmental group

Interested parties are eligible for nomination and consideration by the Advisory Board. Candidates for nomination to the Advisory Board will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Experience and skills related to specifically slotted positions
  • An understanding of and empathy for mission-related decision-making in keeping with prudent financial considerations
  • Ability to work collaboratively and with people with divergent interests
  • Able to meet by conference call and in-person at various Pennsylvania locations up to six times per year

This announcement is made in keeping with the best practices of the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Board (PASEB) and is being distributed on the websites of the Public Utility Commission, the Met/Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, the Berks County Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, as well as relevant newsletters and other sources.  There is no financial compensation for Board service. This notice may be forwarded to interested parties.


Heidi Williamson
Berks County Community Foundation
237 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
(610) 685-2223

Mike Kane
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
116 Market St., Suite 4
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 536-7741

Current Members

Mary Beth Smialek, Chair, is the Manager of Compliance and Human Services of First Energy Corporation. She holds an MBA from Penn State University. Mary Beth represents utility groups.

Tim Booth is the General Manager of EnergyObjective, a company of Shipley Energy in York, Pa. He holds an MBA from Millersville University.

Scott Gebhardt is the Energy Utility and Conservation Analyst for the Pennsylvania Public Utility. He earned a BA in Science from Westminster College . Scott is a non-voting member of the Advisory Committee representing the interest of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Brian J. Hill is a program officer with the Richard King Mellon Foundation, based in Pittsburgh. He is rejoining the SEF committee, having formerly been its chairman. Brian is currently on the board of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and Riverlife and, among other positions, has served as CEO and President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and chair of the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council.

Frank Plank is the  Manager of Purchasing for Knouse Foods Corporation, Inc. He has over ten years experience in energy procurement. Frank represents the industrial user group.

John Ubinger is currently an environmental policy advisor and conflict resolution practitioner. His professional career includes 35 years of practicing environmental law in the industrial sector, 20 years as an environmental conflict resolution educator in graduate degree programs at Duquesne University, and, most recently, five years as a senior vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. He has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions with environmental nonprofit organizations and advisory panels throughout his career. On the Met Ed / Penelec SEF, Jack represents the environmental community perspective.

Beverly Weaver is the Weatherization Coordinator for the Erie County Housing Authority. She has worked for the housing authority for more than 25 years.

Gregory J. Winger is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Commercial Banking at First National Bank of PA/FNB Corporation. He has been with the bank for 16 years and is involved in many community organizations in the Johnstown area.

Chady Zablit has over twenty years’ experience in the manufacturing industry of power generation, pulp and paper, tissue converting, plastic film extrusion and packaging. During that time he has acquired professional experience in design, production process research and development, and project management. He currently serves as General Manager of both Phoenix Technology Holdings and its subsidiary, Evergreen Community Power, both located in Reading. Evergreen Community Power is a 32-employee steam generation biomass plant with sale of $15 million to both an adjacent paper mill and the grid.

Advisory Committee members are required to complete a conflict of interest form each year.

Click here to access the form.

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Berks County Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies