Advisory Committee of the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

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

Through the making of grants and program-related investments, the fund promotes 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 Committee consists of not fewer than seven nor more than nine positions. The term of a committee member is two years and members may serve a total of six terms.

The fund is seeking nominations for the following position:

  • A representative from an independent power producer

Interested parties are eligible for nomination and consideration by the Advisory Committee. Candidates for nomination to the Advisory Committee 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 or 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 and the Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund, as well as relevant newsletters and other sources.  There is no financial compensation for Committee 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 more than 10 years experience in energy procurement. Frank represents the industrial user group.

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.

Davitt Woodwell is president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. He formerly held these positions at the council: vice president, regional director, and staff attorney. Davitt represents the environmental community perspective.

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