Charles Cross is the former President of United Oil Company, a specialty industrial lubricants manufacturer founded in 1906 with products specially designed to assist customers with increasing productivity, reducing costs, improving safety and being environmentally friendly. In 2005, Mr. Cross led United Oil to become the first commercial biodiesel manufacturer in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cross also founded Shepherd Computer Services, a computer hardware design and manufacturing company in 1986. Additionally, he is a prior president of PRCC’s board of directors.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from Denver University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Widener University.Charles Cross
David Dernar, C.P.A, is the operating manager of Dernar & Associates, LLC, a public accounting firm located in Murrysville, Pa. Licensed in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, Mr. Dernar has been practicing public accounting, with a concentration in auditing, since 1968. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ state education committee and is also a past chairperson.
Mr. Dernar sits on the executive board of the Regional Development Funding Corporation and the Murrysville Economic Community Development Corporation. He is also the president of EMS Southwest, Inc., an ambulance service located in Waynesburg, Pa., as well as the operating manager of Dependable Ambulance Billing, LLC, located in Murrysville, Pa.David Dernar
Ron Schramm, President of ProGas Inc., operates ProGas locations in Zelienople and Aliquippa, PA. Ron has been in the oil and gas propane business for40 plus years and brings a great deal of knowledge of the propane industry to PRCC.
His propane knowledge is extensive and underlies the upbringing of shale developments in the Marcellus and Utica.
Click here to learn more about ProGas and their mission.Ron Schramm
Andy is well prepared to lead SPC’s Transportation Department, with over 15 years of diverse transportation and community planning experience. He has been with SPC since 2015, with the chief responsibilities of developing of the region’s Transportation Improvement Program, administration of SPC’s discretionary funding programs, and providing oversight and management of a variety of diverse programs and initiatives as the Manager of the Transportation Program Development Group.
Prior to joining SPC, Andy worked in various capacities at the George Washington Regional Commission in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he most recently served as the Transportation Planning Director. His expertise in the fields of the metropolitan transportation planning process, multimodal long-range planning, project evaluation and prioritization, corridor planning, interagency coordination, policy analysis and project programming leave him well suited to oversee the regional transportation planning process for the 10 county Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Andy has also previously worked in private sector, as a municipal planning consultant in Central and Western Pennsylvania.
Andy is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.Andy Waple
Tammy Dohn is a Human Resource Manager and Alternative Fuel Liaison at Blue Bird Bus Sales of Pittsburgh, Inc., where Tammy is responsible for employment policies and procedures, administering employee-benefit programs, onboard new hires, training and development, labor relations, development of organizational culture, and provides support and advice to operational managers and all staff.
Tammy now trains, coaches and advises Blue Bird Bus Sales existing and potential customers on how to utilize and apply for alternative fuel grants. She is also a member of the Gaseous Fuels Committee.
Mr. Morinville has been an entrepreneur and independent consultant since 1997. He is the Founder and President of Energy Independent Solutions, LLC, aka EIS Solar, Western PA’s leading alternative energy developer with over 600 successful projects, including the region’s largest, most complicated, greenest and most interesting.
Highlights of Expertise/Projects
Founded in 2008, EIS Solar designs builds and develops projects involving solar electric, wind, solar hot water, off-grid battery systems, battery backup systems, DC micro-grids, EV Chargers as well as consults on energy efficiency and building performance.
Founder/Director Oil Free Farms: Nonprofit dedicated to assisting small and medium agricultural facilities in becoming energy independent through conservation and alternative energy generation
Founder/President EIS Finance: A wholly owned subsidiary of EIS. EIS Finance facilitates, owns and/or manages PPA projects and enables the utilization of ITC for the benefit of nonprofits.
Designed and built solar and wind energy generation for Pittsburgh’s only Living Building Challenge projects, Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes, the SEED project, and Frick Environmental Center
Designed and built the largest Community Solar project in Washington DC
Designed, built and currently occupies a passive and active solar ‘Net-Zero’ home.
President of financial services company for 11 years specializing in project finance
Co-Founder Diagnostic Energy Auditors of Western PA (DEAWP)
Governor Wolf’s Climate Change Action Committee, Alternate member
NABCEP Certified Professional: Solar Electric Design, Solar Thermal Design, Solar Electric Battery Based Design
RESNET Certified, BPI Certified Building Analyst, Certified Energy Auditor
At Duquesne Light, Sarah works to build and implement the company’s electric vehicle (EV) and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to boomeranging to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 2018, she managed transportation projects that increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions through the convergence of connectivity, automation, shared mobility, and electrification at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Sarah also promoted fleet electrification and employee charging availability at Federal facilities at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Under President Obama’s EV Everywhere initiative, she launched the Workplace Charging Challenge with the goal of increasing workplace charging availability across the country. She also managed the technical component of the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program which supported the manufacture of the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Sarah began her career at the US Fuel Cell Council, the automotive trade association for the hydrogen fuel cell industry. Sarah received a M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH.
Sarah also serves as the Chair of the PRCC EV/PHEV CommitteeSarah Olexsak
Robert H. Beatty, Jr. is an award winning speaker, avid compressed natural gas (CNG) advocate, and CEO of “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems, L.P.—a PA company dedicated to both promoting and providing a pathway for the use of CNG as a vehicle fuel. His accomplishments in the CNG industry have been featured on In View with Larry King, the PA Senate Film Channel, in the Pittsburgh Business Times, NGT News, NGV Today, as well as various other media outlets. He has helped clients recognize vast savings in fuel costs while utilizing cleaner, more efficient CNG for their fleets. Most notably, he has completed full-scale CNG projects for clients as well as building and operating three of his own public CNG stations. He serves on several industry-related committees providing direction on regulatory and safety concerns for CNG solutions, including Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Board of Directors and Chairman of the PA Independent Oil and Gas Association’s Alternative Fuels Committee. Mr. Beatty received the 2013 Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Award and the 2014 International Clean Tech Award for his work in revolutionizing the US transportation industry. He holds certifications from the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVI) of America in both CNG Fuel Station Design & Construction and CNG Fuel Station Management and has over 30 years experience in the natural gas and compression industries. A staunch patriot, Robert is passionate about changing the landscape of the transportation sector by increasing the use of natural gas to provide a cleaner, more affordable, domestic fuel source for Americans.Robert H. Beatty Jr.
Jessica Houser has served as a board member of the PA Independent Oil and Gas Association since 2019, also serving as the Co-Chair of its Membership Committee. She is the owner and President of WGM Excavation Services, LLC., a company specializing in excavation projects in the commercial construction, civil, and natural gas industries. She is also the President and owner of WGM Contractors, LCC, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and PA SDB providing signatory excavation services to an array of industries. She is the Executive Treasurer of WGM Gas Company, Inc., a conventional natural gas producer in business since 1989 with assets in Indiana and Armstrong counties.
She grew up in the energy business, and is currently a 3rd generation entrepreneur servicing the energy sector.
Jessica holds a BBA from Temple University in Human Resources Management, and graduated from the Leadership of Indiana County Program. She has helped start several successful service companies and she currently oversees all daily operations of her companies, providing executive leadership, molding culture and setting the bar for top supervisory team performance.
Lee Herbermann is presently the Bio-Fuels Division Manager for Export Fuel Co. Inc., located in Export, Pa. He is also an EPA-certified instructor, teaching the Tank Owner Training Program for the Petroleum Retailers & Garage Repair Association.
Mr. Herbermann has more than forty years of experience working for major oil companies in petroleum marketing and terminal operations, handling the sale of petroleum products in a multi-state area. Various positions were held during that time including: manager of terminal operations, distribution manager, manager of company owned assets, auditor, special projects coordinator and sales manager.
Over the years he has started and operated several small businesses along with a real-estate business he still operates.Lee Herbermann
Chuck Wichrowski is the owner of Baum Boulevard Automotive. His shop is an independent auto repair shop and Bosch Authorized Repair Center, servicing and repairing all types of vehicles with additional emphasis on European, Asian, diesel and alternative fuel cars. His technicians have advanced training in CNG, biofuels and hybrid propulsion systems. His business has been a retailer of B100 biodiesel for more than 12 years and have a continuing program of educating his customer base about sustainable practices and alternative energy through the company’s website, newsletter and Facebook page.
Baum Boulevard Automotive also partners with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Robotics Institute in its ChargeCar project. The plan is to convert sixth generation Honda Civics to 100 percent electric drive using a kit developed by CMU that could be installed by most auto repair shops.Chuck Wichrowski
William Sapon has dedicated his career in the energy sector to ensuring our U.S. energy delivery systems are reliable, resilient, secure and sustainable through efforts to modernize and strengthen our energy grids. Currently, William serves as Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor at Peoples Natural Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Pennsylvania, specializing in grid-edge innovation and alternative fuel vehicle opportunities.
Prior to Peoples Natural Gas, William earned his MBA with a concentration in Strategy and Operations from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. During his MBA program, he worked with the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) on topics ranging from applications of distributed energy resources (DERs) in commercial buildings to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies.
William has nearly 10 years’ experience in the energy sector. He previously served as Project Manager at OSCOMP Holdings’ energy storage and transportation practice, where his leadership was a key component to innovation efforts and to business development initiatives for new products.
William holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. William is an influential sustainability advocate and steward of the environment.William A. Sapon
Mike Lickert is the former Giant Eagle’s Corporate Fleet Manager, as well as the project leader for its Compressed Natural Gas Project. The company has more than 200 vehicles in its fleet, more than 300 stores and 160 GetGo gas stations. In 2010, Giant Eagle used more than 113,000 gallons of B100.
In addition to serving on PRCC’s board, he is also a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Foodbank’s Board of Directors and the National Private Truck Council’s Board of Governors. Mr. Lickert has 31 years of experience in supply chain with Giant Eagle and earned a Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) Designation in 2006.Mike Lickert