The CCI Staff
Jeaneen A. Zappa, Master of Business Administration — Executive Director
With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Zappa’s background and expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership development, program management and sustainability/cliimate action planning. Zappa serves on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Land Trust, and she is a former member of the and Pittsburgh Green Innovators, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Green Advisory Council, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association Board, Crafton Public Library Board, Hollow Oak Land Trust Board, and the PowerLink Board. Her previous professional roles include serving as the first Sustainability Manager for Allegheny County, Deputy Director of the Green Building Alliance, Director of Strategic Marketing for Descartes Systems Group and Marketing Manager for Vocollect voice recognition technology. After hours, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking with her husband and dog, and bagpiping.
Valerie Beichner, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership — Director of Operations and Analytics
With ten years of nonprofit management experience, Valerie brings a wealth of knowledge to the CCI team as she manages the financial, human resource, information technology, facility and organizational efficiency aspects of the organization. She holds expertise in green building and green building products, sustainable corporate culture, community and economic development, advocacy and organizational leadership. Valerie is also President of Elan Evolutions, LLC, a nonprofit management consulting firm. Prior to forming Elan, Valerie worked at the Green Building Alliance as Vice President of Development, having advanced from her role as Manager of Green Building Products, Policy & Outreach; the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission facilitating a statewide energy efficiency program targeting municipalities; and WPXI studios. She has also spent time interning for the International Leadership Association while earning her masters at Robert Morris University. Valerie earned a BA in Political Science at Clarion University. An avid runner, Valerie is an assistant coach for a local Girls on the Run team and enjoys volunteering in multiple other capacities within her community. She and her husband, Chris, live in Leetsdale with their four young children.
Kevin Brown — Energy Assessor
An experienced Energy Assessor, Kevin started with CCI in 1995, beginning in the Green Neighborhood Initiatives project. A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Langley High School, Kevin attended Gannon College majoring in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration on behavioral issues in school aged children. Prior to joining CCI, he worked in the airline industry and for a phone company. Kevin says his counseling training and customer service background were the perfect preparation for visiting customers in their house and teaching even the most reluctant or disinterested learner about their energy opportunities. Kevin’s resonant singing voice is a regular treat for whomever is celebrating a birthday at CCI, and when he isn't working for the Smart Comfort program, Kevin can be found on the acting stage performing in multiple local productions and international professional performances ranging as far as Scotland and South Africa.
Patricia DiGuilio — Energy Assessor
Patricia is an energy assessor for the Duquesne Light Whole House Energy Audit Program. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Environmental Studies and has past experience as a lead abatement worker with AmeriCorps. Patricia is an avid traveler and scuba diver and likes to spend her spare time gardening and crafting
Garrett Fabian — Energy Auditor
Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, Building Performance Institute Multifamily Building Analyst, RESNET & ENERGY STAR Certified
Garrett signed on with CCI in June of 2007, performing in-home electric efficiency assessments and education for Duquesne Light's Smart Comfort Program. Garrett went on to earn two BPI certifications qualifying him to perform comprehensive audits for the Peoples TWP Weatherization and Columbia Gas IQEEP programs.
Jennifer Fox — Special Events & Programs Manager
Jen packs the power of nonprofit experience, with more than 15 years in the sector. Most recently, before joining CCI, Jen worked at Design Center Pittsburgh. Jen has tackled a wide variety of roles and duties, from establishing and coordinating the early days of “Pedal Pittsburgh” to supporting the highly regarded Thought Leader speaker series in partnership with Point Park College. Her experience includes development and event management, communications, finance, and general operations. Jen received a BA in Sociology from John Carroll University. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Her hobbies include running and cooking.
Shane Freeman — Energy Assessor
Building Performance Institute Building Science Principles Certified
Shane started working for CCI in January 2016, where he began his work as an energy assessor for the Duquesne Light Whole House Energy Audit Program. He grew up in Beaver County, PA. and has lived in Pittsburgh for the last ten years. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. Shane is driven to provide energy-saving education and services to those in the area that need it most. Shane spends a good amount of his free time figuring out how to give a “New Life” to items that were bound for a landfill. For instance, he has built garden beds, shelving units and even a tool shed from re-purposed pallets.He also loves getting lost in the mountains of West Virginia with his wife and furry kids.
Juanita Gee — Energy Assessor
Building Performance Institute Building Science Principles Certified
Juanita is celebrating her 25th year as a dedicated member of CCI's team. She brings a wealth of experience in the service of Duquesne Light's Smart Comfort and Columbia Gas post-weatherization inspections programs. Juanita is also the principal auditor for CCI's custom designed walk-through home energy audit program, eSmart3.
Paul Irwin — Director of Utility Services
Paul tackles “A-to-Z” comprehensive program and team management for three gas utility weatherization programs. Under his direction, CCI has implemented a detailed tracking system for jobs in progress, conducted deeper pricing and performance analysis, and established a more robust system for dispatching projects to participating contractors. Paul regularly represents CCI on several utility companies’ Universal Services advisory groups for low income programs. Prior to joining CCI, he worked as a weatherization auditor for Southeast Energy Assistance based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of his “9-to-5” life, Paul serves as Board Chair of the Pittsburgh-based non-profit, New Sun Rising. Paul earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dayton. Paul and his wife moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 after 18 months in western Kenya, where they worked with a nongovernment public health organization. More recently, they have been chasing their young daughter around the parks and playgrounds of Pittsburgh.
Tessa Klevens — Program Coordinator
Utility-player extraordinaire, Tessa has handled a number of assignments since joining CCI 2 years ago: event planner, fundraising/grant coordinator, field energy assessor, and utility programs coordinator. Currently, she leads the emergency repair programs managed by CCI, coordinating the team and ensuring prompt response to time-sensitive customer situations. Tessa has established an enhanced CCI donor database, and she regularly compiles key performance statistics for the entire CCI team. Tessa holds a BS in Environmental Science from Allegheny College and is a LEED Green Associate. After hours you’ll find Tessa either at the stables, working with her horse, hiking or backpacking in the woods, riding mountain bikes or helping to craft mosaic art with her family.
Tammy Lee — Coordinator of Market Initiatives
Tammy coordinates residential and small business energy efficiency services offered through CCI’s Sound Home Plan and Energize Small Business programs. Prior to joining CCI’s team in January 2017, Tammy served as SCA Sustainability Fellow at Highmark, where she performed data tracking and analysis, developed sustainability-related company standards, and produced communication materials for employee engagement in sustainability. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California and is a LEED Green Associate. A recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Tammy enjoys exploring the quirks of the city’s distinctive communities. Outside of work, you might find her jamming to Korean pop music, doing Zumba, or brainstorming sitcom pilots for her own amusement.
Virginia McGrath — Energy Auditor
Building Performance Institute Building Analyst
Virginia began working as an energy assessor in 2014 for Duquesne Light’s Whole House Energy Assessment Program and for the Duquesne Light Smart Comfort program in 2015. She moved to Pittsburgh 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI to start a SCA Green Cities Fellowship with PennFuture. She has a passion for environmental sustainability, especially in the realm of energy conservation which brought her to CCI. On her days off you will most likely find Virginia on her bike.
Indigo Raffel — Building Manager & Administrative Assistant
Education has always been a mission-critical role of CCI and Indigo is tasked with leading that charge. Throughout her years of dedicated service, Indigo has developed and delivered energy efficiency and renewable energy programs targeted to teachers, students and adults. These programs illustrate and simplify these sometimes difficult concepts and highlight their importance to our wallet, health and the greater environment. Her nationally recognized Building as a Teaching Tool program hosts thousands of participants each year and demonstrates what it takes to build, live and work in a green building.
Tony Saccamango — Conservation Services Manager
Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, RESNET Certified
As Conservation Services Manager, Tony brings 27+ years of hands-on weatherization experience to CCI. In addition to conducting audits himself, Tony is responsible for managing our utility programs and supervising our auditor staff ensuring the highest quality program delivery and customer satisfaction. Tony's knowledge and experience has proven instrumental in the development of new and innovative programs launched by CCI in 2011.
Chris Soult, Master of Public Administration (MPA) — Program Supervisor
Chris serves as program supervisor for the Columbia Gas WarmWise A&R program. He spent the prior 5 years working in local legislative offices, assisting elected officials and working to solve constituents’ problems, which was great for someone like Chris, who likes challenging assignments. Chris earned a BA degree in Political Science from Gannon University and an MPA in Urban and Regional Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh’ Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. A recovering “political junkie” and renaissance man, today Chris enjoys the variety of academic, cultural, and entertainment pursuits offered throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Weekends, you can find him cheering on Arsenal F.C. and the Pittsburgh Steelers; the two greatest football teams in the world."
Alison Steele; Master of Business Administration (MBA) — Manager of Community Programs and Advocacy
Building Performance Institute Building Science Principles Certified
Alison leads CCI’s Grassroots Green Homes project in neighborhoods across Pittsburgh, and she plays a critical role in CCI’s activity to advocate for home performance and home health through policy decisions. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Alison managed demand side energy reduction programs for utility companies, served as a consultant in the corporate sustainability space, and taught English in Fukushima Japan. Alison earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Drew University and her MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, is active in her MBA alumni group, and serves on the board of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). When she’s not training for or running in a marathon, Alison participates in medieval reenactments and plays the tuba.
Jane Trout — Energy Assessor
Jane is a native Pittsburgher who began her environmental service at Healthy Home Resources (HHR) as an AmeriCorp volunteer education coordinator and lead-safe worker. Knowing a great team player when they had her, HHR hired Jane as Community Service Team Leader, a role in which she was instrumental in the delivery of asthma, healthy home and home safe education programs for needy Pittsburghers.
Stevan Wagner — Energy Assessor
Stevan graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in sustainable management in 2015.His previous experience includes warehouse work and rental property renovation. Stevan enjoys exercising, as well as sports.
Anna Zedar — Program Coordinator
Anna joined CCI from ModCloth, where she worked in a customer service role. Today, she applies those skills supporting weatherization programs for utility partners. Before joining CCI, Anna’s prior experience included work with the Children’s Museum’s Maker Faire and Attack Theatre. With a degree in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College and a minor in dance and movement studies, Anna aims to help CCI in its environmental educational and programming activities. Anna spends much of her free time visiting state and national parks, practicing yoga and dance, and supporting local Pittsburgh art and music.