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.
Tyler Chilcott — Development and Communications Coordinator
Tyler is an Erie native that uses his background in environmental policy and science to conceptualize and promote energy efficiency and full home health here at CCI. He recently spent a year working as a Sustainability Fellow with the Student Conservation Association’s Green Cities Initiative. Tyler studied at the University of Eastern Finland for two years in its Environmental Policy and Law Program and spent some time doing advocacy work in D.C. Prior to that, he graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Environmental Science. Tyler enjoys biking around Pittsburgh, live music, a good book, and discussing why The Wire is the most important show of all time with anyone who will listen.
Lucy de Barbaro — Manager of Market Services
Lucy de Barbaro brings her passion and knowledge to manage CCI’s Sound Home Plan and contributes to ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition. She earned a Master of Science in particle physics from Jagellonian University in her hometown, Cracow, Poland, and a Doctorate from University of Rochester, N.Y. Subsequently to her career in physics, she worked as a test engineer in the telecommunication industry, where her proposal for improving energy efficiency in the labs and corporate facilities advanced to the finalist stage of the Bell Lab’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Lucy’s commitment to conservation continued in Pittsburgh where she helped to design, construct and certify the first residential Passive House in the city. This net-positive building, complete with solar panels, reduces building energy use by about 80% compared to typical new construction. A believer in making a positive change, Lucy is volunteering for several environmental and community organizations and shares her knowledge of energy efficiency. She applies the same passion and drive to her work at CCI.
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 — Business 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.
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.
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.
Tony Saccamango — Director of Field Operations
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.
Heather Schall-Lucas — Special Projects Coordinator
As CCI’s Special Projects Coordinator, Heather acts as a one-person “special ops” team, providing logistical, programmatic and administrative support for a variety of CCI projects, community initiatives, grant-based programs, and utility partnerships. She brings to CCI not only her many talents, skills, and experiences but her passion for the environment and making a positive impact on her community. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from IUP, a master’s degree in Audiology from The George Washington University, and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a special education teacher for 14 years prior to joining CCI. A people and animal lover, Heather has been vegan since 2007 and is Mom to four cats.
Alison Steele; Master of Business Administration (MBA) — Director 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.
Kelli Williams — Energy Assessor
Kelli is a Pittsburgh native, who went to the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with her bachelors in Environmental Studies. She is an energy assessor for Duquesne Light Smart Comfort where she visits low income households and provides customers with educational materials, health and safety tips and energy saving devices. During Kelli’s time at CCI, she has obtained a BPI certificate and utilizes this certificate for the Duquesne Light Sound Home Program. Before coming to CCI, Kelli was working in Millvale focusing in community engagement and sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing video games and expanding her knowledge of sustainable building standards.