Clean Air Council Board
Jeffrey J. Aldi, Treasurer
Vice President – Finance & Accounting
(Board Member since 2010)
Jeff Aldi is currently a Vice President – Finance & Accounting for Comcast Cable, and has held various finance and accounting leadership roles with Comcast Cable since 2002. Prior to this position, from 1996 to 2002, Mr. Aldi was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen LLP in Philadelphia, PA and San Jose, CA and with KPMG LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Aldi’s non-profit experience includes prior service on the Board of Directors for Equality Forum. Mr. Aldi earned a BS in Accountancy from Villanova University, and is a certified public accountant, licensed in Pennsylvania.
Russ Allen, President
Senior Writer-Editor (Board Member since 1988)
Russ Allen been a Council activist for many years. He is currently President of the Council’s Board. Russ serves as principal at The Writers Studio, a communications and freelance-copywriting practice in Jenkintown, Montgomery County. He often writes on science and technical subject matter for promotional and educational projects. He has a special expertise in health and medicine, and his clients include a variety of organizations in the healthcare industry. Russ previously served as Director of Medical Communications for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He has a B.S. from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in science and technical communications from Drexel University.
Patrick J. Feeley, MBA, CFRE, Vice President
Fundraiser Professional (Board Member since 2007)
Pat Feeley has been fundraising in the non-profit sector since 1993. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Caron Treatment Centers. Prior to this position, from 2007 to 2013 he was the Assistant Vice President of Institutional and Events Fundraising at the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Feeley was Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for La Salle University. He also worked for Junior Achievement from 1993 to 2002. Mr. Feeley earned a BA from Millersville University, MBA from La Salle University and received a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation from CFRE International.
Renee Gilinger, Secretary
Director (Board Member since 2004)
Renee Gilinger is the Director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District in Philadelphia. She began her career as a Special Event Fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and environmental non-profit organizations, including Clean Air Council and MANNA. Professionally, Ms. Gilinger has moved on to political organizing for progressive causes and candidates and has led state-wide campaigns for the Young Voter Alliance and Liberty PA. She takes an active role in field and fundraising for local and statewide elections, as well as fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Ms. Gilinger is a graduate of Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Louise C. Giugliano
(Board Member since 2008)
As Director of Service-Learning at LaSalle University, Louise works collaboratively with faculty to facilitate the integration of service-learning into myriad university course syllabi. She chairs the Project on Justice, serves on the Core Curriculum Advisory Board, and has served on the Women’s Studies Board, the Middle States Self-Assessment Task Force, and the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center Board. Along with two colleagues, Louise founded and teaches in the Leadership and Global Understanding Minor. Most recently, she headed up the university-wide application to the Carnegie Foundation, seeking its 2010 Community Engagement Classification, to a successful conclusion. In addition, Ms. Giugliano has received a grant to do Capacity Building from the Philadelphia Network for Neighborhood Development in the NW region of the city. She works with the Penn Project on Civic Engagement as a moderator of public forums. Ms. Giugliano earned an MA in Political Science from George Washington University.
Jessica Bender Krow, Vice President
Owner/Operator, Professional Placement Service (Board Member since 1983)
Jessica Bender Krow served for two terms as the president of the Council’s Board. She owns and operates her own scientific and engineering search firm, Bender Search Associates, Inc., providing job placements for technical and engineering professionals in North America. Co-founder and race director of the Run for Clean Air for 12 years, Ms. Krow is now an avid cyclist who hopes to attract the cycling community to clean air issues. Ms. Krow holds an M.A. in geography and has been an environmental educator at local colleges since 1978. She is also co-founder of the Philadelphia Chapter of Earth Island Institute.
Retired Industrial Chemist (Board Member since 2013)
Eric Langenmayr is currently a consultant with the Math and Science coalition of the Philadelphia Education Fund where he co-founded a volunteer STEM Tutor Program in Philadelphia. He is working to expand the program in addition to participating in the program as a volunteer STEM tutor at the Kensington Health Sciences Academy. Previously, Dr. Langenmayr was president of Whirl Associates, a startup company developing advanced materials for the digital imaging industry. Dr. Langenmayr worked for almost 30 years as an R&D scientist for the Rohm and Haas/Dow Chemical Company working in research, manufacturing, project management and technical service capacities. He developed an interest in environmental issues at an early age when his father’s fish camp on the Withlacoochee River in Florida was negatively affected by the construction of the Cross Florida Barge canal. Dr. Langenmayr holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida and completed a 2-year Wharton Management Program in business administration.
Mary Josephine Markle, Esq.
Deputy City Solicitor in the Philadelphia Law Department(Board member since June 2015)
Mary Jo (MJ) Markle is a Deputy City Solicitor in the Philadelphia Law Department, representing the Philadelphia Water Department in contractual matters, regulatory compliance and in administrative appeals.
MJ obtained her law degree with an emphasis in land use and environmental law from Lewis and Clark Law School. Prior to law school, MJ served in the National Civilian Community Corps and was a Policy Analyst for a city commissioner in Portland, Oregon. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University where she studied political theory.
Consulting Systems Engineer (Board Member since 2005)
David Mindel is a network systems engineer with 28 years of experience with Cisco Systems and IBM, where he was a member of IBM’s I/T specialist certification board. His current areas of focus include TelePresence, service virtualization/optimization, smart grid, and energy management. Mr. Mindel holds a BA from Temple University in Computer Science and professional certifications in security and networking.
Dr. Neeti Bathala
Associate Professor at University of the Arts (Board Member since 2016)
A former intern at the Clean Air Council, Dr. Bathala returned to serve on the Board in late 2016. Now a faculty member at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Dr. Bathala is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. She joined the faculty in the Division of Liberal Arts in 2007, prior to which she was an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Rosemont College. Her work is focused on the impact of environmental changes on plant and animal biodiversity. Dr. Bathala is a broadly trained ecologist and is interested in the monitoring of species in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, particularly for education and curricular development. During her graduate studies at Duke University, Dr. Bathala was involved with the Organization for Tropical Studies conducting international research on conservation biology in Costa Rica. This involved the study of land-use change due to deforestation. Dr. Bathala expresses her creativity through garden design with the Haddonfield Garden Club and in providing science for published children’s books. Her first book, Moonlight Crab Count, was published in 2017.
Evan Pappas, Esq.
Partner (Board Member since 2009)
Evan Pappas is a Partner at the law firm Shumaker Williams, P.C. in its Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Pappas received a Bachelors of Arts from Lehigh University and Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Widener University School of Law. Mr. Pappas worked for the Council from 1998 to 2002 as a Policy Analyst and Program Coordinator focusing on renewable energy. He serves on the Board of the Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County.
Senior Credit Manager (Board Member since 2013)
Topher Patterson is a Senior Credit Manager at Siemens Financial Services, Inc. in its Healthcare Finance Group, specializing in Healthcare Real Estate Finance. Mr. Patterson has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 15 years, previously with Cushman & Wakefield and Red Capital Group. Mr. Patterson received a Bachelors of Arts from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Foundation President (Board Member since 1984)
Laren Pitcairn is the president of the Logan Inn in New Hope, PA. He holds an Associate Degree in liberal arts from the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA and a B.B.A. degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pitcairn is also active on the boards of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, Pathway School, the Kardon Institute of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and is the President of the Board of the Beneficia Foundation.
(Board Member since 2013)
With a distinguished track record in technology entrepreneurship, Ben has led Freedom Merchants since its founding in 2004. He is a leading industry advisor to some of the largest investment firms in the country on all topics relating to credit card processing. Previously Ben was on the executive management team and chief finance officer of SoftCoin, Inc., a Silicon Valley based precision-marketing software company (now part of You Technologies) that served most of the major consumer-packaged goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Heinz, Kraft, Pepsi and many others. Prior to that Ben co-founded and served as EVP, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Omnient Corporation, a software company with over 100 employees in two cities that developed web-based software for medium sized businesses. Ben has also worked in the Investment Banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., the investment firm Providence Capital, and as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. An avid linguist, he has proficiency in six foreign and classical languages, including Japanese after he worked at Holon Corporation, a subsidiary of Omron Corporation, in Shiga, Japan. Ben graduated as a Nelson Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania’s M&T Program where he earned dual-degrees in Computer Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and in Finance from the Wharton School. Ben is the driving force behind Freedom Merchants’ innovative and unique product offering and “customer-focused” mission.
Computer Disaster Recovery Specialist (Board Member since 2003)
Jay Tarler first volunteered with the Council in the early 1980s. He has been a board member of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association and has studied photovoltaic system design and installation at Solar Energy International in Colorado. He also worked on the Northeast Solar Energy Association’s Tour de Sol and was an activist with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Tarler currently works at SunGard Availability Services in Philadelphia as a Diaster Recovery Specialist.
Freelance marketing and Public relations for Temple University (Board member since 2015)
Jennifer Tucker has 20+ years experience in public relations and marketing strategy for top-tier communications agencies, helping well-known brands and notable nonprofits with content management, messaging and crisis management. Ms. Tucker received a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
Equity Research Analyst (Board Member since 2017)
Akil is currently an Equity Research Analyst in the Equities group at Janney Montgomery Scott. Previously, he held similar equity research roles covering stocks in the Renewable Energy/Utilities sector for Atlantic Equities and at Thomas Weisel (now part of Stifel Nicholas). In addition to his financial industry experience, he was one of the lead stakeholders in creating the Clean Air Council’s Solar Youth Program. Akil graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with a major in Finance and minor in African American Studies. He obtained his CFA Charter in 2011.