Tony Bandiero, Executive Director
Tony has worked as EP-ACT’s Executive Director since 2009, having previously served on the Board of Directors for over one and a half years. Tony has been involved in the fueling and alternative fueling industry for more than 11 years. He works to help both public and private fleets with their transition to alternatives to imported petroleum and diesel. His work includes education and outreach; grant writing; project coordination and management; along with seminars to develop public/private partnerships that lead to the conversion of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure that supports those vehicles. Tony spearheaded the expansion of the coalition from 5 counties in southeastern PA to include 29 additional counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania. This was approved by the Department of Energy during a re-designation process. Since becoming Executive Director he is directly involved in projects valued at over $25 million in alternative fuels, with public, private, municipal and utility stakeholders in Pennsylvania.
Nicholas DeMarie, Program Manager
Nick’s primary responsibility is to plan and execute EP-ACT events, which include coordination of deliverables and milestones needed to hold successful events. He is responsible for outreach, venue selection; agendas and registration and preparation for events; grant writing. His additional responsibilities include writing newsletters; stakeholder updates, social media updates and website content updates.
Brian Keelen, Chairman
CoundefinedFounder of Air & Gas Technologies, Inc. in 1995; A company that has been involved in the compressed natural gas industry among other services since its formation, and a member of several Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the North East. Brian was involved in the early days of the NJ Clean Cities Coalition and has brought that breadth of knowledge to eastern Pennsylvania. Brian is a well- known promoter, leader and advocate of the Clean Cities mission- to reduce this country’s dependency on foreign fuel.
Brian has been involved with the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition for the past several years and was elected to the position of Chairman in June 2013. He is mindful of the Board’s responsibilities to look after the best interest of its Stakeholders and further the mission of the coalition.
A Graduate Engineer from NJIT, Brian has held diversified positions with some very large corporate leaders in the field of compression and related air & gas processes. He and his company’s experience is unique to an emerging market that requires expert application know- how, so the end result meets the satisfaction of all involved.
Michelle Marsh, Recording Secretary
Michelle Marsh joined the EP-ACT board in 2013, after working with the organization for several years and seeing the many benefits EP-ACT provides to local stakeholders. Ms. Marsh is committed to the organization’s mission to reduce petroleum dependency in the transportation sector through the deployment of alternative fuels, as such work is critical to foster national energy independence and advance developments with alternative energy technologies.
Professionally, Ms. Marsh serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), where she is responsible for researching and executing a wide variety of projects to diversify and enhance LCSWMA’s core business endeavors. With a passion for sustainable business development, Michelle finds great fulfillment in helping to bring about projects that increase profitability, while decreasing economic, social and environmental risks.
Ms. Marsh recently coordinated a $4 million CNG project for LCSWMA. The project included the conversion of LCSWMA’s waste transfer fleet to CNG, as well as with the development of onsite fast-fill and time-fill fueling infrastructure. Ms. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College and has over eight years of project management and grant writing experience.
Paul M. Schmidt co-chairs the Environmental Practice Group at Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, & Toddy, P.C. Mr. Schmidt is a leading practitioner of environmental law, handling transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation for clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Schmidt routinely assists clients with the transfer, cleanup, and development of large industrial properties throughout the country. He is a frequent author and speaker on environmental issues, and has presented to other lawyers, industry representatives, academic groups, community groups and radio audiences.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Schmidt was an Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, representing the Department in virtually every area of environmental law. Prior to that, he was a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, assisting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on remediation and enforcement activities for major Superfund sites, including working on cutting-edge risk-assessment and remedial technologies at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility.
Mr. Schmidt received his law degree and Certificate of Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, and a B.S. in Biology from Kent State University. He spent several years with environmental and industrial hygiene consulting firms, before going to law school. Currently, Mr. Schmidt is on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (formerly the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition).
Charlie Stevenson, is the Manager of Fleet and Materials Management for Aqua America and has responsibilities for over 1200 vehicles and 500 pieces of Mechanical equipment. Charlie's team is spread out over nine states and Charlie has responsibility in both the regulated utility and non-regulated segments of Aqua America. Charlie leads a team focused on serving internal customer's needs. His organization advocates customer views, helps develop and resource internal customer solutions, leads business enhancement efforts, drives strategic planning, and supports merger and acquisition work. Charlie also has responsibility leading safety throughout Fleet as Chairman of Aqua Safety Committee. Charlie has a proven record of driving cost reduction and delivering projects under budget.
Charlie also is a Program Manager for Delaware County Community College (DCCC) and provides instruction for credit and non-credit course work . Charlie has been instrumental in growing a CNG Fleet and manages three time fill CNG stations in SEPA fueling 45 vehicles. Aqua has been awarded various grants to offset the incremental cost of CNG vehicles.
Charlie serves on the board for Philadelphia Clean Cities, Delaware County Community College Education Foundation as well as GE Capital Fleet Services Client Advisor Board Member Charlie is a Certified Transportation Professional - National Private Truck Council and a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager - National Association for Fleet Administrators.
Charlie holds a Bachelor's of Science from Penn State and holds and Applied Science degree from DCCC. Charlie can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline works with a wide range of energy professionals as the Conversion Program Manager with PGW. Her principle role is to strategize new technology implementation and growth opportunities for natural gas throughout Philadelphia. Working with PGW & EP-ACT on the development of CNG station and vehicle deployments in Philadelphia has been her most rewarding career challenge to date. Recently, she coordinated PGW’s winning grant application for 50 CNG vehicles and provided interdepartmental support for the company’s new on-site CNG re-fueling station. She is a strong support of EP-ACT’s goals and believes the group has the power to institute meaningful change throughout the region. Caroline also serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Energy Engineers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Institutional Management from the Pennsylvania State University.
Tom is currently the senior marketing strategist at PECO/EXELON/ICON where he manages marketing programs for commercial, industrial and governmental initiatives and facilitates direct marketing, outreach and relationships, structuring campaigns. At PECO, Mr. Brubaker develops program launch plans and strategic outreach initiatives including live events, webinars, direct mail and association alliances in an effort to elicit responses from large commercial/industrial and government customers. Mr. Brubaker is also responsible for external affairs, integrated corporate relations and performs account manager activities with program objectives, where he leverages relationships and maximizes message reach. Lastly, Mr. Brubaker is responsible for commercial customer communications for multiple divisions, programs and projects.
He has certifications in Search Engine Marketing and Public Relations from the SEMPO Institute, is a member of Business Volunteers for the Arts, an ACE award recipient for website design, and is a marketing consultant for the Asian Arts Initiative.
Chris is an AutoGas Sales Manager for Sharp Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities. Chris’s territory is from Northern Delaware to Eastern Pennsylvania up to Pocono Mountains area. Mr. Cafarella serves on the Board for the National Propane Gas Association, Washington, DC and is First Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association. Mr. Cafarella began his career in the Propane Industry, while attending Villanova University and being chosen to drive a propane powered Ford Mustang, cross country from MIT in Boston, MA to Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA in 1970. This was the first cross country Rally to demonstrate Alternative Fuels and College and University students involved in “Clean Air” endeavors. This Rally encompassed 3,600 miles with Emissions Testing all the way across the country and proved that low emission were attainable, even in the 70’s.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University with a major in Psychology.
Jay has been a licensed Professional Engineer for over 27 years and has more than 35 years of experience in Engineering & Construction. Prior to the inception of Oxford Engineering Company, Mr. Canuso has worked for a number of construction and consulting firms in various capacities. His work experience includes mechanical, electrical, civil, structural and environmental engineering; and the execution and management of heavy, highway, commercial and residential construction projects. His engineering experience includes component and system design, specification development, code compliance and field inspection. Mr. Canuso has managed and successfully completed individual construction projects with contract values in excess of 5 million dollars. In recent years Mr. Canuso has dedicated most of his time to the design and installation of petroleum and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations for both private fleets and public stations.
Mr. Canuso founded Oxford Engineering Company in 1991 and has successfully managed the company for more than 23 years. Under his direction the company has shown steady growth and continues to provide both Engineering & Construction services.