Important Dates
Nominating period opens: September 24
Nominating period ends: October 22 (midnight)
Voting opens: October 29
Voting ends: November 8 (midnight)
New directors announced: November 9
First meeting with new directors: November 13

Online Voting
Online voting will open on October 29. MABEC members will be notified via email by Electionbuddy with instructions on how to vote.

Current Nominees

  • Brian Becker, The Center for Natural Capital
  • Biography
    • Brian Becker has more than 20 years’ experience working with biomass production and management for local business, phytoremediation, and energy generation.  Brian is the program manager for the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program, raising awareness and advancing the use of wood fuels for space heat, hot water, and process heat generation.  Before moving to Virginia, Brian managed the Phytoremediation and Short Rotation Woody Crops Program at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, experimenting with fast-growing trees in the field to improve phytoremediation of brownfield, mine land reclamation and dedicated bioenergy feedstocks.  Brian also served for three years in the US Peace Corps as a Community Forester in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, fostering small businesses based on renewable local natural resources such as handmade paper from lokta tree bark.
    • Statement
      As program manager for Virginia’s Community Wood Energy Program, I will represent Virginia, the southern-most state in the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council.  As an employee of the Center for Natural Capital, I bring the perspective of a non-profit advocate for forest health and rural economic development.  As a member of the MABEC board, I will contribute my enthusiasm to help grow a strong Council to advance bioenergy throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Geoff Bristow, PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)
    • Biography
      Geoff Bristow serves as Regional Energy Program Manager for the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.  Based out of DEP’s Meadville Office, Geoff manages the development and implementation of state energy programs in northwestern PA that provide technical assistance, education, and financial assistance on energy efficiency and alternative energy within various sectors, including industry, commercial, municipal, and transportation. With almost 30 years of experience combined in state government and private sector positions, Geoff has been involved with a broad range of biomass and biogas projects throughout his career; including thermal projects, CHP, digestion, pelletizing, torrefaction, and biofuel production.  Geoff also chairs the Energy Roundtable, a series of quarterly meetings in western PA that explores cost-saving energy management and energy efficiency opportunities for large energy consumers.
    • Statement
      Nominees will be asked to provide a brief statement about what they would bring to the Board. Nominees should focus on what programs they’d like to start or participate in and goals they have for MABEC, should they be elected.
  • Geoffrey Chenoweth, Johnson, Mirmiran &Thompson, Inc (JMT) 
    • Biography
      Mr. Chenoweth serves as Section Head of JMTs Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Team for the PA and Ohio region and has more than 18 years of experience in the consulting engineering field.  He has been involved with all engineering and planning aspects of facilities and infrastructure engineering including existing condition assessments, energy production, commissioning, and utility distribution design.   His field of experience includes Higher Education, Industrial, Transportation, Federal/Government, and Healthcare facilities with a significant focus in energy production, distribution, and utilization as well as bio-energy related systems.  As a Project Manager and Lead Mechanical Engineer, he has independently managed and directed multi-discipline project teams responsible for capital projects ranging from $10,000-$25mm in construction value.  Geoff holds a B.S.M.E. from the University of Evansville and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
    • Statement
      As a board member with MABEC, I would be able to support growth and development of the bioenergy market in the PA, Maryland, DE, and VA regions through leverage of JMTs many resources.  Our company has well-developed relationships withPennDOTsBureau of Public Transporation and Bureau of Office Services of which both have many facilities projects in rural PA that can take advantage of bioenergy.  We also support the PA Turnpike Authority, MD SHA, MdTA, VDOT, and the National Park Service.  We also have a Water and Wastewater group that currently supports ALSOSAN, PWA, CRW in Harrisburg, Baltimore City, and DC Authorities.  Personally, I have significant experience with thermal bioenergy systems including steam and high-temperature hot water.  I also have designed and provided troubleshooting for coal and biomass conveying systems.  My experience at the University and Federal level with energy is top in the industry and with which I can offer a unique point of view on practical applications in those markets.  Overall, I have both and personal and professional interest in the bio-energy industry and want to further is use and acceptance at many levels.
  • Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Biography
      Dr. Ciolkosz is an assistant research professor in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  He works to help Pennsylvania’s farms and related businesses develop bioenergy and improve energy efficiency.  He is the extension program co-lead for Penn State’s renewable energy extension effort.  He organizes Penn State’s Bioenergy Short Course Series, participates in Pennsylvania’s State Wood Energy Team and Fuels for Schools groups, and is an active participant in the USDA Sustainable Farm Energy regional project.  Research interests include biomass densification processes, thermochemical conversion, and farm energy benchmarking.
    • Statement
      If elected, I could serve as a Liaison from the organization to academia, and work to grow the effectiveness of the organization in that respect.
  • Peter Ettinger,  BTS Bioenergy, Inc.           
    • Biography
      Peter Ettinger is Executive Vice President of BTS BioEnergy a technology leader in the biological transformation of excess organics typically destined for incineration or already crowded landfills, residues and agricultural by-products and crops into sustainable energy and organic fertilizer. BTS serves industrial and agricultural companies, local cities and counties, the food and composting industry as well as providers and users of renewable energy.Ettinger has over 20 years of experience in the fields of business, operational development, marketing, and sales.  His advisory and implementation work in both public and private companies has resulted in significant operational and financial gains. Peter has taught entrepreneurship and commercialization strategies at Johns Hopkins Medical School and throughout the State of Maryland.  His most recent work has been focused on the agricultural field with organically based products aimed at remedies for soil depletion.
    • Statement
      Anaerobic digestion is at the right time and place in the United States.  A perfect storm of sorts, nowhere does the statement: “what is good for business is good for the environment” come more to life than within our industry.   The challenge is education, differentiating us from the old waste to the energy business.  No other industry can embrace the full circle approach taking valued inputs once destined for incineration or already crowded landfills, create sustainable energy as well as a soil product with valuable nutrients that drive carbon sequestration as well as ensures greater green performance. My pledge is to grow the industry by knowing the challenges of our customer, from consumer to business, state to city and making sure our marketing and outreach ensure they understand how our products clearly solve the environmental as well as energy issues they face within their individual communities.
  • Bill Kilby,  Kilbys, Inc.            
      • Biography
        Coming soon
      • Statement
        Coming soon
  • Paul Kohl, Philadelphia Water Department 
    • Biography
      Paul is the Director of Planning and Research (P&R) for Philadelphia Water. P&R functions as an internal consulting firm for the department, providing essential support services.  P&R also connects the Water Department to other city agencies outside of the department and to various research and trade associations. P&R can be broken down into three main sections, the research/energy section, facility planning section (treatment plants) and the linear asset planning section (sewers and water mains).  All of which ends up being a form of integrated capital planning. P&R has produces the five-year capital budget (updated annually), the Utility Wide Strategic Energy plan (updated every10 years), the Wastewater Master plan (25 year updated every 5 years) and has just produced the Water Mater plan (a 25 year CIP with a 50 year evaluation horizon).Paul is a professional engineer with 30 years of experience in environmental engineering.  Paul teaches as an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he is currently getting his PhD in Drexel’s College of Engineering’s CAEE department (Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering).  His thesis topic is the utilization of thermal capacity of sewage.  Paul has been Co-Principle Investigator for several, large, multinational research projects most recently dealing with energy concepts related to turning wastewater treatment facilities into resource recovery facilities.Signature projects include the NE-WPCP biogas co-gen facility (5.6 MW), SE-WPCP’s PV solar installation (250 kW) and is currently investigating food waste co-digestion. He recently completed a WE&RF report on Sewage Thermal Energy Use (STEU). Prior efforts include two Mn research project through the Water RF.
  • Eric MacBain,  Northeast Energy Systems/Western Energy Systems
    • Biography
      Eric Mac Bain a sales engineer for Northeast Energy Systems, a division of Penn Power Group.  He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has been actively involved with diesel and gas engines for 30 years  His division specializes in the GE- Jenbacher gas powered CHP (combined heat and power) engines. They can operate on Natural Gas, Landfill Gas or Biogas.
    • Statement
      What I hope to contribute to the MABEC Leadership is a better understanding of how Biogas can be used to create Electric energy and what goes into a project to accomplish this outcome.
  • Andrew Moss,  Planet Found Energy Development                                                                 
    • Biography
      Mr. Moss has ten years of experience in the areas of anaerobic digestion design, research, management and project development. He oversees Planet Found Energy Development’s (PFED’s) pilot anaerobic digestion and nutrient capture process in Pocomoke City, Maryland, which focuses on addressing the agricultural and environmental concerns inherent with waste management in the poultry industry via the production of custom-tailored, nutrient-adjusted fertilizer products from digested poultry litter. Mr. Moss also manages research and development, market strategy, grant administration, and technical outreach at PFED, and currently oversees several state-funded projects seeking to refine and further develop nutrient recovery technologies. He hasa M.S.in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland College Park, focusing on anaerobic digestion.
    • Statement
      As an active member of the mid-Atlantic agricultural renewable energy industry, and as an owner and manager of a small business operating in that space, I’m aligned with the goals of MABEC and have a vested interest in supporting the organization and the industry at large. As an elected board member, I hope to contribute my knowledge of the regional industry and familiarity with the unique environmental and political arena in which it operates to actively promote the bioenergy sector.
  • Erik Overby, ITility                                                                                      
    • Biography
      Mr. Overby is the Director of Operations for ITility’s new subsidiary company, ITility Renewable Energy and Agriculture.  His responsibilities include the company’s engineering and building of their Center for Applied Renewable Energy and Agriculture Research and Development, located in Washington, VA.  ITility is developing and building a smaller digester designed to operate on animal and food waste.  Mr. Overby’s love of agriculture was a result of growing up and working on the family’s 10,000-acre wheat and cattle ranch in Montana.  He understands both the logistical and operational challenges of this project.  As a retired Army officer, he has direct experience mobilizing and moving soldiers and supplies great distances into austere conditions.  He possesses a deep appreciation of equipment scalability and mobility.  Operationally, Mr. Overby managed multi-million dollar contracts involving hundreds of employees working both domestically and overseas for Washington D.C. based, Fortune 500 companies prior to joining ITility.  These unique skill sets enable Mr. Overby to implementITility’svision of translating economically and operationally feasible renewable energy and agriculture solutions for both commercial customers and government customers. Mr. Overby’s education and experience create the conditions for ITility to innovate within the Renewable Energy arena.  Mr. Overby has a BS from the United States Military Academy and an MA degree from the University of Nebraska.
    • Statement
      As ITility Renewable Energy and Agriculture’s Director of Operations, I am overseeing a 3 Million dollar company investment in anaerobic digestion and biogas production within the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council’s (MABEC) footprint.  We are making an investment on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to study solutions to the nutrient loading of the Chesapeake Bay resulting from Phosphorus in chicken litter.  Additionally, we are investing in our own Research and Development facility to address innovative solutions in biogas production.
  • Rich Schroeder, BioResource Management                                      
    • Biography
      Mr. Schroeder is the President and founder of BioResource Management, Inc., (BRM) and brings over thirty-five years’ forestry and biomass experience in planning, developing, and operating facilities throughout the US.  Mr. Schroeder’s experience includes governmental service and field operations of forestland management, sawmill operations, and recycling firms.Mr. Schroeder started his forestry career as a County Forester with the Florida Division of Forestry.  He worked in several positions with that state agency including Utilization Coordinator and Statewide Wood Energy Director.  Afterward, he operated a forest products operation including logging, chipping, a sawmill, a pressure treating plant, and forest management of over 14,000 acres.Mr. Schroeder became involved in the early wood recycling industry as the part-owner of Wood Resource Recovery, one of the first permitted wood waste and organics recycling facility in Florida. Later, he worked with a company recycling over 1.5 million tons per year of organics, and managed wood supplies and supported development efforts in several states including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and many other states and countries.Mr. Schroeder’s company, BRM was founded in 2005 and has worked with large forest landowners, multinational petroleum companies, and independent technology developers. BRM’s role has been varied, assessing, sourcing, and managing biomass supplies including perennial grasses, forest products and by-products, and urban vegetative materials. Currently, the company manages biomass supplies for clients and handles deliveries of over one million tons per year.Mr. Schroeder received his BS in Forestry and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida.  He also earned an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.  He maintains offices in Newberry, Florida and Allentown, PA.
    • Statement
      I think I can contribute many years’ experience in actually getting bioenergy projects done. I have been involved in projects since 1986, from the planning and design stages through financing, start-up, and operation, in many states including some in the Mid-Atlantic. I understand the challenges of making them happen, what can go wrong, and what can be done to avoid pitfalls. Over the years I have probably seen over $2 billion successfully invested in biomass and bioenergy projects and unfortunately have probably seen an equivalent amount lost pursuing the industry.  I hope to pass on my experience and guidance to the Board of Directors.

FAQs

  1. Who’s on the MABEC Board now?
    http://www.mabec.org/about/leadership/ 
  2. How many seats are up for election?
    Six– terms are staggered to make about half of the elected positions available each year. There are eight elected positions and 12 Directors overall. New seats, beyond the elected eight, are created when an organization joins at the Sustaining Level. Your organization can upgrade at any time, skip the election and join the Board. Interested? Please email MABEC Staff if you’d like to know more about Sustaining Memberships.
  3.  Whose terms are ending?
    Paul Kohl – Treasurer
    Geoff Bristow – Director at Large
    Mike Jacobson – Director at Large
    Dan Rider – Director at Large
    There are also two vacant seat available.
  4. What are the main responsibilities of Directors?
    In general, the Board meets 10 times a year by conference call for 90 minutes and twice a year in person. Directors are expected to take a leadership position in an Association committee or working group (existing or new) and to help engage the rest of the membership to participate and support the activities of MABEC which are designed to grow the bioenergy industry in the Mid-Atlantic.
  5. How long are the terms for Directors?
    With the exception of Sustaining Members, Director terms are two-years. For Sustaining Members, their Board seat is valid for one year as long as the Sustaining level dues for that year have been paid.
  6. Are there term limits?
    No director may be elected for a term longer than two years, but Directors may be re-elected for additional 2-year terms without limit.
  7. How do I nominate someone? May I nominate myself?
    Simply email their name, company, and email address to team@mabec.org. You may nominate yourself.