Advisory Committee

SEEDS is honored to have respected members of the environmental community add their expertise to our organization’s mission and membership.

If you have been invited to join our Advisory Committee, or think your skill-sets would help us further our mission, please click HERE to submit your information.

Richard Pedranti – Richard Pedranti is our newest advisor, an architect specializing in Passive House and high performance building. He attended Pennsylvania State University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in order to earn his Bachelor of Science (Major in Architecture) and Masters of Architecture, respectively.  Richard oversaw the design and construction of many large projects including the renovation of the Charlie Rose Production Studio and the delivery of an essential component of the Tokyo International Forum, and later came to found his own firm, Richard Pedranti Architect, in the Lower West side of Manhattan. Licensed in Pennsylvania, New York State and New Jersey and member of the American Institute of Architects, Pedranti now specializes in energy efficient residential and small commercial projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and Philadelphia with a particular focus on Pike County projects. Richard became a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) in 2012. He is also a Certified Passive House Builder (CPHB), a Certified PHIUS+ Rater, and a RESNET certified HERS rater.

Brian Stafford – Brian is a Key Account Manager at PPL Electric Utilities. Brian helps PPL customers manage their energy usage and identify opportunities to reduce usage and save money. PPL is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service to its customers. Brian helps align customers’ needs with the resources, programs and services PPL offers.  PPL has offered energy efficiency programs since the 1970s. Their current Act 129 programs have been around since 2009 and have helped more than 34,000 Pennsylvania businesses install more efficient equipment with energy savings equivalent to taking 206,000 homes off the grid.

Ryanne Jennings – Ryanne is the Executive Director of The Cooperage Project in Honesdale. Previously, she was the Communications Coordinator at The Food Trust, a large national food access and nutrition education organization in Philadelphia. She is a Temple graduate, and moved back to Honesdale in 2016 to raise her young family. She is serving as a Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador and is on the leadership committee of the NEPA STEM Ecosystem. She serves as the president of the Honesdale High School Alumni Association and is on the board of directors of the Lackawaxen Food Hub. Ryanne also volunteers with the Honesdale River Project and Wayne Pike Trails and Waterways Alliance. Ryanne enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, gardening, running and cooking. SEEDS is grateful to have Ryanne advise our organization on fundraising and development.

Andrew Drewchin – Andrew began working in the solar industry in 2015 part time with Level Solar in Long Island, NY, and was shortly promoted to build their inside sales division in Manhattan. He built up a team sales reps, personally generated 45 solar installations, and was given another opportunity to build Sales Operations for Level Solar. Later he was promoted to business development analyst. When investors of Level Solar closed the company, they hired Andrew. He also works at Inhabit Solar as the Director of Process and Business development. They specialize in solar canopies and carports and work closely within the community solar market segment. Andrew is also a partner and director at his own company called Plant Group. Plant Group designs, installs, and maintains urban garden spaces and smart irrigation systems. He rusn the company with five other friends, two of which are his brothers, Nick and Silas.

Savannah Brunette – Savannah is a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University where she studied Marketing at the Smeal College of Business. Outside of classes, she served as president for Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO). SCNO recruits, interviews, and trains passionate students to complete engagements with local nonprofits and impact the community. Savannah worked with over 20 nonprofits on various deliverables. Her past internship experience includes marketing and public relations at Wayne Memorial Health System, marketing and media relations at the Port of Los Angeles, marketing at SEEDS of Northeastern PA, and she is currently a Human Capital Intern at Deloitte Consulting LLP. Promoting sustainable living has become a cause very close to her heart, as is the local community.

Nick Hindley – Nick is the owner of Environspec & PA Home Energy Consultants and  has been in the inspection business for the past twenty years. He has over 30 years experience in building and construction. Nick is a BPI Building Performance Institute Energy Auditor. Nick has developed and conducted the training for our TEAAM programs – training area high school students to perform energy assessments. SEEDS offers these assessments free each summer (pending funding) to local residents of Wayne and Pike Counties. Our TEAAM program typically employs 4 – 6 area high school students each summer.

Bob Mermell – Bob has offered to help SEEDS with advertising and promotional assistance. Bob has had a lengthy career in media, and we are thrilled to have his input!

Larry Reeger – Larry lives in Waymart, PA and is a Green Building Educator and Assistant Professor of Green Building at SUNY Sullivan. Larry once worked on the wind turbines in our area. He has been instrumental in helping to build a partnership with Habitat for Humanity as SEEDS works with Wayne County’s local Habitat Building Committee to explore using  solar technology for Habitat homes. His expertise grows as he continues to take courses in the latest solar technologies, and SEEDS is lucky to have him help and advise on our programs! Larry is co-leading our Heating Efficiently forums in 2014.

Julie Hudson – Julie has been a dedicated board member of SEEDS in the past. Julie is the owner of Hudson Non-profit Consulting. Julie earned a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies and also earned a M.A. in Environmental Policy from The George Washington University. Some of her career highlights include serving as a Development Director of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, an Organizer and Policy Advocate for Sierra Club and a Grant Writer and Land Policy Associate for The Wilderness Society. Julie has given her time and advice generously to SEEDS for some time now.

Gordon Smith – Gordon is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, A/C & Heat Pump Professional, and WHALCI.  Gordon is an approved PV and ST installer in both the NYSERDA program and the Sunshine program, and an approved wind installer in the NYSERDA program. Gordon is President of Renewable Energy Solutions, and President of Black Cherry Services. He performs energy audits,  all types of construction and renovation – rough and finish carpentry, plumbing, heating, A/C, heat pumps, wood boilers, electrical, doors, windows, insulation (both spray foam and dense-pack cellulose). Gordon is interested in all things energy efficiency related and hopes to build a Passive House with super-efficient insulation, doors, and windows.

Gordon Smith’s professional contact information can be found on our “resources” tab, in the local contractors section.

Mary Anne Carletta – Mary Anne is an Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science at  Georgetown College in Kentucky.  She has  earned a B.A in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from Colgate University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University and her Ph. D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. She teaches about climate change, energy conservation, and renewable energy at the college level. Her research has included ecotoxicology. with an emphasis on aquatic and wetlands habitats, and the effects of pollutants on individual organisms, populations and communities as well as endocrine disruption.  Mary Anne is a member of The American Solar Energy Society, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society, Kentucky Academy of Sciences and Kentucky Solar Energy Society. She and her husband have a part time residence in northeastern PA. Mary Anne has previously served on the Board of SEEDS when she was in this area during a sabbatical from Georgetown. SEEDS is very lucky to have her knowledge and passion enhancing our Advisory Committee.

Blair Buselli – You may recognize the Buselli name. Buselli Heating and Plumbing is a family run  business in Beach Lake and has served this area for over 30 years. Blair was interested in solar technology and took advantage of SEEDS’ sponsored solar training in 2009 to learn more. Blair fully embraced this technology. Blair has since become a PA and NY approved solar installer, and is a NABCEP (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified Installer. Blair started Shekinah Solar and has been helping to increase the renewable energy generated in our area by installing solar arrays in our area ever since. He can install solar PV (photovoltaic – or electricity) as well as solar thermal (hot water) systems, that blend perfectly with his plumbing background.

Blair Buselli’s professional contact information can be found on our “resources” tab, in the local contractors section.

Michele Sands – Founder and first Chair of SEEDS, Michele is a retired librarian, English and technology teacher from New York City, first in the public school system, then at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Investing her retirement savings in her future, she and her husband insulated their old farm house, then installed geothermal and solar photo voltaic panels—and she drives a Prius. She walks before she talks.  She, her husband and son run Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy, therapeutic riding facility in Tyler Hill, PA. Michele is currently a board member of the Clean Energy Co-op.

Zachary Jennings – Zachary is an attorney in the law firm Jennings & Jennings, LLC located in Honesdale, PA. The firm’s major areas of practice are real estate closings and litigation; small business representation; contracts; and wills, trusts and estates. Prior to practicing law, he was a mechanical engineer working in various fields including precision shhet metal manufacturing, automation and commissioning of ISO classified spaces, and industrial HVAC design and construction. Zack received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Dr. Carl J. Milks, MD FAAP, FACAAI – Dr. Milks has been practicing medicine for decades, specializing formerly in pediatrics, and later in Asthma Allergies and Clinical Immunology. He went to medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his pediatric residency at Tulane University. Dr. Milks has numerous certifications, professional associations, teaching experiences and publications. SEEDS is fortunate to have Carl advising us on “indoor air-pollution”, helping SEEDS share information about chemical pollutants and irritants found in our cleaning products.

Jamie Reeger – Jamie has a Masters of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and Environmental Science from East Stroudsburg University.  Environmental education has never been a job for Jamie, but instead a true passion, leading her to share her knowledge and wonder of being part of an incredibly perfect planet. Jamie is currently an environmental educator manager at Lacawac Sanctuary. Prior to that, she worked at Lackawanna College Environmental Institute/Education Center as the director.  She also served as the environmental educator at Monroe County Environmental Education Center and was the director of the Bear Creek Camp and Nature Center. Beyond environmental education Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband Larry, and two children, Leah (5) and Caden (3).  Jamie is an avid gardener and tries to grow much of the family’s food for the year.  Eating local whole foods is another way she believes she can affect positive change for Earth and her family.  She also enjoys biking, skiing, camping, canoeing and anything outdoors.

(last updated Oct 2018)

If you are interested in joining our Advisory Committee and have expertise that would serve our community, please click HERE to submit your information.