Jeaneen Zappa, Executive Director

With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Jeaneen’s expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership and client relationships to program development. Prior to joining the EEA in August of 2020, Jeaneen was executive director of Conservation Consultants Inc., now part of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which focuses on residential energy efficiency and healthy home performance.

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. Her early career included work for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and for the Pittsburgh Press, once the major daily newspaper in Pittsburgh.

Jeaneen holds a dual degree in Magazine Journalism and Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at

Hannah Beckett, New Jersey Program Coordinator

Hannah works to promote energy efficiency through building business relationships, organizing events, and supporting grant-funded projects, with a primary focus on New Jersey.

She received her B.A. in Psychology and Environmental Studies from The College of New Jersey.

She can be reached at

Gwenn Gdovichin, Western PA Program Coordinator

Joining us in July 2023, Gwenn brings over 20 years of client account management and strategic business development experience to her role with the Energy Efficiency Alliance. Located in Pittsburgh, her focus is on Western Pennsylvania and supporting and engaging with current and prospective members in the area.

Gwenn holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at

Mary Jacobson, Director of Development & Finance

Mary joined the EEA team in January 2019 to manage and grow the Energy Efficiency Alliance’s revenue streams. She started her career building grassroots support for energy efficiency in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and has spent the last fifteen years providing support for nonprofit development teams. Mary is a graduate of Fordham University (B.A., Classical Languages & Religious Studies). She can be reached at​

John M. Kolesnik, Esq., Policy Counsel

John works to advance energy efficiency and utility business model reform policies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to joining The Energy Efficiency Alliance, John focused his practice in civil and business litigation representing corporate clients through all phases of litigation in State and Federal Court as well as in various municipal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He holds bachelor degrees in Accounting, Political Science, & Philosophy from Cabrini College and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

John can be reached at:

Rachel Goodgal, Government Affairs Manager

Rachel works to create a policy environment more favorable to energy efficiency market expansion and equitable deployment. Before joining EEA in August 2022, she developed her interest in sustainability and clean energy through advocacy work with 350NYC and Climate Crisis Policy.

Rachel holds an MPA in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Theatre from Middlebury College. She can be reached at

Katie Thompson, Communications & Events Manager

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Katie joined EEA in June 2021 after several years in the world of digital marketing. Her clients included small businesses and technology startups in a wide range of industries, including construction, finance, and recruiting. She has an M.F.A. from Boston University and prior experience in environmental litigation as a litigation assistant for Earthjustice.

She can be reached at