Thomas B. Schmidt, III, Esquire, is managing attorney of the Harrisburg office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, a national law firm. He has served on the boards of Market Square Concerts, Education Law Center, MidPenn Legal Services, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania and Allied Arts Fund. He has served on the vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and twice been senior warden of the Cathedral. Recently, he completed a second term as president of the board of trustees of the Harrisburg Academy. He currently serves on the board of Harristown Development Corporation as a director.
Scott has served as president and managing partner of Signature Financial Planning since 2006. He is a licensed financial advisor and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. Scott concentrates his practice on providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to high-net-worth individuals and charitable giving strategies.
Scott began working in the financial planning industry with Eaton Vance and Putnam Investments. He returned to Pittsburgh in 2002 to begin managing Signature Financial Planning with his father, Stephen Tobe.
Scott graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Communications. He is an alumnus of the prestigious NFP Representative Council and currently sits on the advisory council for the Fusion Financial Group. Mr. Tobe was recently recognized by REP. magazine as one of the top 20 financial advisors across the country under the age of 40 for the second straight year. Scott is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative with Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS), and is licensed in securities and insurance.
Mr. Tobe serves as the Chairman of the Planning & Funding Committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, helping to distribute over $22 million to worthy causes. Given his passion for philanthropy, in 2014 Mr. Tobe created a venture philanthropy fund that provides grant money for innovative ideas that help people find meaning and participation in Jewish life.
As a successful young professional, Mr. Tobe was named one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and honored by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Pittsburgh’s Fifty Finest.
Scott lives in Fox Chapel with his wife Becca, daughter Laila, son Asher, and dog Tye.
Cecily Kihn has retired from the Agua Fund, a foundation that concentrates on environmental protection, social services, and civic engagement. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the US Senate, the US Department of Interior, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Island Press. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Harvard University.
She is a longtime resident of Center City Philadelphia and a Board member of Conservation Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and PennFuture. From 2006 to 2013 she was a Democratic committee person in Ward 8. In 2008 and 2012 she was an active member of Center City West Neighbors, a group that aimed to increase voter turnout.
Tim Fulton has been a lifetime resident of York County, growing up in the rural community of Stewartstown. His appreciation and concern for environmental issues stems from his childhood days playing and working on nearby farms and orchards.
After graduating from American University in Washington DC with a degree in sociology, Tim returned to York County to employment with the City of York Redevelopment Authority where he had management responsibility for several major community development initiatives. The largest of these initiatives was the Codorus Creek project which combined residential urban homesteading, water front park development, flood control and commercial building adaptive reuse. Subsequently, Tim began a thirty year career with the real estate department of the Susquehanna Paltzgraff Company where he assisted in the management and development of facilities for the several operating divisions of the company. While these responsibilities were nationwide, Tim maintained his involvement in local community development initiatives.
He led the planning and construction of the 22 mile Heritage Rail Trail which has become a signature linear park for York County. Serving on the boards of the Farm and Natural Lands Trust, Historic York and the Codorus Watershed Endowment he followed his belief in a holistic approach towards appropriately and sensitively building and preserving a sustainable community.
Upon his retirement from Susquehanna Real Estate, Tim has continued his focus on community development in a part time position with Downtown Inc focusing on center city development initiatives for residential development, Codorus Creek environmental improvements, urban landscape initiatives and City promotions.
Tinku Khanwalkar is an environmental attorney with over 35 years of experience, primarily as in-house counsel at PPL (a Fortune 500 power company headquartered in the Lehigh Valley).
Tinku serves as Chair of the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council, is an active member of the Energy and Environment Committee of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Allentown Water and Sewer Compliance Oversight Review Board and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Lehigh Valley Chapter. Tinku is also active with Community Bike Works and is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She has also been instrumental in bringing Wildlands Conservancy and Zoellner Arts Center together to provide STEAM programming to middle school students in Center City Allentown.
Tinku is currently involved in a broad effort to establish a network of organizations, municipalities and institutions in the Lehigh Valley committed to climate action.
Tinku is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Columbia Law School.
Steve is the attorney-owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial law firm in Philadelphia that represents clients locally and nationally in complex and business litigation.
Steve’s lifelong love of nature and the environment began with the outdoor adventures of his youth in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. Today, Steve uses his influence as a highly accomplished lawyer to advocate for environmental justice, with a particular focus on climate change advocacy. In 2014, Steve founded A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of lawyers, law professors, law students, and citizens dedicated to using the law to secure the rights of all people to a healthy and sustainable planet Earth.
As an attorney, Steve represents people with environmental claims seeking justice. He also writes amicus briefs for clients on environmental issues in federal and state court. He serves as the co-chair of the Environmental and Energy Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He writes and speaks regularly on issues related to climate change, science, and the law, including a 2015 article published by the Pennsylvania Bar Association entitled Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Climate Change.
Outside of environmental cases, Steve has been recognized for his work on numerous notable cases, including his work in 2005 as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark First Amendment case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (M.D. Pa. 2005), which enjoined the teaching of “intelligent design” as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution in public school science class.
In 2013, Steve served as lead counsel to the parents of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffered from cystic fibrosis and needed new lungs to live. Steve fought for and secured a change to federal organ allocation policy that literally enabled Sarah to live. He has handled many trials and appeals in important cases over the past 30 years, and he continues to seek out and take on challenging cases through his law firm.
When he is not practicing law or advocating for environmental justice, Steve is riding his bike between his home and office in Philadelphia or on back roads in Perry County, where he and his wife own a rural property that they use as a nature retreat for family and friends.
Ellen has been working at the intersection of environmental sustainability and energy issues for the past 35 years.
She founded and led her own company, Clean Markets, for 11 years, and held senior leadership positions for the US Department of Energy, Exelon Corporation and Gamesa. After successfully selling Clean Markets in 2019 she has been happily retired and volunteers for numerous organizations she is passionate about.
She is an avid hiker, biker and kayaker, and loves spending recreational time with her children. Currently Ellen is enrolled in ongoing courses in herbal medicine. She has lived in Philadelphia since 1981.
Diana is pleased to serve on the PennFuture board, having stated that a sound environment, on several levels, is the greatest legacy we can leave to future generations; and that practical approaches can be forged among multiple stakeholders, once factual information is enabled to prevail.
Diana has been employed by HealthcareData Company, LLC for over 15 years providing data validation, program audit, and related services for Medicare Advantage health plans.
In a previous career as a Registered Dietitian, she directed nutrition services for Morrison’s Custom Management, taught at Marywood University, and consulted for nursing homes.
She is presently active with the League of Women Voters, contributing to the Fair Districts PA project to implement a nonpartisan process for drawing legislative and congressional districts.
During the 80s, Diana and community leaders organized an effort to document harms of a proposed landfill expansion, which ultimately led to a decision by DEP favorable to the community.
Additional past significant community volunteer involvement has been with Countryside Conservancy (LaPlume), Millersburg Area Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.
Sue has spent the last 23 years working with researchers in the field of flow cytometry – a scientific discipline with broad applications for cancer, AIDS, cardiovascular, microbiological and other types of medical research. In addition, this technology has been key to better understanding environmental issues, such as the problems created in our water systems by the overgrowth of certain microorganisms – including Cyanobacteria – the cause of dangerous blue green algae blooms.
As a pilot who holds both land and seaplane ratings, she has a unique perspective on the environmental issues we face, especially in Western PA. She’s been able to document the changes that have occurred in our environment through her aerial photography; as a scuba diver, she’s been witness to what’s happening underwater, as well.
Sue combines her concern for the environment with her passion for flying, by working as a volunteer pilot for Light Hawk – a non-profit organization that partners pilots with conservation groups. As she did prior to joining the Board of Penn Future, she plans to continue to document the changes in the environmental landscape we’re seeing, particularly in Western PA, as a result of fracking and open mining.
She also uses her flying to benefit other non-profits, such as Pilots n Paws, the Young Eagles program of the EAA, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Hair Peace. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is another organization with which she’s worked.
Sue is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh – where her main area of focus was Microbiology. She splits her time between Bradfordwoods, PA and Canandaigua, NY – in the Finger Lakes region of NY.
Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His research focuses on climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the EGU in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award of the NWF in 2013.
He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education.
He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has authored more than 200 publications, and several books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines in 2012. He recently co-authored The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy with Tom Toles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post.
Since retiring after nearly half a century as Director and Curator of the Erie Art Museum, John Vanco has devoted his time to building a better community with an emphasis on environmental awareness, especially efforts to mitigate and cope with the effects of global climate change. From 1968 to 2017 he led the Museum through repeated expansions, culminating in the 2010 LEED Gold-certified building that connects five historic buildings into one complex. He developed a comprehensive green operations policy for the Museum, as well as an exhibit explaining the building’s green aspects. In 2011 the Museum received the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum Service, and in 2015 was honored with the Sustainability Excellence Award in Programming in 2015 by the American Alliance of Museums.
During his tenure at the Museum, Vanco organized more than 500 exhibitions, including a series of Environmental Art Fairs, promoting green awareness through art exhibits and performances. He led environmental art projects such as The Feather at Presque Isle and the Outdoor Classroom at the Multicultural Community Resource Center. He founded and continues to direct Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival, the community’s only green festival, now in its 26th year.
Corey C. Wolff is the Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Solution Services or commonly known as ISS. ISS is the leading provider of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Solutions in the Philadelphia market. The company employs over 40 professionals, who focus on sales, engineering, construction and system maintenance.
Prior to running ISS, Corey owned and ran a successful Solar PV Company based near Harrisburg, PA. Under his leadership, that company installed over 290 solar arrays in 13 states.
Corey currently serves and volunteers as a 5th grade basketball coach, a member of the Hershey Country Club Board of Advisors, and a member of the development committee at Camp Victory.