Clean Fuels Ohio Board of Directors
THEA WALSH, BOARD CHAIR
Thea Walsh is a 14-year public servant focused on transportation and community planning. She started her career in 2002 as a transportation planner for Clark County, Ohio, was the deputy chief of the Office of Energy and Redevelopment at the Ohio Development Services Agency. In 2014, she joined the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission as the director of transportation systems and funding.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Masters of Public Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a National Development Council-certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a Certified Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member of the Association of Ohio Commodores.
BETH SNOKE, SECRETARY
Beth has over 30 years of experience in both operations and administration in the transportation and parking field. For the past 29 years, she has worked for The Ohio State University and currently serves as director of OSU Transportation & Traffic Management. In thisposition, Beth has oversight of the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS), Vehicle Maintenance and Fleet, Traffic Management, Parking Contract Management. Beth is an active member of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), International Parking Institute (IPI), Campus Parking and Transportation Association (CPTA).
In addition, she serves as a national board member and membership committee chair for ACT, vice president for CPTA, and is a member of the Clean Fuels Ohio Board.
DARRYL SYLER, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHAIR
Darryl Syler is the fleet manager for the City of Dublin. Prior to moving to Dublin, Ohio, and was the fleet maintenance manager for the City of Little Rock for eight years. He retired from the military in 2003 after 24 years, serving in the Army and Army National Guard in various maintenance and logistics positions all over the world. He has developed policy and procedures for the City of Dublin Fleet Management Division and serves on the Eco Dublin Committee for Sustainability, Advisory Board for Government Fleet Magazine, and Clean Fuels Ohio Gaseous Fuels Committee.
Darryl is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).
Dale Arnold has been director of energy services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since 1995. He represents farm, small business and residential energy consumers on customer choice advisory boards with American Electric Power, Columbia Gas, and Vectren. He has participated in several Public Utilities Commission of Ohio working groups concerning electric infrastructure and gas pipelines.
Dale currently serves as a member of both the Ohio Department of Development’s (ODOD) Wind Working Group and Biomass Task Force, participates in the Ohio Consumers Counsel Low Income Consumer Advocacy Group, and serves as a board member of Green Energy Ohio and the Ohio Energy Project. In 2002, Governor Bob Taft appointed Dale to the State of Ohio Public Benefits Advisory Board. The Board governs the Partial Income Payment Program (PIPP) which helps low income customers control their energy costs. In 2007, Governor Ted Strickland reappointed Dale to the board and he now serves as chairman.
Mary McCarron has been involved with Clean Fuels Ohio since 2001 and is dedicated to promoting the wide-spread use of alternative fuels. She has promoted renewable energy and energy efficiency to Ohio’s schools as the EnergySmart Schools coordinator with Ohio Energy Project. She is currently the public involvement manager at Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and fills state vehicles with E85 whenever she gets a chance. She also serves as the chairwoman of the Grants Oversight Committee.
She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental education and communication from the Ohio State University.
Page Thorson co-founded Benchmark Biodiesel, Inc. in 2007 after she and her husband, Wade Thorson, saw the need for biodiesel blending and infrastructure in Ohio. The business has grown from a start-up to a thriving business that provides reliable biodiesel blends to fleets across the state. Page is responsible for managing relationships with public and private customers and developing strategies to advance the business and promote the use of biodiesel around the state. She has been involved with the advocacy work of Clean Fuels Ohio for several years and serves on the policy and marketing committees.
Page has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Ohio State University.
Chuck Diehl serves as fleet manager for Smith Dairy and has worked for the company for 38 years. He is responsible for Smith Dairy Trucking’s 400+ vehicle fleet, and oversaw the planning and implementation of their CNG project in 2012. Smith Dairy Trucking’s CNG project was twofold – building one of Ohio’s first public CNG heavy truck fuel sites, and deploying Smith Dairy’s first CNG-powered tractors.
Chuck is currently developing Smith’s fuel doctrine that will have Smith Dairy Trucking diesel independent by 2030.
Bill Burns has 26 years of fleet management experience, serving the past four as fleet operations manager for the City of Columbus. In this role, Bill oversees the work of 120 fleet employees and the operations of over 6200 vehicles. He has also been an advocate for many of the city’s green initiatives, including implementing the first anti-idling policy and the development of the city’s first comprehensive green fleet policy that includes the use of biodiesel, E85, hybrids, and CNG.
He is the 2008 recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Job Performance for his oversight of the city’s $27 million fleet facility that encompasses many green energy concepts.
Bill McGlinchey has more than 40 years of technical automotive experience and has been dedicated to alternative fuels for the past 25 years. His background is in training and teaching, and most recently, he has focused on alternative fuels curriculum development and grant writing. He retired from West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium in June of 2002 and has since then formed his own consulting company, AFV International, LLC, offering alternative fuel services internationally. He has completed assignments abroad with the DOE’s Clean Cities International program and authored his third book on alternative fuels, a study guide for CNG technicians. While serving on the American Gas Association’s original NGV-3 task force, Bill helped to establish automotive conversion system standards. More recently, he shared his expertise to the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition’s NGV-2 Taskforce on cylinder inspection protocols.
Bill also serves with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to help develop alternative fuel technician and training program certification and has numerous published articles and papers.
Chris Emery is the vice president of business development for W.W. Williams, a sales and service company concentrating on vehicle fleets of all kinds. He has 40 years of experience in business development with companies in several industries as well as a successful background in the development of new business with Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has extensive knowledge of the quality processes including six sigma, ISO standards and lean initiatives.
Over the last 10 years, he has concentrated on alternative fuel conversions and CNG station maintenance. He graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Science and serves on the advisory board for Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor, Michigan and The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research's External Advisory Board.
CYNTHIA MAVES, MARKETING CHAIR
Cynthia is the EV fleet business development manager for Nissan North America for the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Prior to joining Nissan, she worked for Clean Fuels Ohio as director of grant administration. In this role, she managed more than $25 million in federal and state grants. She was also responsible for implementing and managing the Drive Electric Ohio initiative and served as staff lawyer, drafting and negotiating all grant award and consulting contracts for Clean Fuels Ohio.
Cynthia has also served as a lawyer for the State Medical Board of Ohio and is currently a director of First Federal Savings Bank in Indiana. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from DePauw University and a JD from Indiana University at Bloomington.
DR. MARK SHANAHAN, POLICY CHAIR
Dr. Shanahan provides clients strategic guidance on clean energy technology policy and deployment through New Morning Energy LLC. He was recently appointed by the US District Court to serve on the board of trustees to manage disbursement of claims benefits in a class action suit involving Duke Energy. He is on the boards of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund and the Emerald Cities Collaborative for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As Governor Ted Strickland’s energy advisor, he played a key role in designing, negotiating and implementing SB 221 that created Ohio’s first advanced energy and efficiency portfolio standards. During his tenure serving four Governors as executive director, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority issued $5.8 billion in bonds, supporting investments in air pollution control and prevention, energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
He received an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
MATTHEW B. ALLISON
Matt Allison oversees Central Ohio Transit Authority’s largest division – an estimated 800 employees engaged in all aspects of COTA’s central operations including bus operators, vehicle maintenance technicians and Mobility Services, the group responsible for service to people with disabilities. He began his career with the organization as a farebox collector and coach cleaner for COTA in 1989. After working his way up through the ranks including positions as a truck driver, in facilities and as a transportation services supervisor, Matt was named Superintendent of Transportation in 2009 and Director of Transportation in 2015.
Matt’s 30 years of transit experience includes the successful negotiation of union contracts, leading the complete overhaul of bus routes in 2017, the introduction of a text message-based emergency notification system and robust staff development initiatives. During his tenure at the helm of COTA operations, the authority was named Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2018 by the American Public Transportation Association. Matt has been a leader in the Midwest Transit Leadership Exchange and spearheaded efforts to engage COTA’s operations team with the Ohio Public Transportation Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Ohio Christian University.