Executive Director

Bill Nowak, Executive Director
NY-GEO Founding Member

Bill's effectiveness as Director of Policy Research on the NY State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee while working for Senator Antoine M. Thompson contributed to the Senator being named 2010 Legislator of the Year by Environmental Advocates of NY and 2010 Solar Legislative Champion by the NY Solar Energy Industries Association.

In 2011 Bill obtained his IGSHPA Accredited Installer Certification. This added to the many other certifications and education credentials that Bill has obtained since obtaining his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Nowak
50 Inwood Place
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: (518) 3136-GEO
email: nygeoinfo@gmail.com

Interim Board of Directors

John Franceschina, PE, President
NY-GEO Founding Member

John, formerly the Director of Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs at the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is now Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response program for PSEG Long Island. It provides rebates and incentives for the 1.1M residential and commercial customers in the PSEG-LI territory which includes virtually all homes and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.

As Senior Manager, John leads, manages and oversees all aspects of PSEG’s residential energy efficiency programs encompassing both the new construction and existing building market sectors.

PSEG Long Island
15 Park Drive
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (516) 660-3049
email: john.franceschina@pseg.com

Jens Ponikau, Vice President
NY-GEO Founding Member

Jens is the co-owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating, a geo design and installation firm that installs between 90-100 systems per year in Western NY. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited geothermal installer and geoexchange designer with a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Before moving to WNY and helping to found Buffalo Geothermal in 2008, he had installed 120 geosystems in Germany - his native land. Jens regularly gives seminars and public presentations on geothermal technology.

Buffalo Geothermal Heating
2125 William St.
Cheektowaga, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 684-8848
email: jponikau@yahoo.com

John D. Manning, PE, Treasurer
NY-GEO Founding Member

Since obtaining a Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in 1975 John has engaged in every aspect of heat pump design, marketing, application and system design. As founder of Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC he has contributed to the successful application of geothermal heat pump technology from Port Augusta, Australia to Auburn, NY. Currently, he supports hundreds of geothermal contractors through Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions. John is also a trained presenter and supporter of The Climate Reality Project.

Phoenix Energy Supply
7523 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-3720
email: jmanning@phoenixenergysupply.com

John Ciovacco John Ciovacco, Interim Director
NY-GEO Founding Member

John is the President of Aztech Geothermal, a design-build contractor of innovative building energy systems based in Ballston Spa, NY. He is a resource to building owners, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options. John is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Presenter, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

Aztech Geothermal
5 McCrea Hill Rd
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885-5383
email: jciovacco@aztechgeo.com

Zach Fink Zachary Fink, Interim Director
NY-GEO Founding Member

Zach Fink is the lead Geothermal Designer for ZBF Geothermal, LLC. At ZBF Geothermal, Zach specializes on high performance geothermal heating and cooling systems. He consults on/ designs and installs projects ranging for 1,500 square foot residential homes to 15 story rental building in New York City. Over the past six years, Zachary Fink, has installed or designed more than 250 geothermal heating and cooling systems. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (ISGHPA) Accredited Installer.

ZBF Geothermal, LLC
667 Larkfield Road
Commack, NY 11725
Office: (631) 992-5566
Cell: (631) 921-7212
email: Zach@ZBFGeothermal.com www.ZBFGeothermal.com