About the US Wind Force Foundation
The foundation strives to improve the quality of life for the citizens in the areas where it works. To attain this goal, emphasis is given to projects that continue to help the citizenry for multiple generations, such as “bricks and mortar” endeavors that create or improve infrastructure or provide long-term results.

Board of Directors
The US Wind Force Foundation Board of Directors is made up of former owners of US Wind Force, LLC, the owners of Laurel Renewable Partners, LLC, and a representative of NRG Energy, Inc. They are:

James M Cookman James M Cookman - President and Director
Jim Cookman is a partner at Laurel Renewable Partners, LLC. Previously, he served as President and COO of US Wind Force, LLC and its subsidiaries. In addition, he is a successful entrepreneur of 35 years with businesses in a variety of fields including insurance, finance, real estate, and communications. Jim is politically active at the local, state and national levels and has held appointed positions in West Virginia under three different Governors. He studied at WVU where he earned an NCAA football scholarship, and ultimately earned a BS degree in Engineering from Fairmont State College. Mr. Cookman currently resides in Petersburg, West Virginia with his wife, Cathy.

David K Friend David K Friend - Vice President, Secretary, and Director
Dave Friend is a partner at Laurel Renewable Partners, LLC which he co-founded in 2013. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of US Wind Force, LLC. Prior to co-founding US Wind Force, Dave spent 23 years as an employee of Allegheny Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries in a variety of managerial capacities. A graduate of Penn State University and Point Park University, Mr. Friend holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dave resides in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cindy.

Michael J Dolan II Michael J Dolan II - Treasurer and Director
Mike Dolan is a Founding Member and CFO of SSL Energy Solutions, LLC. Previously, he served as the CFO of Appalachian Lighting Systems, Inc., the CFO of US Wind Force, LLC, and was the Corporate VP of Operations Review with US Food Service. Other previous experience includes his role as Controller of F. H Bevevino & Company, a foodservice distributor. Mr. Dolan received his BS in Economics from Wilkes University. Mike resides in West Wyoming, Pennsylvania with his wife, Lynn, and two sons.

David F McAnally David F McAnally - Director
Dave McAnally is the Executive VP of SSL Energy Solutions and was a co-founder and director of US Wind Force, LLC. He previously served as its Chairman and CEO. Prior to joining US Wind Force, he held several senior positions within Wesco International and as Executive VP and CFO of US Foodservice – one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States. Mr. McAnally graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Economics and Accounting. He currently resides in Mars, Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan.

Joseph E Trainor, Jr Joseph Trainor, Sr. - Director
Joe Trainor is the owner of Crown Strategies, LLC. Previously, he served as a co-founder and director of US Wind Force, LLC, and earlier served as its VP of Operations. Joe joined US Wind Force following his retirement from the United States Secret Service. During his 28-year career with the service, he served in numerous roles, including Deputy Assistant Director, and as a member of the Presidential Protective Detail during multiple administrations. Joe graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Industrial Marketing. He currently resides in Baden, Pennsylvania with his wife, Karen.

G Thomas Matthews G. Thomas Matthews - Director
Tom, who is retired was a co-founder and director of US Wind Force, LLC, and previously served as its President and COO. Tom served as Principal & CEO of Marine Magnesium Company, formerly a division of Merck & Co, that was acquired by a small group of management insiders headed by Mr. Matthews. He was also employed by Exxon Corp, Westinghouse Electric, and General Motors. Mr. Matthews holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Douglas E. Vance Douglas E. Vance - Director
Doug Vance is an Operations and Maintenance Project Manager for NRG Wind, the owner and operator of the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage.