Our Board of Directors
Matthew Heinz, Chairman and Executive Director
Matthew is the Vice President of Customer Service at EnergyCAP, Inc. His primary role is to advocate for the voice of the customer in all of EnergyCAP’s operations and actions by: overseeing fulfillment of new orders, license validations, product upgrades, communications, and leading the customer success and technical support teams. He leads his department with, “Our vision is for every single one of our EnergyCAP users to be highly satisfied with their operation of EnergyCAP software.”
Additional contributions to the company include: a member of the Customer Experience Professional Association, treasurer on the board of directors, Catalyst Conference presenter, and part of the Product Ownership Team. Previous experience that helped him develop his customer experience skillset is: donor manager for several nonprofit organizations, support staff in college, and coach for developmentally disabled adults.
He finished his MBA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from North Park University in 2016. Matthew received his Master of Arts Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College.
Matthew has a wide range of experience in developing countries. His most memorable work has been spent in Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.
He currently resides in Port Matilda, PA with his wife Theresa and four sons.
Liz Helland, secretary
Liz has a passion for non-profit work and has spent the last four years working for Pregnancy Resource Clinic as the Development Manager. In her role, she oversees the marketing, event planning, and development efforts of the clinic. Previously, Liz has worked in administration at a charter school for at-risk students as well as traveled to several countries to work with organizations who empower and protect vulnerable children and youth. Her experiences have fueled her passion for education and to see this generation empowered and thriving in their communities.
Liz graduated from Malone University with a degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in State College with her husband, Chris, and their beautiful daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Ashlee Tate, TREASURER
Ashlee currently works within the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the Pennsylvania State University. In this position, she is responsible for assisting in the management and maintenance of a database consisting of nearly 2 million Alumni, Donor, Student and Friend records. Through this work she has developed a passion for non-profit fundraising, specifically for education. Ashlee recognizes the impact education can have on the lives of students, as well as their families and communities, as she has seen this first hand through her work at Penn State.
Ashlee graduated from Penn State with a degree in Management Information Systems from the Smeal College of Business. She currently resides in State College, PA with her husband, Jamaal, and their 3 daughters.
Noel has worked in international education for over 10 years and has called Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, and the USA home. He is pursuing a PhD in international community development at Pennsylvania State University focusing his research on the impacts on communities in the Global South (developing world) that have partnerships with universities in the Global North. Noel is passionate about empowering local communities around the globe and developing strong global partnership which benefit all parties.
He and his incredible wife Mary love exploring their home of State College and around the globe.
Kay has resided in the State College area for over 25 years. She is a retired RN and has participated in medical missions in several countries of the world. Her expertise is in setting up new medical clinics and in 2002 she planned and executed the opening of a medical clinic on the campus of Kabul University.
Graduating with a Masters of Practical Ministry from the Wagner Leadership Institute, Kay has been able to lead teams, minister, and teach in Rwanda, Philippines, Afghanistan, Germany, Korea, and Dominican Republic. Kay’s first love is to pray for women and children.
Kay is married to Steve and they have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 5 grandchildren. They love to travel, relax on the family boat, and spend family time together.
Steve Heinz (ex-officio member)
Steve is the founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc. an energy efficiency software publisher. He belongs to the Association of Energy Engineers and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in PA and a Certified Energy Manager. In his spare time he likes to read, exercise, bike, boat, and go out to eat. Steve has travelled internationally to the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. He values education because it has enabled him to start and run businesses and employ others.
After a long career in retail, Beckie returned to Penn State to get her nursing degree which was put to good use caring for a chronically-ill family member during the past several years. With this family member's passing and a passion for the broken and disenfranchised, she is now enjoying a new season of life pursuing service opportunities. Beckie sits on the board of Out of the Cold and feels a unique connection to the homeless population of State College, PA. This is the same heart-tug she felt meeting the street children of Rwanda in 2007. A solid support system and educational foundation are critical components of success for the marginalized and she is excited to serve with Global Capacity to help meet those needs.
Beckie has participated in and led many mission trips to the Rose of Sharon Orphanage in the Dominican Republic. A lifelong interest in Africa and a short term trip to Rwanda have exponentially increased the compassion capacity of her heart.
Along with her husband, Bob; intellectually disabled brother, Bill; two dogs; and a cat, Beckie resides in pastoral Pennsylvania Furnace. She enjoys camping, gardening, and, more than anything, spending time with her family, particularly her two young grandchildren.
Jonathan is currently a staff therapist at the Penn State Psychological Clinic where he has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups for the past two years. He also provides psychological consulting services to local mental health organizations who care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Jonathan has also provided training for campus ministers on dealing with mental health concerns in ministry. Jonathan earned his masters degree in school counseling from Penn State University and is in the last stages of his PhD in counselor education and supervision. He has specialized training in couples therapy, treatment for depression, anxiety, and serious and persistent mental illness. Jonathan believes that compassionate and collaborative relationships are foundational for all worthwhile change, which informs his vision for change in poor communities. He does not believe in helping in a top down manner but rather in participation with underprivileged people. Jonathan lives in State College with his wife and three children. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing sports, and being active in his church community.