Wind Energy in Virginia

Remy Pangle, Associate Director and Curriculum Coordinator
Remy is the Director of Education and Outreach and State Facilitator for the Wind for Schools (WfS) program in Virginia. She works mainly with educators and school administrators to bring meaningful wind (and all alternative) energy education into the classroom. She also has an interest in offshore wind and other sources of ocean renewable energy.

The American Chestnut

John S. LaMonica, A.I.A.


John S. LaMonica, AIA (Jack) is a custom residential and historic renovations architect licensed in Maryland and Virginia since 1981. Born & raised in Elkton, Maryland, he attended high school at The Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware and earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1978 from The University of Notre Dame. He worked as an architect in Camden, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Middleburg, Virginia before starting his own practice in Middleburg in 1990 with an office currently in Marshall, Virginia.
He is a volunteer and board member (2013 President) of The American Chestnut Foundation - Virginia Chapter. Since joining the Virginia Chapter in 2006, he has been active in locating, identifying, pollinating, harvesting and planting backcross and 100% American chestnuts, with the goal to eventully restore these important trees to the eastern forest.
His father Vincent, a craftsman and tree grower, taught him about wood and trees at a young age (5+/-). He planted his first chestnut (Chineese) from seed collected on a visit to Villanova University when he was 12. Jack discovered many surviving Chestnut trees around 1989 at his family’s residence in Fauquier County, Virginia. It is a restored 1870s (chestnut log, roof & siding) structure with a 1919 chestnut framed addition which dates to the blight in Virginia. The farm has at least 40 native American chestnuts and another 50 chinquapins growing in 3 acres of woods
A research paper entitled Structural Characteristics of Wood Species for Construction Related to American Chestnut was authored by him in 2008, in response to common misconceptions about the wood’s strength. It addresses the past and future uses of chestnut wood, with data from historic documents and experience certifying new and salvaged timbers for several architerctural projects. The paper won an honorable mention in a research contest chaired by Cesar Pelli, FAIA and praised for its potential for sustainable land management, design and construction.

John S. LaMonica, A.I.A., Architect
The American Chestnut Foundation -
Virginia Chapter President
5094 Stable Field Road
Marshall, Virginia 20115
Telephone: 540-364-6465