Darin Bernardi
Senior Account Executive

As a Senior Account Executive, Darin identifies new opportunities and areas of growth and gives our customers unique insights on how they can become more profitable through product differentiation. With a background in chemical engineering, Darin is a resource to lighting engineers looking to incorporate glass into their designs. Darin earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and soon after began working at Kopp Glass. Over the past 16 years, Darin has worked closely with our customers and is always available to discuss the latest aerospace news or the next innovative light-based technology. He is also an active participant of several SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committees. An adventurer, Darin is always on the go and spends his free time traveling, hiking, surfing, and skiing. In all situations, he enjoys meeting new people and learning their story.

Jim Forish
Director of Quality & Process Improvement

Jim started at Kopp Glass in 1996 as a Quality Engineer. Since then, he’s implemented process improvements that have elevated Kopp Glass to a new standard of quality. As Director of Quality & Process Improvement, Jim collaborates with customers and provides design recommendations that decrease manufacturing costs, improve performance, and result in groundbreaking designs that set our customers apart. Jim is our resident aviation geek with over 17 years of experience engineering, manufacturing, and testing aircraft lenses for a wide variety of aerospace applications ranging from the small piston powered aircrafts to the iconic Concorde, to numerous military platforms. In his quest to ensure high-quality products for the aerospace industry, he has been a contributing author to SAE AIR5689: Light Transmitting Glass Covers for Exterior Aircraft Lighting. Jim resides in Monroeville, PA with his wife of 12 years, Lindsay, their 2 year old son Casey, and their dog Ike. Jim spends most of his free time at home chasing a crazy toddler, remodeling his home, or restoring cars.

Adam Willsey, M.S.
Manager of Research and Engineering

Adam joined Kopp Glass in 2009 after graduating from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Materials Engineering. In 2013, he completed his Masters of Science (M.S.) in Materials Science from Alfred University. The emergence of LEDs and other lighting technologies has introduced complex challenges to the lighting industry. As the Manager of Research and Engineering, Adam works closely with our engineers and production team to develop new glass compositions that meet our customer's color and transmittance requirements, while ensuring efficiency. Forever a glass advocate, he passionately explores new materials and technologies that will leverage glass manufacturing into exciting new markets. When not at work, Adam can be found jogging the streets of Pittsburgh, golfing, working on his new home, or cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Buffalo Bills.

Justine Galbraith, Ph.D.
Glass Engineer

Justine recently joined Kopp Glass after spending almost a decade researching glass. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where her work focused on the relationship between glass composition and photoelastic properties.

As a Glass Engineer, Justine applies her lab research to large-scale glass production challenges. She designs and improves glass compositions to increase manufacturability and quality. Her passion for glass and light drives her to develop new compositions that push the boundaries of technical glass manufacturing.

As a recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Justine can often be found exploring one of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. 

Sharayah Follett
Market Development Manager

As the Market Development Manager at Kopp Glass, Sharayah focuses on uncovering and developing growth opportunities involving emerging technologies. Sharayah’s role is unique; it allows her to collaborate directly with customers to understand their needs and then apply those insights to develop and execute marketing and sales strategies. Sharayah earned both her B.S. in Marketing and Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Sharayah leads an active lifestyle; when not at work she can be found teaching spinning and boot camp classes or trying out new fitness classes and healthy restaurants around Pittsburgh.