II-VI Foundation Board of Directors and Staff

CARL J. JOHNSON, Chairman of the Board

· Co-founder of II-VI Incorporated (publicly traded NASDAQ IIVI symbol)

· Retired Chairman, CEO and President of II-VI Incorporated

· Current Chairman of the II-VI Foundation

· Founder of SemiQ in Lake Forest, CA

· Founder Clas-SiC Wafer Fab Limited in Kirkcaldy, Scotland


JD Brookhart, a managing director at CJ&M Holdings, holds a finance degree from Colorado State University. He began his career as an award-winning sales executive at Xerox and was recruited to advance his career in medical equipment sales and then engineering software sales. He made a life-changing decision and spent the next 18 years coaching football in the NFL and at the highest collegiate level. He was a coordinator and head coach at a number of prestigious schools. He now directs CJ&M Holdings and their pursuit of supporting start-up companies. He also serves as a Board member for several for-profit and non-profit entities. He lives in Denver, with his wife and 4 sons.


Elgin received his BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University in 1974. Upon graduation, for the next 10 years, he worked at Instrumentation Industries, Inc., a privately held company specializing in respiratory therapy devices, where he served as Vice President. In 1984, he joined II-VI Incorporated, a worldwide manufacturer of high technology materials, solid state lasers and telecommunications devices. During his 38-year tenure at II-VI, Elgin has held a variety of positions including Vice President, Worldwide Materials, Chief Scientist, Laser Solutions, Executive Director of II-VI Beijing Technologies and Chief Technologist, Battery and Materials. Elgin served on the Board of Directors of 5N Plus, a Montreal based company specializing in high purity metals, from 2001 to 2006.


Marc Y. E. Pelaez is a Rear Admiral, United States Navy (retired). Rear Admiral Pelaez is currently a private consultant to defense and commercial companies. He was Vice President of Engineering, and later Vice President of Business and Technology Development, for Newport News Shipbuilding, from 1996 until 2001, when it was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation. From 1993 to 1996, Rear Admiral Pelaez served as Chief of Naval Research. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) from 1990 to 1993. From 1968 to 1990, he held numerous positions, including command assignments, in the United States Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Rear Admiral Pelaez has a broad background and understanding of technology and technology development, a seasoned knowledge of military procurement practices, and management leadership and consulting skills developed throughout his military and civilian careers.

HOLLY MCCANN, Board Secretary

Holly McCann, Esquire, is a founding member of Block & Associates, LLC, a law firm located in the East End neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Holly is a seasoned corporate and tax lawyer, with 20+ years’ experience focused on assisting businesses in general corporate and partnership matters, including formation and dissolution issues, evaluation of tax matters, regulation of non-profit corporations, unrelated business taxable income, reorganizations and dissolutions of non-profit corporations, along with tax structuring. Holly is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Accounting, and a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. Holly is the President of the Pittsburgh Tax Club (2019-2022) and is the former Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Tax Club (2016-2019).