NY-BEST Board of Directors

NY-BEST Board members are elected for staggered two year terms at the annual meeting held in the Spring of each year. Board members must be employed by NY-BEST member organizations.

Transparent and open decision-making are hallmarks of NY-BEST. Board Members must comply with our conflict of interest policy.

Energy Storage Industry Directors

Daniel Fitzgerald
Key Capture Energy
Dan is responsible for overseeing our Development, Construction and Operations teams. Previously, Dan was with Apex Clean Energy and established a northeastern portfolio of wind projects from eastern Maine to western New York. Starting with just one meteorological tower Dan created a pipeline of over 750 MW with additional prospects under evaluation. Prior to that Dan worked for EDP Renewables (formerly Horizon) where he completed development of and successfully brought to construction the 215 MW Marble River Wind Farm in northern New York. Many of Dan’s other wind projects have advanced to commercial operation or are ready for construction. Dan has served as a board member for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. Before his work in the renewable energy industry, Dan was a project manager at two software startups. Thirteen years of that time was spent with MapInfo Corporation, a GIS software company that was launched as a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) incubator project and developed into a worldwide location intelligence and GIS platform that was later acquired by Pitney Bowes and became Pitney Bowes Business Insight. Dan is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.  Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Matt Fronk
Matt Fronk & Associates LLC
Vice Chair
Matt brings over 40 years of experience from the automotive sector in the development of advanced propulsion systems and components. He was responsible for starting GM’s PEM Fuel Cell development program and led that effort from 1990 thru 2009. Currently he provides Strategic and Engineering Consulting Services to both start-up and established companies in the Battery, Fuel Cell, and Alternative Energy Industries thru his consulting company. He works closely with local, state, and federal organizations and officials to bring new companies in the Energy sector to the Rochester area. He was selected as a subject matter expert in fuel cells for two National Academies Committee studies: (1) Evaluation of 2025 CAFÉ regulations which was issued in 2015 and (2) for a 2016 evaluation of the US Drive Partnership program. Matt was responsible for the BEST Test & Commercialization Center design, build, and equipment outfitting. He continues to introduce potential customers to the facility as well as being on the advisory board for the facility. Matt takes an active leadership role in supporting the development of the Energy Sector in NYS.  Term Expires: Aug 2020 *
Ross D.Groffman
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Ross Groffman is a Vice President at NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. Mr. Groffman is responsible for NextEra’s Northeast generation development, including universal scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects. His activities include the management of generation development projects, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Previously at NextEra he was a Director in the Canadian wind development group, and was a Project Director in the Midwest wind development group. Mr. Groffman graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Christina Lampe Onnerud
Cadenza Innovation, LLC
Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud is renowned for her pioneering work in developing and commercializing lithium-ion batteries for the portable electronics, transportation, utilities and industrial markets. She currently serves as Founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation, a startup whose technology architecture is enabling a new generation of safer, higher energy density, lower cost batteries. The company’s patented and UL-certified ‘supercell’ platform is available for license to global manufacturers and is a key architectural component of the NYSERDA-sponsored energy storage demonstration project taking place at The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) White Plains HQ. Earlier, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud served as Founder, CEO and International Chairman of Boston-Power. She grew the battery company from a startup into a global organization backed by more than $360 million in investment, along with technology centers in Boston and Beijing and multiple Asia-based manufacturing locations. She has also held executive positions with Bridgewater Associates and Arthur D. Little, where she led the world’s largest non-captive battery lab while advising market leaders on go-to-market and technology strategies. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *
Doug Staker
Enel X
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 29 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Utility Business Development at Enel X, a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel, a leader in the global utility market. Enel X is a global business leading the transformation of the energy sector. Shifting the paradigm, Enel X helps customers use technology to transform energy into new opportunities, so they can thrive and drive progress, across the world. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *

Research Directors

Jim Misewich
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Associate Laboratory Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory. BNL has made energy storage one of BNL’s focus areas in fulfilling its mission as a Department of Energy Laboratory. BNL operates a significant materials science effort at the lab and has a history of contributions in lithium-ion battery science, particularly in the use of advanced techniques for in-situ study of battery materials. We have developed tools and techniques for battery characterization at its user facilities including the National Synchrotron Light Source and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and have made these tools available to academic and industrial users. In addition, BNL runs workshops to improve the utility of their facilities. Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Paul F. Mutolo
Cornell University
Dr. Paul Mutolo is the Director of External Partnerships for the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University (emc2) and Co-Founder and President of Standard Hydrogen Corporation. He is a founding board member and officer of the New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) consortium. Dr. Mutolo’s professional work is focused on accelerating technology development and deployment through strategic partnerships. He is especially experienced with public-private and multi-party projects. Dr. Mutolo has helped build, nurture and grow a broad portfolio of industry, academic and national laboratory partners for emc2. He builds and assists projects between Cornell researchers developing new materials for batteries and fuel cells and industry partners in and beyond New York State commercializing products in these sectors. Mutolo and colleagues founded The Standard Hydrogen Corporation (SHC) to bring the benefits of hydrogen energy storage to the Eastern US, starting in New York. Dr. Mutolo earned his PhD in inorganic and solid state chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Paul conducted two years of his doctoral research at the WWU in Münster, Germany. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Cornell. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *
Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle
Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle is the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is the former Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab of the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to serving at NREL, he was the Academic Director for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Director of the NanoPower Research Laboratory at RIT. He has worked as a visiting scientist at the NASA-Glenn Research Center, NASA Kennedy Research Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the author of over 200 refereed publications on energy conversion and storage. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri-Rolla, and B.S and M.S. in Physics from Southern Illinois University.  Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Alan West
Columbia University
Alan West received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California and his BS from Case Western Reserve University. He is the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and is the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry; he has a joint appointment in its Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. He serves as the co-director of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center. His research interests include electrochemical microfabrication methods, electrochemical synthesis, batteries, and fuel cells. Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
M. Stanley Whittingham
State University of New York
Vice Chair
Stanley Whittingham is a Professor of Chemistry, Binghamton University, and since 2011 Director, DOE-EFRC NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, Binghamton University. He has been involved in battery technology for 50 years, first working on the solid electrolyte beta alumina at Stanford (received Young Author Award of ECS). Later, he worked on lithium batteries at Exxon, from research through commercialization of the first rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. He holds 15 US Patents related to batteries. Since 1988 he has concentrated on R&D on advanced materials for the electrodes of lithium batteries. He co-chaired the DOE study in 2007 of chemical energy storage, and helped publicize the recommendations through presentations and a widely publicized article in the Materials Research Society Bulletin. He received the Battery Research Award & Fellowship in the Electrochemical Society. In 2010 he received the American Chemical Society NERM award for his contributions to chemistry, & in 2012 he received the Yeager award of the International Battery Association for his lifetime contributions to battery science. In 2018 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, & in 2019 received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on lithium batteries Term Expires: Aug 2020 *

Other Directors

Victor Cardona
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.
Victor A. Cardona is a partner with Intellectual Property law firm, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., and is a co-chair and co-founder of the firm's Cleantech Group. He has been a driving force behind the Group’s signature Clean Energy Patent Growth Index which tracks innovations in the Clean Energy area along with the top patent owners, countries and U.S. states for Clean Energy patents. He has spoken and written about this topic in various venues. Victor is experienced in enforcing, and procuring protection for, all types of Intellectual Property including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Victor graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has been a NY BEST Board member since 2013. Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Fouad Dagher
National Grid
Education: MS, EE and post graduate studies towards PHD. Non-matriculated MIT management classes. Licensed P.E. in MA and VT. Technical capabilities: Renewables, Energy Storage, Distribution Engineering, Energy Efficiency, Power quality, distribution system efficiencies. Alternative transportation (EV, CNG and HV). CHRONOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE I joined National Grid in 1994 in the Protection and Planning Department. In 1995, I transitioned to the Electrical Substation Department focusing on enhancing the power quality and reliability to large commercial and industrial customers in National Grid’s service territory. In 2001, I was promoted to a Lead Senior Engineer in the Commercial and Industrial Division where I worked with customers on optimizing their energy and demand consumption. In 2004, I joined the Distributed Resources Department as a Coordinator focusing on developing the energy efficiency retro-commissioning program for National Grid’s customers. In 2010, I became the manager of the New Products and Services and the Program Manger of the renewable and storage energy program at National Grid where I was responsible for the development of National Grid’s portfolio of large scale photovoltaic systems; owned & operated by NGrid. In 2013 I became the Director of Emerging Products and Services. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *
Michael G. Field
Raymond Corporation, Division of Toyota Industries
Michael G. Field is president and CEO of The Raymond Corporation, the North American market leader in producing electric forklifts for the warehouse and distribution markets. Raymond forklifts use regenerative AC inverter driven motor and controls technology. Tens of thousands of units per year are produced at the Greene, New York plant in Chenango County and all those units require energy storage. The most common storage device is a lead acid battery, though Raymond produces units designed to be powered by fuel cells and integrated lithium-ion batteries optimizing on board energy management systems integrated in forklifts as part of the Raymond Value proposition. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Field holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He is a council member of the Rochester Institute of Technology Kate Gleason College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council and a member of Rochester Institute of Technology's President's Roundtable. Mr. Field is a board member of the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Mr. Field holds a Professional Engineering License in New York State. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *
Davion M Hill, Ph.D.
Vice Chair
Dr. Davion Hill has been active in energy storage for 12 years. He is an Executive Board member for NAATBatt International, former President (2015) and Chairman (2016), and also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST. He is a patent holder on energy storage sensing technologies, has served as an expert witness in energy storage arbitration proceedings, and is a well known advisor on the topics of energy project development and financing, working with lenders and developers to mitigate project risk. He has been principle investigator for energy storage R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission, and led and co-authored joint industry programs on hybrid marine vessels and DNV GL’s GRIDSTOR RP-0043, a best-practices guide for energy storage project development. He was also primary author for the public report “Considerations for ESS Fire Safety” which answered battery fire safety questions for Consolidated Edison and FDNY in New York and addressed a significant market bottleneck. He is a thought leader frequently quoted in websites and magazines, and is an accomplished author with over 50 publications. He acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006. Term Expires: Mar 2021 *
Damian Sciano
Con Edison
Damian Sciano is Director, Distribution Planning at Con Edison where he oversees the company’s evolving Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP ) and Distributed Service Platform (DSP) designed to integrate distributed energy resources, like solar energy, into the traditional electric distribution system. Damian has over 30 years of utility experience working as a developer of cogeneration projects for Trigen Energy as well as working in power generation, strategic planning, electrical engineering and, most recently, as Senior System Operator at Con Edison’s Energy Control Center. Since 2018, he has also served as an assistant adjunct professor at Columbia University where he teaches power system analysis. Damian is a professional engineer in New York State and holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. Term Expires: Aug 2020 *

Permanent Directors

Alicia Barton
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton’s other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.
Brenda Grober
Empire State Development’s Strategic Business Division (SBD)
Brenda (Oettinger) Grober has worked at New York’s economic development agency since April, 1989. In June, 2011, she joined Empire State Development’s Strategic Business Division (SBD). As a Senior Director of Industry Development, she is responsible for targeted business attraction and expansion in the clean energy sector. Prior to that, Brenda was with ESD’s Environmental Services Unit, where she helped develop, review and oversee projects eligible for financial assistance from ESD’s Environmental Investment Program (EIP). During her years with the ESU, Brenda was awarded ESD’s Outstanding Personal Service Award as well as being named the Recycler of the Year – Public Agency by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. Brenda has a BS degree in Atmospheric Science and earned a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from SUNY at Albany. She is married to George, and has two daughters, Samantha & Natalie.