NY-BEST Board of Directors

NY-BEST Board members are elected for staggered two year terms at the annual meeting held in March 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

Matt Fronk
Eastman Kodak
Vice Chair
Matt brings over 38 years of experience from the automotive sector in the development of advanced propulsion systems and components. He provides Strategic and Engineering Consulting Services to both start-up and established organizations in the Fuel Cell, Battery, 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. Matt serves on the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s Next Generation Manufacturing & Technology sub-group. He was also 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. He was responsible for the BEST Test & Commercialization Center build and outfitting and continues to introduce potential customers to the facility. Matt has been working with the Eastman Business Park business development team, was instrumental in putting together the Kodak Pilot Cell Assembly Commercialization Center, and takes an active leadership role in supporting the development of the Energy Sector in NYS.  Term Expires: Mar 2020 *
Fernando Gómez-Baquero
Fernando Gómez-Baquero is the Co-founder and CEO of BESSTECH LLC, an Binghamton-based startup developing novel silicon-based anodes and components for lithium-ion batteries. His research interests are advanced nanomaterials for energy storage applications, the economic impact of pervasive nanotechnologies, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Fernando holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, NY. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Carrie Cullen Hitt
NextEra Energy Resources
Carrie currently works as a Director in the External and Regulatory Affairs team of Next era Energy Resources. Prior to this role Carrie work as a Senior Director on the Distributed Generation team. Prior to joining NeXT era Carrie was SVP of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association and President of the Solar Alliance. Both organizations focused on creation and implementation of sustainable solar policy. Prior to joining the Solar Alliance Carrie served in multiple roles at Constellation Energy, now Exelon. She has also worked at the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, Green Mountain Energy Resources, the Massachusetts Legislature and the Office of Energy and Environment (United Kingdom). Carrie currently serves on the advisory board of the Fraunhofer Institute (Boston), is Nextera’s alternate Board member to the California Energy Policy Association and an active member in the Energy Storage Association. Carrie is a graduate of Clark University (BA) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA). Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Christina Lampe Onnerud
Cadenza Innovation, LLC
Christina Lampe-Onnerud is the CEO and Founder of Cadenza Innovation, Inc., a transformational start–up technology company developing a disruptive, high–performance, low–cost, safe Lithium–Ion battery for the electric drive and grid energy storage markets. Cadenza completed in 2017 a project award under NYSERDA’s Advanced Clean Power Programs entitled High Capacity and Low-Cost Lithium-ion Cell for Peak Energy Demand. A corporate strategist with extensive C–suite experience in building technology–based businesses from inception to rapid revenue growth, Lampe-Onnerud is widely acknowledged in the global energy storage industry for her innovative and technologically pioneering work. Lampe-Onnerud previously created and served as CEO of Boston–Power, an innovative energy storage company with 150+ patents filed and global operations. Before that she was a principal at the Arthur D. Little consulting firm and ran the world’s largest independent testing laboratory. Lampe-Onnerud was recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2010. Lampe-Onnerud holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden and conducted post–doctoral work at MIT where she now serves on the Chemistry Department Visiting Committee.  Term Expires: Mar 2020 *
Doug Staker
Demand Energy
Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 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 Global Sales at Demand Energy Networks Inc., a distributed energy management and storage company that was recently acquired by Enel Green Power. EGP is a global leader in the green energy sector with an installed capacity of 36 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies like storage systems into renewables power plants. As a co-founder of Demand Energy in 2008, Doug has worked extensively on how energy storage can help with the expansion of renewable energy systems and evolution of power grids. Doug is a thought leader in the development of both delivery and supply rate structures that align the goals of utility load management with commercial power and energy savings. Demand Energy has led the growth of Behind-The-Meter energy storage in New York City and has been collaborative with the local approval agencies in developing the permitting process for in building installations of battery energy storage. Term Expires: Mar 2020 *

University Directors

David Mitlin
Clarkson University
David Mitlin is a Professor and General Electric Chair at Clarkson University, USA. Dr. Mitlin’s appointment is jointly in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, Dr. Mitlin was an Assistant, Associate and full Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a Doctorate in Materials Science from U.C. Berkeley in 2000, and was a Directors Funded Post Doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2000 – 2002 Dr. Mitlin worked as an Integration Engineer at IBM Fishkill. Dr. Mitlin has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles primary on various aspects of energy storage and conversion, with a major emphasis on applied TEM for microstructure – properties relations. He holds 4 granted patents 3 of which are licensed, and has presented around 100 invited, keynote or plenary talks. He has supervised and graduated 14 Ph.D. students, 6 M.S. students and 8 post docs.  Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
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: Mar 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 2019 *
Alan West
Columbia University
Alan West received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he was first introduced to electrochemical engineering in Uziel Landau’s course. He then studied under John Newman, where he focused on the numerical simulation and theory of current distributions; he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California. In postdoctoral studies, he worked with Dieter Landolt in the area of electrochemical etching and polishing of metals at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. West joined Columbia University in 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. He is the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and is currently the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry. Professor West is a recipient of the Electrochemical Society’s Young Author Prize, and a co-author on two other papers that garnered the prize for his students, Roberto Vidal and Igor Volov. He is the 2014 recipient of the Electrodeposition Research Award of the ECS and was named a fellow of ECS in 2016. His research interests include electrodeposition, electrochemical sensors, batteries, and electrochemical synthesis. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
M. Stanley Whittingham
State University of New York
Vice Chair
Stanley Whittingham is the Director of the Institute for Materials Research, Distinguished 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 fundamental research through commercialization of the world’s 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 has more than 250 publications, and lectures internationally. He co-chaired the DOE study in 2007 of chemical energy storage (batteries), and helped publicize the recommendations through presentations and a widely publicized article in the Materials Research Society Bulletin. He received the Battery Research Award and Fellowship in the Electrochemical Society. In 2010 he received the American Chemical Society NERM award for his contributions to chemistry, and in 2012 he received the Yeager award of the International Battery Association for his lifetime contributions to battery science. Term Expires: Mar 2020 *

Other Directors

Victor Cardona
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.
Victor 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 and is on the Board of the ICLEAN clean energy incubator. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
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: Mar 2020 *
Michael G. Field
Raymond Corporation, Division of Toyota Industries
Michael G. Field is chief executive officer (CEO) for 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree 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. 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: Mar 2020 *
Davion Hill
Vice Chair
Dr. Davion Hill is 2015 President of NAATBatt International and Energy Storage Leader for DNV GL Americas. He is responsible for DNV GL’s tactical and strategic decisions in energy storage and is an experienced contract R&D consultant and battery expert, serving as Principal Investigator on multiple ARPA-e, NYSERDA, and the California Energy Commission technical R&D. Dr. Hill began DNV’s battery testing program in 2008 and through the acquisition of KEMA and merger with GL, Dr. Hill built new businesses in battery abuse testing, performance modelling, model-driven performance testing, energy storage failure analysis, and fire extinguishing for battery fires. Dr. Hill leads DNV GL’s joint industry program on hybrid power for oil & gas operations in North America. In his tenure with NAATBatt, Dr. Hill founded and led the creation of NAATBatt SD, a strategic development program allowing NAATBatt members to seed-fund precompetitive R&D efforts. Dr. Hill has led, chaired, or participated in multiple panels on the topics of battery safety with NYBEST, NAATBatt, ESA, IEEE, and NAE. He is an accomplished author with over 30+ peer reviewed publications and articles. Term Expires: Mar 2019 *
Margarett Jolly
Con Edison of New York
Margarett collaborates with technology leaders developing new solutions that open the grid to customers and grid participants. Her professional and personal background provides her the technical and policy tools, partnerships and passion that are making the grid a better place. She is recent Director of R&D at Con Edison and currently Director Demonstration Projects in the Customer Energy Solutions organization where her team solicits, develops, demonstrates, and scale new ways of doing business. Demonstrations include customer facing business models for storage, solar, rate design, low and middle income customers, and web portals to connect residential and commercial customers with new energy management tools. She has been with Con Edison since 1997. Margarett’s early career included power plant control systems and boiler operations, followed by regulatory and energy markets policy, electric distribution engineering, and as the Company’s DG Ombudsperson. She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering. A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004, Margarett serves on the Boards of Green City Force and Grid Alternative Tri-State.  Term Expires: Mar 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.
Matthew C. Watson
Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR)
Matthew C. Watson has extensive experience in organizational management, program development, policy, and advocacy. His twenty-year career includes senior and executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently serving as the Director of ESD’s division of Science, Technology and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR). NYSTAR’s portfolio includes the: Centers of Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, High Performance Computing, Hot Spots, Incubators, Regional Technology Development Centers and other programs. Additionally, Matt oversees ESD/NYSTAR’s newly developed federally funded technology acceleration service initiative, FuzeHub. Under his management, FuzeHub will serve as NYSTAR’s collaboration platform uniting the NYSTAR university and program partners in providing targeted, multi-disciplinary assistance to support technology acceleration and business growth in New York’s manufacturing base. Previous positions include a management role with a leading global strategic communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard, where he advised corporate clients.