Staff Bios

Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq.
Maryland Energy Administration Director

As Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Dr. Tung works to ensure that Maryland’s energy portfolio benefits Maryland residents, businesses and local government organizations by improving the effective use of all energy resources available in the state. Dr. Tung oversees nearly 40 energy related programs including grants that benefit low-to-moderate income families, commercial and industrial entities, and residential. These programs also promote expansion of renewable energy and promotion of energy efficiency for businesses and nonprofit organizations. For more information, click here to visit Director Tung's page​

 
Chris Rice, Chief of Staff 

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Chris Rice currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).  Prior to his current role, Mr. Rice served as the Director of Programs at MEA, leading a team which implements more than 20 state wide programs and initiatives involving energy conservation and production. He brings over a decade of experience in the energy sector impacting all areas of Maryland's economy.  Chris Rice was appointed to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council and was a Clean Cities Coordinator for over 8 years.  He also sat on the North East Regional Biomass Steering Committee, ARC Energy Committee, Renewable Fuels Taskforce, LNG Taskforce and the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s study on cellulosic ethanol. Mr. Rice attended the University of Georgia, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology.  In 2017 Chris was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.  

 Eric R. Coffman, Director of Energy Programs

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Eric leads the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) portfolio of energy programs, a broad portfolio of efforts funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF). This dynamic portfolio spans more than $40 million annually backed by a team of fifteen subject matter experts in the fields of resiliency, solar, wind energy, energy efficiency, energy finance, transportation electrification, infrastructure investment programs, biomass and other relevant topics.. His work includes grid modernization, clean energy deployment, energy efficiency, resiliency, smart cities technologies and more. Prior to joining MEA, Eric led the Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES) within Montgomery County’s Department of General Services (DGS). In his time with OES, he was responsible for the sustainability and energy performance of County operations as well as efforts before the Maryland Public Service Commision. In this capacity, Eric oversaw the procurement, financing, construction and commissioning of the County Government’s first microgrids. Before joining OES, Eric led the County’s climate and energy programs for the Department of Environmental Protection.  Eric is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional among other qualifications. Connect with him on LinkedIn ​or email

Ryan Opsal, PhD., Director of Energy Policy
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Dr. Ryan Opsal is the Director of Energy Policy the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Dr. Opsal previously served as an Energy Policy Manager at MEA. Prior to working at MEA, Ryan was an Adjunct Professor in the Politics and International Relations Department at Florida International University, where he recently completed his doctorate in International Relations.  He taught and conducted research in many areas including energy and international political economy. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email​.

 
Landon Fahrig, Assistant Division Director for Energy Policy

Landon Fahrig is the Assistant Division Director fof Energy Policy at the Maryland Energy Administration, concentrating in legislative affairs. Landon works with industry professionals, individuals, and interested stakeholders to promote affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders. Prior to working at MEA, Landon was Research Director for a United States Senate campaign and a Policy Analyst at the General Assembly of Maryland. Landon received his B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.  
 

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Ralph Scherini has served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Maryland Energy Administration since 2010.  Scherini oversees financial operations, grant and loan management and agency administration, including procurement, contracting, IT, human resources and facilities. Scherini is a senior manager specializing in finance and administration of complex organizations. Scherini is an experienced change management professional and former Navy Captain. Scherini is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who transferred to the Navy Supply Corps following qualifications as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He is a proven professional with extensive hands-on experience in financial, business operations and policy support for complex organizations with broad leadership experience acquired during a distinguished Navy career spanning 30 years. After transitioning from the Navy in 2004, Scherini joined the staff of the Catholic University of America as the Associate Vice President for Business Services where he led campus services, procurement and contracting, risk management and Enterprise Resource Planning. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.
 
Jenn Gallicchio, Assistant Director of Energy Programs 

Jenn Gallicchio is the Assistant Director of Energy Programs at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).  Prior to her current role, Jenn was an MEA energy efficiency program manager, primarily working with local governments and non-profit organizations.   Jenn is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.  In her spare time, Jenn enjoys reading and exploring outdoor spaces throughout Maryland. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email

 
Samuel Beirne, Energy Program Manager
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Samuel Beirne is the Energy Program Manager for the Wind and the Energy StoragTax Credit programs at the Maryland Energy Administration. Most recently, Samuel was MEAs intern for the 2016 legislative session where he worked on public policy initiatives. He previously held several internships with Washington, DC environmental and energy non-profits and with two members of the Maryland Delegation to the United States Congress. Samuel has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in American History from Syracuse University. In his spare, he brews his own beer and likes to explore Maryland's best food scenes.  Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.

Brandon Bowser, Energy Program Manager

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Brandon Bowser is the Energy Program Manager for the Resilient Maryland Program and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Program at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Prior to his current role, Brandon was an Associate Energy Manager for Resource Energy, a commercial real estate energy consulting firm where he managed a team of Energy Analysts in the Utility Redistribution department. In addition to his personnel management duties, Brandon performed utility consumption and cost recovery analysis on a diverse portfolio of commercial retail properties across the United States, managed client enrollment and performance tracking in ISO and utility Demand Response programs, and assisted with client energy benchmarking compliance efforts for properties in jurisdictions with energy reporting ordinances. Brandon has also previously served at MEA, during which time he managed the Commercial & Industrial, Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency, and Clean Energy Grant Programs. He holds a Master's Degree in Finance and a Bachelor's Degree in Energy Business and Finance, both from Penn State University. Connect with him LinkedIn or email​

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Briggs joined MEA as Energy Program Manager of the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program in Summer 2019. Prior to MEA, Briggs had taken a year in Ireland to earn a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences at Trinity College, Dublin. Before Ireland, Briggs oversaw energy programs at Washington College, assisting the College in managing its obligation to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, as well as helping the Town of Chestertown meet its obligation to the U.S. Mayors Climate Agreement. He also managed the ShorePower Project, a program he designed to assist local governments prepare energy baselines, reduce energy consumption, develop renewable energy projects, and identify grant funding opportunities. Earlier in his career, Briggs had stints at the National Parks Conservation Association and the Smithsonian Institution, both in Washington, D.C. In addition to the M.S. from Trinity, Briggs holds an M.A. in History from Washington College and a B.A. from Yale University. He resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, enjoying all that the Bay region has to offer, along with his wife, their harlequin Great Dane, and their children and grandchildren.


Margaret Cefail, Energy Specialist
 
Meg Cefail is an Energy Specialist at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). In her role she evaluates applications for Residential Clean Energy Grants submitted by Marylanders who have
made the choice to install renewable and energy-efficient systems in their homes. Meg also provides
support for the MEA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program. Meg also has a diverse background in
various business and environmental industries. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, gardening and
volunteering at the local SPCA. Connect with her on email.

 
David Comis, Senior Energy Program Manager
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David Comis serves as a Senior Energy Program Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, David served on surface ships, submarines and aircraft carriers, with assignments in the areas of operations, and engineering.  Following command of a nuclear submarine, he was assigned to the Office of Naval Research where he served as the Deputy and then (Acting) Head of the Engineering, Materials and Physicals Sciences S&T Department. He ended his 30-year naval career as a Captain, and the Commanding Officer of the Office of Naval Research – Global. David then served as a consultant, supporting work of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program and MEA. David joined MEA in 2016, focusing on solar, nuclear and grid reliability issues. A Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society, and a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic Associate, David has earned a M.S. in Management from National-Louis University, and a M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from The Johns Hopkins University. Connect with him on email.​

 
Dean Fisher, Senior Program Manager
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Dean Fisher currently manages the Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency grant. Dean has a background in buildings.
He has built new homes, remodeled existing ones, and has been facility maintenance manager. Dean has undergraduate degrees in Energy Management, Renewable Energy, Environmental Studies, and a Master's in Community and Regional Planning. Originally from Oregon, Dean enjoys good food, gardening, hiking, motorcycle riding, and white water rafting. Connect with him via email.

David Giusti, Energy Program Manager 
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David Giusti currently manages the Data Center Energy Efficiency grant, the Lawton Loan program and assists with the Maryland Energy Infrastructure​ program for the Maryland Energy Administration.David has a Bachelor’s of Science in Energy, Business, and Finance from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, David was on the Penn State Ski Team and participated in THON. In his free time, David enjoys watching Penn State Football, Skiing, and hanging out with his Labrador Denali. Connect with him via  LinkedIn ​or email​.

Babatunde Idrisu, Energy Policy Manager 

Dr. Babatunde "Tunde" Idrisu is an Energy Policy Manager at Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Before working at MEA, Tunde worked as a consultant at the World Bank Group. In 2017, Tunde was an Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) fellow and supported solar PVs installations at the New York City Department of Education's buildings. He has multidisciplinary experiences in energy policy research and teaching, financial consulting, engineering, and project management. Tunde recently completed his doctorate in energy and environmental policy at the University of Delaware. He also possesses a master's degree in energy management and policy from Penn State and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Connect with him on​ LinkedIn

 
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Mike Jones serves as the Transportation Program Manager for the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the State of Maryland Clean Cities Coordinator . Mike manages several programs which aim to displace petroleum use and reduce emissions while stimulating economic growth. Prior to his time at the MEA, Mike interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he supported multiple projects which sought to help states use renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet air quality standards. Mike graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy, along with a minor in Sustainability Studies. While at the University of Maryland, he was a Fellow of the Federal Semester Program, a selective year-long program which aims to develop insight into federal energy and environmental policy. In his spare time, Mike enjoys watching and playing sports and relaxing with friends. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.

 

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Caitlin Madera is the Energy Program Manager overseeing the Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural program, Maryland Department of Environment’s Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant, and the Next Generation Energy Efficiency Gains effortgrant program at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). She is also part of the MEA team that supports the Maryland Emergency Management Agency during storms and emergencies. She has traveled to Florida twice to help with hurricane relief efforts and managing the fuel reserves. Additionally, Caitlin supports the MEA policy team durring legislative session. Caitlin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with minors in Sustainability and Environmental Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Previous to program management, she held several internships focusing on wood/pellet heating, residential energy efficiency financing, and renewable energy grants. In her spare time, you can find Caitlin whitewater kayaking and hiking. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email.
 
 
Kytson L. McNeil, Ph.D., Energy Policy Manager 
 
Kytson McNeil, Ph.D.  is an Energy Policy Manager at Maryland Energy Administration. He has several years’ experience in the areas of policy research, energy regulation, retail electricity pricing, and utility rate development and operations.  He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from Clemson University. Connect with him on email​

 
Kaymie Owen, CMP, Communications Manager
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Kaymie Owen is responsible for the development, implementation and management of both internal and external communication strategies for the Maryland Energy Administration. She brings 20+ years of experience and a proven track record of successful events and marketing campaigns produced for corporate, government and nonprofit clients both in the U.S. and internationally. Kaymie is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2007 and has successfully produced and supported conferences, events and trade shows ranging from 10 to 6,000 attendees both in-person and on digital platforms. She is a past president of the Professional Convention Management Association Chesapeake Chapter and has overseen mentoring programs and assisted with CMP bootcamps. Originally from Indiana, Kaymie is proud to be a third generation graduate of Ball State University in Munice, IN with a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations, Japanese, Speech, Asian Studies and concentration in Graphic Design. She enjoys baking, gaming and the occasional candlestick making. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email

Abigail PeryeaEnergy Program Manager
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Abigail (Abbi) Peryea​ is an Energy Program Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) focused on our clean energy programs. She began supporing the the MEA legislative policy team in 2020 working on the Renewable Energy Development and Siting (REDS) Task Force and created data tables for a variety of MEA efforts. Previously, Abbi served as a grants administrator and and energy specialist and reviewed applications for Residential Clean Energy grants​ submitted by Marylanders who have made the choice to install renewable and energy-efficient systems in their homes. Abbi is also currently assiting  with several high level solar research projects. She has completed GIS training while at MEA and provides detailed reporting to aide in grant evaluations. Abbi has been doing a great deal of outreach for MEA at conferences year round and online with outreach content featuring our grantees and sharing general energy education information. She is a graduate of State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences & Forestrty​. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
 
Christopher Russell, Energy Program Manager 

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Christopher Russell is the Energy Program Manager, State Buildings, Building Codes at the Maryland Energy Administration. Christopher is the author of "Managing Energy from the Top Down" and "North American Energy Audit Program Best Practices." He holds an M.B.A. and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from McGill University. He is recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager. He is an Advisory Board member for the Texas A&M Industrial Energy Technology Conference and for Brotman Financial Services. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.​