Staff Bios

Mary Beth Tung
Maryland Energy Administration Director

Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq., was named by Governor Hogan as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) on May 17, 2016.

As Director of the 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 of energy resources available in the state. Dr. Tung oversees nearly 30 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.  

Acting as a conduit for public and private energy partnerships, Dr. Tung helps to leverage state resources with private and commercial investments across a variety of energy areas such as solar energy canopies, bio-fuel projects, data center energy efficiency upgrades, combined heat installations, power collaborations, and more. 

Speaking at a variety of conferences, Dr. Tung serves as a spokesperson for Maryland, representing the state at energy innovation conferences such as Light City Energy Innovation, Microgrid 2.0, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference, and Wind Europe. She is Governor Hogan’s Alternate on the Southern States’ Energy Board, a Commissioner on the Maryland Climate Change Commission, a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Board and the University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute Board, a member of the Maryland Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet, a member of the TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative that provides seed money for new technology companies, and former Chair of the Appalachian States Low Level Radiation Waste Compact.

Previously, Dr. Tung served as Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). In her role at MDE, she managed, human resources, information technology, budget and procurement, and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. Mary Beth also helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently, and lead the Department in Emergency Preparedness and Radiation Health efforts. She also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters and helped to coordinate energy programs statewide to assist MDE reach its environmental goals.

Dr. Tung worked as a patent attorney practiced business and intellectual property law, government contract law. Previously, she was a registered patent agent specializing in biotechnology and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.

She lives in Clarksville, Maryland and is married with two grown children. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

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Gregory M. Williams was named as the Chief of Staff to the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) in July of 2016. 

Mr. Williams is a seasoned Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs professional with 25 years of experience.  He has worked at the highest levels of federal and state governments. His experience includes working in the Executive Office of the Governor or Florida, both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate and as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Williams’ background includes extensive experience in intergovernmental, legislative, mass communications, policy development, community outreach, political activism and event planning. As a result, he has developed a unique and valuable skill set as well as an established track record and a reputation of successfully working well with government and business leaders, industry, trade groups and non-governmental organizations to help identify, shape, advocate and reach consensus on important issues affecting our community, state and nation.   

Mr. Williams is a native of Jacksonville, Florida where he graduated from Samuel W. Wolfson High School in 1981. He attended Florida Community College of Jacksonville before graduating from the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in Public Relations & Communications and a minor in Political Science with a concentration in Florida History and Southern Politics.  Mr. Williams received a certificate in campaign management from the American Campaign Academy in Arlington, VA in 1987 and completed the Republican National Committee’s Campaign & Candidate Advance School prior to the 2000 presidential election cycle.  As a result of his professional and alumni involvement, Mr. Williams was tapped to be an honorary member of Florida Blue Key in the Spring Class of 1996.
Outside of politics, Mr. Williams has taught Civics and US Government, Economics and World History at the middle and high schools in Wakulla County, FL. He and his family live in the Tallahassee, FL area. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

 

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John Fiastro, Jr. has served as the Director of Government Affairs and Policy for the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) since November, 2015. Working in concert with the Governor’s office and the State legislature, Fiastro crafts State energy policies that ensure a resilient energy future for Maryland while protecting the financial interests of the State and ratepayers.  From 2011 to 2015, Fiastro served as Chief of Staff to two Eastern Shore Senators.

Fiastro and his wife reside in Towson, MD where they foster dogs. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.

 

 
 
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Chris Rice leads the Program Team for the Maryland Energy Administration.  He brings over a decade of experience in the energy sector impacting all areas of Maryland's economy.  Currently, he directs over 20 state wide programs and initiatives budgeted at $80 million dollars which affects energy conservation and produces renewable energy.  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. 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 is the 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.
 
 
Dean Fisher, Senior Program Manager
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Dean Fisher currently manages the Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income and Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Programs among other duties. 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.
 
 
Landon Fahrig, Energy Policy Manager

Landon Fahrig is an Energy Policy Manager 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 a Policy Analyst at the General Assebly of Maryland. Landon received his B.A. in Political Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.  

 
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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 for the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) grant program at the Maryland Energy Administration. 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.

 
Ryan Opsal, Energy Policy Manager 
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Dr. Ryan Opsal is an Energy Policy Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration.  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​.
 
Cindy Osorto, Energy Policy Manager
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Cindy Osorto is the Program Manager for EmPOWER and Data Analysis at Maryland Energy Administration. Cindy received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics with a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the Florida International University. She is also pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Previous work experience includes environmental planning with the Bureau of Land Management.
​ Connect with her on LinkedIn or Email.
 
Kaymie Owen, CMP, Communications Manager
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Kaymie Owen creates, implements and oversees both internal and external communications for the Maryland Energy Administration. She brings 20+ years of experience and a proven track record of successful events and campaigns produced for corporate, government and nonprofit clients both in the U.S. and internationally.  Kaymie is Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a past president of the Professional Convention Management Association Chesapeake Chapter. Originally from Indiana, Kaymie is proud to be a third generation graduate of Ball State University. She enjoys baking, gaming and the occasional candlestick making. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email
 
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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.
 
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Rory Spangler is a Senior Program Manager for the Maryland Energy Administration. He manages a portfolio of energy programs that maintain a specific focus on economic development through energy efficiency. In this role, Rory has developed a grant program to promote Maryland’s growing data center market by reducing energy usage in new and existing data centers, manages the Combined Heat and Power grant program, and leads an innovative program to address the unique energy needs of Maryland manufacturers.

Prior to joining State Government, Rory was an active entrepreneur starting both a data storage company in Los Angeles, California and establishing a commercial energy service company in Maryland. Rory holds a BA in Energy and Sustainability Policy from Penn State University and is an MBA Candidate at the Mississippi State University.

Rory and his wife reside in Annapolis, MD with their pet house rabbit Skylar. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email.