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.

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 and power installations, state building energy efficiency projects, and more. New programs instituted by MEA include community solar, resiliency hub program, community college energy program, the first-in-the-nation energy storage rebates, energy infrastructure program, and increased the energy-efficiency requirements for state buildings. Maryland also received recognition by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as the "most improved" in the nation, moving up 3 points in 2019 to #7, and also in 2019, recognized MEA's low and moderate income energy efficiency program as an Exemplary Program in the Low-Income: Social Equity category.

 

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 member of the National Association of State Energy Officials Board as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Co-Director, and serves as a member of the NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning, the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board, a Commissioner on the Maryland Climate Change Commission, a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Board, a member of 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, and is a 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). Mary Beth helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently and she also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters. 


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.

 
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.  


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 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 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business in Finance from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Finance with anticipated completion in 2020. Connect with him LinkedIn or email​

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 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.

David Giusti, Energy Program Manager 

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Program, Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan​ Program, and the Kathy A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program at 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 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.

 
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 and Japanese. She enjoys baking, gaming and the occasional candlestick making. Connect with her on LinkedIn or email

Abigail PeryeaEnergy Specialist
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Abigail (Abbi) Peryea​ is an Energy Specialist at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). In her role, she reviews 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. 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.​