Kevin P. Brown, Sr Partner at Hobbs & Towne Appointed to Maryland Clean Energy Center 2015 Advisory Council
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Kevin P. Brown, Sr Partner at Hobbs & Towne Appointed to Maryland Clean Energy Center 2015 Advisory Council

Maryland Clean Energy Center Appoints 2015 Advisory Council

The Maryland Clean Energy Center is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin P. Brown, Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc. to the MCEC 2015 Advisory Council.

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is an instrumentality of the state created with an economic development mission to advance the adoption of clean energy along with energy efficiency products, services and technologies. MCEC works to leverage private sector capital to implement public sector energy goals as well as to help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills.

Members of the Advisory Council are appointed annually by the MCEC Board of Directors to provide strategic guidance and counsel, represent the views of their sector, and help mobilize partners in their industries and communities.

The Advisory Council represents a broad range of energy and technology experts, financial and legal professionals, and community leaders – who serve to advise the staff and Board of MCEC. “The Advisory Council is a critical element of our operation,” said George Ashton, Board Chairman and CEO of SOL Systems. “We call on them frequently as subject matter experts. The contribution of their time and expertise is immensely valuable. ” said Executive Director, I. Katherine Magruder. MCEC strives to insure the Council is composed of a diverse group representing geographic areas across the state, a broad mix of business interests from the energy sector, and key government agencies that work on related policy or programs.

The entire 2015 Advisory Council list of appointees includes:

  • John Ackerly | President, Alliance for Green Heat
  • Ted Atwood | Director of the Baltimore City Energy Office, Baltimore City
  • Steve Arabia | Director of External Affairs, NRG
  • Erica Bannerman | Energy Manager, Prince George’s County Office of Central Services
  • Deriece Pate Bennett | Vice President of Government Affairs, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Bresette | Program Manager, MEA
  • Stephanie Bridgeforth | Senior Account Executive, NORESCO
  • Kevin P. Brown | Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.
  • Frank Caliva III | President, P.R. Quinlan
  • Paula Carmody | People’s Counsel, Office of People’s Counsel
  • Chris Clark | Program Manager, Clean Technology & Sustainability, DBED
  • Susan Corry | Energy Conservation Manager, Facilities Manager, University of MD Office of Sustainability
  • Lauren Demko | Senior Marketing Associate, SemaConnect
  • Tom Dennison | Managing Director of Government & Public Affairs, SMECO
  • Tom Dwyer | Partner, Pepper Hamilton
  • Robert Glidewell | Area Manager, Government Relations & Business Relations, Washington Gas
  • Ricky Gratz | Manager Market Development & Reg. Affairs, Opower
  • Brian Hager | Manager, Central Approval Dept., Mariner Finance
  • Ed Hatcher | President, The Hatcher Group
  • Eric Heintz | Vice President, M&T Bank
  • Ben Hobbs | Theodore K. and Kay W. Schad Professor of Environmental Management Director, Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute, John Hopkins University
  • Joanne Ivancic | Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels, USA
  • Courtney Jenkins | Commercial Lender, Presidential Bank
  • John Jimison | Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition
  • John Johansen | Managing Director, GeoViron
  • Elizabeth Kaiga | Director, Strategy & Client Development, CohnReznick
  • Andrew Kays | Deputy Director, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority
  • Jeff King | Climate and Energy Team Leader, Department of Environmental Resources Metopolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Chris Kelley | Vice President, Energy Solutions, Energetics Incorporated
  • Connie Lausten | Principal, cLausten, LLC.
  • Arthur Lazerow | Chairman, Triea Systems, LLC
  • Arjun Makhijani | President, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research
  • Austin Montgomery | Program Manager, Carnegie Mellon University; Software Engineering Institute
  • Shannon Moore | Acting Manager, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources Frederick County Government
  • Jack Neil | Mid- Atlantic Geothermal Industries Coalition
  • Joelle Novey | Director, Interfaith Power & Light
  • Dave Oberholzer | Director of Energy Products and Business Development, Earth Networks
  • Rick Peters | President, Solar Energy Service
  • Mike Petito | Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager, Sharp Energy
  • John Quinn | Director of State Affairs, BGE
  • Dan Rider | Program Manager, Forest Stewardship & Utilization, Maryland Dept of Natural Resources
  • Debra Risher | Owner, Belair Engineerging
  • Rebecca Rush | President, Renewable Energy Stewardship
  • Adam Santry | Allied Well Drilling
  • Melanie Santiago-Moser | Director, Government Affairs, Sun Edison
  • Yolanda Seabrooks | Program Director, Brian D Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund
  • Grant Schmelzer | Executive Director, IEC-Chesapeake
  • Jeffrey Schub | Vice President, Coalition for Green Capital
  • Alison Shea | Account Executive, Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Dan Skowronski | Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
  • Krista M. Smith | Assurance and Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Louis Stanley II | Business Development, NRGroup
  • Nicole Steele | Executive Director, Grid Alternatives – Mid-Atlantic
  • Brian Toll | President, Ecobeco
  • Marta Tomic | Energy Program Manager, Solar, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Barbara Bauman Tyran | Director, Washington & State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Fred Ugast | President, U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc.
  • Laurie Vaudreiul | CEO, Mosaic Power
  • Charles Washington, Jr | Director, Maryland State Relations, PEPCO & Delmarva Power
  • Daniel Wallace | Director, BITH Energy
  • Harry A. Warren, Jr. | Executive Vice President, Community Energy
  • Brian Whitesides | Associate Director, Energy and Structured Finance, Clark Financial Services Group
  • Malcolm Woolf | Senior VP, Policy & Gov’t Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Al Williams | Director – Federal Marketing, AMERESCO
  • Bill Wolf | Manager, I&C Conservation Programs, BGE
  • William Zwack | Director, Sustainable Buildings, SRA International
  • Trent Zivkovich | Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

MCEC is authorized by statute to facilitate public- private and public-public partnerships, and is using its unique financing capabilities to accomplish its mission. With implementation of the Maryland Home Energy Loan Program (MHLEP) in 2011 and the Maryland Clean Energy Capital Program (MCAP)in 2012; MCEC is working to remove barriers associated with access to capital for residential, commercial, institutional, municipal and not-for-profit consumers who wish to make energy improvements and related capital investments.

For more information, contact Maryland Clean Energy Center; Keith Johnston, Director of Communications at, call 443-949-8505, or visit our website at