ALISON CUMBOW, PRESIDENT

Alison works for Con Edison and is the Section Manager of Manhattan Environmental Operations, a 24/7 team crucial to the maintenance of the electric underground distribution system. Alison also oversees one of the Company’s wastewater treatment facilities located in Manhattan. She joined the company in 2014 as part of an effort to convert NYC buildings from oil to gas. After a few years, Alison transitioned to Brooklyn/Queens Electric Operations, where she worked with construction groups and managed logistics for the Environmental Operations team.

Prior to starting at Con Edison, Alison served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine. Her projects there included implementing environmental initiatives, developing health education curriculum, and building leadership programs for high school students.

Alison completed her undergraduate degrees in journalism and Spanish at the University of Kansas, and she received her MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

DANIELLE ELLIS, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Danielle Ellis joined Consolidated Edison Inc. as a Management Intern in 2013 where she rotated throughout various areas of the Company including Customer Service, Fleet Operations, and Supply Chain. Danielle held the role of Supervisor, gaining leadership and management skills. In 2015, Danielle assumed responsibilities as an Operating Supervisor for Fleet Operations, providing centralized logistical support throughout the company. The support services include, but are not limited to, the transportation of material, equipment and hazardous/non-hazardous waste. Danielle graduated from Farmingdale State University where she majored in Business Management.

AMANDA DE VITO TRINSEY, SECRETARY

Amanda De Vito Trinsey is a Partner at Couch White, LLP.  She represents clients with matters before federal and state regulatory agencies and has experience dealing with a wide range of issues related to electricity, natural gas and steam rates and utility ratemaking. She has advised and assisted clients on energy transactions, renewable power and project development, tariff interpretation, energy contract claims, and utility billing disputes. Amanda also counsels energy service companies participating in the retail marketplace on the following matters: obtaining authorization and/or licensing to sell natural gas and/or electricity from the New York State Public Service Commission; compliance with applicable rules and regulations; disputes arising from contract and/or marketing issues; and guidance on the impacts of relevant regulatory and policy changes.

Amanda represents clients before the before the New York Public Service Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the New York Independent System Operator, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, where she graduated cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, where she served as Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review.

MORGAN SCOTT, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Morgan Scott works for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a Sustainability Technical Lead and Project Manager. In this role, Ms. Scott contributes to EPRI’s growing portfolio of sustainability research, focused on the areas of materiality, maturity, and metrics. Ms. Scott co-manages EPRI’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group, a collaborative forum for electric power company sustainability managers to strategically advance sustainable generation and distribution of electricity. This effort includes over 40 electric utilities and is the largest collective group in the industry addressing sustainability. She also serves as a member of the steering committee leading EPRI’s own Corporate Social Responsibility effort.

Prior to joining EPRI, Ms. Scott was the Sustainability Manager at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. In this role, Ms. Scott managed the company’s sustainability strategy and associated initiatives, including the redesign of their sustainability strategy to better align it with the triple bottom line concept and the company’s material issues. Additionally, she managed the production of the company’s annual sustainability report and voluntary reporting to organizations such as CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative, among others. Prior to the role of Sustainability Manager, Ms. Scott held positions of increasing responsibility during her tenure at Con Edison in the areas of Procurement, Customer Service, Energy Management, and Environment, Health & Safety.

Ms. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wagner College and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

AMBER SISSON, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Amber Sisson is the Senior Program Manager of Economic Development at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest state power organization. She has over a decade of experience working to foster business and stakeholder relationships within the energy industry. Ms. Sisson works with business customer across New York State helping them save money, invest in NY and realize their clean energy goals. She is actively involved in promoting energy efficiency and new energy technologies. Additionally, she works closely with the leadership teams at NYPA to understand the organizations policy positions and priorities so she can effectively represent customer interests to various stakeholders.

Before joining NYPA, Ms. Sisson worked for Con Edison as a Manager of Public/Corporate Affairs. Through this role she helped manage Con Edison’s response to Hurricane Sandy, greatly increasing the social presence and customer responsiveness of the company which helped earn Con Edison the 2013 Bulldog Digital/Social PR Award for Excellence in Online Communications.

Ms. Sisson is an active member of NYPA’s Women in Power employee resource group as well as Women in Communications and Energy (WICE) where she helps manage membership and has participated on the conference planning board for more than five years. Ms. Sisson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Marist College.

POORNIMA EBER, MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMMING MANAGER

Poornima Eber joined National Grid two years ago, after moving to New York City from the San Francisco Bay Area. Poornima currently works as a Senior Strategy Analyst in New York, focusing on Demand Response Program strategy. Poornima focuses on improving and enhancing both residential and commercial Demand Response incentive programs in Upstate New York. Prior to this role, Poornima worked on Program Strategy for the C&I Gas Programs in Downstate New York. Poornima has had varied experience, including working for EnerNOC as a part of the Utility Services Division in San Francisco prior to moving to New York. In this role, Poornima was an energy engineer, focusing on energy efficiency projects for various industrial and oil & gas customers throughout California. Poornima started out her career in the energy field at Saint Gobain, a large French building products company, in 2012. She started out here as a Product Development & Sustainability Engineer after graduating from Boston University with a Masters in Materials Science & Engineering. Poornima completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics & Policy from the University of California Berkeley in 2010.

In her spare time, Poornima likes to travel, explore New York City and the surrounding neighborhoods, and spend time with her husband and Icelandic Sheepdog.

ELIZABETH KATZ TOOHEY, PHILANTHROPY DIRECTOR

Elizabeth has been with the New York State Department of Public Service for much of her professional career, and currently works in the Office of Accounting, Audits and Finance, where she is responsible for the oversight of management and operations audits.  Prior to this she worked in the Office of Consumer Services where she oversaw the monitoring of utility compliance with consumer protections under the Public Service Law and the regulations of the New York State Public Service Commission.

Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the State University of New York at Albany with a major in communications and a minor in sociology.  She completed graduate coursework at the same institution in communications and demography.  Elizabeth serves on WICE’s Board of Directors.  Additionally, she currently volunteers for the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless and serves on Albany Law School’s Kate Stoneman Honorary Committee.

APRIL WASYLENKO, WEB MANAGER

April Wasylenko is the Lead Engineer, Project Engineering and Design, for National Grid in the US.  Her responsibility encompasses the detailed engineering to define mechanical and instrumentation and control requirements for the engineering and design of projects for the transmission and distribution of natural gas including regulator stations, metering stations, and transmission mains.

Her current focus is preparing specifications for control system procurement of process, electrical, instrument and mechanical equipment, engineering in this specialty design the automated system, choose the appropriate technology and suppliers for the engineering and managing the system’s initialization through to completion.  She ensures that systems run smoothly and safely, reliability is maximized, regulatory requirements and internal standards of measurements are compliant and costs are kept in check.

She joined KeySpan Energy, serving to Long Island Power Authority in 2002 as the Computer Network Engineer in Electric System Operations.  Her role moved along with National Grid after the merger and became the senior Electric Reliability Engineer, monitoring the reliability of LIPA’s electric system and its dependability while enhancing the development and implementation of strategic and cost effective reliability improvement programs.

April is a graduate of NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York University) with Computer Engineering degree and holds a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Dowling College.  She currently resides in Long Island with her son, Stephen and her chocolate Labrador, Pyros.  She is passionate about serving her time with Hands Together NY volunteering group whose core purpose is on feeding the hungry and homeless on Long Island.