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ESC Team

Ashley Duckman presently serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Solutions Center (ESC).  She is responsible for the administration and management of the Energy Solutions Center, working closely with the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee to ensure that the Center's mission and goals are successfully executed. Prior to joining ESC, Ashley served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, where she coordinated and executed advocacy efforts on behalf of more than 5,500 Maryland businesses. Previously Ashley also worked at the American Gas Association, where she spent nearly a decade advocating on behalf of natural gas utilities at the local, state, and federal levels. She has a BA in Political Science and Economics from Washington College.


David Weiss is a  Consultant to the Energy Solutions Center, having served as Executive Director since the Center's founding. Before the formation of the ESC, he was the Executive Director of the Industrial Center. Prior to his arrival at the Industrial Center, he served as the State Technology Coordinator for Maryland, seeking to recruit technology companies to Maryland and linking them with resources that would increase the likelihood of successful technology commercialization.


Eric Burgis serves as the Director, Commercial and Residential Markets. Eric is responsible for the Commercial Buildings Consortium, CHP Consortium, Low Carbon Workgroup, and ESC’s Account Rep Training Program.  Eric oversees the production of ESC’s Combined Heat & Power magazine.  Before joining ESC, Eric spent 13 years with Philadelphia Gas Works beginning as a Marketing Engineer and departing as part of their Executive Strategic Planning Team. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Business Energy Professional, and has served as President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Management/Business Administration from Penn State.


Barbara Stinson serves as ESC's Manager of Residential Markets responsible for the Residential Consortium, Multifamily Consortium as well as the National Accounts Consortium. She also oversees the production of Natural Living magazine.  Barbara spent more than 25 years with UGI Utilities in various positions relating to residential, commercial and industrial marketing and sales, and is a licensed real estate agent.  She received her BS in Business Administration from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.  
 

Carolyn Dorf serves as the Manager of Events and Communications and is responsible for the planning and execution of the Technology and Market Assessment Forums. She is also responsible for the management of ESC’s internal marketing and communication strategies. Prior to joining the ESC team, Carolyn worked as the Events Manager at the Eno Center for Transportation. In January 2020, Carolyn received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. She holds a BA in Political Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.


Cherif Youssef serves as a Consultant to the Energy Solutions Center since retiring from SoCalGas in October 2018. At SoCalGas he was the Technology Development Manager and responsible for managing a $15 million per year R&D program. This program focused on developing and demonstrating new products and technologies to help customers use energy more efficiently, meet their environmental regulations, use renewable energy, and use alternative fuel vehicles. Cherif has 43 years of experience in the energy industry, with past responsibilities in marketing, human resources, operations, and engineering.  He has served as the Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute’s Utilization Development Program and as a product champion for the Energy Solutions Center’s Industrial and Major Accounts Consortium. Cherif holds a Certification in Energy Management from The Association of Energy Engineers (2003). He has received the 100 RD&D Award (2000) and the Hall of Flame Award (1998) from the American Gas Association. Cherif has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.