FCHEA's full time staff and consultant bios
Morry B. Markowitz - President
Morry Markowitz has been the President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association for five years. Utilizing his extensive government relations and communications background, Morry leads the association’s outreach efforts both in our nation’s capital and across the country. Morry has wide-ranging expertise in the energy and automotive fields, as well as over twenty years of senior-level association management experience.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, Morry was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Before his work at EEI, Morry was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Morry has worked on Capitol Hill, as well as the Executive Branch of government. Morry is a graduate of George Washington University and has a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Bud DeFlaviis - Director Of Government Affairs
Bud DeFlaviis serves as the Director of Government Affairs for FCHEA. His primary task is to support the organization's mission to promote fuel cell and hydrogen technologies with federal, state, and local policymakers.
Prior to joining FCHEA, Bud was Account Manager and Communications Director for The Keelen Group, LLC, a full-service lobbying firm specializing in strategic public policy and legislative planning.
He also served as the Executive Director for the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, a non-profit organization that promoted high-performance commercial and residential buildings. During his tenure, he focused on project development and execution, fundraising, policy advocacy, and communications. Mr. DeFlaviis began working in Washington in 2001 as a Press Secretary for a senior Member of Congress. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jennifer Gangi - Director of Communications and Outreach
Jennifer Gangi has fifteen years of experience in the fuel cell and hydrogen industry, previously running the Fuel Cells 2000 education and outreach program. This included media, end user and public outreach, managing the website, writing articles for trade press, editing and writing industry and market reports, case studies, newsletters and other marketing materials, and closely tracking the fuel cell industry and potential stakeholders to find areas of opportunity for collaboration and industry advancement.
Prior to joining Fuel Cells 2000 in 1999, Jennifer worked as a Marketing/Communications Specialist for a public relations firm in North Carolina, handling only high-technology clients.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University.
Sandra Curtin - Research and Communications Manager
Sandra Curtin is the Research and Communications Manager for FCHEA. Sandra tracks the fuel cell and hydrogen industry and is a lead author of several annual industry reports.
Before joining FCHEA, Sandra was Research Director at Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), serving as a lead researcher and writer of reports, articles, newsletters and website content for BTI’s Fuel Cells 2000 and Bus Rapid Transit programs.
Sandra earned her Masters degree in Public Policy from The University of Maryland, with a specialization in environmental policy.
Connor Dolan - Director of External Affairs
Connor Dolan is the Director of External Affairs for FCHEA. As Director of External Affairs, Connor oversees the Association’s communications activities and facilitates Association member programming and events planning.
Connor has previously worked for the Methanol Institute and the U.S. Fuel Cell Council. Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in both American Studies and National Security from Christopher Newport University.
Karen (Hall) Quackenbush - Senior Technical Specialist
Karen (Hall) Quackenbush is the Chief Editor of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety Report. She also facilitates the coordination of association Regulatory Affairs activities among industry, government, academia, and standards development organizations.
Mrs. Hall has 15 years experience in developing consensus-based codes and standards relating to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and is active in a number of national and international technical committees and working groups.
Mrs. Hall received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the Johns Hopkins University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Welding Engineering from the Ohio State University.
Jay Keller - Senior Technical Specialist
In 1983 he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and in 1979 his Masters of Science (M.S.) both in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on energy from the University of California at Berkeley. He has over 180 publications focusing on combustion and hydrogen energy in the refereed literature, proceedings of meetings and symposia, book chapters, and patents. He has devoted the 18 years to building a globally recognized program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) that advances the science and technologies needed to enable a net-zero green house gas (GHG) emitting energy system.
He was the Deputy Director for the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence, which was the largest of the three DOE Centers of Excellence. In 2010, the CoE’s were awarded the DOE’s meritorious achievement award for their “outstanding contribution to advancing the state-of-the-art in hydrogen storage”. As recognition for his leadership abilities, in 2009 he was awarded The DOE Hydrogen Program Meritorious Award (with special recognition for outstanding technical contributions).
He left Sandia National Laboratories in 2011 and is now a technical consultant to the DOE and supports all C&S international engagements including co-chairing Regulation Codes and Standards Working Group of the IPHE.
Ben Zingman - Communications Consultant
A successful issues communications, marketing, crisis and public relations strategist, writer, and manager, Ben Zingman has served trade association, business and non-profit clients for more than 30 years. His work for FCHEA includes internal and external communications program development and planning. He also provides executive writing services such as op-eds, feature articles, press releases, presentations and web site content.
Over his career, Zingman has developed media strategies and materials, conducted national media and editorial tours, managed community relations, public education, special events, employee and grassroots programs, created issue advertising campaigns, developed diversity policy and strategic philanthropy programs, and served as client spokesperson.
He began his career as a teacher in New York City and later at Rutgers University where he earned a Ph.D. in political science. A graduate educator since 2004, Zingman created and teaches courses on “Managing Association and Nonprofit Communications in a Changing Environment” and “Public Opinion, Political Socialization and Public Relations” for The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.