Morry B. Markowitz - President & Executive Director

Morry Markowitz leads FCHEA advocacy programs on Capitol Hill, at DOE, DOD and other government agencies, and outreach programs to target markets and users of fuel cells and hydrogen energy.  Morry comes with extensive expertise in the energy field, in addition to sixteen years of association management.  Prior to coming to the FCHEA, Morry was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for nine years.  Before his work at EEI, Morry was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.  Morry brings years of government relations, energy policy, and communications experience to the Association.  Morry has worked on Capitol Hill, in addition to the Executive Branch of government.  Morry graduated with a J.D. from George Mason 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 in 1997.

Connor Dolan - External Affairs Manager 

Connor Dolan is the External Affairs Manager for FCHEA.  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. 

Eric Parker - External Affairs Coordinator

Eric Parker is the External Affairs Coordinator for FCHEA, focusing on a range of strategic membership and communications efforts for the organization.

Eric previously interned for FCHEA, and has served in multiple fellowships at the Partnership for Public Service. Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, with a minors in Political Science and a focus on Environmental Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Eric’s undergraduate research focused on technology accelerators for clean energy and sustainable technologies.

Karen Hall - Senior Technical Specialist

Karen Hall 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.  Hydrogen programs and projects he has directed include activities in H2 fueled conventional technologies (reciprocating and turbine internal combustion engines), fuel cells systems development, materials science for H2  storage, H2 effects on materials, molecular separation, fuel cell membranes, systems analysis and engineering, thermochemical solar and nuclear H2 production, and the science and engineering behind the development of international regulation codes and standards such as gaining an understanding of unintended H2 release behavior and H2 effects in materials.

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 - Senior Communications Specialist

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.