Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator

Advisory Board

Board Leadership


Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D

President & CEO, Launch NY

Executive Director & Advisory Board Chair, ECO Incubator


Dr. Marnie LaVigne has spent more than 25 years in both the private and public sectors creating new products and start-up businesses, driving innovation and economic growth in high-tech industries, such as life sciences, informatics, and advanced manufacturing.


In, 2014, she became the President and CEO of Launch NY, a 27-county venture development organization that she co-founded with other Buffalo boosters and whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture of Upstate New York. Previously, she led economic development efforts for nearly ten years at the University at Buffalo. Before UB, Dr. LaVigne was in lead entrepreneurial roles in the private sector, including co-founder and executive management in two start-ups with initial public offerings, along with her work driving new product development in large corporations.


Dr. LaVigne has a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in clinical psychology, both from the University of Rochester. She is Chair of the New York State Economic Development Council and serves on numerous other boards.


Paul Tyno

Program Director, ECO Incubator

Strategic Advisory for Energy Initiatives, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Ex-Officio Member


Paul Tyno is a respected energy industry professional who has led multiple energy services companies to become integral resource partners with utility companies, Regional Transmission Organizations, Independent System Operators, program participants, federal and state regulatory agencies, trade associations, economic development organizations, and affiliate service providers.


In addition to his role with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) as Strategic Advisor for Energy Initiatives, Mr. Tyno is serving as the ECO Incubator Program Director. Prior to joining the BNMC in 2014, he served in lead roles with REGEN Energy in Toronto, Viridity Energy in Philadelphia, Direct Options in Cincinnati, Constellation Energy in New York, and Energy Curtailment Specialists in Buffalo.


His background includes building, designing and implementing complex demand response/load management programs and related demand side management solutions. Mr. Tyno is a nationally recognized industry spokesperson and demand response subject area expert. He is the past Chairman of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), a professional industry organization.



Danielle Blount

Project Manager, Launch NY

Program Coordinator, ECO Incubator


Danielle is a Project Manager with Launch NY. She began with Launch NY during her MBA studies as an intern in the summer of 2015 through 2016, and joined full time after graduation.


Danielle attended University at Buffalo for both her graduate and undergraduate studies, receiving her BA in Political Science and International Studies, in 2013, and her MBA in June 2016. Prior to returning to University at Buffalo for her graduate studies, Danielle worked at BlueCross BlueShield of WNY as a Network Development Associate focused on data and incentive reporting for a 500 physician network. During this time she received her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University in August 2014. Danielle currently serves as a member of the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumni Board, in Kenmore, NY, where she also served as head and assistant coach of both the Varsity and JV Lacrosse Program from 2010-2016.



Board Membership


Aliesa Adelman

Director of Sustainability, Wendel

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Aliesa Adelman is the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Wendel, supporting design and construction sustainability efforts for energy efficiency, natural resource conservation, and indoor environmental quality. She collaborates with the architectural, engineering, and planning teams to analyze opportunities for integrating sustainable design, principles, and technologies into projects. Ms. Adelman is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, with additional training as a Building Analyst, Building Envelope Specialist, and Carbon Reduction Manager. Ms. Adelman currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter, the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable, the Partners for a Livable Western NY, and Vision Long Island. She also serves on the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Energy Committee and the American Public Transportation Association Sustainability Committee. In addition to her work in the commercial sector, she has been involved with several regional energy and transportation efficiency planning efforts, with a focus on resiliency, climate mitigation, and adaptation. Ms. Adelman’s projects include facilitation and leadership for municipal Climate Smart Communities Greenhouse Gas Assessment programs and development of a municipal Energy Master Plan for a confidential client. She brings her experience and expertise to multidisciplinary projects to help align client goals with the principles of Smart Growth, Complete Streets, and Green Infrastructure. She is a certified instructor for the Urban Green Council’s Fundamental Green Building certification course and is an educational provider for sustainable development strategies to private and public stakeholders.



Andrew Dorn

President, Energy Solutions Consortium

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Drew Dorn has extensive experience in the North American deregulated electricity and natural gas markets, particularly structuring energy transactions for some of the largest wholesale and retail consumers in the Northeast and mid- Atlantic regions, including regulated utilities, independent power producers, and energy intensive industrials. He founded and was CEO of Demand Response Partners, Inc. (DRP) an energy advisory firm and leading demand response supplier to the PJM Interconnection and New York Independent System Operator which he sold to CPower in 2015. Prior to founding DRP in 2007 he worked for several large energy companies in business development roles. Mr. Dorn graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors of Science in Ceramic Engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



Dennis Elsenbeck

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services, Phillips Lytle LLP

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Mr. Elsenbeck provides consulting services on a broad range of energy-related opportunities encompassing a forward view of supply, distribution and demand options. In his leadership role with a major U.S. utility for nearly 30 years, he brings to Phillips Lytle insight, analytics and business perspectives on long-term policies and the economic landscape. He assists clients with due diligence and regulatory compliance on energy transactions; regulatory counseling involving Public Service Commission proceedings; energy procurement and utility negotiations involving government entities and municipalities; procurement consulting regarding the reduction of energy costs and review of economic incentives; market driven integrated resource planning, and identifying commercial and technical issues associated with energy-related opportunities. Mr. Elsenbeck helps clients move critical energy projects forward by providing creative solutions and overcoming project challenges. He works to develop the voice of the consumer in energy policy and bill impacts as sustainability becomes a focus of energy policy. Mr. Elsenbeck collaborates with clients in shaping the “utility of the future.” Mr. Elsenbeck is a well-recognized expert in the energy field and is a highly sought-after lecturer on a variety of topics across the U.S.



Timothy Geiger

President, STARK Technologies Group, Inc.

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Timothy Geiger, president of STARK Technologies Group, Inc., is a trusted leader with the vision, passion, and commitment to achieving outstanding results. With extensive industrial controls knowledge and experience, Mr. Geiger has an exceptionally strong established network of domestic and international relationships across commercial banking and finance; investment banking; accounting; law; trade organizations; state, regional and local governments; and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Mr. Geiger has demonstrated a proven ability to formulate strategy, attract talent, and lead, manage and direct organizations to achieve revenue and profit growth. His leadership skills have contributed to his success in situations requiring rapid change and turnaround, dramatic growth, and sustained performance.



Robert Neubert

Director, UB Entrepreneurship Academy, University at Buffalo School of Management

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Mr. Neubert is the Director of the UB Entrepreneurship Academy for the University at Buffalo School of Management. Mr. Neubert is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and educator who transitioned from the pharmaceutical industry. A former research chemist, he managed divisions for companies that include Eastman Kodak, Westinghouse, SmithKline Beecham and Merck & Company, before founding Dakota Services, a prescription sampling compliance systems and salesforce management software company. Since then, Mr. Neubert has founded 7 ventures. He received his Bachelors in Science in Chemistry and Management from Lebanon Valley College, and his MBA from St. Joseph’s University.



Adam Stotz, Ph.D

Chief Technology Officer, TROVE Predictive Data Science

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Dr. Adam Stotz is Chief Technology Officer of TROVE, leading the product vision for the company and its breakthrough predictive data science solution, the TROVE Platform. Charged with making data useful for TROVE's clients, Stotz succeeds by combining his hands-on predictive data science prowess and problem-solving abilities with his inspiring leadership of the entire technical organization. Dr. Stotz attended the University at Buffalo, completing his studies with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Operations Research. He began his career applying these skills as a Principal Research Scientist at CUBRC, a leading data science R&D firm, helping grow his division from 2 to more than 30 individuals while successfully delivering predictive-analytics solutions for the US Defense and Intelligence communities.



Kelly Tyler

Director, Communities and Local Government, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)

ECO Incubator Advisory Board Member


Ms. Tyler the Director, Communities and Local Government for NYSERDA. Since joining NYSERDA in 2002, Ms. Tyler has lead several economic development initiatives in Buffalo and across the state. Her current role includes collaborating and partnering with municipalities and community stakeholders to proactively address local energy and economic development needs with market-oriented clean energy strategies. Ms. Tyler graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and English, and received her MBA from Medaille College.






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