Steering Committee

The steering committee consists of seven individuals who guide the activities and mission of NYCSHE.  The committee conducts monthly conference calls, holds the annual meeting, develops webinars specific to state issues and hosts networking events at regional and state conferences.


Mary Ellen Mallia

Director of Environmental Sustainability, SUNY University at Albany


Ryan McPherson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo



Marian M. Brown

Director, Wells Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, Wells College


Melanie Morris

Assistant Director of Sustainability Programs, Suffolk County Community College

Thomas Kelly

Senior Energy Manager, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Montefiore Medical Center, SUNY Purchase

Thomas Kelly Energy and Sustainability Manager at Montefiore Medical Center

Melissa Cadwell

Sustainability Coordinator, Energy Systems and Sustainability Management, Syracuse University


Valarie Avalone

Valarie Avalone, Director of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness and Accountability, Monroe County Community College