Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Chris comes to ECS from IEEE in Piscataway, NJ where he was executive director of the Electron Devices Society for over six years and executive director of the Photonics Society for the last four years. Prior to joining IEEE he was senior director of member services at The College Board. He is a graduate of New York University and holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Organization and Leadership. With a proven ability to lead volunteer-driven technical societies, and a passion for advancing science and technology, Chris strives to maintain and enhance ECS’s preeminence in the field of electrochemical and solid state engineering.
Why Free the Science? “By endowing our publications operations through the Free the Science initiative, ECS has aligned how we fund publishing with our core mission to serve the public interest. This is precisely how nonprofits should act and one of the things that excites me most about my role with ECS.”
Mary E. Yess
Chief Content Officer & Publisher
Mary joined ECS in 1996 to position ECS publications in the digital world. ECS was one of the first to do continuous publication and publish online first. Mary was Managing Editor of Interface for 18 years, created the concept for ECS Transactions, and took ECS on its first steps toward open access. Mary’s current position involves building strategies for content acquisition and development, including creating a path and plan to provide open science tools for our constituency and help with open science practices. Mary received her master’s from Pratt Institute.
Why Free the Science? “To provide unfettered access to our science that helps solve the sustainability challenges of our planet; and to provide the tools and pathways for everyone and anyone to take that information and turn it into knowledge and solutions.”
Chief Operating Officer
Tim oversees the finance, human resources, information technology, business, and real estate operations of the Society. Tim has held senior leadership positions in the telecommunications, medical billing, and internet services industries and has served in those capacities in large and small companies, including for-profit and nonprofit entities. Tim has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in business management.
Why Free the Science? “Breaking down cost barriers to enable authors to publish and readers to access the scientific content ECS creates is perfectly aligned with the mission of our organization. Eliminating the cost barriers will greatly improve the dissemination of our content and that is what ECS is all about.”
Director of Publications
Beth joined ECS as the associate director of development and membership services in December 2014, was promoted to the director of membership services in September 2015, and was named director of publications in September 2016. Prior to ECS, she served as the Director for Student Affairs and Community Engagement in the School of Pharmacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a founding team member, she was instrumental in building resources critical to student success. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson & Wales University and a Master of Science degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Why Free the Science? “It is the right thing to do as conduit for researchers to share their discoveries. Our society engages scientists and engineers that are going to provide solutions to the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. I truly believe that this initiative leads the way to accelerate the pace of innovation.”
Director of Marketing and Communications
Rob joined ECS in April of 2014 having spent time at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Men’s Health magazine doing marketing, reporting and developing his web skills. (Working on his 6-pack too!) His task at ECS has been to formulate the strategy that will explain what electrochemistry and solid state science is to the world through our website, social media, and the Redcat blog as well as assist our members in getting the attention and credit they deserve for making our world a better place to live.
Why Free the Science? “This is about my son’s future. He needs solutions right now for what global warming is doing to his planet. I’m inspired by the dedication our members show everyday on this and many other world changing topics.”
Director of Finance
Paul is a certified public accountant in the State of New Jersey. He joined ECS in August of 2010 after nine years at a public accounting firm, where he specialized in assisting nonprofit clients. Prior to that, Paul has worked with a variety of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Paul’s overarching responsibility is to provide timely and accurate financial information to the management and Board of Directors of ECS and to prepare financial budgets and forecasts that help to direct the future goals and objectives of the Society.
Why Free the Science? “The very future of the Society is dependent on our ability to attract, publish and disseminate the very best research being done in the field of electrochemistry today.”
Director of Meetings and Corporate Programs
John joined ECS in 2005 as the manager of ECS Transactions, and then as the associate director of conference publications. In 2015, John became the Associate Director of Meetings, and was promoted to the director of meetings and corporate programs in 2017. Prior to ECS, John spent seven years working in the Publication Technologies Department of Random House Inc., and more than five years doing live event production and artist management in the music business. This intersection of events, publications, technology, and personal service has given him a well-rounded skill set that has been of great value to the Society through the years.
Why Free the Science? “By working to break down the barriers between researchers and readers, we are not only fulfilling the mission of the Society, but also taking a bold stance against the commercialization of scientific research.”
Director of Membership
Shannon joined ECS in September 2016 after working in higher education and customer service. He has both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wesley College. Shannon has worked closely in areas of organizational growth, human/student development, and challenging the status quo. At ECS, Shannon works to enhance the value of an ECS membership, grow educational and professional development opportunities, and support our member experience. He believes ECS membership is a gateway to enhancing your professional career, networking with your peers, and advancing our science.
Why Free the Science? “With the Internet of Things at our fingertips, Free the Science is the answer to solving worldwide sustainability issues. Our member and author publications contain infinite potential to change the world; sharing the science is our responsibility, our duty.”