Common House Problems that Increase Energy Costs and Decrease Comfort
Inadequate Insulation
Air Leakage
Inefficient Heating Systems
Inefficient Central Air
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About PowerUp Communities

Ryan Madden, Sustainability Organizer

Ryan MaddenAs a graduate of Binghamton University, Ryan received a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Prior to his work in sustainability, Ryan focused on electoral politics, campaigning for national and local candidates in his hometown of White Plains and in Binghamton. Throughout his last year in college, Ryan worked for the Energy Conservation Corps. of Cornell Cooperative Extension promoting NYSERDA's Green Jobs Green New York energy efficiency program. After leaving Binghamton, Ryan remained committed to working on issues of climate and energy. In November 2013 he served as a delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with SustainUS, a non-profit advocacy organization. Upon returning home, Ryan worked as the Special Assistant for Policy at Dental Recycling International, a mercury recycling company, while also serving as the Policy Coordinator on SustainUS' Steering Committee. Ryan joined the LIPC in September 2015 as a Community Organizer for PowerUp Communities. As the Sustainability Organizer, Ryan will continue his work on PowerUp, as well as focus on campaigns to enact comprehensive climate and sustainability policy in Long Island and throughout NY State.

Marriele can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 13 or

Dan Fingas, Organizing Director

Dan FingasDan Fingas joins LIPC after over a decade organizing in Michigan. For the past 3 years Dan worked for the Michigan Laborers District Council where he was tasked with member organizing, contractor marketing, political field operations, community organizing, coalition building, and represented the Laborers at several coalitions including the Michigan AFL CIO, the Michigan Democratic Party, and the State Legislature Campaign Committees.

Dan has also worked as an Organizing Coordinator for SEIU Healthcare Michigan, a Community Organizer for Michigan Organizing Project and served in many roles in political organizing including as a Campaign Manager for State Senate and Field Coordinator for State House. Dan was also proud to serve as Labor Liaison for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District in 2010 and as the Michigan Laborer’s Field Coordinator for Proposal 2 in 2012. Dan is a 2004 graduate of Albion College.

Dan can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext. 17 or

Lisa Tyson, Long Island Progressive Coalition Director

Lisa TysonLisa Tyson is a powerful, and passionate, advocate for progressive change on Long Island. For almost 15 years, Tyson has won important victories around a policy agenda aimed at promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, racial and social justice on Long Island. As Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), Tyson formulates policy, raises funds, and manages a full time staff of eight, in support of that ambitious program.

Her successes are legendary: Passing a $3 million affordable housing bond in the Town of East Hampton; Writing and passing Nassau Counties Living Wage Law; Demanding fair elections by lobbying successfully for optical scanners in voting; And anchoring a statewide campaign to change the statewide education formula to be based on studentsí needs. Tyson is a founding member of the Working Families Party who sits on the Executive Committee and is a Steering Committee member of the Long Island Regional Council where she plays a crucial role in endorsements. She was named one of 2010 Long Island Press's 50 Most Influential People on Long Island.

A life long resident of Long Island, Tyson was graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1993. She continued her studies in the Masters of Science program in Urban and Environmental Studies at Renssealear Polytechnic Institute in 1994.

Lisa can be reached at 516-541-1006 ext.11 or

Crystal Woods, Homeowner Support Staff

Crystal WoodsCrystal Woods is one of PowerUp Communities Homeowner Support Staff, assisting homeowners through the energy efficiency process. Crystal is a Long Island native, having been born and raised in Wyandanch. Before Crystal came to PowerUp she received her O.S.H.A.S and Health, Led and Safety Certificate through the United Ways YouthBuild program. Crystals background in energy efficiency allows her to better explain the ins-and-outs of the energy efficiency process. When Crystal isn’t working she enjoys drawing and rooting for the Yankees.



Robin Caufield, Homeowner Support Staff

Robin CaufieldRobin Caufield is one of PowerUp Communities Homeowner Support Staff, assisting homeowners through the energy efficiency process. Robin grew up on Long Island and currently resides in Brentwood with two children and grandchildren living nearby. Robin thinks Long Island is a great place to bring up a family and loves the diversity of the communities here. Previously to joining the PowerUp team Robin worked as a freelance Court Reporter. In Robins spare time she enjoys being with her grandchildren, they’re such a joy!



Paul Merkelson, Volunteer

Paul MerkelsonPaul Merkelson began volunteering with the LIPC in 2011 and shortly after became involved with the PowerUp Communities, he even got his house retrofitted through the program. Paul began his volunteer work after retiring from a 40 year career in architecture and construction. Paul joins PowerUp Organizers at community outreach events, speaking as to his experience going through the PowerUp Communities program. When Paul isn’t at the LIPC he enjoys making pottery and travelling with his wife!



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