ECS Management Team

Executive Staff

Roque CalvoRoque J. Calvo

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Roque Calvo joined ECS as accounting supervisor in 1980 and served in several positions before being appointed as the chief executive officer in 1991. During his 26 year tenure as the top executive officer ECS has experienced enormous growth internationally and significant advancements in the publications and meetings programs. His commitment to the Society’s mission has led to the incredible expansion and utilization of the ECS Digital Library which is the most significant body of knowledge in electrochemical and solid state science and technology. With an archive dating back to 1940, the Digital Library has over 130,000 technical articles in critical research impacting communications, transportation, renewable energy, clean water, and infrastructure. Roque has a BS from Lebanon Valley College, an MBA from Rider University and has been a Certified Association Executive since 1991.

Why Free the Science“Research in our field is increasingly important because it represents the keys to our planet’s sustainability and this has inspired me to lead the Free the Science initiative to drive the broadest possible global advancement of electrochemistry and to ensure the Society’s future as a steward and disseminator of these scientific disciplines.”

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Mary YessMary 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.”

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Tim GamberzkyTim Gamberzky

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.”

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Beth FisherBeth Craanen

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.”

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rob-webRob Gerth

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.”

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Paul Grote

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.”

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John LewisJohn Lewis

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.”

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Shannon ReedShannon Reed

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.”

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