AltWheels Fleet Day Planning Committee
Managing Director, Gate 16 Consultants
As Managing Director of Gate 16 Consultants, Mimi Almeida provides strategic planning, design and operational services for live and virtual events. Small and medium size organizations seeking to expand their reach, educate and excite their audiences, launch new products and initiatives and reward and inspire clients make up our client base.
Mimi has founded two other companies earning a spot on the CMI Top 25 Meeting and Incentive Service Companies in North America for multiple years; Judges Choice Award for Mobile Marketing from Corporate Event Magazine and been recognized with a Global Paragon Award from Meeting Professionals International.
As a Preferred Vendor for 8 consecutive years for BMW of North America and MINI USA, her teams delivered product launches, sales and dealer incentive programs, consumer events and executive level experiences both nationally and domestically.
She has also served on the Advisory Boards for Travel + Leisure and Executive Travel magazines.
Fleet Manager, MilliporeSigma
Peter is currently Fleet Manager for MilliporeSigma – the life science division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Prior to that he was Fleet Manager at Cushman & Wakefield Services division and Internal Audit Manager at AT&T Capital. Peter is also currently Chair of the NAFA New England Chapter.
Logistics Specialist, City of Boston
Matt Bradley has been with the City of Boston's Central Fleet Management Division since 2011. Matt oversees alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure procurement and deployment for the City's fleet. Matt's other duties include administering the City's vehicle telematics system and operating a vehicle sharing program used by over 400 City of Boston employees.
Since starting at Central Fleet, Matt has been instrumental in introducing EVs into the City fleet and has worked to up-fit existing vehicles with LPG bi-fuel systems and aftermarket hybrid drive-trains. A member of NAFA and the APWA, Matt is currently enrolled as an MBA candidate at Boston University
Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Galileo Technologies
Involved in the alternative-fuel vehicle industry since 1988, Barry works closely with state and federal governments in support of funding and development programs. Barry volunteers as the Coordinator for Clean Communities of CNY, the US DOE’s Clean Cities Coalition hosted by Syracuse University. He serves on NGV America’s Federal and State Legislative Committee, is vice chair of the Northeast Gas Association, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from NGV America; and has been named to the US DOE Clean Cities Hall of Fame.
Director of Fleet, Facilities & Communications, City of Framingham (retired)
Fred has been in the Fleet Maintenance industry for over 40 years. He formerly worked for the City of Framingham as the Director of Fleet, Facilities & Communications for the Department of Public Works. Fred has also been part of AltWheels since its inception. He has enjoyed this connection and has learned a lot while helping with vehicle layout and coordinating between manufacturers and event management. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Association of Fleet Maintenance Supervisors (AFMS).
Coordinator, Greater Rochester Clean Cities Coalition
David Keefe has been the Coordinator of the GRCC since July 2007. Prior to that, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 1996-2007. From 1995 to 2005, he was the Director of Fleet Services for the City of Rochester NY and in that capacity developed a program for AFVs, which included CNG and electric vehicles. He served a total of 33 years in local government service in the Rochester area. including experience in public works, budget and parking system administration. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and quality management.
MACC Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
John Liriano Joined the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as the Massachusetts Clean Cities (MACC) Coordinator in September of 2020. As the MACC Coordinator, John works with public and private stakeholders to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation and advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.
John is an advocate for social justice and public health. Over the past ten years, he has worked in different sectors within the Cities of Boston and Washington DC to promote health, education, policy, research, and environmental safety. John previously worked as a Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Throughout Johns' career, he developed a profound interest in the energy sector and environmental justice issues. As the new MACC Coordinator, he is excited to bring his experience and interest to this new role.
President, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition
Charlie Myers is the President of the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, the fuel cell and hydrogen industry association for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In June 2017, he was given a U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R &D Award for his leadership and commitment to the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure in the Northeast.
Charlie is the Chair of the Massachusetts Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Working Group. He is an original member of H2USA.
Stephen B. Russell
Former Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator/ Clean Cities Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
In his role at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Stephen Russell was responsible for coordinating and promoting the use of alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The nationally-recognized list of alternative fuels include bio-diesel, electricity, ethanol (E-85), hydrogen, natural gas (compressed and liquefied), and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane).
In addition, he was responsible for the US Department of Energy (US DOE) Clean Cities Coalition program within the Commonwealth. Clean Cities is a US DOE-sponsored organization which advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local programs designed to reduce petroleum use in the transportation sector.
In his position at DOER, Steve was responsible for the MOREV rebate program. During his tenure he oversaw the distribution of over $20 million in rebates to consumer. He also provided grant dollars to local communities to install over 140 Level 2 charging stations (EVSE) throughout the Commonwealth - from Nantucket to Lenox.
Before retiring, Steve was recognized nationally by his Clean Cities peers with the Ben Watson Leadership Award for providing direction in the alternative fuels arena working with other Clean Cities Coalitions across the US.
During his 20-year career, he managed corporate and municipal fleets years, large and small, including the City of Keene, NH fleet and nation-wide corporate fleets with over 2,000 motor vehicles.
Steve presently sits on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and is the past chair of the Fuel and Technology Committee for this national organization.
He “walks the talk” having owned and driven a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) for the past seven years.
He is a graduate of Springfield College (MA) with a degree in Community Leadership and Development.
Clean Cities Regional Manager for the Northeast Region, US DOE
Erin Russell-Story is the Clean Cities Regional Manager for the Northeast Region and is the point of contact for Clean Cities coalitions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. She has been at NETL as a Project Officer supporting the Vehicle Technologies Office since 2009. Prior to coming to U.S. DOE, she spent several years as a Clean Cities Coordinator herself. She initiated the Northeast Ohio Clean Cities Coalition in 1997 where she was the coordinator until 2001, and then served as the coordinator for Vermont Clean Cities until 2003. She was honored with the Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year Award that same year and inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011.
Ms. Russell-Story has spent years in the transportation, energy efficiency and renewable energy fields as an independent contractor, consultant, volunteer and concerned citizen. Erin has supported programs for the former US DOE Northeast Regional Office, the Gas Technology Institute, Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Biofuels Association, and the Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative. Ms. Russell-Story holds a BFA from Ohio University, an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Transportation and Livable Communities from the University of Washington. She is also a certified PMP.
Senior Program Manager, National Grid
Sejal Shah is the Senior Program Manager at National Grid. She is responsible for the Massachusetts Fleet Advisory Services Program which provides public fleets a free assessment to electrify their fleets. Sejal is also the program manager for SmartCharge MA which is looking at charging behaviors of Massachusetts EV drivers to determine future EV charging rates for customers. Before joining National Grid, Sejal was with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where she managed the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Programs.
Regional SmartWay Manager, US EPA
Abby Swaine works for the US EPA’s New England office on voluntary and regulatory programs to improve freight fuel efficiency. On the voluntary side, Abby promotes EPA’s SmartWay program to help shippers and carriers save fuel and emissions. For EPA’s Ports Initiative, Abby has been working with colleagues on a port-community engagement project in Providence RI.
Abby co-chairs both a national EPA Locomotive/Rail Interest Group and the Northeast Diesel Collaborative’s Ports and Freight work groups. On the regulatory side, Abby fields complaints about truck, locomotive and bus idling, and promotes compliance EPA engine rules for locomotives. In her spare time, Abby rounds out her transportation nerd persona by chairing her town’s Public Transportation Advisory Committee.
Coordinator, Granite State Clean Cities Coalition
Jessica Wilcox joined the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services as the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition (GSCCC) Coordinator in September, 2017. GSCCC is a collaboration of over 130 public and private stakeholders from all regions of New Hampshire working to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation.
GSCCC provides alternative fuel- and technology-neutral support to NH fleets and businesses through education and outreach, grants management, and event coordination. The Coalition also provides planning support and technical assistance to NH fleets and businesses that have transitioned or are interested in transitioning to alternative fuels (e.g. propane, natural gas, biodiesel) and/or advanced technology vehicles (e.g. electric, hybrid).
Ms. Wilcox has 18 years of experience in both the automotive industry and non-profit grants management. She holds degrees in early childhood education and broadcast communications.