Executive Management Team

Meet the Senior Staff of the Long Island Power Authority. - Organization Chart (PDF)

Thomas Falcone

Thomas Falcone
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Falcone was appointed LIPA’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2016 and is responsible for achieving the mission and values and managing the affairs and stakeholder relationships of the authority, the third largest not-for-profit, publicly owned electric utility in the United States. Mr. Falcone also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Utility Debt Securitization Authority.  Mr. Falcone joined LIPA in January 2014 and previously served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Falcone was an investment banker and advisor to publicly owned utilities and state and local governments. In that role, Mr. Falcone worked with many of the largest public utilities in the United States and raised more than $25 billion for infrastructure investments across the country. Mr. Falcone is a board member of the Large Public Power Council and the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University. Mr. Falcone received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Joseph A. Branca

Joseph A. Branca
Chief Financial Officer

Joseph A. Branca was appointed LIPA’s Chief Financial Officer in May 2016. He is responsible for all financial activities at LIPA, including accounting, budgeting, debt issuance, financial reporting, financial policy, investor relations, risk management, and treasury. Mr. Branca also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Utility Debt Securitization Authority. Mr. Branca has 40 years of financial managerial experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Branca was an investment banker for two decades serving state and local governments in the financing of over $50 billion of infrastructure projects. Prior to that, Mr. Branca was the Chief Financial Officer of the Empire State Development Corporation, which is New York State’s economic development authority. Previously, Mr. Branca served as Chief Financial Officer of a real estate development, management, and brokerage firm; a title insurance agency; and as a principal in a commercial and residential mortgage brokerage. Mr. Branca began his career as an analyst at Standard & Poor’s Corporation. Mr. Branca received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. John’s University. Mr. Branca is a board member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and a former board member of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, the United Nations Development Corporation, and the Municipal Forum of the City of New York.



Jon R. Mostel

Jon R. Mostel
General Counsel and Secretary

Jon R. Mostel was appointed as General Counsel of LIPA and Secretary to the Board of Trustees in December 2014. Mr. Mostel also serves as Secretary to the UDSA Board of Trustees. Mr. Mostel has over 45 years of experience in the energy and utility industry. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Mostel was a partner in the energy practice of a national law firm, where he represented a wide range of clients in natural gas and electricity transactional and regulatory matters, including the formation, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and regulation of energy sector companies; power generation project development; project and transmission line site selection; interconnection procedures and agreements; permitting; and environmental review. Previously, Mr. Mostel served in a variety of senior management, engineering and operating positions with the Brooklyn Union Gas Company. Mr. Mostel received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University where he studied Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.



Rick Shansky

Rick Shansky, P.E.
Vice President of Operations Oversight

Rick Shansky is the VP of Operations Oversight and directs LIPA’s operations oversight of its primary contractor PSEG Long Island, as well as its contractors engaged in power and fuel procurement. Mr. Shansky also manages LIPA’s participation in wholesale power markets. Mr. Shansky has 35 years of electric utility experience and has held a number of management positions since joining LIPA in 2008. Previously, Mr. Shansky held positions at Consolidated Edison Company of New York and the Long Island Lighting Company in the areas of energy management, resource planning, fuel and purchased power, and generation planning. Mr. Shansky received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Shansky is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.



Bobbi O'Connor

Bobbi O'Connor
Deputy General Counsel

Bobbi O’Connor is LIPA’s Deputy General Counsel and serves as the Assistant Secretary to the LIPA Board of Trustees. In those roles, she is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of LIPA’s legal department. Ms. O’Connor joined LIPA in November 2013 as Assistant General Counsel for commercial transactions and was named to her current position as Deputy General Counsel in June 2014. She was further appointed as Assistant Secretary in August 2015. Prior to joining LIPA, Ms. O’Connor was a partner in the business and finance department of an international law firm where her practice involved advising clients on securities law matters, with a particular focus on representing utility clients in capital markets transactions. Ms. O’Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.



Kenneth Kane

Kenneth Kane, CPA
Vice President of Financial Oversight

Kenneth Kane was appointed LIPA’s VP of Financial Oversight in May 2016 and manages LIPA’s review and monitoring of PSEG Long Island’s operating and capital budgets and revenue reporting to ensure performance within agreed upon levels. Mr. Kane joined LIPA in 1999 as Director of Financial Reporting and has also served in the roles of Controller and Managing Director of Finance. Mr. Kane has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry beginning in 1984 with Ernst & Young’s utility practice. Mr. Kane joined the Long Island Lighting Company (“LILCO”) in 1988. Mr. Kane is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Hofstra University.



John Little

John Little
Vice President of Strategy and Policy

John Little is LIPA’s VP of Policy and Strategy. Mr. Little is responsible for the development and administration of LIPA’s strategic planning and policy setting processes. Mr. Little joined LIPA in 2008 and has directed the areas of rates and pricing, customer service, load forecasting and service provider oversight. He has also held various responsibilities within the Finance Department and the Utility Debt Securitization Authority. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Little was a consultant with over 20 years of experience supporting electric and natural gas utility clients throughout North America in the areas of pricing and cost of service for regulated utility service, integrated resource planning and forecasting. Mr. Little’s first 9 years of utility experience were gained as a manager at the Long Island Lighting Company and New York Telephone Company. Mr. Little earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and Master of Arts degree in Banking from Adelphi University.



Donna Mongiardo

Donna Mongiardo, CPA
Controller

Ms. Mongiardo is LIPA’s Controller and joined LIPA in 2001. Ms. Mongiardo has served in a variety of roles culminating in her appointment to Controller in 2013. Ms. Mongiardo has responsibility for all accounting matters related to LIPA, its wholly owned subsidiary, the Long Island Lighting Company (“LILCO”) d/b/a LIPA, and LIPA’s component unit, the Utility Debt Securitization Authority. Ms. Mongiardo also has oversight responsibilities for certain PSEG Long Island matters including budget performance metrics and financial reporting. Ms. Mongiardo began her career as an auditor in Pricewaterhouse Cooper's financial services and public utilities practice group. In 1998, Ms. Mongiardo served as a member of the LIPA/LILCO merger team and subsequently served LIPA as an account manager. Ms. Mongiardo is a New York State certified public accountant and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Hofstra University. She is a member of the New York State Government Finance Officers' Association.



Barbara Ann Dillon

Barbara Ann Dillon, Esq., PHR
Director of Human Resources and Administration

Barbara Ann Dillon is LIPA’s Director of Human Resources and Administration and in that role is responsible for LIPA’s human resource strategy, including talent acquisition and management, organizational and performance management, training and development, succession planning, and compensation. Ms. Dillon is also responsible for all of LIPA’s administrative functions, including facilities management. Ms. Dillon joined LIPA in 1998 and has served in a variety of human resource, administration, and compliance positions prior to her current role. Ms. Dillon is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Molloy College and a Juris Doctor from the Hofstra University School of Law.



Kathleen Mitterway

Kathleen Mitterway, CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE, CGMA
Director of Audit

Kathleen Mitterway is LIPA’s Director of Audit. Ms. Mitterway joined LIPA in September 2014 and is responsible for managing all internal audit activities at LIPA, including audits of LIPA’s service provider, PSEG Long Island. Prior to joining LIPA, Ms. Mitterway was the Comptroller for a local municipality and has over 30 years of utility experience at Verizon Communications in internal audit and operating positions. Ms. Mitterway is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Ms. Mitterway is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Ms. Mitterway serves as the Chair of the GFOA Long Island Regional Council. Ms. Mitterway received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. John’s University.



Michael Deering

Michael Deering
Director of Customer Service Oversight and Stakeholder Relations

Michael Deering is LIPA’s Director of Customer Service Oversight and Stakeholder Relations. Mr. Deering joined LIPA in 2007 with over 25 years of environmental and energy experience having worked in both the private and public sector. Mr. Deering is responsible for LIPA’s oversight of PSEG Long Island’s customer service, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental programs. Mr. Deering received a Bachelor of Arts degree from C.W. Post College and a Master of Arts degree from St. John's University.



Justin Bell

Justin Bell
Director of Rates and Regulation

Justin Bell is LIPA’s Director of Rates and Regulation and is responsible for directing LIPA’s rate design, rate setting, and pricing processes. Mr. Bell also oversees implementation of Federal and State energy regulatory policies and related customer programs. Mr. Bell joined LIPA in 2014 in the role of Assistant General Counsel and assumed his current responsibilities in May 2016. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Bell’s experience included practicing commercial law at an international law firm and clerking for a Federal judge. Mr. Bell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.



James Miskiewicz

James Miskiewicz
Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance

James Miskiewicz is LIPA’s Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance. Mr. Miskiewicz joined LIPA in January 2016 as part of a state-wide effort to encourage best practices for such functions across state agencies. Mr. Miskiewicz is responsible for managing LIPA’s legal and regulatory compliance programs, including disclosure and training obligations under state law, records requests under Freedom of Information laws, third party audits and reviews, compliance with LIPA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, and assistance related to LIPA’s procurement of goods and services. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Miskiewicz was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. A 25-year veteran federal prosecutor, Mr. Miskiewicz also served as acting Chief of the Office’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in Brooklyn, and led numerous prosecutions in complex securities fraud, official public corruption, international narcotics trafficking, civil rights, homicide and racketeering cases. Mr. Miskiewicz is a two-time winner of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and previously served as a Trial Attorney for the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section in Washington, D.C., where he litigated cases involving violations of federal environmental laws and wrote the Section’s training manual on the Clean Air Act. A former law clerk to a federal judge, Mr. Miskiewicz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York and a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law.



Sidhartha Nathan

Sidhartha Nathan
Director of Public Information

Sidhartha Nathan is LIPA’s Director of Public Information. In that role, Mr. Nathan serves as LIPA’s official spokesperson and directs LIPA’s communication with customers, government, media and other key stakeholders and oversees the communications and media relations of PSEG Long Island. Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Nathan spent the better part of a decade organizing and leading public information campaigns for county and town governments on Long Island on a wide range of issues including environmental protection, municipal finance, emergency management, and government services.