Meet the Smart Energy Decisions team

Meet the Smart Energy Decisions team


John Failla
Founder and CEO

John has more than 30 years of experience in B2B media as an executive responsible for developing and managing digital media products, magazines, and face-to-face events.

Prior to launching Smart Energy Decisions, John launched and developed Green Retail Decisions, the leading online information resource for retailers on sustainable business practices. Green Retail Decisions was acquired by Stagnito Business Information along with the other media brands created by John at Tesoro Business Media. Prior to that, John spent 15 years at VNU (Nielsen) Business Media, where he was responsible for publications, trade shows, and online services serving several B2B markets.

Lisa Carroll
Director of Community Development

Lisa brings a broad and diverse background as a gregarious and consummate professional with over 25+ years of experience in relationship management, strategic development, project management, market research, public relations, business development, and marketing communications. Although events were always part of her career journey, Lisa got bit by the Events Industry and quite naturally, became an event junkie.  In the lifecycle of an event, you name it, she’s done it. Her specialty is in understanding a market and finding the right audience and partners. Because without an audience, you’ve got nothing.  

 A recent move has landed Lisa and her husband Jim in Mount Pleasant, SC, where she is just 4 miles to the Isle of Palms beach and just 20 minutes into downtown historic Charleston.  She’s never leaving.

Debra Chanil
Director of Editorial and Research 

Debra has more than 25 years of experience in market research and content development. In her current role, she manages all SED content development and leads SED's exclusive energy industry research including the annual State of Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing and State of Distributed Energy Resources. Prior to joining Smart Energy Decisions in 2017, Debra was Research Director of Retail & CPG insights for EnsembleIQ and Stagnito Business Information, where she conducted editorial, sales, and marketing research for a variety of B2B media brands covering the retail sector as well as for custom research projects. Debra also worked as Research Director for Nielsen Business Media and VNU/Bill Communications.

Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Director of Educational Programs

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, author of "The Energy Switch,"  is an independent consultant with 30 years of experience in electricity markets. As a Principal at NorthBridge Energy partners, Peter currently provides strategic consulting to a variety of companies, with a focus on integrating new technologies into the evolving electric power grid. He is a frequent keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and panel moderator at various energy conferences and is a contributor to and other publications.

Over the length of his career, Peter has held a series of executive positions, including SVP of Constellation Energy’s Demand Response unit, overseeing a business that ultimately grew to 1,700 MW of dispatchable load, with annual revenues exceeding $80 million. 

Alexandra Failla
Director of ESG and Administration

Alexandra Failla is Smart Energy Decisions' Director of ESG and Administration, managing sustainability initiatives, social media, and coordinating content-related scheduling.  She recently received her M.S. in Sustainability Management at Columbia University. 


Tim Gaghan
Director of Supplier Solutions

Tim Gaghan is the Director of Supplier Solutions at Smart Energy Decisions (SED).  He is responsible for recruiting large energy buyers to SED’s hosted buyer events.  Tim graduated from Penn State University in 2001 with a B.S. in Marketing. For the last four years, Tim has thrived in the events industry enjoying the ability to meet his clients in person. He lives near Philadelphia, PA, and of course, is an avid Eagles fan! Fly Eagles Fly!


Maria Failla
Podcast Producer

Maria Failla brings five years of podcasting experience to the Smart Energy Decisions team as the lead producer of the Smart Energy Voices podcast. Maria's personal podcast, Bloom and Grow Radio, is consistently one of the top lifestyle/Home & Garden podcasts on the iTunes charts and was a 2020 Webby Honoree. If you like houseplants, you should check it out. Previously, she toured the world as a musical theater performer and on Broadway in Cats the Musical. 

Starr Amos
Finance Manager

Starr Amos has over 10 years of experience in full-cycle accounting across several different industries, including construction, oil, medical, and real estate, and over 3 years of internal audit experience. As a Financial Operations Associate with Supporting Strategies – NYC, and with the support of a team, Starr has managed the financial operations for Smart Energy Decisions since 2019. Supporting Strategies - NYC is comprised of a team of highly skilled and professional individuals who provide outsourced bookkeeping and controller services to business owners across the country.  Starr earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Houston-Downtown. 

Ellen Chang
News Editor

Ellen Chang is a journalist who is based in Houston and writes investing and banking articles for U.S. News & World Report and TheStreet. Her byline has appeared in national business publications, including USA Today, Forbes, CBS News, Yahoo Finance MSN Money, Bankrate, Kiplinger, and Fox Business. 

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