Our Team

Carly RixhamCarly Rixham

Executive Director, crixham@ases.org

Carly joined ASES as executive director in June, 2014. She is a renewable energy professional with a diverse background in solar, biofuels, education and wastewater management. She received her master of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol. While studying in Boulder, Rixham served as director of arts and sciences at CU Energy, where she was instrumental in recruiting student involvement for events such as the Energy Frontiers conference. She has also taught biology and ecology at the university and high school levels. She also was a microbiologist at BioVantage Resources, culturing algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater. Prior to her renewable energy career, she worked in software development and customer support at Intuit.

Rixham served as a volunteer on several ASES membership and fundraising projects. She is passionate about nonprofit organizational development, and plans to take ASES into the next generation, reaffirming the organizations role as a leader in the renewable energy community. As solar energy gains success in the market place, Rixham is interested in pushing the solar agenda on a grassroots level. Dedicated to connecting science with the greater community of solar advocates, she is eager to support local chapters to help get real people involved in solar. She envisions a stronger connection with universities, as a way to recruit a new generation of professionals in renewable energy.


Lauren Harrower

Membership Manager and Data Analyst, lharrower@ases.org

Lauren joined ASES as Membership Manager in December, 2014. She has spent the last few years studying Biology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Denver School of Nursing. Lauren has worked various challenging professional jobs, but truly enjoys working with an organization with such dedicated staff and supporters, and inspiring vision. As a young person, Lauren was a member of her community Task Force and actively participated in service learning projects that focused on youth leadership and community outreach. Her time volunteering with like-minded individuals had a lasting impression. She is ecstatic to work for a non-profit organization in such an innovative industry, with such a strong history and supporters. In her free time, Lauren, like most Coloradan’s, enjoys being outdoors and staying active!


sarah-head-shot-croppedSara Townes

Accounts & Finance

Sarah Townes has worked in music and finance in Boulder, CO since 1998, and was delighted to join the ASES team in 2016 to promote solar energy and sustainability in our beautiful world. Sarah enjoys working with the dynamic staff, and managing the finances for such a positive organization brings great job satisfaction. ASES’s large membership base and non-profit status  require full accountability and transparency in all its dealings financial and social, and it brings her pleasure to work in non-profit accounting in such a high integrity organization. Outside of ASES Sarah enjoys singing, teaching singing and performing, and her latest album is available for sale on iTunes. Favorite recreation includes hiking, relaxing by the fire at the St. Julien, and having fun with her family, both immediate and extended. She finds inspiration daily in her young son and his friends.


riley-sheaRiley Shea

Conference Manager Intern

Hello! My name is Riley Shea and I am a senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I am currently studying Appropriate Technology, a major focused on the science and implementation of renewable energy resources. Prior to my stint here at Appalachian I played football my freshmen year at Lenoir-Rhyne University. I am extremely interested in green building and solar photovoltaic, and plan to build a career where I can implement both. I love the outdoors, sports (but mostly football), and hanging out with my family and friends. My ultimate dream in life would be to live somewhere on a river, but close to a mountain, so I can snowboard and fish, so I guess you can say I’m a fan of the simple life.


Simo YezrourSimo Yezrour

Development Manager Intern, syezrour@ases.org

Simo joined ASES in September 2015 as a development manager intern. He comes all the way from France where he has been studying physical measurements and physics applied to energy. He obtained his associate degree in 2014 and is now completing his master degree in Renewable Energy. In addition to this, he speaks four languages, enjoys traveling as well as discovering new cultures and meeting new people. On his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, soccer or spending time with his friends.


Hamza Shallwani - ASES Emerging Professionals Advocate InternHamza Shallwani

Emerging Professionals Advocate Intern

Hamza joined as and is currently ASES’ Emerging Professionals Advocate. Born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, Hamza Shallwani has lived in Asia, Europe, South America and is currently enjoying his education in North America. A sophomore at present, he is pursuing a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Davis and hopes to improve the quality of peoples lives whilst confronting our future generations energy needs. Hamza’s ultimate goal in life is to engineer and manage state of the art net-zero energy communities that are affordable for the masses around the globe. During his free time, he enjoys cinematography, playing football (soccer) and the performing arts.


sara-morell-headshotSara Morell


Sara is an all around crafty gal living in Longmont, CO. Originally from the east coast, Sara studied art and photography in college and began her creative career as a photojournalist for newspapers in the D.C. area.  Now, Sara specializes in web design, photography and online marketing, and has worked in marketing and operations the photography, outdoor and hospitality industries.  When not designing or working on websites, Sara enjoys hanging out with her pet chickens, hiking and spending time outdoors.



Carly Cipolla

Assistant to Membership Services
& Social Media Intern

Hello! Carly Cipolla here. I am the assistant to Membership Services, and also an intern within Social Media Communications. I am an undergraduate at CUBoulder majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, hoping to graduate the Spring of 2017. I am also the President of the CU Equestrian Team and ride competitively on the IHSA circuit. When I’m not doing all of that I enjoy traveling, hiking, and relaxing at home with my kitties. I made the decision to move from the Midwest to Colorado after learning about the Environmental Studies degree program at CU and the credibility all of the professors had. Not to mention, Boulder is one of the most scenic places to live compared to the Chicago suburbs. All of this lead to me moving to Boulder and eventually accepting an internship and position at ASES. I am forever grateful for all the opportunities that have lead me here.



Jeff BradleyJeff Bradley

Advertising, Sponsorships & Exhibits, jbradley@ases.org

Jeff joined ASES in October of 2015 and brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in advertising, sponsorships and exhibits. Jeff previously has worked for hotel companies, convention & visitor bureaus, marketing firms that facilitated the largest tradeshows in the information technology market and most recently with the American Water Works Association. Jeff is advocate of consultative sales and looks forward to better understanding your needs and how ASES can be a marketing partner for your organization.

Jeff enjoys traveling, photography, skiing, cooking and volunteering at the Clyfford Still Art Museum in Denver.


Natasha McClain

Graphic Design Intern

Natasha is a student at the Art institute of Pittsburg working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design, and assists with the layout of Solar Today.  Her career path in graphic design was inspired by her love of drawing and painting.  She also enjoys reading
sci-fi/ mystery/ fantasy novels, and riding her Honda night hawk when the weather is nice. Natasha lives in Ft. Lupton, Colorado.


Michael Hynoski

Graphic Design Intern

Michael Hynoski is an aspiring Graphic Designer and Musician majoring in Multimedia Technology Michael is furthering his education at Front Range Community College and the Community College of Denver. Michael creates magazine layouts for ASES and works with the team to create a successful Solar Magazine. When Mr. Hynoski is not designing graphic art he is working on his Musical project “DropTalk” . Over the last 5 months DropTalk has played shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Mike also spends time in the studio writing dance music to play live at shows. Michael’s following of over 3k fans on sound cloud DropTalk continues to grow.


Carly Rixham

Editor – email her at crixham@ases.org

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