Our Team

Carly 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.


Simo Yezrour

Operations Assistant, syezrour@ases.org

Simo joined ASES in September 2015 as a development manager intern before becoming operations assistant in January 2017 thanks to his dedication and hard work for ASES. He comes all the way from France where he has been studying physical measurements and physics applied to energy. He obtained his Bachelor degree in 2014 and has recently completed his master degree MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering after a last semester in Barcelona. In addition to this, he speaks four languages, enjoys traveling as well as discovering new cultures and takes an active interest in ecology and the fight against climate change, given his presence in the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon and the UNCCC COP22. On his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, soccer or spending time with his friends.



Sarah 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.



Carly Cipolla

Assistant to Membership Services

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.


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.


Taylor Camp

Solar@Work Editor & Emerging Professionals Advocate Intern

Taylor Camp was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but is a current student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is studying to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies as well as an Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Minor and an Energy Certificate.  During her time at CU, she has earned a 3.5 GPA, which allowed her to become a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This semester she begins teaching review courses as a Learning Assistant in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Along with her schoolwork, Taylor will be working as the Solar@Work Editor and Emerging Professionals Advocate for the American Solar Energy Society. These two jobs entail producing the bi-weekly newsletter as well as marketing, not only for ASES conferences, but also in hopes of making more students familiar with the organization and renewable energy. Taylor aspires to work in the fields of Sustainability, Energy Systems, and/or Climate Science once she graduates from CU.


Maggie D’Angelo

Conference and Tour Manager Intern

Maggie is currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder where she in studying sociology. Growing up she was very involved in the theater arts and went to a performing arts high school in Chicago where she concentrated on musical theater. She is passionate about preserving our environment and being active with issues that she cares about. Previously, Maggie has worked on campaigns with Food and Water Watch and COPIRG working to get antibiotics out of factory farmed meat. She is thrilled to be interning with such an incredible non-profit this semester and can’t wait to help be a part of American Solar Energy Society’s work towards enabling a 100% renewable energy society.


Paul R Goepfert

Social Media Advocate Intern

Paul was born and raised in the deep south, Birmingham Alabama to be exact. Since a young age, he has experienced a desire to protect and preserve the immensely beautiful natural world around him. This desire eventually led him to pursue an education at the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies. In addition to being a place where he can study his area of interest, Boulder has become a sanctuary of everything outdoors for him. As he is approaching the end of his undergraduate career he has realized his strong drive to work in the renewable energy industry, and with the massive rise in solar power availability paired with a drop in price for production of that energy, he has become excited with the endless possibilities solar power could provide to society.


Jillian Jordan

Advertising, Sponsorships & Exhibits, jjordan@ases.org

Jillian is equal parts environmental advocate, clean energy fan, content marketer and social entrepreneur. She is a passionate environmental cause catalyst with the ability to execute out-of-the-box solutions that lead to impactful, tangible results. Jillian is a U.S. Air Force veteran with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, master’s degree in public administration and 14+ years of marketing experience. She is also a published journalist with work featured in Business Insider, Brazen Careerist, Bloomberg Businessweek, Denton Record-Chronicle, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) blog, Climate Institute blog and numerous B2B magazines.

Carly Rixham

Editor – email her at crixham@ases.org

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