Board of Directors

Our board members are essential to the operations of ASES and hail from all corners of the solar and renewable energy field. They are tasked with ensuring our programs are aligned with the ASES mission. Board elections are held annually and by special appointment. For more information, please contact

  • Lucas Dixon

  • Chair

Project Manager, Plug Smart
Columbus, Ohio

Lucas Dixon is a passionate energy guy! He has had the opportunity to participate in multiple exciting projects and organizations during his young career, including being a Board Member of Green Energy Ohio, Co-founder of the 2009 OSU Solar Decathlon team, adviser for the 2011 OSU Solar Decathlon Team, Founding Co-Adviser of the OSU ASES Chapter that has since completed two solar projects in Haiti. Lucas also serves as the Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Division of ASES. Lucas is Chief of Strategy and a Project Manager at the mid-west’s most innovative energy efficiency firm Plug Smart.

  • Elaine Hebert

  • Immediate Past Chair

Northern California Solar Energy Association
Berkeley, California

Elaine Hebert is a retired energy efficiency and green and sustainability expert from the California Energy Commission. For most of the years since 1983, she has been involved with a chapter or subchapter of ASES on either the East Coast or the West Coast; she served as President of the Urban Solar Energy Association in Boston and years later as President of the Northern California Solar Energy Association in Berkeley. She is an ASES Fellow and a recipient of ASES’s Rebecca Vories Award. She is an avid hiker and bicyclist, and in 2014 rode in the California Climate Ride – 250 miles in 4 days – to raise money for organizations working on climate issues. She took an unusual path to a college degree, starting out at Swarthmore College, taking an extended leave of absence, taking classes at Harvard University’s evening division, then finishing a BS in Resource Science from the University of California at Davis.

  • Paulette Middleton

  • Immediate Past Chair

Owner, Panorama Pathways
Boulder, CO

Paulette Middleton is a strong advocate for the rapid transformation of the global energy system to renewable energy for all, used wisely and efficiently. During her 40-year career as an atmospheric chemist specializing in assessments that bring science to support appropriate decision making related to energy and the environment, she has come to deeply appreciate the need for this energy system transformation, and for advancing sustainable living. Her professional experience includes leadership positions at University of Texas (PhD Chemistry 1973), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Albany, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., and RAND. In addition to being ASES Co-Chair, she is Secretary of the International Solar Energy Society Board and does environmental and energy consulting through her company Panorama Pathways (

  • Jill K. Cliburn

Through her consultancy based in Santa Fe, NM, Jill Cliburn has focused on speeding the shift to clean energy, including solar and integrated DERs. She is committed to collaboration, whether across technical disciplines or political divides, as her recent work leading the SunShot-funded Community Solar Value Project, shows. Jill has worked for government, utilities, and industry associations, including more than a decade promoting best practices among electric coops and municipal utilities in the West. In addition, she has worked for non-profits, ranging from local agencies to regional advocacy groups. In New Mexico, she helped promote foundational laws and policies, from the RPS and clean-vehicles to climate. Jill started her career (long ago) in Illinois, initiating the State Solar Office and helping drive solar and clean-jobs development in Springfield. An active ASES member, she has participated in conferences, events, and Solar Today. Now rooted in Santa Fe County, she divides her free time among family, gardening, land-conservation, energy and other sustainability concerns.

  • Adam Plesniak

  • Treasurer

Managing Director, OC Renewables 
Orange County, CA
Adam Plesniak has been the Managing Director of OC Renewables (, the Orange County, CA Chapter of ASES since 2012.  Adam received a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and has worked as a consultant, entrepreneur, product development engineer and technical team builder since 2005.  Notable accomplishments include acting as lead designer on the Boeing XR700 solar generator project, leading a team at Amonix to set a world record for PV module efficiency in 2013 and leading a team in Arzon Solar to install the first utility scale solar array in a US National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, in 2015.
  • John Essig

Director, U.S. Energy Institute

With nearly three decades of experience as a research and development engineer, John Essig is currently working to develop cost-favorable zero-net-energy buildings, carbon-neutral transportation systems, and fully sustainable communities. In his current role as Director of the U.S. Energy Institute (, John is also exploring ways to maximize both individual and national energy security through the broad application of finely distributed renewable energy systems coupled with distributed storage, aggressive demand management, and smart microgrids. Beyond technology, he also engages in policy review and formulation at various levels of government including local, state, national, and intergovernmental.

John also led efforts as a social entrepreneur to develop highly portable, multi-purpose, solar energy harnessing systems designed to support a broad range of activities including, among others, global rapid-response disaster relief, health and education programs within the developing world, remote field work, and numerous recreational activities. His early professional work focused on the research and development of high-performance aerospace propulsion systems for United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney Aircraft division, as well as high-efficiency, low-emission, ground-based gas turbines for Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines group.

John holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and is also a practicing Certified Passive House Consultant™. He is also an avid explorer by land, air and sea.

  • Wyldon King Fishman


Founder and President of the New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES)

Wyldon Fishman is an ASES Fellow, Founder and President of NYSES since 2007 delivering consumer resources on energy conservation and renewable energy, and distributing Green Energy Times. She analyzes legislation and state programs, and communicates with legislative staffs in New York City, New York State and Washington, DC. Wyldon is also a thought leader and organizer of the Solar Salon NYC series and NYSES conferences. She travels to local events and facilitates “Make A Solar Module” workshops. As a chapter leader and Fellow of ASES, she helps coordinate the yearly National Solar Tour and assists new chapters and emerging professionals. Wyldon also mentors a local organization working on food, energy and environmental justice, and is a regular contributor to local magazines, the NYSES publications and Green Energy Times. In 2014, she won the Rebecca Vories award.

  • Angela Lipanovich

President, Estriatus Law, PC

Angela Lipanovich became a lawyer because she wants to protect what she loves: a healthy environment for us, future generations and all species who share this earth. Angela has worked as legal counsel almost exclusively for solar companies for over a decade.

Currently, Angela serves as legal counsel to dozens of solar companies through her law practice “Estriatus Law” located in Santa Cruz, California.  She assists her clients with developing and navigating solar transactions, assisting with the day-to-day legal needs of running solar companies and advocating for solar policies.  Previously, she worked in the solar industry of Silicon Valley as General Counsel of Akeena Solar (Andalay Solar and Westinghouse Solar).  She represented Akeena Solar on the Boards of the Solar Energy Industry Association and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  She has also served on the Monterey Bay Area community choice aggregation (CCA) Technical Working Group, which is creating a locally owned utility that will supply clean power to its residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties (CA) beginning in 2018.  Angela has served on the American Bar Association’s Energy Infrastructure and Siting Committee as the Vice Chair, Renewables. She is a member of CalSEIA, NorCal Solar, ASES and SEIA and serves on SEIA’s Solar Services and Consumer Division Committee.  Beyond her professional life, Angela is an avid hiker, surfer, and cross-country runner.  She is passionate about bringing renewable energy technologies mainstream because she knows that our future depends on them.

  • Marc Perez


Marc is an expert in solar energy with over a decade of field experience in academia and industry. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Clean Power Research where he helps power the energy transformation by researching cost-effective and environmentally-sound pathways to a 100% solar future.

Prior to Clean Power research, Marc was a Senior Research Engineer & patent holder at MGH, an energy storage technology startup based in Montpelier France and at a BIPV developer in New York City.

A dual French-American citizen, he received his Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Egleston Doctoral Scholar. His dissertation examined the lowest environmental and economic cost solutions to resolving solar resource intermittency.