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 chair@ases.org.

  • 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 (www.panoramapathways.net).

  • 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.

  • 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

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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.

  • Robert Foster

Robert is an international renewable energy development specialist who has worked in over 40 countries for the past 35 years. He has implemented thousands of RE projects utilizing solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and biomass technologies. Robert has been an ASES member since 1990 and has served as Chairman of the Texas Solar Energy Society, as well as President of the El Paso Solar Energy Association.

Robert is a retiree from New Mexico State University after 25 years as the International Manager for the Southwest Region Solar Experiment Station and still teaches NMSU RE courses. He was Technical Manager for the DOE/USAID Mexico Renewable Energy Program for Sandia Labs; Winrock International (WI) wind energy manager for the USAID Dominican Republic Electrical Energy Sector Project; Texas Tiger Team lead for the DOE Solar America Initiative; and instructor for the NREL Wind Energy Applications Symosium. Robert was the World Bank solar consultant for the Honduras Proyecto de Infraestructura Rural, and Nicaraguan Programa de Energía Renovables in Zonas Aisladas. He was Chief Engineer for the USAID Afghanistan Clean Energy Program. He worked with WI and SunDanzer in Kenya to develop direct drive solar milk chillers for the USAID Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge. He is presently collaborating with Sheladia and the Asian Development Bank on solar water pumping for Bangladeshi farmers, as well as with WI and SunDanzer and the International Fund for Agricultural Development on direct drive solar chillers for fish preservation in East Africa.

Robert earned a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from NMSU. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from the Dominican Republic. Robert grew up on the Mexican border in El Paso where he still lives and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese

  • Kaycee Chang

Kaycee Chang believes in the future of renewable energy and in the future of young leaders in the renewable energy industry. Her background is in environmental engineering and mechanical engineering, with experience in solar thermal energy. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of California, Merced, and interested in integrating light and energy into biological systems. Kaycee has been involved with the student chapters of ASES and encourages students and young professionals to become more proactive in the renewable energy field. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, and being outdoors, especially when Yosemite National Park is only an hour and a half away from her!

  • Achyut Shrestha

Achyut Shrestha joined the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in 2014 as a Policy Analyst. He is the Principal Investigator for the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Community Solar for the Southeast project, providing technical and outreach support to make solar affordable and accessible through community solar projects in the Southeast. His field of interest lies in energy policy, energy markets, smart grids and energy poverty. Achyut holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree (magma cum laude) in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School (VLS). At his previous work as a research associate at VLS, he analyzed the Smart Grid development in Denmark and researched legal and regulatory frameworks for different urban microgrids in the United States. As an intern at World Resources Institute (WRI), Achyut worked on a project to assess ratepayer-funded industrial energy efficiency programs.

  • Dara Bortman

Dara, along with her husband Mark, owns and operates Exact Solar, which installs residential and commercial solar energy systems in NJ and PA. They are proud to be one of the only installers in the Greater Philadelphia area that installs solar electric/PV, solar water heating, and solar pool heating systems. Dara manages Sales, Marketing, HR and IT for the company. After 15 years, Exact Solar has a reputation for exceptionally high quality installations, award-winning customer service, deep community connections and effective environmental policy advocacy. Exact Solar is a “business for good” that provides living wages for their employees, donates time and services to those in need in their local community, and runs almost 100% on clean, renewable, solar energy. To be successful at defining company strategy and moving clean energy forward in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Dara partners regularly with local environmental groups and non-profits to share how solar energy systems work, how they reduce fossil-fuel usage and increase grid resiliency, all while saving consumers money. Dara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Computer Science Engineering degree in ’91.

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