Our Team

We’re a small office on a big mission. At ASES, it’s all about the people who make it happen. Whether publishing Solar Today and Solar@Work or producing the National Solar Tour or National Solar Conference, these talented individuals cover the solar and renewable energy scene from coast to coast.

  • Carly Rixham

  • Executive Director

Carly Rixham

Carly Rixham 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.

  • Sarah Townes

  • Accounts and Finance Manager

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

  • Director of Operations

Carly Cipolla

Carly Cipolla is the Membership Services Director for the American Solar Energy Society and a graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. She has always had a passion for the environment and worked for the CU Environmental Center before interning and working for ASES while in school. She also has a passion for horses and was a competitive rider on the collegiate riding circuit and President of the CU Equestrian Team throughout her college career. Carly’s other passions include sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental justice. Carly specialized in studying energy policy throughout college and plans on getting a graduate degree in policy in the future. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, and traveling around the world. Carly truly values the mission of ASES and could not imagine working for a more passionate organization in the renewable energy industry.

  • Eva Coringrato

  • Membership Assistant

Eva Coringrato

Eva Coringrato is the Membership Assistant for the American Solar Energy Society. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography. Eva is passionate about community work and is excited to strengthen and grow the ASES community and continue to provide value for ASES members. She has worked in academic research on environmental health, focusing on food systems, health, and community-building. Eva is passionate about sustainable living and environmental protection and sees solar as an integral part of preserving the planet for future generations. She is a native of Boulder, Colorado and developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. Eva is an avid rock climber and skier and enjoys spending her free time outside.

  • Sara Morell

  • Webmaster

Sara Morell 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.

  • Heddie Hall

  • Tiny Watts Team Member

Heddie Hall

Heddie Hall is in her fourth year at University of Colorado Boulder. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and has focused on renewable energy. She is a Colorado Native and is passionate about renewable energy and sustainable practices. She has worked for Colorado State Representatives on the important issues dealing with energy use and becoming more sustainable in our resource management. In her free time Heddie likes to teach and practice yoga, go skiing, hiking, and hanging out with friends. Through this internship with ASES she hopes to learn how to advocate for renewable energy and communicate the importance of it to a bigger audience.

  • Connor Riley

  • Programs Associate Intern

Connor Riley

Connor Riley is the Programs Associate Intern at the American Solar Energy Society. He is currently a senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is majoring in Environmental Studies, and has focused on land restoration and invasive species management. At ASES, he hopes to better understand the solar energy market in the United States. Connor has also volunteered for non-profit environmental organizations such Conservation Colorado, to help encourage Colorado State Representatives to pass legislation in the spring of 2019 to cut carbon pollution in the Denver metro area. In his free time, Connor enjoys skiing, hiking and camping.

  • Emily Kastner

  • Social Media and Solar@Work Intern

Emily Kastner

Emily is currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is majoring in Environmental studies and minoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in promoting sustainable living and renewable energy to create a more eco-friendly society. Emily has studied renewable energies in Iceland and has taught kids about the outdoors and sustainability at summer camp. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and loves skiing, hiking, camping, doing yoga, photography, and just being outdoors! Emily loves the mission of ASES and is very excited to be involved in the advocacy of solar energy and sustainable living.

  • Mike Derderian

  • Social Media Intern

Mike Derderian

Mike Derderian is the social media advocate of the American Solar Energy Society. He is currently going into his senior year at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is majoring in environmental studies and focusing on renewable energy. Mike hopes to help work towards replacing carbon based fuel sources by promoting the development of more solar and wind energy related infrastructure here in Colorado. He was born in Boston and enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping, and fostering dogs in his free time. Mike has also worked with Conservation Colorado this past spring during 2019 to get bill 1261 passed which will significantly reduce carbon emissions in the Denver area. He is very excited to do what he can with ASES to help keep our environment clean.

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