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 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.
Accounts and 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.
Assistant to Membership Services
Carly Cipolla is the assistant to Membership Services, and also an intern within Social Media Communications. She is an undergraduate at CU-Boulder majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, hoping to graduate the Spring of 2017. Carly is also the President of the CU Equestrian Team and rides competitively on the IHSA circuit. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and relaxing at home with her kitties. She decided to move from the Midwest to Colorado after learning about the Environmental Studies degree program at CU (not to mention, Boulder is one of the most scenic places to live compared to the Chicago suburbs). Upon moving to Boulder, she accepted an internship and position at ASES.
Spring Hericks is equal parts marketing consultant, brand expert and sustainability advocate. She has nearly 18 years in publishing, PR and marcom with B2B and B2C companies in a range of industries. In 2008, she brought the ASES National Solar Tour to San Antonio while working with a green building and solar energy non-profit. For three years she worked on San Antonio’s SolarFest, adding a 5K “Run on the Sun” and solar-powered start/finish, expanded the festival to include sustainability “tent talks”, and made SolarFest the first 100% renewably-powered event in Texas in 2009 (solar PV and soy-based biodiesel). Other sustainability projects include branding/writing/marketing for an organic foods company, an Austin-based solar installation company, IndyCar Driver Stefan Wilson’s #ThinkSolar campaign, Million Solar Stars project launch, the “Power of 95” speech delivered by former TX Governor Rick Perry, several professional solar/AIA workshops, legislative breakfasts, and more. Recently, she led ASES in re-branding all web properties and continues to support the growth of the organization in numerous ways. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is often found with her feet on a mountain or her toes in the sand.
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.
Operations Assistant and Interns Manager
Emma Gerona recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She studied Business with an emphasis in finance and socially responsible enterprise and a minor in philosophy. She grew up in Telluride CO, and as a Colorado native has always been interested in renewable energy and sustainable living. She is passionate about protecting the environment and remaining active in educating her peers about the values of sustainable energy. As the Operations Assistant at ASES she is excited to explore the business side of nonprofits and help make a difference in the world of solar energy.
Director of Sales and Development
Shaun Mehr is a publishing and media executive with over 19 years of experience representing IT giants Dell and Oracle, world leading engineering association, IEEE and cutting edge cancer treatment journal, ADC Review. Specializing in content marketing, he thrives on telling the story of a brand and helping win the trust of new customers. Passionate about renewable energy, the environment and sustainable living, Shaun is now leading the effort to grow our National Conference, Solar Tour and our publication Solar Today.
Social Media Advocate Intern
Tiny Watts Team Member
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.
Tiny Watts Team Member
Cole Pelham is a senior at CU-Boulder, where he is studying Environmental Studies. Cole loves to ski but grew up near the beach most of his life in Delaware. Living near the beach, Cole embraced a strong passion for the ocean and areas around it. He is interested in creating green homes on the shorelines of Central America by implementing practical renewable energy practices. Cole hopes to learn as much as possible about the renewable energy industry from the ASES team!
Emma is a rising senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and minoring in Business through the Leeds School of Business. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been employed by the CU Boulder Engineering Center for nearly three years. Emma has had research published online regarding bacteriophage, and has held leadership roles in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Thera. Emma has a passion for environmentalism and wants to help spread the word about renewable energy throughout her community.
Tour Development and Tiny Watts Intern
Carly Bednarski is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic studies. Carly grew up in Los Altos, California and since she was little she has been interested in our environment and ways that we humans can help protect it. In her free time, she love to hike, snowboard, play soccer, or anything that involves the outdoors. This internship with ASES enables her to be directly involved in a work environment whose mission is to improve the conditions of our environment by educating the public on the importance of these issues and renewable energies, such as solar. She is excited to learn as much as possible from the ASES team!
Fundraising and Grants Intern
Kaylie DeYarman studies at Trinity College Dublin as a MSc. Development Practice candidate. She previously graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Environmental Biology. Her interest in renewable energy technologies, particularly solar energy, increased after spending 3 months in rural Uganda. It was here that she realized just how important solar energy is for developing areas and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Kaylie has traveled to 21 countries and enjoys the diversity that each new culture brings. In her spare time, she likes to run, go hammocking and explore her local Metroparks. As an intern with ASES, she hopes to gain a more holistic understanding of project funding and the grant application process, as well as how to greater incorporate solar energy into everyday life.
Membership Development Intern