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

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

  • Membership Services Director


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.

  • Spring Hericks

  • Brand/Advertising/Sponsor Consultant

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

  • 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.

  • Emma Gerona

  • 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 and Interns Assistant at ASES she is excited to explore the business side of nonprofits and help make a difference in the world of solar energy.

  • Shaun Mehr

  • 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.

  • Mathew Hurtado

  • Social Media Advocate Intern

Mathew Hurtado is entering his senior year at the University of Colorado Boulder. Mathew is majoring in Environmental Studies while specializing in renewable energy and minoring in Business. Mathew grew up in Miami and the ocean has played an important role in his interest in the environment. Moving to Boulder for college has shown him a different aspect of the environment but has made Mathew more interested in trying to protect it. Mathew believes that protecting the environment and combatting climate change should be one of people’s number one focus and believes renewable energy is a possible solution to this problem. As a social media intern at ASES Mathew hopes to learn as much as he can about the industry and is excited to be working with the ASES team.
  • Heddie Hall

  • 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.

  • Emma Laub

  • Conference Intern

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.

  • Carly Bednarski

  • 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!

  • Christine Lozano

  • Membership Development Intern

Christine Lozano is an electrical engineer with a MSc in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Chile. She was born and lived in France until she was 7 years old, and then was raised in Chile. She recently moved to Boulder accompanying her husband who started his PhD in Civil Engineering at CU. She is deeply committed to contribute to the construction of a more sustainable and innovative energy future.  Her main motivation is to develop her career in renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage and smart grids. She also believes that strengthening bonds between research centers and the energy industry as the key drive for future developments. Christine practices yoga, and enjoys theater and religious studies workshops. This internship at ASES gives her the opportunity to learn more and get actively involved in the solar energy industry and expand her network in the energy industry.
  • Missah Truscott

  • Membership and Development Analyst Intern

Missah Truscott is entering her junior year studying Environmental Engineering at University of Colorado. She grew up living in different parts of Asia, which helped introduce the different perspectives and attitudes towards the environment. This encouraged her to pursue her interest in this field of study, especially now as she is starting her internship at ASES. Through this position, it will help her to actively contribute to the community to improve the conditions of our environment through the use of education. As well as, help introduce the environmental field work opportunities for Missah. She is excited to be part of a community with the same mission goals.

  • Suchana Patel

  • Social Media Intern

Suchana is the Social Media and Solar@Work Intern at the American Solar Energy Society. Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Suchana fell in love with marketing when she was introduced to her first focus group at age seven. She has diverse marketing and media experience, including mainstream Hindi language films, National Geographic India, Promod, and Nine West India. She has now moved to the U.S. for a change of pace and perspective. After working in publishing, advertising, films, entertainment, fashion, and travel, she is now all set to explore the renewable energy market. At ASES, she uses digital strategy to understand the solar energy market better.