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 Director of Operations 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.

  • Izzy Sofio

  • Membership Assistant

Izzy is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Environmental Studies and English Creative Writing. She just returned from Australia where she studied sustainability, environmental action, and researched ecopsychology in New South Wales. In her free time, Izzy enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, cooking vegetarian food, music, and spending time with friends. Izzy is a graduate of the Eco-Social Justice Leadership Program at CU, has volunteered at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, and is an athletic tutor at CU Boulder. She is very excited to be a part of ASES and working towards transitioning our society towards renewables.

  • 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.

  • Remi Akinwonmi

  • Programs Associate Intern

Remi is a Programs Associate Intern at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). He graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Nigeria with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has focused on renewable energy engineering, especially solar energy. As an undergraduate, Remi designed, installed and carried out performance evaluations on a photovoltaic water pumping system in FUNAAB community, as a way of advocating for the solar agenda in Nigerian communities where access to grid electricity is limited. At ASES, he hopes to better understand the solar energy industry and to help the society in the transition to renewable energy and sustainable living future. Remi was born and raised in Nigeria, in his free time, he enjoys reading classic literature and listening to music.

  • Heddie Hall

  • Tiny Watts Team Member and Media Partners Advocate

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.

  • Maggie Bixby

  • Programs Associate Intern

Maggie Bixby is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Environmental Studies, Geography and Business. Maggie has proudly joined ASES in the fall of 2019 as an intern and has been interested in sustainability since she was in high school. Maggie grew up in Flemington, New Jersey, and moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2018 for school. She is building more knowledge about renewable energy and ways of advocating for a more sustainable environment through her education and being a member of the Sustainability Buffs Leadership Program. She has also volunteered to teach young children about nature through Thorne Nature Experience her Sophomore year of college. Maggie’s hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, waterskiing, and playing lacrosse during her free time. Maggie specifically loves working with people and groups to help figure out ways to become a more sustainable environment across many different spectrums. Her dream is to get the word out and spread awareness of the renewable energy industry.

  • Xochitl Menchaca

  • Membership Intern

Xochitl is a Master’s student in Energy Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated with a degree in chemistry and has since found new ways to apply it towards sustainable development. In addition to solar energy, Xochitl has experience with water quality and biofuels, and is an active member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Chicago chapter. In her free time, Xochitl long distance running, knitting, and walks in the park with her dog.

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