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 is the Executive Director for American Solar Energy Society (ASES). She is the Editor, Publisher, and Art Director for Solar Today magazine. She received her Masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Colorado at Boulder where she researched microalgae for the production of biofuel. While studying in Boulder, Rixham served as Director of Arts and Sciences at CU Energy. Rixham also was a microbiologist at BioVantage Resources, culturing algae for bio-remediation of nutrients in wastewater. Prior to her renewable energy career, She taught Biology and Ecology at the university and high school levels, and worked in software development at Intuit. Rixham captained the University of Denver Pioneers Lacrosse team and coached for the University of Colorado (Go Buffs) Lacrosse Team. She enjoys travel, art, mountain sports, and nature.

  • 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. She is a 2017 graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science featuring a background in sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental justice. Prior to her joining the ASES team, Carly worked at the University of Colorado’s Environmental Center to further sustainability on campus as a Student Outreach Specialist. Since joining ASES as an intern in 2016, Carly has flourished into her current leadership position focusing on planning the Annual National Solar Conference, managing staff, volunteers and interns, as well as focusing on general operations for the organization. She has planned the last three conferences and successfully developed and implemented ASES’ first ever virtual conference, SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision. The conference featured an animated lobby, virtual auditorium, networking lounge, info center and had over 300 attendees, 10 exhibitors, and 17 sessions featuring over 100 speakers. Realizing the success and potential of the virtual event, she plans to add an online component to every ASES conference in the future to allow attendees to gather from all over the world. Carly is focused on expanding the reach of ASES and their programs, and has even started one of the newer programs, the ASES Webinar Series. She is also planning to seek funding for an online community platform for ASES membership to gather, share information, and even apply for mentorships, volunteer opportunities, and more. She is looking forward to continued growth and success with ASES.

  • Narelle Kipple

  • Membership Manager & Programs Assistant

Narelle Kipple works with Membership and Programs for the American Solar Energy Society. She graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2019 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and minor in Engineering Management. Narelle studied abroad with Semester at Sea and while traveling saw the awful amount of trash and smog that pollutes our planet forming her passion for sustainability. She has canvassed for Environment Colorado for a statewide ban on polystyrene and was a Project Manager for an energy and air quality study of homes as they transition off fossil fuels.  Since joining ASES as the membership assistant in 2019, Narelle quickly gained more responsibility in managing the membership database and involvement in the Tiny Watts and National Solar Tour Programs. Narelle is actively working on this year’s National Solar Tour and its transition to a weeklong virtual event. She is also focused on updating the calculations and registry for the Tiny Watts Program with plans to increase involvement. Narelle’s hobbies include skiing, hiking with her pup, mountain biking, gardening, and learning about new sustainable alternatives and products. Narelle truly believes in the work of ASES and is excited and proud to be a part of ASES and the renewable energy movement.

  • Sara Morell

  • Webmaster

Sara Morell is an all around crafty gal living in Longmont, Colorado. Originally from the east coast, Sara studied art and photography in college and began her creative career as a photojournalist for newspapers in the Washington 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.

  • Mallory Stokker

  • Student Membership Coordinator Intern

Mallory Stokker is a senior at Syracuse University, where she is majoring in Journalism and double-minoring in Writing Studies and Philosophy. A passionate believer in the power of communication, she is excited to help empower students to participate in a more renewable
future. Mallory grew up near Washington, D.C. and enjoys writing for campus publications in
her spare time.

  • McKenzie Hart

  • Student Membership Coordinator

McKenzie Hart is a fourth year Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado Boulder, focusing on natural resource management. She has focused her academic research on the economic impacts of climate change on the Colorado ski industry to develop pathways for mitigation and adaptation. In her free time, Mckenzie is pursuing a professional ski career in big  mountain skiing on the Freeride Word Qualifier 4* tour. Mckenzie us very excited to help CU Boulder student engage in renewable energy initiatives with ASES to facilitate the greater transition towards 100% renewable energy!

  • Bennett Mandino

  • Tiny Watts and the Technical Divisions Intern

Bennett Mandino is an intern at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) working with Tiny Watts and the Technical Divisions. He is a third year student at CU Boulder in the Environmental Studies program. Bennett has a big interest in renewable energy and sustainable development. He is excited to learn more about the industry during his time here at ASES. When not working with ASES, Bennett can be found working as a part time EMT in the city of Aurora or backpacking in the mountains with friends. He is passionate about solar, and strives to incorporate sustainability wherever he can in his life!

  • Matthew Walsh

  • Membership & Database Analyst Intern

Matthew joined ASES in May 2020 as a Membership & Database Analyst Intern. An Illinois native, he is now entering his second year at Indiana University – Bloomington studying Economic Consulting and Business Analytics. Matthew is excited to join the ASES team since he is very passionate about environmental activism and eventually hopes to become a full-time consultant for a renewable energy company. Through this internship, Matthew wants to learn about the renewable energy industry to help him become a better activist for a green climate future. Outside of work, Matthew loves hiking, running, and playing sports with his friends. He believes solar energy is the key to a clean energy future and is excited to advance the mission of ASES!

  • Julia Campbell

  • Student Membership Coordinator Intern

Julia Campbell is a student membership coordinator intern at ASES. She is a fourth year student at UCLA studying Environmental Science. She wants to pursue climate change research in graduate school and is interested in how renewable energy affects climate predictions. When not working, she likes to cook, hike, swim, and ski. Julia is excited to learn more about the renewable energy industry through ASES and continue discovering new, sustainable ways to live!

  • Ebee Ward

  • Fundraising Campaign and Grants Research intern

Ebee Ward joined ASES as the Fundraising Campaign and Grants Research intern in June 2020. Ebee is from Texas, and she will be a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. While at ASES, Ebee wants to learn more about solar energy to prepare herself for a career in environmental policy. She is passionate about sustainability and environmental justice and plans to attend law school after graduation. Ebee is excited to be working at ASES and hopes that this internship will broaden her knowledge of renewables and their positive effects on the environment. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and playing with her bunny, Disco.

  • Carly Smith

  • Student Membership Coordinator Intern

Carly Smith is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, where she is studying environmental engineering. As a natural born leader, she is excited to start a student chapter at her university and others nearby. She has had an interest in pursuing a career involved with natural and renewable resources since starting her engineering career and is eager to see what this opportunity brings. In her free time she likes to spend time with her friends and family, cooking, and being at the lake. Carly looks forward to starting her journey with ASES this year.

  • Alexa Minervini

  • Student Membership Coordinator Intern

Alexa Minervini is a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Bioengineering. She is involved in the Renewable Energy Association at UCLA and is excited to learn more about solar energy with ASES. After growing up in a suburb of Chicago, her recent move to California has inspired a new appreciation and passion for the environment. With ASES, Alexa hopes to help promote sustainable living practices in her community. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and going to the beach.

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