ISEA Staff & Board of Directors



Lesley McCain

Executive Director

Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Lesley served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. As a board member she was Chair of Marketing Committee. Lesley previously worked for Community Energy Inc.(CEI) as the Midwest Director of Business Development. She started with CEI in 2005 as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley also serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is grateful to have the opportunity to use her personal energy to help with the transition to the clean energy economy.

Nicola Brown

Program Development Associate

Nicola is glad to be a part of the Illinois Solar Energy Association during such exciting times! She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English and Creative Writing and spent the next year as an AmeriCorps member, where she worked as a program associate at Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. She has always been interested in the role of renewable energy in conserving the environment, and is excited to be applying the skills she's learned as an administrator of a small nonprofit towards making the world a greener place.  

Board of Directors - Officers:

Brian Haug

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2019


Brian is the Director of Continental Electric’s Energy Solutions Division.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Trustee for the DuPage Chapter of the Northeastern Illinois IBEW/NECA  Trust Funds, and active with the Chicago Electric Association and Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.  His passion for creating a greener and healthier environment by reducing fossil fuel emissions and energy consumption will continue to be his driving mission.

Lisa Albrecht
Vice President, Policy Committee Chair

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2018

Lisa Albrecht is a volunteer board member for the ISEA, serving from 2007 - 2010 and then from 2012 to present. She is the co-chair for the Policy Committee working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. She has worked at Solar Service, a premier design/installation company in the Chicago area, as a Renewable Energy Specialist since 2007 where she assists home owners and businesses analyze their opportunities to implement solar hot water and photovoltaic technology.

Lisa’s knowledge of solar along with experience training and speaking has made her a recognized leader in solar energy and she was named a “Solar hero” by the American Solar Energy Society for her work on the National Solar Tour. From her first science fair project in the 7th grade, to lobbying in the halls of the U.S. Congress and Illinois State Senate, Lisa’s passion for the environment is only superseded by her commitment to providing families, small and large companies with the best the sun has to offer.

Mike Bullock


Serving since 2017, term ends January 2019


Mike is a continuous Improvement leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Has consistently delivered results in diverse business environments (including food & beverage, healthcare, manufacturing and service) by using world-class approaches to business excellence (Six Sigma, Lean, Systems Thinking, etc.). Engaging leader experienced in leading people including hourly (union and non-union), exempt individual contributors, and director-level managers.


Emma Gilmore


Serving since 2017, term ends January 2019


Emma is the Deputy Director of Business Development at StraightUp Solar, where she strives to inspire her fellow Midwesterners to share her enthusiasm for the shift towards renewable energy. Emma has been an active advocate for renewable energy and sustainability in Illinois since 2008, when she enrolled in the Renewable Energy degree program at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal. The ISU Center for Renewable Energy’s interdisciplinary R.E. program allowed her to tie agriculture, economics, and technology to the advancement and integration of renewable energy. Emma also ventured over to Heartland Community College to take a hands-on solar installation and design course in preparation for the NABCEP Entry Level exam, and is currently pursuing a NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification. Prior to joining the Business Development team at StraightUp in Bloomington, Illinois, she worked throughout Illinois as an intern with the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA), Iberdrola Wind, and the Smart Grid for Schools project. She hopes to continue increasing her involvement ISEA through the Solar Ambassador Committee, outreach events, and advocacy

Board of Directors:

Brent Ritzel

Serving since 2017, term ends January 2019

Brent is a Solar Project Developer for StraightUp Solar, equity co-partner and Board Director for renewable energy companies Equitech International, LLC and Equares Energy Company.  He has lived 44 out of 48 years in Illinois, splitting that time between Chicagoland and Southern Illinois, where he was born, raised, and now resides. 

As a Project Developer for StraightUp Solar, Brent has been a uniquely effective advocate in the deep Southern Illinois region, developing more than 405 kW of solar PV capacity with 35 projects in his first year.  Brent received his BA in philosophy from Northwestern University and his Master of Public Administration from SIU Carbondale. Brent is a leading Buckminster Fuller preservationist/scholar, and is co-founder and co-director of the Fuller Future Festival.

Harry Ohde

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2018

Harry Ohde is the Assistant Training Director for IBEW #134 in Chicago. He has been in the electrical field since 1981 and starting with his electrical apprenticeship, journeyman wireman, foreman, general foreman, and renewable energy and electrical code instructor to his current role as Assistant Training Director. He has a bachelor degree in Social Justice from Lewis University in 1977. He has been an active member of the NEC (National Electrical Code) Committee since 1996 serving as the principal member of CMP 12 as well CMP 16. He is also a member of the Chicago Electrical Code committee since 1999 and was instrumental in the Chicago electrical code rewrite. He is a member of several organizations such as the ISEA, MREA and IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors). He was just appointed to the IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) Standard Committee. Harry is a strong advocate for all renewable energy education and hopes to be an active member in promoting renewable energy education to all those interested in this exciting field.


Shannon Weigel

Serving since 2014, term ends January 2018


Shannon is the Director of Policy at SoCore Energy, a commercial and industrial solar installer based in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked in the solar industry for two years, actively tracking energy policies and incentive programs at the national and state-level. As the co-chair of ISEA’s policy committee, Shannon advocates for strong solar policies in Illinois, such as the RPS fix, SREC procurement process, community solar, net metering, etc... She is excited to apply her knowledge of best practices and lessons-learned from other solar markets to help establish a robust and stable solar industry in this state. Prior to joining SoCore Energy, Shannon was a political organizer for Clean Energy Illinois, a political action committee created to support the campaign efforts of pro-clean energy candidates. She campaigned on behalf of candidate Marty Moylan – now State Representative of the 55th District. Between 2011 and 2012, Shannon was a science and policy intern at the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, IL and legislative intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC.  She is currently a Board Member of the Illinois Environmental Council Young Professionals. Shannon holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Mike Nicolosi

Serving since 2017, term ends January 2019

Mike Nicolosi is the owner and founder of Rethink Electric. With 20 years of electrical trade experience and over a decade of solar installations, he is one of the most experienced installers in Illinois. Rethink is powering a cleaner future. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation professional and member of the ISEA Policy Committee, the ISEA Munis and Coops Committee, and MREA.

Bob Croteau

Serving since 2016, term ends January 2019

Bob Croteau has been in the energy field since 1975 as a student in Sangamon State University’s innovative Environmental Studies program. He joined Community Energy Systems in 1979 designing solar air collectors, sunspaces and greenhouses. He trained unemployed youth to build these solar applications as well as weatherization and insulation techniques.  He had his own insulation and solar business installing manufactured solar collectors from 1982-84. When the solar tax credit ended he joined City Water Light and Power as an energy auditor. There in 1989 he engineered Springfield’s first PV system installed on a homeless shelter. He now serves as an Energy Planner with their solar rebate program. He finished an MA in Environmental Energy Studies from UIS in 2001 with his master’s project as a feasibility study for a large 118MW solar power plant at CWLP which he continues to push for.

Toba Pearlman

Serving since 2016, term ends January 2019

Elizabeth Toba Pearlman is part of SolarCity Corp, an organization which has its main offices in San Mateo, CA. Toba serves as the Regulatory Counsel & Director, Policy and Electricity Markets.

 Karyn Charvat
Serving since 2016, term ends January 2019
Karyn M. Charvat is the Executive Director of PowerForward DuPage, where she leads the organization's advertising and  marketing activities in representing over 300 of Chicagoland’s premier electrical contractors and over 1,500 highly trained  electricians. With over 24 years of experience in management, public speaking and marketing, Charvat holds a Bachelor of Arts  degree in Journalism and Communications from Drake University and looks to assist the ISEA with its marketing campaigns and  awareness efforts.

Past Presidents

Shannon Fulton

Past President

Served 2011-2017


Shannon is the Director of Illinois Business Development for StraightUp Solar, a solar energy integration company and directs its Bloomington, IL office.  She has been an ISEA-contributing member since 2004, a Board member since 2011, and was elected ISEA Board President in January of 2013.  Collaboration and strategic partnerships with industry and nonprofit solar advocates have been an important focus for her over the past two years as ISEA has grown and increased state-wide engagement with the public, solar industry, and Illinois legislators.  Shannon also serves as a Solar Ambassador for WECARE Solar, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing reliable solar electricity to health clinics in the developing world in an effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality.  She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist  with advanced degrees in Geology, Hydrogeology and Renewable Energy and is NABCEP Entry Level Solar PV Certified. 

Mark Burger
Past President
Served from 2002 - 2012

Mark is Director of Energy Services at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA). He has over 25 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Previously, Mark was Principal Consultant at Kestrel Development Company, providing consulting services on renewable energy policy, technology and market development. He was Sales and Marketing Manager at Spire Solar, a  manufacturing solar electric panels and designing systems. Mark also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, last heading the Strategic Assistance Team for the Chicago Regional Office. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society, the ISEA and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Mark holds a BS in Alternative Energy from Jordan College of Cedar Springs, Michigan and an MA in Environmental Studies and Urban Geography from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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