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ISEA Board of Directors & Staff


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

Before joining ISEA, Nicola worked as an AmeriCorps member at an adult literacy organization called Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. As she became increasingly concerned about environmental policies, she decided to shift her focus to the world of renewable energy. Armed with a BA from the University of Chicago and a year's experience as an administrator of a small nonprofit, she found herself quickly adapting her skills and learning new ones. She is so glad for the amazing opportunities she's had to help push Illinois towards a greener future.

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 2020

Lisa Albrecht is a volunteer board member for the ISEA, serving from 2007 - 2010 and then from 2012 to present. She served Tour Organizer for the Solar Tour for 5 years and Co-Chair for the Policy Committee from 2010 to 2017 working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. She currently works 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.

Mike Bullock

Serving since 2017, term ends January 2019

Mike is co-founder of Saint Charles Solar, a solar financing firm focused on providing financing options for non-profit organizations that want to go solar. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve their business performance. Mike was active as a Solar Ambassador prior to joining the board in 2015. He serves the Board of Directors as Treasurer and participates on the Solar Ambassador and Education Committees. Mike is one of ISEA’s instructors for PV101 and PV201.

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:

Kevin Borgia
Serving since 2018, term ends January 2020

Kevin Borgia is an experienced advocate for clean energy at the state and federal levels. In his current role, Kevin manages Midwest legislative and regulatory affairs for Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the nation’s leading utility-scale solar developers.

Kevin has over ten years of experience in renewable energy policy. He was a Public Policy Manager for regional trade group Wind on the Wires for nearly six years, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Wind Energy Association for five years previously.

Sarah Wochos
Serving since 2018, term ends January 2020

Sarah Wochos is the Director of Policy and Business Development in the Midwest for Borrego Solar. In this role Sarah works to design and implement solar programs throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Borrego Sarah spent 8 years at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, most recently as the Co-Legislative Director, working on energy policy throughout the Midwest. Throughout her time at ELPC she continuously worked on the development and implementation of the Illinois RPS, net metering and interconnection standards, and other pro-solar policies.

Dylan DeBiasi
Serving since 2018, term ends January 2020

Dylan DeBiasi serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Carbon Solutions Group. In addition to his policy role at CSG he also currently leads the team focused on SRECS in Illinois where they have successfully bid into all SPV and DG SREC procurements held by the state. Dylan has also been an active member of the ISEA Policy committee since 2016. His prior experience includes working in a number of roles in environmental credit markets, including acting as a plant manager for a 10MMGPY bio-diesel plant.

Shannon Weigel
Serving since 2014, term ends January 2020

Shannon currently serves as Illinois Solar Energy Association’s Policy Committee Chair, supporting the association’s legislative and regulatory work. As Edison Energy’s Director of Policy, she advises clients on legislative and regulatory affairs across the U.S. Previously, she managed state and federal policy initiatives as Director of Policy at SoCore Energy. Based in Chicago, Shannon has over 6 years of experience in energy policy analysis and governmental affairs. Shannon holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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 leads NRDC’s clean energy efforts in Illinois while also working more broadly on efforts in the Midwest. Before joining NRDC, Pearlman worked at Tesla, specializing in electric vehicles and storage, and at SolarCity, focusing on solar. She was a Sierra Club legal fellow in 2012 and outside counsel with Sierra Club from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, she was a legal fellow with the United Nations Environment Programme. Pearlman is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the College of William and Mary. She is based in Chicago.

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.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Illinois Solar Energy Association does not discriminate against, nor do we condone the discrimination of any persons based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

The Illinois Solar Energy Association does not condone discrimination of persons’ with disabilities. We support and encourage that all architects, contractors, builders, designers, and all others who influence how a building or space is created that it be made accessible to all persons. We encourage all spaces be created with the implementation of the design recommendations based on Title III in the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Standards for Accessible Design.

For a link to more detailed information regarding the Standards for Accessible Design and the American with Disabilities Act please refer to the following links:

American with Disabilities Act
Standards for Accessible Design



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