Who we are
Our mission is to inspire young people to develop knowledge in the field of energy and empower them to improve the world’s energy systems. We do so by providing highly engaging energy education programs that build technical skills, teamwork, self-confidence, ingenuity, and community.
Noah created Solar Rollers and founded Energetics Education after managing the Solar In the Schools program for Solar Energy International, where he ran a variety of K-12 renewable energy education programs and teacher trainings. Before that, he taught secondary school in Victoria, Australia, at a time when accelerating climate change brought years of severe drought and massive bushfires to this idyllic mountain region. The International Panel on Climate Change identified southeastern Australia as a worldwide hotspot in its 2007 report and again in 2013.
Noah and his wife Danika brought two children into the world in Australia - and the infants repeatedly had to be driven hours away to escape the bushfire smoke. It became evident to Noah that teaching potential solutions to climate change now trumped all other subjects.
In addition to teaching, Noah has worked as a journalist, a whitewater raft guide, a blockbuster video game manual writer, a high-altitude snowmobile guide and a snowboard patroller. He is captain of Team Australia Snow Sculpture.
Andrew Davis is the creative and design lead for Solar Rollers. He works as a Creative Director in the Bay Area, and has worked with some of the biggest tech and consumer brands around, including Google, Microsoft, Visa, Nestle, Sony and more.
Andy clearly sees the future in young people and believes in supporting the many different learning styles they employ. He represents Energetics Education in person in the Bay Area and develops messaging and visuals for the organization.
Jon Fox-Rubin brings a wealth of knowledge to the board, from technical engineering expertise to specialized experience helping start-ups to achieve rapid growth. Jon is Executive Director of the Manaus Fund, a community-oriented social justice foundation.
Jon has extensive experience with ultralight, ultraefficient full-scale motor vehicles. Jon ran FiberForge and Hypercar after codeveloping the concept of a fuel-saving carbon fiber car as a Senior Researcher at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Jon has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He also organized the first Startup Weekend in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Susy Ellison is a teacher, retiring in 2014 after teaching science in the public school system for 25 years. She has taught high school at public, alternative Yampah Mountain High School, 5th grade in the Roaring Fork School District, and environmental education for K-4 students from Aspen to Parachute. In 2010, the National Environmental Education Foundation honored her as the recipient of their Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award for infusing environmental literacy throughout her curriculum. Susy has challenged her students to include environmental literacy in their lives through a variety of large hands-on projects, including designing and constructing an entire solar-powered strawbale building. She has been to the Arctic with two field studies, once with PolarTrec and once with NOAA's Teacher at Sea program, and she also has studied seal populations in the Antarctic with Teachers Experiencing the Arctic and Antarctic (TEA). She led one of the four pioneering Solar Rollers teams of 2013 and is back to lead a 2014 team. In her free time, Susy can be found outside, exploring the nooks and crannies of mountain, desert, and river environments. She lives in Carbondale, Colorado in a solar-powered home that she built with her husband.
Eric Simon is a business executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the resort and recreation, technology and supply chain industries. Eric’s expertise throughout his career is successfully growing and operating complex businesses while delivering industry leading products and services. Eric is currently on the senior management team at Michael Lewis Company, the leader in providing global in-flight supply chain solutions to the airline industry. Prior to his current role Eric was Vice President & General Manager at Vail Resorts, responsible for the acclaimed strategy to acquire, transform and operate regional resorts. Eric has also held senior management positions at Vail Mountain, Resort Technology Partners (now Active Network) and Beaver Creek Resort. In addition Eric was a long time river guide and is a member of the Team Australia Snow Sculpture Team’s Junior Varsity squad.
Eric lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters, who are being inspired to be creative and engage in the difficult but fun work of being part of the solution - all things that Solar Rollers helps instill in our children and communities.
Zuleika came to Solar Rollers from a career in environmental remediation. From cleaning up diesel spills on treacherous mountain roads and produced water spills on gas pads, she decided to work instead on the proactive side of our shift to renewable energies. Zuleika specializes in getting things done while keeping the mood light. She is excited to be part of an organization dedicated to educating the decision-makers of the future. In her "spare time," Zuleika is a student midwife, doula and full-time mother to her son, Hosa.
The Solar Rollers Advisory Board consists of professional industry leaders who advise the organization and the Board of Directors on aspects specific to their expertise to promote the growth and sustainability of Solar Rollers.
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