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 Valley Settlement Project, a community-oriented social justice foundation.
Jon has extensive experience with ultralight, ultra-efficient full-scale motor vehicles. Jon ran FiberForge and Hypercar after co-developing 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.
Matt was drawn to Solar Rollers because of its educational content, energy technology, and style - project based learning. He believes that climate change is an existential threat to humanity and providing an educational platform that offers solutions and empowers students to solve the problem is critical.
Matt spent 20 years in commercial real estate, focusing first on transactions and later moving into a management role with a large public real estate company. He brings a national perspective to Solar Rollers having worked and developed relationships around the country.
Matt retired from the real estate business in 2012 and sought opportunities in education, first as a board member of a Chicago-based high school, GCE. Then advising Co-Studio a design/build high school program and has now spent the last two years working with Solar Rollers. He was inspired to work in education after watching his two daughters and their friends go through high school but not always having the skills or direction he felt they needed.
Matt graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT with a BS in Economics and from the UNC - Chapel Hill Business School with an MBA. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Nina and their dogs, Henry and Junior. Matt and Nina have two daughters who are off on their own.
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.
grants & development
Heather Hicks is the Founder of Calluna Strategies, a nonprofit consulting and development contracting company. Endorsed by colleagues for her knowledge of nonprofits, management and youth development, Heather has 14 years of experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising. Her solutions-oriented approach to problem solving has helped organizations meet their goals and serve their communities. She’s worked with a variety of organizations in the media, nonprofit and educational space, including the Aspen Times, the Buddy Program, Youthentity, the Roaring Fork School District, the Aspen Institute and wForum. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Michigan and completed the Regional Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program through El Pomar Foundation. In her professional development, she has studied nonprofit leadership, finance, communication, program evaluation, and public speaking.
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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