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.

Taylor Gendel

Program Development Assistant

Taylor has been with ISEA since 2014 and has been a part of developing programs and events including the Illinois Solar Tour, Legislative Solar Socials and the Solar Ambassador program. Taylor graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a B.S. in Community and Environmental Sociology and is from Evanston, IL.

Board of Directors - Officers:

Shannon Fulton


Serving since 2011, term ends January 2016


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. 

Chuck VonDrehle
Vice President

Appointed in July 2011, term ends January 2017

Chuck is the V.P. of Sales and Engineering for the Chicago based,solar distributor PVpower LLC. Chuck has been in the solar industry since 2007 and has managed the installation of over 1MW of projects. After working for one of the largest solar installers in the California market, Borrego Solar, he returned to Illinois, to help establish Harnetech as a solar energy installer in Chicago and designed and managed commercial installations for Socore Energy.


Glenn Reed

Serving since 2010, term ends January 2016

A member since 2003, Glenn has attended solar and wind workshops, and volunteered for the Illinois Solar Tour and other events.  Glenn is a principal at Green CPA, co-founder of Northwest Suburban Green Drinks, and Treasurer of Mt. Prospect Toastmasters.  With management and biology degrees from Purdue, he brings over 10 years of accounting experience.  Glenn is also a member of the AICPA, ICPAS, ASES, USGBC, and Fox Valley Electric Auto Association. His vision is to help the ISEA continue to grow by strengthening its financial base, through enhanced reporting and fundraising efforts.



Brian Haug


Serving since 2013, term ends January 2017


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.




Board of Directors:

Lisa Albrecht
Policy Committee Chair

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2016

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.

Michelle Knox

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2017

Michelle is the founder and owner of WindSolarUSA, Inc., a turn-key renewable energy company located in Central Illinois, and a founding partner of American Solar Designs based out of Memphis, TN.  She began research and development of WSU in September of 2008 with a goal of helping the residential, commercial, and agricultural markets to invest in their own clean energy future while attaining a desired level of self-sufficiency.   Michelle received her training through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer, WI and is a Certified Site Assessor for both solar photovoltaics and solar thermal and has completed all phases of wind training.  Prior to pursuing her renewable energy career, she was the Development Director (fundraiser/grant writer) for a private, east-side elementary school in Springfield and a Montessori teacher of 6-9-year-olds.  Michelle is an advocate and promoter of renewable education and hopes to use her teaching and fundraising skills to further the advancement of the solar market statewide through her role on the board of the ISEA.

Harry Ohde

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2016

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.


Kacie Peters

Grade School Education Committee Chair

Serving since 2013, term ends January 2016

Kacie Peters graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa with a BA in Economics, Political Science and English. She began her career in solar energy in 2010 as the head of marketing and business development at one of the largest solar installation companies in the Mid-Atlantic, Suntricity Power. During her tenure at Suntricity, Kacie specialized in residential solar installations and pubic outreach to promote green energy awareness to homeowners in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Kacie's concern for public outreach blossomed upon attending the University of Pennsylvania's Fels School of Public Policy in the fall of 2010. Through this program, she developed a k-12 educational platform aimed at teaching the importance of new energy sources entitled "Brighter Futures." In the fall of 2012, Kacie moved to Chicago in hopes of bringing her vast knowledge of the potential of state and utility incentives to Illinois' emerging solar program. She signed on with Renewable Energy Alternatives as the head of sales, marketing, and non-profit grant writing. She has also become active in the Illinois Solar Energy Association, chairing the k-12 education subcommittee in efforts to continue her work to bring solar energy into the classroom.




Amy Antoniolli

Serving since 2014, term ends January 2016


Amy Antoniolli is an attorney practicing environmental law at the national law firm Schiff Hardin LLP.  Amy routinely advises clients on compliance with environmental laws and regulations and represents clients before the Illinois Pollution Control Board.  Before coming to Schiff, Amy served as an attorney at the Illinois Pollution Control Board for five years where she advised board members on interpretations of Illinois environmental statutes and regulations, served as a hearing officer in regulatory matters, and wrote legal opinions in enforcement cases, permit appeals, and requests for relief from regulations.  Earlier in her career, she served as assistant counsel for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.  She volunteered with the k-12 education subcommittee in 2013 to help organize the first teacher’s workshop for fourth to sixth grade teachers and hopes to continue to expand ISEA’s educational resources in the future.





 Peter Gorr

Serving since 2014, term ends January 2016


 Peter Gorr is a retired Director of Marketing, Product Management, and Business Development. He holds aMBA in Marketing and Statistics from the U of Chicago. He is currently the Chair for the NW Cook County Group of the Sierra Club and was recently elected to the state chapter Executive Committee.  He is active in local habitat restoration and is on the Board of Directors for Friends of Busse Woods and a founding member of Friends of Deer Grove East. He has been an active member of ISEA assisting the organization with promoting and hosting the Solar Tour, hosting 2012 Summer Social, as well as assisting at several events. His home features a 6.72kw Solar PV system which he has used as a platform to promote the benefits of clean renewable energy throughout the area with speaking engagements and advocating for pro-solar legislation with state representatives



 Jack O'Donohue

Serving since 2014, term ends January 2016


Jack is Soligent Distribution's Account Executive in the Midwest. He is also an IREC Certified Solar Instructor for The Midwest Renewable Energy Association. And, he is an online solar business and technical sales instructor for Solar Energy International.

He began his shift to a more sustainable practice by first focusing on efficiency. In 2009, he became a LEED® AP. Jack then attended the full slate of MREA courses in Wind, Solar Hot Water, and PV and he became a Certified Solar Site Assessor.
Jack went on to install PV systems on Habitat for Humanity homes in Milwaukee and on his home in La Grange. In 2010 he became a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer - He is currently on inactive status pending additional installations. Jack continued his training with SEI and became certified as a NABCEP PV Technical Sales professional. And, in 2013, he completed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Sustainability training in G3.1 and G4 Bridge. Jack is also a member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. He is a graduate of DePaul University with a BS in Commerce and The John Marshall Law School with a JD.

Jack is dedicated to advancing efficiency, renewables, and sustainability across Illinois and beyond though promotion, advocacy, and education.

 Shannon Weigel

Serving since 2015, term ends January 2016


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.


Bob Leah

Serving since June 2015

Bob Leah is Vice President of East Region Development for Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar project developers. Bob brings his expertise and relationships in Canada to realize large-scale, utility solar projects in the region. Bob leads the development of all Recurrent Energy projects in Ontario, including site identification, lease negotiation, securing power contracts, permitting, connection agreement procurement, and community outreach.

Bob joined the board of the Canadian Solar Industries

Association (CanSIA) in 2013, and served as the Sponsoring Director of the Ontario PV Caucus in 2014. He is currently Sponsoring Director for the Manufacturer’s Caucus and supporting member of the New Markets Committee. He has worked closely with CanSIA and government ministries, providing key input during the development of Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy act, passed in 2009, and subsequent stakeholder consultations of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (“FIT”) program. In 2015, Bob joined the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Board of Directors. Previously, Bob was the Vice President of Business Development at UPC Solar, a renewable energy development company, where he directed energy projects in Canada. Bob holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mike Bullock

Serving since June 2015

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.

Past Presidents

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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