Our Staff

Our expert, professional and personable staff members are committed to a healthy community and planet.

John Parry, CEO and owner of Solar Works, has worked for a healthy planet for much of his life. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with a BS in Physics, John built Solar Works from a one-person solar hot water business to a company that offers a full spectrum of renewable energy and resource conserving services. For more than 27 years, John has worked with individual, community, business and institutional energy systems, and is a passionate advocate of local, healthy self-reliant communities. He is active in the California Solar Energy Industry Association (CALSEIA) and a member of the advisory President’s Club. John has served in such diverse roles as consultant to the California State Contractors License Board solar exam review committee,college faculty member, guest lecturer and community educator in renewable energy, and site director of an appropriate technology research, demonstration and education center. John also has been an operator of a university steam plant, and is a long-time proponent of non-fossil-fueled energy generation. Integral to his life, John is a peace and justice activist and concerned scientist, bird-watcher, wildlife observer and habitat protector, star-and-cosmos-gazer, weather-watcher, fearless wilderness explorer, home improvement maestro, crossword puzzle solver, music aficionado and unstoppable vinyl collector, electric bass player and occasional traveler to un-touristed and out-of-the-way places. He lives in the coastal hills of idyllic west Sonoma County with his wife, on a rural slice of undeveloped paradise.

Laura Goldman has been an integral part of Solar Works since the beginning, providing staff support and serving as a link to customers, community and the world at large. Increasingly retired from regular work hours, Laura was a long-time instructor in the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Health Worker (CHW) Program, and is on the program’s advisory committee. Laura also has served on the West County Health Centers board of directors for many years. With an MA in medical anthropology, Laura was a core faculty member and health counselor at World College West, international community health educator, Spanish language interpreter and translator, and consultant to academic institutions, foundations and community-based organizations in the US and internationally – as well as a high school and adult learner Spanish teacher. In 2015, as a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Laura envisioned, co-produced and hosted the Being the Change Radio series, featuring interviews with local leaders who are transforming our economy. Passionate about the power of community radio, Laura hosts a weekly show, Laura’s Living Room, Fridays 5 to 7 pm, 92.5 FM, and online at KOWS.FM. Laura is a proponent of all things local, irrepressible volunteer and life-long peace and justice activist. She enjoys hiking, being in the garden and solar-heated hot tub, practicing tai chi, connecting with friends and family, and exploring the world.

OPERATIONS

Asha Dean, our Service Manager, has years of solar and wind power installation experience. Always ready to meet the next challenge, Asha brings his creativity and IT knowledge to the fore to assist with design and computer projects as needed. Asha is also a multi-trade woodworker and journeyman carpenter. Asha feels very strongly about solar as a necessary renewable energy source. When he’s not working, he enjoys skimboarding, longboarding, moonlighting as a DJ, and working on home construction projects for his family.

Autumn Streamfellow is the Solar Works designer. An integral member of our staff, Autumn is responsible for computer assisted design (CAD) drawings for PV systems. Autumn has years of drafting and design experience and a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on renewable energy from UC Santa Barbara. In her leisure time, Autumn enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, weaving, reading about the rest of the world, camping, and spending time near and on rivers with her husband and 2 small children.

Barbara Oldershaw is our Business and Community Outreach Coordinator. She helps local businesses, non-profit organizations and community members connect to affordable renewable energy. With a BA in Community Development and an MA in Architecture and Urban Planning, Barbara brings years of outreach experience and climate activism to Solar Works. Before moving to Sonoma County in 2012, Barbara devoted her efforts to social justice advocacy in Oakland, working on behalf of educational equity, women’s empowerment, and prison reform. A 2014 graduate of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Barbara is committed to promoting a healthy, resilient community. Her local volunteer activities include LGBTQ Connection Sonoma, the Center for Climate Protection, North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative, Community Alliance of Family Farmers/The Farmers Guild, and the Sonoma County Growers Alliance. A presenter at the Sustainable Enterprise Conference and the Zero Waste Symposium, she also teaches a Santa Rosa Junior College community education course on being a conscious consumer. Barbara is enthusiastic about carrying on the family tradition of harvesting the sun’s abundant resources: her great-grandfather farmed hothouse tomatoes in the Central Valley in the early 1900s. In her free time, Barbara enjoys biking, dancing to local bands, visiting beaches and mountains, and keeping up to date with Sonoma County craft breweries.  

Brooke Beesley, Administrative Associate, provides welcoming and professional front-office coordination, excellent customer service, and much appreciated support to our sales, design, and operations staff. A graduate of Sonoma State University, Brooke earned a B.A. in Energy Management and Design, with minors in Anthropology and Geography. Brooke is passionate about contributing to a resilient community and building a healthy planet. Before joining Solar Works, she gained valuable experience as an Energy Analyst for Sonoma State University and a Regional Manager for Rising Sun Energy Center. In her free time, Brooke enjoys going to concerts, traveling, boating, hiking, and running to balance out her love of sweets!

Emily Collet is our Materials and Facilities Coordinator as well as a part-time installer for Solar Works. She manages our supply orders and is responsible for Solar Works’ warehouse and vehicle maintenance. Emily grew up in Sebastopol and is an Analy graduate. She received a Bachelors of Science from Evergreen State College before returning home to be a Facilities Intern at The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC). She also has experience in building and design work, with a focus on natural systems. Through her position and passions, Emily is excited to be playing a role in expanding solar power throughout Sonoma County.

John Matheny is our Operations Manager, responsible for overseeing solar installations and supervising the Solar Works crew. John is involved in the process from the start, and continues with post-installation customer support. He makes initial site visits to explore solar potential, meets with prospective customers to determine their needs, and helps transform interest in solar electricity into signed Solar Works contracts. A busy guy who always takes time to answer questions, John spends part of nearly every day talking with customers – when he’s not involved in the more technical aspects of his work. John began his solar career as an installer with Solar Works, working hard and studying his way to involvement in just about all aspects of our solar business. A life-long student, John continues to hone his solar (and other wide-ranging) knowledge and expertise. John is a Sebastopol native and Analy graduate with strong ties to the community. An ornamental fabricator and certified structural steel welder, John is the 4th generation of the family’s welding business that his great-grandfather began. He’s a natural tinkerer of all things mechanical, with experience in construction, car repair, woodworking, and a variety of projects that demand diligence and creativity. In his non-working time, John loves long board surfing, bicycling, backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, working on his overland truck, and enjoying outdoor adventures with his wife. is our Operations Manager, responsible for overseeing solar installations and supervising the Solar Works crew. John is involved in the process from the start, and continues with post-installation customer support. He makes initial site visits to explore solar potential, meets with prospective customers to determine their needs, and helps transform interest in solar electricity into signed Solar Works contracts. A busy guy who always takes time to answer questions, John spends part of nearly every day talking with customers – when he’s not involved in the more technical aspects of his work. John began his solar career as an installer with Solar Works, working hard and studying his way to involvement in just about all aspects of our solar business. A life-long student, John continues to hone his solar (and other wide-ranging) knowledge and expertise. John is a Sebastopol native and Analy graduate with strong ties to the community. An ornamental fabricator and certified structural steel welder, John is the 4th generation of the family’s welding business that his great-grandfather began. He’s a natural tinkerer of all things mechanical, with experience in construction, car repair, woodworking, and a variety of projects that demand diligence and creativity. In his non-working time, John loves long board surfing, bicycling, backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, working on his overland truck, and enjoying outdoor adventures with his wife.  

Vicki Vaughn manages our commercial projects and the general administration of the business. She has an impressive and varied background that includes project management at Stanford, managing art fabrication and installation projects in SF, advising a community health center, carpentry, and Americorps service with Habitat for Humanity. Vicki, our resident bike commuter, enjoys working her farmstead and is a Farm to Pantry board member.

Installation

Fernando Garcia, a very skilled and trained member of our installation team, contributes a calm and collaborative presence to Solar Works. He is a dedicated, hard-working and detail-oriented installer. Originally from Mexico, Fernando has a background in construction, painting and landscaping. Fernando is eager to continue learning everything he can about solar energy, and is motivated to do his best work on behalf of our customers, community and planet. In all aspects of his work, Fernando demonstrates an ability to apply what he knows in a focused and helpful manner. A dedicated family man, Fernando spends his non-working time with his wife and two sons – his first priority – and plays basketball and soccer whenever he can. Fernando is intelligent, cooperative and easy to work with, and we value him very much at Solar Works!

Jesus España is a skilled, reliable and dedicated installer. Chucho's innate sense of artistry, attention to detail and careful approach to his work make him a great asset to the Solar Works team. Originally from México, Chucho has a broad range of experience in construction, auto mechanics, paint mixing and sales, artisan stone carving, farming, gardening, landscaping, and computer studies. When not working, Chucho dedicates his time and energy to his family and spreading the word about renewable energy in the Spanish-speaking community of Sonoma County.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Organizations • Slow Food Russian River established the only free community apple press in the county in 2014. Residents can bring backyard apples and make fresh juice. See slowfoodrussianriver.org for more details.