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, is VP of Solar Works, where she has been a “problem solver and people person” since Solar Works began. Laura helps the Solar Works team stay happy and productive and serves as a link to clients, our community and the world at large. Outside Solar Works, Laura is a consultant to academic institutions, community-based organizations and agencies, and other clients in the US and internationally. In 2015, she produced Being the Change Radio, which features interviews with local change makers. An educator with an MA in Medical Anthropology, Laura is also a bilingual link between English and Spanish-speaking communities. She is on the faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she teaches in the Community Health Workers Program. Laura also reviews renewable energy proposals for foundation funding, and is a community activist in peace, health-related and environmental issues. In her spare time, Laura enjoys hiking, the outdoors, being in the garden and solar-heated hot tub, practicing tai chi, connecting with friends and family, and exploring the world. She also hosts a weekly program on KOWS radio.
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.
John Matheny, our Installation and Service Coordinator, manages the installation staff and responds to any installation work, including setting up and maintaining online monitoring systems and system repair. He also assists with various pre-installation issues such as site visits. John began his solar career as an installer for Solar Works and continues to learn about all of the realms of the solar business because of his broad involvement. John is a Sebastopol native and an Analy graduate with strong ties to his community. An ornamental fabricator and certified structural steel welder, John is the 4th generation of the family’s welding business started by his great-grandfather. He’s a natural tinkerer of all things mechanical, and has experience in construction, car repair and bodywork, and a variety of projects where he demonstrates hands-on creativity and hard work. In his spare time, John loves home brewing, eating good food cooked by his wife, long board surfing, bicycling, backpacking and rock climbing.
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.
Emily Collet, is our Materials and Facilities Coordinator, while also working 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.
Asha Dean, is our Service Manager, with 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.
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.
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