Meet The Team
Sean WillChene is the founder and CEO of Shared Solar Advisors USA.
Before working in community shared solar, Sean developed his sales technique by selling vacuums door-to-door to support his wife and kids.
He opened a distributorship selling vacuums and air cleaners and sold the business in 2016 to move into the solar industry.
In 2017, Sean founded Shared Solar Advisors USA. The mission of the company was simple: take what he had learned from over six years of door-to-door sales and apply it to selling something that was good for people and good for the planet.
Knowing what it was like to work 50+ hours a week barely to make ends meet, Sean set up the company with a mentoring philosophy. He wanted everyone who worked with
him to make a six figure income in their first year without working over 40 hours a week so that they had the personal freedom to live without fear of debt.
Five years and 500 fulfilled megawatts later, Shared Solar Advisors boasts an awesome team of 50 sales reps who are on track to make over $80,000 this year while still having time to be with their families and pursue their passions.
Sean lives with his wife and three kids in Rockford, MN.
Riley has been with Shared Solar Advisors since January 2021. Before joining SSA, Riley worked primarily in the media and entertainment industry, helping teams to improve company administrations. Based out of New York City, Riley has worked on projects with such companies as Real or Magic LLC, Jax Media and the Common Place Project. Riley enjoys using an empathic approach to enhance team dynamics and morale.
He got his BA in Comparative Religion from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and has loved being able to use his training in textual studies to help spread the message about community shared solar. When he is not working, he's likely doing improv or trying to find someplace he can swim.
You can reach him with any inquiries about partnering with Shared Solar Advisors.
Before working at SSA, Luke worked in marketing and recruiting for over ten years. A native of Minnesota, he's an avid outdoorsman (can you tell by the photo?) He's passionate about fitness, health and wellness and does what we can to help others achieve a sense of balance in their lives.
Fun fact: during his college years Luke traveled around the Midwest, cage fighting professionally and trained with some of the biggest names in the MMA world.
Owen grew up on the coast of Maine, in Damariscotta. He pursued an interest in science and medicine, and got a degree in biochemistry from Bates College. He gave bench research a try for two years in an immunology lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, but couldn’t take it. He needed to get out of the city and back to the woods and waterways of Maine that he calls home. Now he's living close to family again and is enjoying the headfirst dive into a new career where he gets to support renewable energy initiatives nation-wide and help connect his friends and neighbors with savings on their utility costs!
Ana was born in California. She has a bachelors degree as an accountant. Before starting in Shared Solar Advisors, she worked at a real state investment company purchasing properties. In her free time she likes to sing and and cook. Ana loves working at Shared Solar Advisors because she can make a healthy living while stewarding the environment at the same time.
Seth has been a lifelong lover of all things nature. Coming from an entrepreneurial background, he has worked on and offsite with international development projects and sustainability initiatives. Seth received a degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire and has continued to work in the sustainability sector ever since. Growing up, vacations always consisted of camping in Baxter State Park and enjoying all that Maine's wilderness has to offer. This only solidified Seth's passion for shared solar as a way to preserve and protect what makes Maine such an incredible place.
Greg is originally from Detroit, Michigan. As a native of a blue collar state like Michigan, folks are raised to work a 9 to 5, get A 401K, and hope to live before the money runs out! Greg wanted more. Greg began working in community solar in 2010. He enjoys the freedom that the job offers, where you are your own boss and you don't answer to anybody. Now at 38 years old, he's excited to phase into the next step of his career: teaching others how to knock-doors and work for themselves
Jonathan grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. He worked in various industries –cleaning, sales, truck driving, mechanics. After marriage to his beautiful wife, he lived in PA for 11 years running an insurance office. They moved back to Mass and lived in an RV full-time for 6 years while working on snowplows and doing truck repair. More recently they were together doing volunteer construction in NY. Now they have ended up on the coast of Maine where they are both very happy to be. After initial doubts Jonathan is very excited to share with his neighbors the benefits of Community solar both from an environmental perspective and an economic savings for his neighbors
A Colorado Native, Myles was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. Moving to Denver in 2011 to go college at Metro State, he fell in love with the city's nature and abundance of a music scene, he has resided there ever since! After majoring in Athletic Training & Nutrition Myles took some time to really think about his next moves in life. Naturally hospitable, he spent years working in the hospitality industry at hotels and restaurants. Honing his once shy demeanor into one that is now assumed outgoing, he took his love for helping people and the community to managing fine dining restaurants, and even life coaching for a brief period. Myles enjoys any chance he gets to hike or catch a music show at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks! Given a chance to preserve a place he loves to call home as well as help save fellow Coloradans money, he has nothing but gratitude to be a part of Shared Solar Advisors!
After receiving a degree in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont, Charley spent the past two years working with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) on a 30-year climate change study. During that time, he has worked in Alaska, Tennessee, and Colorado before planting his feet in the Boulder foothills. While beginning to work in the solar industry, his passion for environmentalism has not dwindled; he continues to work on creating a better future for everyone with community solar gardens. During his time off he fully embraces the outdoors, whether it is hiking around Chautauqua Park with his Newfoundland dog, climbing in Boulder Canyon, snowboarding, or on top of a 14er. The preservation of our beautiful state is paramount to Charley and the opportunity to work with Shared Solar Advisors has been a blessing to help to create a more sustainable future!
Ariana originally hails from New York but has spent the last couple of years in Vermont before landing herself in beautiful Colorado! In her free time she enjoys seeing live music, hiking, painting, fire spinning, and spending time with her friends and cat. She has a bachelors degree in Social Work and is grateful to work with Shared Solar Advisors to continue connecting with people while also making a positive impact on the environment.
Born and raised in the Crown of Maine, Anna has always had a passion for helping her fellow neighbors. Though new to sales, she relishes the chance to build trust and openness to solar power within her community. She is overjoyed to be a part of Shared Solar Advisors and to have the chance to make the world a better place. To have a career which is an inspiration to others, and most importantly her children, is her ultimate goal.
James was born and raised in a small mill town in Maine. After high school, James attended Husson University where he received a degree in Sports Management. He is a huge sports fan and family man! James is certified in Ticket Sales by the Milwaukee Bucks and has a background working in hospitality and political industries. Shared Solar Advisors has given me the opportunity to work in a field that not only will has a positive impact on the world but will save Mainers money!
Theresa grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She liked to visit the city, but she was drawn to the countryside and wild spaces. From a young age, she felt driven to use her time and energy toward not only environmental preservation, but improvement. After getting a degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, she traveled across the country volunteering and apprenticing on farms, eventually settling in Maine. Most recently, she worked with MDI Oysters, a unique farm which raises their oysters naturally on the sea floor. She loves Maine for the fresh salty air, vast forests, and the many swimming ponds. She is grateful to be an advocate for community solar power and appreciates its ripple effect on Maine's local economy.
Bryan grew up in New Hampshire with a passion for sports, mainly football and basketball. He loves to snowboard, go to the beach and play disc golf. He moved to Maine after meeting his wife. They now have two kids and Bryan is glad to be a Mainer. Before SSA he was a maintenance technician for Panera Bread. He loves to fix things but the 9-5 grind didn’t quite provide enough for his family. He loves the financial freedom this job gives him along with making connections with new people everyday.
Jonathan grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. He worked in various industries –cleaning, sales, truck driving, mechanics. After marriage to his beautiful wife, he lived in PA for 11 years running an insurance office. They moved back to Mass and lived in an RV full-time for 6 years while working on snowplows and doing truck repair. More recently they were together doing volunteer construction in NY. Now they have ended up on the coast of Maine where they are both very happy to be. Jonathan is very excited to share with his neighbors the benefits of Community solar both from an environmental perspective and an economic savings for his neighbors.
Callahan Kirk was born in Brunswick, ME. After high school, she Studied Mechinical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, was an EMT, and a CrossFit trainer in New York before back moving home to Maine eight years ago. She's a homeowner in Maine who's part of one of our community solar programs, she's a dog lover with four of her own, and she's also a plant lover with quite the green thumb! Callahan has enjoyed educating her fellow Mainers on the solar developments and benefits offered throughout the state and looks forward to working with you!
Melissa has two beautiful kids. They like to go on adventures together. Spend as much time outdoors as they can. They enjoy going on family bike rides and spend a lot of time swimming. She is also very close to her mother so she also joins them a lot.
Over the years she has worked in mostly customer service. She loves helping people and seeing them smile. She has an associates degree in human services. She worked in that field for 4 years and enjoyed it. She just envisioned herself helping people in a different way.
She then joined beach body and lost 150 lbs and gained a lot of her confidence back, then became a coach and helped other women do the same thing.
Now she is still doing that while working with Shared Solar Advisors.
Benj was born and raised in Maine. He grew up loving the outdoors: skiing, surfing, mountain biking, and fishing. His love of nature and of Maine pushes him to work hard in the clean energy realm. He has lived in Canada, Japan, and Central America. He graduated from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. Find him outdoors, rain or shine!
Julian was born and raised in Northern Maine. Graduating from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2022, he has worked various jobs from his early days of high school until now. From potato houses to assistant managing a grocery store, he found himself applying for Shared Solar Advisors due to his interest in promoting a cleaner environment as well as resonating with the company's core values of Consistency, Communication, Acceptance of Failure, Gratitude, and Fellowship. When he's not working, he dabbles in photography, writing, and spends time with friends and family.
James was born in New Jersey and traveled across the United States throughout his childhood. After highschool he joined the military then settled down in Maine to raise his little brother. He loves to go swimming, hiking, and kayaking in his free time. James joined Shared Solar Advisors to help take care of the environment while saving his neighbors money.
Christian lives in Brewer, Maine but grew up in Lamoine, Maine. After high school he went straight to the work force working every job under the sun(food service, carpentry, customer service, landscaping, etc..). Christian’s a big fan of MMA, camping, and fishing. Personal note: He was disabled and jobless for three years until surgery finally fixed his condition and Shared Solar Advisors gave me the opportunity to have a real career and get my life started. Thank you SSA!
Russell started reviving an old farm in Northern Maine in May 2021. Before moving across the country with his wife and two young daughters, he managed a multimillion dollar retail business in North Mississippi. When he found Shared Solar Advisors, Russell jumped at the chance to meet his new community and help them save money with solar energy. Establishing a farm isn’t easy, but his work with our company provides him the time and resources to live life the way it should be.
She's been in the restaurant business for over 5 years now, but it has been extremely unfulfilling and exhausting.
She also did a semester in college toward an MSW, but knew that wasn’t her true calling.
Working with SSA has given her time and effort true purpose.
She's now able to do my part in helping to not only lessen carbon emissions by helping the residents of Maine receive cleaner energy, but also help them keep more of their hard earned money! With being a new mom, it’s
even more important to her now to leave the planet in better shape.
And now she's been given the opportunity to make a living by doing so!
Nate, a Navy veteran, spends his free time connecting veterans to benefits. Now he’s ready to help you as well.
Nate is an Auburn resident and Portland native. He is excited and passionate about educating and helping those around him in finding programs available to them to help them achieve their best life possible.
Chris grew up in Bangor and spent much of his younger days on the ocean and in the mountains
of Maine. From a young age, the environment and outdoors have been an important part of
He spent years in Philadelphia, Boston and New York working in corporate finance and
development at several firms including Citibank and PwC, as well as in small business consulting
providing advice on financial and strategic issues to start-up and early-stage companies. He is
now back in Maine advocating for a cleaner future by helping fulfill Maine’s initiative to get
people to use renewable energy.
Chris attended Bangor High School and Bowdoin College and later received an MBA from the
University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children and lives in Bath.
Brandon was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. After high school Brandon attended Husson University where he received a Bachelors degree in Small Business Management. Throughout his years of schooling, he worked for a local construction company, and waited tables at a local seafood restaurant. In his free time he enjoys being outside and enjoying everything Maine has to offer. In the summer months you’ll find him at the lake waterskiing, which is his favorite summer sport. In the colder months he enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and spending time with his three younger siblings. Brandon has seen what the Solar industry has provided for not only him, but his colleagues within the construction industry. He advocates for community Solar, and loves to help other Mainer’s take advantage of the awesome opportunity at their door!
Caleb was born and raised in Ranger, Texas. A portion of his life was in Coos Bay, Oregon. While living in Oregon, he worked at the local Dominos making pizzas. his favorite things to do when not working are playing video games, hiking and sight seeing.
Wyatt was born and raised in Maine and attended Medomak Valley High School. After highschool he joined a high class carpentry company for about 2 years. Also doing other side jobs throughout the years. He loves being on the water, hiking, exploring, and being with his friends and family on his time off. Wyatt joined shared solar advisors to help hit a great green renewable energy goal and to help people in my community save money.
Gabriel (they/them) holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in Biology and Educational Studies and has worked primarily in the fields of environmental stewardship, sustainable building, and education. Gabriel is from the southern VT/western MA region and recently moved to Portland, Maine, by far the largest town they have ever called home. Gabriel has been drawn to environmental initiatives and social justice movements since adolescence. They love the old mountains and diverse ecosystems of the U.S. northeast, and they strive to be among the forces aligned towards racial justice and right relationship in this complicated beautiful place called "New England." Gabriel is generally happiest outside and in motion, though they're learning to appreciate the spaciousness of gentle stillness as well.
Jennifer is a Maryland Tri-State native who is married and has 3 children. She has a strong passion for scouting and helping children. Jennifer enjoys being a volunteer for the BSA. During the summer months, she is a Program Director for Washington County Day Cub Scout Day Program, although planning happens all year round. Before coming onboard with Shared Solar Advisors, Jennifer was a substitute teacher for nearly 10 years in Washington County Public Schools. Through her journey with Scouts BSA and substituting she has found that protecting the environment is important and recently made the move to go tiny in order to lessen her family's brown footprint on the earth and become self-sufficient.
Lolita is a Texas native and a Navy veteran, a home healthcare aide, and is married with 2 teenage sons. Currently she lives in Hagerstown, MD and has been there for the last 17 years. She looks forward to enjoying providing the benefits of shared solar services to everyone (as applies) as long as it is around. She is thankful for this wonderful opportunity.
Nancy loves and lives Minneapolis Minnesota. She is one "those people" who are born and raised in Minnesota and never leaves - unless she was on vacation traveling the world. A deep lover of the beauty, magic, and experiences of Minnesota's great outdoors. She has worked many years in Corporate America Real Estate, and now she has have landed at Shared Solar Advisors. This is the perfect last career. She knows that using Solar Energy will slow climate change by using clean energy – and is excited that every resident in Minnesota that lives in Xcel territory can truly help by joining a Community Solar Field.
She never tires of meeting new People (and their Dogs) and sharing the message that you can make a difference.
3800 American Blvd W Suite 1500, Bloomington, MN 55431
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