Meet Our Family
Vice President & Controller
When Kelly was a junior in high school she was recruited by Mike to work at
Mountain View Builders. She lived within walking distance of the office, so it was
perfect. That was nineteen years ago, and Kelly went from answering phones and
helping with paperwork, to becoming the Vice President and Controller of Mountain
View Solar. She continues to play an integral part in making Mountain View Solar
the success that it is.
Kelly started nursing school, but realized that with MTVSolar she was in a unique
position to have a positive impact in the world.
The time spent at nursing school has come in handy, not only with the crew and
office staff, but because Kelly has two happy and active boys at home, Parker (14)
and Calder (5), they are her life.
When Kelly isn’t working she is most likely spending time with her boys, she goes
from building Legos or defending the castle from imaginary creatures with Calder,
to either playing basketball with Parker or driving him to any number of basketball
related outings. She and the boys love to be out in the yard, where they are making a
comfy home for a visiting rabbit, hoping to convince him to stay around.
Seeing her boys smile is the highlight of any day, although occasionally Calder will
give her the cute, dimpled, “I’ve done something ornery” smile, which usually means
trouble, unfortunately, it’s still super cute!
On the rare occasion that Kelly isn’t with the boys, she loves hanging out with her
friends, going to live sporting events, or shopping for a new pair of shoes! She also
loves to be in the yard of her childhood home, the home she lived in when her MTV
life began, and the home she was lucky enough to purchase a few years ago.
Kelly’s calm demeanor and willingness to listen means she’s as beautiful on the
inside as she is on the outside.
Growing up, Kelly’s mom would always remind her and her siblings, that you should
always leave things a little better than you found them, it is something that sticks
with her and she is instilling in her children.
If Kelly could change one thing about the world, she would love for everyone to
understand that oneness doesn’t have to equal sameness, and to appreciate our
shared humanity in spite of our differences. Wise words for all
Energy Systems Specialist & Marketing
Lydian has been with MTV for 6 years. When she started she helped with the First
Energy towers, ensuring that the FAA beacon lights stayed on. When Mike
discovered her vast knowledge of batteries and electricity, he quickly made Lydian
our Energy Systems Specialist. She is also in charge of our marketing, and spends
quite some time making MTVSolar a visible online entity.
Lydian came to MTVSolar due to a passion for the environment and was easily able
to combine that passion with her love of electricity.
Lydian is married to MaryKate and they live in their solar powered motorhome with
their two hamsters. They are able to split their time between Maryland and Florida,
but hope to be able to live in Florida full time within the next few years.
When she isn’t working you can find her playing with retro computers from the 80s
and 90s. She also loves spinning vinyl records, both classic and new. When she just
wants to sit back and relax, you can find her watching documentaries on the
One of Lydian’s favorite quotes is “Experience is the one thing you get, right after
you need it” How very true! Here at MTVSolar our crew is experienced, and that
helps every customer we have.
Sarah joined the MTV Family in September 2019 as our Project Manager. After
graduating college she held a few jobs in a number of different fields, from being a
corrections officer, a lab tech and an assistant project manager in the wireless
telecom industry to finding her new Family here at MTV.
She knew it would be a good fit after her first interview and felt good in knowing she
could help both the company, and the world as a whole by joining the alternative
energy field, something she knew next to nothing about, but has dived in and
learned quite a bit over the past few months. Sarah is the main point of contact at
the office and gets to know so very many of our wonderful clients.
Sarah grew up in New Jersey, so one might think of her a a “Joisey Girl”, but she lived
surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodlands which instilled her love of the
outdoors. Since college she has lived in Virginia, and Maryland, but she and her
Husband Scott, wanted some land of their own and found it in beautiful West
Sarah and Scott are converting a barn into their home, so most of her spare time is
spent on numerous DIY projects. When they do take a break from that, you can find
Sarah outside, either gardening or playing with their two dogs, Daisy and Cookie.
In the evenings, or if the weather doesn’t allow for outside time, Sarah enjoys
watching “This Is Us”, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”, or more likely, a movie, as
she’s a huge movie buff and has a collection of over 200 films!
In the next few years Sarah would like to have her home completed, and be able to
spend some time exploring the world with Scott, learning a new language and
perhaps learning how to paint!
Kiki started working for MTV Solar almost six years ago. Her last name may be
McKechnie, but she interviewed for the job, just like anyone else. The fact that she
only brought up mom twice has nothing to do with why she’s here.
Kiki is one of two project coordinators and is involved in the jobs from pre-contract
through final walk through.
She came to MTV after working for a huge corporation for years, and feeling worse
and worse about the environmental impact she was, or wasn’t, having on the earth.
She hails from Maryland, but spent six years in Europe, 25 years in Virginia then
landed in West Virginia a few years ago.
Kiki lives in a straw bale house with a 6.36kW solar system, that eliminates the
power bill 9 months out of the year. She resides there with her boyfriend Dave, two
cats, a dog, seven chickens and three goats! Being outside with the animals makes
When she’s not diligently working to help customers she likes to hike, garden, do
yoga and binge watch ridiculous tv shows. She also loves to take photographs,
mainly of her animals and the great outdoors.
She thinks she’s hilarious, but often is the only one laughing at her jokes. She doesn’t
mind though, because often people begin to laugh, and whether it’s with her or at
her, she’s glad you’re smiling.
When Stacy joined the MTV family four years ago, she brought with her a
wonderfully friendly energy to accompany her brilliant smile. Stacy is one of two
Project Coordinators. She submits most of the building, electrical and net metering
applications. It may not sound like much, but since MTVSolar permits in four states
and numerous counties, each with their own process, Stacy is an essential part of the
operation, from the beginning to the end. She has relationships with permitting
offices, utility companies and inspectors from our entire installation area, and we
are lucky to have her.
Stacy heard about the opening from Kelly Waugh, MTV’s VP, and since the hours
she would be needed worked out perfectly for her schedule she came for the
interview. Within minutes, we knew she was a perfect fit.
Stacy grew up in Baltimore, but in 2000 her husband was transferred to Fed Ex in
Hagerstown. That led to them buying their house in beautiful West-By-Gosh-
At home Stacy lives with her husband Mike, their three children, Mathew, Evan and
Ava, a mini lop bunny, appropriately named Nibbles, and a sweet Cavachon pup
named Brinkley. If it were completely up to Stacy, there would be another dog or
two, and perhaps a cat in the mix too.
Her children are her life, and as any parent of three children knows, she spends
most of her time running the kids to and from sporting events and dance classes,
She wouldn’t have it any other way, and enjoys every moment spent with them.
Stacy is also a phenomenal DIY-er, and has many projects to prove it, all of them
turn out perfectly! When she’s not working on crafts, she likes to paint, and maybe
hop over to TJ MAXX to pick up a few things. It works, as her sense of style is second
After a long day of working, running the kids around and taking Brinkley for a
good walk, Stacy enjoys snuggling on the sofa with her pup while watching Gilmore
Girls, Greys Anatomy and sometimes Criminal Minds.
Stacy believes that you should Smile always, as the warmth of a smile goes a long
way. She is so very right, especially with her magnificent smile.
Stacy plans on continuing to grow with her second family, “MTVSolar”, as she loves
the people and the company and what it is doing for the future of the world
When asked if she could change one thing in the world, her response was one that
truly shows the beauty within: “That everyone could see the good in each other
despite any political preference. There are wonderful people in the world and we
live in the UNITED States! I would love for everyone to be United together for the
good of the world!”
MaryKate joined the MTV family 2 years ago as an Administrative Assistant and her
attention to detail and knowledge of business make her a wonderful asset.
MaryKate is married to Lydian, MTV’s Energy System Specialist!
She is one of our Baltimore transplants and came to Washington County ten years
ago. She and Lydian reside in their Solar Motor Home between Hagerstown,
Maryland and Florida. Florida is where they would like to call home within the next
When she’s not working MaryKate likes to watch movies or Greys Anotomy, and
Weather permitting she can be found sitting around a fire pit with friends. Enjoying
both their company, and the outdoors.
When asked what she would change about the world if she could, MaryKate would
love for everyone to have a full belly and a bed to sleep in.
Ryan has been interested in renewable energy for quite some time, so starting with
MTVSolar in October of 2011 was a perfect fit.
He is now our Master Electrician, and we are lucky to have him.
Ryan doesn’t sit still for long, and is known for skipping lunch in order to complete a
job. He is focused and thoughtful in his work. He will quickly respond to customer
questions and has a vast knowledge of all things electrical, including the battery
back up systems we install.
Ryan has lived in Berkeley Springs since he was 2 years old, and rightfully calls it
When he has time off, he loves spending it with his beautiful wife Halie and their
two dogs, Clutch and Huck. If extended family is involved, and that time can be spent
outside, Ryan will be seen with a smile on his face.
If the weather won’t cooperate, you can find him at home binge watching American
He and Halie plan on adding a little human or two to the family within the next
couple of years. They will be lucky children!
Ryan gets along with almost everyone, one of his favorite quotes being: “Never judge
a man before walking in his shoes”
When asked what he wants to accomplish in the next few years, his answer was
simple and direct: to help improve MTVSolar in any possible way. He’d also like to
see an end to animal cruelty, but all the good people do!
MTVSolar hit the jackpot when Brenda joined the team almost two years ago. We
desperately needed a shop Manager, and Brenda fit the role perfectly.
Not only does she make sure the crew has coffee and fresh baked muffins in the
morning and water for the job site, she also keeps inventory of the many, many
pieces of hardware we use, takes deliveries, cleans the shop, and helps make sure
every job has what it needs. If the crew finds they need something unexpected,
Brenda will bring it to them with a smile on her face.
Brenda came to Berkeley Springs from Cumberland Maryland 15 years ago. She lives
here with her husband Wade and their two dogs and six cats. Brenda also is the
Grandmother to Brandon Widdows, who is an electrical journeyman for MTV Solar.
His grandmother Brenda has instilled such a great work ethic in him!
She loves her family, riding her motorcycle, and helping sick children and their
families. She is continually gathering food, clothes and special little gifts to give to
those in need. When she isn’t out riding, or helping others, she likes to put her feet
up and watch Dennis the Menace or Blondie and Dagwood. When she was younger
she was very good at jumping rope backwards, and I’m sure we will see her great-
granddaughter doing that in a few years!
She would love a world where all children, the elderly and animals were safe from
harm, and she absolutely does her part to make that happen.
Mike began his MTV Solar career in 2012 after moving to the area from Northern
Virginia. He studied Alternative Energies at Hagerstown Community College and
was brought on as an intern.
He knows the solar industry from every angle. Mike started in the office learning the
permitting and interconnection process and helping with preliminary designs. He
moved into monitoring systems, and then became the foreman on the First Energy
project, making sure the beacon lights on all the tall towers stayed on. He finally
landed his dream job as a Consultant for both residential and commercial clients.
Mike passed his NABCEP Installers exam on his first try earning him certificate
# PV-041214-004306. NABCEP Company Accreditation is the highest recognition of
quality assurance for solar installation companies.
Mike lives in Ranson WV now, with his beautiful wife and very soon, his adorable
baby girl! The two dogs they rescued from war torn countries round out their
family, and his adoration for all of them is evident when he talks about them. Mike
will be an incredible dad! He is always willing to help his coworkers in any way!
Mike spends a great deal of time working, but when he does have time to do what he
pleases, you will find him fishing, running, hiking or just being outdoors with his
family. He also likes to play both video and board games; as of right now he is the
reigning Domino’s Champion of the house.
Although he doesn’t know who to attribute the quote to, one of his favorites is: “Give
people a break, I’m sure you’ve needed one before”. What a wonderful sentiment for
everyone to remember.
Mike is making the world a better place by educating people he meets about the
wonderful environmental benefits of solar. Now if he could eliminate greed from the
world, he’d be a happy camper.
Danny joined the MTV Solar team in the Summer of 2018 and has been an asset to
both the Sales Team, and office staff. Danny is always providing good tools for all of
us in the energy independence field.
He is a NABCEP Associate Certified Solar PV Consultant, and the BPI Building
Analyst Certified Energy Efficiency Program Director. That might all look like Greek
to many, but what it means is that he knows the industry inside and out!
In addition to being one of our consultants, he writes grants and proposals as well as
coordinating the Community Give Back Program. Please read more on that while
you’re on the website!
Danny currently resides in Charles Town, West Virginia! He grew up in Falls
Church, but after attending Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, he fell in love with
the area and decided to make West Virginia his home!
Danny puts his life into providing for his family, and in creating a more equal, just,
and sustainable society. He wants to make sure that as our economy shifts to
renewable energy that Appalachia benefits from that transition and that this
transition has broad benefits. His time at Mountain View Solar provides the
opportunity to expand the benefits of solar energy, and to prioritize projects within
Appalachia. Danny is a go-getter for sure!
Danny is married and has 3 kids, 3 dogs, a cat, and a flock of chickens. He is
currently trying to teach the chickens how to sit and stay! We hope that works out
for him! Of course if it does, he may have a new profession as a chicken whisperer
and Animal Planet may grab him up. Perhaps we should hope it doesn’t work!
Danny is always working, even when he’s not! If a client or coworker needs anything
Danny will respond as soon as he can. If you don’t get a response from Danny, he’s
either in an area with no reception, or we should call 911 to make sure he’s alive! He
does it all for his family, as they are the most important thing in his life.
When he gets a chance to watch TV he likes Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and
Black mirror, depressing movies his wife doesn’t watch!
Fun fact is that Danny can name the Presidents in order, and even the Generals at
the Battle at Gettysburg!
When Danny was asked if there was one thing he could change in the world he
responded with this: “This seems like a monkey’s paw kinda question where you
change something good but it causes a lot of terrible things”
John worked as a Merchant Marine for 30 years, but knowing he was too young, and
full of energy to retire, he began another career as a lobbyist on behalf of the
environment and people’s health through enviro- protection measures.
His goal as a lobbyist in 2008 was to get introduced a bill that gives WV residents a
$2000 tax credit to install solar energy systems on their property. In 2009 that goal
became reality as we passed on the final night of the session our bill just before the
stroke of midnight. Although the credit is no longer available, it certainly helped a
lot of West Virginians get Solar early on when the cost was a bit higher than it is
now! Shortly after the bill passed John asked Mike for a job and he said YES on the
spot without an interview or resume’, thus his life with MTVSolar began. John
continuously fights for solar and other renewable energies for the state.
When he first joined MTV he wanted to get back to doing some “hands on “ work, as
he had done for years on the ship. Before long Mike put John on a crew installing
solar hot water systems in existing homes to help them lower their electric usage.
Two years after that, John found himself on rooftops helping install full solar arrays.
John was wonderful on the crew, but as happens with all of us if we’re lucky, he soon
realized that steep roof planes, and full adulthood wasn’t the best mix, so John opted
to get off the roof and spend more time as a lobbyist. In this role John has gone to
numerous meetings in Charleston, always representing Solar and MTV in a
wonderful light, and helping the powers that be, understand the wisdom and
importance of renewable energy for all.
John, who incidentally is the uncle of Mike Studholme, one of our Energy
Consultants, lives on a 5 acre Farmette, just outside of Hedgesville, WV. He shares
his farm with his handsome yet mischievous cat Willie! He enjoys his gardening area,
and plans on adding a greenhouse into the mix so he can grow vegetables in an
He still has one of the original Nissan Leaf sedans! His home and transportation
needs are mostly covered by the 9.4kW solar system on his roof.
Sam came to MTV 2 years ago as an installer. In March of 2019 he became our
Assistant Project Manager, getting supplies ready for jobs, meeting inspectors on job
sites and various other tasks.
He became interested in solar when he realized that it is the one thing he could do to
have a direct impact on securing a better world for the future of his baby girl
Sam grew up on a boat in the Chesapeake Bay but now resides on land in WV with
his beautiful fiancé Abbey, and their daughter.
Much of his time away from work is spent fixing up their trailer; to make it a home
they can raise a family in. In what little spare time Sam has, is spent on his hobby,
home brewing, and he likes to watch Game of Thrones.
Sam loves what he does and his favorite quote sums up his love of family and friends
quite nicely: “it’s a lovely thing to watch the ones you love do what they love”
In the next few years he hopes to have his home done, living on a few acres of
land surrounded by many fruit trees!
Sam Hubbard – Service Manager
Sam joined the family a year ago, and filled the Service Manager position, one we truly needed to have filled.
He came to us from another solar company, but after his brother in law Shane (one of our consultants) spoke so highly of us, Sam knew he had to at least check us out. He found that he liked our business model and practices more than his previous employer, and we brought him on board. We like to think he likes the people better too, but he’s such a nice guy he would never actually say that!
Although Sam has lived in Virginia, Colorado and Maryland, he and his wife now call Charles Town, WV their home.
They live there with their cat and will soon be adding a son to the mix!
While Sam loves to be outdoors, either white water rafting or kayaking in the warmer months (he’s even a class V raft guide. if you’ve ever seen a class V river, you know that takes some skill) or snowboarding in the colder months, lately he has been spending his free time preparing for his sons arrival. Luckily, he can sometimes do that while binge watching The Office or Family Guy!
Sam has a quote that he loves, and we believe it keeps him young at heart: “ You can only be young once, but you can be immature forever”. How very true that is, luckily when it comes to important things, he is very mature, he just knows how to have fun when the time is right!
Same hopes to get his NABCEP certification within the next few years. No one here at MTVSolar thinks that’s going to be a problem. He truly knows the industry inside and out.
Michael Colyer – Electrician/obstruction Lighting
Michael joined the MTV Family 8 years ago. He has spent time on the mechanical crew, installing solar, on the operations side organizing installs and deliveries etc, and on our First Energy program working on the FAA Beacon Lights.
Michael loves to spend time outside by the river, either alone or with friends. He loves his pets and has rescued a number of animals.
He can also recite many lines from “The Office” and keeps his coworkers in the office laughing.
Although he lives in West Virginia now, he originally came from Alaska, and his knowledge of the outdoors and living with nature is evident in all that he does.
Michael is always there for you to talk to if you need an ear, and that is an aspect of his personality that the crew and office staff make use of.
You may actually recognize Michael, if you like live music, as his band; “The Tonehounds”, plays a number of local venues, always to rave reviews. He is a multi talented musician as well as an all around great guy.
Michael, like many of us, is on an eternal quest for Peace of Mind, and in an ideal world he wouldn’t be distracted (and frustrated) with the technology of the day. Michael is a kind and gentle soul!