our team

A Multidisciplinary Team for Real World Solutions


Monika Goforth

Chief Executive Officer

MA Social Change & Development
Specialist in food security and  community development.
Publications: Development in Practice and FAO Sustainability Pathways: Best Practices.

John Barrie

Founder & Innovation Officer

Architect, Industrial Design & Mathematics
Michigan Sustainability Champion,  IBM Smarter Planet Challenge, Inventor of Solar Vaccine Refrigerator, Boston Innovation Prize

Marilena Choguaj

Mayan Power And Light Director

Specialist in Women’s Empowerment . BA Social Work with 12+ years leading educational programs to overcome gender barriers to economic participation for rural women in Guatemala.

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staff members

luis cajuex

Business Administrator

Over 15 years non profit administration in Guatemala, Luis manages logistics, finances, reporting, and importation of green technologies.

Jose ordoñez

Solar Power Supervisor

 Jose teaches advanced solar design and
oversees large installations. Solar Energy International 
B.A. Industrial Technology
MIT Development Summit,2009

saul canastuj

Business Consultant & Trainer

MA Financial Administration Specializing in financial analysis,
business strategy and sales, Saul has accelerated over 20 businesses in Guatemala.

ricardo Ordoñez

Solar Electrician

Certified Electrician, Ricardo apprenticed with Jose Ordonez for 3 years. Now, Ricardo has designed & led over 18 solar installations teaches introductory solar power workshops.

rosy Ordoñez

Solar Sales Mentor

  Co-owner of MPL’s first Solar Business, Soluciones Energéticas Apropriadas,
Manages client relationships and sales of large & small solar power systems.

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Carl Patrick


Carl is an author, business consultant, and sustainable food enthusiast.

Hemdeep Dulthummon

Vice President

 Senior Project Manager, Robotics Systems for Encore Automation. Pursuing MBA at Yale University.



Senior Consultant at a HR and Talent Management consulting firm, Amy Cell Talent.

Ethelia Brown


MBA Financial Administration Lawrence
 Technical University.  Recently retired from GE as lead for 
Network Access Control over 6 years.  

Diana Wong phd


Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University as well as CEO & President of Sensei Change Associates, LLC

ChristinE Watson


  IT Management at DTE, GE
Healthcare, Infrastructure management supporting 120 applications, 8000 servers globally, directing staff in 8 international locations.

Mallory Young

Fundraising Committee

MA Public Administration specialist in Data Analytics with iFundWomen, For Our Future, and Nevada State Democratic Party.

Grace Chen

Finance Committee

     Pursuing MBA at Yale University.


My family loves and admires the work of this project and it's hardworking staff. We also have great admiration and love for the Guatemalan people. They have been friend and ally to us for years.

Milena Worsham

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