our team

A Multidisciplinary Team for Real World Solutions


Monika Goforth

Chief Executive Officer

Monika leads all organizational development and strategy, the day-to-day of staff & volunteer management, program effectiveness, donor relations, Board communication, and media presence, plus the broader responsibilities of financial sustainability, international relationships, and future programming vision.  She is also the president of the Board of Directors for the newly registered Poder y Luz Maya ONG in Guatemala.  Monika has an MA in Social Change & Development and is a specialist in sustainable rural development. She is published in Development in Practice and FAO Sustainability Pathways: Best Practices.

John Barrie

Founder & Innovation Officer

John is the creative genius behind ATC. It was his vision back in 2008 that led to the development of the Design Library, offered open-source to support humanitarian projects worldwide, and dozens of successful Appropriate Technology projects in the US and Guatemala. John's background is in Architecture, and Industrial Design & Mathematics.  He is recognized as a Michigan Sustainability Champion, IBM Smarter Planet Challenge, Inventor of Solar Vaccine Refrigerator, and Boston Innovation Prize winner.

Marilena Choguaj

Mayan Power and Light Director

Marilena runs the Mayan Power and Light program from the Guatemala field office in Quetzaltenango.  She set the program curriculum, manages alliances with municipal and community organizations and leads 4 divisions of staff members running the women's entrepreneurship program, solar training and demonstration projects. Marilena's background is in Social Work,  specializing in women’s empowerment. She has 12+ years leading educational programs to overcome gender barriers to economic participation for rural women in Guatemala.

theresa smith

Operations Director
& Detroit Solar

Theresa supports grant writing, mentors student engineers to create Appropriate Technologies, develops data tracking tools to measure program impacts and results, leads the Detroit Solar hands-on STEM training program, and supports general administration. Theresa has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering with 19 years of design and prototype development experience at Toyota North America.

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staff members

luis cahuex

Business Administrator

Luis manages MPL logistics and finances, partnerships and distribution of green technologies across Guatemala. Luis joins us after over 15 years in non profit administration with Habitat for Humanity and Primeros Pasos.

Jose ordoñez

Solar Power Supervisor

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

saul canastuj

Business Consultant & Trainer

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

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.

board of directors

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.

Bhavya Tummala


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.

Angelo Flucker

Fundraising Committee

Detroit-based community leader, Angelo is ATC's in-house film & media Director. Angelo is leading the volunteer-based STEM education program, Detroit Solar.

Ashley Trimmer

Strategy Committee

    13 years of leadership experience leading humanitarian projects, military missions and digital advertising technology teams across the world.


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