our team

A Multidisciplinary Team for Real World Solutions


Monika Goforth

Chief Executive Officer

 Monika is a specialist in sustainable rural development with lifelong international experience. MA in Social Change & Development, she is published in Development in Practice and FAO Sustainability Pathways: Best Practices.  Since 2013 she coordinated Mayan Power and Light projects with community partners leading to founding MPL as an independent non-profit in 2020.

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.

staff members

luis cahuex


Luis manages alliances, logistics and finances of MPL and the distribution of appropriate technologies in Guatemala. Luis joins us after more than 15 years in the administration of non-profit organizations.

rosy Ordoñez

Solar Mentor

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

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 Ocaña

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.

EveRilda Pérez

Social Worker

A bilingual social worker, Eve works directly with community groups. She facilitates trainings and follows up on projects.

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

Outreach Committee

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

Ashley Trimmer

Strategy Committee

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

Angelo Flucker

Outreach 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.

Michelle Cobb

Strategy Committee

20+ years Silicon Valley technology marketing, now working to help climate tech startups and social enterprises scale up to achieve positive impacts faster


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