our team

A Multidisciplinary Team for Real World Solutions

leadership

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 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.

board of directors

Carl Patrick

President

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.

BhavyaTummala

Secretary

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

Ethelia Brown

 Treasurer

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

Diana Wong phd

Advisor

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

ChristinE Watson

Advisor

  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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

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