The Luciérnaga Team
Sebastian Africano, Founder and Managing Director, has worked for Trees, Water & People (TWP) since 2005. He started as a Marketing Intern for the clean cookstove program in Honduras and now is now the International Director, managing TWP's clean cookstove, solar energy, and reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti. He has a BS in International Business and Marketing from Penn State University, and was selected as a fellow of Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator in 2011, and of Colorado State University's Center for Collaborative Conservation in 2012. In 2013, he was accepted to Agora Partnerships' Impact Accelerator. When Sebastian isn't working abroad, you can find him tending to his garden with his son Emilio Izalco and his wife Claudia Maria.
Megan Maiolo-Heath, Marketing Director, is passionate about utilizing her marketing experience for social good. For the past five years, she has managed Trees, Water & People's marketing and social media efforts. Now, as we grow, Megan is excited to share the Luciérnaga story with the world. In her free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Lucas Wolf, Central America Operations Manager spent most of the last five years learning the ropes of the USAID contracting world, but previously spent significant chunks of time in Central and South America. First, as a Peace Corps volunteer with the youth development program in Honduras, and then as a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently based in Nicaragua, Lucas will help to coordinate our projects in Central America. A Fort Collins guy through and through despite lots of years in other locales – he’s excited to be working for an NGO based out of his hometown that is also active in Central America, Haiti, and the Tribal Lands of the US.
Jim Welch, Founder and CEO of Bella Energy, has been on the cutting edge of the renewable energy world since 1980, as a leader in the business and non-profit sector. As a graduate student in solar energy in the late 70s (back when only MIT, Arizona State, and Colorado State University had programs), he became intrigued by the elegance of solar electrical systems. He maintains that passion to this day as he works towards reducing the world's dependence on fossil fuels.
As a success-driven consensus builder with extensive experience in business management, Henry has a proven track record of successful financial oversight and strong leadership. His specialties are strategic planning, organizational development, and operations.
Jim brings more than 15 years of experience in the solar energy industry to the Advisory Board.
Jon began his work as an information specialist with the non-profit Boulder Energy Conservation Center, a branch of the Colorado Energy Extension Service. From there, he joined the start-up Rocky Mountain Solar Glass, and shortly thereafter became an owner in the innovative company providing cutting edge glass, windows, doors, and skylite systems to the emerging solar energy and high efficiency building products market. The company, which was later renamed SolarGlass Window & Door, expanded to three locations along the Front Range of Colorado. Jon maintained involvement with the non-profit sector, serving on Boards and as an officer of the Denver Solar Energy Association and the Colorado Thermal Improvement Association.
Roughly six months after retiring from the 20th Judicial District Court Bench, Jamie launched MCS Mediation and Court Services, a mediation, arbitration, and trial judge alternative dispute resolution practice focused on assisting the resolution of civil and domestic disputes short of seeking final redress in our Courts of Law. Jamie has recently been admitted to the Roster of Neutrals before the American Arbitration Association. After a career of public service sitting as a neutral in a variety of disputes, Judge Klein believes that the best resolution to any dispute is one reached between the parties.
Patrick has focused his career on environmental market opportunities existing within the nexus of business sustainability, social entrepreneurship, conservation, and international development. He has 10 years of diverse professional experience ranging from managing conservation and micro-enterprise projects in Latin America, business sustainability consulting, climate change policy analysis, and ecosystem services market development.