The Appropriate Technology Collaborative Board of Directors
Diana J. Wong, PhD, Board Chair
Diana is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University as well as CEO & President of Sensei Change Associates, LLC, a strategy and talent development firm. She has had a significant interest in appropriate technology since 1984 from working overseas in Papua New Guinea. She traveled with ATC to Guatemala with her 14 year old daughter to support solar energy installations. Diana’s aspires to enable sustainable and innovative technological solutions in local and global communities.
Tina has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Systems Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. She has worked for various technology companies for over 25 years. Currently, she is the Global Computer Service Delivery Leader for GE Healthcare. She participated in an ATC solar installation project in Guatemala with her 22 year old son in 2011, and has served in multiple board roles since that trip. She has an interest in leveraging technology as a way for people to improve their own lives.
Lori has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Master’s in Engineering Management. She has worked at Ford Motor Company for 25 years, but ATC is her dream career. Lori is developing partnerships between ATC and like-minded organizations, focusing on the development of humanitarian technical solutions with university engineering students, collaboration with the local STEAM school, and recruitment of volunteers. On a recent Guatemala trip, she led an on-the-fly installation of a clean-burning stove.
Craig has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1977) and worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor for his entire career. Since retiring, he has traveled with ATC to Guatemala twice, and has served on the board as Treasurer since 2012. He has moved ATC’s accounting from spreadsheets to the 21st Century and Craig has an ongoing interest in creating sustainable energy technologies.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, James has a Bachelors of Science and Engineering Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Recently a Software Developer at Riskmetrics Group and then at MSCI Inc. James’ education, background and work experience help guide ATC to create both low-tech and high-tech design solutions.
R. Jeffrey Benko
John Barrie founded ATC to provide opportunity for the world’s poorest people. Mr. Barrie is an Architect and Industrial Designer; he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Mr. Barrie works with groups of professional and student volunteers from around-the-globe to develop new appropriate technologies. John conducts inspiring workshops on sustainable appropriate technologies and technology development for low income communities.
Monika has a Masters degree in Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, USA. Raised in Latin America and Asia, she is fluent in Spanish and English. Monika joined ATC in 2013 and became the ATC Guatemala Program Manager with executive responsibility for all ATC Guatemala operations in 2014. Before working with ATC, Monika worked with Central American eco-communities, orphanages, and permaculture farms.
Jose has worked part time with ATC since 2007. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the Instituto Técnico Industrial para Varones de Occidente, and certification from Solar Energy International. Jose has experience working on the design and construction of micro-hydro power systems, biodigestors, bio-fuels, and solar power. Jose helped create the ATC solar vaccine refrigerator. Jose teaches classes in electricity, circuits and solar power and he provides business incubation services.
Julio is a lawyer and he runs the local non-profit, AEIDS, based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Julio has worked with ATC to provide water to a rural village, he has participated with ATC’s award winning Woven Wind project, and he provides business incubation services for the ATC Mayan Power and Light program. Julio works with ATC part time.
Originally from London, England, Charlie holds a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology, and has studied Buddhism, Yoga, business, and social development in India. Charlie is an educator and contractor in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. He has become a recognized natural building expert specializing in Bamboo, Adobe and Bajareque construction methods. Charlie provides educational courses on natural building through both ATC and his organization, Return to the Forest. He also runs the non-profit, Meiker Space, a community tool library and building skills training facility.
Chico is an electrician and solar contractor well-known around Lake Atitlan. He has worked with ATC to install 6 of solar systems and he has provided solar power for private clients in the western Guatemala highlands. Chico is a great teacher sharing his knowledge and experience with local and international volunteers alike. Chico lives in San Marcos la Laguna. Chico works with ATC part time.
Vicente is an experienced builder using both natural and man made materials. He has worked with international volunteers in building projects for over 8 years. He is the father of two little girls and lives in San Pablo la Laguna. Vincente works with ATC part time.
Ruben provides ATC transportation, translation and logistical support for our volunteer projects in Guatemala. Ruben often brings his family along – shown here with his sons Christian and Robin.