Meet The Let There Be Light International Team

Let There Be Light International’s Board of Directors represents a broad range of skills, expertise, passions, and geographies. Our local partners in Uganda and Malawi provide on-the-ground expertise and invaluable implementation services.

Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird is the Executive Director of Let There Be Light International and a founder of Solar Health Uganda. She is a member of international climate action and clean energy groups including Al Gore’s Climate Reality Corps, the Global Women’s NET and SEforAll’s Gender and Energy Access Accelerator. Sarah advocates for environmental justice and loves talking “Energy Poverty and Access.” Shine On!

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Bridget Baird

Bridget Baird, PhD, passionately supports efforts to empower communities to choose safer options for health and for education, serving both people and the environment. Bridget has a longtime interest in gender issues and is Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science at Connecticut College.

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Camille Brown, Emerita Board Member

Camille Brown, MD, is a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Yale University and the Director of Yale’s Pediatric Refugee Clinic. Camille writes that she is “so proud to be part of Let There Be Light International (LTBLI), which is bringing safe solar lights to children and their families.”

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Emily Dunham

Emily Dunham is an Engineer at Pratt and Whitney and a former LTBLI Field Volunteer. She writes that “Participating in the distribution of solar lights was one of my favorite experiences during my time in Uganda.”

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Joanne Goldblum

Joanne Goldblum, MSW, is the Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network and the founder of the Diaper Bank, organizations dedicated to child and family welfare in the United States. Joanne is an expert in nonprofit development and management and has helped to grow LTBLI over the past 6 years.

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Ben Kerman

Ben Kerman, PhD, uses human and organizational development practices, strategic learning tools, and rigorous program evaluation to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families around the world. Through BenKermanConsulting, he partners with a wide range of international philanthropies and grassroots organizations.

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Steven Levine

Steven Levine, JD, is a 30-year veteran of the Clean Energy Revolution and the Managing Director of Encap Development LLC. Steve is an attorney specializing in private power generation, energy services, and renewable energy technology development.

Rubens Mukunzi

Rubens Mukunzi is the Founder and Executive Director of Karibu News and Madiba Janitorial Services, both in Buffalo, NY. Originally from Rwanda, Rubens came to the US as a refugee and now supports other newcomers as they adjust to their new homes. He has firsthand knowledge of Energy Poverty and is passionate about helping LTBLI spread light.

Thatcher Mweu

Thatcher Mweu is an organizational change strategist focused on economic development issues including health, education, agriculture, women empowerment, and entrepreneurship. Having worked with start-ups such as the African Leadership University (ALU), Nova Pioneer Academies, and Andela, Thatcher has an extensive background in working with African organizations – especially at early stages and when implementing new branches or brands.

Jamie Perry

Jamie Perry works for Catholic Medical Partners where she is a Clinical Transformation Specialist. Jamie has broad expertise in outreach, community engagement and organizational management. She is a seasoned LTBLI volunteer and fundraiser and was the brains and driver behind our hugely successful first annual Solar Celebration at Silo City in Buffalo in 2018. Jamie is also the mother of two young children and an active Rotarian.

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L-R: GeorgeMike Luberenga (SHU Consultant), John Bosco (District Health Officer), Sarah Baird, Siriman Kiryowa (SHU Consultant), Caroline Mwebaza (SHU Consultant), and David Derrick Luwaga (ED of KACCAD and Solar Health Uganda).

Solar Health Uganda

Solar Health Uganda is LTBLI’s primary Distribution Partner, implementing many of LTBLI’s programs in Uganda including our signature maternal and infant health project, Safe Births + Healthy Homes. LTBLI supports 3 Energy Poverty Consultants and works closely with the team to develop programs, collect data, and improve programming through iterative and collaborative processes. 

Energy Poverty Volunteer

Alissa Benchimol has a Masters of Science in Sustainability focused on energy access in developing countries and is passionate about how access to energy and water intersect with basic human rights. Originally from Brazil, Alissa’s firsthand knowledge about energy poverty in her home community drives her commitment to alleviating energy poverty and promoting renewable energy around the world.

Artist-in-Residence

Gabriel Ssenyondo recently graduated from Buloba High School in Kampala, Uganda, where he studied geography. Born with a talent for art, Gabriel contributes to Let There Be Light International’s mission by documenting program impacts through his drawings and paintings. Reproductions of Gabriel’s work will be made available to LTBLI donors during our December 2020 Annual Appeal.

Communications Intern

Rachel Stukenborg is a master’s student at Duke University studying mechanical engineering. Her studies are focused on the development of sustainable energy technologies to solve modern energy problems like climate change and energy poverty. She is passionate about increasing awareness on the relationship between poverty and energy access, and is proud to contribute to LTBLI’s mission of improving access to clean, safe, and reliable lighting.

Volunteer Coordinator

Logan Montone has a Bachelors of Economics and Environmental Studies focused on international economies and sustainability. Logan is passionate about directing a shift to clean, reusable energy in off-grid communities abroad as well as in her home city.

Our Affiliations & Partners

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