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. No words can describe the smiles on the faces of children as LTBLI brings light into their lives!”

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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 and a prior clinical faculty member at Yale Child Study Center Family Support Service. Joanne is an expert in nonprofit development and management and has helped to grow LTBLI over the past 4 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.

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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 Buffalo as a refugee and now supports many other newcomers as they adjust to their new home in Western NY. He has firsthand knowledge of Energy Poverty and is passionate about helping LTBLI in its mission.

Thatcher Mweu

Thatcher Mweu is an organizational change strategist focused on economic development issues including health, education, agriculture, women empowerment, and entrepreneurship; and how technology is intertwined with all of them. 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 start-ups within Africa – especially at their early stages and when they are 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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Team in Uganda

Let There Be Light International works with and supports Solar Health Uganda, a group of Ugandan energy poverty professionals who implement many of LTBLI’s programs including our signature maternal and infant health project, Safe Births + Healthy Homes. L-R: George Mike Luberenga (Energy Poverty Consultant), John Bosco (District Health Officer), Sarah Baird, Siriman Kiryowa (Energy Poverty Consultant), Caroline Mwebaza (Energy Poverty Consultant), and David Derrick Luwaga (Executive Director of KACCAD and Director of Solar Health Uganda).

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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.

Communications & Outreach Consultant

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

Energy Poverty Intern (Summer 2020)

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.

Energy Poverty Intern (Summer 2020)

Amanda Ullman graduated from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned a Master’s in Environmental Management and certificates in International Development Policy and Caribbean and Latin American Studies. She will be starting her PhD in the fall at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of City and Regional Planning, studying comparative impacts of electricity access and energy systems development in emerging economies. Amanda is passionate about supporting access to clean, reliable energy providing a voice to vulnerable communities around the world.

Our Affiliations & Partners

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