Our Team

Our Team


david grossmanDavid Grossman, Board President
Director of International Programs for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), David has more than 30 years of technical and managerial experience in international development, with expertise in finance and credit and environmental issues. His career highlights include a year with the United Nations Development Program, six years as a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service Officer in Honduras and Costa Rica, and COO positions with USAID’s Office of Housing and Urban Programs, and its Global Bureau Environment Center and Office of Development Credit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/Latin American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

louise2Louise Meyer, Vice President
Louise, a Co-Founder of SHE, was the organization’s Project Manager for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Partnership for Clean Indoor Air’s project in Mexico researching solar cookers and smoke inhalation. Ms. Meyer also managed the World Bank’s Development Marketplace grant for the SHE “HotPot Initiative” in Mexico. Her interest in solar cooking began 20 years ago developing small business enterprises in Ivory Coast for the International Labor Organization. She later gained field experience as a volunteer trainer for Solar Cookers International in refugee camps. Ms. Meyer holds an MA in French and German Language and Literature and spent many years teaching. She obtained a graduate degree in International Development from the African Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

arvesonPaul Arveson, Treasurer
Paul’s first career was as a research physicist in the civilian Navy where he managed projects in acoustics, oceanography, signal processing and analysis.  His second career was as a technology consultant for various government contractors. For his third career beginning in 1998, Paul co-founded the Balanced Scorecard Institute, which provides consulting services to all kinds of organizations. He is now working as a Senior Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Paul is an elder in the National Presbyterian Church, where he moderates a Sunday class. He has a Master’s degree in Computer System Management from the University of Maryland,is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation and is currently a member of the Board of Managers of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

kristen paneraliKristen Panerali, Secretary
Kristen is an experienced professional in the energy sector with a strong track-record of leading multidisciplinary teams through the development, financing and operations of utility-scale renewable energy projects. Kristen is currently Director of Global Business Development with Silver Ridge Power, a global solar energy company, and previously held director positions with AES Solar in France and Spain. Prior to joining AES Solar, Kristen worked in various international roles for AES and US-AID, and also worked at the White House for several years. Kristen who joined the Board in 2014, brings her extensive experience and knowledge to help in guiding strategic direction of Solar Household Energy

Pari KasotiaPari Kasotia works towards enabling solar friendly policies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pari has held multitude of roles in her 10+ years of career span. Previously, Pari served as the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation (TSF) and was responsible for providing leadership and operational oversight. Prior to her role at TSF, Pari led the Iowa Energy Office at the State of Iowa and managed multi-million dollar federal and state energy projects to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Her professional experience also includes working at a public policy consulting firm and an international affairs focused non-profit organization.
Pari currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the US Energy Bar Association (EBA). Additionally, she is a Board member of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment (WCEE), and a Board member of the Solar Household Energy Inc. (SHE) – non-profit that works to promote solar cookers around the world.
She holds two Master’s degree; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Drake University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). She has lived in countries of India, Cote d’Ivoire, and Tunisia in addition to the US.

Roger HainesRoger Haines is the owner of Haines Solar Cookers, LLC, in San Diego, and has designed several solar cookers for distribution and sale in developing countries. He is on the Board of the Alliance for African Assistance, a refugee resettlement organization, and is an active Rotarian who has made several trips to Africa to promote solar cookers. He is focused on developing better materials for solar cookers at the lowest possible cost. Roger obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and was an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego for 29 years. He is the author of the best-selling treatise on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and continues to write law books and act as a legal consultant.

Completing the SHE team

cora shawCora Shaw
A former World Bank senior economist, Cora is a consultant on agricultural economics, land-use and related economic development issues. Her 30-year World Bank career included extensive experience in project preparation, implementation support and evaluation in agriculture, income generation and diversification in rural development and land tenure/property rights issues. She has been engaged in projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. She has also worked as a field evaluator for a Swiss NGO and as a project economist on renewable energy projects for USAID. Ms. Shaw holds graduate degrees from George Washington University and The Graduate Institute in Geneva.

mbattleMargarita Battle
Margarita has been closely involved with the efforts of various non-governmental organizations in Mexico in the areas of youth development and clean energy. A Mexican and U.S. national, she has been a resident of Queretaro, Mexico since 2007 where she worked closely with the U.S. Peace Corps efforts to promote solar cooking methods in poor rural communities, participating in the distribution of Hot Pots.She is a founding member of the organization.


brockExecutive Director Sophie Brock Lyman is responsible for Solar Household Energy’s varied initiatives to carry out its mission. She works closely with SHE’s Board of Directors, and oversees the efforts of SHE’s associates and volunteers. Sophie has been working in environment and international development since 2005 with Greenpeace, USAID, and local NGOs in Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Haiti, where she also introduced solar cookers. She began her association with SHE as a Research Associate in 2010, and later became Senior Program Manager before being promoted to Executive Director in October 2014. During her seven-year association with SHE, Sophie has assisted SHE in many capacities, including analyzing field project impact evaluations, researching large solar cooker projects in Asia, and leading a solar cooking advocacy effort aimed at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She is currently managing SHE’s field projects in Chad, Haiti and Mexico, as well as SHE’s education, fundraising and research activities.

Solar Household Energy operates with a small part-time staff and dedicated volunteers, including its board members. Richard Stolz, who has extensive experience managing non-profit and for-profit organizations oversees the group’s efforts. Richard’s association with SHE began in 2002. He has served as its chief financial officer, chief operating officer and executive director.

Associate Director Heljye Mounkala
’s career spans over 16 years in international development, with a focus on Africa and South America. Her expertise is in project management and resource mobilization. She has worked in Africa and the USA in the capacities of Project Manager, Sr. Development Associate, Regional Development Director, and Resource Development Consultant. Heljye has worked for such prominent organizations as Handicap International, Management Sciences for Health, Conservation International, and Hope. Heljye holds a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA.

John Nash Web Developer providing SHE with IT support and guidance.

SHE draws upon the services of professional bookkeeper Lynn Patton of Accountable Bookkeeping and CPA Geoffrey Fenner of the Brooks-Harrison public accounting firm to manage its financial administration.


Board of Advisors

Darwin Curtis
Founder and Director of Solar Household Energy.

Dr. Roger Bernard, Ph.D
Professor of Physics, University of Lyons (Ret.), Inventor of the Solar Panel Oven.

Beverly Blum
A founder of Solar Cookers International, designer of a foldable box cooker and involved in creating the CooKit.

Dr. Thomas E. Bowman, Ph.D
Associate Vice President For Academic Affairs, Florida Institute of Technology and pioneer in solar cooking research.

Paul Funk
Expert on testing standards for and designer of solar cookers, including the SOS Sport and the Solar Wall Oven.

Dr. Mary Hill Rojas, Ed.D
Rojas International, Consultants – Advocate of community-based, sustainable natural resource management, including solar cooking.

William Holmberg
Chairman, New Uses Council and Biomass Coordinating Council, American Council on Renewable Energy.

Amory Lovins
Physicist, environmental scientist, writer, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Patricia Mcardle
Editor of the Solar Cooker Review and previously a board member for Solar
Household Energy and Solar Cookers International.

Lorenzo Rosenzweig
Director, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza, and partner of SHE, Inc. in HotPot realization.

Haoua Cheick Traore
Malian owner of African Creations LLC, winner of Washington Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurial Visionary Award 2002.

Diane Straus Tucker
Publisher, Washington Monthly magazine

Neville Williams
Founder and ex-CEO of Solar Electric Light Company; founder and chairman emeritus of Standard Solar, Inc. which had installed over 40,000 solar home systems by the end of 2008.

Volunteer Team

Our volunteers give freely of their time to advance the use of solar cooking. They bring a wide range of skills and experience and a willingness to help SHE succeed.

Long time volunteer and super solar baker Michaela Borghese.

volunteer Esperanza Sanz Escudero
Our key person on Facebook Esperanza Sanz Escudero

Volunteer and Summer Intern Hannah Rolland

Volunteers and members of the SHE Team


louiseLouise Meyer
Ms. Meyer was the SHE Project Manager for EPA’s Partnership for Clean Indoor Air’s pilot project in Mexico researching solar cookers and smoke inhalation. Ms. Meyer also managed the World Bank’s Development Marketplace grant for the SHE “HotPotTM Initiative” in Mexico.

Her interest in solar cooking began 20 years ago developing small business enterprises in Ivory Coast for the International Labor Organization. She later gained field experience as a volunteer trainer for Solar Cookers International in refugee camps. She co-designed and launched the website AfricanCraft.com. Ms. Meyer holds an MA in French and German Language and Literature and spent many years teaching. She obtained a graduate degree in International Development from the African Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

darDarwin Curtis
Founder and Director of SHE, resigned his position as President in 2012 and stepped down from the Board in September 2013. He continues to advise and share his expertise and skills with Solar Household Energy as well as working on select projects. Mr Curtis is a native of Illinois and served in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. During his post war career in foreign service, he resided in both Asia and Africa where he acquired insight into the problems of the developing world.

Subsequently, he was introduced to solar cooking and recognized its importance to economic development, public health, and environmental protection. He saw it as the most promising alternative household energy for much of a world in urgent need. He became a volunteer advocate and, in 1991, published a watershed global analysis of the technology’s potential. He has been committed to advocacy since that time. He holds an AB in Politics and History from Princeton.

barbaraBarbara Knudson
The late (1926-2015) Dr. Barbara Knudson was a sociologist who specialized in international women’s issues. Her career highlights and appointments include: Chairperson for Education Professor; Special Assistant to President, Director, Master’s Program in Education; Institute of International Studies, University of Minnesota; Dean, University College, University of Minnesota; Professor, Women’s Studies and Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.