Meet the Leadership
The CE Solutions team offers a truly unique skill set that combines first rate analytical, strategic and project management skills with years of successful on the ground experience. You will not find any team that brings agreater level of passion or higher degree of professionalism to everything that they do. In the end, we are always respectful of the inherently profound responsibility of our work and that success or failure will be determined by great attention to detail. Everyone on the team, from top to bottom, does whatever is necessary to provide our constituents with the most compelling opportunities to achieve short and long-term success! Click on the links below to learn more about our team throughout the world.
Greg Van Kirk is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation "Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)" at the World Economic Forum. He is the the co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges. His team is now focused on expanding the reach of their award winning MicroConsignment Model globally. Greg was recently selected as a member of the Ashoka/Siemens Foundation Community Impact Development Group and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, IADB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. Greg also contributes time as “Social Entrepreneur in Residence” and has recently worked with Columbia University, NYU, Marquette University, Indiana University, University of San Diego and Arizona State University. He is a senior advisor for AshokaU. He has taught social entrepreneurship at Columbia University and is currently teaching part time at NYU Reynolds. He is the co-founder of The Center for MicroConsignment at Miami University. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. Greg worked in investment banking for five years before arriving in Guatemala. Two deals he led at UBS during this time won "Deal of the Year" honors from Structured Finance International magazine. Greg is a graduate of Miami University and currently lives with his family in New York City. You can see Greg's recent TEDx talks at UNC here and at BYU here.
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Rebecca Pryor, Project Manager (New York)
Beck Pryor is the Project Manager at The New Development Solutions Group, which includes Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement innovative responses to long-standing development challenges, including the innovative MicroConsignment Model (MCM). Beck received her undergraduate degree in May 2009 from Columbia University. Upon joining the New Development Solutions Group team, she spent 14 months in Guatemala working as a field consultant with local entrepreneurs. While there, Beck was also a field leader for organizational internship and volunteer programs and conducted market and industry research. Beck is currently working with co-founder Greg Van Kirk on increasing worldwide implementation of the MCM.
Lydia began working in Guatemala as an Agro-Forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Huehuetenango. As a volunteer, she helped to protect and reforest over 100 hectares of land as well as to start an income-generating development project in the community tree nursery that included building a 3,000 liter water deposit and starting a small rabbit farm. Using GPS and ArcView, she also created a map of the roads, schools, hospitals and meeting centers of the community she was serving. Before joining Peace Corps, Lydia worked as an intern for the non-profit MassEnergy Consumers Alliance in Boston, MA. While there, she helped to increase sales of their bio-fuel products. Lydia began working with CE Solutions in August of 2007 and currently serves as Country Director of Guatemala. Lydia graduated from Union College (Schenectady, NY) in June of 2004 with a BS in Geology.
Luke Burchell, Country Director (Guatemala)
Luke joined the CE Solutions team in 2009 after having lived for almost two years in highlands of Guatemala. In the same year he was given the opportunity to work as a regional coordinator and open up a new department to aid in the expansion of Micro Consignment. In 2011 Luke lead the first Social Entrepreneur Corps (our sister organization) program in South Africa in order to develop an organizational presence in the country and scope out MCM opportunities. After a successful year official partnerships were formed in South Africa. Luke is now Country Director of Guatemala and also heads the design, development and manufacturing of stoves.
Michelle Mullins, Field Consultant and Partnerships Manager (Guatemala)
Michelle Mullins graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies in January 2011. During her time at William and Mary, Michelle focused on economic development, educational policy,and human rights, and worked as the director of the Branch Out International alternative break program. She spent the summer of 2009 in Guatemala doing research on education policy in Patzicía, Guatemala on a Monroe Scholar research grant. She proceeded to intern with Social Entrepreneur Corps with a service grant from the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship at William and Mary, and then spent five months working with and studying at the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria in La Plata Argentina. After graduating, Michelle returned to Guatemala to support Social Entrepreneur Corps ‘ work in Sololá. She is currently working on strategic partnerships for Soluciones Comunitarias in Guatemala.
Anna Moccia-Field, Field Consultant (Guatemala)"Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?" - Garth Nix
Anna Moccia-Field graduated in June 2010 from Princeton University with a B.A. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in Latin American Studies. Following a stint as a field organizer in Vermont during the 2010 midterm elections, Anna brought her interest in grassroots activism to Central America as the web designer and social media publicist for a progressive political group during the 2011 elections in Guatemala. Former President of the Princeton Women's Rugby Club, she also founded the first women's rugby team in Guatemala. With a desire to continue working with local leaders in rural communities, she joined CE Solutions in March of 2012 as a field consultant.
Krystal Werner, Field Consultant (Guatemala)"And so it happened again, the daily miracle whereby interiority opens out and brings to bloom the million-petalled flower of being here, in the world, with other people. Neither as hard as she had thought it might be nor as easy as it appeared." - Zadie Smith
Krystal Werner received her B.A. from New York University in 2008 with a degree in Social and Cultural Analysis. Her research interests in the cross-section of race, policy, and civic engagement in the built environment led her to volunteer in New York programs dedicated to social service, including the Vera Institute of Justice's Guardianship Project and the Funding Exchange. After graduation, Krystal worked for the government-run Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in Nagano Prefecture, Japan for two years, where her responsibilities included teaching English in rural public schools and developing international exchange programs for the local community. Her time in Japan piqued Krystal's interest in international development, and in 2011, she moved to Nicaragua to work in community development and sustainable tourism in rural Masaya. She returned to the US to coordinate university programs for a Chiapas-based organization. In April 2012, she joined the Community Enterprise Solutions team and found a perfect combination for her interests in development work, community engagement, and education!
Bo Peterson, Field Consultant (Guatemala)"It is a state of the mind; not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don't." - Vaclav Havel
Bo graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2012 after studying political science and earning a minor in philosophy. Bo focused on Latin American politics while in college and was able to carry his interests beyond the classroom by volunteering at a house for deported migrant laborers in Tijuana, Mexico and by interning for the Secretary General of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. Bo first came down to Guatemala as an intern with Social Enterpreneur Corps, our sister organization, during the summer after his graduation. He joined the team full time as the Antigua field consultant in October 2012. When not working around the Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango regions, Bo enjoys reading, going to the beach, and playing music.
Holley Gaskill, Field Consultant (Guatemala)"Some people try to change the world one life at a time. Others try to change the world one death at a time. And I try to change the world one bucket full of dirt at a time." - Jarod Kintz
Holley Gaskill works as a field consultant with CE Solutions in the highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. While obtaining a B.S. in International Business from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, she spent stints abroad venturing with a conservation project in Argentina, tutoring English classes in Spain, and studying folklore in Ireland. After graduation, she volunteered as a liaison for an environmental conservation group in Cabo Verde, Africa before taking a job as an Event Manager for the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She landed in Guatemala as part of the team in April of 2013. Holley is based in Chiantla, where she also partners with a number of local social initiatives, including co-managing a school garden at the Chuscaj Escolar, participating in environmental awareness activities with el Red de Comunicadores Sociales, and supporting the women's groups of ConALFA in Todos Santos. She is an avid cyclist, nature enthusiast, and aficionado of children's films.
Nikki Brand, Field Consultant (Guatemala)"There are no rules. You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it's because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over again." Richard Branson
Nikki Brand received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and minors in Spanish and Global Poverty & Practice. With the support of UC Berkeley's Blum Center for Developing Economies, Nikki first traveled to Guatemala during the summer of 2011 as a Fellow for the international ethical fashion and women's empowerment organization, Nest, and its local Guatemalan partner, Thirteen Threads. Following her summer in Guatemala, Nikki interned with the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City and spent six months studying Spanish language and culture in Madrid, Spain. After graduating, Nikki returned to Guatemala in May 2013 to join the CE Solutions team as a field consultant for the Sololá region.
Maria Luz Giambartolomei, Country Director (Ecuador)
Maria Luz joined the Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps team in 2008. She originally worked as a Regional Director in Guatemala and in 2009 assumed the position of Country Director in Ecuador, where she is currently leading the implementation of the MicroConsignment Model throughout the country. During her time with Community Enterprise Solutions, she has led consulting efforts for IADB (Paraguay), U-Specs (Guatemala), ETV (Argentina), Ciudad Saludable (Peru) and Global Cycle Solutions (Tanzania). Prior to this, Maria Luz spent six months working with a local NGO in India to improve the communication and project coordination skills of local workers. She also worked for Ak'Tenamit in Guatemala, a grassroots organization focused on education and artisan promotion. In 2005, Maria Luz graduated from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences with Development Politics. In 2007 she graduated from FOCSIV in Rome with a diploma in International Politics, Cooperation and Development. Maria Luz is fluent in Italian, Spanish, English and French. She currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Justina Loh, Field Consultant (Ecuador)"Learn to do good. Seek justice. Defend the orphan. Plead for the widow." – Gary Haugen
Justina was born in Canada but grew up in Bolivia and Venezuela before moving back to Toronto for studies in International Development and Health studies at the University of Toronto. While there, she spent her summers volunteering in the areas of community development and HIV/AIDS prevention in Nicaragua, Brazil, Tanzania, and Nepal. After graduation, she moved to Mexico City for two years to direct an English school before joining CE Solutions in March 2012. She speaks English, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese and currently works as a field consultant and regional coordinator in the Azuay region of Ecuador.
Aude Mulliez, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
Aude's passion for providing and creating sustainable solutions to problems facing remote communities began while volunteering at an orphanage in rural southern India and interning for the International Rescue Committee resettling refugees in Atlanta. After raft guiding in West Virginia and graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, she promoted entrepreneurship while working in West Africa with the organization Tostan implementing non-formal education programs and while advising for the micro-credit organization Morfiss in Haiti. Aude (pronounced like Ode to Joy!) was the regional coordinator for the Riobamba region in Ecuador and is currently piloting the MicroConsignment Model in Lima, Peru.
Hilla Benzaken, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
Hilla Benzaken joined the Community Enterprise Solutions team in the spring of 2013. Hilla received her BA and MA from Clark University in the International Development, Community, and Environment program. Her academic career focused on sustainable development, where it was clear to her that she wanted to work in Latin America empowering marginalized communities and encouraging entrepreneurship. Hilla wrote her Master’s Thesis on the “Green Economy” and is committed to finding scalable solutions at the intersection of poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability. Before joining the CE Solutions team, Hilla spent six months traveling in Latin America volunteering, farming, and meeting diverse groups of people working on various social and environmental projects.
Heather Von Sacken, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
Heather’s dual passion for Latin America and social justice began after her first trip to Ecuador in 2005. From there she sought any opportunity possible to return to the region, including participating in a Global Exchange delegation to Venezuela in 2006 and Alternative Winter Break in rural El Salvador in 2008. After graduating from Suffolk University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Affairs, Heather became certified to teach English as a Second Language and moved to Santiago, Chile to teach ESL to college students. Upon moving home in 2011 Heather worked in a community-based program for adults with disabilities while attending Boston University’s School of Professional Development, where she received her certificate as an interpreter/translator. Heather is the current regional coordinator and field consultant for the Loja/Zamora regions of Ecuador.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” - Walt Disney
Tim began working with Social Entrepreneur Corps in 2007 as a participant in the June 2007 program. Impressed with the work being done and enamored with Guatemala’s culture and people Tim stayed beyond the month long duration of the program. With the support of foreign and Guatemalan staff, Tim has climbed the ranks from intern to his current position as Country Director of Nicaragua. Since 2010, Tim has worked with community organizations and entrepreneurs in creating access to essential products, services, information and technologies throughout rural Nicaragua. Prior to joining the Social Entrepreneur Corps team, Tim received a B.A. in International Development from Clark University in 2006.
Andrew Cousins, Field Consultant (Nicaragua)
"The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for." – Ernest Hemingway
Andrew began working with Community Enterprise Solutions as a participant in the 2012 summer program in Ecuador with Social Entrepreneur Corps, our sister organization. Prior to his involvement, he graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a concentration in International Development. His first international work experience came about in the insurance industry. Initially a claims analyst, he later became a domestic liaison to facilitate a business-process outsourcing to India, where he lead training workshops and helped manage teams in both Delhi and Connecticut. Captivated by his experience in Ecuador, Andrew returned to Latin America and began in April 2013 as a field consultant in Nicaragua.
Santa Grinberga, Field Consultant (Nicaragua)
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles." - Audrey Hepburn
In 2005 Santa began working with the European Commission ¨Youth¨/ Youth in Action¨ program that brings young people from different countries together to experience cultural exchange, personal growth, team-work, youth initiative and project development through non-formal education and thenon-profit field. Over six years of active youth work Santa was a part of 80 projects (youth exchanges, initiatives, training courses and seminars) and the trainer of 10 international training courses, visiting over 30 countries. Her particular focus was on Eastern European and Caucasus Area, with a special interest in working with Georgia and Armenia; Santa even taught herself the basics of Armenian language. In 2010 as recognition of her capacity and participation to strengthen European programs Santa was included in the trainers' pool of Latvian National Agency of "Youth in Action" program. In 2011 Santa received a ¨Youth in Action¨ grant from Brussels to do the European Voluntary Service in Nicaragua, arriving to work with Community Enterprise Solutions in October 2011 for a year, but decied to stay and become a regional coordinator in Nicaragua. Santa has received BA in History and MA in Baltic Sea Region studies from University of Latvia and Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). Santa is fluent in Latvian, English, Russian and Spanish.
John-Arthur "J.A." Colantonio, Field Consultant (Nicaragua)
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." – Greek Proverb
After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management and a concentration in renewable energy, J.A. began working for ESPN's Sustainability department. While visiting and learning about sustainability initiatives at college campuses around the United States and working to reduce the environmental impact of remote TV operations, he sought to pursue opportunities to leave a more tangible impact on the quality of life and the well-being of our environment. As a current Field Consultant for Community Enterprise Solutions, J.A. recognizes the great potential in the MicroConsignment Model and sustainable development program, and is very enthusiastic about the impact we make as a team.
Alanna joined Social Entrepreneur Corps in early 2012 to lead the launch of the MicroConsignment Model in the Dominican Republic and to collaborate with her current and former colleagues to spearhead a “Social Impact and Innovation Consortium” of initiatives across the border in Haiti. Prior to joining the team, Alanna worked with a global team piloting and mainstreaming the business-social Hybrid Value Chain model at Ashoka. She also served as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Advisor in the Dominican Republic’s eastern mountains, consulting, training and designing models for several agrotourism, microenterprise, education, community-building, corporate social responsibility and USAID initiatives. Alanna is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she studied international development as well as Women’s and Gender Studies, directed a business, co-founded the Women Advancing Gender Equity (W.A.G.E) Fellowship, instructed at a Latino immigrant resource center, and interned for various nonprofits in DC and in Brazil.
Dan Malin, Field Consultant (Dominican Republic + Haiti)
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." - John Steinbeck
After graduating from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2009, Dan went on to work for nonprofit organizations in New York City and in Ecuador. He was leading service-learning trips in the Galapagos Islands when he learned that his Peace Corps application had finally gone through and they were sending him to the Dominican Republic. Dan spent two years serving as a Community Economic Development volunteer in a rural community east of Santo Domingo, where he taught business classes, managed an ecotourism project and helped a women's group to open their community restaurant. Fresh out of Peace Corps, Dan joined the Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps team in November of 2012.
Madalina Bouros, Country Co-Director (Haiti)
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Sir Winston Churchill
Before joining Community Enterprise Solutions in October 2012, Madalina worked with Ashoka where she advised on jumpstarting the Ashoka Fellow Initiative in Haiti. She hails from the Eastern Europe (Romania) where she earned her BA in Business Administration and worked for the third largest FMCG company in the world, Inbev. In 2009 she moved to cold and rainy Denmark where she attended a 101 Arts school, Nørgaards Højskole, and graduated with a Masters in International Business from Aarhus University. In parallel, she worked on consulting projects for international businesses as part of the world largest student organization, AIESEC. After finishing her degree she worked to develop new cultural exchange programs for students and young professionals, meeting Oscar award winning actor Kevin Spacey on her first day. She worked with the Embassy of Romania in Washington DC and speaks four languages.
Cassidy Rush, Country Co-Director (Haiti), Field Consultant (Dominican Republic)
"When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are." - Richard Hooker
Cassidy Rush graduated in 2008 from Boston University, having majored in political science, minored in economics, and studied abroad all too much. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, teaching basic computer and business skills, installing water filters and spending a lot of time with the neighbors. After working for microfinance organization Fonkoze in Port-au-Prince, he arrived in Dajabón on the DR-Haiti border in March of 2012.