CE Solutions -"Changing Obstacles into Opportunities"

Meet the Leadership


"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T. S. Eliot

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.

United States / Global
Guatemala
Ecuador
Nicaragua
Dominican Republic
Haiti

United States / Global

Greg Van Kirk, Co-Founder (New York)
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

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.

G. Bucky GlickleyGeorge Bucky Glickley, Co-Founder (Florida)
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad , and that is my religion." - Abraham Lincoln

George "Bucky" Glickley is 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 innovative responses to long-standing development challenges. His current focus is now on expanding the reach of their award winning “MicroConsignment Model” globally. George is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative - University. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, IDB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. George began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. George is a graduate of Arizona State University and was recently featured in ASU Magazine as one of 21 Young Alumni: "Ahead of Their Time". George currently lives with his wife in Tampa, Florida.

Maria Luz GiambartolmeiMaria Luz Giambartolomei, Global Advisor (Italy)
"I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next." - Steve Jobs

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.

Michelle MullinsMichelle Mullins, Project Manager (New York)
"The call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. It is an ancient rule, a simple rule; but also one of the most challenging. For it asks each of us to take some measure of responsibility for people we may not know. It requires us not only to believe, but to do--to give something of ourselves for the benefit of others and betterment of our world." - Barack Obama

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. In August of 2013 Michelle returned to the United States to begin the MBA Program at NYU, Stern. As Project Manager she continues to support varias Social Entrepreneur Corps initiatives from the NY office.

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Guatemala

Luke Burchell, Country Director (Guatemala)
“We do one thing expecting this result, and expecting it right away, but what happens is beyond our imagination, and not necessarily on our watch.“ - Rebecca Solnit

Luke joined the Social Entrepreneur Corps and Community Enterprise 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 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.

Anna Moccia-Field, Country Manager (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 Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps in March of 2012 as a field consultant and is currently in the role of Country Manager.

Holley Gaskill, Projects Coordinator (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 Projects Managert with Social Entrepreneur Corps and Community Enterprise 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.

AlexAlexandra Alden, Field Consultant (Guatemala)
‘The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight.’ – Paulho Coehlo

Alex got her B.A. from Eckerd College in Communications and Modern Languages. She has spent significant time traveling and learning from the world including over two years in South and Central America, teaching English in Buenos Aires. In 2010 she founded a social business that sent volunteers to work with NGOs in Guatemala and Peru. As one of the founders she worked on every aspect from business development to marketing strategy and set up networks of NGOs, language schools, hotels and transportation on site and managed a team of international employees. From this experience she gained a deep understanding of how a social business functions.

WillaWilla Fouts, Field Consultant (Guatemala)
“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” Leonard Cohen

Willa fell in love with Latin America while traveling in Mexico and serving in the Peace Corps in the beautiful Andes of Peru. In the Peace Corps she mostly did environmental education with children, along with a garbage can installation project. She studied resource conservation with an emphasis in ecology in Missoula, MT. In the past year and a half stateside, she substitute taught, worked as a stream habitat technician for the Forest Service, and taught environmental education in the San Juan Islands. She is so happy be working with Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps for the summer in beautiful Guatemala.

MatteoMatteo Noris, Field Consultant (Guatemala)
“Only if we manage to see the universe as a single entity, in which every part reflects the whole and whose great beauty lies precisely in its variety, will we be able to understand exactly who and where we are. “ ― Tiziano Terzani

Matteo Noris was born and raised in Italy. Since his childhood he has been influenced by the missionary work of his grandfather in Guatemala. His love for the country has grown slowly but steadily through the years and this is why he decided to come to Guatemala. He attended university in UK where he graduated in International Business in 2013. His interest for “what is happening out there” brought him work experiences in different countries (China, UK, Sweden and Qatar). He is attracted by everything that is different and he likes to engage in new projects and adventures. In 2013 he cycled across Europe for charity, and in the autumn he collaborated with the Peace Corps in Moldova on an EU funded project.

MeghanMeghan McClain, Field Consultant (Guatemala)
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."  Proverbs 29-18

Meghan McClain was born in West Virginia and resided there only for a short time before her Father joined the military and the family began to move around the world. She gathers her drive and inspiration from her early days of volunteering in Kenya and Portugal. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from 2009-2013, receiving first her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered in a rural clinic in Guatemala serving the indigenous Maya. She taught the Guatemalan staff to incorporate health education during the patients’ visits, and also helped with the organization's health promoter program. After this experience she decided to pursue her Master in Public Health in Epidemiology at UAB, recently graduating in December 2013.  During her master's program she traveled to the rural Dominican Republic to establish Project Hearts' community health program, redevelop their volunteer program, and assist with their organizational development. She serves on the GRACE Cares Board of Directors as the Project Hearts advisor providing continuous support with their health, education, and economic development programs. She will be working with Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps this summer as a Field Consultant in the Solola region of Guatemala before beginning an accelerated Nurse Practitioner Program at Yale University in Fall 2014.  On her spare time Meghan likes to hike, read, and practice yoga. If music is playing, Meghan is sure to be dancing! Overall, Meghan is a driven optimist and looks forward to working with the team this summer and to her future in health and development work.

Ecuador

Justina Loh, Country Manager (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 Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps in March 2012. She speaks English, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese and currently works as Country Manager for Ecuador.

Heather Von Sacken, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
"No problem is ever solved by the same consciousness that created it." - Albert Einstein

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.

Stephanie JeanStephanie Jean, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
"Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?" -Frida Kahlo

Stephanie Jean, our new Field Consultant is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree in Languages and Literature at Wilfred Laurier University, with a focus in Spanish. During her studies, she volunteered with Canada World Youth in Benin, West Africa. After graduating she taught English in South Korea for a year, and then returned to Canada to continue her education.  She completed her post-graduate degree in International Development at Humber College. After her studies, she worked in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua, for Pueblito Canada, as their Gender Equality Intern. Stephanie is excited to continue her involvement in the ID community with Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps in Riobamba, Ecuador. She is most thrilled to hike Chimborazo, try all the new cuisine and working with the intern teams!

LilyLily Raphael, Field Consultant (Ecuador)
“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘you owe me’.  Look what happens with a love like that: it lights up the whole sky.” –Hafiz

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lily received her B.A. in International Development Studies and Arabic Language from McGill University in 2012.  She went to Ecuador twice during her undgrad years, first to manage a community agriculture volunteer program, and later to study abroad and complete fieldwork on rural education and traditional ecological knowledge in Afro-Ecuadorian communities on the northern coast.  Post-graduation, Lily has worked in Montreal at a law firm assisting clients with their immigration applications, as well as in fundraising and business development with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, an international organization that facilitates access to finance for sustainable agricultural producers.  Lily is also a spoken word poet, and she loves hiking, dancing, tea, and cooking.  She joined the C ommunity Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps Ecuador team in April 2014.

Nicaragua

Tim TruszTimothy Trusz, Country Director (Nicaragua)
“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.

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 and Social Entrepreneur Corps 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.

Dominican Republic

Dan Malin, Country Director (Dominican Republic)
“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. 

LiaLia Hulit, Field Consultant (Dominican Republic)
“Only those that risk going too far will find out how far they can go” – T.S. Eliot

Lia’s first experience abroad was in the highlands of Guatemala after 8th grade graduation and since then she’s been hooked on all things international. She graduated in 2009 from Barnard College where she studied Latin American Cultures and fell in love with Junot Diaz. After teaching on the Texas-Mexico border and working on her Spanglish, she headed south for a year to wander South America and teach English in Ecuador. She has led service teams in Mexico and dabbled in social entrepreneurism with female weavers in Peru. Lia is excited to promote solutions and spread the benefits of MCM as she admires the local ownership involved in our work. Lia joined Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps team in November 2013 and is excited to be part of the effort in the DR.

SamSam Burke, Field Consultant (Dominican Republic)
Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Relations and Political Science, Sam spent a year teaching English in Spain, followed by two years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. There Sam served as an English Teacher Trainer volunteer in the rural community of La Dalia north of Matagalpa. In November of 2013 Sam left the rain and cold in Portland, Oregon to join the Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps team in the Dominican Republic.

Haiti

MadaMadalina Bouros, Country 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.

EstelaEstela Aragon, Field Consultant (Haiti)
“Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them.” - Viktor E. Frankl

Estela Aragon is originally from San Jose, Costa Rica. I has degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in Economic Development from the University of Sydney. She has experience working in many countries Around Latin America including Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile and Haiti. More recently she worked in ActionAid, Australia developing a gender sensitive Resilience Index for South Asia. Estela is very passionate about her profession. She joined Community Enterprise Solutions in April, 2014 and she sees her job as a way to empower communities to work towards achieving sustainable solutions to their problems.

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