Team

Michael

Kevin Michael VerKamp
WindAid & WindAid Institute Co-Founder
michael@windaid.org

Originally from Indiana, USA, Michael moved to Trujillo, Peru in 2005 as a director for an NGO. Seeing the need for electricity and Peru’s abundant wind resources he co-founded WindAid in 2006 with Sr. Abel.

He has been an integral part of WindAid Institute and continues to be an inspiration and wealth of knowledge and ideas for us..

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Abel Yupaqui Davila
WindAid Co-Founder & WindAid Institute Head of Supplies
abel@windaid.org

Born and raised in Trujillo, Peru, Sr. Abel co-founded WindAid in 2006 with Michael. Curiosity about the functionality of wind turbines drew him to the job.

Getting things done well and experimenting on new processes is what he likes to do the most.

Nick Warren
WindAid Institute Co-Founder & Executive Director
nick@windaid.org

Nick was born and raised in Virginia, USA and started as a volunteer at WindAid in May 2012. The social entrepreneurship aspect, and working with the communities intrigued him so much that he decided never to leave. He is inspired by creating ideas, improving designs, teaching people about turbines, and most of all, learning from others.

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Jessica Rivas
WindAid Institute Co-Founder & Project Development Engineer
jessica@windaid.org

Jessica is from Texas, USA. As a child she dreamed of helping communities in Latin America through engineering. She did renewable energy programs in Latin America, and on volunteering with WindAid in June 2012, realized that building turbines was no longer just a hobby. What she envisioned as a child was becoming a reality. Jessica enjoys learning with people from different cultures and creating useful things for communities.

Ross Picken

Ross Picken
WindAid Institute Co-Founder & Head Production Engineer
ross@windaid.org

Hailing from the Isle of Arran, Scotland, Ross started as a volunteer in June 2012. WindAid captured his attention with its combination of research & development, construction, installation and maintenance, all in a tight-nit hands-on environment. Here he quickly discovered that building something new, reforming ideas and learning would never be the same again. Ross loves how the Institute’s projects encourage all participants to share their values and opinions.

Gean

Gean Bohuytron Reyes
WindAid Institute Head Technician
gean@windaid.org

Gean grew up in Trujillo, Peru, and has worked with WindAid for over eight years. He enjoys the variety of tasks that inspire him each day. His favorite aspect of the work at WindAid is blade creation, form and dynamics. Gean especially loves meeting new volunteers and exchanging ideas with them.

Chris

Christine Armstrong
WindAid Institute Co-Founder & Education Advisor
chris@windaid.org

Chris is from Alaska, USA. She was a volunteer in 2011 and as a Professor now brings students to the WindAid program. Chris supportseducational initiatives, and helps develop relationships with educational institutions. Chris has been key in organizing group projects, including our largest and most recurring relationship with international educational institutions.

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Rishi Khan
WindAid Institute Head of Electronics R&D and Webmaster
rishi@windaid.org

Rishi is from the small Caribbean island state of Trinidad & Tobago. He was a volunteer in 2012 and returned to the working world in Canada with an opened mind on engineering. He returned in 2016 to assist in the research and development side of Windaid and explore the ideas that he wanted to bring to life while serving the community. Developing new electronics, upgrading current ones and being able to tinker and experiment are just some of the factors that makes him love being at WindAid as an engineer. His goal is to engage students to learn through doing and gain knowledge through problem solving.

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Yordy Mirko Yglesias Deza
WindAid Institute Workshop Engineer
yordy@windaid.org

From Trujillo, Peru, Yordy started at WindAid in 2015. He wanted to learn about renewable energy and turbine design. He most enjoys designing and constructing the systems, to give electrical energy to rural communities. While working with WindAid he has studied electrical mechanical engineering at Cesar Vallejo University, graduating in March 2016. Congratulations Yordy!

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Tracey Johnson
WindAid Institute Board Member
tracey@windaid.org

Tracey brings over 25 years of experience in grassroots nonprofit development and fundraising.
Tracey joined WindAid in 2014 after working to fund a collaborative project between the National University of Trujillo in Peru and Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania where she is the Grants Director. Seeing the impact of the experience on the students and herself, she was hooked. Her hope is to develop a scholarship fund that supports a diverse group of volunteers.

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Beth Brown
WindAid Institute Communications and Fundraising Officer
beth@windaid.org

Beth came from the UK to spend 6 months in Peru working on communications and fundraising in early 2016, and continues to help out from a distance.