Brent has twelve years of experience in the renewable energy industry, and currently serves as Executive V.P. at Community Energy, a solar and wind power firm based in Radnor, PA. Prior to Community Energy, Brent worked for the U.S DOE, and received a degree from James Madison University. Brent is passionate about sustainable village power across the world, and is excited to join the Power Up Gambia team in their mission to provide clean reliable power to health care facilities across The Gambia
Pat is Senior Vice President and Global Knowledge Center Lead for MasterCard Advisors, a consulting services organization that is part of MasterCard Worldwide. Through her work and travel across the globe, she has developed a strong personal interest in developing sustainable solutions to infrastructure issues in developing economies, particularly Africa. Pat hopes to apply her broad international marketing and business expertise to helping achieve Power Up Gambia’s objectives. Pat has an undergraduate degree from Penn State and both an MA and MBA from the University of Chicago
Tanya is a University of Pennsylvania medical student dedicated to improving health care access in underserved communities at home and abroad. She holds undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. As Power Up Gambia's current Board Chair, she aims to expand Power Up Gambia's reputation in the United States and to advance its projects on the ground in The Gambia.
Miten is currently a Business Associate at ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing consulting firm. Through his work at ZS he has developed experience in and consulted across a broad spectrum of sales and marketing issues in the Pharmaceutical industry. Prior to ZS, Miten was a dual degree student at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Economics and Materials Science & Engineering. With his eclectic, yet relevant, background and strong interest in improving health care delivery and access for all, Miten hopes to advance PUG’s mission in The Gambia and empower local hospitals to do what they were meant to do – save lives.
Richelle Todd-Yamoah is currently the Assistant Program Advisor for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. Richelle has spent much of her professional career focusing on development, advocacy and education on Africa issues, including volunteering in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire West Africa and in the Crisis Corps in Malawi. Richelle lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
As a rising fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania with a background in bioengineering, Andy now serves as the Director for Special Projects and Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for Power Up Gambia, with an emphasis on integrating communication and involvement between the board, graduate, and undergraduate members. His combined interests in global and women's health inspires his direction in aiding improvements in healthcare through solar energy technology from the largest cities in the Gambia to the smallest villages. He dreams that PUG's projects will not only satisfy the mission of our group but also serve as a model for instituting system-wide changes that optimize healthcare delivery in resource-deficient communities around the world.
Dr. Shannon Márquez currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Drexel School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in environmental health sciences and engineering from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a public health engineer, an accomplished scholar, and an experienced administrator, Dr. Márquez has garnered local, national, and international recognition in global and environmental health.
Tim is a Finance Manager at AmeriHealth Administrators, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia, Tim held positions at the fully integrated energy company Dominion Resources. He is interested in the potential for disruptive technologies to change the way services are provided in all countries, but has a keen interest on the implications for developing nations. Tim is a graduate of the University of Richmond with degrees in Economics and History.
Catherine currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Rebecca Street, a luxury fashion label for sustainable apparel, and consults with entrepreneurs internationally to design and implement innovative business models with social and environmental impact. Prior to graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies, Catherine studied with the United Nations and the World Health Organization in Switzerland, where she developed a passion for sustainable development. She joins the Power Up Gambia board inspired by its mission, and eager to help use renewable energy to improve lives for low-income, off-grid families in developing countries.
Kathryn Hall is the founder of Power Up Gambia and is currently a pediatric resident at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate program in 2008 with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and nutrition. Kathryn was born and raised in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son, Michael and Logan Hall.
Kebba Samateh Badgie is the Chief Executive Officer of Sulayman Junkung General Hospital, a 200 bed referral health facility in the Gambia. His interests lie in the establishment and use of electronic medical records intertwined with geomedicine to enhance efficient health care delivery. He holds a MSc degree in Health Care Quality Improvement and Leadership and diplomas in Social Youth Work, Management Development and Human Development, and is currently pursuing an MSc degree in Public Administration and Development.