One Community is a team of volunteers working together to open source and free-share everything necessary to build self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This page shares links to:
|Click Here for the Pioneer Member Application||Click Here for the Satellite Member Application||Click Here for our General Application |
The One Community Pioneer Team are the foundational team of people that will be moving onto the property to live and participate full-time in the complete building and on-going unfoldment of the One Community non-profit strategy for global transformation. Each member of the Pioneer Team invests a minimum of anywhere from 5-50 hours each week organizing with our Consultants and Volunteers and coordinating and developing the details of everything needed for the building and sharing of One Community.
|JAE SABOL |
One Community Executive Director and Founder, Certified Permaculture Designer, Project Manager, and Holistic Health Professional
|SARA SABOL |
Human Resources Manager, BA Organizational Communication Studies, Amateur Web Designer and Video Editor, and Licensed Massage Therapist
|BEAR STAUSS |
BS in Agricultural Production specializing in Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design/Recreation Area Management, Facilitator and Lecturer, Experienced Wildland Fire Suppression Manager, and Property Manager
|TATYANA TERTITSA |
Expert 3D SketchUp Designer, Active Organic Gardener, Experienced Natural Builder, and Computer Programmer-Analyst with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
|HAKAN SABOL (15 YEARS OLD) |
Amateur web designer, graphic designer, video editor, and permaculturalist-in-training
These are the members of our team who are active and helping now in collaboration with the Core Team above. To be listed here, a person must be an active member of the team who has contributed a minimum of five weekly hours for a minimum of 2 months. Members who are no longer active but have helped in the past are listed below. Click here if you’d like to join this team.
Aaron Persaud – Software Developer: Aaron attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics, minoring in Computer Science. He has over 2 years of software development experience and believes in using his software development skills to make a positive change in the world. He has worked on a variety of projects such as automating online forms, data analytics for car manufacturing and overage tracking using technologies in Front End (jQuery, AngularJS, React), Back End (Python, Java, C#) and Database (MySQL, MongoDB, Postgres). As a member of the One Community team, Aaron is helping with the development of the Highest Good Network software by addressing bugs and implementing new features.
Alyx Parr – Senior Support Specialist: Alyx has a diverse background that goes beyond her birthplace in Massachusetts and current residence in Minnesota. In her precious moments of leisure, she finds joy in cherishing her loving family, including her husband, children, and dogs. Alyx’s unwavering passion for progress drives her ambitions, as she sets her sights on college and a future as a Data Security Analyst. Eager to contribute to success stories and armed with a thirst for knowledge, she approaches each encounter with enthusiasm, eager to learn and grow from every opportunity that comes her way. As a member of One Community, she’s applying these skills as part of the Senior Management and Review Team.
Amal Lazar – Sustainable Technology Researcher: Amal has her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in innovative problem-solving and critical thinking. With a keen eye for detail, she applies her background in quality engineering, supported by previous experiences as a Quality Engineer Intern. Amal’s educational journey began with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. During her studies, Amal focused on coursework such as alternative energy sources, fatigue analysis, design of experiment, etc. Amal’s professional experience includes various positions that have shaped her expertise. As a graduate Teaching Assistant at MSU, she actively contributed to administrative tasks for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Additionally, as a Graduate Research assistant, she conducted research, data analysis, and developed models in systems engineering, with a specific focus on Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). As a member of the One Community team, Amal is helping develop research on the most sustainable options for different projects. Thus far her research has included extensive exploration identifying the best eco-laundry dryers and the most sustainable lightbulbs and light bulb companies.
Amiti Singh – Architectural Designer: Amiti boasts more than nine years of experience in the field of architecture, complemented by a recent post-professional graduate degree. She holds the belief that spatial practices naturally cultivate dialogues encompassing nostalgia, ritual, care, risk, and societal protest. Her professional journey includes roles as an intern and an employee, collaborating with four notable Indian architects on substantial government, commercial, and residential projects, where she has played a pivotal role in project conception, implementation, and execution. As a member of the One Community team, Amiti remains committed to challenging societal dialogues across various scales and seeks to advance her evolving skills to promote a more ethical approach to designing spaces as she is helping with the interior design details of the Duplicable City Center.
Anish Pandita – Software Engineer: Anish is a budding computer science professional with an absolute craze for technology and its applications in the real world. He has a couple of years of experience in developing scalable software solutions for a plethora of use cases. This has made him well trained in building solutions from end-to-end, starting from requirement gathering and database schema design to deploying the solution on servers and testing it. Apart from work, he’s also an avid hiker, running enthusiast, and loves playing video games and often streams gameplays on the Twitch platform. As a member of the One Community team, Anish is helping develop our open source Highest Good Network software.
Eng. Brian Muigai Mwaniki – Civil/Structural Engineer: Eng. Brian is currently pursuing his masters in MSc Engineering from the University of Bath. He previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Brian has over 10 years of civil/structural engineering experience across vast project types. He has demonstrated success working in fast-paced environments and on complex projects requiring efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. He believes in efficiency with regards to use of resources, doing more with less, and contributing to sustainability with resources and infrastructure as a path to having both a positive impact on the environment and the economy. As a member of the One Community team, Brian is helping complete the structural engineering details for The Ultimate Classroom. He is also helping lead a team of structural engineers to complete other tasks assigned.
Carl Bebli – Software Developer and (former) Petroleum Geologist: Carl has nearly 2 years of software development experience, with a lot of projects under his belt. He has demonstrated high levels of dedication and willingness to learn, which are desirable traits needed to excel in the tech field. He is a team player and is very ready to collaborate with like-minded developers to ensure the success of the One Community team. Carl is contributing as a full-stack developer with the open source Highest Good Network software project and time tracking software that manages, tracks, and rewards volunteer labor hours.
Charles Gooley – Project Management Adviser: Charles “Chuck” is a UCLA graduate and retired aerospace software engineer. Since retirement ten years ago, he has been a web developer for nonprofits. He also enjoys taking science classes and gardening. Chuck joined the One Community team to help develop our WordPress website because he likes web design and applying his development skills. Examples of pages Chuck helped complete are the Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page and Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page.
Chris Weilacker – Software Engineer: Chris has a heavy interest in developing a sustainable future and experienced developing End to End Applications in the MERN Stack and Python. He has taken the intense Hack Reactor Software Engineering Bootcamp and is on the cusp of graduating from Cal State Monterey Bay with a degree in Computer Science. Having lived in Beijing, China (one of the most polluted cities) for 6 years opened his eyes to the problems that Global Warming and heavy pollution can present to the world and one’s health. As a member of the One Community team, Chris Weilacker is helping develop the Highest Good Network, working on the Leaderboard component as well as being in charge of Unit Testing of the previously developed code base, and a reviewer of Pull Requests.
Eduardo Horta – Software Engineer: Eduardo is a dedicated developer specializing in React and Next.js, who has embarked on a transformative journey from his previous roles as a Civil Engineer and Firefighter. With a newfound passion for programming, Eduardo continuously hones his skills to maintain himself as a well-rounded Software Engineer, expanding his expertise to include back-end development using Node.js, Express and MongoDB. He joined the One Community team to increase his knowledge, experience and professional growth as a developer working on the open source Highest Good Network software.
Edwin Estuardo Lau Mack – Software Engineer: Edwin is an international student from Guatemala, recently graduated, with a B.S in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego. He is an enthusiastic, professional and hard-working person who is always seeking new opportunities to learn and expand his circle of skills. His interests are in software development and he loves to create products that will bring satisfaction and a smile to users and customers. One of Edwin’s key accomplishments during his academic career is that he was able to successfully deliver a full-stack project during his internship at Amazon. This project was the first front end application that managed the booking of warehouse transportation of Amazon merchandise. Edwin joined the One Community team to help with our open source Highest Good Network software and, through demonstrating both professional excellence and outstanding software development skills, was promoted to the management team in less than 2 months.
Huiya Yang – Huiya graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a dual degree in Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning. With one year of work experience and 8 years of academic experience, she is highly skilled in the preparation of detailed project designs, and the production of construction documents. Thinking of herself as an architect and urban planner, Huiya believes that she has an obligation to contribute her knowledge and passion to the sustainable development of society and the environment. As a member of the One Community team, Huiya is helping with design updates for the Duplicable City Center.
Jack Reed – Global Visionary and Author of The Next Evolution: A Blueprint for Transforming the Planet: Jack is a speaker, seminar leader, consultant for corporations and non-profit organizations, and trainer in the consensus process and mindsets and methodologies of people dedicated to a future supportive of The Highest Good of All. He has 15 years experience living in an urban cooperative community where he was an active leader and has used his knowledge and experience to help such clients as The Wilderness Institute, Amgen, the Educare Foundation, the Peace Theological Seminary, The University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Southern California Edison, and the National Parks Service. Jack facilitates consensus trainings for the One Community team and is an on-going consultant for our shared vision of a sustainable planet and demonstrating a blueprint for people living and creating for The Highest Good of All.
Jiangwei Shi – Full Stack Engineer: Jiangwei is a seasoned Full Stack Engineer with extensive internship experience and proficient in cutting-edge technologies such as React, Node.js, and MongoDB. He has an ability to rapidly grasp new information and seamlessly integrate it into his work, thrives on tackling fresh challenges, and enjoys mastering new concepts. As a member of the One Community team working on the open source Highest Good Network software, Jiangwei first applied his skills to apply the Tasks Tab time log format to the individual timelogs. Now he’s working on crafting new features.
Jianjun Luo – Software Engineer: Jianjun has over 7 years of data mining and data analytics experience. She has also worked on a few projects that provide practical solutions for real life with her frontend and backend skills. She believes that with the development in technology and the convenience brought by the internet, people are empowered to make progressive social impact and able to fulfill their potential more easily. As a member of the One Community team, Jianjun is helping develop the software for the open source Highest Good Network project that tracks time and materials.
Jin Hua – Internet Marketing Expert, Entrepreneur, and Web Developer: Introduced to the world of work at the age of 7, Jin worked at his family’s restaurant where he witnessed his parents working 14-hour days, 6 days a week, and realized that something was missing with the traditional “go to college, get a good job, raise a family” paradigm. In 9th grade Jin started his own business selling Chinese food and Candy, at the age of 17 he had an eBay business, and by the time he was 18 he started his own Internet Marketing Business. Through the years, he has taught himself website development, search engine optimization, video production, audio production, animation, and graphic design but his real passion is exploring ways to forward positive world change. As a One Community volunteer, Jin is helping with all aspects of the One Community marketing plan, graphic design, and web design. He is also responsible for much of the 3-D graphic design of the Duplicable City Center.
Julia Meaney – Assistant to Executive Director: Julia currently studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development Studies with a Gender Studies Minor. She is involved in various organizations on campus that promote sustainability as well as social justice. Julia’s interests include global affairs, human rights, empowering women, equitable and accessible education, and sustainable living. She passionately works in her professional and personal life to help build a future where all life on Earth is able to thrive and flourish. As a member of the One Community team, Julia is working to assist Executive Director Jae Sabol with a wide range of tasks that oversee and manage everything One Community is doing.
Julio E. Marin Bustillos – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer: Julio is a graduate from New Mexico State University and has worked on several engineering projects, gaining experience in finite element analysis as well as critical design processes, and some computer languages such as MATLAB and Arduino. He believes that teamwork and efficient communication can make anything possible. He has a passion for research and designing and testing mechanical devices as well as innovating and proposing solutions for real world problems. As a member of the One Community team, Julio is helping with the structural analysis of the dome hub connectors for the three dome structures that make up the Duplicable City Center.
Kurtis Ivey – Full Stack Developer: Kurtis is an experienced software developer who specializes in constructing highly interactive, robust, scalable, and maintainable web applications on both the front and backend. Alongside his development work, Kurtis is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, sharing his expertise in the martial art. With a strong passion for problem-solving, continuous learning, and the discipline of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kurtis embraces new challenges and actively seeks collaborative projects to further expand his skills and knowledge. He’s doing this on the One Community team as a member of the Highest Good Network software development team.
Lawrence Chua – Full Stack Software Developer: A recent Computer Science degree Graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Software Engineer, Lawrence joined the team with over 9 months of software engineering experience across numerous project types. He is specializing in the Node.js web technology stack while having other skills in website development and mobile application development such as native Java, Kotlin Android development, cross-platform mobile development such as React Native, and the Ruby on Rails web technology stack. He believes in creating valuable software solutions that are practical, user-friendly, and impactful. As a member of the One Community team, Lawrence is contributing by developing and reviewing the open source Highest Good Network software.
Loza Ayehutsega – Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer: Loza is a Civil Engineer specializing in Risk Mitigation and Site Engineering. She holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and brings two years of experience in engineering construction. With a strong background in the industry, Loza is highly motivated and progress-focused. She is a skilled Risk Analyst and Civil and Environmental Engineer, well-versed in best practices, risk mitigation strategies, Emergency Management, safety requirements, and documentation. Her track record demonstrates initiative, dependability, and a deep understanding of risk mitigation, safety engineering, emergency management, and technical aspects. As a member of the One Community team, Loza has helped review the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water catchment designs and is now helping with the disaster preparation and mitigation aspects of the Open Source DIY Earth Dam Design & Construction for Water Retention, Pond & Lake Creation webpage.
Lucas Emanuel Souza Silva – Software Engineer: Lucas is a driven and ambitious software developer with a passion for technology and mathematics. He has been studying these subjects since his teenage years, gaining experience in various programming languages and tools. Constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow, Lucas specializes in React and Next, with a strong understanding of React’s component-based architecture and Next’s ability to build server-side rendered applications. He is also proficient in Python, Node.js, MongoDB, and MySQL, and has developed complex applications, including REST APIs and intricate business logic implementations. Lucas is familiar with Agile and Scrum methodologies and thrives in collaborative environments. Throughout his career, he consistently delivers high-quality code, meeting the needs of clients and users, while remaining passionate about learning, staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, and always eager to embrace new challenges. As a member of the One Community team, he is helping develop the open source Highest Good Network software.
Lucile Tronczyk – Full Stack Web Developer and former Archive Researcher in the Film Industry: Lucile combines over 10 years of professional expertise in fast-paced environments and complex projects, where she consistently delivered efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. With her recent transition to full stack software development, she is now fueled by a strong desire to embrace fresh challenges and expand her knowledge. Joining the One Community team as an entry-level developer, Lucile actively contributes to the maintenance, debugging, and development of the Highest Good Network Software.
Michael Hagler – Project Manager, Senior Graphic Designer and Artist, and Experienced Builder: Michael is a senior graphic designer, artist, project manager and educator with over 18 years agency experience in consumer product, publishing, web, e-commerce, marketing and advertising design (click for portfolio). He is a former design instructor and graduate of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and is passionate about sustainable architecture building and architectural design. He also has a BFA in Fine Art from University of California. As a member of the One Community team, Michael manages the ongoing development and maintenance of the 7 Villages Book, creation of all the One Community icons, creation of the color templates for each of the 7 villages, designed the foundational structure and layout for the Murphy Bed assembly instruction book, created all the One Community letterhead and business card designs, helped with graphics throughout the site, and more.
Nida Zaki – Full Stack Developer: Nida is a Full Stack Developer with a broad range of expertise spanning frontend and backend technologies. Proficient in WordPress, Angular, React, Java, C#, and Python and driven by her passion for ever-evolving technology, Nida’s ability to work across various tech stacks makes her a versatile developer. Always on the lookout for the latest trends and developments, she enthusiastically welcomes opportunities to learn and incorporate technologies into her work. Her careful attention to detail extends across all aspects of her work, ensuring well designed solutions, resulting in seamless and user-centered experiences. As a member of the One Community team, Nida is helping develop the open source Highest Good Network project and time tracking software.
Olawunmi “Ola” Ijisesan – Administrative and Management Support: Ola completed her studies at Prairie State College, earning an Associate Degree in Business with a minor in Economics. While raising her children as a stay-at-home mom, she actively volunteered with various non-profit groups, spanning religious, charitable, and educational domains. Throughout these phases, she dedicated herself to enhancing adaptable skills that would prove valuable in her upcoming professional endeavors. With an unwavering enthusiasm for learning, Ola consistently seizes every chance to acquire new knowledge. Her upcoming goal involves pursuing a master’s degree, driven by a penchant for exploring novel avenues and a fervent desire to embrace fresh challenges. As a member of One Community, Ola is helping with top-level leadership and review on the Management/Administrative team.
Rajasri “RJ” Janaki Raman – React/MongoDB full stack developer: RJ is a software specialist with 5 years of experience in Java and related technologies. She has demonstrated success working in dynamic projects and with customers from across the globe. A quick learner and passionate about technology, RJ joined the One Community team to apply and further her skills. She’s helping as manager of Phase 2 of the Highest Good Network software, and with various bugs and additional functionality for finishing Phase 1.
Ramya Ramasamy – Full Stack Developer: Ramya is a passionate individual aiming to become a skilled full-stack developer, with prior experience in Test Automation. Beginning her career as a quality assurance engineer, Ramya gradually transitioned into Test Automation due to her ability to identify areas for improvement in established practices and her keen interest in programming. Working as an automation engineer helped Ramya discover her love for problem-solving and creating things. Taking a break from the industry, she pursued and graduated recently from the Computer Science graduate program at IU Bloomington, specializing in Algorithms, Software Development, and Distributed Computing. She thrives in dynamic environments that constantly evolve and push her boundaries. Her goal is to work with modern web development frameworks, databases, and contribute to a team that tackles the various challenges associated with them. As a member of the One Community team, Ramya is helping with debugging and the development of the open source Highest Good Network software.
Ranran Zhang – Architectural Designer/Planner and LEED AG: Ranran graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Master of Science in Design degree. With 7 years of academic experience, she is a creative architectural designer and proficient in architectural design software. As a LEED GA, Ranran is interested in green buildings and hopes to become a LEED AP in the future. As a member of the One Community team, Ranran is helping with video walkthrough and design updates for the Duplicable City Center.
Raul Effting – Front-End Web Developer: Raul is a Front-end Web Developer specializing in React. He trained through the Rocketseat’s Explorer and Ignite boot camps and, even though he’s been studying programming for just over two years, has already developed more than 30 personal and study projects. He also has expertise in TypeScript, React Native, Node.js, Git, SQL and MongoDB. As a member of the One Community Highest Good Network Software Team, Raul is helping manage and mentor all new members of the PR Review Team while also applying his skills to debugging and developing new functionalities.
Ray Lee – Multimedia Designer: Ray is a Graphic Designer, Video Editor, and Web Developer based in Los Angeles, CA. His past employers and clients include: Monster, Xerox, RadioShack, Deloitte, H&R Block, Winnebago, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Bank of America, Disney, SeaWorld, and MTV. Ray’s skills are self-taught. He’s originally from Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend UCLA. His favorite movie is Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick. Ray’s favorite genre of music is Techno and House (former DJ), and his favorite food is anything that tastes good. He’s a great friend of the digital world and is not afraid of AI taking over.
Stacey Maillet – Graphic Designer: Stacey holds a degree in fashion design and is a certified color specialist. With over 15 years experience in technical product design, Stacey has the ability to see complex problems clearly and communicate ideas using images and graphic language. As a member of the One Community team, Stacey is helping develop the Earthbag Village dome-home DIY Murphy bed assembly/constructions using Adobe InDesign.
Tim Kent – Full Stack Software Engineer and Team Manager: Tim is a full stack developer with experience building a variety of web applications. With 10 years experience as a video editing and entrepreneur and recently making a career change to software engineering, Tim demonstrates leadership on projects and takes initiative. He is excited about the potential of sustainability, and is highly motivated to contribute to environmental initiatives through software development. As a member of the One Community team, he is both a developer and team manager on the Highest Good Network software team.
Tzu Ning Chueh – Software Engineer: Tzu Ning completed his undergraduate studies in Financial Engineering and Actuarial Mathematics at Soochow University before pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science at Arizona State University. With experience spanning web administration, software, and analytics, Tzu Ning has acquired expertise in Python, React.js, and front-end technologies. At One Community, he’s playing an instrumental role in software development, handling Git for version control, refining React components, and resolving software issues. As a member of the Highest Good Network software team, Tzu Ning is not only helping develop the software but also continues to expand his skills for critical software development initiatives.
Vidhi Bansal – 3D Visualization Artist: Vidhi is a recent graduate of SCI-Arc’s M.S. in animation technology, visual graphics and environment art. She works in the confluence of creative technology and world design for architecture, film, and games, with the goal of becoming an art director someday. Over the past seven years, Vidhi has designed concepts for libraries, residential towers, private homes, school extensions, medieval bazaars in war-affected countries, and more. She has developed these concepts through construction phases, physical models, and site installations. Additionally, she has worked as a CGI and motion graphics artist and aims to ultimately venture into the film design world and continue her love for world building and storytelling. As a member of the One Community team, Vidhi is helping with the virtual flyover and tour of the 4-dome home design which is an extension of the Earthbag Village.
Vishvesh Sheoran – Artificial Intelligence Specialist: Vishvesh is a highly skilled and accomplished AI specialist with a broad range of technical experience in machine learning, programming, and data analytics. He has successfully managed multiple projects, including developing a mental health app for Northwestern University and a sentiment analyzer for Solidus Labs, and scaled a startup core team from 30 to 3000+ members. Vishvesh is a strategic thinker with expertise in finance, management consulting, and risk analysis. His experience as Head Software Analyst for Optimum Security Solutions demonstrates his ability to handle high-pressure situations and draft technical specifications for government tenders. As a member of the One Community team, Vishvesh is applying his proactive, resourceful, and versatile professional experience to help explore and integrate machine learning and AI into the Highest Good Network software and the One Community website.
Xiao Tan – Software Engineer: Xiao is a first-year Masters student at the University of Southern California specializing in Communication Data Science. She has a passion for the convergence of technology and business that drives her to create technology-powered products, services, and experiences guided by data-driven decisions. She has a strong foundation in Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Computer Science, and Business and her previous internships at JD.com and Bytedance also provided valuable experiences in project management. There she collaborated with cross-functional teams, conducted market research, led feature development, and presented actionable recommendations based on data analysis. These experiences further fueled Xiao’s dedication to data-driven decision-making and inspired their pursuit of a graduate degree in Data Science, with the goal of becoming a proficient project manager in the future. As a member of the One Community Team helping develop the open source Highest Good Network software, Xiao quickly distinguished herself and is now a manager on the PR Review Leadership Team.
Xuanji Tang – Architectural Designer: Xuanji earned her Bachelor Degree of Architecture from a top-20 university in China and her Master Degree of Architecture from the University of Southern California. She received her certificate of LEED AP BD+C and is a passionate and qualified LEED resource also. Xuanji designed and was involved in vast project types and is especially interested in healthcare design. She has a passion for sustainable design and believes sustainable design will play a more important role in the future. As a member of the One Community team, Xuanji is helping develop the Duplicable City Center component.
Yao Wang – Software Engineer: Yao is a highly skilled software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Tulsa. With expertise in programming languages like Flask, Bootstrap, GitHub REST API, and more, Yao has conducted research on GitHub data analysis and presented his findings at the HCI International conference. He has also developed impactful projects, including a Flask-based web application for converting angles and a full-stack website for the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) with interactive features and real-time updates. Yao’s strong academic background, technical skills, and contributions to research and project development make him a valuable asset to the Highest Good Network software team.
Yihan Liu – Software Engineer: Yihan received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University Of Technology and M.S. in Computer Engineering from New York University. She has a huge interest in full stack development and is passionate about being involved in the whole software development lifecycle. In her spare time, Yihan loves traveling, hiking and playing table tennis. Prior to joining One Community, she gained valuable experience as a software development engineer intern at Amazon. Now, as a member of the One Community team, Yihan is helping develop the Highest Good Network software.
Yiwei He – Mechanical Engineer: Yiwei graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. After 6 years of study and research experience, she became an innovative and proficient engineer. As a member of the One Community team, Yiwei helped with editing the solar hardware content and foundational calculation portion for the Solar Microgrid page, inventorying and preparing content for the 3rd Aircrete team, and is helping generate the 3D solid model and complete structural analysis for dome structures of the Duplicable City Center.
Yiyun Tan – Software Engineer: Yiyun has 2 years professional experience as a software engineer. She earned her Masters degree in Computer Engineering and Bachelors degree in Software engineering. Yiyun has experience in Object-Oriented programming and testing and knowledge of design principles and coding practices. In her free time, she likes watching dramas, doing fitness and baking. Yiyun joined the One Community team to participate and contribute to a large-scale project and is helping with the Highest Good Network application.
Yusuf Sulayman – Lawyer and member of the Nigerian Bar Association: Yusuf obtained his law degree from Bayero University, Kano in 2012 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. He immediately joined the law firm of Belgore, Olufadi & Co. as counsel until March 2014 when he briefly joined the Supreme Court of Nigeria for his National Youth Service Corps. Yusuf strives to achieve professional excellence, challenge conventional attitudes, explore new ideas, and contribute positively to any and all activities and organizations he engages. To One Community, he has brought the zeal to professionally contribute his legal knowledge and ability to learn and apply diverse skills towards attaining One Community’s vision and core values through effectiveness and good teamwork.
Yuxi Lu – Architectural Designer: Yuxi is a graduate of the MARCH and M.S. CEE Construction Management program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With an interest in architecture-related disciplines, she also took a few urban planning classes and pursued a minor in landscape architecture. Her passion in architecture encouraged her to participate in student organizations to share and collaborate with others. The most recent event Yuxi was involved in was Illinois Solar Decathlon Build Competition that challenged students to build sustainable and innovative housing. During the process, she learned and developed more skills on Building Information Modeling, architectural documentation, and communication. As a member of the One Community team, Yuxi is helping the architecture team to update CAD architectural drawings, SketchUp model, and sections and elevations for the Duplicable City Center.
Zubing Guo – Software Engineer: Zubing is a recent graduate from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her master of mathematics degree. Although majoring in mathematics for five years, she has two years’ experience in software development. Her true passion lies in full-stack software development, with a particular focus on backend development. Outside of her professional pursuits, Zubing enjoys exploring new technologies, engaging in open-source projects, and participating in tech communities. As a member of the One Community team, she is helping develop the Highest Good Network software.
We list here with huge gratitude our significant contributors from the past. While no longer contributing volunteer time to the project, everyone in this section helped immensely in the past. To be listed in this section, their contributions included contributing something of major value to our open source goals, infrastructure, design process, etc. In most cases this involved months of volunteer work and/or 100+ hours working over a short period of time on a specific and important element.
Adam Capdeville – Software Engineer: Adam attended California State University Channel Islands and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, minoring in mathematics, statistics and data analytics. He is especially passionate about creating complex and compelling user interfaces. While a member of the One Community Highest Good Network team, Adam applied this passion to help develop a seamless user interface for the version 2.0 user profile page.
Adam Weiss – Kitchen Operations Project Manager: Adam has been part of the food industry for 20+ years. He has had many roles: chef, pastry chef, chocolatier, international restaurant launcher, operations manager, kitchen designer, and private chef to some notable people, including his wife and kids. He is in the Bay Area doing multi-unit kitchens, grocery, and operations work for an international kitchen and technologies company. While a member of the One Community team, Adam helped complete the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans.
Adolph Karubanga – Senior Civil/Structural Engineer & Certified Project Management Professional: Adolph attended Kyambogo University and obtained a Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Bachelor’s in Civil and Building Engineering, and Diploma in Water Engineering. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI-USA), and Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE). Adolph is currently serving as a Civil Engineer at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Uganda (Africa). As a member of the team, he brings in-depth knowledge and more than 7 years of experience in structural analysis techniques, engineering design, construction supervision and project management using PMBOK® methodologies. He has worked on small and large-scale infrastructure projects and is highly motivated and energized by working with a diverse team to peer discuss, create solutions, and propel a project to successful delivery. Adolph believes that resilient and sustainable infrastructural systems are an essential component of society. While a One Community consultant structural engineer, he helped to finalize the DIY Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. Adolph enjoyed this role because it gave him the opportunity to expand his scope and make an impact on an international level.
Adrienne Gould-Choquette – Mechanical Engineer: Adrienne has a B.S. & M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and has completed graduate coursework at Harvard University in Sustainability studies. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Green Associate. Her career path has taken her on an amazing journey which includes Ultra High Purity Engineer for Lucent Technologies, Multilevel Interconnect Development Engineer for Bell Labs, Professor and Program Director for Emerging Technologies at the State College of Florida, and presently, Principal Engineer for Adicot, Inc., a consulting engineering firm. Adrienne was awarded two patents for her innovative contributions to the Tungsten CVD process for low-temperature manufacturing applications; and was named Florida’s 2012 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year in part because of her role as founding director of her college’s Alternative Energy program. Her biggest joy and proudest accomplishment is her role as mom to her two sons, Riley and Miles. In their spare time, Adrienne and her husband restore homes to their former glory. Their most recent project was a complete restoration of a 1950s mid-century modern; preserving the architectural integrity of the original design while transforming the home into to a modern, highly energy efficient structure. Adrienne has been been a vegetarian for over 25 years, an avid yogi, and, through her research, an avid proponent of a sustainability in all aspects of life. When looking for a way to give back, she found that her skills and passions were directly in line with One Community’s vision and mission, joined the One Community Team, and contributed by helping create the Standardized CAD Tutorial, structure, and file and version 2.0 of the HVAC design for the Duplicable City Center.
Aidan Geissler – Sustainability Researcher: Aidan studied Biology, Anthropology, and Neuroscience at Indiana University. Since then he has had a diversity of experiences: Education, Research, Project Coordination, and Field-Based Natural Resources Work. What unites this wide array of expertise and experiences is his passion for social and ecological justice. While a member of the One Community team, Aidan contributed research, written content, and revisions for various tutorials, resources, and pages. Pages contributed to include Glass Recycling, Styrofoam Recycling, Plastic Recycling, Most Sustainable Flooring, and Most Sustainable Insulation.
Alan Lee Sing Chan Yau – Software Engineer: Alan is a software engineer with experience in web and mobile development. He has over 2 years of experience in software development and a strong interest in learning and finding solutions to problems in efficient ways. Alan believes that the best way to contribute to sustainability is by focusing on our lifestyle, by using less and managing our resources better. While a member of the One Community team, Alan helped with the development of the Highest Good Network software by addressing bugs and implementing new features.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko – Graphic Designer: Alexsandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Art from the Academy of Art University and an MBA from SFSU. She has worked with professionals in a diversity of industries including tech, education, retail, sustainability, and the nonprofit sector and covering everything from UX design to branding/packaging to social media marketing campaigns. Alex is interested in working with sustainable companies and organizations who are serious about climate change and is planning to pursue her PhD in Business in order to explore the challenges that graphic designers face in the business environment. While a member of the One Community team, Alex helped create sustainability-focused social media graphics and memes and icon creation for the Highest Good Network.
Alexander G Huerta – Software Engineer: Alexander is a full stack software engineer known for his curiosity, passion for learning, and problem-solving prowess. With a degree from the rigorous Hack Reactor Software Engineering immersion, he continuously expands his knowledge and embraces new technologies to deliver innovative solutions. Prior to his software development career, Alexander spent seven years in real estate, cultivating exceptional communication skills, a solution-oriented mindset, and effective time management abilities. Currently, he explores his love for trying new things by learning to play soccer and actively participating in a local league. Alexander’s interests extend beyond technology, as he is deeply committed to global sustainability and seeks to make a positive impact on the world. He indulges his love for diverse cultures by sampling new foods and embarking on enriching travel experiences, continuously broadening his horizons. While a member of the One Community team, Alex helped create the open source Highest Good Network software.
Alena Thompson – Mechanical Engineer: Alena graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Robotics as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics. She has consistently applied her problem solving abilities in the Aerospace Industry through her work at Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corporation and the Naval Research Laboratory. Along with her strong desire to explore new frontiers, leading Alena to focus on the exploration of space, she has also remained grounded in her community. After receiving a full scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alena set her sights to help others receive the resources they need to reach their full potential. This desire to aid others extended beyond the microcosm of her University. In 2011, Alena embarked on a trip to Haiti to implement a solar powered water purification system. While a member of the One Community team, Alena helped design version 3.0 of the net-zero water-saving community bathroom model.
Alvaro Hernández – Bachelor’s Degree in Service Business Engineering and Social Tech Entrepreneur: Alvaro has over 8 years of Tech Entrepreneurship experience with most of that time in social projects. He has provided consultancy services to a variety of businesses about the selection and implementation of open source technology in their processes. He shares the vision and the values of One Community and is committed to help at least 1 million people to achieve the life of their dreams, until now the best path he has found to attain this is a comprehensive demonstration of a Resource Based Economy. Recreationally, Alvaro enjoys dancing and prides himself in being an exceptional self-learner. While a member of the One Community team, Alvaro helped with web design and related research covering such topics as earthbag construction, animal husbandry, recycling, and more.
Aly Shannon – Creative Director & Co-Owner of Roots of Medicine, Kitchen Co-Manager & Secretary on the Board of Directors at The Artisan Wheelhouse, Student at Antioch University Bachelor’s Leadership for Service & Change program: Aly is also independently studying herbalism & holistic medicine, plant-based nutrition and sustainability. Her additional interests include multicultural studies, sculpture, writing and photography. While a member of the One Community Food team, Aly designed sustainable meal plans with ingredients sourced from local farms and small businesses to help share the model with small groups and communities in need.
Andon Ignatov – Senior Web Developer: A graduate from Carleton University with B.Sc. in Computer Mathematics, Andon has acquired over 12 years of experience working with various web technologies. He has worked as a consultant for the Canadian Government as well as numerous private sector projects. He also built a business creating and offering WordPress themes, with one of his most successful premium WordPress themes purchased and used by over 50,000 websites worldwide. While a member of the One Community team, Andon helped develop the React.js version of the Highest Good Network Software dashboard summary section for users to write about their work and Pioneer-level visibility functionality such that a Pioneer can see the entire list of members on their leaderboard.
Andrew Sadera – Architect Drafter and Student: Andrew is a student of architecture with 5 years architecture drafting experience and the owner/operator of Sadera Designs with experience covering everything from room additions, T.I.’s, custom homes, to new buildings. He has his associates degree in architecture, architectural drafting, CAD and eco building. Andrew’s contribution to One Community was in the design and evolution of the Duplicable City Center including hundreds of donated hours developing all the foundational aspects of this building including months of leading and coordinating the design team, complete CAD rendering, space planning, and more.
Angela Mao – Sustainability Researcher: A high school student from Long Island, New York, Angela has always had an interest in sustainability and the environment. She has been a member of her school’s speech and debate team and DECA team for 3 years. She is also an active member of the Sierra Club and enjoys volunteering at beach cleanups and the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Passionate about researching a sustainable lifestyle for herself and for others, and wanting to have a positive impact on the planet, Angela believes that a balance can be struck between the environment, businesses, and our lifestyles. While a member of the One Community team, Angela helped write the complete clothing/textile tutorial, edit and finish the paper recycling tutorial, and conducted research for the plastic recycling and Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies tutorials.
Dr. Angie Ng – PhD in Applied Social Sciences, with a primary research focus in gender inequality: Angie is an eco-feminist, activist, vegetarian and mom. She has a diverse educational background, having previously completed an Hon. B.Sc. covering Zoology, Biology and Economics and an MA in International Community Development. She also has training and experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language to both adults and children, academic research and business, having at one time been an momtrepreneur. In terms of international exposure, she has lived in various countries in North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys exploring the world and learning about different cultures and the human experience. She also likes to think that she has a knack for DIY, with her most recent passion being making toiletries from natural products. In addition, she is a certified reiki practitioner. While a One Community volunteer, Angie helped for almost two years as a member of the team creating the lesson plans of the Highest Good Education component of One Community.
Anna Cheal – Culinary Nutritionist: Anna is a Masters of Public Health Nutrition student with strong interests in food science, epidemiology, food policy, functional medicine, toxicology, and culinary arts. Her interests include increasing nutrition education in schools, creating greater transparency and sustainability in the food system, assessing national dietary recommendations, and advancing nutrition research. Anna has experience in health research, food service, community building, corporate wellness, public health policy, teaching, health coaching, and working in the non-profit sector. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and aspiring nutritionist. While a member of the One Community team, Anna applied her diverse knowledge and skills to help complete the Transition Kitchen recipes and menu plan.
Anvita Kumari Pandey– Civil Engineer: Anvita received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Pune in India. After graduation she worked for 2+ years as a Cost Analysis and Estimation Engineer for a variety of commercial and residential projects through a construction firm in Pune called B&M Infra Private Limited. Looking to expand her domain expertise, she then worked at Meta Arch Private Limited and took on more responsibility with a customer-based role. After that, Anvita moved to the US to join her husband who works full-time here and brought her expertise to the One Community team and helped with cost analysis for the Duplicable City Center.
Aparna Tandon – Architect: Aparna has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from one of India’s most reputed institutes and has been engaged in a range of landscape and commercial projects ever since. As an independent architect she has provided design and landscape services to a variety of clients. Aparna is passionate about sustainable architecture and believes in sustainable planning. She hopes to contribute to society by addressing issues that lead towards sustainable urban environments. She is also an avid photographer and blogs about her travel experiences. Recently relocated to Seattle, WA, Aparna continues to work as an independent architect and chronicles her experiences through photography. While a One Community volunteer, Aparna created the complete landscape design and details for the Compressed Earth Block Village.
Aravind Vasudevan – Mechanical Engineer: Aravind earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top institutes in India, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, and his Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is Passionate about FEA, CAE, solid mechanics, and has a strong background in mechanics and materials, FEA, Solid Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, Structural Analysis, and handling solid mechanics problems using CAE softwares. He has previously worked at Infosys Limited, Bangalore, India as a Mechanical Engineer for 2 years after his undergraduate course, and is currently working as a research student in the Mechanics of Advanced Materials lab under Dr. Dong Qian, at The University of Texas at Dallas. In his free time, Aravind loves to play sports (Volleyball, Table Tennis, Badminton), hike, indulging in scenic photography, and express his passion for soccer as a fan of FC Barcelona. While a One Community Volunteer Engineer, Aravind helped with the structural engineering and sustainable HVAC systems for the One Community Duplicable City Center and initial research for the Climate Battery designs.
Arthur Olifant – Videographer: Arthur is a French videographer who graduated from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. He got his Associate’s Degree in Broadcast Media Communications. Over the past 4 years, Arthur has developed skills in videography, editing, audio recording, lighting and in story-telling. He had the chance to develop his Portfolio through various written, directed, and edited short films in France and the USA. A few of them have earned awards in festivals in Rome, Paris and NY State. In 2020, Arthur had the opportunity to study in the US for tennis and he decided to go into the Broadcast Media Communications major. There he learned how to create promotional videos, produce and host TV shows, and create news packages. While a One Community team member, Arthur helped update all the One Community promotional videos.
Asha Tadimari – Software Engineer: Asha received her Bachelor’s of Telecommunication Engineering in India and obtained her Masters of Computer Science in the USA. This led to work as a Web Developer, Software Engineer, and then as a member of the Highest Good Network software development team where she completed the initial coding for the badge component. In her spare time, Asha takes interest in cooking, reading, and traveling. Her inspiration for making a difference is, “those countless anonymous people who are quietly and selflessly doing their bit for the betterment of this world.”
Ashish Hirani – Fire Protection Engineer: Ashish earned his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India and his master’s in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He has 6 years of experience designing, testing and commissioning fire suppression systems for substations, high-rise buildings and refineries. As a fire protection engineer, he studies the causes of fires, the behavior of fires in different environments, and methods to help mitigate the risks associated with fire. In his spare time, Ashish loves hiking, playing table tennis, cricket and biking. While a member of the One Community team, Ashish helped with the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Systems Design.
Ashwini Ramesh – Civil Engineer and Project Manager: A Civil Engineer by Profession, Ashwini has her BE in Civil Engineering, Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and Higher Diploma in Software Engineering from India. She is also pursuing certification in Construction Project Management from San Diego University. In addition to her extensive education, Ashwini also has over 5 years professional experience in construction planning, scheduling, and monitoring of diverse projects. This has included experience in costing, estimation, project management, ISO quality management implementation and more. An articulate communicator and facilitator, Ashwini takes pride in her ability to assure the smooth progress of any project she engages. She is also a Mom and passionate about making our shared Earth a better and more sustainable place to live by reducing the impacts we humans are having here. Keeping with this philosophy and applying her outstanding knowledge and experience while a member of the One Community Team, Ashwini helped for several months as the overall Project Management of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1).
Ayush Tripathi – Full Stack Developer: Ayush is a skilled software developer with a background in computer science and engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. Ayush is proficient in a range of programming languages, including Python, Java, C++, and SQL, as well as UI/UX development tools such as Django, Flask, React, and Angular. He also has experience working with cloud technologies such as AWS, S3, and EC2 and is highly skilled in machine learning, having worked with various models such as BERT, RoBERTa, and Topic Modelling. He has executed classification of ciphertext and developed an Adversarial Search Go game agent, among other projects. Throughout his career, Ayush has gained experience working on a variety of projects. He has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at USC, where he built a pipeline to execute Expectation-Maximization Algorithm to merge several datasets on the basis of posterior probability. He has also worked as a Software Developer at DigiOne Technology Pvt Ltd and Xceedance Technology Pvt Ltd, where he worked on assortment strategy and customer portal automation, respectively. Most recently, he worked as a Software Developer Intern at Iteris Inc. where he developed a Video Management Software. He brought his skills as a talented developer with a passion for learning and this impressive track record of delivering quality work to the One Community Global team where he developed the Highest Good Network.
Bahy Ahmed – Senior Architect: Bahy was born in Kuwait, is living in Egypt, and has 10 years experience in big-brand hotel renovations. He has contributed to high-quality names such as Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Conrad Cairo Hotel, and residential high-luxury villas in the north coast of Egypt. He is passionate about his work and joined the One Community team to help with our project’s contributions to better economic housing for the poor. In support of this, his major contribution to the project was to help finalize the Earthbag Village 4-dome residential designs.
Ben Pollock – Full Service Restaurant and Kitchen Designer/Senior Project Manager: Ben has 28 years of design and project management experience in the food service and hospitality industry. Ben established his early design career at an award winning firm for more than 16 years, gaining extensive experience in AutoCAD, concept development, space planning, food service equipment design, and architectural and interior design. In 2002, Ben founded Total Concept Designs, Inc. with renowned architect Ardeshir Bahar. Together they provided full service restaurant kitchen and dining design. In 2010, he brought his extensive knowledge and experience to Webb Design. Thoroughly experienced and passionate in all aspects of the design profession, including sustainable food service design, space planning, construction documents, and construction administration, Ben is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Construction Specifications Institute. While a member of the One Community team, Ben used his decades of experience and expertise to design the complete kitchen for the Duplicable City Center.
Binru Chen – Accountant specializing in audit and financial reporting: Binru has a Masters of Accounting from Tulane University, and a BA in International Trade and Commerce from Shanghai University and University of Technology, Sydney. She also has one year working experience in fund accounting and financial reporting, plus knowledge in accounting principles under IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Binru has always tried to serve the community through volunteering: she was a volunteer tour guide in the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a Ferrari boutique helper in the FIA Formula One World Championship, and a member of International Students and Scholars Advisory Board at Tulane University. In terms of international exposure, Binru is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, and she has lived in several cities in Asia and North America. While preparing for her CPA Exam in California, Binru volunteered with One Community and wrote the open source tax details of the Highest Good Economics component.
Brian Gilb – Project Management Professional (PMP) and (former) US Marine Corp Logistics Officer: Brian has over 8 years of project management experience across vast project types. His skills and experiences include quality assurance, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, business analysis, management and leadership, and entrepreneurship. He has demonstrated success working in fast-paced environments and on complex projects requiring efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. He believes in efficiency with regards to use of resources, doing more with less, and contributing to sustainability with resources and infrastructure as a path to having both a positive impact on the environment at the economy. While a member of the One Community team, Brian helped develop the complete One Community business plan and full-project planning for everything One Community is doing.
Brian Storz – Chef and Molecular Gastronomist, Menu and Recipe Creator: Brian has over 14 years of professional experience in the culinary field including: kitchen management, molecular gastronomy, a culinary consultant, a business owner, and as a sushi chef. He grew up on a farm in Northern California and is passionate about sustainability, ethical business practices, and organic farming. The culinary arts and gastronomy have fascinated him for years, leading him to become a teacher in food preservation and a mentor to many talented young cooks and chefs. He has worked for over 5 years as a Sous Chef, also worked as a Manager and Chef in Japanese Kitchens and Sushi Bars for 4 years, worked at the 3 Michelin Star level, and also run a culinary department in a casino as an Executive Sous Chef with 50+ employees, three restaurants, and a catering operation, all while making the department profitable for the first time. While a member of the One Community team, Brian brought his 14+ years of experience to help finish the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans.
Brianna Johnson – Interior Architecture Student and Interior Designer: Brianna has been enticed by art and creative pursuits since her high school days, and consequently graduated from UC Riverside in 2011 with a degree in Art History. She then went back to school, and is working toward a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension while also working at design firms. Over the past 4 years, she’s gained experience in interior design, architectural drafting, 3D modeling, rendering, and product design. Green design and sustainability became a passion for her and she joined the One Community team as an opportunity to help create designs that help the environment and also promote comprehensive sustainability as a more conceivable reality for the world. Specifically, this included helping evolve the designs and creating final renders for the entire Straw Bale Village.
Brianna Olsen – Sustainability Researcher: Brianna earned her BA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2018 as a member of the first graduating cohort of the Justice, Community, and Leadership major. Brianna also received minors in Math/Computer Science and French. During her undergraduate studies Brianna developed a strong affinity for environmental justice. She spent a summer internship doing funding development work for The Nature Conservancy and is presently working in financial and risk analysis in the health insurance industry. She aspires to continue her studies in environmental justice by applying for graduate school working toward a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in environmental policy. While a member of the One Community team, Brianna helped complete all the research and write the content for the Most Sustainable Insulation, Most Sustainable Hand Dryers, and Most Sustainable Faucets Pages.
Bupesh Seethala – Interior Designer, 3-D Visualizer, and Architectural Drafter: Bupesh has two and half years hands-on experience working with licensed architects and interior designers performing interior and exterior design for both residential and commercial spaces. He is skilled in Autodesk Revit, 3DS Max, V-ray, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw, Sketchup, Aftereffects and AutoCAD. With designing and illustrating as his greatest passion, Bupesh is living in India and working as a freelance designer. His goals are continued development as a professional interior designer with a strong knowledge in architecture, with color & lighting as his strong assets, and designing all range of spaces. While a One Community consultant, Bupesh helped with the SketchUp plant placement and layout for the Complete Earthbag Village and the open source pallet furniture and control and automation systems designs for the Duplicable City Center.
Carlos Gustavo Lillo Poblete – Engineering Technician: Carlos loves learning through various engineering projects. Having recently graduated, he’s now focused on gaining experience with the latest technologies by volunteering for green projects overseas. Carlos is constantly gathering information on new CAD and 3D Modeling Softwares to develop his drafting and design skills even more. In addition to his strong drafting and design skills, Carlos also specializes in the Lean Management System; continuous improvement and optimization when delivering a solution by eliminating waste and activities that do not add any type of value to the process. While a member of the One Community Team, Carlos generated high quality render videos for the Duplicable City Center pallet furniture designs using Blender.
Carol Nguyen – Civil Engineer: Carol received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine. She has experience working with different engineering teams on various specializations of the industry, including structural, transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering. Her tasks have included project scheduling, cost estimates, preparing technical reports, calculations, developing CAD drawings, and assisting project managers on the project progress. Specifically, Carol has worked on designing pavement and highway, sustainable land development, water distribution system, piping network, low impact design for minimizing water runoff and earthquake engineering building. She also participated in a collaborative project with the engineering and construction company Black & Veatch for 6 months. Carol helped her team to design surface pipelines, tunnels, piping systems, reinforced concrete pump stations and other facilities capable of storing hydroelectric energy for Hoover Dam. While a member of the One Community team, Carol helped with rainwater harvesting and roadway design for the Duplicable City Center and Earthbag Village.
Christian Ojeda – Mechatronic Engineer: Christian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Panamericana University in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since he was a child, he enjoyed learning how things work and from there came his fondness for engineering, especially mechanical design. With more than 5 years of experience in mechanical design he has worked in the development of projects such as devices for people with disabilities, renewable energy projects and design of machinery for industry. While a member of the One Community team, Christian helped with the design of the Earthbag Village Communal Eco-Shower Designs and the Earthbag Village Vermiculture Communal Eco-toilet designs.
Da Ku – Mechanical Engineer: Da Ku received his Master’s Degreee in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He is skilled in 3D modeling softwares (SolidWorks, ProE), and FEA packages (ANSYS, Abaqus, etc). Mechanical design and analysis experience, as well as hands on experience conform his passion for making real things that work. While a One Community consultant, Da Ku helped with the initial thermal and structural analysis of the Earthbag Village and was responsible for the complete design of the transition door for the Duplicable City Center eco-pool and spa and the Earthbag Village structural engineering.
Dan Alleck – Designer & Illustrator: Dan Alleck comes from a background in Entertainment and the Arts. He is a graduate of EORA TAFE College in 2002 and The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006 where he studied Design for Performance. He works across multiple disciplines as a Designer and Creative. Dan sees within One Community “the seeds of a new model for living” and helped with real-to-life render creations for the 7 different village models.
Daniela Andrea Parada – Civil Engineering Student: Daniela currently studies at the University of California, Irvine and is working to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Civil Engineering. She has worked for various organizations that have strengthened her abilities and further pushed her to efficiently overcome obstacles within her teams. Daniela wants to continue empowering the communities around her and encouraging the leading women in her life. She believes that sustainability is a major key to establishing a better future for our society. While a One Community volunteer, Daniela helped with the City Center Water Catchment designs, Roadway and Walkway tutorials, and Aquapini and Walipini designs team.
David Na – Civil Engineer: David holds a B.S. in mathematics and civil engineering and has experience working with residential and commercial development and pavement management. He is an avid advocate for sustainable design and infrastructure and believes sustainable practices are the key to combating global climate change. He understands the many challenges behind creating a less wasteful future, but is optimistic and an active participant in designing creative solutions that reduce carbon footprint while increasing quality of life. While a member of One Community Global, David helped with site development to assist with the civil engineering aspects of the City Center, Earthbag Village, roadway/walkway and parking lot designs.
David Olivero – Mechanical Engineer & Data Scientist: David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, and a Certified Solidworks Professional. His graduate studies centered on design with advanced composite materials, including bicycle frames, SAE formula one vehicle chassis, and EMI shielding for spacecraft. As a design engineer and manager for Seagate Technology, he has extensive experience with component design and manufacturability, and project management. David uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) programs like Fluent, CFX, and FloTherm to model and find solutions to airflow and heat transfer challenges. David and his wife and step-daughter live in the stunning San Juan mountains of Colorado. He is an avid homesteader and gardener, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Living Systems Institute in Denver, where he co-created the “food cell” concept, centered on a novel climate battery greenhouse design. While a One Community Volunteer, David designed the initial HVAC and ventilation systems for the Duplicable City Center component.
Dean Scholz – Architectural Drafter and Designer: Dean has an Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design, Mechanical Drafting and Design, and 3D Modeling and Illustration. He has an additional three years experience in carpentry rough, finish and in cabinetry and furniture construction, and five years of experience in computer game modeling in 3Ds Max and Adobe Photoshop. He also has experience in Adobe Illustrator designing advertising and has been freelance architectural drafting as the owner/operator of Dean Scholz Design and Architecture since 2014. All his life Dean has been naturally artistic with a passion for art, architectural design, sciences, woodwork, mechanical systems, and electronic circuits. This diversity of passions for creating and designing, coupled with being so mechanically inclined and very analytical, has given Dean excellent problem solving skills and a knack for out-of-the-box thinking. Always looking for an opportunity to design and build is what he is passionate about, with his current focus being tiny homes and tiny spaces, taking great pleasure in finding and utilizing space that is normally unused. While a member of the One Community Team, Dean helped develop the Cob Village (Pod 3) designs and real-to-life renders of this village. He also helped with the real-to-life renders for the Earthbag Village 4-dome residential designs.
Dehua Feng – E.I.T, Civil Engineer: Dehua received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the Liaoning Technical University in China. He worked for a half year as a Civil Structural Design Engineer for a civil design firm called Shenyang Civil Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd in China. Seeking higher education overseas, he then traveled to the U.S. and studied at the University of Akron with a specialty in traffic engineering. After one and half years of study, Dehua completed his MS and filed for a patent (serial number USPTO: 62/591,827) for his thesis work, “Determining Intersection Turning Movements with Detection Errors.” After graduation, Dehua passed the FE exam and started his engineer career working in the Greater DC area. Believing people should start to think about sustainability and world change now rather than later, Dehua brought his passion and expertise to the One Community team and used his research and AutoCAD background to design the fire suppression systems for the Duplicable City Center.
Devin Porter – 3D Graphics Design Specialist: Devin is a graphics design specialist with 20 years of experience in art and design. To aid in his ability to turn 2-dimensional ideas into 3-dimensional masterpieces, Devin additionally has 8 years of wood working experience, 4 years of metal working experience, and several years of framing, electrical, and mechanical experience. Combining this with 10 years of photoshop experience, Devin has evolved this combination of skills into an ability to use Sketchup, Z-brush, and Sculptris to create lifelike and professional renderings of virtually anything. Sharing One Community’s desire to create a new and better world, Devin’s passions include architecture, sustainable living/design, astrology and planetary science, physics and magnetic mechanical engineering, and time in nature. Snowboarding, camping, and days at the river are Devin’s most potent activities to clear his head and feel connected to the world on a deeper level. While a One Community consultant, Devin developed and completed all the initial 3-D renderings of the Tropical Atrium and the Earthbag Village.
Diana Gomez – Mechanical Engineer and Team Lead: Diana graduated from UC Berkeley, and her interests lie in autonomous systems. As an undergraduate she participated in the Berkeley Autonomous Race Car Project where she co-produced two PID controllers that implement traction and cruise control on a 1/10 scale vehicle. Diana enjoys the complexity and challenges that come with introducing safety to autonomous systems. She also enjoys teaching and has been a STEM instructor/tutor for 7 years. She is involved in programs aimed at equipping underrepresented minorities with the proper tools to pursue STEM fields, and strives to establish her own program in the future. While a member of the One Community team, Diana helped develop the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures.
Dijimba “Joss” Kabuyi Ilunga – Electrical Engineer: Dijimba earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. By his secondary school graduation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he had a strong affinity for science subjects and decided to pursue an engineering degree in Arlington because of his uncle, a UT Arlington mechanical engineer alumni. During the end of his undergraduate degree, Dijimba became passionate with microelectromechanical systems and power, especially and specifically renewable energy. He has taken graduate classes in both subjects and will pursue his Masters with emphasis on those subjects. He is bilingual in French and English, and he is currently learning Chinese (Mandarin). For recreation, Joss likes video games and is very fond of Sudoku. While a member of the One Community team, Joss completed the Vermiculture Bathroom electrical designs.
Dipti Dhondarkar – Electrical Engineer: Dipti received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Nagpur University in India. She has five-plus years of experience in teaching subjects related to Electrical Engineering and is proficient in power electronics, basic electrical, electrical machines, utilization and traction. She has worked with the National Institute of Technology Nagpur, Maharashtra, India and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Vasad Gujarat India as a lecturer and Assistant professor and has also published papers on “Stability Analysis of Symmetrical Induction Motor on Parameter Variation” and “Energy Audit Analysis of Time of Day (TOD) Metering.” While a One Community team member, Dipti applied her outstanding knowledge and background to assist with the City Center Lighting design.
Diwei Zhang – Mechanical Engineer: Diwei received his master’s degree in the major of Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research background includes numerical analysis, modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, and control theory. While a volunteer with One Community, Diwei worked on the 3D modeling, cost analysis, and plumbing design of the hot tub, and artificial waterfall of the City Center Eco-spa component. He also helped develop a rainwater harvesting system and water distribution network for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Dominick Banuelos – Civil Engineering Student: Dominick is a student at California Baptist University working on getting his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Construction Management. Growing up, Dominick enjoyed viewing the different sceneries that surrounded him and wondered how some of those areas could be improved or built on in an eco-friendly way. He worked on multiple projects throughout his studies and has developed new skills in design, teamwork, project management, and communication which he anticipates to use in the construction/transportation field in the near future. While a member of the One Community team, Dominick worked on research as well as compression testing with aircrete and stabilized earth for sustainable construction.
Doug Pratt – Solar Expert and Solar Systems Design Engineer: Progressively focused from a young age, when the Arab Oil Embargo occurred it ignited in Doug a lifelong interest specifically in renewable energy and conservation. He has lived in passive solar homes both on and off-grid since 1980, worked in the renewable energy industry as an installer, engineer, teacher, and author since 1985, and now works for the largest solar provider in the United States. He has engineered, designed, and consulted for the solar electric industry at all levels from single huts in developing countries to large corporate mega-watt solar arrays. While a One Community consultant and volunteer Doug applied his vast experience and knowledge to create the initial design for the One Community sustainable energy infrastructure for our Phase I build including: Pod 1, the Duplicable Center City Hub, and the aquapini greenhouses.
Douglas Simms Stenhouse – Architect and Water Color Artist: Doug grew up in Washington DC where he practiced architecture for a number of years. He subsequently moved to Southern California to work with an aerospace company before taking over the management of an energy conservation consulting firm where he was instrumental in writing what is now the foundation of California Conservation Policy. After professionally retiring from these former endeavors, Doug focused his career on watercolor painting. While a One Community consultant/volunteer, Doug helped with over 18 months of designs and watercolor renderings of Pod 1, Pod 2, and the Duplicable Center City.
Eiki Kan – Software Engineer: Eiki graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Computer Science. As a member of the One Community Highest Good Network team, Eiki developed and helped manage the management dashboard system of the app and the breakdown and distribution of tasks. He also facilitated open communication, and encouraged knowledge sharing. Eiki demonstrated initiative and effectiveness by identifying problems and implementing solutions in both the frontend and backend – meeting requirements while improving the responsiveness of the website and the modularity of the codebase.
Elizabeth Kahn – Environmental Consultant: Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development and minors in Business Management and Environmental Studies. She also has a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.) from Vermont Law School and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) with a minor in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. Her passion for the environment and sustainability led her to pursue all of these degrees and dedicate her career path to pursuing it in the environmental/sustainability/policy sectors. While a member of the One Community team, she shared this love for nature and the planet by applying her analytical and analysis skills doing research for the open source tutorials covering water-saving toilets, urinals, hand dryers, and faucets.
Ellen Ross Kaspi – Progressive Educator and Mind/Body Modality Specialist: Ellen is a lifelong Progressive Educator. She has a BA in Physical Education from the University of Southern California and a K-12 teaching credential. She earned her MA in Somatic Psychology at Antioch University Seattle and is a member of PEN, the Progressive Educators Network and AERO, the Alternative Education Resource Organization. Ellen has traveled across America and did a Semester at Sea in 1979 where she traveled on the floating university circumnavigating the planet while studying. She has lived in intentional communities in Northern California and Malibu and spent 2 years living on a Kibbutz in Israel. While a One Community volunteer, Ellen was foundational in helping complete the initial 52 lesson plan outlines and the complete Evaluation and Evolution process.
Emilio Nájera – Marketer and Software Developer: Emilio has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and another in Software Development Engineering. He specializes in Digital Marketing and has provided services for a range of local companies in Mexico covering a variety of sectors such as agricultural, hotel, educational, industrial safety, construction, and internet services. He strongly believes in a sustainable economy and the way technology can help solve most of the last century’s problems. That’s why he is committed to creating software solutions for areas like agronomy, health and business’ sustainability. While a member of the One Community team, Emilio helped with keyword research and Adwords marketing campaign design.
Falgun Patel – Mechanical Engineer: Falgun holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Mumbai, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering & the ‘Leaders in Sustainability’ Graduate Certificate from University of California, Los Angeles. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in and led teams for student vehicle design and fabrication competitions. He is skilled in 3D Modeling (CATIA V5, SolidWorks) and FEA (ANSYS, Abaqus) softwares, with the help of which he has designed various mechanical systems. His interest in electric vehicles, renewable energy and sustainability has driven him to work on projects related to energy storage, energy conservation, smart microgrids and green buildings. While a One Community Volunteer, Falgon helped update the complete Highest Good Energy roll out details in conjunction with updating the Solar and Wind Energy Microgrid open source guides.
Filipe Santos de Oliveira – Front End Developer: Filipe is an engineering and maintenance technician with 15 years of experience. He has worked on projects such as the Casa da Moeda do Brasil, the Brazilian Navy’s submarine construction shipyard, and Fiocruz, where COVID-19 vaccines are produced. Recently, Filipe has decided to transition to the field of IT in pursuit of becoming a front-end developer. With his experience and passion for technology, Filipe was determined to become a successful front-end developer and make meaningful contributions to the field. He received his first opportunity at One Community, where he worked on the Highest Good Network, furthering his skills as a front-end developer.
Fernando Remolina – Industrial Engineer Specializing in Project Management: Fernando has over 10 years experience in project management related to Ship Repair, Shipbuilding, and Oil & Gas industries. He received his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2011 and has become an author and public speaker on project management in the ship repair industry. Fernando has volunteered for different organizations such PMI Colombia Chapter, PMI Buenos Aires Chapter, and the United Nations. A very enthusiastic person who cares about the environment and strongly believes in helping create a better world and future for all, Fernando helped the One Community team by managing the 3rd design phase (of 4) for completion of the vermiculture bathroom designs.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz – Mechanical Engineer: Frank graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a creative and highly motivated Engineer-in-Training who knows how to work independently and with a team. Frank is passionate about clean energy and the development of new designs that are green. While a member of the One Community team, Frank applied his background knowledge on mechanical systems and thermodynamics for the calculation of energy systems and HVAC.
Gabriela Vilela S . C. Diniz – Architect and Urban Planner: Gabriela holds of a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning, and also has a scholarship in the Brazilian government program “Ciência Sem Fronteiras” (Science Without Borders), where she studied abroad at Washington State University, taking English and Architecture classes. Gabriela has 5+ years of professional experience as an Architect working with Corporate Interiors improving the daily work experience of 5,000+ employees. She believes that design is more than what you see, it is what you experience on a daily basis and how it contributes to improving your quality of life. While a member of the One Community team, Gabriela helped design a unique “Fairy Garden” themed hotel room for the Living Dome of the Duplicable City Center.
George Koshy – Design Engineer: George is a highly analytical and skilled mechanical engineer with an interest in Aerospace engineering. He has a broad research history and meticulous attention to details, enjoying investigating, studying and understanding necessary data to optimize methodologies. He has experience with research in tribology and fluid flow for private institutes, product design, development, and testing for private institutions, and performing well in fast-paced work environments. He’s passionate about sustainability, the environment, and creating a better and brighter future. While a member of the One Community team, George helped test and design the most safe, affordable, and practical DIY hub connector bracket for the Duplicable City Center.
Guy Grossfeld – Graphic Designer: Guy has a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art Animation and is now pursing a Bachelor Degree in Simulation Game Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Through classes from college and additional classes at an art studio, Guy has experience and expertise with Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Unity, Autodesk 3DS Max, Adobe Illustrator, graphic design, and drawing. He enjoys animes and is inspired by many animes such as Naruto and One Piece. His passion is also with video games and enjoys many great games such as Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts. While a One Community volunteer, Guy volunteered for over a year using his outstanding skills to develop our final real-to-life renders for the Highest Good Housing villages numbers 1 and 3-7.
Hamilton Mateca – AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer: Hamilton is a space planner, drafter, and CAD operator from Angola who has been living in the United States for the past 15 years. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and is currently learning Albanian. Hamilton has an extensive Interior Design education from The Art Institute of Philadelphia as well as AutoCAD certification from Ashworth College. He specializes in design development, architectural drafting and design, mechanical drafting and design, and 3D modeling and illustration. He possesses the creative ability of manipulation and coordination of materials, technology, light and shadow. He also has Photoshop training and advanced Revit and CorelDraw skills. This combined experience and education makes him the ideal consultant for planning and designing spaces with ambiances that reflect aesthetic functionality for technical, social, and environmental purposes. To boost his creative thinking, Hamilton maintains a curriculum of traveling, studying, and spending time with loved ones. He also loves snowboarding, which in turn keeps him entertained during the winter. His contribution to One Community was in the design of the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4), where Hamilton had the chance to develop most of the foundational aspects of this building.
Hannah Copeman – Structural Engineer: Hannah earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering, emphasizing on Structural Engineering, both from the University of Toronto. She has experience working as a structural engineer and a restoration engineer for architecture and engineering firms in New York City, as well as in Long Island, New York. Her interest in working in the built environment stems from her desire to positively contribute to society by designing tangible structures that are beneficial on a local and global scale. With a persistent passion in sustainable infrastructure, Hannah has also obtained certification as a LEED Green Associate and is continuing her path in triple bottom line focused design by working with One Community. While a member of the One Community team, Hannah helped develop the structure of the Earth Dome, finished the Earthbag engineering, loft Engineering, and completed walk-through tutorials for the foundations of the Earthbag Village domes.
Haoxuan “Hayes” Lei – Structural Engineer: Having interned in a design office and completed over five years of structural engineering study, Haoxuan is experienced with a diversity of structural engineering areas ranging from foundation to pre-stressed members and covering concrete to steel. He applies his skills in structural design using both SAP 2000 and AutoCAD. Growing up in a metropolis, Hayes understands how valuable a blue sky and a deep breath in a green forest can be for people surrounded by concrete buildings. It is this understanding that has driven Hayes to contribute his enthusiasm and skills to make a better world. While a member of the One Community team, Hayes worked on the Duplicable City Center.
Hemanth Kotaru – Civil Engineer, MS Structural Engineering: Hemanth is a Structural Engineer and a research enthusiast pursuing independent research studies. Currently a Master’s Student in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, Hemanth’s fields of interest include FEA, Earthquake Hazard Mitigation, Structural Mechanics, Computational Tools for Civil Engineering, and Alternative Building Methods. Before his Master’s, Hemanth worked as a developer for GIS software and also worked as a research intern during his bachelors. Hemanth’s interest towards Sustainability stems from a concern for nature and inspiration from ancient constructions. Observing the sustainability and performance of several ancient architectural wonders over centuries, he was inspired to explore, understand and improvise the ancient construction procedures to modern requirements. As part of this, Hemanth worked on the One Community team as a researcher for the Earthbag Village and helped conduct detailed research and calculations covering the engineering details and other challenging questions related to this construction method.
Henry Nguyen – Software Developer: Having earned his BS in Computer Sciences and minored in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington, Henry is both a software developer and an artist. He also loves to work with communities, connecting and bringing people together. Born in Vietnam, Henry came to the US in 2013 and helped build a Vietnamese community in Seattle that grew to one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the US. As a community builder he has also been a video maker, administrator, and a web developer. Henry feels software programming is the art of connecting people, so he has a passion for making software that can help people connect to each other. Henry joined the Highest Good Network team to be a part of a project that supports and connects people globally. His primary contribution was creating the ability for the Work Breakdown Interface to import data from a Google Spreadsheet and/or Excel Document.
Henry Vennard – Mechanical Engineer: Henry graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder, and has demonstrated his problem solving, research, and project management skills through his work as a research assistant. He believes sustainability is critical to tackle today’s global challenges. While a member of the One Community team, Henry helped with the phase-2 research and design of the climate battery component of the Aquapini/Walipini structures.
Ian Coletti – Environmental Studies Major, Researcher: As an Environmental Studies undergrad at the College of the Holy Cross, Ian volunteers in the Eco Action club for sustainability on campus. Over the summer of 2020 he also took part in working groups which have helped to draft a climate action plan for the college. Ian hopes to find work in positions that positively impact the environment. While a member of the One Community team, Ian helped complete the first round of research for the sustainable window and door products for One Community.
Ian Oliver Malinay – Mechanical Engineer, Master Plumber, True Advisor and LEED AP BD+C: Ian earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and currently holds a License as Mechanical Engineer after passing the PRC National Board Examination. He is passionate about Sustainable Building Design & Assessment, especially Building Energy Modeling using DesignBuilder / Energyplus software which is developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and is one of the most widely accepted modeling software. Ian is knowledgeable with 3-D Modeling, Visualization, Simulation, Daylighting, HVAC Design, LEED E.A. Minimum Energy Performance, E.A. Credit Optimize Energy Performance and ASHRAE 90.1 calculations, Optimization, and Computational Fluid Dynamics calculations. He is also a Facade Thermal Simulator using Therm, Windows, and Optics softwares and qualified to assist in the LEED certification process internationally as a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to this, Ian is a Licensed Master Plumber in the Philippines (PRC National Board Examination) and qualified also to assist in the TRUE Zero Waste certification process internationally as a certified TRUE Advisor. While a member of the One Community team, Ian applied his diverse experience to help complete most of the Duplicable City Center energy modeling and HVAC design so it can achieve LEED Platinum certification.
Iris Hsu – Industrial Designer: Iris earned her BFA in Industrial Design from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. During her time there she developed an effective design thinking process through observing people in their daily life and focusing on user-friendly designs and practices. Iris believes that a good design should be emotionally expressive as well as functional, building a connection between people and the things they use. Her focus is on designing products that benefit our living environment in a sustainable way and through inventive and playful features. In Iris’ words, “Design is like making a gift for someone, and having love and empathy to the surroundings with effective solutions.” As a One Community Industrial Designer, Iris volunteered for a full year designing the open source pipe chair/table, couch, and shelving furniture, doing cost analysis research, and creating the initial assembly instructions for these components of the Duplicable City Center library.
Ivan Manzurov – Graphic Designer: “Born in 1994 in Siberia. Came a long way to remember the true self. Devoted life to making a change with the power of art, and an open soul.” While a One Community volunteer, Ivan helped design and color coordinate all of the icons used throughout the One Community website. You can contact him and view more of his wonderful work on his portfolio site.
Jagannathan Shankar Mahadevan – Mechanical Engineer: Jagannathan earned his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas. Throughout the course of graduate study, Jagannathan has served as a Teaching Assistant for 2 years and has a knack for interpreting and conveying technicalities in layman terms. His Master’s thesis involved optimizing laser attributes for favorable laser-metal interactions. He is a regular volunteer for “Engineering bright futures for Autism” – an annual volunteering event aimed at enhancing social competencies of kids displaying signs of autism. Prior to obtaining his Master’s degree, Jagannathan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. Currently, Jagannathan is passionate about sustainable development and believes in efficient utilization of fundamental resources to combat global climate change. Apart from work, he enjoys spending time outdoors by playing volleyball. In his free time, Jagannathan does not fail to visit a state park, pitch a tent, and camp. While a member of the One Community team, Jagannathan applied his diverse skill set to complete the cost analysis for villages 2-7 of the 7 sustainable village models and initial climate battery design research and calculations.
Jaime Arango – With a strong conceptual ability to create original layouts and recreate existing designs, Jaime has a comprehensive background with over 15 year experience in CAD design, color themes, and trend concepts in the fashion industry, plus 2 years working as a successful freelance graphic designer. He is a versatile, highly motivated, creative problem solver with the ability to work independently or in a team environment. Jaime’s best asset is his ability to create with what’s available and is currently focused on making a positive impact on planet Earth. While volunteering for One Community, Jaime used his graphic design skills as a Social Media Image Creator.
James Herrigel – Student Researcher: James is a senior in high school at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. Although only 17, James is passionate about sustainability and spends much of his free time volunteering for projects related to his ideals. Over the summer of 2018, James interned as a research assistant at the University of Chicago’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, where he conducted and organized research that eventually contributed to a published legal analysis. James hopes to continue developing his skills and continue working to mitigate climate change in order to shape a more sustainable future. While a member of the One Community team, James conducted the detailed research necessary to create the Most Sustainable Paints, Stains, Varnish, Sealers page and the Most Sustainable Adhesives page.
Jarot Tamba – Civil Engineering Student: Jarot is a student at California Baptist University in Riverside studying to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Growing up, Jarot spent much of his free time enjoying the outdoors as well as modifying and working on classic cars and motorcycles. He has a strong background in 2D and 3D modeling, drafting, and the mechanical aspect of engineering. This led him to develop his passion for structural and transportation engineering. Jarot is an advocate for sustainable practices as well as the preservation of the outdoors. While a member of the One Community team, Jarot was part of the compression testing team conducting research on materials such as concrete, aircrete and stabilized earth.
Jason Kim – Software Engineer – A UCLA graduate with a degree in Math and Economics, Jason has 2 years of general programming experience and 1 year experience primarily as a Full Stack Developer with a focus on React. Before that, he worked as a CPA for 8 years. During his time as a CPA, Jason developed a passion for development and building solutions that others will use. He then decided to embark on a journey to follow his passion, building several personal projects using the latest tech such as React. Jason felt the Highest Good Network would be a great opportunity to put his development skills to use in a professional setting, and at the same time have a lasting impact on a good cause. While a member of the One Community team, he helped develop critical features in the Management Dashboard, review code, and debug.
Jennifer Engelmeier – Eco-Pool and Spa Water Consultant: Jennifer has 15 years of experience working with DEL Ozone, specializing in reducing chemicals by utilizing ozone technology and other natural water purifiers and clarifiers. In 2011 Jennifer started her own business to help people searching for better, healthier water and operated that business until 2018. Through her years of working in the industry, Jen combined a wealth of experience with an extensive community of pool, spa, and sanitation experts to help us with the initial Duplicable Center City natural pool and spa designs to minimize environmental impact while maximizing water quality, health, and safety.
Jennifer Lee – Graphic Designer: Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Communication Arts with a concentration in Design. As a lifelong creative with a specialty in brand identity, Jennifer enjoys the careful selection of: color, type and shape when it comes to helping clients craft the face of their brand. She is a great lover of the outdoors and has camped since a young age this is where she really grew to appreciate the beauty of nature. While a member of the One Community Team, Jennifer applied her creative skills as a web designer on the Permaculture Design Webpage and editor on the Earthbag Construction Footers, Foundation, and Flooring Webpage.
Jennifer Zhou – Self-Taught Web Designer: Jennifer has been an overachiever in everything she participates in. Her dedication and perseverance has given her numerous leadership opportunities, leading her to become the Vice President of Science Olympiad, President of The Hugs Project, and Youth Ambassador for Animal Assisted Happiness. Her love for the sustainability movement started with a competition called Green Generation. After participating in this competition, she realized how unsustainable our life is, which motivated her to become an active participant in the green movement and to join One Community. While a member of the One Community Team, Jennifer helped test a new One Community website design, design pages of the site, and write code for our main-hub search engines.
Jeson Hu – Aerospace Engineer: Jeson is a certified Engineer-In-Training who graduated from UCLA with a Master degree in Aerospace Engineering. Currently he’s a Project Engineering Advisor in a small company that analyzes and advises on company’s technology investments. He has designed aircraft/UAV models with attention to detail, demonstrated capability of delivering challenging engineering projects under set time-frames, and has extensive knowledge of building light-weight and durable components according to customer/client requirements. Jeson believes that collaboration is the key to business success and commits on a daily basis to building positive relationships with colleagues and senior management. It is through these bonds that organizations build success. While a member of the One Community team, Jeson helped with research for One Community’s solar microgrid sizing and cost analysis, Solar Incentive Rates and Net Metering Research, and other rollout details that are part of the Highest Good Energy component.
Jessica Santos – Architect: Owner of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in architecture and urbanism, Jessica has 4+ years of architecture experience and believes that living spaces have a direct impact on people’s lives. She’s worked at the Environment Department in São Paulo, Brazil, collaborating with many park implementations, adaptations and reforms. After that, she worked for a factory responsible for processing and finishing natural and industrialized stones for civil construction, delivering quotes to architects and builders. To improve her skills in architecture projects and to never stop learning, Jessica also worked freelance with a fellow architect. Bilingual in English and Portuguese, she thrives in fast-paced multicultural environments and is passionate about diversity, art and photography. While a member of the One Community team, Jessica applied her skills to develop creative interior design for rooms within the Duplicable City Center.
Jessica Wienke – CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & Roots of Medicine; Organizational & Leadership Development Specialist, Plant Food & Medicine Specialist, Solutionist: Jessica has a double major BA in Organizational Administration and Sociology with a minor in Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and has received certifications in Professional Consulting from NoonDay Ventures, and executive-level facilitation & presentation from Executive Technique in Chicago. With a diversity of experience from business and leadership development, management, instruction, and facilitation, and hundreds of hours of studies in using plants for healing, Jessica volunteered for over 5 years with the One Community team. Her primary areas of contribution include extensive editing and content creation for the Food & Education components and most of the top-level general information pages.
Jiayu Liang – Landscape designer: Jiayu has over 8 years of design-professional training across multi-scale and various design types. She earned her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture + Urbanism from the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art Design. Last summer she went to Tbilisi, Georgia, and was responsible for an entrance and parking-lot grading design in the Veli project. Jiayu is self-motivated, strong-minded, and a goal-oriented challenger. She believes that landscape design not only creates beautiful environments balancing people and wild-life habitats, but also digs the deepest cultural roots. While a member of the One Community team, Jiayu helped with the Aquapini/Walipini greenhouse structures interior and exterior landscape design and visualizations.
Jiming Chen – Designer and Aspiring Architect and Fabricator: Jiming Chen finished a 5-year architecture major and received a Bachelor of Engineering with distinction and excellent academic standing from Guangxi University in China. He gained professional practice experience at ADEPT, in Guangzhou, where he participated in the Hengyang City Design International Competition and was awarded 1st prize. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, where he participated in multiple experimental seminars and design studios. His works range from materials study, architectural representation, graphic design, digital fabrication, residential innovation, to world-making and utopian project design. He is passionate about exploring the mediation between imagination and physical environment with spatial narrative and materials of varied forms. While a One Community Volunteer, Jiming helped evolve the sustainable Tree House Village designs and visualizations.
Jin Yu – Structural Engineering Designer: Jin has her M.S. in Structural Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Jilin University. During her graduate research project, she worked closely with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the analysis and retrofit of existing complex steel bridges using finite-element-modeling techniques. After graduation, she acquired solid industrial experience both in the states and overseas on the design of mix-use high-rise reinforced concrete structures. During her 5 years of practice, she became an high-intermediate user of many structural engineering and plotting softwares including but not limited to: ETABS, SAP2000, CSiBridge, spColumns, MathCad, Revit, AutoCad, Abaques, etc. She is an Engineer-In-Training since 2014 and is looking forward to getting her Professional Engineer license in 2017/2018. Currently looking for an entry-level structural engineer opportunity, Jin seeks broad responsibilities in steel, reinforced and prestressed concrete, and/or wood design of buildings and bridges. Jin’s contribution to One Community was initial Duplicable City Center underground foundation/basement structural design calculations and the related open source tutorial.
Jinchao Feng – Software Engineer: Jinchao holds a master’s degree in Computer Science, has experience in Full-Stack development, and is skilled in multiple programming languages and frameworks. He loves coding and delivering solid work and improvements while further developing his skills. Contributing to an open source project that makes the world a better and more beautiful place is even more rewarding, which is what he did as a member of the One Community team where he helped develop the open source Highest Good Network application.
Jingwei Jiang – Landscape designer: Jingwei is from Chengdu, China. She achieved her Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture (BLA) from University of Washington on June 10, 2018. Soon after graduation Jingwei completed internships in China and received an offer from the Architecture School of University of Virginia. In 2020, she finished her education and graduated with her Master degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Urban Design Certificate (UDC). While a member of the One Community team, Jingwei helped with the landscaping plan for the Earthbag Village.
Jinxi Feng – Environmental Consultant – Jinxi has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S in Physics from Peking University, China. Her passion for renewable energy and sustainability development dates back to a trip to Tibet where she was shocked by the contrast of nature and an industrialized city, setting her on a career path of engineering the world towards its sustainable future. Jinxi specializes in energy modeling and quantitative analysis (Stata, R) and enjoys applying these skills to various renewable energy projects. While a member of the One Community team, Jinxi led the research into an open source tutorial for choosing the most sustainable laundry options and helped to develop her work and research as a template for similar detailed tutorials.
John Paul D. Matining – Civil Engineering Student: John Paul is currently studying at California Baptist University and on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. John worked on a diversity of engineering projects that have reinforced his engineering, leadership, and teamwork abilities. He is enthusiastic about using different materials to build homes such as earthships and rammed earth, which led him to One Community. While a member of the team, John Paul applied his engineering abilities and experience to help complete the aircrete and stabilized earth compression testing to achieve an open source data resource for One Community and others who want to build eco-friendly and sustainable housing.
Jose Luis Flores – Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Fundamentals Tutor: Jose Luis holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His undergraduate work involves participating in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge and developing an Integrated Scissor Jack System for Motor Vehicles. He has 7 years tutoring engineering fundamentals at South Texas College where he offers one-on-one tutoring and develops student workshops. His goal is to contribute to the development of eco-friendly technologies and infrastructures so that future generations can experience and admire the wonder and beauty of our Planet. While a member of the One Community team, Jose Luis helped finish development of the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Jun Hao – Software Engineer: Jun is a grad student pursuing his master’s degree in computer science at Washington State University. Before grad school, Jun received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington with a focus on embedded software systems. He also has over 2 years of experience in developing competitive robots and drones. With both electrical engineering and computer science backgrounds from his studies and experiences, Jun always approaches problems with interdisciplinary perspectives. Besides engineering, Jun loves reading, hiking, and snowboarding. While a member of the Highest Good Network team, Jun helped with unit testing for the complete application and design of the Profile Page.
Justen Palmer – Systems Architect, Web Instructor, and Computer Science Engineer: Justen has over 6 years of experience starting and growing businesses as a founder and CTO of Webceleb Inc, partner and lead developer for Tiny Factory, and Director of Operations for It Factor LLC. Justen’s specialty is as a web application designer and programmer using cutting edge real-time technology (Node.js, Socket.io, and Mongo DB) to build applications that span traditional web to mobile and tablet platforms. While a member of the One Community team, applying his experience creating applications that reduce overhead, organizing operations, and reducing communication errors, Justen built version 1.0 of the One Community ACE Application.
Kamil Gajownik – Industrial/Product Designer: Kamil is an Industrial Design (ID) graduate and former Design Engineer with experience in product design all the way through to manufacturing. He has demonstrated success working in fast-paced environments and on complex projects requiring efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. With a focus on creating meaningful and impactful designs, Kamil prioritizes the user and their needs. Similarly, with a sustainability mindset he designs to make the world a better place for the people that live in it. While a member of the One Community team, Kamil helped develop the Duplicable City Center dormer by creating assembly instructions and a cost analysis.
Karl Harris – Architectural Technology Graduate, Drafter and Designer: Karl is the owner/operator of Harris Design & Technology Services, holds a degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute, and is also an Architectural Technology graduate from the Baker College of Flint. Sharing One Community’s values of world change and sustainability, Karl has dedicated his life to expanding his education and experience so he can assist in rebuilding the infrastructure of fallen urban areas like Detroit, the town he grew up in. His goal is to help redevelop urban life through refurbishing the entire socio-economic infrastructure of cities like this through sustainable design, promoting business development, and leadership. With a commitment to building designs that possess both aesthetic beauty and functionality, Karl assisted One Community with the initial architectural illustration, presentation design, drafting, and paper to CAD conversions for the Duplicable City Center.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu – Fullstack Software Developer: Kaixiang has 5 years experience as a STEM teacher. He taught programming and drone courses for over 500 students. After that, he became a self-taught developer, focusing on building meaningful, high-quality projects with a desire to make a positive impact on society and our future. Passionate about programming and developing great things all the time, Kaixiang joined the One Community team and worked on the Highest Good Network Software where he helped to maintain and update software.
Kaung Htet Myat – Software Engineer: Kaung came to the United States from Myanmar to study computer science in 2018. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. With 4 years of academic experience, he has worked on various projects implementing reinforcement learning models and web development. From learning web development tools and building small projects, Kaung has experience with MERN stack development too. While a volunteer software engineer, Kaung helped the One Community team with software design for open source Highest Good Network project and time tracking software.
Kevin Shields – Software Engineer: Kevin is a Southern California native who grew up in Orange County. He spent several years working as a QA tester for different companies. During the Covid pandemic, he decided to devote his free time into a career transition to full stack development. He loves technology and programming, and his other passions include: hiking, traveling, craft beer, the beach, and playing a lot of board games. While a member of the One Community team, Kevin helped with the Highest Good Network software.
Kimya Azadmard – Mechanical Engineer, EIT, CPD, LEED GA: Kimya received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and later moved down to California. His career has been diverse, beginning in HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection for Residential and Commercial and Retail, and then advancing to Industrial, Transportation, Entertainment, Education, Justice, and Hospitality projects. Now he has over 25 years of experience with specialization expertise in Plumbing/Piping system design. Kimya is very self-motivated and loves the challenge of new roles like organizing new departments. He is fluent in the latest versions of AutoCad with past experience and supervisory roles in MicroStation 2D/3D and several projects in REVIT MEP. He’s been involved with sustainable design and has completed multiple LEED projects. Kimya is also a very fit and skilled tennis player with a passion for the outdoors, personal growth, and helping others. While a member of the One Community Team, Kimya wrote the Duplicable City Center plumbing Basis for Design and helped create the AutoCAD file-referencing system and structure used as a template for the complete Duplicable City Center.
Kivia Sugiarto – Sustainability Manager: Kivia is a passion-driven sustainability professional with interests in waste management, circular economy, carbon neutrality, and corporate sustainability. Having recently completed her Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, Kivia is in her early stages of her career and is looking forward to creating tangible impact in the field. While a One Community team member, Kivia helped with the research and the writing process for the open source “Addressing Non-recyclables” report and tutorial.
Ksenia Akimov – Plumbing Engineer: Ksenia is a Mechanical Engineer with 8+ years of experience designing complex plumbing, water supply and drainage systems for commercial, residential and military projects. She has expertise in internal and external portable, firefighting, water recycling supply systems and sanitary, industrial, storm drainage solutions. She also has experience with multi-family residential, large scale retail, manufacturing and education projects. While a member of the One Community team, Ksenia helped with the initial plumbing designs for the Duplicable City Center.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen – Mechanical Engineer: Dave is a self-motivated recent graduate of the ABET-accredited Bachelor degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. He is especially interested in a world of innovation that is evolving with intelligent, efficient, and secure technology. With this passion, he eagerly utilizes his education and skills to participate in work experiences that forward the realization of such a world. While a member of the One Community team, Dave applied his engineering knowledge and dedication to help complete the energy analysis needs for our large-scale solar farm sizing.
Leon Zhuang – Software Engineer: Leon is a computer science Masters of Engineering student at Cornell University with a strong passion for building robust, scalable, and maintainable software systems. As a member of the One Community team, Leon made a significant contribution to the open-source Highest Good Network software’s ability to share just how global our team really is. He did this by laying the initial foundations and functionality for an interactive map that showcases/visualizes the whole planet and city locations of each of the volunteers who have been entered into the software as contributors to our project.
Lin Xu – Mechanical Engineer: Lin Xu received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California. Being a good auto engineer is his lifelong goal. To realize his ambition, he has been training himself from various aspects including AutoCAD, 3D modelling with Solidworks, FEA with Abacus and dynamic simulation with Matlab. He is also a member of USC Racing Formula SAE team which designs, constructs, tests, and races high performance race cars. He believes his education background has provided him a solid platform for future engineering practice. Knowing the importance of sustainability and desiring to make a contribution to clean energy and sustainable community, Lin joined the One Community team and helped to finish the 2nd generation Vermiculture Eco-bathroom Designs.
Lindy Rzonca – Sustainability Analyst: Lindy is passionate about our planet and the people on it. As a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.S in Society & Environment, this passion has propelled her through her educational and professional life. She is currently working on developing sustainable living solutions as a Sustainability Analyst at LIM Living. And while a member of the One Community team, Lindy helped by conducting research and writing the final content for the sustainable flooring tutorial. She also helped research sustainable non-recyclable waste processing.
Lotus Design Pros – Interior Design Professionals: Lotus Design Pros is a luxury interior design and home staging firm based in Los Angeles, California. CEO and CID Tanya Griffin has led the design team for more than 20 years, creating custom solutions and building a portfolio that includes both residential and commercial projects while specializing in kitchen and bath designs. Notable philanthropic projects include Another Look Foundation in partnership with My Friends House Los Angeles and my Friends House Atlanta, a home renovation project that services the disenfranchised in the downtown Los Angeles (Skid Row area) and the greater Atlanta Area. Lotus Design Pros also spearhead Brunchin’ With the Experts (Instagram), a local networking brunch held monthly in the Greater Los Angeles area with the intention of highlighting local business owners and entrepreneurs. They additionally operate Lotus Design Pro Academy, offering a three day crash course and certification in interior decorating, 3D drawing, and Home Staging. While members of the One Community team, Lotus Design Pros led the complete interior design of the Duplicable City Center®.
Lucas Tsutsui da Silva – 4th-year Computer Engineering Student: Lucas is an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil. He recently studied at Portland State University as a grantee of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Lucas has taken many courses that were focused on embedded systems and has developed practical projects in which he could work with both high-level and low-level programming for this type of application. He also worked on a research project developing a sensor node for a wireless sensor network to monitor a farm field. Lucas also has experience with programming and assembling robots. For example, in 2012, he was part of the team from his university that won an award for third place in the Latin American Robotics Competition (the IEEE Standard Educational Kits category). Moreover, he has a strong background with programming and algorithms and a passion for programming challenges. Since the beginning of his undergraduate program, he has been participating in programming contests at his university and, in 2013, he got an opportunity to participate in the ACM-ICPC (South America Brazil Region) Brazil Finals. Lucas believes that computer systems are here to make life easier, optimize our tasks, and an important piece in helping us build a better world. Lucas originally started with One Community as a member of the 2015 Brazilian intern team and then helped to develop the control systems component of the Duplicable City Center and each of the seven village models.
Lucy Lu – Accountant: Lucy is an accountant specializing in financial reporting and managerial accounting, with accounting work experiences in non-profit organizations and multinational corporations. She loves accounting, finance and literature, and she has a background of education and experience in both of these two areas. She holds master’s degrees in both Accounting and Journalism and has been serving as a volunteer in several non-profit organizations located in China and the USA since 2005. She is also a freelancer for magazines. While a One Community consultant, Lucy helped design the second half of the open source Highest Good Economics and Taxes components of One Community.
Luis Manuel Dominguez – Research Engineer: Luis received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University. He has experience working in clean energy with regards to cryogenic hydrogen generation. His past projects ranged from designing a hydrogen detection and ventilation system, to creating a vibration damping structure for a mobile hydrogen generation unit. Luis has a passion for tackling challenging and novel engineering problems and hopes to continue his work in sustainable energy to accelerate the path towards a cleaner planet. While a part of One Community team, he helped with the PV Solar energy designs to create a solar microgrid that provides clean reliable energy as part of the Highest Good Energy component. Contributing to this, Luis finished up the designs for maximizing the energy efficiency of the City Center Eco-spa.
Marcus Nguyen – Civil Engineering Student: Marcus is currently studying at California Baptist University in Riverside and is working towards graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Growing up, he always enjoyed traveling and working on unique projects. Over the years, Marcus has done many group projects which gave him the opportunity to grow his communication and teamwork abilities. With the skills he’s been developing throughout his learning experiences, Marcus is excited to one day apply his knowledge towards the field of engineering for construction in the world. While a member of One Community team, Marcus conducted research and lab testing for aircrete and stabilized earth as another building material for sustainable homes.
Marilyn Nzegwu – Chef and Culinary Consultant: Marilyn has over 5 years of culinary experience as a Sous Shef, Head Chef, and Restaurant Manager. She has proven knowledge of food sanitation and safety, menu development, and plating and food presentation. Being in an industry that thrives on perfection, her attention to detail has been a significant contributor to her success as a culinary professional, and she enjoys leveraging these skills to successfully contribute to the culinary growth and development of a company. While a One community volunteer, Marilyn worked on recipe development and menu planning as part of the Highest Good food component and Transition Kitchen rollout process.
Dr. Matt Marturano – Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Recruiter: Dr. Matt is a nutrition and digestive health expert with a special interest in microbiome research and the internal ecosystem. He is currently developing a holistic model for comprehensive digestive health called The COHERENT Method. Along with his wife, Angela, he also operates a holistic recruitment service currently focused in the natural products industry and integrative/functional medicine. While a member of the One Community team, Matt helped create the nutritional foundation and outlines for the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan to ensure that One Community residents have access to sustainable and nutritionally-complete meals.
Maya Callahan – Sustainability Researcher and Webpage Editor: Maya will be completing her final year at Arizona State University and will graduate with a B.S. in Biology and Society and a Studio Art minor in 2022. Maya found a passion for sustainability and the environment while progressing through her college career. By changing the focus of her major from neurobiology, physiology, and behavior to biology and society, she was able to learn about bioethics, history and philosophy of science, and science communication, all of which have been applicable to her work with One Community. After completing multiple papers regarding the previously mentioned topics and an undergraduate research project, Maya also acquired excellent writing and research skills that she put to use for One Community. During her volunteer time with us, she assisted in research for finding the most sustainable materials, as well as edited and proofread web pages that were incomplete and/or under construction. More specifically for the Open Source Permaculture Design webpage, Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies, and the EV Integration Solar Farm Battery Analysis page.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai – Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher: Jieying received her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in climate policy from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. She has a genuine interest and rich research experience in market-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. As an ex United Nations intern, Jieying is an advocate for climate justice and she believes the Sustainable Development Goals and Net-Zero Goals should be achieved through inclusive climate action, action that tackles climate change and eradicates poverty and inequality as well. While a member of the One Community team, Jieying helped with research on the Best community-based solutions for waste-to-energy conversion of non-recyclables and other sustainability topics.
Michael Kowalski – Software Engineering Professional: Michael has spent his whole life taking everything imaginable apart and discovering how they work. This has ranged from doorknobs and electronics, engines, instruments, to computer software. Over time, computer programming became his specialty and profession, including completion of a BS degree with honors as a game developer. Choosing to study game development because he believes it’s applicable and growing in every industry including aerospace, chemical, medical, training, military, entertainment, automobiles, etc., he currently works through IBM as a contractor to companies such as the US Army, TSA, Sprint, Electrolux, DTE Energy, Boing, and more. In his free time, Michael enjoys maintaining Ubuntu servers and writing bash scripts to help simplify every day development. While a One Community volunteer, Michael helped by applying his 3D modeling and rendering skills to produce improved real-to-life renders of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) and Recycled Materials Village (Pod 6).
Michael Tori – Teacher: Michael is a high school mathematics teacher in Philadelphia, where he was born and raised. As the son of two teachers, he comes from a background where education and continuous learning were paramount. When he was younger, Michael was a student ambassador for People to People and traveled to over 20 countries with them. This allowed him at an early age to experience diverse cultures from across the world. Michael attended college at Pennsylvania State University and majored in Communications and Kinesiology. Soon after graduating, he moved to Tempe, Arizona and lived there for 2 years before returning to Philadelphia to become a teacher. Michael has a Masters in Secondary Education and skills in teaching, classroom management, and leading teams. While a member of the One Community team, Michael helped finish the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan.
Miguel Fernandes – Full-stack Developer: Miguel is a Portuguese web developer based in New York state. He came to the United States in 2019 to go to college and play tennis. He graduated in December of 2021 with a degree in Computer Science. Miguel is passionate about contributing with his knowledge and learning from/with others. While a member of the One Community team, Miguel helped develop the Highest Good Network software, mostly with code refactoring, fixing bugs, and creating new features, both on the frontend and on the backend.
Mihaela “Michelle” Pinzaru – MS in Information Technology: Mihaela is an interior designer and architectural drafter with an IT and academic background. She’s been teaching programming to students for 9 years, but was also passionate about everything related to architecture. She started learning architectural drafting by modeling alongside her mother, an architect, at the early age of 15. Since then, she participated in hundreds of projects in the Republic of Moldova, from measurements on the site, to the final rendering, both for residential and commercial buildings. The last 3 years she worked as an interior 3D modeler. Coming from a crowded city, she believes that humankind needs a mind shift towards living in harmony with nature. While working on the One Community team, Mihaela helped finish the 2nd-generation Tree House Village designs.
Mike Hogan – Automation Systems Developer and Business Systems Consultant: Mike has over 35 years of professional experience in the field of automation systems. During his career Mike has provided technical consulting and support for business systems including office automation, manufacturing control systems, data center environmental management systems, back-end servers, networking designs and business processes. In 2012 Mike retired from his 20 year ownership of a medium size consulting company and created his new company Futurehouse Automation Corporation with the focus on sustainable living automation control systems development. Mike developed his first automation system in 1975 consisting of relays and clock motors. As technology advanced Mike has constantly updated his skills and methods used in his automation designs. Over the past 30 years Mike has designed and built 5 generations of automated house systems and hundreds of custom interface circuit boards. His experience with hardware is backed up by extensive knowledge in driver writing, logic programming, user interfaces, multi-tier transactional data services and web service development. While a One Community consultant, Mike helped with One Community’s Control Systems design.
Ming Weng – MS Geography & Environmental Engineering: Ming earned his bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Policy & Planning and Microbiology at UC Davis, and a master’s degree in Geography & Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. His ultimate career goal is to find a remedy for contaminated aquatic environments in urban regions. Ming feels people should never downplay current issues in global water resources, such as dead zones and drinking water scarcity. With this goal, he is always seeking opportunities that could strengthen his research and communication skills. While a member of the One Community team, Ming helped research research the best community-based solutions for waste-to-energy conversion of non-recyclables.
Mohammad Almuzaial – Bachelor in Architectural Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Mohammad earned his master’s degree from USC and is a LEED GA and has 4 years of experience in the construction industry as a construction project engineer. While a member of the One Community team, Mohammad helped finish the landscaping, walkways, drainage, and other civil engineering details for the Aquapini and Walipini structures.
Navya Madiraju – Software Engineer: Navya is a Software Engineer and React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer with over 5 years of software experience across multiple projects. She has demonstrated success working in fast-paced environments and on complex projects requiring efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. While a member of the One Community team, Navya helped with fixing bugs, analyzing the code, and improving and adding functionality to the Highest Good Network software.
Neha Verma – Construction Project Manager and B. Architecture: Neha received her Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management in the United Kingdom and her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from India. She has 5+ years of experience in Project Management & Design and versatile exposure and experience spanning multi-storied residential/commercial complexes to bungalows, and combined with Project Management skills for Interior Fitout of Corporate/Retail for prestigious clients. Through synchronizing the design team, project management team, and client, Neha uses her expertise to ensure the design is in line with client(s) expectations and within the allocated budget and timeline. This includes Monitoring and Planning of the project & construction phase, i.e activities scoping, estimation, vendor identification/management, project tracking, risk analysis & mitigation, change management to ensure timely delivery of projects, and more. While a member of the One Community team, Neha volunteered for over 10 months helping build and manage the team working on the Duplicable City Center while reviewing, organizing, and helping update the design plans and details.
Noor Qureshi – Insurance Researcher: Noor is currently an undergrad at Cornell University studying Biological sciences with a minor in business on a pre-med track. While a member of the One Community team, Noor helped research and compare the best health insurance options. She believes in understanding the roots of health insurance in order to provide an efficient and sustainable insurance plan. Her research helped provide the best solution for One Community and other medium-sized organizations seeking collaborative health insurance implementation for uninsured groups of people and families willing to cooperatively work together and/or pool their resources and buying power to save money.
Olayinka “Yinka” Omole – Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant: Yinka is a food and nutrition lover. She has an interest in attaining knowledge about food, nutrition and recipes and a background in public health with some experience in data entry. Yinka is also passionate about helping others. For this reason, she was very interested in being part of One Community. As a member of the team, her position at the organization was recipe reviewer and data entry assistant for the complete Transition Kitchen and Food Self-sufficiency Plan. Yinka helped to check that all recipe ingredients were part of the master list, completed the initial cost analysis research for all ingredients on that list, and completed recipe data entry and review.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu – Mechanical Engineering Graduate and Technical Writer: Yomi is an ambitious and hardworking Mechanical Engineering graduate looking to make a positive impact on society. His strengths include complex problem solving, working as part of a team, communicating effectively with others, analysing data, and technical writing. Interests include sports, technology, and personal growth. While a member of the One Community team, Yomi helped write the content for the Earthbag Engineering page, researched and helped write the content for the Hydro Energy, Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Related Landscaping pages, and several of the Best Small and Large-scale Community Paper Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options pages.
Oruba Rabie – Ph.D, PE, Civil Engineer: Oruba attended college in Birzeit, Palestine and received her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, she then moved to the US where she received both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from New Jersey Institute of Technology with an emphasis on structural engineering. Her dissertation title was “Damage Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Columns Subjected to Blast Loads” and she has also published four papers in the same field at the ASCE/SEI, IMECE, and ASME. Oruba is a Certified Professional Engineer in the state of California and is skilled in ANSYS APDL, LS-DYNA, STAAP PRO, SAP2000, and AUTOCAD. Oruba loves volunteering at humanitarian projects and started an initiative in Palestine for rehabilitation of existing houses of needy families, where engineering students and engineers raise funds, build, rehabilitate, and furnish homes of needy families in a timely manner. While a One Community volunteer, Oruba helped with the development of the structural engineering plans for the Duplicable City Center.
Oz Czerski – Oz is an attorney licensed in the state of California specializing in the fields of intellectual property and entertainment law, working primarily with the musicians, artists, and film-makers of tomorrow. In addition to his years of legal experience working in all different media from film to print to video games and the internet, Oz has the unique distinction of having produced over 20 independent films and has even worked for a number of notable film companies, including Fox 2000 films, a division of 20th Century Fox, and the film-makers of Oscar-winning “Juno” (2007). Further, he has studied economic modeling and business forecasting under the Nobel Prize winning team of Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute. His knowledge and experience of artistic and business processes in media production make him uniquely positioned to give consistent, reliable, and sound advice in nearly any arena of the entertainment industry. While a One Community team member, Oz was a foundational consultant on the intellectual property elements of our legal documents and helped file our initial copyright and trademark documents. He also wrote the Open Source and Copyright Tutorial, Open Source and Trademarking Tutorial, and the initial Open Source Patents Tutorial.
Paige Allison Donatelli – Graphic Design Artist and Champion for Positive Change on Social Media. In 2014, Paige created a social media platform to spread positive change called Namaste Living in a Material World. Through this platform she shares positive change content and creates artful images with inspirational quotes utilizing her self-taught graphic design skills. Paige is passionate about spreading the Highest Good for All mentality and sharing resources to help individuals live with compassion for themselves, their fellow sentient beings, and their planet. While a One Community volunteer, Paige helped create a broad diversity of graphics used throughout One Community’s websites and social media. Follow Paige’s work and Namaste Living in a Material world on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or visit her site at www.namasteliving.org.
Pallavi Samaiya – Tech Consultant and Researcher: Pallavi has 2 years experience in tech consulting with one of the Big Four Firms. As a graduate of Polymer Science and Chemical Technology, she wishes to work towards a cleaner environment with sustainable practices. This led her to utilize her undergrad knowledge and volunteer as a researcher for recyclable plastics. This resonates closely with her undergraduate knowledge and her passion for upcycling trash items. She is also a member of the Precious Plastic Community. While a member of the One Community Team, Pallavi helped research solutions to sustainably disposing of non-recyclables. This supports her desire for a cleaner Planet Earth and feasible business models supporting sustainability.
Philip Bogaerts – Structural Window Designer: Philip has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from KU Lueven. He has worked for almost 3 years as a Regional Technical Advisor for Guardian Industries, a world leader in glass manufacturing. In terms of structural/thermal glass design and performance, he was the main person responsible for all projects in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. The main focus was on these three countries, however he also worked on several other projects in different locations around the world. Philip manages multiple priorities effectively, solves problems by making clear analysis, and keeps composure during stressful situations. While a member of the One Community team, Philip helped research and evaluate the best possible glass and door products and companies for the project.
Philip Gill – Interior Designer and Furniture Designer: Philip operates Philip Gill Design and has a Master of Interior Architecture (M. Int. Arch) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, (Cal Poly Pomona) and a Professional Certificate in Interior Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. He is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the winner of the ASID Foundation’s first David Barrett Memorial Award, a scholarship given to interior design students pursuing careers in traditional and classical interior design. He is also a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). While a One Community consultant, Philip created the space plans, interiors, and furniture designs for One Community’s Earthbag Village.
Philo Jewett – Web Designer & Photoshop Expert, Videographer, Internet Marketer, and Education Designer/Teacher: Philo has a diversity of experience in artistic creation, marketing and teaching that provides him a unique and effective approach to situations and challenges in his environment. He has spent many years as an entrepreneur, doing everything from operating his own taco stand to facilitating multiple teams of individuals in different online network marketing opportunities. Philo volunteered with One Community for 4 years (2 years as a pioneer) doing web design and Photoshop work on the education and food programs, as well as the entirety of the One Community website. The highlights of his contribution are the 52 Educational Lesson Plans, the 8 Educational Molecules, the One Community Website icons, and the Pipe Furniture Page.
Phu Nguyen – Software Developer: Phu graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He is interested in Web Development, Mobile Development and Data Structures and Algorithms. Phu started to learn about coding after he read “Cracking the Python – Introduction to Computer Programming” by his high school alumni. One of Phu’s hobbies is cooking and he would love to become a master chef in the US. While a member of the One Community Team, Phu developed the reports functionality and helped with debugging of the Highest Good Network software web application.
Prabhath Ekanayake – Electrical Engineering Assistant: Prabhath is a former Aerospace Test Engineer who changed his career path into electrical engineering. He has earned the EIT- electrical and computer license issued by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists in the state of California. He has demonstrated success working in fast-paced environments and on complex projects requiring efficient and effective solutions to challenging problems. He believes in efficiency with regards to using resources, doing more with less, and contributing to sustainability with resources and infrastructure as a path to having both a positive impact on the environment and the economy. While a member of the One Community team, Prabhath helped research and write the initial Grid-Tie Energy Infrastructure Plan for our solar microgrid designs.
Prabhjot Singh – Fullstack Software Engineer: Prabh is a proactive self-taught developer with 4 years of experience in front-end development. He uses React and Next.js. Prabh is also teaching web development on youtube in his native language (Punjabi) to help people to learn. He enjoys giving his time to a worthy cause and, while a member of the One Community team, was on the management team helping develop the Highest Good Network software.
Prathik Jain – Prathik holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is highly analytical and has a keen interest in fluid dynamics. Pratik has developed good skills in 3D modeling (Solidworks, Creo and AutoCAD) and performing CFD analysis in Python. In his free time, he is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys activities like walking, running, and hiking. While a member of One Community team, Prathik helped design and analyze the safest and best hub connector for the Duplicable City Center.
Priti Kothari – Information Technology Enthusiast: Priti has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, US and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from MSU in India. She also has 20+ years of professional experience in the field of Information Technology and has worked at GE, Chrysler, Chrysler Financials, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delphi, and Ally Financials. Priti is passionate about information technology and how technology advances can be leveraged to improve human life. Her expertise lies in managing projects and programs of large scale, Software Development Life Cycle and methodologies, and programming. Priti is passionate about global change and creating a better world, and helped the One Community team by working on the Highest Good Network software.
Priyanka Singh – Software Developer: Priyanka is an experienced software developer passionate about developing and supporting applications for mobile, web, and desktop users. She is proud to be a part of One Community as she believes that a sustainable living and conserving resources is the only way to save the earth for our future generations. While a member of the One Community team, Priayanka helped with the design and development of the Highest Good Network collaborative software.
Qiuheng Xu – Landscape Designer: Qiuheng graduated from the University of Virginia Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. During the past few years, she participated in several different types and phases of projects through both school and intern experiences. Through these, Qiuheng was able to get hands on with residential projects, civil engineering, urban planning, and habitat design. She also has some web design experience. Qiuheng believes landscape should be part of daily life because what we are building are living environments. While a member of the One Community team, Qiuheng helped with both internal and external visualization and walkthrough of the Duplicable City Center the Aquapini & Walipini structures.
Radhieka Nagpal – Technology Analyst and Climate Change Enthusiast: Radhieka has over a year of experience working in tech consulting for one of the Big 4 firms and has received several awards during her tenure. While professionally rewarding, her passion for sustainability and its potential to have a positive impact on the environment, economy and human lives led her to exploring career opportunities as a climate change consultant. Radhieka wishes to utilize and promote the existence of sustainable alternatives to help reduce the global carbon footprint, especially by large scale industries. In the future, she wishes to be in a position to advise governments and organizations on the best sustainable practices. While a member of the One Community team, Radhieka followed her passion and desire to help reduce the global carbon footprint by helping develop the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. tutorial.
Raj Patel – Mechanical Engineer: Raj is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. With the knowledge he gained from his degree, Raj seeks to help change the world by making it a better place for everyone to live. In his opinion, this is the best part of engineering and he joined the One Community team because our project resonates with his personal beliefs and desire for making a difference. While a member of the One Community team, Raj helped to solve the challenges of designing and using SolidWorks to test a DIY-replicable solution for connecting all the beams of the Duplicable City Center.
Ramya Vudi – Bachelor’s Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Certified Engineer in Training: Ramya received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the renowned engineering school, Vellore Institute of Technology, India. Now she is a Master of Science Student in Electric Power at University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a Certified Engineer In Training by the state of California. Coming from a family of power engineers, Ramya grew up understanding the power industry and its challenges. As an undergrad, she developed a passion for power systems; learning all she could about power system technology. This led to work experience with natural gas and coal power plant networks, conducting various case studies on these networks, and realizing that these sources of power are definitely economical and efficient but not reliable as they are exhaustible. Working towards producing “greener electricity” became an obvious next step and Ramya moved to one of the hubs of renewable energy, California. Now she brings awareness about the value of sustainable living as the President of the Energy Club at USC, organizing guest lectures, field trips, workshops, etc. While a member of the One Community team, Ramya brought her knowledge and passion for innovative solutions to the challenges of renewable energy and helped with the research and design of the Duplicable City Center electrical, Solar Energy Microgrid Setup and Maintenance tutorial, and control and automation tie-in specifics.
Renan Dantas – Mechanical Engineer and Process Piping Drafting Student: Renan has his Bachelor’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and is currently pursuing a Process Piping Drafting certificate at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Renan won a scholarship from the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) to participate in a 4-month exchange program at York University in Toronto, Canada, which motivated him to move to Canada looking for new challenges and personal and professional growth. Renan has over 3 years experience working as Project Engineer/Field Engineer in Brazil and over seven years using AutoCAD software for academic and professional purposes. He is a big fan of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and surfing, all of which contribute to his interest in the environment and conservation issues. As a Christian, he believes that we must bear fruit and make a positive difference in the world every day and Renan has spent his whole life volunteering for different causes ranging from sorting food donations, to a peer tutoring program designed to assist low-income students. As an AutoCAD Designer and Drafter, Renan helped One Community with the Duplicable City Center.
Renetta (Rene) Aprahamian – Blogger and Website Designer: Rene has an AA in Marketing with a Minor in Business specializing in the apparel industry. She has over 15 years of experience as a website designer and blogger maintaining eight different blogs. As a Jane of All Trades, Rene’s 30-year work history includes a diversity of customer service positions including Library Circulation Assistant, Personnel Secretary, Retail Manager, Cosmetologist, Schematics Designer, Filmmaker, Video Editor and Author. Blogging, website design, Home School Teacher, and persistent online student of various topics including Computer Programming and French have been in addition to this. While a member of the One Community team, Rene volunteered weekly for over 2 years helping with research, brainstorming and web design for the Highest Good Housing and Highest Good Education sections. An excellent example of over 40 hours of Rene’s work and research is the Open Source Water-saving Shower Heads page.
Ricardo Carrillo – Design Consultant and Principal of Acumen Industries: Ricardo’s focus is Mechanical and Structural Engineering specializing in shell, spaceframe, dome and structural glazing elements for building enclosures, overhead structures, and building envelope solutions. As a Principal Consultant at Acumen Industries, Ricardo brings his 20 years of experience from a variety of construction fields, including Petroleum, Water Processing, Industrial Storage, and Architectural. His work includes experience in consulting, manufacturing, construction, engineering, design, testing, sales development, and on-site supervision. Project types include refineries, material processing facilities, airports, museums, private residential, public facilities, stadia, and custom structural systems. Ricardo’s expertise includes the design of aluminum structures, modular structural systems, and the analysis of performance-based systems including fabric, cable systems and shell structures. His interests also include the practice of health-giving methods, education, and independent living strategies. While a One Community volunteer, Ricardo helped with the initial structural design calculations and details of the Duplicable City Center.
Rob Gjerde – Entrepreneur, Promotor, and Swimming Pool and Construction Expert: Rob is the owner and operator of Sorico Design and Consulting and the founder of Earth Day Global. He has over twenty-five years of small business management and music industry experience including an employee team as large as 40 and subcontracting with hundreds. Robs innovative designs and sound business practices have led him to speaking engagements and features in Better Homes & Gardens, a leading US Magazine. While a One Community consultant, and sharing our sustainability goals with a desire to educate people how to use our natural resources in a more responsible respectable and economic manner, Rob completed the initial designs for the Duplicable City Center open source natural pool and eco-hot tub.
Ron Magpantay – Software Developer: Ron is an aspiring Fullstack Software Engineer that completed a Software Engineering Immersive at General Assembly. He is pivoting from a background in Sales and Administration because of his interests in the tech industry, his desire to solve problems, and he enjoys creating products from start to finish. Ron is a team player and a lifelong learner. While a member of the One Community team, Ron helped with reviewing and approving other people’s code and fixing bugs in the Highest Good Network .
Ron Payne – HVAC / Thermal Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Advocate for Smaller Living: Ron graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He first studied at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point N.Y. after a congressional nomination. He studied and excelled in Marine Systems Engineering before leaving the academy. Ron is a veteran of two wars in two branches of service, the Navy and Army, over an 8-year span. He is adept with machines and has worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry repairing and maintaining complex equipment. Most recently Ron has returned to his desire to do more design work by working with a large semiconductor manufacturer to help design the HVAC systems for their newest factory. While a One Community volunteer, Ron helped with the planning and mechanical engineering components of the the earthbag village and the Duplicable City Center. He also created the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Tutorial, Sustainable Water Heating Tutorial, and much of the initial designs for the Highest Good Energy rollout.
Rushabh Bhavsar – Rushabh is a Boston based mechanical engineer and product designer with a passion for 3D modeling and product development. He completed his master’s from Northeastern University. When designing, Rushabh likes to take inspiration for his designs from day-to-day objects, pop culture, nature and almost anything he can look at and think, “maybe this can be done differently”. Outside of work, he is a huge soccer fan and loves to explore and travel. While a member of the One Community Team, Rushabh helped create the most energy efficient and ecological DIY hot tub for the Duplicable City Center.
Said Cavalcante Rodrigues – Full Stack Developer: Said is an autodidact Full Stack Developer with focus in NextJS and React. He is passionate about making web apps and testing weird new tech, always trying to go beyond his current capabilities, because the feeling of conquering something insane is priceless. As a member of the One Community software team working on the Highest Good Network, Said helped fix our ability to import Work Breakdown Structures and helped redesign the timer/clock everyone uses for tracking and inputting time into the software.
Sam Robinson – 3D Designer: Sam has a B.S. in Game Arts & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ever since she was a 12-years old, she has wanted to become a 3D designer for levels and objects/assets for video games, and maybe someday, bring her own ideas to life. To this day, she is determined to grow as a designer and earn her way into the industry. Sam believes that without sustainability, there would be no balance in the quality of life and the world around it. While a member of the One Community Team, Sam applied her 3D design skills to help with the internal renders for the Tree House Village.
Samuel Soroaster – Samuel is a multiversed being dedicated to spreading Love and holistic sustainable solutions for the betterment of human civilization and the wellbeing of planet Earth. He believes the root cause of the status quo is due to the collective conditioning of competition and strives to nourish cooperation to make the world a better place. He has a doctorate in Neurophysiology from the University of California, San Francisco and a masters in Biology from the University of Cologne, Germany. He is the founder of Green New World, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting holistic sustainable living solutions and co-founder of the eco-village Nuevo Mundo in Guatemala. Over the years thousands of people have studied sustainable living and permaculture with Samuel as he continues to travel around the world providing courses and workshops. Samuel is a passionate permaculture designer, holistic water systems designer, gardener, architect, carpenter, natural builder, alternative energy designer, Reiki master and astrologer. As a biologist he has spent many years learning from nature which has inspired his ideas and inventions hence his love for biomimicry. While a One Community consultant, Samuel lent his extensive knowledge and experience to water systems and sewage systems design and the components of the Earthbag Village.
Sandra Sellani – Business Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Vegan Chef: Sandra is a business author, speaker, strategist and consultant with more than 20 years experience in branding and marketing. She is the author of What’s Your BQ? (Brand Quotient®) and creator of the BQ Test, a 40-question diagnostic tool that helps business leaders determine their brand strengths and weaknesses quickly and accurately. Her goal is to simplify and demystify branding by teaching methods that work with any company in any market. She has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania. With a passion for animal welfare that began as a child, Sandra has also been a vegetarian for 29 years, and a vegan for the last four. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and plant-based living. Now trained as a vegan Chef, Sandra has certifications in both Basic and Advanced Raw Cuisine from the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy in Santa Monica, CA, and a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. While a One Community volunteer, Sandra helped create delicious vegan menus as part of the open source Highest Good food and food transition to sustainability plan
Sangam Stanczak – Environmental Engineer (Ph.D., P.E.): Sangam, driven by her lifelong passion for making a positive impact on the world and her belief in world peace, dedicated her career in environmental engineering to improving the lives of underprivileged populations. Her work in rural Kenya, where she helped provide clean water through simple sand filters, stood as her greatest contribution. With a natural inclination for efficiency and a holistic perspective, Sangam strived to live a life of love, respect, and fulfillment for all. Actively contributing to One Community for 7 years, Sangam made many significant contributions during this time. She detailed and designed the large scale Consensus governance structure, researched and outlined the hydro power tutorial, phased rollout for One Community, researched and detailed the open-source permaculture, and earth dam construction tutorials, designed a Wetlab for water quality testing, and designed the Earthbag Village greywater purification system. Additionally, Sangam played a vital role in contributing to Highest Good Education program components, particularly the 2-Directional Evaluation and Evolution component.
Satish Ravindran – Senior Project Engineer: Satish earned his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2009. He has over eight years of experience in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability and now works as a Senior Project Engineer at Willdan Energy Solutions. Satish’s extensive experience in energy efficiency includes energy audits, retro-commissioning studies, and co-generation and design of utility programs. On behalf of energy utilities, he has completed energy-efficiency projects for commercial buildings, educational institutes, K-12 schools, hospitals, and hotels. Satish has also provided technical support to the Department of Energy CHP Southwest Technical Assistance Partnership. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a Certified Energy Manager, a project management professional, and a LEED AP. Satish believes in interconnection of spirituality and sustainability and is a firm advocator of food, water, and energy conservation and wants to transform the world from “doing” to “being.” In his free time, Satish is passionate about visiting national and state parks and volunteers for the Isha foundation. While a member of the One Community team, Satish helped write the Eco-lighting LEED tutorial and design details of the Highest Good energy components.
Sayonara Batista de Oliveira – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Sayonara is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at Portland State University. In Brazil, she studies at Federal University of Campina Grande. Before starting college, Sayonara took classes to learn how to use AutoCAD, which gave to her a great amount of knowledge about the software. One year later, she had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at her university where she offered support to other students that were gaining experience with AutoCAD. Always desiring to help, Sayonara participated as a volunteer in the organization of several events in her college. In addition, she was part of a scientific research group about the free spaces of her city, called “Free spaces in Campina Grande: a vista of the landscaping in the city.” Her passion for the environment related to architecture and urbanism became stronger during this research. Sayonara realized that the cities and buildings could act like great agents to modify the spaces and incorporate sustainability in the plans. Living and studying for almost 1 year in Portland, Oregon (one of the most sustainable cities in America) she took many classes related to environmental issues, and saw how great the benefits are for people when the spaces incorporate green infrastructure, and are planned with concern for nature. Sayonara desires to use her architecture and urban planning skills to build better spaces that improve quality of life while preserving the environment for future generations. While a member of the One Community team, Sayonara helped with sustainable construction method research, design, drafting, and rendering for all seven of the sustainable village models.
Scott Howard – Sustainable Building Expert and Architectural Artisan: Scott founded Earthen Hand Natural Building in 2002 to promote cutting edge building technologies through education. He builds and teaches natural building workshops around the world with his most notable achievements including: inspiring thousands of students; a 23 ft earthbag sound dome in Thailand (2004); a 17 ft earthbag dome in Dogon Country, Mali (2009); and a Passive Annual Heat Storage earthbag home in Washinton state (2011). He is currently teaming up with two other designer/builders to create Ecotecture International, to take on larger projects with intent to help people discover healthier and happier living. While a One Community volunteer, Scott offered to share his knowledge and experience as well as offering classes on the property. Check out Scott’s Portfolio Here.
Shadi Kennedy – Artist and Graphic Designer: After graduating with his BA in Art Practice, Shadi decided he wanted to create visually engaging work that related to the world around us and engaged and interacted with viewers beyond those who just wandered into an art gallery. With this new goal, Shadi went back to University and earned his MA (with Honors) in Graphic Design. Now an accomplished Designer, he specializes in using visual creativity to produce unique, streamlined, and functional designs that make a positive impact on the world around them. While a One Community Graphic Designer, Shadi applied his amazing talent creating final real-to-life renders, descriptive imagery, and publication materials for the Earthbag Village, Tropical Atrium, and Duplicable City Center®. Shadi also helped create the initial assembly instructions for the Earthbag Village Murphy Bed designs.
Sheng Xu – Mechanical Design Engineer: Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father, Sheng is the third mechanical engineer in his family. He received his bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing in Sichuan University, China and is now a graduate student at the University of Southern California, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His graduate study focused on CFD and FEA simulation and he realized that further learning engineering analysis could improve his mechanical design skill as well. Now, after 6 years deeply studying mechanical engineering, Sheng is skilled in 3D modeling (SolidWorks) and FEA analysis software (CosmosWorks, Abquas) and happy to say that the skills he has learned are diversely applicable because, “mechanical engineering is everywhere in our daily life. This is the most fantastic part of mechanical engineering and also the starting of world change.” While a One Community volunteer and consultant, Sheng helped with 3-D modeling and structural evaluation of the different structures of the Earthbag Village and upcoming crowdfunding campaign dome designs.
Shreyas Dayanand – Battery Research and EV Charging Consult: Shreyas is an engineering professional with a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. He is passionate about working with battery technology in the electric mobility industry. He believes electric vehicle technology is the key to sustainable transportation. Shreyas is skilled in CAD, thermal and structural simulations, and research related to electric vehicle battery pack applications. He is passionate and dedicated to solving engineering problems to overcome the hurdles of the EV industry. While a member of the One Community team, Shreyas helped to implement the concept of Vehicle-to-Grid technology and worked on a techno-economical analysis to optimize EV charging. He also looked into battery storage options and the economics of battery storage as a 100% off-grid storage option for our solar farm.
Shubham Agrawal – B.E. Electrical Engineering, Power and Energy Systems Graduate Student: Shubham has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from India and is pursuing his Masters in Power and Energy Systems from Virginia Tech. His interest in power and energy systems comes from the “excruciating dearth of electricity” that he faced as a child in his home state of Uttar Pradesh. Motivated by this, Shubham has gained a variety of experience by working on different projects, studying interdisciplinary courses, and interning in different companies both in India and the USA. Shubham has a knack for sustainability and he practices what he preaches. He follows the 3Rs for sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. His hobbies include: gardening, cooking, reading, playing cricket, and watching cartoons of the 90s era. While a One Community Volunteer Engineer, Shubham helped with the initial renewable energy infrastructure calculations and design, integration with the automation of the One Community Duplicable City Center, and designing and writing the Wind Energy Setup and Maintenance tutorial.
Shubhra Mittal – Software Delivery Manager: Shubhra has over ten years of professional software development and testing experience. While a member of the One Community team, she worked extensively in .NET technologies and took over leading the development of the open source Highest Good Network to bring it as far as we could in Ember.js. She believes that all resources must be developed with sustainability as the guiding principles to ensure future generations can inherit the legacy of a green and clean planet. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, nature walks, and reading.
Shuna Ni – Structural Engineer: Shuna earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Central South University, China, her MS in Structural Engineering from Tongji University, China, and her PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, Texas. Passionate about learning, Shuna also has over 7 years experience working a diversity of intern positions helping as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and now a volunteer with One Community. She is skilled in structural analysis using SAP 2000, ETABS, RISA-3D, PERFORM 3D, et al. The projects she has participated in during her previous professional experiences range from timber structures to steel structures. Born and growing up on an island, Shuna has witnessed rapid environmental changes and an increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters impacting densely populated areas. This has driven her to learn and apply engineering principles and building-design tools to help produce economical, low-impact, and durable building systems. While a volunteer on the One Community Team, Shuna applied all her experience and knowledge by helping with the structural engineering details for the Duplicable City Center.
Shuwei Liu – Landscape Designer: Shuwei earned her master’s degree in landscape architecture and Urbanism from University of Southern California and B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University. She also had a full-year internship experience with a multidisciplinary firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts working on a wide range of projects including a school campus, commercial plaza and residential garden. Through all her professional learning and internship experience, Shuwei has become passionate about changing the environment and “user” experience through landscape design. She likes to learn new things and meet new people to continue expanding her professional skill and life experience. While a member of the One Community team, Shuwei helped develop the external learning area and playground for the Ultimate Classroom project.
Simon Xiong – Programmer: Simon is a Full Stack Engineer with previous career in logistics and manufacturing. As a self-taught developer, Simon strives to always be a student, continuously learning and expanding his knowledge. His learning journey has included developing front end and full stack web applications using Agile methodologies and web services such as RESTful architecture, CRUD functionalities and SCRUM. In his free time, Simon enjoys traveling, photography and learning about other cultures. While a member of One Community team, Simon led the research and development of the Highest Good Network tutorials and best practice methodologies for Unit Testing and Documentation.
Sneha Dongre – Structural Engineer: Sneha earned her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Structural Engineering from University of Oklahoma, and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Nagpur University, India. She’s passionate about sustainable building design and that interest has led to work on projects related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) during her undergraduate study. She has also worked on an independent study related to bridge design, maintenance and rehabilitation during her masters degree. She also has experience in residential, industrial, and metal building design. She is skilled in various structural design/analysis and BIM softwares (RAM SS, ETABS, STAAD Pro, REVIT, ANSYS etc). Believing projects should be designed with sustainable design goals, Sneha joined the One Community team and helped forward the structural engineering details of the Duplicable City Center.
Song Dong – M.S. in Mechanical Engineering: Song earned his M.S. degree from UCLA and B.S. degree in Marine Engineering from Tianjin University, China. Song is interested in damage and failure of materials in mechanical design, finite element analysis of structure, CAD modeling, as well as mechanism kinematics. He is passionate about making smart and eco-designed products to help people gain a smarter and healthier lifestyle. While a One Community volunteer, Song helped with elevation drawings of the Earthbag Village clusters and SolidWorks structural calculations.
Sowmya Manohar – Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer: Sowmya received her Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with distinction (Gold Medalist) from one of India’s reputed universities, Pondicherry University. Due to her passion in programming, she pursued her career as a programmer and application developer. She is also a Microsoft Certified Technology specialist. In her spare time, Sowmya enjoys painting, creating with beads, and solving sudoku puzzles. She strongly believes that change starts from within and, while a member of the One Community Team, helped build the Ember.js foundation of the 2nd-generation Highest Good Network Software.
Sunitha Paraselli – Mechanical Engineer: Sunitha is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC), and former mechanical engineer in Ecoboard Industries Ltd. She loves working on Eco-friendly projects, which is one reason she chose to volunteer with One Community. Sunitha has extensive experience providing technical designs for equipment in Bio-gas Plants, is proficient at creating detailed mechanical drawings and running simulation for parts and assemblies using AutoCAD, Solidworks and Catia, and is well versed in creating, reading, and interpreting drawings and P&I diagrams. She also has advanced skills in CAD/CAE/CAM tools, SAP ERP systems, and Estimation of materials required for the project. While a member of the One Community team, Sunitha helped with the initial engineering analysis for the hub connector hardware that will be used for the Duplicable City Center wooden frame.
TEKtalent Inc. – Staffing and Consulting Services, Software Development Team: One of the leading staffing and consulting companies in Silicon Valley, California, TEKtalent Inc. provides quality staffing and custom programming solutions. They have proved to be reliable in the provision of employment to those who are actively looking for work. With years of experience in the staffing industry, TEKtalent provides career opportunities and new ventures, permanent and temporary, so that the job seeker could find the job that is right for him or her. In order to meet the specific needs of employers and job seekers, they build a customized and creative staffing strategy. While a member of the One Community team, TEKtalent helped develop the Highest Good Network software.
Tengxiao Wang – Software Engineer: Tengxiao received his B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University, Beijing, China and his M.S. in Data Informatics from University of Southern California. He is enthusiastic about web development and big data technologies and has hands-on experience with React, Redux, Node.js, Apache Spark, SQL and NoSQL databases. Before joining One Community, he worked as a contractor at EMCORE Corp., developing machine learning systems and maintaining a project management web app. Tengxiao has been concerned about sustainability issues since childhood. While a volunteer with One Community, he helped develop the initial React.js version of the Highest Good Network software timer functionality. Apart from work, Tengxiao is a music lover and a cat lover and interested in diverse topics ranging from politics to traveling.
Tiffany Gao – Sustainability/Plastics Researcher: Tiffany is a high school student from New York who has always enjoyed seeking ways to partake in and learn more about environmental solutions. Being fond of the ocean ever since she was a child, she became frustrated with the plastic situation in high school and thus founded Devocean Foundation, where she advocates for a reduction in plastic waste and manages a blog as she explores various environmental issues and solutions to such problems. Tiffany is also part of her school’s science, business and environmental club where she gets to explore her various passions and how they intertwine through social entrepreneurship and environmental science. Outside of school she additionally loves being part of the environmental and social efforts in Tzu Chi, Plastic Tides, and The Tomorrow Project. While a One Community member, Tiffany helped with the plastic recycling and non recyclables strategy pages.
Tyler Gonnsen – Software Architecture Consultant, Website and Web Application Developer, B.S. in Software Engineering and Mathematics: Tyler graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science double major in software engineering and mathematics, a minor in economics, and a certificate in management studies from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. During college, he had the opportunity to take leadership positions on real-world projects such as a government district mapping tool, online pet licensing system, community web calendar, and winery e-commerce website. After college, Tyler has consulted on a variety of websites and online applications in the insurance, healthcare, financial, and retail industries. While a One Community volunteer, Tyler applied his software engineering experience and knowledge of architectural design principles to create the 2nd generation design for the Highest Good network application and the rollout template and initial design details for the open source Control Systems design and remote-internet implementation details.
Vamsi Pulugurtha – Mechanical Engineer: Vamsi works as a CAE Engineer at GM Research and Development. He’s worked with GM since 2014 with the primary aim of his engineering group being weight reduction as a path to increased fuel efficiency while maintaining safety. His work specifically ranges from material-testing and subsequent CAE/FEA correlation to performing full vehicle FMVSS and NCAP crash analysis. When not working, Vamsi loves going on hikes and road trips, enjoying clear blue skies, trees and beaches. Vamsi strongly believes that every single person has a responsibility to care deeply about how their day-to-day activities are impacting our planet in small but significant ways. He’s extremely passionate about clean and sustainable energy generation and storage. Coming from a country like India where almost ~300 million people (equivalent to the entire population is united states) do not have electricity, this passion for sustainability only grew stronger with time and he has always been looking to positively contribute in some way shape or form to the cause. While a One Community team member, Vamsi applied his knowledge and passion to finite element analysis and HVAC design for the Duplicable City Center and Tropical Atrium.
Vassili Biserov – Writer, Poet and Translator: First and foremost a poet, Vassili took part in the last two editions of 100 Thousands Poets for Change that have taken place in Bologna. Vibra, one of Vas’ poems in a different language, was judged as worthy of mention in a poetry competition called ‘Attraverso l’Italia’. Vas first started translating by translating a French songwriter, Leo Ferré, into Italian when he was in high school. After that he translated the entire phonographic testament of him, he began to translate a Russian songwriter, Vladimir Vyzotskij, whom he translated more than 400 songs into Italian. Vas has organized and led a Poetic Literary Circle, a group purposed to perform readings in houses, parks and squares and taken part in ‘La Gabotte,’ a group of poets with whom he produced a CD with 13 tracks, one for each poet. He is also a reiki practitioner with the 2nd level of Karuna reiki. While a One Community volunteer, Vas helped to translate the pages of the One Community site that he finds most helpful and inspirational into Italian (here’s an example).
Venus Abdollahi – Venus is an architectural designer with several years of experience in different aspects of architecture including energy efficient-design, energy-conscious design, and BIM design. She enjoys remaining involved in all phases of the process in order to deliver a successful project that stays true to the original concept. Venus contributes both creative and technical deliverables to create architecturally transformative stories and experiences that are inclusive, impactful and compelling to align with the design intent. While a member of the One Community team, Venus helped with the Duplicable City Center roof, dormer, and floor plan designs.
Vicente J. Subiela – PhD Mechanical Engineer: Vicente became an engineer in 1993 (University of Zaragoza, Spain), and then was researching CO2 balances and energy & economic balances in life cycle analysis within the R&D center CIRCE. He started as project manager in the Canary Islands Institute of Technology in 1997, where he was involved in off-grid autonomous-renewable-energy-driven desalination projects (electric and thermal processes) and other sustainability activities until 2014, when he retired after a larynx cancer. Four years later, he completed his PhD on technical & economic optimization of solar & wind powered reverse osmosis systems. He has more than 20 publications. Vicente has been active since 2014 by attending courses in photography, graphic design and coaching. He balances his activities with hiking, meditation, cooking, dancing, and family life (3 kids). He is also an active member in a gender equality men’s association, and hosts conferences to share his experience and life learning during and after his cancer. While a One Community volunteer, Vicente helped lead the solar design and sizing team.
Vitor Adriel – Software Engineer: Vitor is a passionate self-taught software engineer who has loved technology since he was 5 years old. He started developing at a very young age and, in 2022, realized his love for the profession and chose programming as his career path. Since then, he has worked diligently, completing projects and becoming better with each one. He’s a full-stack developer who joined One Community at the age of 17, where he helped to develop the Highest Good Network. In just three months of working with us, Vitor proved himself to be not only an excellent developer and team member but also earned a position on the management team while he was here.
Vivian Rodrigues – Translator: With a special passion for words, Vivian has spent years doing translations. She began translating even as a child, translating to help people access and understand materials previously inaccessible for them. For years she has continued applying her passion, translating (for free) written and video contents, both recreational and educational. A student of education and self-taught in many other areas, Vivian also enjoys game design and gamification, entrepreneurship, psychology, and music. When she saw her friends becoming unhappy and sick for avoidable reasons, she became motivated to work towards creating a better world. While a One Community Consultant, she helped to translate key pages of the website (Open Source, Highest Good, Solutions that Create Solutions, etc.) into Portuguese.
Vy Dao – Software Engineer: Vy graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and minored in Computer Information Technology. He has work experience in several domains including AWS Cloud Computing, Full-Stack, and APIs developments. Vy also works on several projects related to making Cross-platform mobile applications for iOS and Android. He believes quality and scalable open-source programs are the keys to fix many global challenges. While a member of the One Community team, Vy helped with unit testing of the Highest Good Network application.
Wen Zhang – Software Engineer with a background in Finance: Wen earned her M.S. in Accounting with a specialization in Management Information System from University of Delaware, and B.S. in Economics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Before being a Developer, she was a CPA and worked in Public Accounting and Corporate Finance for over 4 years. In 2018, Wen completed the Software Engineering program at Fullstack Academy, and has been working in Software Development since then. She is passionate about Data Analytics, Data Visualization, and FinTech. When not coding, Wen loves yoga and travel. While a member of the Software Development team at One Community, Wen helped build the initial badge and awards functionalities for the React version of Highest Good Network software.
Xiaolu Song – Landscape Designer: Xiaolu earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from USC in May 2020 and has 3 months of internship experience covering residential and commercial projects in Austin, Texas. She is a dynamic and motivated professional with the skills to work cooperatively as well as individually. She believes excellent landscape design projects will find the real value, meaning, and possibility in the places people encounter and occupy. While a member of the One Community team, Xiaolu helped develop the Ultimate Classroom landscaping.
Xiaoyu Chen – Software Engineer: A former Chemical Engineering student, Xiaoyu embarked on a career in Data Science after discovering her passion for the field. She is pursuing a Master’s degree from Rice University and has developed proficiency in Python and high performance computing. Concurrently, she’s nurtured a keen interest in front-end web design and development, attending a specialized bootcamp to hone her skills in this area. While a member of the One Community team, Xiaoyu helped with software development for the open source Highest Good Network project and time tracking software.
Yan Xu – Software Development Engineer: Yan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Data Analytics. She is full of passion for Computer Science and a master in Java, Python, and SQL. Yan is a developer as well as a reviewer of pull requests from Github. She loves coding and this work because it allows her to apply and further develop her skills while helping to make the world a better and more beautiful place. As a member of the One Community team, she helped leverage React (redux, native, hook, router), Node.js, and Express.js to create new functional features for both the front end and back end of the Highest Good Network Application.
Yifei Zhu – Analyst: After obtaining her Masters of Science in Operations Research, Yifei gained hands-on experience as a data analyst with speciality in digital acquisition. Yifei is passionate about data analytics and considers her greatest strength to be resilience. Recreationally, Yifei enjoys snowboarding and playing card games. Combined with her knowledge as an Industrial Engineering major, she helped One Community with content review, formatting, and data entry for the Earthbag Village designs and Highest Good Food component.
Yiqi Feng – Software Engineer: Yiqi received her B.S. in Automation from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. She is passionate about full stack development and big real-time data technologies and has hands-on experience with React, Redux, and Node.js. Before joining One Community, Yiqi finished several large-scale programming projects and developed an open source real-time data management system to receive dataflow from distributed servers. While a volunteer at One Community, she helped develop the React.js version of the Highest Good Network software timer functionality and edit time functions.
Yongjian Pan – React.js / MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer: Yongjian is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. With three years of experience in software development, he specializes in the MongoDB, Express, React.js, Node.js (MERN) stack and has developed over 20 personal and group projects. Additionally, he has expertise in smart contract development using Solidity and has made contributions to the Ethereum Stack Exchange Q&A forum. Yongjian is also interested in contributing to open source projects. While a member of the One Community Highest Good Network software development team, he helped improve user experience by implementing necessary functionalities to enhance the application’s ability to manage, track, and reward volunteer labor hours.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park – Graphic Designer, UX Designer: Yogi is a UX/UI designer based in Los Angeles, California, with experience in conceptualizing and creating digital products. He is passionate about making the world a better place with his design skills, and likes helping businesses and non-profit organizations complete their mission for a good cause. Yogi has helped Save the Frog meet its goal of protecting amphibian populations and forming a community of nature conservations. He did this by developing a UX Mobile App prototype for the official mobile app and providing other digital assets such as flyers and social media posts for promotional purposes. Yogi also joined a charity rock band as a guitarist in 2021. The band was attached to Live and Loud, a charity hobby band organization in Korea that donates to local animal shelters and disability resource centers through fundraising events. At the annual concert, his band contributed $520 through ticket sales, to the total collection of $1860 by the organization. While a member of the One Community team, Yogi helped create the social media images we use for our weekly progress updates.
Yueru Zhao – Software Engineer: Yueru received her B.S in Management Information Systems from University of Delaware and M.S in Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining One Community, she worked as a full-time software engineer at SAP. Besides work, Yueru likes hiking and photography. While a member of the Highest Good Network software development team at One Community, Yueru helped develop the reports functionality.
Yufei Zhang – Software Engineer: Yufei received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Computer Science at Rice University. She has one year of experience as a full-stack software engineer, specializing in React and MongoDB. She enjoys designing user-friendly applications and is passionate about software development. While a member of the One Community Team, Yufei helped develop the software for the open source Highest Good Network software.
Yujue Wang – Architectural Designer: Yujue graduated from The University of Pennsylvania where she received a Master’s Degree in Architecture. She is very interested in sustainable and regenerative design and is always exploring how architecture can bring a better life to people. She believes that thoughtful architecture can make a positive difference in the quality of life, shared sense of purpose, and vitality of a community. While a volunteer architect and interior design member of the One Community team, Yujue applied her skills to deliver meaningful, innovative, and sustainable design to the rooms within the Duplicable City Center.
Yulia Minhazeeva – PhD Professor of Linguistics, Private Language Tutor, and Teacher: Having always been interested in relationships and communication, Yulia has spent nine years intensively studying languages and foreign literature and is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, with a basic knowledge of French and German as well. She holds a PhD in linguistics and has been teaching for Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University since 2008. She has extensive experience with young children (aged from infancy to seven years old and more) that she has combined with her participation in a Children’s Early Development Education Program (based on Rudolph Steiner’s Waldorf School and Helen Doron’s teaching principles) helping her become an even more well-qualified children’s supervisor, facilitator, inspirer, and teacher. While a One Community consultant, Yulia contributed over two years to the development and evolution of the Highest Good education overall program, all curriculum components, lesson plans, and the complete subject of English.
Yun Lin – Ph.D., P.E.: Yun holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has published a total of six papers in refereed journals and conferences based on research related to mass concrete, reinforced concrete, and thermal barrier coating. Yun is currently an experienced bridge structural engineer. Yun’s expertise includes bridge design, bridge inspection, bridge load rating, finite element analysis and programming. Yun is registered as a PE in the State of Louisiana and a Certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader Nationwide. While a One Community volunteer, Yun applied his engineering skills to help with the structural details of the Duplicable City Center.
Yuqiao Zhang – Architectural Designer/Drafter: Yuqiao is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Master of Architecture and M.S. Civil Engineering: Construction Management. With a diversity of experience in architectural design and drafting, Yuqiao is working to apply his construction-education backgrounds with designs that create value and serve society. As part of this, Yuqiao also became a LEED GA in 2018. This further deepened his understanding of the importance of sustainability and how much people can reduce their impact with environment-friendly designs and construction techniques. Yuqiao joined the One Community team working on the Duplicable City Center designs to contribute this passion and his knowledge to make positive change in the world. While a member of the team, he helped with extensive AutoCAD floor plan updates and the rainwater catchment research and designs in both Sketchup and AutoCAD.
Yuran Qin – Yuran received her Master’s degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from UMass Amherst. During her master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant on wearable medical devices to help people improve their quality of life. This gave her the idea to use what she learned to help people live better in other ways too. While a member of the One Community team, Yuran created the web pages for Health Insurance, the Solar Incentive Rates in West Coast States: Research and Understanding, Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies, and Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Sheep Stewardship.
Zachary Melin – Videographer, Graphic Designer, and Airman: Zach has had an interest in art and nature since childhood. Growing up in rural Michigan, he graduated high school as an art honor student and attended a local community college using art and music scholarships. Zach soon discovered that the structure of collegiate art education was not for him, and yearning to escape the confines of his hometown, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Military service provided him with a first-class trade-school education, first in aircraft maintenance and later in videography, while also providing a substantial amount of supervisory, managerial, followership and leadership experience. Zach’s subsequent world travel and military experience taught him many things, including the value of small communities and socialistic models, as well as the barriers class systems present. Looking forward to a future of participating in a more egalitarian system, Zach has had a keen interest in sustainability, earthen building, permaculture and all things off-the-grid since approximately 2007, and is currently participating in Oregon State University’s horticulture program via distance learning in preparation for his eventual retirement from military service. Other areas Zach is passionate about include veganism, world travel (especially geocaching with his family), hiking, and learning new things. While a One Community team member, Zach helped with the graphic design for the Tree House Village (Pod 7) book presentation.
Zebao Chen – Structural Designer: Zebao graduated with double majors in architecture and civil engineering in structural engineering. She had two years experience as a teaching assistant in structural courses during graduate school, and has worked on offices, schools, residentials and renovations projects in architecture firms. She is familiar with building anatomy, construction details and structural planning. While a member of the One Community team, Zebao helped update and run initial structural analysis for the roof and structure of the Ultimate Classroom.
Zhide Wang – Mechanical Engineer: Zhide is a dedicated and passionate graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in the fields of solar energy and high-performance vehicles, actively participating as a member of the Formula SAE team. Prior to graduation, Zhide gained valuable industry experience through internships with NIO and AVIC, focusing on mechanical design and system management. These experiences honed his skills in designing and optimizing mechanical systems. While a member of One Community, Zhide helped contribute to the completion of the City Center Structural Engineering Tutorials, helped to enhance the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village Water Collection and Septic Design, aircrete compression testing organization and planning, and Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan.
Zhiheng “Samson” Su – Civil Engineer: Samson earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach University and currently holds the Civil Engineering E.I.T license. His educational background lies in civil engineering with the emphasis in transportation, structure, and water resource management. While a member of the One Community team, Samson helped contribute to the design of the Duplicable City Center’s drainage plan, road and walkway plans, and helping write the pavement design tutorial for non-industry people.
Ziqian Zheng – Architectural Designer and Drafter – Ziqian earned his Masters of Architecture degree and M.S. in Architectural Study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ziqian is also working on getting his LEED GA. With a long lasting passion for architectural design, Ziqian desires to apply his skills to improve society through design. With these goals, Ziqian joined the One Community design team and helped finalize the Transition Kitchen designs in AutoCAD and SketchUp and created a video walkthrough. He also created version 2 of the Ultimate Classroom roof design in SketchUp, a video walkthrough, and the complete structure in AutoCAD.
Aishwarya Singh – Computer Science Engineer: Aishwarya earned her bachelor’s in computer science from Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune, India and her master’s in computer science from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. In so doing she learned about new technology and explored the various fields within computer science: web development, design, architecture, artificial intelligence, computer networks and network security, cloud computing, etc. Aishwarya is eager to learn more and sees her knowledge pool as ever expanding. In her spare time she enjoys long walks, personal growth, and pondering over probable solutions for the various problems she sees humanity needing to tackle. Wanting to help in these areas is what led to her joining One Community and helping develop the Highest Good Network software.
Amber Berg – PhD Eco-applied Psychology and Licensed Acupuncturist: Dedicated to healthy living and the environment, Amber has a diverse background of education and experience in both fields. She has a PhD of Eco-Applied Psychology, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, Bachelor of Arts in Animal Behavioral Psychology degree, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist. She also minored in Business and has over 6 years experience as a property manager and 5 years experience as the Chief Operations Manager of an eco-adventure activity provider in Hawaii. She has been published in the “American Acupuncturist” journal and is a Certified EMT as well. While a One Community volunteer, Amber was responsible for almost all of the research that went into the Montessori, Waldorf, Orff, Reggio, Multi-Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy sections of the Education for Life Program.
Amira Kessem – Mechanical Engineering Student: Amira spent her childhood in an alternative school called a “democratic school,” where she experienced first hand what life can be like when people have an abundance of free time and resources. This has made her passionate about changing the world in that direction. She chose to study engineering because she believes it is a way in which she can make a difference. She also volunteered weekly for about 6 months with One Community for the same reason. In that 6 months Amira conducted crucial research for both the vermiculture eco-toilets designs and then plaster specifics for the Earthbag Village.
Aravind Batra – Electrical Engineer and LEED AP: Aravind is the Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, and serves as Educational Group Manager at P2S Engineering where he leads a team specializing in the design and implementation of sustainable infrastructure. Aravind brings in-depth knowledge from his 20 years of experience with electrical systems requirements to numerous needs assessments, upgrades, renewable energy systems, renovations and new building projects for various educational and municipal institutions. His professional activities include past Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of AEE and recently as a founding member and Membership Chair of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Long Beach Branch. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). Applying this diversity and depth of experience with One Community, Aravind helped with the initial planning for the Duplicable City Center electrical and HVAC planning.
Avery Ellis – Ecological Designer and Aquaponics Specialist: Avery has a Masters of Ecological Design through SFIA, a BS in Biology from Stockton College, and a Permaculture Design and Teaching Certificate from High Altitude Permaculture in Colorado where he runs an aquaponics business called Integrated Aquaponics. Avery has always dreamed of being a part of an ecovillage from its earliest roots to a productive community. He was a contributor to our aquaponics and greenhouse development with a pledge and desire to join us on the property for several weeks to help with building them, too.
Benjamin Sessions – Strategic Sales and Real Estate Development Entrepreneur and Food Connoisseur: After graduating from the University of Utah in 2005, he and his wife moved to China to focus on investment projects throughout Asia. This experience ignited a passion to travel the world, learn about new cultures, and find business opportunities throughout the globe. Sessions and his wife have traveled to over 40 countries and lived as an expatriate in 3 countries outside of the United States. Sessions volunteers regularly in the community and has served as a board member on multiple not-for-profit corporations that focus on enhancing the quality of life for citizens in his area, Fort Lauderdale, where he serves as the President of his civic association. His passion is cooking and in his free time he regularly seeks out new ways to create delicious and healthy meals. Sessions has taken training courses around the world to learn about different food styles and food culture. He has cooked for large groups and is fairly well versed in a variety of food preferences. Sessions’ assistance as a One Community consultant was on developing the complete first-year meal plan.
Betty Lenora – Earth Building Instructor, Author, and Sustainable Living Expert: Betty has been an instructor at Cal Earth Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Healing, is a journeyman carpenter, organic farmer, and author of the book Sacred Women Behind Bars. Betty was helpful to the initial development and evolution of Pod 1, with special emphasis on the design of the vermiculture restroom plans, and has also pledged to join us on the property to help teach and evolve dome building as soon as we are ready.
Biko Casini – Sustainable Building Expert, Permaculturalist, and Journeyman Mason: Biko was trained at a young age in masonry by his father Francesco Casini whom he worked with growing up and restoring plantation homes and churches in the South. Biko then spent years as a student and employee at the Ecovillage Training Center where he worked with many natural builders and permaculturalists to design and build the ETC campus. He also studied sustainable building and development in South Africa at the Thlolego Development Project and recently completed a 3-month internship at the Cal-Earth Institute of Art and Architecture in California. With 16 years of natural building experience, Biko has built with Stone, Cob, Straw Bale, Adobe, Straw Clay Slip, and Cord Wood in the US, South Africa, Italy, India, and Ghana and offered his expertise with the diversity of One Community Pod designs.
Bill Pike – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist: Bill has been an achiever all his life, starting with award winning and record breaking across 4 sports growing up including quarterback in football, point guard in basketball, record setting pole vaulter, and second baseman in baseball. After graduating college on the GI Bill, he started working with Elba Systems Corporation as a salesman, rose to president, and then owner where he took Elba onto the NY Stock exchange where his leadership created more than 100 millionaires. Also a family man with 40 years of marriage and 2 adopted children, Bill now heads The Pike Foundation to work with kids in the inner cities, is helping build over 100 homes in Haiti, a home for unwed mothers in Branson Missouri, water wells in Africa, a dorm for girls in Moldova to keep them from the sex trade, and more.
Charles McLean – Architectural BIM Designer, College Professor, Urban Agriculture Designer: Charles is the owner of OM Greengroup, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, and a Master’s Degree in Education-Curriculum & Instruction. He is also a member of The Detroit City Council Green Task Force working to revitalize the Metropolitan Detroit area by providing sustainable ideas to implement new infrastructure capabilities evolving around reclaimed water policy issues, urban agriculture policy issues, and Green Building and Infrastructure policy. Charles is also a developer of the world-leading Autodesk Architecture and Engineering Software. With over 15 years of architectural experience, totaling more than 5 billions dollars on architectural projects, Charles applies his leadership skills, experience, and diligent commitment to sustainable design and implementation to deliver qualitative and quantitative results that improve any project at hand. With One Community, this expertise was applied to designing and evolving both the Duplicable City Center as well as our sustainable food infrastructure systems.
Dr. Connie Stomper – Consensus Trainer, Team Building Facilitator, Curriculum Developer and Educator for Elementary Schools to Graduate Programs, Organizational Consultant, Counselor and Minister of Peace, Dr. Connie has double masters and doctoral degrees in both Education and Psychology and Spiritual Science. With her commitment to facilitating individual and world peace, she has worked with organizations such as Peace Theological Seminary, Insight University, A World Fit For Kids, United Youth International. Her peace work has led her to visiting nearly 30 countries. In her work with The Community Planet Foundation, she co-created and facilitates training in consciousness of Community and consensus decision-making. Dr. Connie has helped facilitate the consensus training process some of the One Community Pioneers have already completed and is committed to assisting us in our continued progress towards demonstrating a peaceful and consensus-based new way of living. To learn more about Connie and her work, visit her Soul Musings Website.
Dave Walen – Architectural Drafter and Designer: Dave Walen is the owner operator of Dave Philip Walen Design. He has over a decade of hands on experience working with licensed architects, engineers, and contractors for both residential and commercial spaces, both interior and exterior. Designing and illustrating as his greatest passion, Dave also co-operates Anamoglam with his wife where they offer graphics design, web, and drafting services. He has traveled the world and found additional architectural and cultural creative inspiration in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Haiti, and the Bahamas. He grew up flying with his Dad (getting to experience Zero G!) in the South East of the USA. Now Dave and his wife live and offer their services in the Tryon, NC region. While a One Community volunteer, Dave converted the Straw Bale Village designs to CAD and helped to evolve these designs into detailed building plans.
David Sweet – Architect III: David received his Bachelors of Architecture from the California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo. He specializes in design development thru construction administration with applied skills in Revit, AutoCAD, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Quark Express, and Outlook. David has been a part of almost every component of how a project is built from start to finish, from building pre-schematic concept models by hand to reviewing standard of design punch list items at the end of construction with contractors awaiting approval for everything that has been built. Notable projects David has helped design include the Staples Center Arena, University of California Berkeley Student Athletics Sports Performance Center, Oregon State University Reser Stadium Phase 2 South Bowl Expansion & Gill Annex Sports Performance Center Phase 1 Wrestling Practice & Weight Room Facility, University of Southern California Galen Center & Athletic Pavilion, and DEDAUIX Field House Renovations, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport South Terminal Seismic Retrofit/Baggage Handling System/Security Upgrades, Long Beach Airport Jet Blue Terminal Improvements, San Jose Regional Medical Center Expansion and Seismic Upgrade, and more. David was also part of the Schematic Design Team for the Philadelphia Eagles & Milwaukee Brewers Stadium. While a One Community volunteer, David lead the design development through construction details for the first Phase of the Aquapini and Walipini Food Infrastructure.
Dennis Wohlfeil – Earth Builder and Sustainable Technologies Expert: Throughout his entire life Dennis has known he wanted to do something to help humanity. In 2001 he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and gained employment as a Laboratory Manager and Professor at the college where he graduated. He managed multi-million dollar electronics, physics, and biomedical laboratory facilities and taught an extensive array of courses in the Associate Degree, Bachelorette Degree, and Masters Degree coursework for four years while simultaneously earning a Masters in Business Administration, a Project Management Certification, and a Masters in Public Administration. Dennis then went on to follow his true passion by applying his diverse education and skill sets to sustainable building and technology development with an emphasis on earthbag construction. Dennis operates Terra-Form.org, an open source website specializing in the education and research of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable resources, and sustainable lifestyles, and was helpful to the initial development of the One Community earthbag village open source details.
Eric Puro – Sustainable Builder and Sustainable Materials Consultant: Eric has 3 years of experience as a sustainable builder committed to do whatever it takes to help people transition into a more sustainable life. Inspired by nature each day, Eric seeks to find more ways to incorporate this nature and this inspiration into our everyday lives. He has built an earthship in Oregon, taught cob classes over England and Portugal, built one of the most sustainable structures in Europe in Portugal (which included rammed earth walls, a thatched roof, an earthen floor, and pine tar coated ropes, built low-impact indigenous style structures in the UK, and a rocket mass heater in London. Besides building, Eric is also the co-founder of ThePOOSH.org, a website that connects people who desire to learn about and build sustainable structures with projects seeking their help. For Eric there are never any problems, only solutions. Eric contributed to One Community by providing sustainable building research and advanced eco-development suggestions for the 7 One Community village models.
George Nguyen – Licensed Electrician: George is a Licensed Electrician in electrical construction. He has assembled, installed and tested numerous electrical systems on condos, homes, Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center at UC Berkeley, Oakland International Airport and more. George feels that conscious, awakening people can create awesome, beautiful, supportive communities that will accomplish amazing things. While a volunteer with One Community, George assisted with questions regarding our energy infrastructure.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley – Software Engineer: Hannah is a React.js developer with a background in education and the nonprofit sector and an experienced on-her-feet thinker who values data-informed decisions and thoughtful communication. She is excited rather than discouraged by bugs in code and enjoys finding an alternative creative solution. While a member of the One Community team, Hannah helped with debugging, testing badges, and reviewing code for the Highest Good Network.
James Del Monaco – Mechanical Engineer and LEED AP: James is Sustainability Director and Senior Mechanical Engineer at P2S Engineering with experience in many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects. His LEED duties have included the design of airside and hydronic systems, documentation of LEED points, advanced energy modeling, ventilation and occupant comfort calculations, and the design of control systems for Measurement & Verification. As a LEED Project Administrator, he has provided guidance to the entire project team from kick-off through occupancy. As a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), James has served on the ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference Steering Committee as well as the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Long Beach Branch Steering Committee. James helped One Community with the initial planning and design for the Duplicable City Center to demonstrate maximum sustainability, duplicability, and achieve LEED Platinum certification.
James Nance – Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager: James is a licensed mechanical engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with broad experience designing and certifying a variety of different types of facilities, efficient designs with specific experience in comprehensive facility energy modeling. His focus is offering valuable guidance to a sustainable design team as each discipline is integrated into the whole. James’ particular expertise is with modeling, designing, and implementing thermal control systems as it relates to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Applying this diversity and depth of experience with One Community, James helped us outline the initial plumbing and HVAC designs for the Duplicable City Center
Jessica Zynda – A.S. Computer Aided Drafting/Design: Jessica first learned engineering design in high school and expanded her skills in college using programs such as Pro-E, SolidWorks, and Inventor. Raised working at her family’s tavern, she built a strong work ethic and was able to support her enjoyment for seeing people smile, working in customer service for over 10 years. Throughout this time she continued using AutoCAD and other drafting/design programs professionally and for hobbies. Always believing in a philosophy of waste not want not, Jessica has held the constant hope for a world where people have all their necessities met through efficient designs and resource usage and allocation. Jessica admires design and innovation and intends to further her education by engaging Industrial Engineering next. Hobbies include walking/spending time with her husband, abstract expressionism painting with watercolor, meditation, reading and learning, and using her AutoCAD skills to make 3-D maps for board games. While a One Community volunteer, Jessica helped transfer sketches for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) from hand drawings into AutoCAD.
Joel Newman – Architectural Visualization Designer: Joel has had a focus on architecture and design from a very early age, growing up in a household with a furniture designer/finish carpenter and a painter. In childhood, he routinely drew floor plans for “dream houses” on scraps of paper and built forts in the woods to match them, although perhaps not exactly to scale. In later years, Joel studied psychology at the University of Puget Sound and digital media production at the University of Idaho. After college, he worked for many years managing a chain of one-hour photo labs. Joel currently works in an industrial design studio by day and by night runs Figment, a project dedicated to bringing imagination to life in the form of photographs of things that don’t yet exist. In his spare time Joel is an avid hiker and road-tripper, and loves to wander around the Pacific Northwest exploring the mountains and woods. While a One Community Consultant, Joel created the first real-to-life render of the Duplicable City Center.
Jordan Miller – Web Developer: Jordan Miller is a web developer from Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduating from the University of North Carolina Coding Bootcamp, he hopes his contributions through programming can help future generations follow sustainable lifestyle. He and his family do their utmost to follow a zero-waste lifestyle, eliminating as many waste producing activities from their home as possible. While a member of the One Community team, Jordan helped for several months developing the open source Highest Good Network software.
Josh Davis – Website Designer and Graphic Artist: Josh is a self taught web and graphic designer operating Digital Empathy Design, a website dedicated to integrated body-mind-spirit and technology solutions. He also founded and directs The Human Mandala Project, an initiative designed to help join people in communities of all kinds by creating sacred geometric forms with human bodies, capturing them digitally for reflection. Josh provided support for One Community on the technology side and was foundational in the creation of all our initial internet presence.
Julie Daigle – B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Trained Montessori Teacher/Director, and Passion Test Facilitator: Julie’s greatest desire in life has always been to be of highest service to humanity, in particular to young children and their families. She received her B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, was the co-owner of a successful Montessori School for children ages 18 months – 8 years, and sole proprietor of another Montessori School for children ages 2 to 6 years of age. She is also a certified Passion Test Facilitator through Enlightened Alliances. Julie was foundational to the development of the initial stages of the One Community education program with a focus we share for a new education paradigm and facilitating parents, teachers, and children globally to discover and live out their passions.
Kim Braman – Apiary/Beekeeping Expert: Kim has sadly passed away. Before her passing, she was a 5th generation beekeeper. At it’s peak, Kim and her father ran a 400-hive bee business emphasizing honey and beeswax production and sales for local food co-ops. Kim and her father also transported hives to local apple orchards and cranberry bogs. One of Kim’s favorite quotes by John Muir wass, “when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Kim’s main focus was sustainable beekeeping practices on a smaller scale (10 hives) with an emphasis on queen rearing, helping to reestablish the honeybee population so humanity doesn’t “unhitch” this essential foundation of our food supply. In addition to beekeeping, Kim also had a passion for growing native plants, aquaponics, and writing children’s poetry and short stories about things in Nature. While a One Community Consultant, Kim helped answer questions One Community had about our beekeeping and apiary setup.
Lorenzo Zjalarre – Physicist and Energy Efficiency Expert: After having completed 4-years of education at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Lorenzo first started as a physicist in support of NASA Space Shuttle missions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX; later continuing his government work as a nuclear remediation consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency at Rocky Flats, CO. Taking this experience to the next level, Lorenzo has spent the last 4 years studying all forms of alternative energy with specific interest in the more exotic technologies where he knows the potential exists to completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels. For over a year, Lorenzo was helpful to leading the alternative energy development aspect of One Community with the shared vision of creating a complete city that pioneers and showcases the most cutting edge sustainable energy technologies of our time.
Meg West – Landscape Architect, LEED AP, Permaculturalist, and Green Building Instructor: Meg is a licensed Landscape Architect whose work is dedicated to merging aesthetics and function. Her genuine passion for sustainable design informs every aspect of her work. She owns Meg West Design and hosts “Garden Wise Television Santa Barbara County,” a public access TV show about sustainable gardening. Meg is also an instructor at UCSB extension, where she teaches Fire Smart Landscaping, Native and Edible Plants, and Sustainable Landscape Design. Meg’s dream is to live in an eco-village community near her home in Santa Barbara and sees helping One Community create the open source blueprints for such a community as supportive of this dream and her commitment to a sustainable planet for all. To this end, Meg shared her expertise and helped One Community with our site planning, the Duplicable City Center central pool and hot tub design, and she also pledged to join us for a couple weeks to further share her experience once we are on the property.
Mike Creedy – Earthbuilder, Electrical Engineer, and Commercial Mushroom Farmer: Mike was born in Wales and immigrated to Namibia when he was 7 years old. After leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician at De Beers diamond mines followed by a four year electrical engineering college degree in South Africa and two more years at Cape Town university enrolled in the electrical field again. He then joined a commercial mushroom farm and spent 6 years there working up to farm manager before returning to De Beers on the engineering side. 5 years later he moved back to his senior school town and spent 10 years in the position of city electrical engineer. Mike immigrated to Florida in 1996 and took up citizenship five years later. In 2011 Mike started building a dome home and, thanks to all the engineering background, was able to do all the work in-house. Mike is passionate about vegetarianism (40 years), hügels, organic veggie home growing, creating biodynamic and colloidal compost, and sustainability in general. Sharing One Community’s values to create and open source share for the benefit of all of humanity, Mike joined the Consultants and Collaborators team and shared the details of his own project.
Nelli Levental – MFA of Graphic Design and College Professor: Nelli is an Artist, Functional Designer, Educator and a proud mom of two mature individuals. She has a diverse background, growing up in the Former Soviet Union, getting an extensive education in Fine Art, continuing into Book Design and, after immigrating to the US, becoming a Graphic Designer specializing in Functional Design. She has experience in teaching Art to both adults and children and Graphic and Architectural Design to College students. Nelli has also enjoyed exploring the world and learning about different cultures, living in Moldova, Russia, and the US and having traveled to France, Spain, Canada and Uganda. She is practicing Sivananda Yoga and likes creatively solving problems. While a One Community consultant, Nelli helped oversee the development of both the Shipping Container Village (Village #5) and the Earthship Village (Village #6).
Dr. Randie Gottlieb – Transformational Educator: Randie is the head of UnityWorks, an international diversity training firm; co-founder of the Mona Foundation, supporting grassroots educational initiatives around the world; and adjunct professor of Multicultural Education at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation Reservation. She holds degrees in education from Cal State, Boston University and Harvard. Believing that unity is one of the overarching needs of our time, and after work and travel in over 30 countries, Randie saw an urgent need for easy-to-use materials to teach the values of diversity and the benefits of unity. This led to writing her book, Teaching Unity, and the development of a series of workshops and courses on unity in diversity and overcoming prejudice (here’s an example). Randie and One Community share a desire to create a paradigm shift from the widespread view that we are separate races, from entrenched prejudices passed down from previous generations, from the prevailing notion of us and them, to the recognition that we are one human race. With this shared vision, Randie donated her book to One Community and we will be integrating her teaching’s and exercises into the curriculum of the Education for Life Program to help teach these shared values and promote Randie’s amazing book and how to teach and share diversity and unity.
Rick Ruggles – Swimming Pool Consultant: Rick has been in the pool and spa industry for over 14 years. He currently teaches classes for Hayward Pool Products to pool professionals on how to install, use, maintain, and repair dozens of types of pool/spa equipment. Rick is also an instructor for the National Swimming Pool Foundation and The Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education. He holds many certifications, including Certified Pool Operator, Certified Pool Inspector, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer, and Certified Chemical Automation Technician, as well as a BS degree in International Business. While a One Community consultant, Rick helped the natural pool team spec pool and spa equipment for the Duplicable City Center eco-pool and spa to create the most energy efficient and low-chemical pool possible that still provides totally safe and healthy pool/spa water.
Robert Seton – Solar Design Engineer Specializing in Off-grid and Battery Back-up Systems: Robert studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and has as Masters Degree in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney. He has forty years experience in electrical engineering, solar design, training and project management. His talent for design and long held passion for renewable energy systems has made him a leader in the industry. For many years Robert lead a team of engineers at the largest solar distributor in the United States, Soligent. He left that company to create Solar Hybrid Design to focus and apply from his deeply held belief that energy must be sustainable and renewable for everyone if we are to achieve a healthy global future. Robert has designed wonderful projects around the globe including towns in Africa and Mexico, islands in the Caribbean and Pacific, schools in the Philippines and homes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. While a One Community volunteer, Robert helped with the Highest Good energy solar components of both the earthbag village and the Duplicable City Center.
Satyanna Chris Luken – Montessori Teacher, Author, and Founder of Imagine Wisdom Education: Montessori Teacher, Author, and Founder of Imagine Wisdom Education: Satyanna Luken is the founder of Imagine Wisdom Education (I-WE), an un-schooling educational model with a twist. She is a trained Montessori, French Immersion, and Yoga Teacher. She is also the author of two books, “I-WE, Imagine Wisdom Education” and “ABC of Conscious Parenting – Agreement Before (and after) Conceiving.” With a passion for teaching, Satyanna’s I-WE empowers students ages 2-27 to discover and share their unique gifts through an evolutionary, mixed-ages, and multi-intelligence educational model incorporating peace practices, compassionate communication, and yoga and mediation as foundations for self-realization, health, and happiness. In the spirit of this, Satyanna is also the founder of the Green Valentines Festival, a festival created to inspire a sustainable living consciousness to her Laguna Beach Community. While a One Community consultant, Satyanna and her I-WE method were major contributors to the development and evolution of the One Community Highest Good Education program early childhood and Ultimate Classroom components.
Scott Thomas – Instructor of Architectural Design Drafting and Author: Scott has been a secondary and post-secondary educator for over 22 years. He is the owner and principal building designer of Thomas Design Associates LLC and instructor of architectural design drafting for Shadow Ridge High School, Dysart Unified School District, in Surprise, Arizona. He is a member of the Goodheart-Wilcox Author Team and Co-author of Architecture: Residential Drafting and Design by Clois Kicklighter. Scott is a Master Certified Career and Technical Educator (MCCTE) with the Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences (ASTS), Director Emeritus for the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), and has led three years of national champions in architectural drafting competitions at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. While a One Community consultant, Scott coordinated the design work of lead drafters Lizz Layman and Joshua Alger who worked on both the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) and the Duplicable City Center.
Shilcy Augustine – Architect: Shilcy received her Bachelors of Architecture degree from University of Kerala and is licensed in India. She has worked with reputed architects in India and has a professional experience of five years making her proficient in AutoCAD, MS office, and Photoshop. Her role as an architect has extended beyond just designing to also include getting corporate approvals, collaboration with contractors and vendors, and onsite execution of project through to the finish. With a passion for mud architecture and interests in sustainability and cost effective methods of construction, Shilcy worked on the development of the Straw Bale Village and Earth Block Village.
Siddharth Gore – Senior Software Engineer I: Siddharth completed his Masters from San Jose State University in Software Engineering. He has more than 5 years of work experience including companies like Nexient, N3N, Food Corporation Of India, and Accenture. In his free time, Siddharth enjoys playing Fifa, Call of Duty, chess, table tennis, and hiking. While a member of the One Community Highest Good Network software team, Siddharth helped revamp our Highest Good Network Web Portal and outlined a possible design for the iOS and Android versions of the software.
Stephanie VanderKallen – Mental Health Professional and Teacher: Stephanie graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2001 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She then pursued her teaching credential and began teaching special needs students. She has worked in both public and private education settings spanning a broad diversity of socioeconomic background and holding positions including Teacher’s Aide, General Education Teacher (pre-schol, Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten), Special Education Teacher (grades 8-12), and Skills Trainer (early intervention in home, elementary and high school; ASD, E/D, Bi-polar, PTSD, MR, LD). Stephanie is now working on her Master’s Degree in Marriage and family Therapy and brings her experience, passion, and desire to create and implement an innovative, collaborative education paradigm that will improve the social, emotional, physical, communicative, academic, and career success of all. During her time as a volunteer/consultant to the One Community Team she collaborated on the Education for Life Program. Stephanie’s driving force behind helping and world change is wanting her son to have the best future possible and her experience and passion have led her to specifically focus on development of the Portfolio Template and Collaborative Team Model.
Steven Paslawsky – Graphic Designer: Steven is a graduate of the Graphic Communications program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology located in Edmonton, Alberta. Art has always been a part of his life, leading to his passion for creating and designing. Other passions include Ice Dancing, a sport Steven has been competitive in on a national level for 15 years, traveling across Canada to compete. Steven believes that the world we live in and the things that we do can be improved on. Motivated by this understanding and a desire to be a part of the change One Community is creating, Steven used his skills and experience with the Adobe Suite to help us create new and professional icons and images used throughout our website.
Zdenek Jurik – P.E. Structural, Civil and Mechanical Engineer: Zdenek attended college in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia and received his A.A.S. in Mechanical Technology from the Industrial School of Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma in Engineering, Design, Testing and Inspection of Cranes and Steel Construction from the National Institute of Work Safety, and completed additional courses in Material Technology Welding through the National Research Center of Welding. His expertise spans a broad spectrum of engineering calculation and design including ponds, underground water storage, marine public landings, piers, bridges, roads, sites, retaining structures (concrete, stl. piles, wood), and hydrology. He as also created complete structural designs for libraries, hospital additions, education centers, ice skating and tennis sport facilities, banks, residential homes, production buildings and museums, pressure vessels, and dams. Also analysis and design for special aluminum structures (International and North America), cranes, and hoists. He is an expert witness in Structural and Civil Engineering with extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of Autocad, Risa, Enercalc and 3D Finite Element Analysis. While a One Community consultant, Zdenek helped with the initial engineering details of the aquapini and walipini structures. He is a licensed professional engineer, USA, Corporate member of Dispute Board Federation, Geneva, Switzerland, and President of ABC Engineering P.E.
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