Staff

Allen Rainey, Founder & Director of Programs
Allen is a pioneer in solar-powered missions, having designed and installed over 170 solar projects in some of the most remote places on earth.  Before Going Green became today's mantra, Allen developed a self-taught mastery of solar technology from a variety of courses and fieldwork.  He has an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University.

Allen was named a 2017 Finalist for the Jefferson Award, the Noble Prize of public service.  This video was showcased during the presentation ceremony:

Kevin Sasson, Executive Director
Inspired by a SonLight Power mission trip to Central America, Kevin left a successful Silicon Valley career to move to Honduras and launch a comprehensive outreach effort for SonLight Power in Latin America.  He was named executive director in 2011.  A former Rhodes Scholar nominee, Kevin is a graduate of Ohio University where he also served as a governor-appointed student trustee.  Kevin is a featured speaker on Leadercast.

Gary Antonius, CPA, Director of Financial Stewardship
In addition to his finance duties, Gary has led several SonLight Power mission teams from his church in Oxford, Ohio.

Jacob Lucia, Solar Engineer & Instructor
Since joining SonLight Power in 2014, Jacob has provided engineering and installation support for several SonLight Power projects while serving as an instructor in SonLight Power Solar School.

Clay Luna, Solar Installer & Instructor

Clay is a NABCEP-certified solar PV installer and instructor.  He has led several large solar PV installations for SonLight Power and serves as an instructor in SonLight Power Solar School.

Terri MacGregor, Engineering Consultant
Terri is a NABCEP-certified solar PV installer.  She has served several years as a solar missionary - designing, installing and training others on solar power systems on behalf of SonLight Power.

John Foster, Engineering Consultant
John is a licensed professional engineer, NABCEP-certified installer and an IREC certified instructor.  He has worked full-time with solar energy systems since 2005 and provided engineering support for SonLight Power since 2010.  His expertise ranges from design, installation and activation of systems ranging up to 5 Megawatt solar farms.

John Stowell, Communications Advisor & Journalist
A freelance journalist, John provides valuable storytelling and communications support for SonLight Power.  He is a retired executive with Duke Energy International and has worked in Washington, DC in advisory roles with U.S. elected officials.

Board of Trustees

Board Officers:

Jim Cochran, President
Jim is the Director of OneLife Ministries at Vineyard Cincinnati.  Jim's son, Mike, has served on several SonLight Power mission trips.

Steve Linder, Vice President
Steve is the Director of Human Resources for Johnson Investment Counsel, where his responsibilities include organizational development, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations and strategic planning.  Steve and his son, Kyle, have served together on a SonLight Power mission trip.

Daryl Nelson, Treasurer
Daryl is the franchise owner of Chick-fil-A in Bridgewater Falls and Oxford, Ohio.  From 2003-2013, he served as a financial controller for Honeymoon Paper Products.  Daryl earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State University and a master’s in divinity from Ashbury Seminary.

Bart Sauer, Secretary
Bart is a Market Segment Manager at Siemens Industry with primary responsibilities to the oil and gas market.  A graduate from Case Western Reserve University, Bart and his family have served on multiple SonLight Power mission trips.

Board Leaders:

Jeff Armada
Jeff is the assistant administrative director of The Jewish Hospital, part of the Mercy Health group in Cincinnati.  Jeff was named to the Jewish Hospital leadership post in 2015 following three years as the group’s chief of staff.  He has a biology degree from Cal State San Bernadino and a master’s in health service administration from Xavier University.

Ellen Bowman, Ph.D.
Ellen is a retired Director of Global External Relations for Procter & Gamble’s OTC health care, pharmaceuticals, oral care, feminine care and pet care businesses.  This role placed her as the lead in several of P&G’s social marketing programs, working with non-profits, government agencies and in-country organizations throughout Africa.

Joe Boyd
Joe is the founder and president of Rebel Pilgrim – a film, media and live event company that uses storytelling to spark hope and action.  He has produced of several movies and previously worked as a professional actor on stage and television.  Joe also serves as a teaching pastor at SouthBrook Christian Church in Greater Cincinnati.

Mark Fay, President Emeritus
Mark is the regional manager at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, specializing in vocational rehabilitation. He received his master’s in social work administration from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 and was credentialed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor five years later. He has participated in a number of SonLight Power mission trips and has personally trained more than 50 volunteers in photovoltaic installations.

Mark Fisher
Mark is the Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo. He joined the Zoo in 2006 after an 11-year career at Turner Construction and has become the driving force behind the Zoo’s commitment to sustainability.  Mark oversees the Zoo’s aggressive green building program and has initiated programs that have led to dramatic reductions in natural resource consumption and dramatic increases in recycling.

Renee Pitts
Renee is the retired regional Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Learning at Mercy Health Partners. In her position, she designed and implemented leadership training for more than 13,000 employees and led a multi-cultural board in addressing the many issues and concerns of the healthcare population both internal and external to Mercy.

Bernie Reagan
Bernie is the President of DSC Office Systems and has over 30 years of relationship-building, sales and business ownership in the office systems industry.


Advisory Board

Gary Booth, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Development, Europe (retired) at Procter & Gamble

Stephen K. Melink, PE
President at Melink Corporation

D. Gates Smith
President & CEO at H&S Associates
Executive Vice President (retired) at Ohio National Financial Services

Rob Stease
Owner of Honeymoon Paper Products, Inc.