Elizabeth is the Founder of Solagua Project. Her property in Caye Caulker, Belize, was to be developed into eco-chic tourist accommodations. A hydroponic garden for guest use was planned as part of that development.
As the pandemic took its toll on the world Elizabeth recognized the need to address food relief and food security in Belize. Elizabeth connected with the agriculture community in Belize, and experts in the Caribbean to develop a plan that could not only address food relief and food security issues but provide much-needed employment. This led to Elizabeth to change the original plans for her property, Lavender Sol, to convert the property to the site of the first climate-safe hydroponic greenhouse in Belize.
Elizabeth’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Construction, land surveying and engineering, property management, contracts and finance in multiple industries, export compliance, and numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.
Through experience in leadership, Elizabeth continues to develop the team at Solagua Project, bringing together a solid mix of expertise, passion, and commitment.
Lucas spent his early childhood in a Caribbean island community. Memories of his childhood led Lucas to purchase property in Caye Caulker, Belize. Although Lucas did not plan on working in Belize, during his time in Caye Caulker he recognized the need for renewable power generation, which led him to launch Caye Solar. Lucas is certified by Testvolt Energy for lithium-ion battery storage.
Lucas began his career in power generation in 2005 and expanded his expertise to include certification from Zero Mass Water to become the only installer of hydro panels in Belize. The first hydro panels in Belize were installed on the Roman Catholic School in Caye Caulker, and have provided drinking water to some of the island residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to his extensive experience in power generation, Lucas is a partner in a successful construction company. Caye Caulker Construction utilizes many U.S. building standards in constructing homes in Caye Caulker.
William (Bill) Schew
Bill is a senior environmental scientist who has studied climate change and climate change adaptation on Caye Caulker. Bill and his team were responsible for the installation of the SOURCE® hydro panels systems at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School and the Caye Caulker Health Center, which can produce up to 100 liters of safe drinking water a day.
Bill has more than 30 years of experience in applied consulting in both industrial and academic settings. He possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in a number of scientific disciplines including environmental modeling, climate change impact assessment, climate change adaptation strategies, and climate change impacts related to contaminated site management.
The majority of Bill’s consulting career has focused on assessing anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment. In doing so, he has become skilled at addressing the impacts that environmental and physical stressors have on natural systems. Bill earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and was also awarded an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Medical Center. He has had academic appointments at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and West Chester University.
Madison DeVane graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken College Preparatory High School as a Project Lead the Way Scholar, earning Governor’s Honors for academic excellence. Madison is now a Banneker Key Scholar at the University of Maryland.
Madison’s passion for clean water inspires her to study Mechanical Engineering with a focus on environmental solutions. Her role at Solagua Project is not only to obtain experience in hydro-based innovation but also to provide insight into new concepts and technology being studied and researched at one of the top engineering schools in the United States.
Corrina (Cory) Young
Cory grew up in Belmopan City, Belize, but her roots are from the island of Caye Caulker. All holidays were spent out in the sun and sea so naturally after graduating from the University of Belize with an Associates Degree in Marine Science, she came back to live on the island.
Cory has a career in SCUBA diving. She gained her Dive Master Certificate and Tour Guide License in 2011 and since then, she and her husband, Simeon, have owned and operated their own tour company, Black Durgon Dives.
Cory’s passion for a healthy and thriving environment is something that is embedded deep in her soul. Her passion is contagious and positively impacts everyone she connects with on behalf of Solagua Project. Cory has volunteered for several clean-up campaigns and also volunteered time with the Soup Kitchen and other efforts to help the community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Belizean citizen, with a heart for service, Cory will lead the way in identifying opportunities to make a positive impact with Solagua Project Outreach Programs.
Cory enjoys nature and bird watching and occasionally takes visitors on guided tours on the island to find those “Life Birds” for their lists.