Co-Founder and Director
Fred works to build relationships and promote InStove’s mission with partners and funders in Oregon and abroad. He has spent time with hundreds of cooks in 10 different countries and 18 refugee and IDP camps to help refine InStove’s products. Fred spent a year in the 1980’s in rural Nicaragua building houses, water systems (and cookstoves) and co-founded InStove after retiring from a career of restoring craftsman homes. He holds a degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University, and has served on the boards of five non-profit organizations.
Co-Founder and Director of Technology
Damon guides and advises InStove’s technology development and manufacturing. He co-founded InStove and invented our 60- and 100-Liter stoves after a career running a gravel crushing business. Damon has dedicated his time and skills to humanitarian causes since 2000, and helped to pioneer the development of rocket stoves and stove monitoring equipment with the Aprovecho Research Center. He also holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Ahavah leads grant writing and other fundraising activities for InStove. She has been actively writing grants for over a decade and has 25 plus years of experience working with small and large nonprofits, institutions of higher education, tribes, multicultural communities, alternative school/education programs and cultural organizations. Ahavah has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, M.Ed. with a Certificate and Minor in Native American Studies, and an MS in Folklore. She also holds an Oregon teaching license with an ESOL endorsement.
Mora oversees InStove’s office and handles the order flow from initiation through the shipping process. Her background is in administrative functions, technical and non-technical writing and editing, and teaching English as a second language. She has an M.A. from Stanford University in linguistics.
Susan manages InStove’s finances. She has been working as a bookkeeper for over 40 years for all types of small corporations, as well as a few large corporations.
Nick develops new technologies and oversees InStove’s production. He has worked with cookstove and other technologies in Africa, Latin America, and India, and has produced one patent for InStove. Nick holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently pursuing a dual M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University.
Randy builds, finishes, and packages InStove’s products, and works to improve factory operations and organization. He has worked in the manufacturing and restaurant industries all over the United States.
Sam operates InStove’s CNC metal cutting equipment, making stove parts from raw materials. He holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University, and has worked with cookstoves for 8 years.