Michael Port, Managing Director
A serial non-profit entrepreneur for more than four decades, Michael founded a food co-op, America's first rural youth runaway shelter, and a multi-state food-distribution program called Fare SHARE (now FARE for All) that generated more than 80,000 volunteer hours per month under Michael’s leadership.
Michael became a solar-cooking advocate in 1989. Four years later, he founded the Solar Oven Society (SOS), which developed the Solavore Sport’s predecessor oven. After distributing more than 20,000 SOS ovens worldwide,
Michael is proud and excited to continue the work under the auspices of Solavore.
Martha Port, Director of Operations
Trained as a teacher, Martha became a solar-cooking advocate in 1989 and joined SOS in 1995. A highly effective trainer and problem solver, she draws on a deep understanding of appropriate technology and an ability to work affectively across yawning cultural gulfs.
Paul Funk, PhD, R&D and Engineering
Paul wrote the book on solar ovens. Actually, what he wrote is the international evaluation criteria for sun-cooker performance, published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers as ASAE Standard S580.1. Passionate about solar cooking for most of his life, Paul has conducted solar-oven field work in Indonesia, Tanzania, and Jamaica. In 1996, he advised a project producing low-cost solar ovens in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, where restrictions on economic activity heightened the need for cooking-fuel alternatives.
In designing the original prototype for the SOS Sport, Paul drew on his doctoral research: optimizing solar-cooker design and computer modeling the best mass-produced solar cooker for low-income people. The Sport owes much of its elegant functionality—from its one-piece resin base to its stackable, shipping-container-optimized shape—to Paul’s insights.
John Roche, R&D and Engineering
John’s solar-cooking passion started at 3M, where he worked as a research and design engineer and headed up the company’s Solar Films Division. At 3M, John oversaw the development of a robust, hi-tech polyester film designed to withstand exposure to normally destructive UV light. Having shipped the film to solar-cooking advocates around the world, he partnered with SOS to incorporate the film into the Sport’s clear top. That tweak helped make the Sport the best-insulated solar cooker on the market.