Founder and Chief Lighting Evangelist
David Warfel is Midwestern farm boy turned lighting designer, author, and educator who passionately shares the gift of light. Whether blogging at languageoflight.blog, writing for Houzz.com or designing residential and entertainment experiences from coast to coast, David simply wants to help others live better lives through the scientific and artistic application of light. From the local theatre to Carnegie Hall, from his parent’s kitchen to multi-million-dollar homes, from local pizza joints to the Las Vegas Strip, from school cafeterias to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line projects, David is endlessly fascinated by the power of light to reveal and transform space.
Partner & Chief Lighting Advisor
Mark is a lighting geek from way back. He got his start in the industry through the Navy Nuclear Power program as an electrician. He has been blessed with the gifts of good spatial perception and a mechanical tilted mind. As an Electrical Contractor he experienced his first framing projector fixture, and as they say, “That’s all she wrote”! Mark has been in the lighting industry for 30+ years with experience in sales & product development at the manufacturing level for 20+ years and the distribution level for 10+ years. Mark loves that light is the only dynamic element in most spaces and how light can impact both a person’s mood and health. It’s a huge responsibility that draws Mark in to helping clients get what they need and desire in their environment.
Jessica was the first Senior Lighting Designer on our team and our first to lead her own Studio and has completed incredible residential and commercial projects from coast to coast. Jessica got her start in lighting design in the theatre, designing lighting for plays, concerts, and opera. After almost a decade within the theatre, she went back to school to expand her lighting design knowledge to include architectural lighting.
She graduated with her Master’s in Architectural Lighting Design from the New York School of Interior Design. Jessica has been with Light Can Help You since graduating, and loves being able to help people experience the benefits of lighting design in their homes.
Alessio’s deep knowledge in light and health led to a chance meeting with the Light Can Help You team and the discovery of a shared passion for improving lives. Alessio is a seasoned architectural lighting designer with substantial international experience. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and is passionate about light's effect on our health.
Will studied lighting with founding designer David Warfel before launching an impressive career and completing additional degrees. Will came to us having previously worked at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC as a Production Manager, and opened The REACH expansion there in 2019. Will holds a Bachelors of Science in Theatrical lighting and scenic design from Illinois State University and a Masters of Science from Northwestern University in Leadership for Creative Enterprises.
Kelli Van Rensselaer
Kelli has always been fascinated with light. She began her career in theatre, and went to school at the University of California, Irvine to earn a degree in Drama with honors in Lighting Design. Since then she has gathered experience in any lighting she could get her hands on, including hospitality, retail, and commercial. She loves being able to help people’s dreams come to fruition and transform space with light.
Brady’s eagerness of storytelling through the use of light and the collaborative atmosphere of design has guided him through a career in theatrical and architectural lighting. While earning his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California – Irvine, he illuminated the stage with his designs for dance and theatrical productions. This ultimately sparked his interest to architectural lighting where he has designed for entertainment, residential, retail, and hospitality projects.
Kim has been fascinated with design since she was a kid analyzing the best way to arrange her bedroom furniture. During her tenure working as an interior designer Kim loved creating the lighting design portions of her projects, which led her to seek out more education from our founder, David. Learning how light can benefit our well-being has only grown Kim's passion for lighting design, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share the gift. Before joining our team Kim served as an interior designer and project manager for 15+ years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior & Environmental Design from Illinois State University.
Kristopher has been working and learning as a lighting designer in the commercial arena since 2001. Those years have given him a greater appreciation for the fundamental nature of light, how we are governed by the sun and what light provides for us as humans. As we spend more of our lives in built environments, Kris believes in the application of quality light into those spaces and is pleased that technology has given us a better opportunity to promote health with light. He is excited to help implement his knowledge and understanding of lighting into your surroundings. Kristopher is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP and a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Whether it was with Christmas lights as a toddler, Disney World’s magical lighting experiences, the fascinating lighting controls at church, or even simple lighting layouts experienced every day, Jackson has always been found staring at the ceiling or poking around the bushes everywhere he goes, trying to figure out the “how” and “why” behind lighting. He believes light is a fundamental factor in creating meaningful experiences for people. Jackson graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BS in Architectural Engineering, lighting emphasis. Running his own landscape lighting business for 12+ years and working for an electrical contractor helped foster Jackson’s passion for the installation side of lighting. He is excited to help make your home as comfortable, functional, and wondrous as possible.
Sharon’s excellent software skills are a key component of our process from 3D visualization through to final drawings and her work supports many of our projects.
Sharon is an architect based in Honduras with a growing passion for the lighting industry. She possesses excellent software skills and an eye for detail that serve as a key component to our process. Her expertise guides our 3D visualization through to final drawings in many of our endeavors.
Karla, joined our team shortly after her long time associate Alessio introduced us and she kickstarted a dramatic improvement in our 3D modeling process with her unique blend of architectural and technical skills.
Karla Lainez started her journey in lighting design at Architecture Grad School and kept working and learning under Alessio's guide for over 6 years. She added 3d modeling that improved the process and created a wider range of possibilities for the projects. Now these same skills sum up to the rest of the team experience, giving you the vision you need to understand light beyond technical data to a real-life experience.