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.
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 special 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.
Grant first crossed our path over a decade ago and impressed us with his critical thinking and interdisciplinary mastery. Grant has 10+ years experience as a designer and project manager, as well as extensive experience in the fabrication and construction industries. Grant received his MFA in Experiential Environment Design from the University of Illinois. He is fascinated by how even a little bit of care and thoughtful design can transform someone’s experience of the world for the better.
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.
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.
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