Chief Growing Officer – Dan Divelbiss, MS

Dan has designed and built multiple production scale aquaponics systems, including at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Krohn Conservatory (Cincinnati Parks), and Park+Vine Green General Store. Dan has completed coursework in aquaponics and greenhouse management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, is a graduate of the Ohio State University’s year-long Aquaculture Boot Camp Intensive program, has attended an intensive growing training workshop at Cropking and has many years of experience growing vegetables. He holds degrees in Mechanical (BS) and Environmental (MS) Engineering. He is a former National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellow and the recipient of Water for People’s Student Water Award.

Dan draws on many years of experience coordinating and planning projects as well as conducting independent research. From years 2006 to 2009, he was the appropriate technology program manager for Mission Impact coordinating community-based projects in Guatemala. His efforts lead to the deployment of water filters, clean biomass cookstoves, and solar energy serving over 20,000 individuals in a rural Guatemalan communities. From 2009 to 2014, he conducted research and project management as a master’s student and as an independent contractor for the USEPA and the Maine Sustainable Agriculture society. This work led to the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and the installation of aquaculture integrated hydroponic systems. His variety of experiences has developed his emotional intelligence to work with individuals and professionals from diverse backgrounds and his technical expertise to identify significant opportunities and hazards.

Operations – Sam Dunlap

Sam Dunlap has farming in his blood. His young authors book in the first grade was entitled, “There Was a Boy Who Loved Plants.” It seems that sealed his fate and the last twenty-five years or so have been a process of kindling that love affair.

In the last ten years, Sam’s farming experience has included vegetable production, medicinal herbs, tree crops and design of sustainable systems. As a permaculture educator, he has had the opportunity to conduct trainings on sustainable agriculture for international non-profit agencies in Tanzania and Guatemala. He also served as advisor for a student team of Engineers Without Borders in Kenya in 2009. He currently serves as professor of urban agriculture at the University of Cincinnati.

As School Garden Coordinator for the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, his work involves integrating his passion for growing food with the skill of building networks of support within communities and classrooms. He sees this social development dimension of his work as the bleeding edge of the urban agriculture movement, an interest that is particularly suited to the mission of Waterfields.

Sam leads production for Waterfields as the Director of Operations. His interdisciplinary background and passion for the social, economic and ecological dimensions of urban agriculture position him well to drive innovation and sustainability within the social context of developing individuals and communities toward greater autonomy, economic vibrancy and health.

Marketing – Daniel Klemens, MBA

Daniel brings a rare blend of foodie, MBA, and full-service marketing agency to Waterfields. With an undergraduate degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University, often considered the number 1 ranked culinary program in the nation, and an MBA from Xavier University, a top MBA program in the Cincinnati region, Daniel holds the perfect blend of knowledge for Waterfields.

Daniel has years of small business and startup consulting experience with the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center as well as years in the business-to-business advertising agency world. Previously to Waterfields, he worked as an Account Executive for Gingerquill, a full-service business to business marketing agency in downtown Cincinnati. He also spent time as the Director of Membership & Events for the India-US Business Network, a local Cincinnati non-profit. Daniel has also consulted for local, high-profile Cincinnati startups, such as Pingage/Ahalogy.

Finance – Paul Leffler

Paul Leffler, former CEO of Dumont, Leffler & Company, has nearly 50 years of worldwide experience in applying innovative technologies to business and healthcare, and has launched both entrepreneurial ventures in import-export, manufacturing and software development. Paul has degrees in Business and Economics from Northern Kentucky University, and has completed post-graduate studies in Finance and Organizational Leadership.

Quality + Strategy – Ben Matthews, MBA

Ben Matthews is a long time Cincinnati resident. After attending the University of Tennessee he started a packaging company with his family, called NuVision Packaging, which they sold in December 2010. Shortly thereafter, Ben began working at Procter & Gamble. Currently Ben is a North America Regulatory Affairs Manager in P&G’s Personal Healthcare division. Through his MBA studies at Xavier University Ben connected with the Waterfields team.

Ben’s passion for applying innovative business solutions is fueled by a core belief that people must apply their talents in novel and disruptive ways to address life’s big challenges. He is grateful to put that belief into practice with his Waterfields teammates. Ben also works within the Cincinnati Community through his involvement with the Young William Cooper Procter Society (YWCPS), P&G’s Young Professional group partnered with the United Way. Ben heads Leadership Development for the group. In his free time he enjoys regularly practicing and teaching martial arts, reading, cooking, and enjoying what life has to offer.