Our Team

Executive Director and Founder

(photo courtesy of Kristine Noll)

Erin Huber

Ms. Huber is a social entrepreneur and the executive director and founder of Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. She has a 17 year history of civic engagement, project management, working with youth, mentoring, leadership, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and academic accomplishments proven by an extensive list of awards and honors. In 2017, she was voted ‘Best Activist‘ by Cleveland Scene Magazine, selected to present at bigBANG! in 2013, named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2012 by Cleveland Magazine, inducted into the 2012 Mentor High School (Ohio) Alumni Hall of Fame, awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Urban College at Cleveland State University, featured a water action figure by Circle of Blue and was chosen as one of Cleveland Scene’s People July 2016. Huber is the executive producer of the 2014 documentary, “Making Waves“, and advocates for safe water through speaking engagements domestically and designing and building safe water projects globally in east Africa. Her mission is to protect our water and save lives.

  • Native Northeast Ohioan currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Master of Science in Urban Studies: Sustainability Policy and New Economics focus
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science: Policy and Planning focus
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science

2017 Board of Directors

Stephen Chipchase, Board Chairman

Steve is a Senior Operations Executive having worked in a variety of markets and industries; electronics, semiconductor, medical device and fluid component systems throughout his career.  He worked at Keithley Instruments for 10 years as VP, Operations in Solon, COO of Accuri Cytometers a ventured backed medical device company in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in 2013 returned home to take the position of Director, Operations of the semiconductor division at Swagelok in Solon.

Steve joined the board of Drink Local, Drink Tap! In November of 2015 and became Chairman in April of 2016.  He served in the past as a Board Member of the Solon Chamber of Commerce and significant corporate participant in “Light the Night” in Ann Arbor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Steve grew up and raised his family in Northeast Ohio but it’s his international travels into Southeast Asia and Africa that drew him to the organization.  Seeing first-hand the extreme poverty that occurs in 3rd world countries he was drawn to DLDT’s mission of access to clean drinking water in Africa and the education and activism locally to bring awareness to the world’s water issues.

In his spare time Steve enjoys travelling, hiking, golf and motorcycle riding.

Jane Griffin, Vice Chair (Governance, Marketing and Associate Board Committees)

Originally from Ukraine, Jane immigrated to America with her family in 1990 and grew up in Cleveland.  She studied Economics at the Ohio State University, and received a MBA with focus on Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2010.  Upon graduation she moved back to Cleveland and joined strategy consulting firm Booz & Co. (acquired by PwC in 2015) and served clients across a broad range of strategic and operational challenges.

She is currently a Strategy & Operations Director with the PwC Retail & Consumer advisory business.  In her “spare” time, Jane enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, traveling, photography, and learning about (i.e. tasting) Cleveland’s food scene.

Marti Saltis, Treasurer

Marti is a Cleveland native who grew up on the shores of Lake Erie. After leaving for 10 years, she  returned. Earning a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, she  has since held a wide variety of positions in companies ranging from start up to fortune 500. Currently, she is the president of LTC REIT Management which owns long term care facilities.  She has been a board member since 2017. In her free time, she likes to snow ski, sail, attend theater and sporting events, and do yoga.

Lee DeAngelis, Secretary

Director of Support Services, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Mr. DeAngelis develops and implements services to help strengthen and build the capacity of community based organizations. Projects have included developing environmental education component for after school and summer programs, consultations on program operations, and support for promotion of GCNCA’s services to nonprofits. Mr. DeAngelis has been a volunteer with Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. since 2010.

Bridget M. McFadden, Board Member (Governance Committee Chair)

Director, AmeriCorps, College Now Greater Cleveland and Community Partner Lead, Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland

In her AmeriCorps role, McFadden leads the development of the federal Ohio College Guides initiative and provides oversight to the 9 college access nonprofit partner sites that host the program’s 70 AmeriCorps Members in Ohio. As the HEC’s Community Partner Lead, McFadden supports partners in aligning their work on the data points that the initiative is collecting and analyzing to show its collective impact on postsecondary readiness, access and attainment.

Prior to joining CNGC, McFadden worked as a Program Director with the Ohio College Access Network and as a Project Manager for the National College Access Network.

McFadden is an alumni of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2002 and also served in various roles for Playhouse Square Partners for several years, including board member and board co-chair. McFadden graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Chris Robinson, Board Member (Marketing Committee)

Chris Robinson is a native of Pittsburgh, PA who relocated to the Cleveland area in 1999. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and an MBA from the University of Akron in 2005. Chris has spent his professional career in a variety of marketing, retail and product development roles with companies like Kinetico Incorporated, Sears Roebuck, Rubbermaid and OfficeMax. He is now working at Naturepedic.

Beth Allison, Board Member (Marketing Committee Chair)

Marketing Director, North America; Kinetico Inc.

Beth Allison has spent her career in a wealth of world wide water related product companies including both Moen and Kinetico.   Prior to joining Kinetico in 2015 as Director of Marketing, she spent 15 years at Moen leading product, segment and eCommerce marketing departments.  Additionally, she designed and implemented an eCommerce business for Moen Inc and was a member of the Forrester eBusiness Council.  Beth has established markets world wide and continues to collaborate and work passionately on water related projects.   

 

A graduate of Miami University with a BA in Business and International Marketing, Beth has spent 26 years traveling world wide.  She is a devout running enthusiast and mother of two. She and her husband of 22 years reside in The Chagrin Valley.

Michael Ruttinger, Board Member (Associate Board Committee)

Mike is an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP, where he leverages his experience in class action and products liability litigation on behalf of clients in federal courts across the country. He received his B.A. from the College of Wooster in 2005 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008, before choosing to return home to Cleveland to practice. He resides in Cleveland Heights with his wife and fur-family. They are active international travelers, which has fueled Mike’s desire to do his part on behalf of environmental sustainability. Mike is also a nine-time marathoner and long-course triathlete who enjoys spending much of his time outdoors enjoying Northeast Ohio’s trails, parks, and lakes.

Mike Rush, Board Member

Michael has worked in the private sector field of Human Services for 44 years and for the
last 28 years as the Executive Director of Options for Families and Youth (OFY), a non-
profit he co-founded with his wife, Debbie, in 1989.

OFY has provided foster care and adoption services to the abused and neglected children
of Cuyahoga County; had a behavioral health program for over 15 years; had one of
Cuyahoga County’s largest Help Me Grow programs; and is a Hague-accredited adoption
agency completing home studies and post-adoption reports for Ohio families adopting
internationally.

In his 6 previous trips to Uganda, Michael has been involved in funding orphan care
initiatives/projects serving Ugandan children and families and connected with DLDT.
Michael likes to read, work in his yard, watch baseball, travel and spend time with his
wife, daughters and grandchildren.

Team Members

Gail L. Palmer, Event Consultant

Gail L. Palmer is an event professional with over 15 years of experience designing, planning, implementing, and ‘fixing’ events for non-profit, corporate, and private clients — from New York to Alaska. Events benefit from her broad foundation of skills including theatrical design (lighting, sound, and stage/set), planning and directing (large stage and touring productions), and a healthy dose of OCD in her approach to project management.

Learn more about Gail

 

Jen Levy, Wavemaker Program Manager

Jen is new to the Cleveland area and comes to us from Los Angeles where she has over a decade of teaching experience in the private school sector. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Jennifer implemented and ran her school garden program with students from Pre-K to Sixth grade. While very proficient in urban gardening, Jennifer came to Northeast Ohio to learn about agriculture on a much bigger scale. She is currently working on the aquaponic farm Lettuce Heads where she is learning about specialty farming with a focus on using less water. Her passions include urban farming, food procurement, farm to table education and water conservation. Coming from California, Jen is well versed in the need to conserve water and to make sure local water stays clean and drinkable. Her ultimate goal is to combine her love and passion for both agriculture and education and to have her own farm school program.

Russa Wenzel, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Russa is a Cleveland native that has transitioned from volunteer to our second US employee- Russa manages our office, volunteer coordinating and over sees our internship program. Russa has a background in marketing and event planning, and holds a B.A, in Marketing and International Business from Cleveland State University. Russa has a love of zero-waste  and creating inclusive spaces and equality for all people in all walks of life. In her free time Russa enjoys spending time with her dog Kovi, and her husband Cory.

Kristine Noll, Wavemaker Program Educator

Kristine is a Greater Cleveland native, former educator and photographer. She has worked with
K- 12 th grades in various capacities within the public, private and non-profit world of education.
During her years living in southern California, and while teaching and traveling abroad, she
witnessed how water scarcity can be detrimental to a community. Kristine hopes to combine
her love for photography and education to raise awareness about the global water crisis, the
importance of protecting our Great Lakes, and to bring people of all ages and from all walks of
life together.

Jacob Bowman, Beach Cleanup Manager

Jacob is native to Northeast Ohio, and has spent the last 4 years living in the Cleveland area. Sherwin-Williams brought him to the north coast to be an eLearning Developer and he has been working in the field of Instructional Design ever since. Now an Online Course and Materials Developer for Cleveland State, Jacob specializes in developing multimedia materials for Cleveland State’s online courses while also working on his Master’s of Education in Adult Learning Theory and Development. Jacob is active in reducing his carbon footprint by composting, reuse, eating a plant based diet, and utilizing city resources such as public transportation. Jacob looks forward to leading the Beach Clean Ups hosted by DLDT in order to keep Edgewater a clean and safe public space, and our largest local resource of freshwater potable.

Our Team Members in Africa

Kizito Johnson, Director of Works

Since 2012
Johnson has been with DLDT since the very start in 2012. We got to know each other through project implementation and decided to hire his company directly to partner and implement projects. He has over 17 years of experience in construction and water working in all parts of Uganda and is DLDT staff as of October 2017. He speaks multiple Ugandan dialects in addition to English and is a true leader and problem solver. Johnson has his wife, Lydia, and three
children and he likes to watch Arsenol play football (soccer).

Ssebambulidde David, NGO Promoter and Community Relations

Since 2013
David was the head teacher at St Bonaventure Primary School where DLDT’s first project was built. He came in just as the project was being implemented and helped lead the final phase in 2013. David is currently still a primary school head teacher and teaches mathematics. His part-time staff position with DLDT consists of NGO tasks, some logistics, meeting organization, and school interviews. He is a humble, kind man who has a wife and two children. Before being staff, David volunteer with our organization for one year because he was so passionate about getting other schools clean water.

Letitia, Mpigi Office Manager

Since July 2015
Latitia is 87 years old and opens the DLDT village office everyday to offer free filtered water to people if they sit with her and practice handwashing, she cleans the office and answers questions from visitors. She is David’s mother and widowed, so her job at DLDT gives her great meaning every day. Letitia walks 1/2km to the office everyday to get her exercise and she is a wonderful animal keeper and cook. She was a school teacher her entire life which makes her work even more meaningful at DLDT.

Nantamba Susan, Nakasongola Monitoring Representative

Since 2014
Susan has been helping DLDT since 2014, but officially became an employee in January 2018.Fitting into our growing organization, Susan, remains a local person in Nakasongola District that can remain a closer contact to the beneficiaries. She assists in monitoring, WASH training, interviewing schools, and setting up meetings. Susan has a musically talented daughter that toured the US in 2017, teaches baby class at a primary school and is married.

Basajja Noah, Monitoring Officer

Since 2018
Noah has a degree in community development and has served in volunteering and intern capacities for the Iganga District Water Office and though his university. His dream is to help rural people develop in a sustainable way and to teach people how to be healthy. Noah is in training through April 2018 and then will become full-time staff at DLDT. He has two children and a wife that he loves. He is the tallest member of the team!

Mubiru Stephen

Since 2014
Mubiru has been surveying in East Africa for over 50 years. He has many grand and great-grandchildren and love his work. He likes to use the type of machine he has always used and rarely fails to get water. Mubiru is a patient teacher and welcomes questions from youth and villagers when in the field. It has been wondering seeing him expose new people to his profession.

A special thanks to our year-round support

  • Michele Kilroy, Social Media Manager
  • Bryan Thomas, Finance Committee Member
  • Kristine Noll, Photography Manager
  • Anne Kurac, Data Assest Management
  • Kevin Hejduk, Web Design and Management
  • Brigid O'Conner, Fundraising Committee
  • Brett Wessler, Uganda WASH Access Committee
  • Rao Chitikela, Uganda WASH Access Committee
  • Kalyani Sapkal, Funding Research and Grant Support
  • Kyllea Kerg, Graphic Design
  • Laura Watilo Blake, Documentary Development Team
  • Andrew Kasumba, Audit and Finance, Uganda