Our Team

Erin Huber, Executive Director and Founder

Molly Nook photo bigBANG 2013 - Erin Huber(photo courtesy of Molly Nook Photography)

Ms. Huber is a social entrepreneur and the executive director and founder of Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. She has a 16 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 2013, she was selected to present at bigBANG! in Cleveland, Ohio, 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 save our water and save lives.

  • Ms. Huber is a native Northeast Ohioan currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Ms. Huber has the following credentials:
  • 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

2016 Board of Directors

Stephen Chipchase, Board Chairman

Steve Chipchase photoSteve 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.

Lee DeAngelis, Secretary

Director of Support Services, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

DeAngelis, Lee pictureMr. 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.

Kim Stazyk, Treasurer

Senior Manager- Auditing, Ernst & Young LLP

Kim Stazyk - photoKim Stazyk, a native Clevelander, is a senior manager in the External Audit sub-service line of EY’s Assurance Practice. She received her BBA in Accounting at ClevelandState University in 2004. She began her career at EY and spent time working for FirstMerit Corporation and Progressive Insurance, before returning to EY as a resident in Americas Professional Practice – Auditing. Kim joined the board of Drink Local Drink Tap, Inc. in June 2016.

Andre Husain, Board Member

Branch Sales Manager, MSC Industrial Supply

Neil photoAndre has worked, in various leadership roles, for the past 15 years at MSC Industrial Supply Company, a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services. NYSE:MSM

He leads a team of insides and outside sales professionals with annual sales in excess of $35M. Current responsibilities include increasing market penetration and the development, retention and value of existing accounts. Developing great/diverse talent, management/financial control plans, and actions plans to secure successful execution of branch and people performance.

Andre has been involved with DLDT since 2011. After meeting Erin Huber, Andre assembled a team of cyclist to compete in the annual Race Across America to raise funds and awareness for Drink Local. Drink Tap. The team reassembled in 2012 to compete a second time for DLDT.

In his spare time Andre enjoys endurance cycling, hiking, vegan cooking, home brewing, and woodworking projects.

Bridget M. McFadden, Board Member

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

Bridget McFadden PhotoIn 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

Chris RobinsonChris 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.

Brett Wessler, Board member

Brett Wessler PhotoBrett is a Cleveland native who is an experienced technologist and has a passion for problem solving. After serving 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, Brett returned to Cleveland and earned a BS in Chemistry from Cleveland State University.  Upon graduation he worked as a Field Engineer for General Electric’s industrial water treatment division. Brett eventually moved into a research position at the Lubrizol Corporation, where he currently leads a team of researchers. Brett earned an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College, and takes a special interest in sustainability, ethics and leadership. In his spare time, Brett loves spending time with his family, training mixed martial arts, and running on (and off) the Cleveland Metroparks trails.

Jane Griffin, Board Member

Griffin-pic 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.


Advisory Committee 

Kim Jenkins, Advisory Committee

Owner, Rising Star Coffee Roasters

2010-01-22 01.04.58Mr. Kim Jenkins is an experienced technology developer, successful entrepreneur and business developer. He was Director of Research and Technology for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a $3.5B annual operating unit, leading a team of 100 engineers and scientists in technology development, product development and commercialization.

Kim received the Lockheed Martin Outstanding Inventors Award and is the co-inventor on four advanced technology patents in three dimensional image generation, image processing and display.

He joined a small startup business in 2004 as a partner and was successful in driving growth and profitability generating shareholder dividends. Kim has proven technical and financial leadership with experience in small start up enterprises, technology licensing, adjacent market development and partnering agreements. He is an investor and partner in two additional start-ups in advanced technologies for adjacent market opportunities and launched Rising Star Coffee in the fall of 2010.

Kim is an Electrical Engineer from The University of Texas at Arlington and is a National Security Studies Fellow from Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Nicholas C. Zingale, Ph.D., QEP, CHMM, Board Member

Dr. Zingale founded Affinity Consultants, Inc. in March of 1995 and is a founding fellow of the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology.

  • Post-Doctorate Senior Executive Fellow – Harvard University
  • Ph.D. University of Akron in Public Administration
  • MBA Baldwin Wallace College
  • Bachelor’s Environmental Health Bowling Green State University
  • Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University’s Maxine-Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Co-Director of the Institute of Applied Phenomenology for Science and Technology

Board Development and Governance Committee Bridget McFadden (Chair), Brett Wessler, Erin Huber

Strategic Planning All DLDT board members, and Gail Palmer, Roz Quarto, Kim Jenkins, Rick Phelps, Kalyani Sapkal

Finance Committee Steve Chipchase, Kim Stazyk, Bryan Cohen, Toby Rosen and Collin Shea

photo-collin-sheaCollin is a 2012 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics. He is a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers within the assurance private company services practice based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has 4 years of professional experience, serving a wide range of privately held companies, including in manufacturing, services and other sectors. Collin joined Drink Local Drink Tap, Inc. in August of 2016.

bryan-thomas-picBryan Thomas is a Cleveland native who graduated from the University of Dayton in 2015.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance.  He is currently a staff audit accountant at Cohen & Company within their private company services practice.  In his spare time, Bryan enjoys golf, working out, and watching Cleveland sports.  Bryan joined Drink Local Drink Tap, Inc. in August of 2016.Executive Committee  Steve Chipchase, Lee DeAngelis, Kim Stazyk, Erin Huber

Marketing & Communications Chris Robinson, Jessa Hochman/Citrus Social & Kyllea Kerg

Education Committee Lee DeAngelis, Erin Huber and Jen Levy


Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. non-board team members



Kiah Branch, 2016 Project Management Volunteer

Kiah is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied biotechnology and the history of science. In her spare time, she captained the varsity fencing team and researched 3D printed prosthetics. Kiah returned home to Cleveland to pursue a career in technical project management, and comes to us because she hopes to utilize her technical training and organizational skills to preserve the Great Lakes. She feels a true connection to the Great Lakes, having grown up sailing on and swimming in Lake Erie, and hopes they will continue to be enjoyed for many generations.

Rebecca Hastings,  Assistant (Fall Intern- partial semester)

Alex Koran, Summer 2016 (Ohio University)

Meg Legerski, Summer 2016 (Cleveland State University)

Hannah Rockford, Summer 2016 (University of Akron)

Tori Baron, Summer 2016 (The Ohio State University)

Harrison Fried, Solon High School Spring 2016

Joe Linsky, Spring Intern 2016 (Cleveland State University)
Melissa Fowler, Summer 2014-2015 Volunteer Community Outreach and Intern
Amanda Gaebelein, Volunteer Intern Fall 2015 (Cleveland State University)
Tim Kovach, Content Creation Assistant

Tim Kovach was the Project & Volunteer Manager with the 2014 Gay Games and is now with NOACA in Cleveland, Ohio, working on air quality issues. He received an MA in Global Environmental Policy from the American University School of International Service. He has researched environmental peace and conflict for the Environmental Law Institute and the British government and serves on the Executive Committee of the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club.

Gail L. Palmer, Event and Donor Relations Consultant

DSC_0185-2Recently relocated from Anchorage, Alaska, Gail has 15+ years of event planning experience. From non-profit fundraisers to corporate celebrations, social occasions to community festivals, Gail has designed, planned, and coordinated events of every size. Highlights include the 50th Celebration of Alaska’s Statehood, the Inauguration of Governor Sean Parnell, and 4 years as Anchorage’s #1 Grime Fighter, Captain Cleanup, for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Citywide Cleanup. Before leaving Alaska, Gail was named Top 40 Under Forty, was awarded the C. Wayne Hussey Community Service Award, and even held the title of Slam (Poetry) Champion. If you saw her 2012 article, Why I’m Moving to Cleveland, you know beautiful Lake Erie is one reason she now calls Cleveland home. She is thrilled to use her expertise to benefit DLDT events, development and 4 Miles 4 Water.

Laura Watilo Blake, Photography

elBee Studio, Lake Erie Living Magazine (freelance) and Farflung Travels

Russa Wenzel, Volunteer, Administrative Assistant

Current partnerships

  • Kinetico Incorporated
  • Moen
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Pure Water Technology
  • Cleveland Scene
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium
  • Tiva Water
  • WorldServe International
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cleanups at Edgewater Beach, adopted since 2010
  • Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, since 2010
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History -A Boat Float/Cleanup Event
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, 21st Century Learning Programs

Current Positions Available

Three Internship positions available FALL/SRRING 2016-2017

Contact us at info@drinklocaldrinktap.org if interested in the above opportunities by sending your resume and cover letter