JD began Colorado Aquaponics in 2009 with his wife Tawnya. Each are passionate about the possibilities that aquaponics offers for sustainable local food production, resource conservation, community outreach, and green job opportunities. Combining their experience in education, business planning, project management and operations, they have focused on promoting the field of aquaponics through educational programming and consulting services. They have since taught over 2,000 students from all over the U.S and have implemented several educational and community aquaponics systems in schools and non profits throughout Colorado.
JD grew up in Acton, Massachusetts surrounded by water and fish in a unique house reclaimed from an early 1800s saw mill. Moving to Colorado in 1996, he began his career as a Microsoft systems engineer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado. In 2001, JD was hired by Johnson & Wales University and was soon promoted to the Director of Operations for the Denver campus where he served for over eight years. During that time he led multiple campus operating departments including all physical plant operations, information technology, dining and catering services to name a few. JD authored and implemented annual campus strategic and master plans that led to the management of over forty million dollars of capital improvement projects on a historic 26 acre campus. He served as a member of the Denver leadership team, the university wide capital planning and information technology advisory committees while also being a member of the Project Management Institute and the Society for College and University Planning. Several sustainability and efficiency initiatives were implemented during his tenure resulting in reduced campus operating costs and environmental impact.