Nelson and Pade, Inc.® Team


Rebecca L NelsonCo-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca, a lifelong entrepreneur, is passionate about fresh, local food, good health and sustainable living and business practices. All of these things dovetail into the goals, vision and mission at Nelson and Pade, Inc., where Rebecca oversees the business operations, marketing and customer experience. With an emphasis on excellence and achievement, Rebecca provides guidance and leadership to the management team and employees and engages with customers at all levels.

Involved in sustainable agriculture for nearly 40 years, Rebecca embraces the science behind aquaponics and indoor farming to help people around the world grow fresh, nutritious fish and vegetables. Rebecca is the author of the first and primary book on aquaponics, Aquaponic Food Production, as well as school curriculums, videos, training manuals, operation manuals and many articles on aquaponics. She published and edited the Aquaponics Journal®, from 1997-2013 (62 issues).

Rebecca has created the curriculum for and co-teaches the Aquaponics Master Class®, which to date has had attendees from 110 countries, all 50 US states and 3 US territories. Rebecca is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and she co-developed and co-teaches the first full semester University course on aquaponics.

She was recently inducted into the NZ4 Global Alliance and has previously served on the Boards of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and the Hydroponics Society of America. Rebecca served on the Certified Naturally Grown Aquaponics Advisory Council from 2014-2015 and was appointed to the WI Aquaculture Advisory Council in 2013. Rebecca has been an invited speaker at conferences and events around the world and is a featured authority on local and national radio, TV, magazine and newspaper coverage of aquaponics.



John Pade

John PadeCo-founder and Chief Technology Officer

John Pade has been actively involved in soilless food production and controlled environment agriculture since the mid 1980’s, as a grower, builder, system developer, consultant and educator. John leads the research and development efforts at Nelson and Pade, Inc. ® and has designed the patented Clear Flow Aquaponics Systems® with ZDEP (Zero Discharge/Extra Production), which dramatically increase food production while decreasing waste. He shares his wealth of knowledge as an instructor in the Aquaponics Master Class® and works with our clients establishing commercial aquaponic farms.

John’s ongoing efforts continue to advance the technology and make the availability of fresh food a reality for people around the world. To date, Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponics Systems® are used by individuals, entrepreneurs, schools and Universities in nearly 30 counties.

John is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and he co-teaches the UWSP Introduction to Aquaponics course.

John’s upbringing on a dairy farm in Wisconsin contributed to his work-ethic, character and innate problem solving abilities.




Erin KuhnChief Procurement Officer

Erin Kuhn oversees purchasing, inventory management, accounting and payroll. Erin’s well-rounded experience in purchasing and accounting make her the ideal person to fill this diverse and important roll. Erin’s responsibilities include sourcing, ordering and organizing all of the components needed for timely manufacturing of our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®. Erin also is directly involved in the finance and accounting for Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

Erin joined the Nelson and Pade Team in mid 2012. She is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting.

Erin grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin and enjoys gardening and music. Erin has two teenage children.




Jannel DunnChief Operating Officer

Jannel Dunn oversees sales, company operations, events and training. She engages with customers at every level, sharing her extensive knowledge of aquaponics and the Nelson and Pade products, training and services. She provides guidance and oversight to our sales team, ensuring that our sales process results in a positive customer experience. Her excellent organizational skills benefits our customers, Team and company.  She coordinates all team members and operations, to ensure fluid and productive efforts.  Jannel also oversees the organization of our Aquaponics Master Classes® and other events.

Jannel studied at UW-Sevens Point and graduated with honors from Pasco Hernando Community College in Port St. Richey, FL.

Jannel joined the Nelson and Pade Team in early 2015.



Ron ArndtCAD and Design

Ron works in CAD drawing and design, assembly manual development and tech support.

Ron has a degree in Architectural Design and a diverse range of experience in construction, repair, landscaping and woodworking.

Ron Arndt joined Nelson and Pade, Inc.® during the spring of 2012. Ron and his wife, Arlene have two daughters, a son and numerous grandchildren.



Lisa Williams

Lisa WilliamsInventory and Order Coordinator

Lisa’s role coordinates our sales, design, inventory and manufacturing teams and processes to ensure efficiencies and a quality product delivery to each client who has ordered a Clear Flow Aquaponic System®.  She is involved in inventory management, identification of parts, pick and packing lists and scheduling and organizing system shipments.

Lisa brings a broad base of skill and knowledge to this position, having worked in the paper industry for many years in a variety of capacities including scheduling, paper machine operations, human resources, leadership and safety oversight, training and presentations.

Lisa lives in Redgranite, WI and enjoys camping and the outdoors.



Tammy Krueger

Tammy KruegerOffice Assistant

Tammy helps in our office answering phones, greeting guests, scheduling tours, assisting with event planning, helping our management team, and providing information to our customers.

Tammy has worked in customer service, assembly work and as an assistant to a marina manager.

Tammy joined the Nelson and Pade team in mid 2019.



Tiffanie Timme

Tiffanie TimmeGreenhouse Technician,Sales and Education

Tiffanie is one of our greenhouse technicians, completing all of the daily tasks related to operation our commercial demonstration greenhouse. In addition to working in the greenhouse, Tiffanie gives tours of our facility and assists in our educational programs, which include the Aquaponics Master Class® and Extended Stay Learning Program.

Tiffanie earned a major in Animal Science with an emphasis on Agri-Business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has been active in community activities, including the Marquette County Youth Organization, the Marquette County Fair Board, American Junior Herford Association and the National FFA.

Tiffanie joined the Nelson and Pade Team in mid 2018.



Kate Wynn

Kate WynnGreenhouse Technician

Kate assists us in the greenhouse, helping with all daily tasks which include seeding, transplanting and harvesting, feeding the fish, maintaining filter tanks and cleaning. She also delivers our produce and fish to schools, restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals.

Kate and her husband recently relocated to Wisconsin.  Prior to this move, she worked as a ranch hand, packer and wrangler in South Dakota, Colorado and Montana and as a trail maintenance Crew Member at the Grand Canyon.

Kate earned an Associates in Environmental/Life Science at Southwestern Michigan College.



Abbey Weishaar

Abbey WeishaarGreenhouse Assistant

Abbey assists us in all greenhouse operational tasks including seeding, transplanting, harvesting and packaging of the lettuce, feeding and caring for the fish, maintaining filters and overall upkeep and cleanliness.

Abbey is currently a Senior at Pioneer Westfield High School and is active in band and the softball team. She is completely fascinated by aquaponics, and wants to continue her education and pursue engineering.



Maddi Vetter

Maddi VetterGreenhouse Assistant

Maddi is a Junior at the UW-Eau Claire and a previous student at UW-Baraboo and the High Marq Charter School in Montello. While still in high school, Maddi attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Introduction to Aquaponics course.

Maddi joined our Greenhouse team in 2015.

She is now a college, but still loves to work in the greenhouse and helps when she can.



Wayne Loar

Wayne LoarAquaponics Technician

Wayne brings a passion for aquaponics and sustainability to his role as an Aquaponics Technician at Nelson and Pade, Inc.

Wayne is a skilled metal worker and welder, carpenter and NC laser operator.

At Nelson and Pade, he assists our Team in the assembly of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.

Wayne has a passion for aquaponics and sustainability.



Jeff Berkshire

Jeff BerkshireAquaponics Technician

Jeff is involved in the manufacturing of our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® as well as building new infrastructure and organizing special projects at Nelson and Pade®. With a diverse background in maintenance, grounds-keeping, farming and printing, Jeff brings a wide range of skills and experience to each task.

His passion for sustainability led he and his family to organically farm chicken and beef.

Jeff and his wife live in an off-grid, television-free home in Neshkoro, WI.



Jim Gonzalez

Jim GonzalezAquaponics Technician

Jim works in our manufacturing, helping to assemble our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.Jim has a diverse background in building, construction, property maintenance and material handling. His skills are well utilized at Nelson and Pade, In® , as he brings components together to become aquaponic systems and then helps to prepare them for shipment.

Jim loves the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and all that Wisconsin has to offer. Jim lives in Wautoma with his wife, Julie.



Steven (Jay) Burgett

Steven (Jay) BurgettAquaponics Technician

Jay works in our manufacturing, helping to assemble our Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.In previous positions, Jay worked as a maintenance coordinator, propane technician, pipe fitter and carpenter. Jay’s skills are of great value in his position at Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

Jay lives in Wildrose, WI, just north of Montello.


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