Hailing from Morgantown, WV, Danny came to Wheeling to attend Wheeling Jesuit University and never left. Danny began his food-systems endeavors while working with youth at the Laughlin Memorial Chapel. A desire to connect the kids to meaningful work and outdoor experiences grew into a small "youth garden," which grew into an urban farm, which evolved into the vertically-integrated food systems nonprofit he called Grow Ohio Valley. A founder of GrowOV, Danny served as its Executive Director for 5 years, is the recipient of a 2021 Beacon award, two successful ARC POWER awards, and continues to champion new initiatives within the organization. Danny hopes to see a food system that connects people to productive work, raucous fun, and strong health outcomes.