Several qualified instructors have reached out to Watershape University (WU) and expressed their interest in teaching with us - for that we are truly grateful and honored!

We will continue to update this Faculty page as more information is submitted to WU's Learning Management System. Thank you for your patience and, yes, everyone will get a photo 😀

Benjamin Lasseter, SWD Registered

Design Ecology Austin

Austin, TX

Cesar Cortes

AquaticFloors - Custom Pool Systems
Miami, FL

Charles Hanskat

American Shotcrete Association
Farmington Hills, MI

David Penton, IWI

Fluid Dynamics Pool and Spa, Inc.

Fullerton, CA

IWI Leadership Team

David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI

Watershape Consulting, Inc.

Solana Beach, CA

Peterson is President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc., an international planning, design and engineering firm providing owners, architects, contractors, and the legal profession with services relating to residential, commercial and institutional pools, spas and water features. He obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a registered engineer in several states. Peterson has been in the watershape industry since 1994 when he began his career designing life support systems for large aquariums and marine mammal exhibits. He was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems where he developed and patented several products. Peterson reorganized the Genesis 3 Design Group into GENESIS® University in 2012. When GENESIS merged with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in 2016, Peterson became Director of Education for GENESIS, a position he held until forming Watershape University.

Grant Smith, IWI

Aqua-Link Pools and Spas

Carlsbad, CA

IWI Leadership Team

Gregory D. Howard

Carecraft, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA

James G. Robyn, BA, MBA

BioNova™ Natural Pools

Jason Brownlee, SWD Registered

J. Brownlee Design
Franklin, TN

Jimmy Reed

Rock Solid Tile, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Julie Kazdin

Kazdin Pools & Spas
Southampton, NY

Ken Milbery

Lunada Bay Tile
Harbor City, CA

Kevin Ruddy, SWD Master

Omega Pool Structures, Inc.
Jackson, NJ

Lauren C. Stack, MBA

Watershape University | Live Blue Foundation
Pittsburgh, PA

Stack is Vice President, Watershape University, responsible for all operations, especially philanthropic outreach.  Stack has worked in the pool / spa industry for nearly 30 years.  Before joining NSPF in 2015, to run the GENESIS business line, she was employed by APSP in a variety of capacities.  Before that, she worked at Aristech Acrylics, a hot tub manufacturer supplier where she served as a volunteer member and officer of NSPI's Hot Tub Council.  She holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, both from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Michael Nantz,  IWI

Elite Concepts, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Dean of Culture

Nantz is principal and founder of Elite Concepts, Inc., an international, progressive design/build firm of refined watershapes located in Dallas, Texas since 1991.  With a vast geographical reach -- currently some 70 cities, 10 states and 5 countries -- Mike's work product is in high demand.  With a depth of industry expertise, he is frequently retained by architects, landscape architects, contractors, pool builders and home owners, as well as attorneys in need of expert witness.  Passionate about education, Nantz is a Watershape University faculty member and serves as the University's first Dean of Culture.  Mike has lectured and instructed across the United States, Canada and Europe on subjects directly related to swimming pool design, construction and business practices.

Paolo Benedetti, IWI

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa
Morgan Hill, CA

IWI Leadership Team

Paul Oman

Texas Pools, Inc.

The Woodlands, TX

Richard Kremer

Watershape Consulting, Inc.
Solana Beach, CA

Rick Chafey, IWI

Red Rock Contractors

Chandler, AZ

IWI Leadership Team

Ryan Oakes, IWI

Clearwater Construction Group, Inc.

Graham, NC

Oakes is a Professional Watershape Designer and President of Clearwater Construction Group, Inc., Revolution Gunite & Revolution Pool Finishes, all of which are award winning firms in their respective trade.  Clearwater offers design and construction services at the highest level, typically through collaboration with Architecture & Engineering firms but also serving Pool Contractors and Owners. Clearwater holds an Unlimited Building Contractors License in NC & Virginia.  Revolution Gunite provides Dry-mix Shotcrete services to the NC DOT and Pool Contractors throughout the Southeast, while Revolution Pool Finishes is a licensed Pebble Tec applicator serving NC, VA & SC.  Oakes continually aims to raise the bar in the pool construction industry through involvement in the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) and educational outreach through a vast Pool Builder network throughout the United States. He has authored numerous technical writings for the ASA and is currently working on two design patents that will change the method of building vanishing edge pools.

Oakes serves the following Committee and Board appointments:


Board of Directors for the American Shotcrete Association (ASA)

Vice-Chair to the Pool & Rec Committee for the ASA

Vice-Chair to the Contractor Qualification Committee for the ASA

Voting Member of the 506-H Shotcrete for Pools Sub-Committee for the American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Associate Member of the 506 Shotcrete Committee for the ACI

Town of Carrboro NC, Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Member

Instructor for Watershape University

Instructor for Genesis University

Live Blue Foundation Advisory Member

Steve Kenny, IWI

SRK Modern Pool Solutions, Inc.

Wainscott, NY

Trevor Foster



Vito Mariano

Basecrete Technologies, LLC

Sarasota, FL

William T. Drakeley

Drakeley Pool Company

Bethlehem, CT

Drakeley is principal and founder of Drakeley Pool Company, a luxury design and build firm based in New England, and Drakeley Industries, an international consulting firm focusing on shotcrete applications and techniques, notably providing training for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority underground tunneling projects. Bill is the first and only pool builder to sit as a Voting Member of the American Concrete Institute's (ACI) Committee 506 - Shotcrete and serves as Secretary of ACI C660 Nozzleman Certification Task Group. Bill is also an ACI Shotcrete Examiner and Chairman of the ACI Pool Shotcrete Subcommittee. An educator and advocate for high industry standards, Bill has conducted trainings for the GENESIS® Construction School, the Colorado School of Mines, the American Society of Landscape Architects CT Chapter, World of Concrete, Aqua Show, NESPA, and others. His technical writings have been widely published in trade magazines. Drakeley served as Deputy Director of GENESIS education under Peterson.