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2015 Conference Presenters


2015 Conference Presenter Biographies

Glenn Acomb, FASLA, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture where he has taught since 2000, including two courses in green roof technology (since 2008) and other courses focused on sustainability and green infrastructure.  In 2006, he co-designed UF’s Perry Construction Yard Green Roof, one of Florida’s first green roofs where he has been responsible for the research, monitoring and maintenance activities.  Mr. Acomb holds a BLA from Louisiana State University and an MLA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Ted Baker, PLA, FASLA, has practiced landscape architecture for nearly a half century in both private and public realm.  He started his education at State University, Farmingdale, NY (AAS / Ornamental Horticulture 1962) followed by Cal Poly, Pomona, CA (BSLA  1965), Florida International University, Miami, FL (MLA  1988) and GSD Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (MDes / Landscape Planning + Ecology 1990). From 1991-2004 he shared his experience and education as an Associate Professor for the  Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Florida International University, Miami, FL.


Lori Ballard is a partner in the practice of, Samnik & Ballard Expert Tree Consultants, LLC.  She is the Treasurer of the Florida Chapter, ISA Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Education Committee, Finance Committee and the Florida Chapter Species Rating Committee. Lori is also a member of the Florida Grades and Standards Sub Committee.   Her expertise in the fields of neighbor law and eminent domain have been the architect in the settlement of million dollar and multi-million dollar business damage claims providing evidence of deception and error that lead to settlements and verdicts in federal and eminent domain courts of law.    Lori is a certified arborist, FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional and has the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.   She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.

David Barth, Ph.D, ASLA, is a registered Landscape Architect, Certified Planner, and Certified Parks and Recreation Professional who specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of parks and open space systems. He has developed parks and recreation system master plans for over 60 communities throughout the United States including Washington, D.C, Miami-Dade County, Norfolk, VA, downtown San Diego, and the City of Raleigh. He was a co-author of the American Planning Association (APA) publication From Recreation to Re-Creation, as well as a contributor to APA’s Planning and Urban Design Standards for parks and recreation needs assessments. David received his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He recently received his PhD in Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida.

Nancy Bissett is a Restoration Ecologist, Botanist, Horticulturist and Co-Owner of The Natives, Inc.  With 33 years of experience working with native plants and landscapes, she has developed techniques for restoring many upland communities including scrub, sandhill, and flatwoods that include site preparation, planting, direct-seeding native groundcovers, and weed control. She has developed and enacted direct seeding projects for state and local agencies, water management districts, mitigation banks, mined lands, developers, and corporations. As the developer of The Natives nursery, Nancy has experimented with the propagation and growth of many natives plants, including grasses, wildflowers, and rare species. As a botanist, Nancy has assisted with monitoring research projects for The Nature Conservancy, Florida Institute of Phosphate Research, and others. She has performed various rare plant and vegetation surveys, and also helped federal, state, and local authorities find and evaluate rare plant communities. Nancy’s work has received awards from The Nature Conservancy and the Florida Native Plant Society, has been published in a variety of scientific journals and magazines, and presented at numerous conferences, and she serves or has served on the board of various conservation and restoration organizations. Nancy has a B.S. in horticulture and botany from Florida Southern College.

The Natives Inc. is a multidisciplinary firm offering a wide range of services including consulting, restoration design, restoration implementation, landscape architectural services and a wholesale nursery growing only Florida native plants since 1982.

Michael Brown, PLA, is a landscape architect with AECOM in Orlando. His design and construction experience is featured throughout Central Florida and Seattle, WA. His experience in creating socially and environmentally sensitive outdoor spaces has been applied in park design, streetscapes, civic building landscapes, healthcare facilities, campus environments, urban design, mixed use and urban infill development.  Mr. Brown has special interest in sustainable infrastructure and incorporates green design into projects in a cost effective manner.

Billy Butterfield, AmeriScapes Landscape Management Services, LLC. Born and raised in Florida, Billy began his career in North Florida in the 70's doing landscape maintenance and installation at a country club. He started his first landscape company in 1976 providing landscape maintenance to condominiums, beach houses, and HOA's in the Panama City beach area. In 1983, he joined a national company, ISS, where he worked in the landscape construction department at Busch Gardens and then managed the landscape maintenance at the Orlando International Airport. Billy founded AmeriScapes Landscape Management Services, LLC in 1996. The company has about 80 employees, specializing in landscape maintenance including grounds maintenance, mowing, shrub and tree maintenance, lawn and ornamental pest control, irrigation maintenance, and light landscape construction on commercial and municipal properties. Billy currently sits on the Board of Orange County Farm Bureau, the Governmental Affairs Committee for BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) and is the President-Elect of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). Billy also sits on the Landscape Industry / FDOT Liaison Committee. His company is one of the largest providers of landscape management services to FDOT.

Jeremy Calleros Gauger, AIA, LEED AP,  is a Vice President and Sustainability Project Manager with ArquitectonicaGEO. He served as Project Manager on the Perez Art Museum Miami, and is currently serving as Project Manager for the Trinidad National Museum of Science Campus Master Plan, in Trinidad and Tobago. He focuses on integrating landscape elements into architecture in a sustainable manner. As an avid cyclist, he is the official Bike Coordinator for the Miami office. He is a graduate of the Williams College History and Environmental Studies program, and the University of Miami School of Architecture Master’s program.

Jeff Caster, FASLA, State Transportation Landscape Architect for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  Jeff is a 22 year veteran with FDOT, and the lead landscape architectural representative amongst an entire cadre of engineers. Jeff has had the joy recently of spearheading the Department’s new BOLD landscapes initiative. He says on his Linkedin profile that “The future will be what we make it, by design or by mistake.” Jeff is a conservationist. He is an advocate and activist for natural resources and scenic beauty as well as for public health, safety, and welfare. Jeff is a past president of the Florida Chapter, ASLA, served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University, is a member and past President of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, and holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University.

John Classe is Vice President of Crescent Communities and leads its residential projects in Florida. Mr. Classe’s almost 30 year career has included all aspects of planning, design, entitlements, permitting, government relations, project finance and community governance for real estate development projects, both as an Owner/ Developer and Consultant. His notable master-planned community development experience includes Baldwin Park and Celebration, both award winning mixed-use master planned communities in Central Florida. Mr. Classe served as Vice President of Pritzker Realty Group, responsible for the built-environment at Baldwin Park. Classe earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Auburn University, is a licensed professional engineer and real estate broker.

John Conroy, Owner of Fish Branch Tree Farm, has 10 years of landscape contracting experience followed by 27 years of growing trees and palms. John has served as Chair of the Grades & Standards 2015 Updates Committee on Palms, and provided numerous engagements as a speaker on the Grades & Standards for palms and other formats regarding palms.

Sally Coyle is a landscape architect and Principal at Coyle & Caron Inc., based in Winter Park. Since beginning her practice in 1987 her work has focused on education and conservation and the influence of detail, materiality, and construction processes on the aesthetics and functionality of designed landscapes. Sally has a BLA from the University of Florida and an MLA from Harvard University. She is CLARB certified and a registered landscape architect in the State of Florida and Commonwealth of MA. She has been a guest lecturer and design critic at the University of Florida, Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Architectural College and Harvard University.

David Crawley, PLA, ASLA, ISA Assistant Vice President, Manager – Landscape Architecture & Urban Design Group, AECOM Tampa David is the ASLA Representative who sits on the Landscape Industry / FDOT Liaison Committee. This committee will be instrumental in shaping the way FDOT deals with landscapes in the future. David has a vast amount of experience in dealing with landscapes throughout the State Highway System. As Principal Landscape Architect, David manages the Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design practice for AECOM's Tampa office. As a certified arborist David provides consulting services to public and private sector clients. Services range from preservation of the urban forest in new construction and zoning compliance, to permitting, mitigation, hazard tree assessment and construction administration. David also sits on the Board of Trustees for Keep Tampa Beautiful.

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA,  has served as Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation since 2009. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before becoming a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF’s new strategic research initiative called The Landscape Performance Series. Prior to LAF, Barbara served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional’s OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC to deliver Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Livable communities. In addition she served as Senior Director of Casey Trees, where she was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant titled “The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC.” Barbara earned a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Mallory Lykes Dimmitt is a seventh generation Floridian whose childhood was partly spent exploring the lands and waters of central Florida. She pursued her passion for the outdoors by receiving her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment, where she earned a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) in Environmental Economics and Policy, as well as a certificate in Non-profit Management. Mallory specializes in large landscape conservation and the nexus of agriculture and conservation, freshwater issues, and payments for ecosystem services. She is a currently a member of Class IX of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Mallory is the Executive Director of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and recently lead the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition to bring visibility to the Corridor vision and the public-private partnerships to conserve working lands. Previously she led The Nature Conservancy's Colorado Plateau Initiative from Telluride, Colorado, assessing large-scale conservation opportunities in a four-state region of the West, and prior to that directed the Southwest Colorado Project for the Conservancy's Colorado Chapter. Mallory has served as a member of Telluride’s Town Council and has worked with local, regional, state, and federal agencies and organizations on natural resource issues. Some of Mallory’s other projects include research in Sri Lanka for the International Water Management Institute and strategic planning and organizational development with Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). 

David Driapsa, PLA, ASLA, is a historical landscape architect practicing in government and private sector historic preservation. He chairs the ASLA Florida Chapter Historic American Landscapes Survey and is a frequent presenter of educational courses on historic landscape preservation.

Richard Durr currently serves as Division Manager for the Seminole County, Florida Greenways & Natural Lands Division. Rick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, and is formally trained in project management with over twenty-two years experience in project planning, design, management, policy implementation, contract management and implementation. Rick has been professionally licensed with the State of Florida as a Landscape Architect since 1996 and as a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2001. Prior to his work at Seminole County over the last three years, Rick spent eighteen years in private practice with a focus on parks, public spaces & greenways planning, design, and construction.

Dr. Jay Exum received his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Auburn University in 1985, and began consulting in central Florida at that time.  Dr. Exum has provided ecological expertise on issues including threatened and endangered species, wetlands ecology and mitigation, and large-scale conservation planning.  He has represented private businesses, counties, public agencies, NGO’s and nonprofits towards creating comprehensive conservation strategies, land acquisition programs, and comprehensive plans that assure protection of landscape linkages, and large tracts of natural lands. He led the ecological practice for the planning and design firm of Glatting Jackson for 15 years and recently established Exum Associates with an objective to deliver strategies for natural resource conservation for public and private clients in the Southeast.

Dr. Edward Gilman received his PhD from Rutgers and has been on the faculty since 1984 as professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ed wrote “Illustrated Guide to Pruning” which in 2012 was printed in its third edition. He received the Authors Citation Award in 1999, the Educators Award in 2003, and the research award in 2007 from the ISA. He has published more than 120 scientific peer reviewed journal articles on roots and pruning trees in his 30 years in academia and industry, and most recently served on the Grades & Standards 2015 Updates Committee on Woody Plants.

Scott Girard, Director of Imaginality at Brad Smith Associates, Inc., brings four decades of experience in the design and management of major landscape projects around the world. As a master planner, designer, and horticulturist, Scott has demonstrated a proven ability to develop, build, and lead high-energy teams to accomplish multi-faceted, multi-disciplined assignments. His portfolio of projects includes international eco-tourism assignments, theme parks, destination resorts, and large-scale festival/recreational events including both the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Responsibilities have included directing and managing both domestic and international projects totaling over $12 billion in capital development. A California native, Scott spent 27 years with the Walt Disney Company, serving with the Walt Disney ‘Imagineering’ team as Head of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture worldwide, and later as General Manager of Operations for Disney’s Horticulture at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Scott is a co-founder of LandEconics, developer of the Living Asset Management Program (LAMP), which is being customized for FDOT’s use in transportation-related landscape environments.

Jonathan D. Haigh, PLA, ASLA Jonathan Haigh is a Senior Landscape Architect with Kimley-Horn and Associates in West Palm Beach and has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing professional landscape architect. He is a skilled designer with streetscape-related project experience throughout Florida. He has contributed, managed, and/ or produced streetscape masterplans, design criteria, and construction documents for numerous Florida municipalities, FDOT, and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas.

Ruth Hamberg, PLA ASLA AICP CNU-A , is Principal at Ruth Hamberg Landscape Architecture & Urban Design in Orlando.  Ruth has over 30 years of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design experience in both public and private sectors; is a Florida registered Landscape Architect, a certified AICP planner and is CNU-A accredited. Ruth has been a FLASLA Committee on Sustainable Environments (CoSE) member since 2007, became Co-Chair in 2012-13 and Chair 2014-15.  Ruth has a BLA from Michigan State University.  Ms. Hamberg worked on the City of Orlando Planning Division staff team developing the Baldwin Park base re-use plan, the developer selection package and consultant request for qualifications package for the park master plans.

Bret Hammond, ASLA, AIA, PLA, Hammond Design Group, LLC - Principal, Architect & Landscape Architect; Tallahassee Community College (TCC) Faculty; Past President FLASLA. Bret earned his Master of Architecture from Florida A&M University in 1991with an- Emphasis in Coastal Design, his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1984 from the University of Florida with an emphasis in Campus Master Planning. Bret worked as a landscape architect and served as adjunct professor at FAMU from 1984 until 1991 upon completion of his Master of Architecture. He then worked for several architectural firms in Tallahassee until starting his own office in February 2000. During the first few years of the HDG firm Bret served as Florida Chapter President for the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Playing a pivotal role in keeping la’s licensed in the state of Florida by lobbying the Florida legislature.

Gail Hansen, ASLA is an associate professor who specializes in landscape design. Her teaching and extension programs address sustainable science-based and art-centered landscape design practices that take into account the social dimension of green urban environments, environmental protection, and the quality of life for urban dwellers. The main focus of her current research is the social and cultural barriers to adoption and use of sustainable urban landscapes, with a focus on Florida-Friendly landscapes and stormwater ponds.

Dr. Hansen graduated with a masters and doctoral degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida and worked for a private landscape architecture firm in Gainesville for eight years before joining the landscape architecture department as an adjunct faculty. She currently teaches two studio courses in residential landscape design.

Billy Hattaway, P.E., is the District Secretary for District One of the Florida Department of Transportation. He has over 35 years of transportation and program management experience with the Florida Department of Transportation and private sector.  In addition to his responsibilities as District Secretary, he is the champion for Secretary Jim Boxold's Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the state of Florida.  His professional experience includes transportation planning, street design, safety and traffic analysis for a wide variety of transportation projects including redevelopment, transit oriented development and master plan charette projects to create walkable, bike and transit friendly communities.  He is the chair for Bike/Walk Central Florida, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing safety and accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists in Central Florida. Billy leads a forty mile group ride every week with the goal to teach safe riding skills and create good will with motorists, and he was the author of the Traditional Neighborhood Development Chapter and Handbook for the Florida Green Book.

Christina E. “Chris” Hite, ASLA, is a landscape architect with over 26 years of experience in planning and landscape architecture. She is currently principal-in-charge of several large scale public and private projects, including landscape architecture for SunRail, which includes multiple stations along Central Florida’s 61-mile commuter rail transit corridor; LYNX Continuing Landscape Architectural Service projects; and visioning, branding, landscape and hardscape for Starkey Ranch, a 5,000 acre mixed use project in Pasco County, and Hoakalei, a resort community in Oahu, Hawaii. She is also principal-in-charge of several ongoing infill mixed use projects in Orlando Metro, including Crescent Lynx Central Station in Orlando, Ravaudage in Winter Park, and Oviedo on the Park in Oviedo.

Adam Kerr, PE, is a Transportation Engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates in West Palm Beach. He has 13 years of experience in transportation engineering, urban planning, roadway design, and accident reconstruction in the State of Florida for a mix of public and private sector clients. Adam has extensive experience at performing traffic impact studies for projects ranging from urban redevelopment projects to 4,000 acre Developments of Regional Impact. Adam also is one of South Florida’s leading traffic signal designers. In addition to signals, Adam has experience at minor intersection design, and serves as an expert witness for accident reconstruction cases. Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineer from Clemson University in 2001.

Paul Kissinger, FASLA, PLA, Principal EDSA.  Creating environments that exude energy, offer economic viability and enhance overall aesthetics are essential components in Paul’s overall planning and design approach. His main focus is to positively impact the environment by influencing the process and in doing so produce outdoor spaces that are artistic in nature with an intrinsic value of bringing people together. Paul has been involved in a variety of assignments ranging from the revitalization of communities and restoration of urban waterfronts to resort development, planning and implementation of multi-modal transportation corridors and large scale recreational planning related to the conservation of wetland environments. He derives great satisfaction in knowing that, that which he advocates for, supports and produces will ultimately change lives for the better. Paul earned a Master of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science and Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. He joined EDSA in 1989. 

Thomas F. Levin, ASLA, PLA, AICP, CEP, Principal at Ekistics Design Studio. Thomas is the lead consultant responsible for ecologically relevant planning and design solutions for private industry and government for commercial, residential, institutional and recreation/conservation development. He earned his BLA at the University of Florida BLA in 1975, his Certificate Degree - Environmental Studies in 1979 and became a Registered Florida Landscape Architect 1979. He has been a member of FLASLA’s CoSE since 2007.

Robert Lloyd, LEED AP,  is a Senior Associate and Project Manager with ArquitectonicaGEO. He served as Project Manager on the PortMiami Tunnel, and is currently serving as Project Manager for Brickell CityCentre, a massive mixed use development now under construction in downtown Miami. He has over 10 years of experience managing projects ranging from city master plans to mixed-use urban infill sites. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Bachelor of Architecture and Landscape History program, the University of Miami School of Architecture Master’s program, and the University of Washington’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Drawing on approaches from New Urban planning and Ecological Urbanism, Mr. Lloyd concentrates on integrating architecture, site, and urban design.

Dan Loubier is the Director City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities. Serving 27 years in this role he has been responsible for the complete transformation of the City’s park system, including the World Class Kissimmee Lakefront Park project.  Dan created partnerships with multiple Federal, State and County agencies while redeveloping Kissimmee’s park system.  He developed impact fees, park ordinances, fees and charges policies, inter-local agreements and the like in an effort to create one of the country’s most progressive park systems.  He has been publicized in National Magazines and the Orlando Business Journal and is an active public speaker and presenter throughout the State of Florida.  Dan has also been instrumental with the implementation of Kissimmee’s initial Downtown CRA and Main Street project.  Prior to his career in Kissimmee he worked as second in command for the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department where he led an $8 million bond issue to construct community parks.  He also established all of Collier County’s Public Beach Accesses and Boater Facilities.  He is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned his B.S. Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.

Bill Lutrick, ASLA Emeritus, began his life-long passion with black & white photography when his best friend shared his rangefinder camera in 1962. He continued exploring the intricacies of the medium and in 1970 redefined his approach and commitment through the use of the large format view camera. This allowed the application of the zone system to the single exposure and the use of non-traditional processing for previsualized control. The opportunity to study with Ansel Adams during his 1980 Yosemite Workshop provided a major impact on his commitment through the introduction to photographers possessing a lifelong dedication to the art and craft of the black & white imagery. Forty-five years after the first photographic experience, the artistic process departed from the traditional wet darkroom to the digital world, allowing the continuation of the use of the large format film process and the exploration of a large archive of imagery. This image represents the combination of the traditional approach of the negative with digital applications to present and preserve the art and craft of the monochromatic image.  

Hilton Meadows, PLA, has over 55 years of planning and development professional practice and experience. In addition to being a landscape architect, he is also a forensic scientist with a post Masters Degree from the University of Florida. He has lectured on energy via the Texas A&M Lecture Series.

Hilton grew up a mule plowing farm boy on the family farm in the Panhandle about 45 miles north of Panama City Beach and 35 miles south of Dothan, Alabama. As a graduate of Bethlehem High School, a rural community school,  Hilton was salutatorian of his class, an outstanding athlete, and President of various school academic and service clubs. Initially, he attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute, nka, Auburn University. Through the Air Force ROTC program, he trained as a fighter pilot at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. He was recruited away from that activity and served two tours in Korea as a CIA/NSA/ASA Reconnaissance Intelligence Agent/Officer. During his service tenure, he served in several command positions and was a Senior Command appointed Military Judge. After completing his second tour in Korea and being released in a Ready Standby capacity, he received his BSA (Magna Cum Laude) and his MSA (Magna Cum Laude) with post graduate studies in a number of highly technical fields and was offered the initial Nuclear Researcher in the then new Nuclear Research Dome for the genetically induced creation of new plant varieties and alteration of lower forms of biochemical substances.

During his Graduate School year, he was a Teaching Assistant Professor at UF and had the pleasure of collaborating with such outstanding LAs as Noel Lake in charge of UF campus development. After Graduate School, he continued UF employment in the Agricultural Extension Service and dealt with Community Development and Health related issues. He served somewhat regionally in Columbia County (Lake City) and in Santa Rosa County (Milton and Jay areas). When his friend, Judge Hal Crosby, J.D., was appointed the President for creating and developing the University of West Florida, he employed Hilton to join him and take on the role of helping him Plan, Design, Develop, Construct, and Operate the new University. After successfully doing so for 4.5 years, Hilton was asked to move to Jacksonville and perform the same role in developing the new University of North Florida. Even though extremely busy, Hilton had been allowed to become a private consultant to St. Regis Paper Company, Owners of Coca Cola Company, Southern Bell, Shell Oil, Perdido Bay C.C. Developers, FEMA, and other high profile enterprises. Page 1 of 2 In July 1973, after 14 years with the State University System, Hilton founded and has since been the Principal of Diversified Environmental Planning. He and his Son Scott have Project Developments scattered throughout 20 States, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

Hilton was registered as a Landscape Architect in 1967 in Alabama and in 1970 in Florida upon passing the Uniform National Examination as adopted by Florida. He was State FCASLA President in 1990 and has served several times as Governmental Affairs Chair or special Representative as called upon. HONORS: He holds honors from the Honorable Lynda Byrd Johnson, Governor Kirk, Governor Graham, Governor Chiles, and Governor Martinez along with honors from UWF and UNF for his works in establishing those institutions. He was awarded the first Jeffrey Siegel FCASLA Leadership Award and several Plaques and Awards for Governmental Affairs. In December 2014, he was acclaimed as a Scottish Lord. Most recently he was welcomed among 17 million distinguished Academia Fellows to recognize the production of distinguished papers. In 2013, he was advised of his status as AICP. Currently, he was extended an Exclusive Invitation to make a scientific/economic/geo-political presentation in Abu Dhabi to a conference of Government leaders from 30 countries. The forerunner presentation on Renewable Resources for the Future of Energy is being presented at 2015 FCASLA Annual Conference.

He is a Father, Grandfather, and recently Great Grandfather. Many of you know his son and Planning Partner, Scott.

 Bill Megrath, LEED GA, is a Florida native who grew up in West Palm Beach. He has been an employee of Oldcastle Coastal for the last 20 years and has managed the introduction and marketing of a variety of new products that include permeable pavers, underground concrete storm water storage vaults and most recently a new line of commercial and industrial pavers. Bill is a certified FDEP erosion and sediment control inspector and an instructor for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

 Barry R. Miller, PLA, ASLA, was born in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1979, and Master of Urban & Regional Planning in 1984. His graduate thesis work focused on regional development in Jamaica. In 1982, he became a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Florida and served as Miami Section Chairman of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A principal at Savino Miller Design Studio, Mr. Miller has since worked on a variety of private and public sector projects. He also was instrumental in the early re-development and historic preservation of many buildings in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. In 2007, he was awarded the Frederick Stresau Award for Outstanding Landscape in Florida.

Geoffrey Mouen is president of a well-established professional practice, concentrating on traditional architecture and town planning. He worked on multiple phases of Baldwin Park. In addition to his planning role, he has detailed the Baldwin Park Pattern Book, designed three Community Centers one of which won the prestigious Palladio Award and completed a Builder Magazine Showcase Home built for the 2005 International Builders show. Among his accolades are included 11 SEBC Aurora awards, including Best in State and the Golden Award, and Best in American Living (BALA) award in 2008 for the Tradewinds Show Home, as well as the 2004 Palladio Awards for the Enders Park Community Center in Baldwin Park.  He is a professor at Rollins College teaching in the Masters of Planning and Civic Urbanism program, lectured on architecture, planning, and sustainable communities at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Plattsburgh State University, and for community groups nationwide and has lectured at local and national conferences addressing architects, planners, and students on the topics of sustainable architecture, planning, and urban design.  He graduated cum laude in 1989 with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design

Jeff Norcini, Ecological Horticulturist for OecoHort, LLC (consulting) since April 2009.  Mr Norcini was an Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida/IFAS, North Florida Research & Education Center from 1987 – March 2009.  From 1996-2009 he was involved with Technology-oriented and fundamental issues related to use and commercial production of pre-variety germplasm of native wildflowers, with a minor emphasis on native grasses. Activities were focused on areas relevant to both use and production – seed biology, cultural practices associated with population management, and genetics.  During 1987-1995 he was involved with Weed management, and growth regulation of woody plants for commercial nursery production and maintenance of landscape beds.  Mr. Norcini has a BS, in Biology, from Lock Haven University and an MS, PhD, in Horticulture, from Penn State University.

Richard Peterika, FASLA, PLA, LEED, ISA is a Design Associate at Ekistics Design Studio, Inc. He earned his M.Arch University of South Florida in 2008 as well as his ISA Certified Arborist that same year. Richard obtained his registration as a Professional Florida Landscape Architect in 2011.

Don Philpott, IFAS / UF Master Naturalist Program Instructor, Freshwater Wetlands.  With over 40 years’ experience, Don Philpott is an award-winning writer, journalist, marketing consultant, public relations practitioner and most importantly environmental enthusiast. When not writing, Don is a Wekiwa Springs State Park Volunteer and helps run the nature center and interpretive programs both within and out of the park. He was selected as Florida State Parks Volunteer of the Year in 2005. As a full time writer, he has over 140 books published on a variety of subjects that revolve around the outdoors. His passion for conservation and the environment as a Florida Master Naturalist makes him a great instructor for this course.

David Price was appointed President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, in 2007, after twenty years work as the Director of Horticulture at the Gardens. He oversees the Foundation with a staff of 47 full-time employees, a $4.5 million annual operating budget and a five-year capital budget of approximately $5 million. Programming at the Gardens includes music, conservation, and horticulture. As Director of Horticulture, his focus was on historical preservation of the gardens and grounds. He generated over $6.5 million in grants for land preservation and endangered plant conservation. He has served on numerous boards and committees such as Polk County’s Conservation Land Acquisition Selection Advisory Committee, Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Green Industry Advisory Committee, Board of Directors Green Horizon Land Trust, Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, and Board of Directors American Public Garden Association.

Prior to his work in public gardens, he worked in agricultural development with the US Peace Corps and the South Carolina Agricultural Extension Service. He is a 1981 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Botany. He has worked as a consultant to historic private and public gardens in Florida. Besides his public garden career, Price is an accomplished sculptor and is represented in numerous private and public collections, and has shown in individual and group shows both outdoor and in galleries. His medium is stone and bronze, in a figurative realistic style. Other interests include photography, fishing, hiking, and gardening. He lives in Lake Wales, FL with his wife and son.

Jennifer Quigley is a founding principal of WBQ Design & Engineering, Inc. a civil engineering firm that has been in business for over 21 years in Downtown Orlando.  Her community involvement includes being the Chairwoman of See Art Orlando, Inc., a non-for profit business that privately raised 1.5 million dollars to install 8 significant outdoor sculptures in Downtown Orlando. She chairs and is on the executive committee of the City of Orlando’s Project DTO Arts & Culture Task Force.  She is on the executive board of United Arts, the Orange County Cultural Arts Advisory Council and chairs the Orange County Public Art Review Board. 

Jennifer Rich, Professional Journalist, is a Senior Reporter for the Chipley Newspaper Group

David Sacks, PLA, is a registered landscape architect with 27 years of experience, specializing in historic and cultural landscapes, parks, public gardens and environmental education sites. He has been involved in planning and design projects for a number of Florida’s most significant historic public landscapes including Fairchild Tropical Garden, Bok Tower Gardens, the Ringling Museum and Estate, Sunken Gardens, Orchid Jungle, McKee Botanical Garden and many others. He holds an MLA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary.

Joe Samnik is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a consulting arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), and is licensed by the Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Bureau of Entomology, State of Florida. Joe is entering his 47th year of practice including tree and horticultural consulting and the dispute resolution process. He received the Edward W. Bok award for recognition of lifetime achievement in the excellence of arboriculture. Joe was the founding president of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Florida Chapter and sat on the Board of Directors for six years as the Consultant’s Representative and Education Chair. He is also the current president of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (AEDP).His abstracts on tree assessments were selected for presentation at four (4) International Tree Conferences.  His formula for appraising the value of roadside vegetation was included in Rule Chapter 14-40 of the Florida Statutes. Joe is a recognized expert witness in small claims, civil, criminal, and federal and eminent domain courts of law.  He has been involved as an expert in over 500 litigation assignments. Joe is a prolific speaker and facilitator of seminars.  His presentations are recognized for continuing education units for the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), the Society of Professional Engineers (SPE), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), Department of Insurance and other professional organizations.  He has been approved as a provider for landscape architect CEUs from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Buster Simpson, Artist. For more than four decades, Simpson has been the ecological and social conscience for neighborhoods and cities in constant states of transition and renewal. His site-specific, agitprop, and process-driven art has surveyed the problems, scrutinized the context, and presented new frames of reference to provide local solutions for global issues.  Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, Simpson has been dedicated to working in the public realm; his method is grounded in a farsighted contract between the artist and where he lives. His career parallels the rise of public art in the Pacific Northwest and he has played a crucial role in establishing Seattle as a significant center for community-minded artistic practice. By acting locally while thinking globally, Simpson has contributed greatly to the national and international debate on what constitutes responsible public art programs.

Brad Smith, Founder and Chairman Brad Smith Associates, Inc. Brad is both a certified planner (AICP) and a registered landscape architect (ASLA). He maintains a strong macro-vision and an acute understanding of the practical aspects of planning, project implementation, and on-going maintenance. He has vast experience in working with a wide range of clients and special interest groups to arrive at designs which solve specific project-related and environmental problems. Brad loves to transform something strong into something superb. Excellence, not average, is his measure. He is a brilliant strategic thinker. Faced with any given scenario, he can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues. He is an activator, quickly turning thoughts into action. Finally, Brad is an experienced communicator, and a very effective presenter, connecting people with the process.

Kody K. Smith, ASLA,Mr. Smith is a landscape architect with over 6 years of public and private design experience.  Joining Dix.Hite + Partners in 2013,  his focus on urban design, parks, transportation and illustration comes from a passion derived by an intense respect for people, their culture, and the environment in which they live.   Mr. Smith has a wide range of creative interests; his passion focuses on meticulous execution beginning at the visioning process and continuing through to the built product.  His approach is one that involves well-thought, contextually responsive and advanced thought processes.

Mike Steigerwald, AICP, ICMA-CM, was appointed City Manager by the Kissimmee City Commission in 2010 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the City of Kissimmee, FL (pop. 64,365) with responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the city government, its 735 employees and a $162 million budget. Also currently serves as interim Executive Director of the Florida PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Funding Agency.

His career with the City of Kissimmee began in 1994 first as Planner and later as Planning Manager.  From 1999 to 2006 he was Kissimmee's Director of Development Services overseeing planning, zoning, building, code enforcement, community development, housing and downtown redevelopment. 2006 to 2010 had him serving as Kissimmee's Deputy City Manager.  As city manager he was named 2013 Osceola County Executive of the Year by the Tri-County League of Cities and achieved Credentialed Manager status from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in 2013.

Mike holds a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York...As a student, earned two outstanding planning project awards from the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association, best thesis award from UB's School of Architecture and Planning, and was named to UB's Scholar Athlete Honor Roll as member of the football team. He obtained American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 1996.

Jeff Thompson, PLA, ASLA, is an Orlando native, with a BLA from the University of Florida, 1983. He was a founding member of Mills 50 Main Street, and currently serves as Chair of the Design Committee in addition to prior roles as President and Board Member. His commitment to Orlando through community involvement is extensive. Serving as Vice Chair of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board he has renovated many homes in Orlando’s historic districts. As founding member of Orange Preservation Trust he is dedicated to preserving the heritage Orange County’s built environment. He is a founding member of the Festival Park  Community Garden, serves on the Board of the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association and is active in the biennial Tour of the Private Gardens of Historic Orlando, featuring Lake Eola Heights. Jeff is a registered landscape architect employed by Walt Disney World, specializing in theme park and resort work. His prior professional practice includes significant experience in urban design, park design, commercial, multi-family and residential projects, and includes participation in various design charrettes for the City of Orlando.

Jen Trompetter, ASLA, is a landscape architect and Associate at Nelson Byrd Woltz based in Charlottesville, Virginia. As Project Manager for the Bok Tower Gardens Project she coordinated a large team of local and national consultants. Jen was has been involved in planning and design throughout the project and played a lead role in development of the detailed design and drawings continuing her work through construction. Jen has been practicing since 2002 when she received her MLA from the University of Virginia. Prior experience includes McKee Carson, D.I.R.T Studio and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Virginia.

Karina Veaudry has 25 years of experience as a Landscape Architect and is licensed in five states. Her resume includes park planning and design, municipal, commercial, greenways and trails, landscape ecology and federal projects. Karina is a public speaker on the topics of conservation planning, low impact/sustainable design, vegetated roof design, cistern systems, and the ecological benefits of native plants. All projects focus on a sense of place and she educates government staff, homeowner associations and businesses on the importance on-site preservation, water conservation and the importance of native plants to increase biodiversity and reduce extinction rates.

Donald Wishart, PLA, is a Director and Senior Design Leader for the Community Solutions Group of GAI Consultants. He is a professional Landscape Architect focused on creating innovative, livable sustainable places. He has extensive experience with master planning, sustainable site design, streetscape design and detailed landscape architectural design and construction documentation, with expertise in creating and developing project vision and character and bringing that conception to the built form. He is an honors graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Landscape Architecture with over 24 years of diverse experience. He has worked on an extensive range of resort, recreational, residential, civic and commercial projects located throughout the United States. Mr. Wishart was the lead landscape architect working on Baldwin Park during the Master Planning and design phases.

K. Richard (Dick) Zweifel, ASLA, PLA,  National ASLA President emeritus professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. As one of the two founding faculty in the landscape architecture department, he helped develop the strong professional emphasis the program maintains today as one of five complementary disciplines within the college. In his position as associate dean, he was responsible for and contributed to a wide-portfolio of budget, operational, programmatic and student academic matters for the five related undergraduate degree programs and three master’s degrees in the college.

An ASLA member since 1975, Zweifel was elected to the Council of Fellows in 2000. As a practitioner, teacher and administrator he has been an advocate for the profession and Landscape Architecture education throughout his career. He has more than 35 years of active involvement in landscape architecture on a variety ASLA committees and projects at the chapter, state and national levels. Throughout his participation, Zweifel has viewed ASLA service as a benefit and privilege, affording expanded opportunities for contribution to the highest principles and values of landscape architecture. He is currently ASLA President and has served as VP Education, Chair of the ASLA Council of Fellows Jury, Chair of the ASLA Licensure Committee and as a member of the ASLA Policy Committee.

His primary service and scholarship interests have been in the relationship of evolving professional practice, licensure and curricular development and exploring collaboration opportunities between private, public and educational landscape architectural practitioners and related disciplines.

As a member of various ASLA, CLARB and LATC committees, he is active in addressing current licensure, regulation and advocacy issues. In 1998 Zweifel was appointed by the Governor of California to the State’s licensing body, the Landscape Architects Technical Committee, and was elected Chair in 2001. As the only Landscape Architect invited to participate, he received the California Architects Board’s service recognition award for his contributions to the continuing education committee. Zweifel has also served on a variety of Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) committees, including Master Grader, Examination Development, Reciprocity and Strategic Planning. He received the CLARB Presidential Recognition Award in 2000. Among his other recognitions, Zweifel has also received the CELA 2014 President’s Award and the 2014 CAED Foundation’s George Hasslein Medal for interdisciplinary education.

Zweifel earned his BSLA and MSLA degrees in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin and has worked in public and private practice in California and Wisconsin. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in California.


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