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The 2014-2015 LAF Board of Directors began its term on November 21 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Denver. Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates took the reins as President, succeeding Jacinta McCann, FAILA, FASLA of AECOM, whose international and multi-disciplinary perspective helped LAF to broaden its focus and reach. Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA became President-Elect.
Director Jennifer Guthrie became an officer and Laura Solano assumed a new role, with three other officers continuing in their positions on the executive leadership team.
- Vice President of Finance:
Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
- Vice President of Communication:
Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
- Vice President of Education:
Kristina Hill, PhD, Aff. ASLA, University of Virginia
- Vice President of Research:
Forster Ndubisi, PhD, FASLA, Texas A&M University
- Vice President of Leadership:
Lucinda Sanders, FASLA, OLIN
Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms retired off the Board after six years of service, including a term as President in 2012-2013 and a year as Vice President of Communications. Nate Cormier of SvR Design Company left the Board after four years, two of which he was Vice President of Communications.
Director and Past President Chip Crawford, FASLA of Forum Studio left the Board after ten years of extended service, but will transition to head the LAF Board Emeritus group. Ginger Murphy, ASLA of the United States Department of Agriculture finished her four-year term as a Director. David Malda of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol rotated off after serving a two-year term as past Olmsted Scholar representative, and Thomas Tavella, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.
Seven new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice, the development sector, industry, and academia. Kate Tooke, LAF’s 2011 National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President Mark Focht, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:
- Gayle Berens, Urban Land Institute
- Susannah Drake, ASLA, AIA, dlandstudio
- Mark Focht, FASLA, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
- Richard Heriford, Landscape Forms
- Peg Staeheli, FASLA, SvR Design Company
- Kate Tooke, ASLA, Sasaki Associates
- Richard Weller, University of Pennsylvania
The vision, passion, and thought leadership of this group was evident in the three days of lively meetings and events held in Denver. We look forward to their active participation to help LAF increase impact and prepare for the foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thank you for your service!
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