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Welcome 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The 2015-2016 LAF Board of Directors began its term on November 6 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Chicago. Kona Gray, ASLA of EDSA became President, following now Past-President Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates, whose leadership and business saavy guided LAF through a critical year of program development and planning for the foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol became President-Elect.

Director Adam Greenspan became Vice President of Communication, succeeding Laura Solano, who returned to the role of Vice President of Finance. Director Susannah Drake became Vice President of Development. Three other officers continue in their positions on the executive leadership team.

  • Vice President of Education:kona-barbara-markPresident Kona Gray (L) and Immediate Past President Mark Dawson (R) with LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch
    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
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Vice President of Finance: 
    Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Vice President of Development: 
    Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio

Chris Fannin, ASLA of HOK, Lynda Whiteman of Hunter Industries, and Uwe Brandes of Georgetown University retired off the Board at the end of their four-year term. Andrea Gaffney of Gehl Studio rotated off after serving a two-year term as past Olmsted Scholar representative, and Mark Focht, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative. Thank you for your service!

Nine new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice and academia. Leann Andrews, LAF’s 2013 graduate National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative, and Charlene LeBleu, FASLA continues as the CELA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Leann Andrews, University of Washington
  • Elen Deming, DDes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Brian Jencek, ASLA, HOK
  • Michael Johnson, ASLA, SmithGroup JJR
  • Jim Manskey, TBG Partners
  • Jim Stickley, ASLA, WRT
  • Lisa Switkin, Field Operations
  • Monte Wilson, JACOBS
  • K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA

The 32 members of the LAF Board of Directors bring their vision, passion, and thought leadership to the foundation at an essential time with a number of new programs and initiatives on the horizon. We look forward to working with this accomplished group and continuing the momentum. Thanks to all for your commitment and service!

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