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Welcome 2014-2015 Board of Directors

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.

2014presidentsPresident-Elect Kona Gray, Immediate Past President Jacinta McCann, and President Mark Dawson

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!

2014boardLAF Board members — current, outgoing, Emeritus, and maybe a few others — at the LAF Annual Benefit

In Remembrance: Joseph J. Lalli, FASLA

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Lalli on October 25, 2014. Joe was a great friend and supporter of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and was a key force in building the organization and developing what have come to be signature programs for us.

joelalliImage courtesy of EDSA

Joe served on the LAF Board of Directors from 2004-2009. During that time, he was Vice President of Development for 4 years, creating the annual Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes and raising over $145,000 for LAF with an EDSA match to its employees to build the EDSA Minority Scholarship. Through his Board service and ongoing leadership with EDSA as a Founding Sponsor, Joe helped to develop and enhance LAF’s renowned Olmsted Scholars Program.

“Joe is a very special person who has touched my life and LAF in a very meaningful and extraordinary way. He had such a giving and gentle but powerful way about him and a sensitivity that manifests in his work and the EDSA culture. Joe led and sustained a culture of philanthropy and giving back that is the heart and soul of EDSA. LAF wouldn’t be who we are or have accomplished what we have for the betterment of all without him,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA.

More about Joe’s life and legacy can be found at:

New LAF Program Manager

arianna-katharinePassing the Program Manager torch: Arianna and Katharine

Katharine Burgess, AICP, is entering her final week as Program Manager with LAF. Katharine has received a prestigious Bosch Fellowship and will soon depart for Berlin, Germany. She is one of just 15 young professionals selected to participate in this distinguished transatlantic initiative, which recently recognized built environment policy as an area of interest. Bosch Fellows are placed as consultants at leading public or private institutions in Germany and participate in professional seminars, where they meet and exchange ideas with key figures across Germany and Europe. We’re excited for Katharine and this opportunity and hope that she will continue to promote high-performance landscapes wherever this next stage of her career takes her. Viel Glück!

We are pleased to announce that Arianna Koudounas has joined LAF to take the Program Manager reins. Arianna comes to us from Partners for Livable Communities and brings five years of experience in program development and management, stakeholder facilitation, technical writing, fundraising, and outreach. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and is currently pursuing a professional Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University. Welcome, Arianna!

Welcome 2013-2014 Board of Directors

The new LAF Board of Directors took the reins on November 14 at LAF’s Annual Board Meeting in Boston. During a jam-packed three days of meetings and events, Board members demonstrated their vision, passion, and thought leadership in helping LAF to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Jacinta McCann, FAILA of AECOM began her term as President, succeeding Bill Main, Hon. ASLA of Landscape Forms, whose leadership and business acumen helped lay the groundwork for measuring and increasing impact as LAF approaches its 50th anniversary in 2016. Mark Dawson, FASLA of Sasaki Associates became President-Elect after serving for two years as Vice President of Finance.

Directors Laura Solano and Paul Bambauer assumed new roles as officers, joining three continuing officers on the executive leadership team. The Board also created a new executive position to focus on growing LAF’s leadership programs and initiatives, which will be filled by 2011-2012 President Lucinda Sanders. 

  • Vice President of Finance:
    Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Vice President of Development:
    Paul Bambauer, IRONSMITH
  • Vice President of Communication:
    Nate Cormier, ASLA, SvR Design Company
  • 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

Gregg Sutton, ASLA of EDSA retired off the Board after four years of service, including two terms as Vice President of Development. Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, CSLA of SWA Group left after five years as a Director. Emily Vogler of the Rhode Island School of Design rotated off after serving a two-year term as past Olmsted Scholar representative, and Susan Hatchell, FASLA rotated off after serving for a year in an Ex Officio capacity as an ASLA Representative.

Five new Directors joined the LAF Board, bringing experience and insights from landscape architecture practice and academia. Andrea Gaffney, LAF’s first National Olmsted Scholar, was selected for the open Director position for past Olmsted Scholars. ASLA Immediate Past President Thomas Tavella, FASLA will serve as the ASLA Representative. Welcome to the new Board members:

  • Andrea Gaffney, SWA Group
  • Kona Gray, ASLA, EDSA
  • Stephanie Rolley, FASLA, Kansas State University
  • Joe Runco, ASLA, SWA Group
  • Thomas Tavella, FASLA, ASLA Immediate Past President

We look forward to working with this accomplished group and continuing LAF’s growth and momentum in the year ahead. Thanks to all for your commitment and contributions!

board-ab(Some of) the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the LAF Annual Benefit. (You try getting them all in the same place at the same time!)

LAF Staff Changes

kathlinda2Program powwow: Katharine and Linda

Linda Ashby, ASLA will be leaving LAF at the end of the month, after 2.5 years with the organization. She began working on the Landscape Performance Series and various communication efforts, before taking on her primary role as manager of LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) initiative. Linda was instrumental in the development of CSI and in taking it from concept to pilot to the signature program that it is today.  We are delighted that she will continue to stay involved as a member of the LAF Research Committee. We wish her all the best as she and her family relocate to the Seattle area and she looks for her next opportunity.

While we will miss Linda’s energy, we are pleased to announce that Katharine Burgess, AICP is already on board to manage the CSI program, bringing expertise in urban planning, research, and writing and an international perspective on landscape performance. Katharine joins LAF after seven years in private practice, where she managed projects ranging from university campus plans to large-scale, mixed-use developments to recovery planning charrettes on the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Welcome Katharine!