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Jack Ahern                       U Mass
413 – 545 – 2710

Ahern Bio:
Jack Ahern, PhD is an award-winning landscape architect, a professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and Vice Provost of International Programs at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dr. Ahern has researched and written extensively about the issues surrounding urban growth, landscape planning, biodiversity, and sustainability. His latest book, published in 2010, is Water-Centric Sustainable Communities.
Thomas Almendinger                   Duke Farms Foundation

Almendinger Bio:
Thomas Almendinger is the Director of Stewardship for the Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, NJ. He has developed and now directs a large-scale landscape regeneration program on the 2,700-acre property that includes a range of habitats fostering nearly 30 species of wildlife that are listed as threatened and endangered in New Jersey. Mr. Almendinger holds a BS in Ecology and Natural Resources from Cook College of Rutgers University and a MS in Ecology and Evolution from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences-Rutgers University.
Jay Archer                                       Green Jay Landscaping

Archer Bio:
Jay Archer is one of the East Coast’s leading advocates for ecological landscaping, native plants, and organic land care. In addition to creative landscape design, construction and management, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from rain gardens and storm water management to wetland and ecological restoration.  Jay has collaborated as an ecological consultant with Westchester County Government and numerous  environmental non-profits.  He continues to design and install custom ecological landscape solutions with his firm, Green Jay Landscaping, throughout New York and Connecticut.    For a complete list of lecture topics and courses taught by Jay, please send an email request for a CV.
Nina Bassuk                     Cornell University

Bassuk Bio:
Dr. Nina Bassuk has been a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 30 years. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. In addition, Dr. Bassuk co-authored Trees in the Urban Landscape, a text on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes, and has written hundreds of papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification (including the development of CU-Structural Soil), and transplanting technology.
Travis Beck                       Mt. Cuba Center

Beck Bio:
Travis Beck is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in northern Delaware. He is a registered landscape architect with a master’s degree in horticulture, a certified permaculture designer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is the author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, published in 2013 by Island Press.
Tom Benjamin                 Sustainable Design Consultant

Benjamin Bio:
Thomas Benjamin is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and educator with more than 20 years’ experience in environmental design work. His restoration experience includes assessment, design, and construction of upland, wetland, riparian, and coastal sites using low-tech bioengineering solutions. Mr. Benjamin’s site planning work emphasizes low maintenance native plantings for public facilities, commercial, institutional, and residential developments, as well as private residences. His work also encompasses the creation and enhancement of natural stormwater filtration systems in both developed and natural contexts.
Thomas Berger               Green Art, Inc

Berger Bio:

Thomas Berger is a naturalist and artist who grew up in Germany where he obtained degrees in agriculture from Kassel University, and in management of development projects from Fachhochschule Nürtingen. After working in Europe, Australia and West Africa, Mr. Berger moved to the United States and started his landscape design and construction firm, Green Art, which focuses on sustainability and the promotion of insects and other wildlife, and welcomes influences from European and east-Asian garden traditions. Mr. Berger is also a nature photographer and sculptor, and won awards both for his landscape design and art work. Mr. Berger enjoys sharing his fascination for nature and offers presentations about wildlife gardens, especially the creation of habitats to support wild bee species.
Kevin Beuttell                  Stantec

Beuttell Bio:
Kevin Beutell, MLA, LEED AP, has over 13 years of experience in developing sustainable design solutions for a variety of public and private projects. His focus is on site planning, stormwater management, and native plant community restoration. Mr. Beutell has designed and overseen the construction of various types of stormwater management systems including stormwater infiltration gardens, naturalized detention basins, stream-bank and shoreline restorations, green roofs, and porous pavements.
Tim Boland                       The Polly Hill Arboretum

Boland Bio:
Tim Boland is the Executive Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, West Tisbury, MA. Prior to his move to the Vineyard, he was Curator of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. He is a nationally recognized author, photographer, and lecturer. Mr. Boland holds a BS in ornamental horticulture and a MS in Plant Ecology and Systematics, both from Michigan State University.
Nicholas Brazee                             University of Massachusetts

Brazee Bio:
Dr. Nicholas Brazee is Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Massachusetts plant diagnostic clinic. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Madison, WI. Dr. Brazee has extensive training and experience in diagnostics and plant pathology and provides diagnostic and teaching programs to Green Industry professionals. He has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts.
Richard Casagrande                     University of Rhode Island

Casagrande Bio:
Dr. Richard A. Casagrande joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island in 1976. Since then, he has pursued a career in biological control and a serious hobby in ornamental horticulture. At URI, he serves as Integrated Pest Management coordinator and teaches courses in pest management, biological control, and basic entomology and also directs biological control programs on select insect and weed pests of New England.
Mike Clough                    Japanese Knotweed Solutions
0161 723 2000

Clough Bio:
Mike Clough formed Japanese Knotweed Solutions Limited (JKSL) in 2002 in response to his observation of the dramatic spread of invasive weeds, in particular the aggressive invader, Japanese knotweed. For the past 9 years, Mr. Clough has traveled around the UK educating local authorities, construction companies and environmental associations about his extensive research and effective invasive control methods. Prior to forming JKSL, Mike Clough, educated at Leeds Metropolitan University of England, was an award winning Landscape Architect.
Russ Cohen                      Mass. Dept. of Fish and Game

Cohen Bio:
Russ Cohen pursues his passion of connecting to nature via his taste buds.  He is an expert forager and the author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, published in 2004 by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Mr. Cohen has been teaching foraging since 1974 and leads foraging walks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.
Lisa Cowan                       Studioverde

Cowan Bio:
Lisa Cowan, PLA, Principal of Studioverde, is a landscape architect with expertise in ecology-based planning, design and land management. Ms. Cowan is an Officer in the American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network. Her work includes the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, a gateway landscape for a customs and border protection station, and over thirty ecological design projects that created wetland, riparian and upland habitat.
Jimmy Dick                       Furbish Company – Living Roofs and Walls

Dick Bio:
Jimmy Dick is Director of Business Development for Furbish Company and SmartSlope. Prior to joining the Furbish Company he was the mid-Atlantic Business Development Director for Marcor Remediation, Inc. He is a consortium support member of the Watershed Stewardship Academy in Anne Arundel County, MD. In this role he provides volunteer technical assistance for green roof, raingarden, and native plant projects. He hopes to develop a similar academy to educate the residences of Maryland’s eastern shore.

Kim Eierman                      EcoBeneficial!

Eierman Bio:
Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist and founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture consulting and communications company.  Kim is also a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, and a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center.  She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, The Mt. Cuba Center and Rutgers Home Gardeners School.  Kim lectures on a number of ecological gardening topics at green industry conferences as well as events for garden clubs, beekeeping groups, Audubon Society chapters and other groups interested in improving the environment.

Ann English                      Montgomery County Rainscapes

English Bio:
Ann English, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, is the RainScapes Program Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery County, MD. She holds degrees in Architectural and Social History (U. Penn), Regional Planning (Penn State) and Landscape Architecture (University of Georgia). For Montgomery County DEP, Ms. English was responsible for the successful expansion of the RainScapes Rewards incentive rebate program. At the same time, she worked to develop technical and educational storm water education resources for general audiences, started the RainScapes for Schools program, and created a training program for landscape professionals.
John Engwer                    Groundscapes Express

Engwer Bio:
John Engwer is the principal of and driving force behind Groundscapes Express and Phase II Stormwater Solutions based in Wrentham, Massachusetts. He has been developing leading-edge, ecologically sound erosion control and stormwater practices and implementing them throughout New England for the past 14 years. There is increasing demand for these practices from municipalities and commercial and private property owners.
Ben Falk                            Whole Systems Design

Falk Bio:
Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC (WSD) as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. At the Whole Systems Research Farm in Vermont, WSD is developing land production and ecological restoration methods aimed at increasing self-reliance in the face of peak oil, climate change, and other shifts. Mr. Falk’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings is continually informed by his life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler. He has studied architecture and landscape architecture and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He teaches design courses including permaculture, microclimate, and design for climate change.
Jennifer Forman Orth                  MA Dept of Agricultural Resources

Forman Orth Bio:
Jennifer Forman Orth, PhD is an invasive plant ecologist, currently working as the State Plant Pest Survey Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Ms. Forman Orth is engaged in surveying for high-priority invasive pests, weeds, and diseases, and also doing outreach to the green industry and to the public about these pests. A significant percentage of her time has been devoted to Asian longhorned beetle out­reach and education since this invasive pest was discovered in Worcester, MA in August 2008.
John Forti                         Mass Hort (Formerly at Strawbery Banke)

Forti Bio:

CeCe Haydock                 Constance T Haydock Landscape Architecture

Haydock Bio:
CeCe Haydock is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited New York state licensed landscape architect, a national and chapter member of the US Green Building Council, and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her practice focuses on site planning and design and consulting for sustainable design, adaptive re-use, and projects seeking LEED certification. In addition to overseeing the SITES pilot project on Long Island, New York she lectures on the SITES program and on historic gardens.
Ingeborg Hegemann                     BSC Companies
508-792-4500 x 4514

Hegemann Bio:
Ingeborg Hegeman is a wetland scientist and the vice president and principal of BSC’s Ecological Sciences Group. She has consulting experience in environmental science, wetlands assessment and impact analysis, regulatory permitting, stormwater management and municipal regulatory analysis, and public hearings. Ms. Hegeman teaches environmental impact analysis and regulation courses to state agencies and local and regional environmental interests. She currently serves on a local Conservation Commission.

Heather Heimarck    Northeastern University
617 515-0830

Heimarck Bio:
Heather Heimarck is the principal of HighMark Land Design, a Planning and Landscape Architecture firm collaborating with public and private clients to create living environments that are humanistically and environmentally balanced. Highmark Land Design (2000), is known for its creative and technical abilities and long term commitment to sustainable homes and communities.   Heather is the former director of The Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Boston Architectural College.  Heather is currently teaches at Northeastern University in the College of Arts, Media and Design.  Heather lectures on a wide range of topics including design principles, design history, and sustainable site development.
Dale Hendricks                Green Light Plants, LLC

Hendricks Bio:
Dale Hendricks is the founder and owner of Green Light Plants LLC and for many years was co-founder and President of North Creek Nurseries, both located in Southeast Pennsylvania. Mr. Hendricks is a well-known advocate and educator in both horticulture and biochar communities. He has been a native plant and sustainable landscape promoter for more than two decades and served on the founding Steering Committee of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference in Millersville, PA.
Mark Highland                Organic Mechanic Soil

Highland Bio:
Mark Highland received his M.S. from the Longwood Graduate Program, focusing on compost and potting soil. After the Longwood Graduate Program, Mark started The Organic Mechanic Soil Company, LLC. As a frequent guest on NBC’s The 10! Show, he showcased the joy of gardening. Mr. Highland is also an approved consultant for the EPA and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, working to educate farms and businesses on food-waste composting.
Barbara Hobens                            Hudson Highlands Garden Design

Hobens Bio:
Barbara Hobens of Hudson Highlands Garden Design is an edible and ornamental property designer with a focus on nature- scaping and forest-scaping gardening for and with wildlife in mind. She writes a weekly e-newspaper column, Philipstown Gardens featured in Garden Your City. She is a founding member of Manitoga’s Woodland Landscape Council, a certified Deer Steward, and a trained Habitat Steward Host spearheading NatureScape Putnam in 2012 – a habitat education and gardening initiative.
Daniel Jaffe                      NEWFS

Jaffe Bio:
Dan Jaffe is a propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society. Prior to that, he earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, as well as an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society. After interning at Garden in the Woods, Mr. Jaffe worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden.
Kate Kennen                    Kennen Landscape Architecture

Kennen Bio:
Kate Kennen, Principal of Kennen Landscape Architecture and Offshoots, Inc., is a registered Landscape Architect based in downtown Boston. Ms. Kennen is well versed in the plants and ecological systems of the Northeast. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a MLA from Harvard University. Ms. Kennen currently teaches a research seminar on phytotechnologies with Niall Kirkwood at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Geoff Kuter                      Agresource, Inc.

Kuter Bio:
Dr. Geoffrey Kuter serves as President of Agresource, Inc., a Massachusetts based company that operates composting facilities handling municipal biosolids, leaf and yard wastes, and food residuals. Agresource markets compost for various composting facilities in the northeast and distributes in excess of 100,000 cubic yards of compost annually from more than 12 facilities from Maine to Maryland.
Golden Love                     Loves Gardens

Love Bio:
Golden Love is a garden ecologist, a certified ARSCA Rainwater Catchment Professional, Greywater Action certified installer, landscape contractor, California Community College credentialed instructor, ELA California Coordinator, and principle of Love’s Gardens based in Santa Cruz, CA. He has been creating gardens for over 30 years with a focus on sustainable use of resources and specializes in building Water Neutral Gardens™ – gardens that incorporate rainwater harvesting, greywater use, edible and native plants, and local renewable resources. Mr. Love is committed to establishing community practices that are nourishing and respectful of the planet, humans, and animals.
Jeff Lowenfels                 Author

Lowenfels Bio:
Jeff Lowenfels has been writing an award-winning garden column for the Anchorage Dispatch News for over forty years. He is the founder of Plant a Row for the Hungry, a program that encourages all gardeners to donate one row to feed the hungry. A popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web, Jeff is the former president of the Garden Writers Association. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and Portland, Oregon. Jeff’s popular trilogy of books includes: Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae; Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition; and Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web (Revised Edition).

Todd Lynch                 Ecotropy LLC

Lynch Bio:
Todd Lynch is the principal of Ecotropy LLC, a landscape design studio serving Western Massachusetts and beyond. Todd integrates medicinal plants, ecology and art to create outdoor spaces which strengthen and illustrate the connections shared by human and ecological wellness. He holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. Todd is certified in Health Care Garden Design and in Community Herbalism.   He may be reached through his website where he blogs about the intersections of landscape, wellness and art,

Lecture topics include: Restoration for yourself and the landscape; Native Medicinal plants in the landscape; Connecting people to place through environmental sculpture; and Healing spaces, healing plants

Joe Magazzi                     Green Earth Agriculture

Magazzi Bio:
Joe Magazzi, MS, is the president and co-founder of Green Earth Agriculture, a company that provides eco-friendly products and consulting services to land care professionals and farmers. He has been involved in the research and development of microbial-based products for use in turf care and agriculture for many years. Joe Magazzi has a Master’s degree in genetics (with a microbiology focus) from the University of Connecticut-Storrs. His research has been published in scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine.

Tovah Martin        

Martin Bio:
Freelance garden writer, author, and lecturer as well as hands-on gardener, outdoors and inside. Tovah Martin is a major advocate for a natural approach to gardening as well as a cheerleader for adopting plants and greenery into your home. Author of many gardening titles, freelance contributor to national and regional publications, she is the recipient of many awards and is particularly proud to be an honorary member of The Garden Club of America. Tovah lectures throughout the country on such topics as Garden Stewardship, Gardening as if the World Depends on Us, and is newly presenting Boot Camp for your Senses to coincide with publication of her new book, The Garden in Every Sense and Season.

Nanette Masi                  Back to Nature

Masi Bio:
Nanette Masi, M.Ed. shares her love of nature, photography, and education through her landscape design firm ‘Back to Nature’. Her mission is to help people connect to the natural world and to learn organic methods of gardening for their own health and the health of their community. With degrees in Botany, Ecology, & Science Education, an OLCP certificate through NOFA and years of organic gardening and design experience, Ms. Masi has been a guiding force in the creation of wildlife habitat gardens throughout the region.
Emily McCoy                    Andropogon
267 354 2826

McCoy Bio:
Emily McCoy, Director of Integrative Research, at Andropogon Associates reviews past and present landscape interventions in order to integrate the best scientific knowledge and the most effective design solutions into future projects. Ms. McCoy’s recent projects include Panther Hollow Watershed Restoration, New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods Master Plan, St. Elizabeth’s Ecological Master Plan, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Shoemaker Green. Ms. McCoy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in Ecology. She is an instructor for Temple University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program.
Rebecca McMackin                       Brooklyn Bridge Park

McMackin Bio:
Rebecca McMackin is the Park Horticulturalist for award-winning Brooklyn Bridge Park with an eye to wildlife encouragement and habitat creation. Ms. McMackin is an avid environmental educator and lectures at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Columbia University. She holds a MS in Landscape Design from Columbia University and a MSc in Biology from the University of Victoria.
Lynden Miller                  Public Garden Design

Miller Bio:
Lynden B. Miller is the director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park and has designed many gardens and parks in the five boroughs of New York. Ms. Miller received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Smith College in 1999, which described her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.” Ms. Miller’s new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape won the American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.
Emily Mueller Decelis                   Michael Van Valkenburg Assoc

Mueller Decelis Bio:
Emily Mueller De Celis is a Senior Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) where she has served as the lead coordinator on over 16 projects, including the transformative Alumnae Valley Landscape Renewal project. Her work includes urban projects such as Don River Park, a brownfield reclamation site in Toronto, Ontario; Library Park, Harvard’s first sustainable urban park in Allston, MA; and Teardrop Park, in Battery Park City’s extensive park system in New York City. Ms. Mueller De Celis received her BA in Architectural History and Sculpture from Wellesley College in 1991, her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1996, and her MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1998. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Alex Murray                     Mass DOT Highway Division

Murray Bio:
Alex Murray is a Wetlands and Water Resources Analyst in the Environmental Services Section of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). As the Coordinator of MassDOT’s new Impaired Waters Program he works with design consultants to determine what stormwater features might be necessary to address discharges to impaired waters. He is well versed in all aspects of wet­land and storm water regulations, permitting and policy.
Jono Neiger                      Regenerative Design

Neiger Bio:
Jono Neiger has twenty years experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture, and landscape design. He uses his diverse expertise to create productive and integrated landscapes. He is a principal at Regenerative Design Group, on the faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design, and board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast.
Mary Owen                      U Mass Extension

Owen Bio:
Mary Owen, a veteran educator, is the team leader and technical specialist for the UMass Amherst, Extension Turf Program where she oversees the development of programs and publications for lawn and land care professions. Ms. Owen provides technical consultations for professional turf and grounds managers, volunteer and community groups, and others interested in lawn and land care. She is a founding member of the New England Sports Turf Managers Association and currently serves as a special advisor. She is an active participant in the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation and the national Sports Turf Managers Association and has served on her local Conservation Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.
Michael Phillips               Herbs and Apples

Phillips Bio:
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into an holistic approach to orchard growing. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Mr. Phillips is author of several books, including The Holistic Orchard, which recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society, and Apple Grower.
Julie Richburg                  The Trustees Of Reservations

Richburg Bio:
Julie Richburg, PhD is the Regional Ecologist for The Trustees of Reservations (a state-wide non-profit land trust) Western Region in MA. She oversees natural resource inventory and management for the 40 properties (approx. 9,000 acres) owned or managed by The Trustees. While at UMass Amherst, Dr. Richburg’s research focused on control of woody invasive plants using mechanical and prescribed fire treatments across the Northeast. In 2008, she wrote “Invasive Plant Management: Guidelines for Managers” which includes guide­lines for prioritizing invasive plant management by propertyor region. In 2009, she organized a partnership of individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in invasive species control within the Westfield River Watershed.
Chris Roddick                  Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Roddick Bio:
Christopher Roddick is the Head Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For over 20 years, he has developed the garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. Mr. Roddick consults with landscape architects, designers, and private clients on mature tree preservation, tree risk assessments, and tree protection in construction and development sites. He is the author of the Tree Care Primer a guide to care for young, mature, and veteran trees. When he’s not working in Brooklyn, he is often on an expedition, traveling to the Neo-Tropical forests where he conducts canopy research as a climber and project coordinator.
Kathleen Salisbury                        Duke Farms Foundation

Salisbury Bio:
Kathleen Salisbury is the Team Leader of Education at Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, NJ. She is responsible for teaching the public about Duke’s stewardship projects and practices and how to replicate them in a residential landscape. She also develops and implements innovative educational programming for families, adults, and professionals. Ms. Salisbury has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College and a MS in Public Horticulture Administration from the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Fellow.
Trevor Smith                    Land Escapes

Smith Bio:
Trevor Smith MCH, LEED Green Associate, AOLCP is the owner of Land Escapes, a landscape design company specializing in native plant design, living walls, green roofs, rain har­vesting, permeable pavements, and urban farming. Mr. Smith is the president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and is a certified Green Living Technologies Living Roof and Wall Installer.
Scott Smyers                    Oxbow Associates

Smyers Bio:
Scott Smyers is a Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates, Inc., a wetlands and wildlife consulting company specializing in rare amphibian and reptile study and mitigation. He received his M.S. from the University of Louisiana and has studied the behavior and ecology of amphibian and reptile species native to the eastern United States for more than 17 years. Mr. Smyers has provided consultation services for projects such as residential developments, utility easements, roadway improvements, airport expansions, and development within military facilities to address concerns regarding wetlands and rare wildlife.
Theresa Sprague                           Blue Flax Design

Sprague Bio:
Theresa Sprague owns BlueFlax Design and works directly with property owners and conservation commissions on invasive species management and restoration projects throughout Cape Cod. Prior to forming her own company, Ms. Sprague was responsible for coordinating restoration projects from design through construction. She holds a M.S. in Ecological Design from The Conway School.
Kevin Staso                      North Creek Nurseries

Staso Bio:
Kevin Staso is Sales Director for North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg PA, where he develops regional and national native plant programs for wholesale growers and retailers. His responsibilities also include sustaining North Creek’s position as the preferred supplier of Landscape Plugs™ to the landscaping, engineering, watershed, municipal, and conservation communities throughout North America. Mr. Staso holds a BS degree from UNC Greensboro, is a member of Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Technical Review Council’s Vegetation Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

Andy Sudbrock                   Nashville Natives, LLC

Sudbrock Bio:
Andy Sudbrock is a restoration ecologist who has been growing and using native plants to restore communities and ecosystems for 25 years. He is also a passionate gardener and native plant geek who gets excited about things weird things like endemism and the pornography of pollination. Andy’s horticultural work is varied with specializations in prairie, wetland and woodland restoration, rare species propagation and conservation, and native plants for green roofs. He has presentations ranging from “Planting for Pollinators”, “The Pornography of Pollination”, “Favorite Native Plants of Tennessee and the Southeast”, and “Native Plants for Southern Green Roofs”. He lives with his wife, two daughters, one cat, two dogs, 12 chickens, 5 Guinea hens and 30,000 honeybees on his 15 acre pollinator and plant preserve in Fairview, TN. He lives with his wife, two daughters, one cat, two dogs, 12 chickens, 5 Guinea hens and 30,000 honeybees on his 15 acre pollinator and plant preserve in Fairview, TN.

John Swallow                   Pine & Swallow

Swallow Bio:
Dr. John Swallow, a Principal and founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from MIT. His professional soils and horticulture practice spans four decades and has emphasized soil chemistry, analysis of environmental conditions for plant growth, site rehabilitation, and urban tree planting techniques. He has served on the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Technical Core and Soils Committees for many years. His recent projects include New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Governors Island, Four Freedoms Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and The High Line in NYC.
John Todd                        John Todd Ecological Design
508 548 2545

Todd Bio:
Dr. John Todd, an internationally recognized biologist, is considered a leader in the field of ecological water purification. Developer of Eco Machines™, he was named one of the 20th century’s top 35 inventors by the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation and a “Hero of the Earth” by Time magazine in 1999. He is the cofounder of several foundations and companies with ecological missions including, The New Alchemy Institute (now The Green Center, Inc.) and Ocean Arks International. He is author of more than 200 articles on biology and planetary stewardship and author of The Village as Solar Ecology, Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address, Reinhabiting Cities and Towns: Designing for Sustainability, and From Eco-Cities to Living Machines. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont and serves on numerous environmental and technical boards including the journal Ecological Engineering.
Eric Toensmeier                            Perennial Solutions

Toensmeier Bio:
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. An expert on the useful perennial crops of the world, he has taught about permaculture and perennial food production systems in multiple languages and countries. His current project is promoting perennial farming systems, including agro-forestry and staple crops, while restoring degraded lands.
John Tycz                          Go Organic LLC

Tycz Bio:
John Tycz is a lawn and turf specialist with expertise in residential lawn as well as athletic field turf. He is the founder of Go Organic, LLC and is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.
Kate Venturini                 University of Rhode Island

Venturini Bio:
Kate Venturini is the interim director of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Outreach Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a Master’s of Marine Affairs from URI. Ms. Venturini currently manages the Invasive Plant Management Certification Program, the RI Residential Rain Garden Training Program, and oversees one of the largest community gardens in RI at Roger Williams Park (RWP) in Providence. She is currently working on the design and installation of RWP’s Edible Forest Garden. She is a Steering Committee member for the Rhody Native Initiative.
Claudia West, MLA                      Phyto Studio

West Bio:
Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.

Tony Will                          Read Custom Soil
Cell: 617-835-3950
Office: 800-924-5335

Will Bio:
In his role as the Director of Marketing and New Product Development at Read Custom Soils, Tony Will combines his decades of industry experience with great communication skills to help explain how engineered soils are made and used in Low Impact Development projects. In the last few years, Tony has given Lunch & Learn presentations at over fifty firms involved with landscape architecture, design, engineering and construction. For 2020, this educational program has been updated and reorganized as a live teleconference presentation that can be tailored to the audience’s interests. Topics include ADA-compliant stabilized stonedust permeable paving, structural soil designs, fiber-reinforced soils, lightweight soils for green roofs and new directions in bioretention soil design.
Tobias Wolf                     Wolf Landscape Architecture

Wolf Bio:
Tobias Wolf, MLA, is a landscape architect with twenty years’ experience providing design and master planning to public, private, non-profit, and residential clients. Mr. Wolf has taught design at Cornell University, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Landscape Institute, and the New England Wild Flower Society. He serves on the Horticulture Committee of the Friends of the Public Garden and the Board of Directors of the Ecological Landscape Alliance.
Camilla Worden                            Camilla Landscape Design

Worden Bio:
Camilla Worden has over 20 years’ experience in complete landscape design, installation, and ongoing maintenance of fine residential and commercial properties. She has a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from New York University. Camilla is a NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices. She holds a Landscape Design Certificate from The New York Botanic Garden and has been a Master Gardener since 1988. She is a certified Connecticut Nurseryperson, is a registered Custom Grounds Supervisor and is a licensed Landscape Contractor in both Connecticut and New York.
Keith Zaltzberg                The Conway School / Regenerative Design Group

Zaltzberg Bio:
Keith Zaltzberg is a Partner and founder of the Regenerative Design Group. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from UMass Amherst, is an adjunct Faculty member at Conway School of Design and Smith College, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. Mr. Zaltzberg combines his professional training in environmental and Permaculture design with his hands-on experience as a farmer, homesteader and builder to help communities and individuals create new, symbiotic relationships with their landscape and homes.