Donald Leary, ASLA
Vice President, Finance
and Education Don was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where
he graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1964. He received
his bachelor's of science degree from Michigan State University.
Upon graduation, Don worked at several private sector firms
in New York City and Toledo. Currently Don is principal of
Land Design, LLC in Perrysburg, Ohio, a landscape architecture
design firm he founded in 1981. His work includes revitalization
projects, large-scale park master plans, and commercial and
institutional developments. The firm has won design awards
at the local and state levels. A registered landscape architect
in Ohio and New York, he is certified with the Council of
Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.
After completing two years of Kathy Fox's term when she
was elected to serve as vice president of finance in 1996,
Don is concluding his eighth year as trustee representing
Ohio. While a trustee, he served as chair of the Finance Committee
from 1999 to the present. He also was selected by the Board
of Trustees to serve on the Nominating Committee from 1998-2000.
Don participated on the 2001 and 2003 Chapter Initiatives
Don has served on the Ohio Chapter Executive Committee for
fifteen years, including as chapter president in 1991. In
addition, he has participated in numerous design juries and
task forces—most notably the Licensure Upgrade Task
Force that was successful in obtaining practice act status
in spite of serious opposition from state and national engineering
societies. He chaired a fund-raising committee for this upgrade
that raised $72,000 in pledges for this effort. He is currently
involved in a sponsorship development task force to raise
money to support an association manager for the chapter.
Don is active in the community as well. He has been a member
of the Rotary Club of Toledo since 1981. He has chaired the
Perrysburg Plan Commission and served on the Perrysburg Area
Growth Management Committee. He has been a member of the design
review boards for Fort Meigs Commerce Park and Crosby Gardens.