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LAAB: Board Members



Jack Ahern

Jack Ahern, Ph.D., FASLA, FCELA
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

Jack Ahern started his landscape architecture career in Philadelphia at Rahenkamp and Associates and WRT. His career has engaged ecological planning and design, having been mentored by Ian McHarg and other faculty during his MLA studies at Penn. His teaching and research at the University of Massachusetts focus on landscape ecology, urban ecology, greenways, and ecological planting design. His books address multiple aspects of his applied research including: Water-Centric Sustainable Communities, Measuring Landscapes: A Planner’s Handbook, Biodiversity Planning and Design: Sustainable Practices (2006), Greenways as Strategic Landscape Planning: Theory and Application; A Guide to the Landscape Architecture of Boston; and Greenways: the Beginning of an International Movement. Jack has integrated international experiences and perspectives throughout his career including his Ph.D. from Wageningen University, Netherlands, and a Fulbright teaching and research fellowship in Portugal. He has lectured at over twenty-five universities in Europe, South America, and Asia. He is currently working on the concept and design of novel urban ecosystems to provide ecosystem services in cities to support sustainability and resilience capacity.

Ahern has served as a ROVE team member and team chair for LAAB for over a decade before joining the LAAB Board in 2016. He values the work of LAAB in service to the goal of excellence in the education and professional training of future professionals and academic leaders in landscape architecture.


Ned Crankshaw

Ned Crankshaw, FASLA
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Ned Crankshaw is chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky. His research is in cultural landscapes, with recent work on landscape preservation plans for sites in the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, and on the restoration of pioneer roads in the Lower Howard’s Creek State Nature and Heritage Preserve in Kentucky. His current work is to develop methods for using remotely sensed data to analyze land cover change and to detect remnant features in cultural landscapes. He has also done extensive research and design work related to the adaptation of historic commercial districts for contemporary use.

Ned organizes his teaching around the idea that intelligent landscape architecture practice is based partly on understanding regional and local landscape character. He teaches a design studio that focuses on regional landscape character, site analysis, site master planning, site design, and sustainable design. His other courses are cultural landscape preservation and introduction to landscape architecture. His favorite educational pursuit is to travel with students.

Ned and his wife Vickie live in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, where they enjoy the pleasures of living in a smaller culturally dynamic city set in the unique Bluegrass agricultural landscape. They have three adult sons who all learned the value of creative manual skills to go along with intellectual development through a sequence of ‘carpentry vacations’ fixing up an old cottage in coastal Maine.

Ned was a ROVE team member and team chair for ten years before his appointment to the LAAB Board in 2015.


Lynn M. Ewanow

Lynn Ewanow, Secretary
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Lynn M. Ewanow, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Community Planning, also serves as the associate dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University as well as the director of the Environmental Design Studies Program and the director of International Programs.  Lynn received her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Art from Keuka College.  She has also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

As associate dean, Lynn is responsible for Student and Academic Services, the Environmental Design Studies Program which is the first year of the five-year master’s program for Architecture, Interior Architecture and Product Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional Community Planning, and all aspects of the college’s Italian Studies Program as well as other international programs.  She has also served as special assistant to the provost of Kansas State University.

Lynn’s involvement in LAAB began by serving as a ROVE team member.



Joy Lyndes

Joy Lyndes, ASLA, Chair
Coastal Sage
Encinitas, CA

Joy Lyndes is a principal and lead designer at Coastal SAGE Landscape Architecture, Inc., in Encinitas, CA. She has directed and managed consulting firms in AZ and CA, specializing in landscape architecture and environmental planning. Joy has 34 years of expertise in planning, and design and construction for projects which foster sustainability, improve community health through healthy environments, and connect people to context.  Her body of work includes programming, planning, and design and construction of landscapes as large as $2 million and co-designed public sector facilities with construction budgets of more than $13 million. Her work focuses on the complex multi-tiered stakeholder groups and multidisciplinary teams for public parks planning, design and construction; environmental permitting, compliance and studies. Joy approaches design and management by integrating ecology, history, and biology into the creation of landscapes that are functional and maintainable community assets. Her skills at community outreach and consensus building result in successful public and private sector projects.

She has developed best practice for municipal clients; serving clients, community leadership and complex stakeholder groups to ensure full compliance with contracts. Joy’s success is founded in streamlined processes, procedures, and policies for management, efficiency, documentation, and QA/QC.

She received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree and Certificate in Preservation Studies in 2010, and her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1983 from the University of Arizona.

In 2007 Joy volunteered to serve as a ROVE team member, visiting nine different colleges and universities. In 2015 Joy was appointed to the LAAB Board and currently serves as Chair.


Ramon V. Murray, ASLA

Ramon Murray, ASLA
Murray Design Group, Inc.
Winter Park, FL

Ramon V. Murray is a landscape architect living in Winter Park, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. Ramon joined the LAAB Board in January 2016 after serving as a ROVE team member for several years.

Ramon has over 25 years of experience in the design of theme projects, resorts, urban waterfronts, community parks, regional parks, and campus and housing projects. Prior to establishing the Murray Design Group, Inc., he worked for the firm of MER&B where he managed a staff of twelve and directed projects with construction budgets in the millions. He has also worked at the firms of EDSA, Glatting Jackson, and was principal of his own professional practice. As an academic at the University of Florida, he conducted research in cultural landscapes and urban neighborhood revitalization.

Ramon appreciates seeing people enjoying the spaces he has designed. When not engaged in landscape architectural activities, he looks forward to a good tennis match, tending to his garden, enjoying a nice meal, exploring a new city, or supporting the Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators sports.


Rodney Swink, FASLA, PLA

Rodney Swink, FASLA, Chair
Raleigh, NC

Rodney Swink, FASLA, PLA, is Senior Associate for Planning and Development at PlaceEconomics and at Heritage Strategies International. He is a licensed landscape architect, a Professor of the Practice at North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and an independent consultant to local governments, nonprofits, and firms interested in community development and downtown revitalization. From 1984 to 2008, Swink served as director of the North Carolina Main Street Program and director of the North Carolina Office of Urban Development. Currently, he is Vice-Chair of the City of Raleigh (NC) Planning Commission and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Preservation North Carolina and the Board of Advisors for the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. He joined LAAB in 2014, and has served as President of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Chair of the ASLA Council of Fellows.

Swink attended North Carolina State University and achieved both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Landscape Architecture with a concentration in community planning and urban economics. Over the past three decades, Swink has won a variety of prestigious awards for his work in historic preservation, landscape architecture, and his humanitarian- and community-focused work.


Public Members

Gilbert A. Holmes

Gilbert Holmes
University of LaVerne College of Law
Ontario, CA

Gilbert A. Holmes joined the University of La Verne College of Law as dean in June 2013. He previously served as the dean of the University of Baltimore Law School and on the faculty of Texas Wesleyan University Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and Seton Hall University Law School.

Dean Holmes has served on the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Membership Review Committee of Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The University of Baltimore recognized his contributions through “Dean Gilbert A. Holmes Professorship in Clinical Theory and Practice.”

Prior to entering the legal academy, Dean Holmes had a private practice of law in New York City for 16 years. He has authored articles on a range of family law and constitutional issues.


Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs
Mid-America Regional Council
Kansas City, MO

Tom Jacobs joined LAAB in 2015. He has led environmental policy and planning efforts for the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City’s regional and metropolitan planning organization, since 2001.  His work focuses on building strong community partnerships and integrative planning platforms to catalyze multi-benefit, cross-sector, sustainability-oriented outcomes.  His primary interest revolves around the integration of green infrastructure with sustainable development efforts related to water resource management, transportation, land use, energy efficiency, air quality, and climate resilience.

Tom has participated in multiple committees and working groups at the national level to help advance a broad green infrastructure conservation and restoration agenda, including efforts sponsored by the US EPA, USDA Forest Service, Transportation Research Board, National Association of Regional Councils, and The Conservation Fund. He received graduate degrees in forest ecology and development sociology from Duke University and Cornell University, respectively.


Lucinda A. McDade

Lucinda McDade, Ph.D.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Claremont, CA

Lucinda A. McDade is the executive director and Judith B. Friend director of research at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, as well as professor and chair of the botany department at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She received her Ph.D. in Botany from Duke University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Newcomb College of Tulane University. Lucinda identifies as a field-oriented biologist. The majority of her work has focused on tropical plants and the animals that pollinate their flowers. She has contributed to multiple publications and has worked and conducted research in a host of tropical regions within Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica among others.

Lucinda is co-leader and writing committee member for a workshop to develop an Implementation Plan for the Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance, co-convener and leader for a series of workshops on the Future of Systematics and Biodiversity Research (NSF-supported). She has done editorial work for professional journals such as Aliso, as managing editor; Biotropica, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Science, and Systematic Botany as past subject or associate editor. She has also served as chair of the executive committee of the Botanical Society of America, past-president of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation, and Society of Systematic Biologists.


Representatives from

Leonard J. Hopper, FASLA

American Society of Landscape Architects –
Leonard Hopper, FASLA
Weintraub Diaz, LLC
Nyack, NY

Len Hopper is currently working with Weintraub Diaz, an award winning landscape architecture firm known for creativity and innovation. The firm strives for design excellence in meeting the needs of clients, users, context, environment, health, and social issues as part of distinctive design solutions.

Len is a faculty member at The City College School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture where he teaches the Masters in Landscape Architecture Technology Sequence courses. Len served as the editor-in-chief of the first edition of Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards and authored the Graphic Standards Field Guides to both Hardscapes and Softscapes. As a technical advisor to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, he helped to establish a set of guidelines and performance benchmarks that provide a basis for the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System and User Guide. Len participated in a subject matter expert group formed for SITES AP test development. As part of the group, he assisted in drafting items for possible inclusion in the SITES AP item bank and linked such items to test specifications and available reference resources.

Len Hopper is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving as National President for 2000-2001. He served as President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation for 2005-2006. In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, Len was elected to ASLA’s Council of Fellows in 1994 and was recipient of the President’s Medal in 2005. He received the NY ASLA Education Award in 2011.


Kenneth R. Brooks

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture –
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Kenneth Brooks is professor of landscape architecture and urban design in The Design School at Arizona State University. He has been engaged in teaching, research, service, and academic administration for over 40 years. His areas of interest and special interest include advanced landscape architectural design, geographic information systems, interdisciplinary collaboration, research methods, and natural environmental systems. His current scholarship relates to the pedagogy of performative design, sponsored in part by the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Ken was appointed to LAAB in 2014 by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and reappointed by CELA for a second term in 2017. In 2016, the LAAB Board elected him as chair-elect for 2017 and as chair for 2018. He helped prepare his first Self Evaluation Report (SER) as a faculty member in 1978 and began participating as a member of a visiting team in 1999.

In his career, he has served as president of CELA, of Sigma Lambda Alpha (the Landscape Architecture Honorary Society), and of the Prairie Gateway Chapter of ASLA. He has served on numerous ASLA and CELA committees. In practice, he has provided professional planning and design consulting services in the Midwest and Western United States. In recognition for his leadership and service, he was elected a fellow of ASLA in 2007 and a fellow of CELA in 2009.


Thomas Sherry, PLA, ASLA, CLARB

Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards –
Tom Sherry, ASLA
SPVV Landscape
Spokane, WA

Tom Sherry lives in Spokane, Washington, and has been practicing since 1982, after graduating from Washington State University. Tom currently serves as the Council for Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) representative to LAAB Board, and has just started his second term in this position.  From 2001 through 2012, he served on the Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects, with six years as chair. During his time with CLARB, Tom has served as Region V Alternate Director; on the “Landscape Architecture and Public Welfare” task force; and as a CLARB representative to Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).

Tom is founder and President of SPVV Landscape Architects, and is often engaged in many of the projects within the firm.  His firm works on a very wide variety of projects, including overseas work for the Department of State, K-12 and higher education projects, urban planning and activation, parks and sports complexes, and commercial developments.



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