Executive Committee – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2017 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 28th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 28th. The results will be officially announced in August.

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Los Angeles.

Please take a moment to vote in our upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input of the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together.

Candidate for President Elect
Mary Stewart

Mary is a landscape architect and urban designer who focuses her placemaking skills within the right-of-way. She has fifteen years experience creating equitable and gracious connections that enhance livability for people of all ages and abilities. Mary designs active transportation projects that combine design creativity and deep knowledge of sustainable practices to achieve holistic solutions. She is an experienced project manager, skilled at managing interdisciplinary teams to produce innovative work.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as president-elect. I think there is a need to strengthen the field of Landscape Architecture in Oregon and Nationally and I want to learn more about how I can best support all of you.”

Candidate for Trustee
Jean Senechal Biggs

Landscape architecture is a dynamic field that benefits from engaged, informed and connected professionals. ASLA is the organization that brings us all together and I am honored to be a candidate for Trustee of the Oregon Chapter. The ASLA Board of Trustees, with representatives from each of the 49 professional chapters, establishes policies, strategic objectives and priorities for the Society. Through our Trustee, ASLA Oregon builds upon the national network of ASLA to advocate for and advance the profession.

Threats to licensure, the looming crisis of climate change, disruptive changes to cities from autonomous vehicles, and the need to diversify the profession are challenges that call for attention. As Trustee, I will participate in conversations at a national level about these challenges, while supporting efforts at a chapter level to engage our members to address them. I will continue to reflect on how we can increase the visibility of landscape architecture in the community, how we can grow as an organization, and how we can bring our members together. I look forward to exchanging ideas, taking action, and making everyone’s experience with ASLA meaningful.

About Jean
Jean is a Senior Project Manager at DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm in Portland. She has made transportation the focus of her career and frequently finds herself bridging the gap between planning and engineering. Before joining DKS in 2017, Jean spent 20 years at the Portland Bureau of Transportation planning, designing and building innovative transit and transportation projects. She is passionate about building livable communities and the transformative power of walking, biking and transit. A Boston native, Jean earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and is a huge fan of Shadow Mentor Day.

Candidate for VP of Member Services
Shannon Simms

Shannon Simms is a landscape architect at Mayer/Reed, where she focuses on park and transportation projects. Shannon’s work is inspired by travels in both wilderness and urban areas. As an avid cyclist and hiker, she tends to think about landscape architecture in terms of movement. Shannon completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010. She has been living and adventuring in Portland since 2013.

“I look forward to this opportunity to support our ASLA chapter as VP of Member Services and collaborate with my peers on the Executive Committee.”

Candidate for Communications Chair
Andrew Jepson-Sullivan

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan is a landscape designer who has lived in Oregon for most of his life. He currently works in Portland at Mackenzie where his projects range from industrial and campus design, to parks and multi-use projects. Andrew has particular interests in landscape representation and digital graphics.

In 2016, Andrew received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. During graduate school, he found a passion for design competitions and was the recipient of several awards including a Merit Award from the Oregon ASLA Chapter and an Honorable Mention in the ULI Hines Urban Design Competition, among others. He also holds Bachelors degrees in urban planning and anthropology.

Andrew is looking forward to the opportunity to become more involved with Oregon ASLA as the Communications Chair. He hopes to be an asset to the Executive Board and members through his past experience both building and managing websites.

Candidate for Emerging Professionals Chair
Patty Hines

Patty earned her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has worked professionally for a multi-disciplinary design firm in Seattle as a landscape designer, and for a city in long-range master planning. She owns Outside Design and focuses on residential landscape design projects in the Portland area. Nominated to the ASLA Executive Committee in November of 2015, she serves as the Emerging Professionals Chair where she started sketchPDX as a way to foster the practice of hand drawing as a critical skill in the ability to design, communicate and investigate ideas.

A self-described ‘design junkie’, Patty keeps up to date with the latest design trends in architecture, product design, graphics, interior design and landscape architecture. “As new landscape architects begin their careers, meeting people, making connections and getting involved with landscape architecture and related communities is vital. As the Emerging Professionals Chair, I will continue to focus on fostering a sense of community so that we can connect socially and professionally as we learn from each other and keep current with the latest ideas in this dynamic field. Together we can help each other build strong and lasting connections an have a little fun in the process.”

Candidate for Student Liason
Elizabeth Auvil

Elizabeth is a landscape designer at Alta Planning + Design, a Portland-based firm with expertise in active transportation planning, design, and implementation. A native of East Portland, Elizabeth developed a passion for understanding the urban fabric and landscape of her hometown. She went to study architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. While in Eugene, she spent time volunteering at community gardens and became invested in understanding and resolving the issue of access to healthful food. Elizabeth has volunteered at Zenger Farms in outer Southeast Portland and her hope to eliminate food deserts in East Portland continues today.

Elizabeth gained experience working for the state of Oregon with the Parks & Recreation Department developing a master plan for the state parks in the Columbia Gorge.  In this role, Elizabeth’s belief that all human beings deserve access to thriving public spaces solidified. This belief also led her to her current role at Alta Planning + Design. She is a designer and project manager on projects that enhance the public realm. Her design experience includes wayfinding signage systems, trails, complete streets, parks and open spaces, and bike share systems. 

Elizabeth is a proponent for projects actively addressing equity and is the co-founder of the Public Engagement service area at Alta. Elizabeth believes good design should be accessible to all human beings regardless of age, cultural heritage or income level. 

Elizabeth’s intention in running for Student Liason is to improve the connections between professionals and current students of landscape architecture, and to develop new connections in the form of mentorship between professionals and youth in Oregon. If elected as Student Liason, Elizabeth will develop a youth outreach program that will foster awareness of landscape architecture for the future.

Candidates for Section Chairs:
Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard

Before pursuing her graduate education, Kate Tromp van Holst lived at the base of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon, where she was raised. Though her undergraduate studies focused on Art, Sociology, and English, all of her projects and interests came back around to the landscape, from painting and poetry to innovative agricultural practices. Kate recently discovered her professional calling, Landscape Architecture, and earned her Master’s of Landscape Architecture from The University of Oregon in 2016.She is also fairly new to Eugene, and the ASLA, but she’s jumped headfirst into all three, and is ready to serve the community as co-chair of the Willamette Valley Section. Kate is currently working at Schirmer Satre Group as a landscape designer while pursuing her Landscape Architecture license. 

Rebecca Shepard grew up in beautiful British Columbia in a house nestled between the mountains and the ocean.  She and her husband moved to Eugene so she could return to school and be close to family while they raised their daughter. Rebecca attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in landscape architecture. Many of Rebecca’s projects focused on the health of urban watersheds. Rebecca is a landscape designer at Dougherty Landscape Architects (DLA). Previously she worked for the City of Eugene on their Stormwater Green Infrastructure Management (SWiM) Team.

Rebecca is the current chair for the Willamette Valley Section. Since the summer of 2016, she has successfully organized events for PDH credits for landscape architects and created networking opportunities between professionals and students. She is running together with Kate Tromp Van Holst. The two have practice working well together, both from being in the same graduate cohort at the University of Oregon and from studying together for the L.A.R.E. examinations.