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 2018 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 27th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 27th. 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.

Please take a moment to vote in the upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of our chapter and to help select the next group of ASLA Oregon leaders.


Candidate for President-Elect
Allison K. Rouse

Allison K. Rouse is a Capital Project Manager at Portland Parks & Recreation, where she has managed the design and construction of two of Portland’s signature outdoor spaces: Director Park and the South Waterfront Greenway Central District. She also managed a number of other strategic interventions within the City: a network of soft surface trails in the Marquam Nature Park, the North Gateway Marker on historic Terwilliger Parkway, and a new entry for Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Previously, she practiced solo as Allison K. Rouse, Landscape Architect, and while her focus was on graceful and responsive residential gardens, she contributed on a variety of commercial, industrial and pro-bono projects. In partnership with BOORA Architects, Allison created an award-winning and widely published temporary installation in support of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, “The Works at TBA:05.” Allison is grateful for the training, perspective, and mentoring she received from her previous employers, Walker Macy and Stangeland Associates. She earned her Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Certified Construction Specifier.

Allison is motivated by elegant, equitable and durable design solutions and excellence in project management. She works collaboratively with her stakeholders, clients and project teams, resulting in comprehensive understanding and validation of each design decision. In addition to the TBA Festival space, she has participated in a variety of public service projects, such as participating on Portland AIA’s Urban Design Committee, advising on design of a new vegetable garden for Laurelhurst Elementary School, and serving on the 2010 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Jury. She has hosted Shadow Mentor students, served on the original committee to organize and roll out the PDH requirement for maintaining licensure, and completed an oral history of senior landscape architects in the Portland area for the 2006 ASLA Oregon Design Symposium on Pacific Northwest Style.

“As the second of five daughters of an artist and an engineer, I am at once curious and efficient, idealistic and practical, unafraid to lead but also a team player. I am deeply rooted in both my original landscape, the coastal plains of eastern Virginia, and the vigorously evergreen, volcanic landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s versatile community of Landscape Architects, with its spectrum of designers, planners, researchers, writers, illustrators and project managers – all dedicated to stewardship and improvement of the landscape – is ideally suited to lead on intersectional issues such as adapting to climate change amid the social equity disparities of our age. As your President-Elect, I will support and promote our landscape architecture community; listen to learn what it most needs from ASLA Oregon; and then bring all of my powers and experience to bear in facilitating elegant, equitable and durable solutions for you.”


Candidate for Secretary
Patrick Sweeney

Patrick is a Senior Planner at Toole Design Group (TDG) and has worked at the intersection of multimodal transportation, land use planning, and urban design since 1992, in both the private and public sectors. Having worked in major cities across the United States, he has extensive experience with integrating transportation facilities within their varied land use contexts. Patrick is an OR licensed Landscape Architect, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council. Patrick specializes in leading and working with diverse project team members on complex urban transportation projects in addition to being able to effectively communicate and facilitate the minutia of project specifics to building consensus on larger project strategies.

Patrick enjoys collaboration, is a team-player, and feels strongly about the leading role Landscape Architects can/should have in connecting and creating great places. His communication skills are a great fit for the role of Secretary of Oregon ASLA, and his experience in working with others will make him an asset to the Oregon ASLA executive committee board.


Candidate for Secretary
Jennifer D’Avanzo

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience as a biologist and landscape designer. She studied environmental and forest biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse New York and later went on to receive a masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver. Drawing upon her experience from these two disciplines, Jennifer is a senior project manager at GreenWorks on a variety of planning and design projects consisting of stormwater management, green infrastructure, natural resource planning, recreation and interpretive design, and environmental restoration and enhancement.  After nine years of working in environmental consulting as a biologist and project manager, she transitioned back to landscape architecture.  GreenWorks is the ideal firm for her skill set because many projects focus on the enhancement and restoration of natural systems while embracing community concerns.  During her time as an environmental consultant, Jennifer became certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Jennifer’s experience includes landscape design, wetland delineation and permitting, habitat assessment, biological surveys, visual analysis, regulatory compliance, construction management and monitoring. In her free time, Jennifer can be found in her garden, on a hike or a backpack, practicing yoga, frequenting one of Portland’s amazing restaurants and as of lately taking improv lessons.

“I believe my commitment and organization will be a perfect combination to be the next  secretary of the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee Board. This opportunity would enhance my involvement with the discipline of landscape architecture as well as connecting and collaborating with the Oregon landscape architecture community.”


Candidate for Secretary
April Maly

April Maly is a landscape architect with Walker Macy where she focuses on the design of academic, institutional and corporate landscapes.  A northeast native, she moved to Oregon in 2016 in search of professional and personal growth and adventure.  She is passionate about connecting people to place by featuring ecological processes and the vernacular of site.  April earned her degree in Environmental Planning and Design at Rutgers University in 2011 where she was involved in a number of outreach and extension projects on campus and across New Jersey. Before moving to Oregon, she led diverse project teams in the design and construction of coastal New England landscapes.  She spends her free time volunteering with Friends of Trees, serving on the Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Alumni Committee and curiously exploring the Northwest with her sketchbook.

“I love meeting new people, generating excitement and momentum behind shared goals and excel at cultivating positive team environments. If elected secretary, I will bring to the board communication skills that will support future  ASLA Oregon efforts.”​


Candidate for Secretary
Jake Marshall

Jake is a landscape designer who put roots down in Portland almost two years ago. He is originally from Maryland but has also lived in Philadelphia and Fort Collins, Colorado, where he received his B.L.A. Jake currently works for the Portland Bureau of Transportation as the sole L.A. where he advances the mission of the bureau in creating equitable projects that enhance the safety and quality of life for the city of Portland. He is an avid outdoorsman who normally spends his weekends in the mountains backpacking, skiing or mountain biking.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as your secretary. The ASLA has given me an outlet to develop as an emerging professional while advancing my career. I am a strong advocate for the profession of landscape architecture and believe we need to continue to spread our reach by educating the public on the importance of our work while asserting ourselves in the field. “


Candidate for Education Chair
Laura Zanetto

Laura Zanetto is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture program, working as a restoration designer in ICF’s Portland office. Laura began her career at Hoyt Arboretum, in environmental programming supporting the Arboretum’s mission, then moved back into the field of landscape design at a small design-build firm in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, Laura designed and managed residential and commercial landscape projects, while overseeing construction and implementation. Eventually, Laura’s love of the outdoors drew her into restoration work, where she now primarily works on fish passage, floodplain reconnection, and aquatic and riparian habitat restoration.

Laura is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee, especially in education. Since her role as Program Director at the Arboretum, Laura has loved engaging with the public and has especially enjoyed organizing educational events for all ages. Utilizing these experiences, Laura hopes she will bring valuable perspective to the role of Education Chair. Laura believes that both licensure and continuing education are important cornerstones of our profession, deserving of community attention to keep them attainable and meaningful.


Candidate for Mt. Hood Section Chair
Tenille Thompson

Tenille Thompson is a landscape architect at Koch Landscape Architecture, a design studio founded by Steven Koch, FASLA in 2000 in Portland, Oregon. Tenille moved to the Pacific NW a year ago from Edmonton, Canada to pursue her long-time desire to live, work and play in Portland- a city amid the trees.

She studied landscape architecture at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Guelph where she graduated in 2007. Tenille began practicing landscape architecture in Vancouver, Canada with DMG Landscape Architects (now evolved to PMG Landscape Architects and M2 Landscape Architecture) for several projects ranging from urban design, large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects, parks and open space planning. She also worked with Catherine Berris Associates and participated in the Sea to Sky highway corridor development for the Winter Olympics. Tenille also worked with Stantec in  southern Alberta where she participated in a number of project improvements for the City of Medicine Hat parks and recreation department. She then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she worked for WSP as a project manager, participating in parks, cemetery design, trails, and urban design.

Tenille’s professional practice integrates well with her commitment to sustainable community orientated work. Through volunteer and internship experiences she has designed, facilitated, and project managed a number of grass roots efforts including a pop-up park, community gardens, school gardens, and affordable/crisis housing initiatives.

“I am interested in becoming the Mount Hood Section Chair to provide opportunities for the community to learn, share ideas, and play together. I’d like to get to know the community, have some fun and work to provide meaningful opportunities to expand our skills.”


Candidates for High Desert Section Co-Chair
Perry Brooks and Chelsea Schneider

Perry Brooks

“Since completing graduate school at the University of Colorado, Denver in Landscape Architecture, I have worked in both the public and private sector for the last 18 years. First stop was with the City of Kent, WA were I was the Park & Open Space Planner for 11 years and worked on a number of active and passive recreation projects. Next stop was with the City of Boulder, CO for 4.5 years as the Park and Recreation Planning Manager where I worked on an array of sustainability projects for  variety of facility and other park assets as well as on active and passive recreation projects. Upon moving to Oregon, I worked for the City of Redmond, OR for 2 years where I developed their first long-range Program and Facility Plan and their Asset Management Plan. In a complete deviation from past work experience, I then worked for a small environmental engineering firm based in Seattle called Natural Systems Design (NSD) for 4 years. While at NSD I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of stream, river and wetland restoration projects while also doing business development in OR. Currently, I came back to the public sector and am currently working for Bend Park & Recreation District.”

Chelsea Schneider

Chelsea is a registered Landscape Architect in Oregon with 17 years’ professional experience in consulting and public practice. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon in Planning and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from University of Colorado at Denver. She has practiced landscape architecture in Central Oregon since 2002, and founded her own firm in 2018. She has been chair and co-chair of the High Desert section in the past. Chelsea prefers to spend as much time out of the office as possible, so most likely can be found traveling and photographing landscapes.