Thank you ASLA members for your participation in the annual Executive Committee Election! We are pleased to announce the following members have been elected into open positions:
President Elect: Jean Senechal Biggs
Jean Senechal Biggs is a Project Manager with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and for 19 years she has proudly served the city through planning, designing and building innovative transportation projects. She is passionate about creating engaging public spaces and livable neighborhoods that encourage walking, cycling and transit. Jean wrote the transportation section of the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland and that effort influenced her decision to become more active in ASLA. Jean joined the Oregon chapter’s Executive Committee last year, serving as the Member-At-Large/Education Chair with a commitment to connect the landscape architecture community with educational and professional development opportunities that further knowledge and skills. Her contributions have included identifying and promoting PDH opportunities for landscape architects and communicating with OSLAB about continuing education requirements, as well as organizing the Members-Only MAX Orange Line Preview Ride in July and the upcoming Yamhelas Westsider Trail design charrette in November. Jean is also involved with ASLA at the national level, serving as a Transportation PPN Officer and Communications Coordinator. Jean studied at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. She maintains her connection to the Department of Landscape Architecture as a long-time participant in Shadow Mentor Day.
Treasurer: Gill Williams
Gill has 24 years of professional landscape architecture experience focused on open space projects, natural areas as recreational facilities, and public parks. His work includes regional recreation facilities, natural area management plans, and feasibility studies. Gill joined GreenWorks in March of 2015 as a principal. Gill brings leadership with firm management, business development, design and construction to supplement GreenWorks’ team of landscape architects and planners.
VP Member Services: Rachel Edmonds
Since 2010, I’ve been practicing as a landscape designer, urban designer and planner at MIG, Inc. I’m a native Portlander and am a homeowner in the Montavilla neighborhood. Previously, I’ve lived in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. For graduate school, I graduated from UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture and planning departments. I enjoy a great diversity in my work: park master planning, construction drawings, cultural landscape assessments, and downtown urban design projects (to name just a few). Outside of work, I enjoy wilderness backpacking trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with my husband and creating order in my small backyard.
Emerging Professionals: Patty Hines
Patty graduated summa cum laude with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. She was the AAA class valedictorian and was the only student to speak at commencement. In addition, she and her studio won an Oregon ASLA Honor Award for their environmental art installations at the Overlook Field School in Pennsylvania. As an emerging professional, she is the owner of Outside Design and is currently working on residential landscape projects in the Portland area. When Patty is not designing gardens you can find her on modern house tours checking out current trends in architecture and interior design. Her interests include all things related to fashion, graphics, and design. On Saturdays, she searches the PSU Farmers Market for breakfast and seasonal eats.
UO/Student Liaison: Paula Baretto
I am Latina, a veteran, and maker of social change. Born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in New York, I joined the Navy after completing high school with the long-term goal of going to college. I started at Portland Community College, where I engaged in two leadership roles, one as Student Body President representing a variety of student voices. The second as appointed District Student Council Chair – a liaison between the administration and the district student body. Both taught me the importance of service leadership, communication, and making connections between students and higher education professionals. Community college was a welcomed transition coming from a strict military environment, because it provided strong structure, yet the freedom to creatively work independently. I transferred my knowledge and experiences to the University of Oregon and focused on the major I was passionate about. During my time there, I dedicated my energy on environmental and social equity issues – matters that have always been in the forefront of my mind, but were now being expressed through a creative, yet impactful medium. Just over three years later, I earned my BLA from the U of O in March of 2015.
Willamette Valley: Veronica Malinay
Veronica Malinay relocated from the Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area to the great Pacific NW to pursue her graduate research at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Research Assistant for the National Park Service and the University of Oregon. She is working on a joint research effort to analyze the effects of climate change on cultural landscapes and propose adaptation options generated by preliminary case studies in U.S. national parks. During her time at the University of Oregon her works included contributions to a place-based research method of design and inquiry at the Overlook Field School in Waverly, PA and a cultural landscape investigation, documentation, and design proposal at César Chávez National Monument in Keene, CA. Both works won awards from the 2014 ASLA Oregon Design Awards. She is a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar, and a recipient of the John Decherd Research Scholarship.
Communications Chair: Laurie Mooney
Education Chair: Laura Turnbull
Crater Lake Section Chair:
If you are interested in getting more involved in your local chapter, please contact the current President@AslaOregon.org to find out more information about these Excom positions.
Departing ExCom Members
A special thank you is extended to our departing ExCom members. Your time, enthusiasm and hard work has served our members well during your tenure:
- Arica Duhrkoop-Galas + Justin Lanphear – departing Willamette Valley section chairs
- Brigtte Huneke – departing Student Liaison
- Madeline Carroll – departing Emerging Professionals Chair
- Renee Wilkinson – departing Communications Chair
- Robin Wilcox – departing VP Member Services