Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

Learn more about the Members Running in the 2019 ASLA South Carolina Chapter elections

The following positions and candidates are ready to serve the ASLA South Carolina Chapter. All Full and Associate members of the ASLA South Carolina Chapter in good professional standing are eligible to vote and will be emailed election information.

Voting will be open through August 30th, 2019 11:59pm EST

Meet the 2019 Candidates

Treasurer  The treasurer shall: Collect all fees, dues, charges, and other funds due the Chapter; be the custodian of all Chapter funds and disburse such funds only as authorized by the Executive Committee; keep the accounts of the Chapter that shall be open at all times to inspection by the Executive Committee; present quarterly reports on the financial condition of the Chapter and year-end financial statements to the Executive Committee; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter treasurer or as may be assigned or delegated by the president. The treasurer shall be a Full or Associate Member elected for a term of two (2) years.

  • Maria Ghys Drawdy – Maria was born in Delft, Holland and grew up traveling around the world. She attended Clemson University earning a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 2013. After graduating Maria worked as a designer for Witmer Jones Keefer Ltd., in Bluffton, SC. In 2015 Maria started a landscape design company: Maria Ghys Designs LLC. Projects include lowcountry residential and small commercial landscape designs. In addition to her own design projects, Maria works part time as a designer for Truitt Rabun Associates and Beaufort Planning Group. Maria currently serves as Secretary of the chapter as well as on the ASLA Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee. Her previous chapter roles have included At-Large Member and Lowcountry Regional Events Chair.

At-Large Member (Two positions available) The at-large members shall perform such other duties as are customary for the position of at-large member or as may be assigned or delegated by the Executive Committee of the Chapter. At-large members are expected to be present at committee meetings. At-large members will be responsible for chairing a committee position. The at-large members shall be Full or Associate Members elected for terms of two (2) years.

  • Michael Ethridge – Michael lives and works in Greenville, SC. He is a licensed landscape architect (PLA) and a certified playground safety inspector (CPSI) with over 18 years of experience.  Michael graduated Clemson University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.  He recently joined Earth Design, landscape architecture and environmental design firm. Previously, he was the in-house Landscape Architect for Berliner Play Equipment Corporation.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys volunteering as a Lieutenant with the South Carolina State Guard, serving as chairmen for the Blue Ridge Seas Scouts Board of Director, hiking, biking, cooking and spending time with his wife Jessica, his children Caldwell and Jackson, and two dogs Gus and Ellie. Michael currently serves as interim At-Large Member as well as leading the Chapter’s CEU Committee for the past few years, using his computer expertise to greatly streamline the process.
  • Sarah MarrsSarah is a landscape architect and planner for the Advance Planning Group of Jacobs Engineering in Atlanta. She’s a 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) with a BFA in Landscape Architecture and an alumnus of the Marching Illini. She enjoys the variety of projects, travel opportunities and collaborative design atmosphere that come with working in a multidisciplinary firm. While in Chicago Sarah served as the Fellowship Committee Chair for IL-ASLA, and as the Newsletter Editor for the Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ILITE). In her spare time Sarah is an avid reader, musician, bicyclist, and NPS stamp collector. She recently relocated from Greenville SC with her husband and their pup and cat. Sarah has been successfully leading the Chapter’s Sponsorship Committee and bringing innovative ideas such as the collaborative showrooms in the Vendor Expo Hall at our latest SE Regional Conference.
  • Clint McHenryClint lives in Charleston, SC and joined DesignWorks in 2017 as a Designer. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Clint has a driving passion for environmentally responsible design and deep understanding of site grading and sustainable stormwater design. Since February 2019, Clint has taken on leading the Chapter’s Public Relations Committee and online social media presence.