Voting is now open for the ASLA South Carolina Chapter elections
Please vote by August 15th, 2018 11:59pm EST
It’s time to VOTE for your Chapter leadership! The following positions and candidates are ready to serve the ASLA South Carolina Chapter in the coming term, which typically last two years. Please see below for bios. All Full and Associate members of the ASLA South Carolina Chapter in good professional standing are eligible to vote and were emailed election information. Please contact the Chapter secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
President Elect This position transitions into President after spending a year working with the current President and then later to Past President. Typically, this position is filled by someone who has previously held a leadership role within the Chapter.
- Natasha Sexton – Natasha is the President of Sexton Design and Development located in Greenville SC and recently taught the fourth-year studio in Landscape Architecture at Clemson University. She is an active member of the Greenville community and is a member of many committees and organizations including: SCASLA, ULI, CREW, and the Greenville County Museum Commission. Her project experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, educational and institutional site development; park and recreation facilities; and environmental enhancement projects. Natasha has over 15 years of experience as a landscape architect and a wide portfolio of project experience. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. She is married to Jeremiah, has four children; Willow, Maggie, Rowan and Daniel; a crazy dog; Boone and a turtle, Jackson. Natasha has served the chapter in multiple capacities, not least of which includes a four-year term as Chapter Treasurer during which she modernized chapter accounting processes.
Trustee This person works closely with National ASLA to make key decisions impacting the direction of the organization and the Chapter. This position is a two year term and may be held up to three consecutive terms.
- Duane Christopher – Duane F. Christopher is the principal of Duane F. Christopher & Assoc., LLC. He has been a licensed practitioner in Rock Hill, SC since 1982. The practice ranges from land planning to single family house design. He has been involved with SC ASLA as a member since 1982. In that time Christopher has been on the SC Advisory Board, the Chairman, and other local York County, City of Rock Hill, boards and commissions, and now is Vice Chairman of the Rock Hill Planning Commission. In SC ASLA, he was on the Executive committee two different time periods, also, Public relations, Advocacy, and Treasurer. Christopher was very fortunate in going to the first two legislative fly-ins to Washington before the National ASLA started paying for those trips in 1993 and 1994. Then finally a couple of years ago, Christopher served as SC ASLA President. In addition to, SC ASLA, he was part of a team of four colleagues that made two presentations at the National meetings in Phoenix, 2012 and Boston, 2013 on starting and running the micro office. Christopher is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Landscape Architecture. Christopher is married to Karen for 33 years, has a Daughter Michelle and son-in-law John. He also performs in local plays, ballet, and movies.
- Holley Bloss Owings – Holley Bloss Owings is a Landscape Architect with Earth Design inGreenville, South Carolina. She enjoys working for an environmental focused firm. Education is a core value of Earth Design, ranging from personal development to public outreach. She loves sharing her passion for the natural environment with her clients and co-workers. Holley graduated from Clemson University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture. She has been an active member of ASLA for the past 15 years. After joining the organization, Holley volunteered with the South Carolina’s Executive Committee. During her time as a volunteer she held various positions including Newsletter Editor, Secretary, Sponsorship Chair and Chapter President (2011). Her commitment to the organization includes volunteering with National where she served several terms on National ASLA’s licensure and government affairs committees. While serving on these committees she attended multiple Advocacy Summits, which allowed her the opportunity to network and learn from other professionals from across the nation. Holley currently serves as our state Chapter’s Advocacy Chair.
Secretary This role publishes the e-newsletter, takes meeting minutes for monthly conference call and twice/year face-to-face meetings, and organizes the annual election process. This is a two year term.
- Maria Ghys Drawdy – Maria was born in Delft, Holland and grew up traveling around the world. Maria is currently the lowcountry regional leader for the South Carolina Chapter of Landscape Architects (SCASLA) and on the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) Associate Advisory Committee. Maria attended Clemson University earning a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 2013. In 2015 Maria started a landscape design company: Maria Ghys Designs LLC. Projects include local residential and small commercial landscape designs. In April Maria attended the ASLA Advocacy Summit held in Washington, DC to promote awareness of landscape architecture to our State Representatives. Maria is married to Charlie Drawdy Jr., a realtor with ERA Evergreen. Maria and Charlie enjoy long walks along the May River with her basset hound Elvis and attending concerts around the southeast.
- Kristina Harvey – Kristina Harvey lives on Johns Island, SC and is a landscape architect with ADC Engineering in their Charleston-Hanahan office. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Master of Landscape Architecture. Kristina is a recent SITES AP and has been a LEED AP since 2009. Her project experience spans across various scales from residential, park & recreation facilities to commercial, industrial, educational & institutional sites. Kristina has been an engaged member of SCASLA since moving to the Lowcountry in 2005. She has served various roles on the Executive Committee for the past two years as Public Awareness Representative to ASLA and former Lowcountry co-chair and in that time has boosted the chapter’s online presence, first in social media and now on our website, as well as assisting with multiple socials and PARK(ing) Day Charleston. She enjoys connecting with members, allied professionals and others interested in pursuing landscape architecture and hopes to continue serving members of the ASLA South Carolina Chapter.
Executive Committee (Two positions) Each of these positions will chair one of several committees, as aligned with vacancies and interest of the team member, and otherwise participates in the work of the chapter for monthly conference calls and meetings.
- Andrew Cheatham – Andrew has been an active member of the SCASLA Advocacy Committee for the past two years. During this time, he has taken leadership of our relationship with SCDOT, and has established an ongoing and frequent line of communication with this agency that plays such a key role in landscape architecture projects across the state. For the past year Andrew has served as the chapter’s liaison at quarterly meetings of the SC Board of Landscape Architectural Examiners. Additionally, Andrew has helped organize events in the Midlands. He works as a landscape architect with Kenneth B. Simmons Associates in Columbia, SC, where he has been for the past six and a half years. His BLA degree is from Clemson University. Andrew has extensive experience working on projects that include parks, greenways, urban design, streetscape design, and community planning and design. He is married to Anne, and they have one son, George and are expecting their second child this summer.
- 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. Since 2016, he has been the in-house Landscape Architect for Berliner Play Equipment Corporation, creating and reviewing playground designs for technical compliance and acting as a liaison with professional landscape architects and other designers specifying their playground equipment. He is also president of Ethridge Design Studio, a full service landscape architecture firm serving the upstate of South Carolina. 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 has been leading the CEU Committee for the past year, and has used his computer expertise to greatly streamline the process.
- Christa Jordan – Christa works as a Landscape Architect with the Augusta, Georgia Recreation and Parks Department. Christa’s undergraduate degree is in forestry, and she graduated Clemson’s MLA program in 2010. She is a licensed landscape architect, certified planner, arborist, and SITES AP. Christa is currently serving a two-year term as Chapter Secretary, and previously served as CEU Committee Chair. Her vision for the Executive Committee is to foster greater involvement with emerging professionals, including Clemson landscape architecture students and those wanting to take the LARE.
- Josh Tiller – Josh Tiller is a licensed Landscape Architect (SC #991) and the President at J.K. Tiller Associates, Inc. in Bluffton, SC. He has served on the South Carolina ASLA Executive Committee since 2012, including serving as the Chapter Treasurer, Chapter President Elect from 2015-2016, and Chapter President from 2016-2017, and Past President from 2017-Current. He is also a current Clemson Architectural Foundation Trustee. His design skills encompass a mastery of multiple levels of sustainable design expertise from conceptual planning to final entitlements. His experience includes programming, analysis, site master planning and design, urban design, landscape architecture, charette facilitation, community participation, detailed construction documentation and construction observation. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Design (Architecture) and a graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. He is married to Melissa and they have two daughters, Sarah (10) and Kate (7).
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