President – Douglas Russell, The Land Group, Inc. emailPresident Elect – Kate Dinsmore, WGM Group
Trustee - John Rooters, South, Beck & Baird
Past President – Jay Gibbons, South Landscape Architecture
Idaho Vice President – Ben Semple, Rodney Evans + Partners, PLLC.
Montana Vice President – Christopher Barnes, Bruce Boody Landscape Architect
Treasurer – Christopher Hawkins, The Land Group, Inc.
Secretary – Gordon Lemmel, Peaks to Plains Design, PC
Member at Large/Chapter Public Awareness Rep – Maggie Clark, City of Pocatello
Olmstead Section Chair – Jim Mihan, Beck and Baird
Student Chapter MSU – Jennifer Birtton, Montana State University
MSU Liaison – Alyssa Ross
HALS Liaison for MT – Kent Watson, Kent Watson & Associates
Industry Rep – Lynda Wightman, Hunter Industries
Douglas Russell, PLA
The Land Group | Boise, Idaho
Doug is a Principal and professional landscape architect with The Land Group in Eagle, Idaho. Working in the profession since 1992, Doug’s experience includes a wide range of work including: construction, large-scale master planning, urban district planning, institutional facility design, and park planning. Doug puts a lot of focus in day to day business management for the firm but also works closely with clients and allied professionals daily, driving design towards solutions that provide the public with functional, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing results.
Doug strongly believes in collaboration amongst planners, landscape architects and design engineers, employing an integrated design approach to create functional, environmentally sustainable, economically viable and aesthetically pleasing public places. As a licensed Landscape Architect in Idaho for 20 years, Doug has helped implement over 500 built projects throughout Idaho and the Intermountain West.
Doug has also influenced our profession and local communities through his professional affiliations and public service. He has been an active member of ASLA since 1992 and served as the Olmsted Group Chaiman from 2000-2002. Additionally, he served as a Boise City Planning and Zoning Commissioner from 2003-2012.
Kate Dinsmore, PLA, Sites AP
WGM Group | Missoula, Montana
Kate Dinsmore is currently serving as the President Elect of the Idaho-Montana Chapter of ASLA after serving as the Western Montana Chair and Montana Vice President. Kate has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona and is a licensed landscape architect and SITES Accredited Professional with over nine years of experience.
As part of WGM Group’s multi-disciplinary team, Kate has worked on a range of projects that focus on building stronger communities, including land use planning projects, recreation and transportation facilities, and site design. Kate has extensive graphic design skills, which provide clients with visual interpretations of planning concepts. Her renderings often provide clarity to the public during outreach activities to convey complex concepts in a straight forward manner.
John Rooters, ASLA, PLA
South, Beck & Baird Landscape Architecture | Boise, ID
John is a principal in the firm South Beck & Baird Landscape Architecture, P.C. located in Boise, Idaho. John earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Idaho. He has over 22 years’ experience within the field of Landscape Architecture.
South Beck & Baird Landscape Architecture works on a wide variety of projects including health care facilities centered on master planning and design, land planning, recreation design and transportation planning. John is passionate in the field of eminent domain and has been an expert witness in hundreds of condemnation cases, striving to help the private landowner.
As advocate for Landscape Architecture, John has been involved in multiple positions within local boards and focus groups with a hope to further the profession in the eye of the public and help better promote a sustainable future.
Jay Gibbons, ASLA
South, Beck & Baird Landscape Architecture | Boise, ID
Jay Gibbons currently serves as Past President of the Idaho-Montana, serving previously as President, President-elect and as treasurer. Being involved in the chapter and society is vital to our profession for a number of reasons. Personally, it is a way to say thank you and give back to all the now-seasoned professionals that represented the chapter and protected my interests through the early years of my career.
Jay Gibbons currently works at South Landscape Architecture. He previously served as the Parks & Pathways Project Manager for the City of Meridian’s Parks and Recreation Department and was responsible for implementation of the Meridian Pathways Master Plan. Jay has worked for the City of Meridian 6 plus years. Jay holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho and has been a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Idaho for over 21 years.
Over the course of his 26 year professional career, Mr. Gibbons has served as a land use planner and as the Planning & Zoning Administrator for Ada County Development Services, as a Park Development Coordinator with the City of Boise’s Parks & Recreation Department and spent 9 years in private practice, mainly working on projects in commercial development, hospital campus development and recreational planning.
Ben Semple, PLA
Idaho Vice President
Rodney Evans + Partners, PLLC.| Boise, ID
Ben Semple is a licensed landscape architect with over ten years of professional experience. During that time, he has performed planning and design for a number of residential and commercial developments, private residences, and local road projects throughout Idaho.
Ben’s expertise encompasses most major aspects of land development including site planning and design, construction document preparation, coordination with governing and regulatory agencies, and project implementation. His construction oversight experience includes direct management of a number of local commercial and residential installations.
Ben’s previous employment with a civil engineering firm has given him a strong foundation in site design and development, especially as it pertains to parking and roadway layout, site grading and drainage, and storm water system design.
Much of his recent experience has involved project management, design, and production and implementation support for phased residential developments, planned communities, education facilities, and resorts in the area. Additionally, these projects included coordination with, and public presentation to, community leaders, design team members, and neighborhood residents in order to produce successful projects.
Montana Vice President
Bruce Boody Landscape Architect | Whitefish, MT
Chris currently serves as the ASLA Vice President of Montana for the Idaho-Montana chapter. Chris lived in Germany for over a year where he was inspirited by the beauty, quality of the built environment and functions of good urban design. This compelled Chris to study Landscape Architecture, going on to receive his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Idaho. Practicing in the field, Chris gained a broad range of design experience ranging from detailed site design and site planning to parks and neighborhood planning.
Chris views Landscape Architecture as a profession extremely well suited to lead the sustainable development of our cultural and ecological landscapes, especially as we enter a new epoch of challenges including climate change, and growing cultural and economic disparities in our communities within our landscape. Chris is driven to collaborate locally, state-wide and nation-wide as an advocate for sustainable development of our landscapes and communities. Chris aims to bring awareness to the profession and to affect policy that will increase the clout of Landscape Architecture profession’s role in all forms of land development, with the goal of generating improved outcomes of our built environment.
The Land Group | Boise, ID
Christopher Hawkins is currently serving his second consecutive term as Treasurer of the Idaho-Montana Chapter of ASLA. After receiving both bachelor and master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Idaho, he joined the integrated design team at The Land Group in Eagle, Idaho. Christopher has a broad range of experience from large-scale master planning, urban design, infrastructure design,
and public engagement. Christopher is committed to the success of our community, the progress of the profession and the happiness of his family. Serving of the Executive Board, he can fulfill this mission as he assists local agencies with smart development policies and engages the public to expose everyone to many benefits that landscape architects offer to land development and conservation. Outside of his professional life, he spends as much time as possible enjoying the company of his family and friends.
Gordon Lemmel, PLA
Peaks to Plains Design, PC | Billings, MT
Gordon is a licensed landscape architect and joins the Idaho-Montana ASLA Executive Committee as its Secretary. Gordon earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in 2008, and he earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture with a graduate certificate in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Idaho in 2011.
In 2014, Gordon joined the Peaks to Plains Design team in Billings, Montana, where he embraces being a placemaking pacesetter. His approach to design reflects his clients’ goals and objectives, while incorporating his love of art and creativity in landscape architecture. His inspiration comes from watching how people interact within their environment – the way they sit, stand, play, relax, entertain, their overall posture and attitude – and his designs explore how to best foster these interactions.
Prior to joining Peaks to Plains Design, Gordon’s past experiences include: executive director of the Klamath Lake Land Trust in Klamath Falls, Oregon, environmental consultant and wetland specialist, and park planner at Lake County Parks in Crown Point, Indiana. Gordon also worked for a landscape contractor in Columbus, Ohio in his formative years - digging holes, planting plants and honing his skills of construction and plant horticulture during the summers of high school and college.
Outside of work, Gordon often volunteers with his wife all around Billings and Montana, and he is a member of Kiwanis International, currently serving as the local club’s Vice President. Gordon is an avid ice hockey player and plays goalie in the Magic City Adult Hockey League. He also plays bass and electric guitar in a local Billings band.
Member at large/Chapter Public Awareness Rep
City of Pocatello, ID
Maggie is a licensed Landscape Architect who is currently serving as the Chapter Member-At-Large. This is Maggie’s third consecutive year serving as the Public Awareness Representative as well. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho, she spent five years as a Project Manager/Designer for a design/build landscape construction company in Boise. In this position, Maggie gained valuable field knowledge while supervising the installation of a range of projects including high-end residential and complex commercial projects. In the last two years she has made the transition into public sector work. Maggie worked as a Design Professional/Project Manager for the Development Bureau for Idaho State Parks and Recreation and then recently as the Project Manager in the Engineering Department for the City Of Pocatello. Her most recent work includes transportation infrastructure, large scale urban development, river corridor restoration, urban parks, and the associated public involvement. Maggie’s experience working in the private and public sectors has shaped her well rounded professional approach.
Maggie is committed to being an active advocate for the profession of Landscape Architecture. She really enjoys representing the profession as the chapter Public Awareness Representative. Maggie in passionate about being involved in the community and regional conservation efforts. She serves in the Portneuf Watershed Partnership, Tree Commission, and the Snake River Canopy Network. After recently moving to Pocatello, Maggie and her husband, Ott, are endeavoring to purchase some property and start a hobby farm.
Chair, Olmsted Section
South Beck & Baird Landscape Architects |
Jim Mihan currently serves as the chairman of the Olmsted Section of Idaho-Montana, serving previously as Trustee (2 terms), President, President Elect, Vice President (2 terms), and Secretary. His passion for the profession of Landscape Architecture and the importance of its role in comprehensive and sustainable design continues to motivate his leadership efforts on behalf of the profession.
Jim Mihan is the co-owner of South Beck & Baird Landscape Architecture, a new firm with old roots from the offices of South Landscape Architecture and Beck & Baird in Boise, Idaho. The office specializes in governmental and institutional design especially in the area of state/regional parks, hospital/healthcare campuses, and transportation. Prior to his position as Owner, Jim served 12 years with Beck & Baird. Jim was previously the civil engineering manager at Leavitt Engineers, Landscape Architect at Sterling Landscape, and a planner / landscape designer / architectural job captain at Lombard Conrad Architects.
Jim holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho and has been a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Idaho for 18 years. Over the course of his 24 year professional career, Mr. Mihan’s work has spanned almost every category of Landscape Architecture, design-build, and multi-disciplinary design. The most rewarding has been in his work in cemetery design for the veterans of the State of Idaho and being involved in design efforts in half of the park system for the State of Idaho.
Description of Offices
Officers and Members
803. The trustee shall:be informed on Chapter and Society goals and objectives, policies and procedures, programs and services, and activities and events; serve as an officer on the Executive Committee of the Chapter and serve as the Chapter representative on the Board of Trustees of the Society; facilitate the conduct of the business of the Society by bringing the Chapter perspective to the Board of Trustees and the national perspective to the Executive Committee and members of the Chapter; facilitate the conduct of the business of the Board of Trustees by serving on standing councils or committees, special study groups or task forces, or as a representative or delegate of the Society; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter trustee or as may be assigned or delegated by the Board of Trustees of the Society and the Executive Committee of the Chapter.
804. The trustee shall be a Full Member elected for a term of three (3) years.The trustee shall not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.
805. The president shall: set the time, place, and agenda for meetings of the Executive Committee; call special meetings of the Chapter; preside at meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee; represent and act for the Chapter as directed by the Executive Committee and consistent with the policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees; in consultation with the Executive Committee, appoint the chairs and members of standing committees, other committees, and any special study groups or task forces; dismiss appointees for failure to act or other cause; serve as a member of the Chapter Presidents Council; oversee the management and administration of Chapter programs and budgets as adopted by the Executive Committee; designate and relieve an acting president; appoint interim trustees when vacancies occur during term; provide supporting statements to the Society for Emeritus Status, Limited Status, Temporary Limited Status, and Waver of Dues applicants; report on the state of the Chapter at the annual meeting of the Chapter; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter president, or as may be assigned or delegated by the Executive Committee.
806. The president shall be a Full Member elected for a term of two (2) years.
807. Should the president through illness, injury, or other cause become temporarily unable to perform the duties of the office of president, the president-elect, a vice president, or the immediate past president shall be designated as acting president.The designation shall be made by the president or by a majority vote of the entire voting membership of the Executive Committee if the president is unable to act.The acting president shall perform the duties of the president until relieved by the president if the designation is made by the president or by the Executive Committee if the designation is made by the Executive Committee.
808. The president-elect shall:in consultation with the Executive Committee, select for appointment when he or she assumes office as president the chairs and members of standing committees, other committees, and any special study groups or task forces; represent and act for the Chapter as directed by the president and consistent with the policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees; serve as acting president when designated by the president or the Executive Committee; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter president-elect or as may be assigned or delegated by the president.
809. The president-elect shall be a Full Member elected for a term of two (2) years.
Immediate Past President
810. The immediate past president shall:represent and act for the Chapter as directed by the president and consistent with the policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees; serve ex officio as a member of the Nominating Committee; serve as acting president when designated by the president or the Executive Committee; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter immediate past president or as may be assigned or delegated by the president.
811. The immediate past president shall be a Full Member serving for a term of one (1) year after completion of their duties as president.
812. The vice presidents shall:serve as liaisons for the president to standing committees, other committees, and any special study groups or task forces; monitor the management and administration of Chapter programs and budgets as adopted by the Executive Committee; represent and act for the Chapter as directed by the president and consistent with the policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees; serve as acting president when designated by the president or the Executive Committee; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter vice president or as may be assigned or delegated by the president.
813. The vice presidents shall be Full Members elected for terms of two (2) years. One vice president shall be a resident of the state of Idaho and one shall be a resident of Montana. Each vice president shall oversee the specific activities within each of their states.
814. The secretary shall:maintain a record of the proceedings of the business meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee; prepare and issue notices of the meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Committee; prepare, issue, and receive ballots; administer annual and special elections and notify candidates of election results; serve ex officio as a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee; maintain the Constitution and Bylaws of the Chapter; certify documents; and perform such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter secretary or as may be assigned or delegated by the president.
815. The secretary shall be a Full or Associate Member elected for a term of two (2) years.
816.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.
817. The treasurer shall be a Full or Associate Member elected for a term of two (2) years.
818. Administration of Chapter sections is vested in the section chairs.The section chairs shall:be informed on Chapter goals and objectives, policies and procedures, programs and services, and activities and events; serve as a member of and represent the section on the Executive Committee of the Chapter; facilitate the conduct of the business of the Chapter by bringing the section perspective to the Executive Committee and the Chapter perspective to the members of the section; facilitate the conduct of the business of the Executive Committee serving on standing or other committees or special study groups or task forces; and perform such other duties as are customary for the position of section chair or as may be assigned or delegated by the Executive Committee of the Chapter.
819. The section chairs shall be Full or Associate Members elected for terms of one (1) years.
820. The at-large members shall:serve as liaisons to the general membership and otherwise support the normal functions and positions of the other officers of the Executive Committee; and 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.
821. The at-large members shall be Full or Associate Members elected for terms of one (1) years and no more than one(1) at-large member shall be elected from either state region.
822. Nonvoting members of the Executive Committee shall include the student chapter presidents and such other persons as determined necessary and appropriate by the Executive Committee.