Staff

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Kate Butler Accounts view more

Kate joined LWLA in 2010. She graduated from Harvard University in 1982 with an A.B. in Fine Arts. She also holds a Certificate in Cinematography from the American Film Institute, and has spent 25 years working on feature films. In addition to handling LWLA’s accounts, she films LWLA projects as well as events organized by LWLA’s affiliate, New Directions in the American Landscape.

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Rebecca Kagle Designer view more

Rebecca Kagle, associate ASLA, has been at LWLA since 2008. She received a BA from Haverford College and Masters in Restoration Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. In 2010 she completed a BA in landscape architecture at Temple University and received both the PA/DE ASLA Travel Award and an ASLA Merit award for her design work. Prior to joining LWLA, Rebecca worked for Wave Hill and Prospect Park in New York City and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, designing and implementing woodland and shoreline restoration projects. At LWLA she has been involved with master plans for residential and public projects. She has also written plant and seed specifications for trail projects in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park.

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Jenna Webster Designer view more

Jenna Webster joined LWLA in 2009. She holds a master’s degree from the Conway School, a graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design as well as a B.A. and M.Ed. from Harvard University. She previously worked for Natural Landscapes Nursery and land preservation agencies in southeast Pennsylvania. Since joining LWLA, she has been involved with master plans for residential projects small and large as well as meadow and habitat plans for public parks. She also develops LWLA’s promotional materials and organizes educational programs for LWLA’s affiliate, New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL).

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Ian Caton Project Consultant view more

Ian Caton worked for LWLA from 2001 to 2013 and now serves as a project consultant for our office. A graduate of Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design, Ian brings in-depth knowledge of native plants, natural communities, and their incorporation into the human environment to the design and installation of native landscapes for private residences and public spaces. He has spoken at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Irvine Native Plant Seminar, and New Directions in the American Landscape conferences, among other events. He now runs Enchanter’s Garden, a native plant nursery in West Virginia.

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Penn Marchael Project Manager view more

Penn Marchael joined LWLA in 2015 to manage our northern projects in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and parts of Pennsylvania.  He has worked in the horticulture industry since 2009, starting in the nursery trade on a 350-acre tree nursery and then moving into landscape project management.  He has extensive knowledge of fine gardening techniques and horticultural practices and has overseen large-scale landscape construction projects on up to 900-acre estates, installing native meadows, formal gardens, and orchards. He holds a horticulture certificate from the state of Virginia and a nursery and landscape certificate from the state of Connecticut.

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Ethan Dropkin Designer view more

Ethan joined  LWLA in 2016. He received a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Vermont in 2006. In 2013 he was awarded a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University followed by a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture in 2014, also form Cornell. Prior to joining LWLA, Ethan worked as a designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a horticultural designer and technician for Cornell University, and a horticulturist for the New York City Parks Department. Since joining LWLA, he has been involved with several private residence designs, and the creation of seed and live plant lists for the Fredericksburg Riverfront Park in Fredericksburg, VA; and Riverwalk Park in Tarrytown, NY.

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Brint Nicolai Assistant Designer view more

Brint Nicolai joined LWLA in 2015 after completing a Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree from Temple University with a concentration in ecological restoration. He has over ten years of experience in residential landscape design and maintenance and also holds a BA in Sociology from Eastern University with a focus on community development. He enjoys designing ecologically significant landscapes at a variety of scales that have long-term success and are inviting to the public.