Pamela Lester, RLA, ASLA
Pamela is a graduate of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. She is the principal of Landscape Architecture Consultants. Prior to this she was a principal in the firm of Horsman & Lester, Operational Vice President of The Saratoga Associates - New York City office, and Director of Site Services with Moore & Sullivan, Architects. Her experience includes campus master plans, site design work for corporate and institutional facilities, and site development plans for residential complexes, individual residences and recreational facilities.
Erin Trojan, RLA, ASLA
Erin grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. She attended the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has worked for several single and multidisciplinary firms in the Syracuse area. After taking several years off to start a family, she has returned to part-time practice.
Andrew Hart, RLA, ASLA Treasurer
Andy has 25 years of experience in the Landscape Architecture profession with projects that range from small-scale public park design and detailing to large-scale commercial projects. Additional background in Architecture offers him well-rounded knowledge of all phases of a project from the building to the site. Andy graduated from SUNY ESF in 1992 and started at Bergmann the same year. Andy currently is the Commercial Practice Leader for the NY Region Buildings Group. In this role, He oversee a team of landscape architects, civil engineers, architects, and interior designers. Responsibilities include developing and implementing marketing plans, ensuring positive client relationships, supervising the Project Managers, and coordinating with other business practices. Andy has been the Treasurer of NYSCLA since 2008 and was also the former President of New York Upstate Chapter of the ASLA from 2011-2013.
James A. Palumbo, RLA, ASLA Upstate Board Member
Jim grew up on Long Island. He first attended Farmingdale University, obtaining a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He then settled down in Central New York after pursuing a Landscape Architecture degree at SUNY ESF. Jim is currently a Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt of Syracuse, NY, where he has worked since 1995.
Eric Shaw, RLA, ASLA
Upstate Board Member
Mr. Shaw is a Registered Landscape Architect with over 21 years of experience in the field. He has a diverse background with exposure to a wide variety of projects ranging from streetscape design, green infrastructure, small and large scale commercial site development, municipal, institutional and transportation. He specializes in the preparation of Construction Documents, including plans, details, technical specifications and cost estimating. His experience also includes providing Construction Administration/Construction Support services; performing site visits, preparing site observation reports, reviewing shop drawings and RFIs and processing payment applications.
Toshi Karato, RLA, ASLA, M.ASCE
Downstate Board Member
Toshi Karato is dedicated to creating meaningful landscapes that ground us as people of a distinct place. After receiving degrees in history and civil engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, he earned his graduate degrees in architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Virginia where he also pursued his interest in phenomenology and sustainability. He has worked as landscape architect on a wide range of projects ranging from private residences to large scale developments in the US, Germany, China & the Middle East.
Barbara Z. Restaino, RLA, ASLA
Ms. Restaino is a licensed Landscape Architect who practices in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley Region of New York. Her work is influenced by her art background, extensive landscape architecture experience and interest in creative approaches to environmental challenges.
Linda Gumeny, RLA, ASLA
Downstate Board Member
Linda B. Gumeny has over 30 years of experience and expertise in the planning and site design of parks, civic spaces, waterfronts, streetscapes, residential, industrial and mixed-use developments with an emphasis on sustainable design solutions for both the public and private sector. She collaborates with planners, architects, and engineers to develop functional, beautiful, nature-driven designs that benefit community and wildlife. Linda is a skilled problem solver and effective communicator particularly adept at interfacing with stakeholders, and motivating, building rapport and partnerships amongst various design disciplines that enable teams to succeed. She received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, is licensed in NY and NJ, CLARB certified, and a LEED-AP-ND.
Michael D. Burridge
Mr. Burridge is Government Advocacy Coordinator for NYSCLA. He keeps the Board up to date on the status of legislative issues relevant to Landscape Architects.
Nanci Bateman, RLA
Nanci Bateman, RLA, ASLA has been working with Landscape Architects since 1986 in various capacities in the public and private sector, with federal, state, and local governments, academia, and non profits. She practices as a Landscape Architect with her consulting firm Envirovisions Studio on special projects and also serves as NYS DEC’s only Landscape Architect. Since 2001, she has served NYSCLA as Secretary, Board Member, President, and now Emeritus. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has enjoyed living and working in the diverse landscapes of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Seattle, western Massachusetts, the island of Montserrat, and now throughout New York. She lives in Delmar, NY and enjoys art, music, traveling, windsurfing, hiking, and biking-and spending time with her special pup Kaipo.