Team

Hitchcock Design Group is led by a dedicated and experienced team that understands your market, your mission and your language.

Abby Mies

Abby Mies

Junior Associate

Abby Mies

Junior Associate

Abby Mies

Junior Associate

During her time at the University of Colorado Boulder, Abby studied Environmental Design with a specialization in Landscape Architecture. With over 3 years of experience, Abby has worked on a variety of commercial, transportation, and planning projects. Her previous experience helps her to understand and strengthen the relationship between nature and the built environment. When Abby is not in the office, you can find her spending time with friends, traveling, or exploring Chicago.

331.229.5420

Anaís Plácido

Associate

Anaís Plácido

Associate

Anaís Plácido is a transplanted S. California native who has adapted to the Midwest. She comes to Hitchcock Design with previous experience in residential and commercial design, construction estimating, and project management. She has been involved in projects all throughout  Chicagoland. Some of her favorite past projects include memorial gardens, nature playgrounds, and projects that engage the public. Anaís is also interested in current climate change concerns within the Latino community. She has been involved in addressing food insecurity in Waukegan via GreenTown Grows. She became passionate about tackling food insecurity and promoting healthy eating after realizing that food insecurity is a serious issue in low income communities throughout the country.

331.229.5450

Andy Howard

Andy Howard

Design Principal

Andy Howard

Design Principal

Andy Howard

Design Principal

Throughout his career with Hitchcock Design Group, Andy’s creative vision and construction knowledge have played instrumental roles in a variety of projects ranging from early education outdoor classrooms to community parks and large-scale master plans. As co-chair of the Leave No Child Inside – Chicago Region initiative, he has presented sessions at regional and national conferences on the importance of educating children about nature. A graduate of Purdue University, Andy’s passion for connecting children with the natural environment has resulted in some of the Midwest’s most innovative nature-based play environments.

331.229.5417

Bill Inman

Bill Inman

Senior Principal and President

Bill Inman

Senior Principal and President

Bill Inman

Senior Principal and President

As a Senior Principal and the Recreation Practice Leader, Bill Inman has been instrumental in positioning Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading recreational planning and design firms. His extensive portfolio of planning and built work includes more than 100 relationships with recreation clients, including some that have been loyal clients since he joined the firm in 1989. A graduate of Iowa State University, Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences on topics ranging from comprehensive master planning, community engagement, sports, creative play and construction technology.

331.229.5433

Baolige "Bo"

Baolige "Bo"

Junior Associate

Baolige "Bo"

Junior Associate

Baolige "Bo"

Junior Associate

Bo joins our growing Austin studio after graduating in May 2019 from Texas A&M University with a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China.

Bo was awarded the Community Resilience and Regeneration Scholarship in 2018 from Texas A&M University.

Bridget Deatrick

Bridget Deatrick

Senior Associate

Bridget Deatrick

Senior Associate

Bridget Deatrick

Senior Associate

Holding a Master of Arts in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, both from Michigan State University, Bridget consistently strives to help clients solve their most complex design problems while functioning as a key resource for the team and consultants. Her experience in the park and recreation market includes park design, community input facilitation, the assembly of grant applications, and the creation of many comprehensive master plan.

331.229.5418

Bryan Stapleton

Co-Op

Bryan Stapleton

Co-Op

Bryan just finished his 3rd year at Purdue University where he was very involved in student organizations such as the Purdue Chapter ASLA, Purdue Musical Organizations’ University Choir, Purdue Outing Club, and Episcopal Students’ Association. During his time at Purdue, Bryan has been an on-campus employee at the Purdue Climbing Wall and the Purdue Challenge Course, and he has been a Dean’s List student.

In his summers at Purdue, Bryan installed and maintained residential landscapes as an employee of LMG Services Inc. out of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He has skills in the Adobe Creative Suite, Arc GIS, AutoCAD, Lumion, and SketchUp.

In his free time, you can find Bryan mostly outdoors climbing, hiking/backpacking, gardening, and mountain biking. Don’t let that fool you, though, Bryan is also interested in music and PC Building.

331.229.5429

bstapleton@hitchcockdesigngroup.com

Bryan Warne

Bryan Warne

Principal

Bryan Warne

Principal

Bryan Warne

Principal

Bryan’s diverse background includes working in a city planning department, a boutique design firm, and multiple years with a nationwide contractor. Prior to joining HDG, Bryan was founder and principal of his own firm for several years before joining a multi-discipline design firm that specialized in senior living and wellness as the Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

Bryan is a big picture thinker with 19 years of experience developing creative and pragmatic solutions to design challenges for clients nationwide. Bryan’s years of experience give him the ability to understand a project’s intricate and varied effects on the community, its stakeholders, and its end users. To do this, Bryan pays attention to critical details relevant to a project’s success that others may overlook.

737.402.5451

Christian Sanford

Christian Sanford

Junior Associate

Christian Sanford

Junior Associate

Christian Sanford

Junior Associate

Christian joins us as a recent graduate from Purdue University. Christian completed his 2021 internship with Hitchcock Design Group and was a great asset to the team. His hard work and dedication to creating better park and recreation spaces are unmatched. At Purdue, Christian was the Treasurer of his ASLA student chapter and a radio host for the Purdue Wiley Radio Club. He also previously interned with James Martin Associates in Vernon Hills, where he was able to work with commercial maintenance, landscape enhancement, and design-build teams. This experience and his time with Hitchcock in 2021 gave Christian a strong understanding of the Midwest plant palette.

Dave Frigo

Dave Frigo

Design Principal

Dave Frigo

Design Principal

Dave Frigo

Design Principal

Dave excels in creative, yet pragmatic planning and design solutions that seek to add measurable value to all phases of a client’s project. With degrees in both Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, he is able to combine his knowledge of plant materials with over 28 years of design experience to arrive at options that capture his clients’ project goals. A presenter at both regional and national conferences, Dave enjoys sharing his knowledge of landscape architecture and plants with a wide variety of audiences. Although his practice has focused more recently on education (both higher education and early education environments), he has also been involved in real estate development, civic and religious projects for the firm.

331.229.5423

Deidre Ewers

Deidre Ewers

Marketing Manager

Deidre Ewers

Marketing Manager

Deidre Ewers

Marketing Manager

A graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, Deidre’s experience in graphic design and marketing bring an innovative perspective to the work she creates. She is able to see a design from concept to implementation using new and creative methods of marketing such as digital media marketing, buzz marketing, and real-time marketing. Her previous experience working with a variety of clients has given her an exceptional understanding of how different industries need different marketing strategies. Deidre’s design process begins with the research of the company she is working for and the target market that company hopes to influence, and her knowledge of market research has assisted her in segmenting a company’s target markets to best fulfill a business’s communications objectives.

331.229.5443

Doug Fair

Doug Fair

Senior Associate

Doug Fair

Senior Associate

Doug Fair

Senior Associate

As a Senior Associate, Doug has been involved in a wide variety of project types before ultimately realizing that his true passion was for the recreation market. Doug, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, can take his client’s passion and vision and design projects that fully capture their goals.

331.229.5434

Eric Hornig

Eric Hornig

Principal

Eric Hornig

Principal

Eric Hornig

Principal

Eric is a Principal in the Recreation Studio at Hitchcock Design Group and is a Licensed Landscape Architect. He has served the recreation industry for over 18 years since graduating with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University in 1993. His work includes a variety of projects but his passion for creating outdoor learning environments has produced several award-winning projects such as The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden, Bison’s Bluff and Bowen Park. Eric specializes in understanding how families and children interact in outdoor environments and seeks to promote the concept of “learning through play” in all of his projects.

331.229.5425

Geoff Roehll

Geoff Roehll

Senior Principal

Geoff Roehll

Senior Principal

Geoff Roehll

Senior Principal

Geoff Roehll, a Senior Principal and leader of multiple markets at Hitchcock Design Group, has demonstrated his management, planning and design skills on prominent projects throughout the country. Since joining the firm in 1990, Geoff has directed many landmark projects in the healthcare, real estate and senior living markets. In addition to his leadership role with Hitchcock Design Group, Geoff’s diverse background includes an annual engagement with the Chicago Botanic Garden as an instructor for the Therapeutic Garden Certification program. A graduate of Purdue University, Geoff has been a guest lecturer at regional and national healthcare conferences and enjoys sharing his ideas on site planning and landscape elements that promote patient healing.

331.229.5426

Jackson McGee

Jackson McGee

Junior Associate

Jackson McGee

Junior Associate

Jackson McGee

Junior Associate

A deep appreciation for the natural world and the way we interact with it led Jackson to study landscape architecture at Purdue University, where he developed, led, and facilitated recreational activities at Purdue’s Recreation and Wellness Center. Jackson also participated in non-profit fundraising initiatives to benefit child life playroom facility construction and management at Riley Hospital for Children. Additionally, during a year-long internship in Nashville, Tennessee, Jackson worked professionally on retail, residential, and recreational design. Jackson’s background in recreation, play, and the natural environment drive him to design interactive landscapes that promote community cohesion, active learning, and environmental stewardship.

331.229.5419

Jason Hammond

Jason Hammond

Senior Associate

Jason Hammond

Senior Associate

Jason Hammond

Senior Associate

Jason is a graduate of the University of Georgia whose consensus-building skills have proven invaluable on the residential, medical, and retail projects has been involved with. His focus carefully balancing the needs of the community while also factoring in holistic sustainability, responsible design and practical construction have made him a sought-after partner for many projects.

737.402.5447

Jenna Beck

Jenna Beck

Associate

Jenna Beck

Associate

Jenna Beck

Associate

Jenna began her career at Hitchcock Design Group as an intern and it quickly became apparent that her attention to detail and use of innovative technologies to accomplish our client’s goals would make her a valued permanent member of the team. A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Jenna uses her clear, concise, and practical manner to create designs that are not only visionary, but constructible.

331.229.5440

Joe Brusseau

Principal

Joe Brusseau

Principal

As an established leader in the park and recreation industry, Joe has over 33 years of experience in planning and designing projects throughout the region. This has made him a valuable member of each project team that he has been involved with. His passion for taking a client’s vision for a project and implementing it in ways that are innovative yet sensitive to costs, have garnered him the respect of those within the industry. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Joe’s diverse park and recreation experience includes the design and development of more than 400 parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities and landscapes.

331.229.5444

Joel Baldin

Joel Baldin

Principal

Joel Baldin

Principal

Joel Baldin

Principal

An award-winning landscape architect since 1993, Joel Baldin uses his extensive planning, design, and project management skills to guide many projects from vision to implementation. A graduate of Purdue University, his experience includes complex urban design projects, historic landscape rehabilitation, parks and recreation, streetscape and plaza design, college and university campuses, commercial real estate and multi-family housing. Joel is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences, focusing on topics such as economic redevelopment, restoration of natural and historic landscapes and best design practices.

312.660.7705

Kate Bulin

Kate Bulin

Junior Associate

Kate Bulin

Junior Associate

Kate Bulin

Junior Associate

In her time at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Kate studied in their Landscape Architecture program, completed a summer internship, and spent a term abroad. She started her college career as a civil engineering major and found her passion for landscape architecture, with a concentration in horticulture, to follow her interest in native plant use and the geometric form. Kate’s portfolio demonstrates how people can use a space, while also taking into consideration how it will evolve over time. From creating implicit movement to spaces for continuous use, her work is for those (humans and wildlife) who will use the sites most.

331.229.5421

Lacey Lawrence

Lacey Lawrence

Senior Associate

Lacey Lawrence

Senior Associate

Lacey Lawrence

Senior Associate

As an Environmental Scientist and Landscape Architect, Lacey’s career began with her work for the State of Michigan where she designed and oversaw the creation of wetland mitigation bank sites across the state. As a graduate of Michigan State University, Lacey has focused on the planning, design, and construction of public outdoor spaces while weaving her passion into the environment into every project that she is involved with.

312.660.7704

Maxfield Goettler

Intern

Maxfield Goettler

Intern

Max joins us during his Junior Year at The Ohio State University. His six-month internship started in January of 2022, and Max was thrown right into some exciting recreation projects at HDG. Growing up, Max was always extremely passionate about art and was enrolled in a Waldorf school at a young age, where this passion was further encouraged. He was happy to discover a practical use for his artistic skillset, that is, landscape architecture. When asked about landscape architecture, Max said, "The nurturing of the built and natural environments allow me to continue to pursue my love of design and, of course, my love for plants as well." In his free time, Max enjoys board games, video games, physical games, and spending time with his 2 dogs. He also does people and pet portraits as a freelance artist and is hoping to go to graduate school after he finishes his Bachelor's degree at OSU.

331.229.5430

Michelle Taggart

Michelle Taggart

Senior Associate

Michelle Taggart

Senior Associate

Michelle Taggart

Senior Associate

Michelle Taggart brings nearly 20 years of experience and an international background to Hitchcock Design Group. Growing up in Australia, a country with a diverse yet fragile eco-system, Michelle naturally incorporates sustainability practices and encourages the protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of the native environment. This can range from simple plant selection and water management practices to materials used in construction and end product maintenance methods. Her experience covers a wide range of project scales and types, from specialized therapy and sacred gardens to residential subdivisions and park master plans. Michelle is very client-focused and, through a collaborative approach with fellow industry professionals, enjoys crafting detailed design packages that successfully address the client’s needs, project function and construction budget.

317.613.6041

Mike Snow

Mike Snow

Associate

Mike Snow

Associate

Mike Snow

Associate

Mike joins our NaperSouth workgroup as a Senior Associate bringing much-needed design and management skills to this growing group. Having spent 10 years as a stay-at-home parent to his 2 daughters, Mike recently re-entered the work force. His past experience includes several high profile public and private projects throughout the Chicago region such as the City of Chicago’s Pedestrian Plan and the Lakeshore Drive Median Planting Design. In his free time, Mike enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and anything else outdoors!

331.229.5427

Michael Wood

Associate

Michael Wood

Associate

Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. His grasp of Lumion and Sketch-Up have been invaluable in giving form to a project well before it is built. Mike’s attention to detail and his dedication to seeing a project through from initial concept to construction administration have been integral to his team’s success.

331.229.5422

M.J. Meneley

M.J. Meneley

Design Principal

M.J. Meneley

Design Principal

M.J. Meneley

Design Principal

M.J. is an avid sketcher and enjoys taking projects from concept through construction and seeing them evolve over time. His experience includes a concentration on the real estate development, higher education and healthcare markets. M.J. also has a broad range of additional experience in community site planning, urban design and estate design. A graduate of Ball State University and a Principal in our Indianapolis office, M.J. serves on the Ball State University Alumni Council, the BSU College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Board, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and is past president of the Lake Maxinhall Association Board.

317.613.6039

Myles Aburto

Associate

Myles Aburto

Associate

Myles graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015. Over the past 5 years, he has been working in Texas on a variety of master planning projects. More recently, Myles has moved back to the Indianapolis area from Dallas-Fort Worth. In his free time, Myles loves spending time with his dog (Mila) and his wife (Molly), brewing kombucha, and being active through crossfit and nature. Myles works out of our Indianapolis office and serves both the Austin and Indianapolis studios.

317.613.6040

maburto@hitchcockdesigngroup.com

Nick Arriaga

Nick Arriaga

Senior Associate

Nick Arriaga

Senior Associate

Nick Arriaga

Senior Associate

Since joining Hitchcock Design Group, Nick has immersed himself in projects focused in the real estate development, senior living and healthcare markets which has allowed him to have an invaluable understanding of each market. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nick has also obtained his certification as a healthcare designer from the Chicago Botanic Garden. His commitment to producing quality designs while utilizing strong technical skills continues to exceed the expectations of colleagues and clients, alike.

331.229.5431

Randy Royer

Randy Royer

Senior Principal

Randy Royer

Senior Principal

Randy Royer

Senior Principal

Randy Royer’s broad range of experience covers an over 20-year career and includes designing museum grounds in Japan, estates in South Florida and streetscapes, parks and corporate campuses in Indiana. As the leader of Hitchcock Design Group’s Indiana office, he seeks to combine aesthetics, functionality and maintainability in all of his projects. He calls Columbus, Indiana home and is very active in the community, serving on the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives Board, the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association Board and as past president of the Columbus Area Visitor’s Center Board. A graduate of Purdue University, Randy maintains a passion for collaboration between the community, clients and the design profession.

317.613.6038

Ruoran Shi

Ruoran Shi

Junior Associate

Ruoran Shi

Junior Associate

Ruoran Shi

Junior Associate

Ruoran graduated in May 2019 from Texas A&M University with a Masters of Landscape Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from Shanxi Agricultural University in Jinzhong, China.

512.770.4503

Shannon Creasy

Associate

Shannon Creasy

Associate

An avid hiker and camper, Shannon was drawn to the profession of landscape architecture through her love of the outdoors. Her educational background in landscape architecture and sustainability with a focus on ecological design has led to a strong passion for exploring the relationship between people and nature. Her varied experiences while working in the field have been directly applicable to her every day project responsibilities at Hitchcock Design Group. Her work spans a variety of scales and project types – from parks and playgrounds to community garden spaces and amenity centers. Shannon is particularly skilled at guiding projects from inception through construction, ensuring that the built project is true to the original design intent. Her experience, along with her attention to client satisfaction have led to Shannon’s continued growth and success – making her a sought after addition to every project team.

317.613.6043

Shelia Bushong

Shelia Bushong

Senior Principal | Chief Financial Officer & Business Manager

Shelia Bushong

Senior Principal | Chief Financial Officer & Business Manager

Shelia Bushong

Senior Principal | Chief Financial Officer & Business Manager

Sheila joined Hitchcock Design Group in 2004 as the firm’s Business Manager and continues in that role today. In addition to single-handedly managing and streamlining all aspects of project and company finance, human resources and facilities resources, Sheila also co-manages the company’s IT resources, and has helped launch offices in Austin, Chicago and Indianapolis. Her strategic and operational business perspective have proven invaluable to leadership and she is regarded as a key resource for all levels of staff.

331.229.5435

Steve Konters

Steve Konters

Senior Principal

Steve Konters

Senior Principal

Steve Konters

Senior Principal

With over 20 years of experience serving the recreation industry, Steve Konters’ passion for achieving a balance between community and the environment has made him a valuable member of every project team he has been involved with. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he is committed to protecting open spaces and restoring the habitat to reconnect people with natural environments. Steve’s ability to build successful relationships with all members of a project team while also factoring in community input has proven invaluable in helping park and recreation providers create and implement master plans and projects. He is a speaker at regional and national conferences and enjoys sharing practical information on planning, implementation, construction, and preservation with audiences.

331.229.5436

Tim King

Tim King

Principal

Tim King

Principal

Tim King

Principal

A graduate of Michigan State University and with over 25 years of experience, Tim King brings a disciplined management approach and commitment to excellence during the planning, design and construction phases which has positioned Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading planning and urban design firms in the region. Focused mainly on civic projects, Tim has managed some of Hitchcock Design Group’s most complex projects including multi-phased redevelopment plans, waterfronts, streetscapes, public plazas and transportation corridors.

331.229.5437

Trent Rush

Trent Rush

Senior Principal

Trent Rush

Senior Principal

Trent Rush

Senior Principal

With over 20 years of professional experience, Trent Rush employs a collaborative design approach to provide clients with exceptional service and uniquely responsive design. A graduate of Purdue University, Trent has compiled a diverse portfolio of work which showcases his true passion, giving form to his clients’ visions for their projects. As leader of Hitchcock Design Group’s Austin office, he is an established presence in the market and blends his expertise of the area with an eye for design aesthetics. Trent’s team achieves a successful integration of their experience by emphasizing the pertinent role the environment plays in the use and enjoyment of a space.

737.402.5444

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Ann Ziegelmaier

“Communication, creativity, meeting timeliness, meeting institutional expectations; we’re not an easy client. Hitchcock goes out of their way to work with us.”

Ann Ziegelmaier
Landscape Architect-Northwestern University

Cee Cee Hodgson

“Their work comes with a level of empathy with the user to say ‘it’s more than plants. How can this be an uplifting space? How can this invigorate someone?’ That’s different. That’s unique.”

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Lead Architect–C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group

Doug Sampson

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Doug Sampson
University Architect/Director-Missouri State University

Steve Gulden

“Some architects will just say ‘how dare you!’ but Hitchcock encourages changes. Relationships and creativity is what it boils down to—it’s why I like them the best and what sets them apart from others.”

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Craig Phillips

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Town Manager, City of St. John