Stephanie Main, PLA, helps clients achieve their visions with a blend of creative, technical, communication, client interaction, team collaboration and project delivery skills. Stephanie’s work includes master planned residential communities; mixed-use commercial developments; playgrounds; multi-family; culturally significant national, state and municipal parks; roof terraces; and resorts.
Stephanie joined EDSA Fort Lauderdale in 2018. Previously, she was a team lead landscape designer with TBG Partners Dallas and Office Practice Leader for the TBG Ft. Lauderdale office. She also worked with Keith & Associates Consulting Engineers, Ft. Lauderdale and SWA Dallas. She is active in ULI and has served on the Dallas Festival of Ideas Physical City Committee.
As a planner for the City of Seattle, Christine has worked to mitigate the impacts of urban development on shoreline ecosystems and endangered marine species for over 18 years.
Christine has been married since 1996 to Brett Cato, a principal architect for Jackson | Main Architecture. They have one daughter. Christine enjoys organic gardening, urban farming, encaustic painting, hiking and kayaking the Pacific Northwest, and sharing those activities with others.
Lydia Cook is a senior designer at Reed Hilderbrand LLC in Boston. Lydia is project designer for the New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, the Phillips Academy Campus Master Plan, and Baton Rouge City Hall Plaza.
Chris Sporl currently serves as the Director of Recreation, Wilderness, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources in the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. He has a wealth of experience, gained in a variety of program manager and leadership roles, and works collaboratively to meet goals and objectives for wilderness stewardship, protection of heritage resources, sustainability and leverage of volunteer services, and increased connections of a wide range of diverse citizens and communities to natural resources and outdoor recreation experiences. Preceding this position, Chris served as the National Travel Motorized Recreation Program Manager for the Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
For over seven years, Chris served as the Rocky Mountain Region Landscape Architect & Recreation Planner, which included duties as the Regional Scenic Byway Coordinator for Forest Service units in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Other program emphasis includes motorized recreation coordinator, dispersed recreation, scenery management, and project conceptual design development, many of which require Chris to serve on their respective national leadership teams.
Chris also served as a project manager/landscape architect in the Center for Design and Interpretation (CDI) in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service in Golden, Colorado. Prior to joining CDI and the Regional Office, he worked as a senior landscape architect for the City of Aurora, Colorado – Parks Planning, Design, and Construction Office, designing numerous municipal park projects. Other career experiences include project manager for Patrick Moore Landscape Architects, registered landscape contractor, and assistant horticulturist for the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in Louisiana. He has a BS in Horticulture from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from LSU.
Maury Miller directed his career path toward golf architecture by apprenticing with civil engineers and land planners in Houston, Texas, following graduation. In 1979, he began his tenure with golf architect Tom Fazio and was project coordinator for Wild Dunes Links, considered Fazio’s first solo course design. Maury performed full-time construction observation and was responsible for directing construction through completion in 1980. He has participated in the design, construction, and development of a number of other high-profile golf courses in the United States and Japan. In 2001, he joined Victor Lissiak’s firm and participated in the development of Garland’s Harbor Point, Bent Tree Country Club clubhouse expansion, and a number of multi-family projects with Humphrey Architects. Following the economic recession, Maury relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2010 to “re-create” his career. He has partnered with a select group of contractors to perform design/build for high-end residential projects.
Elizabeth Janiszewski Ahmed, BLA 1991, is a vice president at AECOM, based out of Los Angeles. AECOM is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients on every continent. AECOM is 87,000 professionals strong, where ideas get turned into icons. AECOM delivers clean water and energy; builds iconic skyscrapers; plans new cities; restores damaged environments; connects people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems; designs parks where children play; and helps governments maintain stability and security.
In her role as an executive, Elizabeth is in charge of connecting expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes worldwide. Her work has taken her to many places around the globe with a five-year stay in Japan and, most recently, to India, Singapore, and China. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine’s University Graziadio Business School in Malibu. Elizabeth has been married to Saj Ahmed, a healthcare executive, for 13 years and has two children Maya and Grayson.