Our Team

Jeff Stroupe, Founder

After earning his degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University, Jeff Stroupe began building the company that would become Landscapes by Terra. Jeff started small, working for clients who lived along the route he used to travel delivering papers in the mornings. Dependable since age 12 on a bike, Jeff proved even more so in his twenties on a skid steer. Word traveled, and soon Jeff was in charge of complex projects, satisfying client after client by turning their imagined backyard into a reality. Over 27 years of completing projects, Jeff has honed his skills in every phase of the design/implementation process and attracted some of the best talent in the green industry to serve with him. Jeff has received multiple award recognitions by Ohio Landscape Association for Outstanding Workmanship and Dedication to Excellence, Honor Award and Merit Awards. Reinforcing his dedication to highly skilled workmanship, he also received awards from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. He and his wife Mindy, an owner and key figure in LBT’s success, have two teenage daughters that they transport around the US for volleyball competitions. Recently they have added two high-spirited Jack Russel terriers to their family, Gracie and George. 

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Collin McMahon, Sales Design Manager

Collin McMahon has played a key supervisory role in the success of the award-winning Landscapes by Terra design team. He’s been working in the green industry for 24 years, the last 18 of which as a landscape designer, and holds a degree in Turfgrass Science from The Ohio State University. Well-versed in tree and shrub selection and identification, Collin will make sure that your design concept grows into the reality you dreamed. He specializes in complimenting your home’s interior design with your outdoor living space dreams, giving you a seamless transition from the inside out. In their free time, Collin and his husband love spending time in the great outdoors. They travel the world seeking adventure, fly-fishing, golfing and playing softball.

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David Bratka, Sales Design Consultant

David joined Landscapes by Terra in 2016, bringing with him 22 years of experience and education in the landscape industry. Along the way, he has earned scholarships from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, membership in Phi Theta Kappa, acquired his Ohio Certified Nursery Technician status from ONLA, and is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. David has interned with top American and British firms, where he has been able to pursue his passion for the history and development landscape and garden design. His gift to clients is a perspective that dates back centuries, an understanding of what will work with the architecture and personality of their home. From the initial concept and throughout the design process, David’s love for this industry gives client’s confidence that their design is a step in the right direction. When not designing landscapes or managing maintenance projects, David spends his times in museums, the zoo, and visiting botanical gardens with his two daughters and wife of 21 years.

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Jesse Van Walsen, Sales Design Consultant

Jesse Van Walsen joined Terra as a designer in 2019, but he’s no stranger to the design build industry. Jesse is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and has more than a decade of professional experience. Starting out as an installer, he discovered early on that his talent lay in the creative aspect of design. Over the years, this ability was complemented by his drive for quality craftsmanship. His passion for creating custom designs, along  with his deep working knowledge of functional spaces, allows him to connect with clients and execute projects only they could dream. Jesse is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, and continues his growth as a professional in the design build industry by regularly attending Gold Star networking meetings with other professionals in Central Ohio. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys fishing, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. He looks forward to meeting with you for your next outdoor design project.

 

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Trevor Neate, sales design consultant

Originally from Van Wert, Ohio, Trevor graduated from The Ohio State University in 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. While in school Trevor worked as a hardscaping crew member during the summer and then served as a design intern at LBT for a year and a half before joining us as a full-time designer. He enjoys staying active whether that’s going to the gym, playing sports, or working on landscaping projects. During the summer he enjoys spending weekends at his family’s lake house in Michigan. His favorite part of the job is seeing the end result from a project that he has designed. Being fairly new to the industry, Trevor is always trying to advance his skills in all aspects of landscaping.

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Tyson Kennedy, Sales Design Consultant

Tyson joined Landscapes by Terra in 2020, though he is no stranger to the industry. Tyson has been completing landscaping jobs since 1991. Originally from Van Wert, Ohio, Tyson moved to Columbus to earn his degree in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. During his years working in landscaping Tyson has gained experience from a handful of different companies but has spent most of his career self-employed completing high-end custom projects from conception and design all the way through to completion. Tyson is an ONLA Certified Landscape Installer, ICPI Certified Paver Installer, and NCMA Certified Installer. He enjoys each step of the process from the initial meeting to determine the clients’ needs to monitoring the installation with crewmembers. His passion is finding solutions that the homeowner would gain the most benefit from.

Tyson spends his spare time completing home improvement projects, searching for Indian artifacts, and taking an annual trip to Nashville. He has 2 cats named ‘Momma’ and ‘Mellon’.

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Troy Richards, Landscape Architect

Troy has been a part of the Terra team since 2011 and now serves as our full-time in-house landscape architect, he has been working in the local industry for over 35 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in landscape architecture in 1989 and State of Ohio professional registration in 1992.

Troy is from Delaware where he resides with his wife of 20 years, they have three children who are now grown. He is a past recipient of project excellence from ONLA and OLA. When Troy isn’t busy working, he’s tending to his small farm or spending the day at Lake Erie with his family. He most enjoys working with the customers and the variety of projects that he is able to work on. He is great at assessing a property and assimilating information into a legible, buildable plan to enhance customer’s outdoor environments.

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Seth Hostetler, Operations Manager

Seth Hostetler has been with Landscapes by Terra since 2003, holding a managerial position since 2012. Currently, he makes sure that we can execute our clients’ designs on-time and on-budget as the company’s Operations Manager. Seth has extensive applied and management experience in the landscaping industry, finding success at every level. He is SEK-Surebond, CSRWI/ARPT/ICPI certified in the green industry. In addition to his extensive hardscape certifications, Seth has received multiple award recognitions by Ohio Landscape Association for Outstanding Workmanship and Dedication to Excellence as Project Foreman. When he is not managing multiple crews at jobsites, he enjoys coaching his kids’ soccer teams, golfing, attending OSU football games and celebrating his wife’s cancer remission on the annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

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Brad Garvin, Design Build Production Manager

Brad joins us as one of our Production Managers, overseeing jobsites, managing crewmembers, and implementing job and workplace safety. Local to the area, he grew up right here in Dublin. Brad earned his bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in economy while studying at Marshall University. He was awarded “Brother of the Year” by his fraternity chapter and served as Chaplain, Treasurer, and Vice President. He has been working in the green industry for just under 30 years and has been certified by ICPI and ONLA.

Brad has a three-legged cat that likes to tap him on the shin when he wants on his lap…or fed.  What he enjoys most about his job at LBT is that every day is a challenge and that the challenges are different from day to day. He enjoys trying to solve problems that arise and knows that he has great support from his team here at Terra. He likes to think of himself as a Jack of all trades, master of some. 

Call him crazy but he still likes to plow snow and finds cutting grass on a riding mower in the summer relaxing. 

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Michael Myhlhousen, Design Build Production Manager

Michael Myhlhousen is our newest Production Manager. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Michael enjoys anything that has to do with being outside. On the weekends you can most likely find him hunting, fishing, or enjoying the fresh air. 

Michael has 18 years’ worth of experience in the green industry with the past 5 years working for a national landscape company before making the transition over to Terra. Michael excels at customer interaction and being able to communicate effectively and timely. He is also an expert at finding the right products to suit each client’s individual needs.

Michael is most excited about working in the fast-past environment that we have here at Landscapes by Terra, as well as the growth the company has seen. If we are honored enough to be completing a project around your home, there is a good chance you will see Michael around!

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Bryan Temple, Production/Shop Manager

Bryan Temple has been with Landscapes by Terra since 2015, prior to working in landscaping Bryan worked in construction for 23 years. He has experience building homes, working on exterior and interior trim, as well as constructing decks and fences. Bryan was recently promoted to Production/Shop Manager where he is in charge of 2 crews and oversees the day to day operations around our shop. He enjoys seeing the continuous progress on the projects he works on, and solving the daily challenges that are thrown his way. When given the chance Bryan loves to go fishing and spending quality time with his family.

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Monica Shannon, EM Quality Control Manager

Monica joined our team in 2019 in our Estate Maintenance division where she served as a Foreman before getting promoted to her new role as our EM Quality Control Manager. Monica is a Certified Nursery Technician through ONLA. She has 2 cats, a leopard gecko, and a puppy that she goes on adventures with during the weekend. From about an hour south of here in Orient, Monica previously worked in the medical field before making the transition over to landscaping. Here she developed a strong attention to detail. She enjoys making sure all of our Estate Maintenance properties are looking their best and helping her crews be prepared to take on the week. She also enjoys the family environment and getting to take photographs of all the properties she maintains.

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Kelli Fulk, Office Manager

Kelli Fulk is another recent addition to the Landscapes by Terra team. After graduating from The University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Broadcasting, she spent 15 years working in the television industry. For the last 7 years, she’s worked in bookkeeping and accounting. Kelli’s keen eye for numbers anticipates potential issues, keeping us on budget in a changing world. She worked under very tight, stressful deadlines with finesse and calm. As office manager, her unique blend of experience working under very tight, stressful deadlines with finesse and calm reassures clients that their financial investments are monitored and managed with the utmost professionalism. Kelli lives in Hilliard with her 2 sons, 2 turtles and 2 cats. She loves to read and watch sci-fi.

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Heather Odenweller, Marketing/Recruiting Manager

Heather Odenweller worked behind the scenes at LBT as our in-house photographer before recently stepping into the roles of marketing and recruiting manager. After 8 years capturing the amazing landscape design projects LBT brought to life in the Columbus area, Heather is a reservoir of inspiration with good sense for what matters long-term. Internally, she’s responsible for recruiting and human resources, key drivers of our thriving company culture. Her personable character put clients at ease—from first contact for an estimate, to capturing photos of clients enjoying their outdoor living spaces for award submissions. She has a BA from The Ohio State University. When she’s ‘not working,’ Heather is an entrepreneur, permaculture gardener and mother who loves to travel, dance and laugh loudly.

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Alley, Client Specialist

Alley has been a key part of the Landscapes by Terra team since 2013. She loves driving around town with her owner Collin keeping up new and past clients. Her favorite tree is a Dogwood because they are non-toxic for dogs. Her favorite dog safe perennials are Coral Bells and Bee Balm.

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