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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Jesse Van Walsen, Landscape Designer

Jesse Van Walsen is the newest addition to the Landscapes by Terra design team, 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 more than 11 years 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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Ben Chase, Landscape Designer

Ben Chase has been working his way up the career ladder in the green industry for 16 years. From building projects to designing hardscapes, Ben’s hard-won expertise ensures that the job will be properly managed from start to finish. Instead of surprises, clients get quality assurance and construction know-how. Ben lives by the motto ‘foundation is what everything is built on.’ He is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, and adamant about overseeing proper groundwork construction and water control. This ensures his clients receive a lasting, functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living space to enjoy for years to come. Ben builds client relationships the same way—by listening first. Hearing client needs, he can deliver on their individual vision. Ben spends his leisure time relaxing with family, cooking his grandma’s meatloaf recipe and perfecting his golf game.

 

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David Bratka, Landscape Designer/Estate Maintenance Account Manager

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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Sarah Evans, Estate Maintenance Manager

Sarah has been in the Green industry for 17 years and with Terra the last 7 years where she has worked herself up into management in our landscape maintenance department. She is a Certified Pesticide Applicator and has a love for seasonal color. Outside of work she has a love of music and enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Willie Mae and Blueberry. Sarah's clients tell her she is the “giver of smiles” when people look at the landscapes she maintains.

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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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Chris Gould, Production Manager

Chris joined Landscapes by Terra in 2017, arriving with 17 years of green industry experience and a specialization in hardscape construction. Chris is an Ohio State graduate with a B.S. in theoretical math with a focus in abstract and linear algebra. He helps manage crews on jobsites, conducts safety training for all crew members and is the liaison between crew and clientele. Chris recently welcomed his newest family member, a baby girl, to his ever-growing family of seven. He loves coaching his son's basketball team, helping his extended family and playing with his dog, Beef. Chris is always available for advice and to answer any of your questions. Anytime. Don’t hesitate to contact him.

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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. SPOILER ALERT: she’ll be happy to answer any questions you have at: 614-873-6242.

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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 to a highly intelligent child (wish her luck during the teenage years!).

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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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