Our Firm

Confluence’s full-time staff of 47 includes four senior principals and seven principals distributed throughout our network of office locations. Our landscape architects carry licenses in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Our diverse team of landscape architects and planners regularly collaborate between each of our offices and are experienced in a wide variety of project types.

  • Chris Della Vedova

    ASLA, PLA, LEED AP / Senior Principal

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    • Chris will cut to the heart of any problem and deliver exceptional solutions grounded in reality. He brings a strong 20-year background in landscape architecture, site development and urban design to his projects. Chris has guided the design and strategic direction of the firm since its founding in 1998. He currently carries licenses in Iowa and Nebraska, is CLARB certified, is a LEED Accredited Professional and is also certified as a Construction Document Technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute.

      Chris received his BLA from Iowa State University, where he has served on their Practitioners Advisory Council for the Landscape Architecture Department. Since his graduation, Chris has been active with the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving the local chapter as vice president, president and most recently as the Iowa Chapter Trustee to the National Board. He also served on the Mentor Iowa Board and the Iowa Architectural Foundation Board, where he co-chaired their Community Design Program. His community involvement led him to be named one of Des Moines’ “Forty under 40” by the Des Moines Business Record in 2008.

      Whether he is managing the design of multi-million dollar urban design projects or helping guide the firm’s growth, Chris identifies his strongest and most important skills as listening and problem solving.

  • Terry Berkbuegler

    ASLA, PLA, LEED AP / Senior Principal

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    • Terry joined the firm in 2003 as he pioneered Confluence through their expansion into Kansas City. From the start, Terry has worked continuously to position Confluence as a leader in the Kansas City urban design market.  Terry brings diverse project experience, valuable insight, and a passion for creating dynamic places to the field of landscape architecture in the Kansas City area.

      Terry’s experience includes numerous urban designs and streetscapes, senior communities, transportation enhancement, commercial and residential projects. Hard work, the pursuit of design excellence and his tireless commitment to client satisfaction are at the core of Terry’s approach to all projects. His direct and personal communication with clients leads to strong relationships and successful projects while inspiring loyalty in so many of our clients. “Expect more of yourself.” This simple phrase fuels his desire to always achieve more and to consistently push himself and his Confluence team members to be better and to do more than is expected.


  • Jon Jacobson

    ASLA, PLA / Senior Principal

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    • Jon has led the Sioux Falls office of Confluence since its inception. A true bridge builder, Jon is adept at communicating with a wide range of design professionals as well his clients. Above all, Jon values open and candid client relationships as the heart of a successful project.

      As a Sioux Falls native, Jon spent the early days of his career in Des Moines. His experience in both markets gives him rare insight into the profession of landscape architecture in the Midwest and makes for strong lines of communication between the two offices. Jon received his BLA from Iowa State University and has been an adjunct professor and visiting critic at South Dakota State University, focusing on issues of landscape design and site planning.

      Jon’s passion for Landscape Architecture lies in civic work and he has managed numerous complex public projects ranging in budget and scale. He carries a specific expertise in park planning and urban design and has won numerous awards for his design of public and private spaces.

      To quote Jon, “I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and hard working people here in the great Sioux Falls office.”

  • Chris Cline

    ASLA, PLA / Senior Principal

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    • Chris joined the firm in January 2008, continuing the growth of Confluence’s Kansas City practice. He brings over 25 years of solid urban design and planning experience to the firm and enjoys collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams. Chris continually seeks creative solutions and is adept in building consensus through community involvement. His work has included corridor planning and aesthetics, land use planning, urban design, and community revitalization.

      Chris has worked on behalf of municipalities as well as in private sector development, and he understands the need to balance vision and pragmatism to create successful, high-quality design implementation.  He also leads Core Design Development LLC, which serves in a master developer role for implementing the City of Mission’s “Form Based Code” for the 130-acre West Gateway Redevelopment District.

      Chris is a registered landscape architect in Missouri and Kansas, and has served as a design critic at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, and UMKC. A Kansas City native, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and cheering on K-State sports (he bleeds purple).

  • Dolores Silkworth

    ASLA, PLA / Principal

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    • Dolores joined Confluence as a Principal in 2017 with the charge of establishing a new office in Omaha, Nebraska. She has spent her entire career based in Omaha, much of it as a city park planner and more recently leading a high energy landscape architectural group in the private sector. Her many years of experience, calm understanding of executing complex site projects, and her ready smile provides clients with comfort and confidence their projects will move forward with ease.

      She is particularly adept at designing parks and urban spaces for the improved health of people, community and nature. This approach integrates resource protection and rehabilitation, sustainable design of urban spaces, conservation of energy and material, expansion of accessibility, incorporation of art and story, and the design of beautiful places of rest and activity in the great outdoors. Her projects have earned more than 23 ASLA Chapter awards over the past twelve years.

      Dolores is licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Washington, and Michigan. When she is not in the design studio, look for her in her expansive garden or in the kitchen cooking with the freshest produce in the county.

  • Terry Minarik

    ASLA, PLA / Principal

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    • Terry has been practicing landscape architecture in the United States and Canada for over twenty years. He has an extensive background in urban planning, programming and public space design. Terry collaborates with his clients to develop innovative and contextually sensitive design solutions. As Principal, he is responsible for design and operations for the Confluence Minneapolis office. Terry has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. Terry takes a multi-disciplinary approach to design, often working closely with design teams of architects, planners, artists, and other professionals, including a diverse range of clients. Terry’s award winning body of work includes major civic plazas, urban parks, hospitality, medical and corporate campuses and master planning. Terry brings his uncompromising passion for design excellence, knowledge of construction, and positive attitude to the design team. Terry holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba and is an active member of the Minnesota chapter of ASLA.

      Terry follows the practice that business is built on long-term relationships. It is critical to always provide more than expected on every project. One’s reputation and how you treat people is what will be remembered most.

  • Patrick Alvord


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    • Patrick leads Confluences’ Cedar Rapids office where he leverages nearly 20 years of architecture and landscape architecture experience to uncover creative and meaningful connections between buildings and landscapes. His work includes a broad range of planning, building, landscape and site development projects for both public and private clients.

      A dually licensed architect and landscape architect, his experience designing and building projects across all types and scale enables Patrick to work with multi-disciplinary design teams large and small. He has specific expertise in campus planning and site development for colleges, universities and corporations and has successfully managed numerous large-scale projects including research facilities, student housing, and general academic facilities.

      Patrick sits on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation, ACE Mentor of Eastern Iowa and Solon FC Soccer Club. In the spring of 2018 he was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Team for the City of Solon, Iowa. He received his BLA from Iowa State University in 1996, his Master of Architecture from Iowa State in August of 2001 and carries licenses in Iowa and Illinois. Outside of the office Patrick can most often be found sharing outdoor adventures with his four children or riding one of his mountain bikes somewhere in eastern Iowa.

  • Christopher Shires

    AICP / Principal

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    • Christopher joined Confluence in 2013 to continue the growth of the firm by bringing his practical urban planning experience to the team. He jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Confluence team because, as he put it, “This is a solid and growing firm that really does things the right way for the right reason, serving their clients well.”

      During his more than 18 years as a city planner and a development manager, Christopher has witnessed billions of dollars in new development and building construction and processed hundreds of development applications. Prior to joining Confluence, he was responsible for managing the development review process for the City of West Des Moines, Iowa; an award winning, fast growing community in the Des Moines Metropolitan area. His experience in the public sector has allowed him the opportunity see first-hand what works and what doesn’t, and he feels strongly that attention to detail is very important in everything you do.

      Christopher is a Des Moines native and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning. He is an active member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). During his limited free time, when not helping his wife corral their three active children, Christopher enjoys fishing and home improvement projects.

  • PJ Novick


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    • PJ has recently joined the Confluence Team and brings his thirty years of experience to the Kansas City office. He holds a BLA from Kansas State University and a Masters of Architecture in Management from the University of Kansas. Over the course of his career, PJ has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types and scales including the 700-acre Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; The Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Missouri; the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and Student Recreation Facility at Kansas State University; and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.

      PJ’s creativity and passion for excellence is what drives him. Whether designing a multi-acre park or a small courtyard, his design and management skills lead to a successful and rewarding project for the client and the end user.

      PJ is a native of Kansas City. For the past 15 years, he has been a member the City of Fairway, Kansas Planning Commission, serving as Chairman for the last ten years. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at Kansas State University and an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas. Outside of work, PJ attempts to keep track of his two sons (also Wildcats), two dogs and his wife of 29 years.


  • Matt Carlile


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    • Matt graduated from Kansas State University (GO WILDCATS!) with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Regional and Community Planning before moving to Iowa in 1998. After six years of experience with another firm, Matt joined Confluence in the spring of 2004. He has continued to grow as a landscape architect and leader within the firm. His growth and dedication makes him a valuable member of our team and in the summer of 2012, he became a stockholder, and in 2016 a Principal. Matt is currently the Trustee for the Iowa Chapter of ASLA, and has held several other positions within the organization. He is very committed to the present and future practice of landscape architecture in the state.

      Matt and his wife, Crista, designed and built their own home in Urbandale in 2007. Somehow, late in that same year; they were blessed with the arrival of their daughter, Devon. Fast forward nine years, yep (9). In 2016, they were again blessed with the arrival of their son, Calvin. Matt enjoys spending time with all of them; usually on a court or a field as he also coaches youth girls basketball and softball. He prides himself on being a Midwest guy. He wants everyone to know that he completed the fourth phase of his home bar and EVERYONE is welcome to stop in. (How does a bar have phases?) In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and nurturing a small acreage in south central Iowa. Matt’s plans to attract and keep that ‘record buck’ on the acreage have been relatively successful, but the buck seems to elude him.  Here at Confluence we are glad that Matt and his family call Iowa home. The Confluence team is better because of it.


  • Brenda Nelson


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    • Brenda has a broad range of landscape architecture experience including public streetscapes, large institutional, corporate and commercial projects, park and campus master plan projects, as well as subdivision planning. With a background that includes seven years with a national architecture/engineering firm, nine years in a small engineering firm, and 11 years operating her own landscape architecture practice, she has an experience base that can handle any challenge.

      It’s likely that the numerous summers as a teen spent in the Canadian North Woods gave Brenda a passion for the environment and a strong sense of stewardship for the land. This passion has inspired her dedication to projects that involve sustainable design and storm water infiltration, which she has advocated long before these practices became commonplace. She enjoys the creativity and holistic design that comes from a collaborative team effort and the uniqueness and design challenge that comes with each project.

      Outside of work, Brenda especially enjoys time playing tennis. She and her husband, Gene, can also be found logging in an enormous number of hours watching their two daughters play college and club volleyball and traveling on the weekends to various tournaments.

  • Brad Aldrich

    ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C / Associate

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    • Brad’s 14 years of experience have been focused on sustainable site design; green infrastructure design and development; and sustainable solutions for a wide variety of design, planning, and community issues. His creative and collaborative approach to projects has been instrumental in garnering LEED points and Living Building Challenge petal certification for numerous projects throughout the Midwest.

      A native of Wisconsin, Brad received his Master of Landscape Architecture and BS in Environmental Design, with a Minor in Urban Studies, from the University of Minnesota and has called the Twin Cities area home for more than 20 years. When not in the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and participating in many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing, fishing, golf and mountain biking.


  • Josh Cheek


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    • Josh rejoined Confluence in December of 2016, bringing with him over 16 years of experience as a landscape architect. During this time he has had the opportunity to work on projects of all scales around the globe. The diversity of these projects and clients has guided his understanding of what makes a project successful and the benefits of collaboration and thoughtful design. He brings this experience to every project he is involved with, always striving to improve the user experience and create memorable spaces.

      His experience also includes instructing design studios, construction courses and fabrication workshops in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University. This connection between the design and the built aspects of a project is one of the primary reasons he choose landscape architecture as a profession.

  • Matt Evett

    ASLA, PLA / Associate

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    • Matt says he became a landscape architect “to create interesting, inspiring and inventive spaces and places”. We will tell you that he succeeds in that daily. As a project manager with the firm, he has worked on and elevated the quality of numerous projects including the 2nd Street Streetscape, Wells Fargo Corporate Campus, Kansas City Zoo, North Oak Corridor and Longview Park and Aquatics Center. Matt has worked in Orlando, Chicago, Des Moines, and is currently in Kansas City where he enjoys the historic parks and places.

      In his free time, Matt likes to cruise around on his bike, play golf, take in a Purdue game or stroll through the park with wife Jenny, sons Aiden and Nolan, and of course, Daisy (the dog). We suppose it goes without saying that Matt is a graduate of Purdue University and a native of Indiana.

  • Jim Host

    ASLA, PLA / Associate

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    • Jim is the nicest guy you’ll ever work with. We think it’s all those years living in sunny Phoenix that gives him the ability to be pleasant and patient even on the most challenging of days. But don’t be fooled – Jim is a born and bred Iowan with the work ethic to boot. If you want something done, Jim is your man. With a special interest in Parks and Recreation and Corporate Campus Planning, Jim will find his way to the heart of a project and elevate it to the next level.

      Although Jim loves being a landscape architect, in his next life he wants to be a Cy Young Award winning American League southpaw, who takes his own at bats.

  • Chad Kucker


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    • With amazing technical competency, Chad finds himself an indispensable member of the Sioux Falls team. No matter what the challenge, Chad will find a way to see through the details in order to make a project shine. A native of the upper Great Plains and graduate of South Dakota State University, Chad holds registrations in South Dakota and Iowa. With nearly 15 years of experience in the profession, he is involved in a wide variety of projects including riverfront and recreation design and site planning and development. As an Irrigation Association Certified Irrigation Designer, Chad works on irrigation projects throughout the region.

      Chad and his wife, Tina, have two young children; Celia and Garrett. In his free time he enjoys traveling, gardening and biking but spends most of his time working on home improvement projects and restoring a tallgrass prairie at their home in rural Sioux Falls.

  • Hank Moyers

    ASLA, PLA / Associate

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    • Through his experiences over the past sixteen years, he has developed a strong passion for the land and its inherent value provided through historical, cultural and ecological traditions. Hank’s beliefs have allowed him to create landscapes that balance the sustainable needs of the sites with the desires of the client, resulting in an imaginative and responsive design which enhance the lives of the people who take part in the sites’ final use. His experience has allowed him to be involved in many wonderful and diverse projects from large to small scales in public to private sector developments around the world.

      In his free time, Hank can be found running around with his wife Emily and two daughters, working on his house, golfing, fishing and supporting his K-State Wildcats.

  • Lyle Pudwill


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    • A native of northern South Dakota, Lyle has been with the Confluence design team since the doors opened in Sioux Falls in 2005. Lyle enjoys the challenge of developing memorable landscapes that reflect a client’s vision, are sustainable and lasting, and ‘feel good’. With over 13 years of experience on a diverse blend of project types, Lyle strives to lead a design process that is collaborative, innovative and maybe a little fun!

      In his spare time he enjoys flea markets, pheasant hunting and traveling. He can also regularly be found gardening with his family and enthusiastically cheering on his alma mater Jackrabbits…GO RABBITS! Lyle makes his home in Sioux Falls with his wife Jill; children Ivy, Henry and Grant; and their dog, Doug.

  • Caitlin Bolte

    ASLA, PLA / Landscape Architect

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    • Born and raised in a small town in Northwest Iowa, Caitlin always dreamed of going places. Attending Iowa State University, enrolling in landscape architecture and being involved in the Student Society of Landscape Architects have given Caitlin opportunities to travel and experience different cultures which have influenced her passion for design. Her ultimate goal is to learn and challenge herself daily. Caitlin specifically takes interest in how things are constructed and the vast possibilities of planting design and its influence on the world in which we live.

      When not working, Caitlin enjoys staying active, watching football and basketball (especially the Iowa State Cyclones) reading, and spending time with family.

  • Curt Childress

    Project Manager

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    • As a child growing up on a farm in northwest Iowa, Curt developed an appreciation for the land, environment and how our surroundings influence our daily lives. During his time at Iowa State University, Curt started his own full-service landscaping company and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Curt’s interest in the world around him and his desire to take care of places and spaces throughout have allowed him to hold a plethora of careers in the landscape architecture field, with over 20 years of experience.

      Curt is an avid traveler, furniture designer and builder and enjoys listening to live music. In his free time, Curt can be found watching and playing baseball, eating great food and getting together with his friends.

  • Ryan Anderson

    ASLA, PLA / Landscape Architect

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    • Ryan graduated from Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a secondary major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Digital Media. Ryan says he became a landscape architect, “to make enjoyable and ecologically responsive spaces and places for people”. As a native Cedar Rapidian, Ryan is excited to be applying his talents across the Midwest.

      Ryan is enthusiastic about working in a collaborative environment where he can work through design challenges across varying scales. He considers best management practices an integral facet of landscape architecture and enjoys layering ecological and social systems in order to surpass a client’s goals.

      In his free time, Ryan is likely to be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Megan. They enjoy riding horses and watching their dog, Bud, tear across the countryside like a madman! He is also likely to be found wailing on one of his guitars, touring breweries and restaurants of the Midwest or attending a local concert.


  • Jessica Williams

    ASLA, PLA, CIP / Landscape Architect

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    • With a flair for graphic design and knack for random knowledge, Jessica has the ability to develop creative solutions to most any design dilemma. As a Sioux Falls native, she spent time in Minnesota attending college at both St. Ben’s and the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities where she earned both an MLA and a degree in Natural Sciences before returning to call South Dakota her home.

      As a kid who dreamed of being an artist and a young adult determined to be a scientist – Jessica found her niche in landscape architecture. Time spent traveling abroad, a stint in environmental activism, and several years of parks and greenhouse employment cemented her love of plants and the designed environment.

      When not in the office, Jessica can be found immersed in a hockey game, sifting through an estate sale, or taking in a good book or movie with family and friends.

  • Jay Grimes

    System Administrator

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    • If you have any questions about computers, networks, servers, software, etc. – Jay is your man. He graduated from Iowa Central Community College with an Associates of Arts and Sciences Degree in Computer Networking Technology. Jay’s experience with leveraging IT and business needs helps keep us on track with our strategic business goals and objectives.

      When Jay is not at the office fixing a computer or updating the network, you can find him biking around his neighborhood in Ankeny, taking road trips in his Xterra or trying new edible concoctions created by his fiancée, Nicole. He also likes winding down by watching movies, playing games and tinkering with any of his many electronic devices.

  • John Aceto

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • John Aceto is a recent graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. Once an intern at the Des Moines office, John has continued with the Confluence team as a Landscape Architect-In-Training. As a Des Moines native, John hopes to break into the professional world of landscape architecture and positively impact his community with a home-field perspective. His interests in design and landscape architecture are influenced by his passion for art, horticulture, urban design, and history.

      Outside of work, you can find John playing guitar, drawing, having a Netflix marathon, or searching for a cold beer.

  • Andrew Holzum

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Andrew was an active part of the community, volunteering for different organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and St. Vincent DePaul. While a student at Kansas State University, Andrew was focused on public health and how access to an outdoor environment could improve health outcomes in senior citizens living within assisted living facilities. Working with an assisted living facility in Manhattan, Kansas, he gained an appreciation for community engagement, which only grew as a student intern at Confluence.

      After receiving his Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Andrew returned to Confluence’s Kansas City office as a Landscape Architect-In-Training. In his free time, Andrew enjoys exploring Kansas City, building furniture, camping and watching or playing sports. By participating in these various activities, Andrew is able to learn about the community in which he is living and working.

  • Marshall Allen

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • A Rochester, New York native and Columbia University graduate, Marshall is experiencing the Middle of America for the first time. He found his passion for landscape architecture and urban design while growing up and seeing how dynamic spaces and design can contribute to the vitality of people and the city they call home. Always having an interest in urban related issues and design, Marshall has traveled abroad to study landscape architecture and urban design in Berlin, Germany and Madurai, India. Travel is a passion for Marshall and he enjoys experiencing new cities and countries and their culture.

      In his free time, Marshall enjoys exploring new places, biking, checking out breweries, playing the piano, and is a self-described news and political junkie. He is excited to be at Confluence and to be making a difference in the Kansas City area.

  • Natalie Jensen

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • Natalie recently graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Her main focus was horticulture, placemaking, and master planning. While in school she worked as a landscaper and landscape designer in Okoboji. She interned with Hubbell Realty in Des Moines before accepting a position at a design build company in Des Moines that focused primarily on residential projects. After switching from design build to Confluence in January, Natalie has gained a new outlook on the landscape construction aspect of design and is looking forward to gaining even more knowledge and experience with Confluence.

  • Lori Miller

    Accounting Manager

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    • As Accounting Manager, Lori is a force to be reckoned with. Her watchful eye keeps this business running like a well-oiled machine. Her experience in financial management and human resource administration make her an absolutely invaluable, if often hidden, team member. But look again and you will see that this ‘behind the scenes’ team member has been pushing Confluence out there into the limelight nearly since its inception.

      Away from the office, Lori keeps busy running between her boys’ events and her boyfriend’s dueling piano shows.  She loves to take a day or weekend to jump on her horse and meet up with friends to ride the trails.

  • Tyler Landry

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • Born in Massachusetts and raised in Minnesota, Tyler’s passion for landscape architecture grew out of a memorable childhood pastime… creating racetracks in the sandbox. Although aspects of landscape architecture scattered his active lifestyle growing up, it was not until later in life when the smell of Chartpak markers drew him into this unique profession. Rendering styles, brownfield remediation and understanding the social dynamic of public spaces are a few of his growing interests. Tyler received his Landscape Architecture degree from South Dakota State University.

      Tyler is excited to gain experience and make an impact on the rapid growth of the Sioux Falls region. During his free time, Tyler enjoys relaxing with his fiancé, watching movies, mountain biking (riding and volunteering), DIY projects, landscaping for his mother, photography and hockey.

  • Kenady Moore

    Marketing + Communications Assistant

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    • Kenady graduated from Truman State University after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication. Kenady found her passion for marketing and communication while in college, after joining the Communication Honors Society and a plethora of internships in Public Relations. With design experience, a passion for connecting with others and a desire to explore Kansas City, Kenady joined the Kansas City team in 2018. In her free time, Kenady enjoys working out, spending time with her friends and visiting her family in Quincy, Illinois.

  • Danny Pritchard

    Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • Danny graduated from Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. His enduring interest in relationships between nature, people and the built environment are reflected in his work. A background in fine arts and experience with computers has eventually led him to Confluence’s Kansas City office as a Landscape Architect-In-Training. 

      Experiences traveling across the country, as well as abroad in New Zealand, have given Danny experience in new environments and a new perspective on art, design and life. His wide range of interests and hobbies allow him to easily adapt to new settings.

      Out of the office, Danny can be found illustrating, camping, gardening, searching for new music or playing PC games.

  • Colete Root

    Office Manager

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    • As office manager, Colete keeps the office running and all of us on our toes. She loves wrist watches and owns over 70 of them which she uses to keep us all on schedule! A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Colete has lived in Des Moines for over 20 years where, before joining Confluence, provided administration, accounting, and bidding while working for a food broker and, prior to that, a financial firm. When not managing the office, Colete can be found at a movie theater, gardening or reading a book in the company of her two cats.

  • Jason Bril

    ASLA, PLA / Landscape Architect

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    • Jason graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Landscape Architecture and Spanish. During his time at Iowa State, Jason used travel as a means to discover new spaces. He studied in Spain and Portland, Oregon, where he spent a good deal of his time “walking around and looking at stuff.” In addition to his travel experiences, Jason also has a background in landscape construction and maintenance. His exposure to this kind of work, paired with a natural curiosity, has helped him develop creative problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to design.

      When he’s not at work, Jason can be found participating in several outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, kayaking and hiking.

  • Mike Cedar


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    • A graduate of Iowa State University, Mike joined Confluence in August 2009. His passion for landscape architecture is rooted in its diversity. He enjoys working on a project in a number of different ways, trying to find a balance between technical and artistic. While studying abroad in Rome and interning in New York City, he gained an affinity for travel and an appreciation for global perspectives in design. He is an active member of the profession, and looks to bring new perspectives and creativity to this innovation-orientated discipline.

  • Jane Reasoner

    APA / Planner 1

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    • Jane joined Confluence in November 2016 upon returning to the Midwest after spending several years working and studying in Georgia. In May 2016, Jane graduated with her Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she specialized in Land Use. At Georgia Tech, she gained hands on experience in a variety of planning related skills and technologies. She worked on several different projects at this time including work with low-income communities, neighborhood land use studies, and an industrial land use study.

      For the first year of graduate school, Jane was awarded the Frederick K. Bell Fellowship which included a chance to work under a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning as a graduate research assistant. During her second year, Jane gained public sector planning experience at the Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta’s metropolitan planning organization. As an intern in its Community Development Division, Jane worked primarily in the Community Choices Program which provides technical reports on planning related issues for Atlanta metro communities. This position offered experience in both municipal and regional planning issues.

      Prior to becoming a planner, Jane worked in insurance and customer service. Her undergraduate degree is in political science with a minor in earth science. Her strong interest in environmental issues and policy led her to attain a LEED Green Associate accreditation in August 2016. Jane is excited to be a part of Confluence and is looking forward to gaining a diverse amount of project experience.

  • Jordan Cronin

    Marketing Coordinator / Graphic Designer

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    • Jordan gained his appreciation for art and design when he was just six years old, after winning the school Halloween coloring contest, leading him to pursue many creative goals. He went from painting canvases and drawing, to painting a 16 ft tall black light mural across an entire indoor activity center in Manhattan, Kansas before moving to Kansas City to pursue a career in marketing and graphic design. Jordan joined Confluence in 2014 after getting his degree from the Art Institutes International-Kansas City.

      In his free time, Jordan enjoys biking, fishing, making art, volunteering and hanging out with his adopted cat, Miz. On the weekends he can be found cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, or paddling his kayak around local lakes fishing for walleye.

  • Ben Sandell

    ASLA, PLA, LEED AP / Landscape Architect

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    • Since graduating from Iowa State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a secondary major in Environmental Studies, Ben has applied his passion, experience and knowledge to enhancing landscapes throughout the Midwest and beyond. He brings a level of knowledge of construction processes that lends itself to his passionate and detailed designs. Ben has an affinity for introducing native materials and plants into his designs to help further the sustainable design realm.  His project experience includes the West Capital Terrace, Aviva Corporate Headquarters, Welcome Home Soldier Memorial, Iowa State Capital Complex Master Plan, University Avenue Master Plan, Maharishi University Campus Master Plan and Burlington Comprehensive Plan.

      In his free time, Ben enjoys fishing, canoeing, golfing and playing the guitar. He is also a regular participant in RAGBRAI, the annual bicycle ride across Iowa. When not doing any of those things, you will find Ben training his dog Esme, and making sure she’s not causing any troubles!

  • Emily Neuenschwander

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect

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    • After graduating from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, Emily jumped into the workforce with an eagerness to learn as much as possible. She began in the residential design field, but her passion for big-city living and the environment led her to urban design and ultimately into Confluence’s Minneapolis office.

      Emily is a native of Minneapolis and is particularly excited to work on local projects. She pulls inspiration from her extensive travels and collaborations including workshops in France, Portugal and Germany. Emily brings to the team an eye for detail and an ability to work through a variety design challenges.

      In her free time, Emily enjoys running the trails along the Mississippi River, cooking, trying new restaurants, exploring local shops, attending street fairs and enjoying local concerts!

  • Everett Eide

    Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • Everett graduated from North Dakota State University and received his Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Everett became interested in landscape architecture through his love of nature and interest in creating sustainable, walkable and vibrant places. Everett is excited to bring his enthusiasm and drive to Confluence’s Sioux Falls office and further his knowledge and skill set as a Landscape Architect-in-Training.

      Out of the office, Everett enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, weight lifting, biking and playing PC games.

  • James Dunn

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • As a child growing up in Mitchell, South Dakota, Jim enjoyed sports, camping and any other outdoor activity. While working to gain his Eagle Scout Award, Jim spent a lot of time in nature and realized he wanted a career that would allow him to escape the “typical” office environment. His love for the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. While there, Jim enjoyed a variety of travel opportunities which took him throughout the United States and abroad. After a semester in Rome, Jim interned in our Des Moines office and relocated to Kansas City after graduation, where he is now a Landscape Architect-In-Training. When not working, Jim enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking and cheering on the Cyclones and Vikings.

  • Shraddha Sawant

    ASLA Affiliate / Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Shraddha attended Sir JJ College of Architecture in Mumbai, India where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She later went on to receive her Master of Landscape Architecture from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. In the Spring of 2015, Shraddha moved to the United States where she spent one year completing a Certificate Program in Sustainability at the University of California Los Angeles. She developed an interest in Landscape Architecture while studying Architecture, and realized she was fascinated by connecting built and natural settings. Shraddha is trained as an Architect and Landscape Architect in different cultures, allowing her to bring strong construction documentation and project experience to the team.

      In her free time, Shraddha enjoys spending time with her husband, painting, and playing lawn tennis on the weekends.

  • Michael Schmidt

    ASLA / Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • Michael joined our Kansas City office full time in 2015 after graduating from Iowa State University’s Landscape Architecture Department and completing internships in our Kansas City and Des Moines offices.  Since moving to Downtown Kansas City,  Michael has become increasingly involved with the growth and excitement that is happening within the city. When he is not at work, he volunteers for Better Block KC which is a group of volunteers that help install temporary to semi-permanent streetscape installations that help neighborhoods experience the potential of investing in their city streets.  Michael uses this passion for urban design and improving public spaces to continue his growth as a landscape architect with Confluence.

  • Jake Stodola

    Associate ASLA / Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • A native of rural Eastern Iowa, Jake was exposed to the outdoors at a young age. He grew up playing sports and being immersed in nature, which led him to find his passion for Landscape Architecture. As a graduate from Iowa State University, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture with a strong focus on urban design and green technologies.

      After traveling abroad through Europe and experiencing a different sense of place, Jake has gained a whole new perspective on the impact of design. He looks forward to creating dynamic and sustainable spaces that will enhance the publics overall quality of life.

      When not at work, Jake can be found playing sports, snowboarding, longboarding, biking, camping and adventuring to new places.

  • Shan He

    Landscape Architect-in-Training

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    • Shan graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies. Driven by a passion for human-centered design and social problem study, Shan enjoys challenging herself in educational and institutional design, public health design, public recreational park and residential design. Shan was the 2017 ASLA Iowa State University student representative; her speech “Rethinking of Aging Wellness Design” explored the global aging issue and gave an innovative vision on the future of aging communities. Shan is excited to learn and experience more at Confluence in hopes of applying her knowledge for improving public wellness. In her free time, she enjoys movie dubbing, bonsai trimming, Ikebana and skiing.

  • Kaitlyn Rieber

    Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • Originally from Watertown, South Dakota, Kaitlyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Horticulture from Iowa State University. She enjoys landscape architecture as it combines several of her interests; the outdoors, drawing and horticulture.

      Kaitlyn has spent a lot of time traveling through Europe, Mexico and the United States, which has given her a broad view of natural and built landscapes that she hopes to be inspired by for future designs. She also studied at the University of Hawaii at Hilo for a semester. Kaitlyn earned a minor in Horticulture as she enjoys all the plant varieties available and wanted to know more, such as plant care and suitability for sites.

      In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys making DIY projects, illustrating, gardening, traveling and reading. She also enjoys outdoor activities which include biking, kayaking, snowboarding, waterskiing and scuba diving.

  • Nikodemous Hadera

    Landscape Designer

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    • Niko graduated from North Dakota State University with a double major in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design and minored in Art. His passion for landscape architecture grew as he witnessed the positive impact open and public spaces have on the general public. Originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota, he is eager to work in the spaces and places close to home as he joins our Minneapolis team. In his free time, Niko enjoys painting, traveling, playing soccer and cooking.

  • Weiyu Miao

    Landscape Designer

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    • Originally from China, Weiyu came to the United States in 2012 to attend the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Master of Landscape Architecture. Weiyu enjoys landscape architecture as it allows her to serve others and create spaces that are functional and creative. Growing up in China, she has a strong influence by both cultures which allows her to be innovative with her cultural integration. She has a strong interest in contemporary design, materiality and timelessness. In her free time, she enjoys painting, playing with her cat and exploring new food options in Minneapolis.

  • Madison Dierks

    Landscape Architect-In-Training

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    • Madison Dierks is a Des Moines, Iowa native and graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies. After graduation, Madison continued her education at Justus Liebig Universität in Giessen, Germany. Her love for landscape came when she realized how integral it is to her everyday life and how it can bring people together in a plethora of ways. 

      Madison spent a year living in Germany as a cultural ambassador and fellow with the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. During her time there, she learned a lot about different cultures and how landscape can influence a culture. The experience allowed her to observe the German landscape and analyze how it’s different from the landscape in the United States.

      In her free time, Madison enjoys writing, cooking, speaking German and making music. She can be found performing improv comedy, exploring and creating new things.