WASLA Board of Directors

Effective November 16, 2017

Committee Description

The Board of Directors administers the Washington Chapter of ASLA including chapter events, conferences, finances, membership and advocacy.

Tasks and Goals

The main tasks & goals of the Board of Directors include:

  • Establishing and maintaining Chapter Strategic Plan with goals and objectives in accordance with ASLA’s and our members’ priorities;
  • Identifying  programs, activities, and events to reach Strategic Plan objectives;
  • Approving proposed amendments to the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws;
  • Setting the time and place for the Chapter’s annual conference and annual awards reception;
  • Issuing public statements in the name of the Chapter;
  • Establishing annual dues;
  • Overseeing committee operations;
  • Supporting student chapter activities;
  • Adopting Chapter programs and annual budgets;
  • Preparing Chapter annual reports including year-end financial statements
  • Directing staff activities and contract support services; and
  • Serve as a conduit between ASLA and our members

Board of Directors Positions



  • Sets the time, place, and agenda for meetings of the Board of Directors;
  • Presides at meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors;
  • Represents and acts for the Chapter as directed by the Board of Directors and consistent with the policies of ASLA;
  • Appoints the chairs and members of committees with the approval of the Board of Directors,
  • Serves as a member of the Chapter Presidents Council;
  • Oversees the management and administration of Chapter programs and budgets as adopted by the Board of Directors;
  • Reports on the state of the Chapter at the annual meeting of the Chapter; and
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the “Membership and Social Events” Committee

 President: Laura Thompson, ASLA

altLaura works at SPVV Landscape Architects in Spokane. She is involved on design projects for K-12 schools, higher education facilities, commercial design, residential design, and master planning. Her interests include community planning which focus on increasing walkability, wayfinding, community connectivity, park planning, and garden design. She is currently a member of the Rotaract Club of Spokane, a young professionals group sponsored by the Rotary 21 club; and she serves on the Architectural Committee for the housing development, ‘The Ridge at Hangman.’  



  • Represents and acts for the Chapter as directed by the president and consistent with the policies of the Society as established by the Board of Trustees;
  • Serves as acting president when designated by the Board of Directors;
  • Performs such other duties as are customary for the office of chapter president-elect or as may be assigned or delegated by the president;
  • After completion of the president-elect term, the president-elect shall succeed automatically to the office of president.

President - Elect: Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Tim was drawn to Seattle by its inspiring scenery, progressive thinking and laid back attitude. He brings with him a diverse and deep experience set that runs the gamut of scales and project types, from health centers and middle schools to rooftop farms and trail systems. Since moving to Western Washington, his work has included multifamily mixed use developments, residential park systems, and civic institutions. His passion for this work lies at the intersection of design and horticulture, manifested through thoughtful, purposeful landscapes. Tim uses his technical and horticultural expertise to further the core mission of clients through fostering relationships that ultimately result in the design of beautiful, meaningful spaces. He has been practicing for eleven years, and has been licensed for seven.



  • Collects all fees, dues, charges, and other funds due the Chapter;
  • Is the custodian of all Chapter funds and disburses such funds only as authorized by the Board of Directors;
  • Keeps the accounts of the Chapter that shall be open at all times to inspection by the Board of Directors;
  • Presents quarterly reports on the financial condition of the Chapter and year-end financial statements to the Board of Directors;
  • Initiates preparation of the Chapter's annual budget;
  • Works with the Board of Directors and standing committees regarding event budgets and sponsorships;
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the “Audit" and "Tellers" Committee.

Treasurer: Dean W. Koonts, ASLA

As an owner and Principal at Hough Beck & Baird Inc. (HBB), Dean brings more than 15 years of experience designing spaces primarily in the public realm in both large- and small-scale infrastructure projects. His project work focuses on a variety of multidisciplinary projects including transit, transportation, waterfronts, higher education, parks/trails, and land use code development and planning. He also has specialized training in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design through the National Crime Prevention Council and in leadership development and small business management.



  • Maintains a record of the proceedings of the Chapter's Board of Directors meetings;
  • Leads compilation of and issues the Chapter's Board of Directors meeting agendas;
  • Administers annual and special elections: prepares, issues, and receives election ballots, and notifies candidates of election results;
  • Maintains the Constitution and Bylaws of the Chapter;
  • Organizes and sets the dates and times for the monthly Board of Directors Meetings;
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the "Public Relations & Communications" Committee.

Secretary: Janelle Lotzgesell, ASLA

As an Associate with Jones and Jones in Seattle, Janelle is a Washington native whose work at Jones and Jones focuses on multiple types of projects, including zoos, interpretive plans, and education centers. Her work previous to joining Jones and Jones kept her in New Orleans, where she collaborated with a non-profit organization in the Lower Ninth Ward to promote food justice and social resilience as a component of her master's thesis, in conjunction with practicing with a design-build firm.




  • Stays informed on Chapter and Society goals and objectives, policies, programs, services, activities and events;
  • Serves as the Chapter representative on the Board of Trustees of ASLA;
  • Facilitates the conduct of the business of ASLA by bringing the Chapter perspective to the Board of Trustees and the national perspective to the Board of Directors and members of the Chapter;
  • Facilitates the conduct of the business of the Board of Trustees by serving on standing councils or committees, special study groups or task forces, or as a representative or delegate of the Society; and acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the “Advocacy” and “Fellowship & Scholarship” Committees.

Current Trustee: Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

 A Montréal native, Marieke moved to Seattle in 2000. A principal at GGLO, Marieke co-manages the Landscape Architecture group which she has been a part of for 14 years. She has assembled a talented team of professionals at GGLO that is committed to sustainable practices, collaborative design, and driven to work on urban, high-density projects that build community and resiliency. The firm’s commitment to sustainability both in external practice and internal operations has been instrumental in their creative process.  




  • Represents a cross-section of the Chapter’s regional membership;
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the “Student and Emerging Professionals” Committee;
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for university professional advisory councils or boards
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for WASLA student chapters.

Current Members-at-Large:

For state-wide Washington: Derrick Eberle, ASLA

My passion for landscape architecture is driven by the responsibility that comes with it. As trends change and new issues arise in the environment, our field consistently adapts to incorporate the best solutions for a site that will benefit our way of life, and ultimately our planet. I'm thankful to be able to contribute to a field that is at the forefront of critical planning and strives to ensure quality of life for future generations. The reach of our profession inspires me, and I hope to leave this world a better place through my work.After a 2005-2010 tour in the WSU LA program (last of the 5-years degrees!), I journeyed to Europe to connect with my Swiss heritage before beginning my career. It was an experience that showed me how another culture has thrived living in a space much smaller than the United States for a much longer time period, and provided perspective on design that I would not have had otherwise. I am currently an associate at Bruce Dees & Associates, a Tacoma landscape architecture firm that's been defining places in the Puget Sound area and beyond for the past thirty years. I manage projects from design through construction review, the majority of which are for public jurisdictions. This provides an opportunity to visit sites and share them with friends and family, long after the project finishes.I am amazed at how much I have learned working in this field, and how much more there is still to learn. It is an awesome profession to be in, and one that I am very proud to be a part of. 

For eastern Washington: Steele Fitzloff , ASLA

After graduating from Washington State University, Steele began his design career in Spokane, where he is currently part of the landscape architecture team at Bernardo Wills Architects PC. Over the past nine years, Steele has worked on a wide variety of projects in both the public and private realm, and he has a particular interest in K-12 schools, higher education facilities, parks, and sports complex type projects. His interest in these projects generally stems from Steele's passion for the outdoors and sports. Following this passion has allowed Steele be a part of many unique experiences and volunteer opportunities, and in particular working with youth via coaching/mentoring. Steele's free time is generally filled with golf, basketball, fishing, camping/glamping in his wife's vintage trailer, and growing his salsa garden.

For western Washington: Lucas Vannice, ASLA

Lucas Vannice is a passionate landscape designer who is excited about landscape architecture. This excitement stems from his belief that the profession is uniquely positioned to address many of the issues facing our society today. A key component to addressing these issues is service. Through public service, landscape architects will continue to improve quality of life and health in communities, the region, and ecosphere. The belief that landscape architecture is a services-based profession has been a driving force for Lucas career; he has been heavily involved in leadership positions in and outside of WASLA since his college career.
As a student at Washington State University, Lucas was involved in the Student Chapter by serving one year as PR & Communications representative and one year as Student Chapter president. As president, Lucas attended ASLA Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., which provided a deep understanding of the critical role ASLA plays in advocating for the profession to state and federal elected officials. Following college, Lucas took a brief jaunt to circumnavigate Iceland via bicycle, an experience that provided clarity, breathtaking views, and allowed him to reflect on his collegiate service efforts.

For more information please contact WASLA at Phone: 360-867-8820;  Email: [email protected]