The mission of the American Society of Landscape Architects is to lead, educate and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.  The Twin States Conference is a partnership of the Mississippi and Alabama Chapters of ASLA, established to promote these goals; to showcase the beauty, culture and history of each state; and is the Chapters’ primary fundraising activity each year.


Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA, President

Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, is known and respected as an articulate, diplomatic and credible spokesperson for the profession of landscape architecture.  A pragmatic visionary, she combines the abilities to listen, synthesize, and facilitate with the insight to move forward and take action.  Her leadership style is collaborative, demonstrating her firm belief that we must work together to support the growth and future of the profession.  
A graduate of Iowa State University, Vaughn has worked for forty years in both small landscape architectural firms and as a partner in interdisciplinary firms.  Her management of a wide variety of project types has given Vaughn a broad understanding of the issues landscape architects face in both private and public practice.
Vaughn‘s sustained involvement in the ASLA has been an integral part of her landscape architecture practice. She completed a term as Vice President for Finance and Investments after serving as chair of the Finance and Audit Committees, helping to lead the society through challenging financial times. Since relocating to Seattle, she is leading the advocacy efforts for the Washington Chapter.  In acknowledgement of her dedicated service to the society she was honored to receive the 2014 ASLA Presidents Medal.

Mario Cambardella, PLA, ASLA serves as Urban Agriculture Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, for the City of Atlanta. Mario is a licensed landscape architect, a Certified Erosion and Sedimentation Design Professional, and holds a master of Environmental Planning and a master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Mario is the City of Atlanta's first Urban Agriculture Director and is responsible for ag-related policy development and program management, and is a technical expert for food-producing landscapes in the city. From 2007-2008 Mario had the distinct honor and privilege to work under esteemed landscape architect Lois Shindelbower Mash while at SiteWorks Studio, a ValleyCrest Company. Mario is an Eagle Scout and current member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, and the American Community Gardening Association. 

Amanda Storey is the Director of Partnerships at and Executive Director of the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, where she is  responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization and works to secure local, regional, federal, and national funding partners. She also develops and maintains strategic community and school-based alliances, manages donor relationships, and connects Jones Valley Teaching Farm to health, food, and education-focused coalitions currently working at the local, state, and national levels. Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s in-school food education model, Good School Food, has grown from one to seven schools in the Birmingham City School system over the last three years, covering Pre-K-12th grade. Prior to joining Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Amanda’s roles have included Assistant Director at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Assistant Vice President of Community Health & Wellness at the United Way of Central Alabama, and Marketing Manager at Cooking Light Magazine.

Jeremy BaileyGreenBlue Urban—Jeremy Bailey is a senior consultant at GreenBlue Urban, where his experience covers a broad range including low impact development, urban tree planting, and sustainable stormwater management. His knowledge offers many insights into the values of incorporating green infrastructure designs into the urban landscape, providing many solutions that are being utilized globally. Jeremy collaborates closely with landscape architects, civil engineers, and urban designers to provide a flow through circle of all the multiple disciplines encompassing the constructor in the loop and coming directly back to benefit the ultimate client – city residents. Jeremy has provided speeches at green infrastructure and sustainable development conferences across the continent and has lectured at universities in the United States and Canada.

Ben Page, Keynote Speaker

Growing up in Tennessee, Ben gleaned knowledge of the land, natural systems, and horticulture during a childhood spent on his grandparents' and great-grandparents' farms, long before he considered landscape architecture as a career. While he was pursuing a medical education with the intent of becoming a doctor, fate intervened and he discovered a passion for his chosen field. Specializing in residential landscape architecture, his work is richly detailed and often incorporates a deep combination of historical influences interpreted for the 21st century. Ben loves interacting with clients, and highly values the relationships that evolve during a project. He also considers it his great fortune to have had clients who deeply share his passion. As his work has evolved, the influence of his farm roots has begun to assert itself more often, and he has become more involved in horse farm management, hunting plantation management and master planning for environmentally based communities. His work has been published nationally and featured on HGTV, and has received numerous awards. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors in 1973 from the University of Georgia.

Ben Wieseman, Director of Catalytic Development for REV Birmingham, is responsible for managing REV’s catalytic development team, undertaking development projects owned and managed by REV and projects realized in partnership with private developers.  He manages REV’s real estate holdings and works closely with its business development team to place clients and new businesses in spaces throughout the City.  He manages and participates in projects with public and private entities seeking improvements in the public realm related to public art, infrastructure, and real estate development. Ben holds a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Auburn University and is trained and licensed as a landscape architect in the state of Alabama. In addition Ben is a certified planner with the American Planning Association and holds a certificate with the United States Green Building Council as a LEED AP professional. Ben continues to teach and serve as an adjunct professor for Auburn University along with facilitating charrettes and design meetings across the state. He serves on the Design Review Board for the City of Birmingham, is a board member for Design Alabama, and serves on several professional leadership positions in the state.

Panelists for “Growth in Birmingham Discussion” 
James Fowler - UAB - Director of Planning, Design and Construction
Michael Ward - City of Birmingham Planner
Meredith Calhoun -  Corporate Realty
Tammy Cohen -Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds Architects

Kathleen Kirkpatrick is Director of Community for Alabama and Mississippi, U.S. Green Building Council, where she manages the organization's development, programming, and strategic direction to advance sustainable development practices and the green building marketplace.
Kathleen grew up mostly in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she returned in 2012 to work in sustainable design and development after her hometown was devastated by a tornado. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemical and ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University.
Prior to her work with USGBC, Kathleen consulted on a variety of sustainability-related activities, worked in design sales, and managed National Environmental Policy Act compliance for both public and private sector concerns. A dedicated advocate for environmental and social justice and historic preservation, she is a board member of Coosa Riverkeeper and volunteers with a number of other non-profit organizations. In 2016 she joined the Architecture Advisory Board for the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University. Kathleen has held a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C credential since 2009, and is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Rebecca Dunn Bryant is the managing partner and senior consultant with Watershed. Watershed partners with architecture and engineering teams, building owners, developers and contractors to create green building solutions tailored to the specific climate and culture of the Deep South.  Watershed offers professional education and training to architects, engineers, realtors, and LEED Accredited Professionals. They also work with local schools to provide green building field trips to the next generation of green leaders. Rebecca is frequently a featured speaker at regional sustainability conferences in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Since 2008, she has provided green building training to over 2,500 professionals and over 250 school children. Rebecca is a registered architect and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2002. She is also trained and certified in Permaculture Design and Passive House Consulting. Rebecca has served in a leadership capacity with the U.S. Green Building Council for 10 years, currently as LEED faculty.  

Steven Hare is the Southeast Regional Manager for Landscape Structures, based in Delano, Minnesota. He has been with Landscape Structures, one of the nation’s leading playground equipment, waterplay and shade manufacturers, for the past ten years. Steve, who resides in Fort Mill, South Caronia with his three children, is responsible for managing twelve Southeastern states and recruiting new distribution partners. He works closely with customers and sales teams, ensuring his clients receive the best solution for their needs. His experience in the playground and landscape industry spans over 27 years. He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and enjoys the opportunity to speak and educate Park and Recreation professionals, landscape architects, city officials and school principals through seminars on Playground Safety, Natural Play, New Playground Innovations and Trends, and Accessibility and Inclusive Designs for All Ages and Abilities. Steve has worked as a landscape designer, project manager, sales manager and trainer. He can be reached at 803.981.4851 or

Cheryl Morgan, retired director of Auburn Urban Studio, is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University.  In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State, and California College of Arts and Crafts.  For the last twelve years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama. Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator. Cheryl is a member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Jane R. Ross, PLA, ASLA, has been practicing Landscape Architecture for 34 years, with experience throughout the Southeast.  She recently returned to work with Goodwyn Mills Cawood (now re-branded as GMC) after a two-year hiatus with Jane Reed Ross, Landscape Architecture, Inc.  Prior to that she worked seven years with Goodwyn Mills and Cawood as the lead landscape architect on Rotary Trail,  Jones Valley Trail, and the Red Rock Greenway Master Plan.  Combining quality design with environmentally holistic solutions, Jane’s work has created spaces that have a sense of place and encourage people to engage in active lifestyles and build community.

Lois Mash, PLA, ASLA, recognizes that a great deal of her success is due to her clients, her thirty-seven years of design experience and her childhood relationship with gardens and the environment. She has consistently kept her business small enough that she can continue fostering deep relationships through personal service, collaborative design solutions and tangible results. While the majority of her firm’s design projects are complex, mixed-use developments, Lois applies the same design principles and attention to her clients’ desires and goals for all of her work, including residential design and painting.

Lea Ann Macknally, PLA, is a Landscape Architect and President of Macknally Land Design. Upon graduating from Mississippi State University in 2000, Lea Ann put down roots in Birmingham. Her professional experience has allowed her to foster a passion for the design of public spaces and sustainable landscapes through projects such as Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children and Railroad Park. This passion has led to opportunities in promoting native landscape design and restoration, integrated stormwater management, and the importance of civic spaces. She leads the firm’s focus in the philosophy of creating innovative and collaborative design concepts with a strong practical foundation. Her understanding and ability to balance the desires and needs of the client and characteristics of the site is clear in the firm’s strong portfolio of long-term clients and successful projects. In addition, Lea Ann’s belief in education and conservation is evident in her work with ACE Mentor of Alabama, Your Town Alabama and Cahaba River Society.