Our People in Landscaping Austin, Texas
Passionate professionalism. That is our mantra, and we only employ those who embody that philosophy in all that they do. From our talented and creative landscape designers, to our in-house construction teams, we are passionate about outdoor design and construction.
Meet the professionals that deliver dreams from Southern Landscape:
Blake Hearnsberger - Blake is passionate about customer service, having managed exclusive resort businesses prior to serving as President of Southern Landscape.
Blake has a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University, is a licensed pesticide applicator for the State of Texas, and a Texas Licensed Irrigator.
Blake and his wife, Leah, are can be found at the baseball diamond with their son, or horseback arena with their daughter.
Jason Hearnsberger - With a background in commercial finance, Jason serves as Chief Financial Officer for the company.
Jason earned his BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Actively involved, he serves as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 772, Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 772, and is a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church
. Jason and his wife, Julie, chase their three boys from Scouts, to soccer, to theater, to guitar, to band, to campouts, to service projects, back to socce …
Whitney Griffin, PhD - Whitney Griffin has a passion for horticultural design, serving as Design Manager for Southern Landscape. Prior to Southern Landscape, Whitney taught Landscape Design and Contracting courses at Texas A&M University, after designing and managing over 2.2 million square feet of landscapes for a Baltimore-based contractor.
Whitney earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in Horticulture from Auburn University and a PhD in Plant Science from University of Maryland.
Whitney is a live music aficionado and proud to call Austin home.
Colleen Weynand - Colleen is a professional landscape designer with a talent for translating customer requests into beautiful landscapes. A former intern with Southern Landscape, Colleen brings thoughtful energy into her designs.
A 3rd generation Aggie, she earned a BS in Horticulture with minor in plant breeding at Texas A&M University before joining Southern Landscape.
Colleen is active on Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Committee and loves to paddleboard Lady Bird Lake.
Sara Heitner - Sara brings fun and creativity to her role as a landscape design professional. A California native, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Horticulture.
Sara is an artist, both in landscape design and other forms, and loves to spend time in the Austin outdoors with her dog.
Megan Tighe - Megan is a design professional with a keen eye and creative spirit.
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Megan earned her AAS from Johnson County CC before transferring to Texas A&M University for a BS in Horticulture with emphasis in Landscape Design.
New to Austin, Megan and her husband, David, love taking advantage of the Austin outdoors; hiking, kayaking, and exploring new coffee shops with their dog.
Darron Jamail - Darron serves as Construction Manager for Southern Landscape, as he has for over 30 years. Darron has built every style of outdoor project known to man, and his expertise in construction is a huge asset to the company and our clients.
Darren and his wife, Joy, spend countless hours making sure their grandchildren get into just the right amount of trouble.
Mike Stangle - Mike serves as Production Manager for Southern Landscape.
A former horticulture business owner and alumni of the TruGreen/ChemLawn and Scott companies, Mike brings a wealth experience to the company.
Mike is an Air Force veteran and loves to golf, working desperately to maintain his amateur status.
Hope Burkhart - Hope is an energetic leader with an infectious smile and "can-do" attitude. Passionate about customer service, Hope manages the Estate Maintenance division of Southern Landscape.
Originally from Austin, Hope earned a bachelor's degree from Texas State University and joined the company after serving in a similar capacity in the Dallas area.
Hope and her wife, Shannon, spend their spare time chasing their young son around the local parks.
Shannon Connelly - As Office Manager, Shannon helps keep Southern Landscape operating smoothly. She is the engine that makes Southern Landscape run and the friendly voice on the end of the phone.
Shannon loves spending time with her young granddaughter, never needing to be convinced to babysit.