Meet Our Team

Jay Archer

Jay Archer

President, Landscape Ecologist

Jay Archer is one of the East Coast's leading advocates for ecological landscaping, native plants, and organic land care. In addition to creative landscape design, construction, and management, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from rain gardens and storm water management to wetland and ecological restoration. His firm, Green Jay Landscaping, works with homeowners, individuals, schools, and communities to improve the landscape environment, while conserving, preserving and protecting our precious natural resources for our children and our children's children. Jay says, "any given living space can be improved aesthetically, ecologically, and economically by analyzing and examining the existing conditions and then developing a design plan and an action protocol."


Lora Hugelmeyer

Lora Hugelmeyer

Principal

As a sailor, Lora developed a love of nature in all its manifestations. In a wonderfully mysterious and satisfying journey, she has developed a unique position to contribute her expertise in financial resource management and not-for-profit service to the ever-evolving ecological landscape movement. With boundless curiosity and generosity of heart, Lora unswervingly strives to achieve Green Jay's ultimate vision and mission to create models of ecologically-sustainable landscape environments.


Kathryn Saphire

Kathryn Saphire

Vice President of Landscape Development & Marketing

Kathryn's creative eye and innate curiosity for the natural world meld intuitively in the field of ecological landscaping. She studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Denver. She joined GJL seeking to reverse environmental degradation in a beautiful way, and she continues to be enamored by the intricacies of ecology around us. Kathryn assists GJL with project management, design renderings, gardening, marketing, and social media. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys backpacking, climbing, painting, and live music.


Aztlan Cabrera

Aztlan Cabrera

Manager: Landscape Construction & Masonry

Aztlan's love and natural affinity for working with stone is evident in each one of our uniquely-artistic projects. It takes a rare ability to combine landscape plants with elements of water and stone. His boundless enthusiasm, love of life, and timeless work ethic combine to imbue each landscape with joy. In his free time, Aztlan hones his rare rock and gem collection.


Jermaine Gilleo

Jermaine Gilleo

Landscape Foreman: Grounds Maintenance

Jermaine joined Green Jay with a traditional landscaping background and never looked back. He brings years of experience in construction and commercial landscaping, but, more importantly, his attitude toward learning and adopting ecological practices has been invaluable. As a landscape foreman, he has both the leadership and sense of camaraderie to motivate his team in all aspects of landscape installation and maintenance. Jermaine enjoys the process of transforming a property and working through every detail from start to finish. Beyond Green Jay, Jermaine spends time outdoors with his family and tackles his own home landscape projects.


Renee Ruhl

Renee Ruhl

Manager: Gardening

The intersection of people, place, and the environment has always fascinated Renee. She sees potential in the great outdoors to ground us, improve our well-being, and increase our awareness of the natural world. Her attention to, and appreciation of, the patterns and forms in nature inform her design perspective, along with her education at the Conway School, where she received a Masters of Ecological Design. Renee brings strong design and operations experience to the GJL team. Her work in architecture defined interior place-making, while her training in textiles honed her eye for color, pattern, aesthetics, and sourcing. In this new chapter, Renee seeks to transform our outdoor spaces to resonate physically, emotionally, and spiritually, while also addressing major ecological land-use concerns. In her free time, Renee enjoys exploring national parks and public gardens and trying local cuisine and hip coffee roasters in her international and domestic travels.


Alessandro Casiraghi

Alessandro Casiraghi

International Trainee Business Development Associate

Sharing the same holistic view of business as ecology, Alex ensures that every gear of the Green Jay organization works together in harmony. He studied public and non-profit business management at Bocconi University School of Management in Milan and has worked for ten years in both public and private companies. Alex joined Green Jay Landscaping from Italy to make a difference in the local environmental and ecological movement. In his free time, Alex likes pushing his limits and practicing endurance sports. He became an Ironman in September 2018.