Our Team

At J.W. Townsend, our people make all the difference. We seek out the most qualified, passionate professionals in our field. Take a moment to meet our team and explore what literally defines “The Townsend Way”, our people.
Our Certifications & Experience
Our staff has over 550 cumulative years of horticultural experience and:
•32 Virginia Certified Horticulturists
•37 Registered Pesticide Technicians
•32 College Graduates
•2 Advanced Certified Horticulturists
•3 ISA Certified Arborists

Administration

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    Jay Townsend Founder #

    Jay Townsend

    Founder

    Jay is the Founder and President of J. W. Townsend Landscapes and hold a B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. With over thirty-one years of industry experience, Jay is a Virginia Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. Jay enjoys the outdoors, especially sailing and fishing with his sons and wife.

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    Leigh Townsend President #

    Leigh Townsend

    President

    Leigh joined J. W. Townsend, Inc. in July 2010. He has a B. S. degree from Clemson University in Construction Science and Management. He is also a VNLA Certified Horticulturist, a VA Pesticide Technician, and he is a LEED accredited professional. Leigh enjoys spending time with his wife, working in his yard, hunting, fishing and Clemson football – Go Tigers!

    Favorite Project
    Kinloch
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    Adam Crouch Sales Manager #

    Adam Crouch

    Sales Manager

    Adam came to JWT in 2005 as a gardener in the Fine Gardening division and has worked in practically every division of JWT. He studied Turf and Landscape Management at Virginia Tech and is also an Advanced Horticulturist through the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. He has over twelve years of horticultural experience and is truly passionate about people, plants and landscape construction. When he's not working on award winning landscape projects, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two daughters Haden and Myla.

    Favorite Project
    Parenting my two kids!
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    Kelley Withers Accounting Director #

    Kelley Withers

    Accounting Director

    Kelley has an accounting degree and an English degree from VA Tech. She likes Hostas, Heuchera, Irises, Azaleas, Periwinkle, and home-grown tomatoes. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking and playing with her dogs, reading, hiking, and avoiding housekeeping.

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    Geoff Shaw Project Coordinator #

    Geoff Shaw

    Project Coordinator

    Geoff hails from Maine and holds a degree in Agribusiness and Resource Management from the University of Maine in Orono. Since moving to Charlottesville in 2004, he has worked on and managed fine properties and estates throughout Albemarle county. Geoff has a class A CDL, is a VNLA certified horticulturist and holds a pesticide applicator certification. When not at J.W. Townsend, Inc., he enjoys anything to do with water and spending time with his family and dogs.

    Favorite Project
    Expertly shearing rows of Boxwoods to perfectly match...
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    Lynn Govoruhk Human Resources Administrator #

    Lynn Govoruhk

    Human Resources Administrator

    Lynn has been with JWT since 2010.

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    Todd Hyer Sales Assistant / Design #

    Todd Hyer

    Sales Assistant / Design

    Todd is a Landscape Architect and Sales Associate. He has a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park. He is also a Pesticide Technician and a registered Landscape Architect in Maryland and Virginia. Before joining J.W. Townsend, Inc. in 2016, Todd worked in the Baltimore area as a registered Landscape Architect and managed the Installation Team at a local landscape nursery. Todd enjoys working outside in his garden and having fun with his wife Kristen and two daughters Kendall and Meghan.

Garden Installation

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    Philip J. Ofrias, III Vice President / Garden Installation Manager #

    Philip J. Ofrias, III

    Vice President / Garden Installation Manager

    Phil is Vice President and Installation Manager. He attended the University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Before joining J.W. Townsend, Inc. in 1991, Phil worked in the nursery industry assisting with the production of field grown shade trees and ornamentals. Phil is a Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, a Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator and a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. Phil lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing and competitive shooting. phil@townsendlandscape.com

    Favorite Project
    Every single one...
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    Jerry Simmons Property Resource Manager #

    Jerry Simmons

    Property Resource Manager

    Jerry is the Property Resource Manager in our Installation Department. Before joining J.W. Townsend, Inc. in 2017, Jerry worked in Land, Forest, and Field Management. As a Utility Forester, he identified, coordinated, and controlled invasive plant and tree species. Jerry is a registered pesticide technician, has a CDL license, and is CPR certified. He is a graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School and has an Associate’s degree in Forest Technology. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys cooking, gardening, and making memories with his family and friends on outdoor adventures.

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    Mike Ferguson Supervisor #

    Mike Ferguson

    Supervisor

    Mike joined JWT in 2001 after studying horticulture at Piedmont Community College. In addition to over 13 years of experience working at JWT, he is a Virginia Certified Horticulturalist, Certified Pesticide Applicator and holds a Virginia CDL class license. When he's not installing award winning landscapes, Mike enjoys hiking, target shooting and cooking BBQ.

    Favorite Project
    Planting perfect Boxwood hedges...
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    Marcus Bowles Foreman #

    Marcus Bowles

    Foreman

    Marcus has worked for JW Townsend for twelve years and has been a Foreman for nearly that long. He is a great guy who loves to spend time with his family and hunt and fish as much as possible!

    Favorite Project
    Private residence at the Homestead
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    Todd Stackhouse Foreman #

    Todd Stackhouse

    Foreman

    William (Todd) has a B. S. degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. He is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist and is a pesticide applicator. He joined J. W. Townsend, Inc. in March 2006. Earlier in his career, he owned a nursery as well as a landscape construction company that specialized in patios, walkways, and water features. He is a great cook, and also enjoys spending time with his family, running, hiking, and woodworking.

    Favorite Project
    My favorite project is the summer garden at Monticello.
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    Dakota Rothgeb Foreman #

    Dakota Rothgeb

    Foreman

    Dakota grew up in the beautiful hills of Earlysville Virginia. A graduate of Albemarle High School, Dakota joined JWT in 2011 as a planting assistant. Since then, Dakota has thrived as a member of the meadow installation team as well as many other garden installation projects and recently became a VNLA certified horticulturist. In his spare time, Dakota enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his beautiful wife.

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    Andrew Mueller Property Resource Field Staff #

    Andrew Mueller

    Property Resource Field Staff

    Andrew earned a Bachelor's in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in 2004. He is a NC Certified Horticulturist and is a VA certified pesticide technician. Andrew enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge in the spring, redbuds in bloom and working in the vegetable garden.

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    Derrin Hayes Plant Buyer #

    Derrin Hayes

    Plant Buyer

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    Conrad Hershberger Nursery Manager #

    Conrad Hershberger

    Nursery Manager

    Conrad began working with JWT in June of 2016. He is a VNLA certified horticulturist and a registered spray technician. Conrad has over 12 years of landscaping experience in the field and working at garden centers. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and family, and pruning in the garden.

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    Kevin Eavey Foreman #

    Kevin Eavey

    Foreman

    Kevin has been with J.W. Townsend Landscapes since March of 2012.

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    Reuel Sheldon IV Foreman #

    Reuel Sheldon IV

    Foreman

Landscape Management

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    Steve Pekary Vice-President / Landscape Management Director #

    Steve Pekary

    Vice-President / Landscape Management Director

    Steve is our Vice President and Garden Maintenance Manager. Steve grew up on his family’s farm in Orange, Virginia and studied horticulture at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He has more than 10 years of experience in the industry and is an Advanced Virginia Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. Steve lives in Louisa with his wife and three children. They enjoy gardening, hiking and traveling.

    Favorite Project
    Free Union Perennial Garden (private residence)
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    Luke Puglia Landscape Director #

    Luke Puglia

    Landscape Director

    Luke is a Penn State graduate with a B. S. in horticulture and has over 10 years of experience in the industry. He is a VNLA certified horticulturist and holds a commercial pesticide applicators license. Luke joined the team in 2014 after moving from his home in Philadelphia. He enjoys traveling, hiking and snowboarding with his wife as well as playing music with friends.

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    Ernesto Dovis Special Projects Manager #

    Ernesto Dovis

    Special Projects Manager

    Ernesto rejoined our group in June 2013 after working for J.W. Townsend 2005-2010 as an installation project manager. He has over 10 years experience in the field, and has been certified by both the VLNA and ISA and holds a Class A CDL. Ernesto loves to spend time with his family and coaches his son's soccer team. His hobbies include permaculture and organic gardening. He spent a few years traveling, surfing, and working at organic farms.

    Favorite Project
    Mill Mountain Project
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    Edward “Bud” Smith Turf Manager #

    Edward “Bud” Smith

    Turf Manager

    Edward (Bud) moved to the Charlottesville area in 2006, and joined J. W. Townsend, Inc. in 2007. He is a graduate of N. C. State University. He is a member of the Virginia Turfgrass Council, and is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist and commercial pesticide applicator. He looks forward to travelling across the country again soon; in the meantime, he enjoys gardening, hiking, and reading.

    Favorite Project
    Teaching the Certified Fertilizer Applicator Training program
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    Danielle Brown Team Leader #

    Danielle Brown

    Team Leader

    Danielle holds a B. S. in Psychology from JMU and a certificate in Landscape Design from University of Richmond. She is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist as well as a Registered Technician for pesticide application. Danielle joined J. W. Townsend, Inc. in April 2010 after working in sales and landscape design at a local garden center. She enjoys many outdoor activities including gardening and being on the river but she mostly enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

    Favorite Project
    Garden Week 2010
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    Travis Foglesong Commercial Landscape Team Leader #

    Travis Foglesong

    Commercial Landscape Team Leader

    Travis holds a horticulture certificate from Stratford University and is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist as well as a certified commercial pesticide applicator. Prior to joining J.W. Townsend Landscapes in 2010, he was the Grounds Manager at Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., a Crew Leader at Ritz Carlton in Juniper Florida and held an externship with Brookside Garden in Wheaton, MD alongside a Master Gardner. Travis loves college football, spending time with friends and family and exercising his creative skills in woodworking.

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    Avery Ellis Hotpots Team Leader #

    Avery Ellis

    Hotpots Team Leader

    Avery joined our team last fall after working at Monticello's Center for Historic Plants. She earned a Bachelor's in Environmental Science from UVA and is an Advanced Virginia Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

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    Rollin Larrick Team Leader #

    Rollin Larrick

    Team Leader

    Rollin was born and raised in Indiana. He joined J.W. Townsend in 2013 and recently became a VNLA certified horticulturist. Outside of work, he enjoys watching sports with friends and playing music. He also loves to travel and has a goal of visiting all 50 states!

    Favorite Project
    Farm work at Private Farm in Charlottesville
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    Cory Hash Head Gardener #

    Cory Hash

    Head Gardener

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    Jeffrey Miller Team Leader #

    Jeffrey Miller

    Team Leader

    Jeffrey is a Team Leader on our Fine Gardening / Landscape Management team. Jeffrey studied at The University of Rhode Island ad Salve Regina University. He is a Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association and is certified as a pesticide applicator. Jeffrey brings to JWT a wealth of experience in the horticulture industry and has worked with us since September of 2015.

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    Dave Thomas Head Gardener #

    Dave Thomas

    Head Gardener

    Dave has been with JWT since 2017. He is a Doctor of Naturopathy. He believes the holistic ecosystem of the human body is not unlike that of any landscape environment. Dave comes to JWT with over 20 years’ experience in Green Chemistry including environmental sustainability in industries related to water, energy, transportation, and foods. He is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist and a certified pesticide applicator. His Favorite ice cream is even from a tree, Pistachio!

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    Kyle Wensel Head Gardener #

    Kyle Wensel

    Head Gardener

    Kyle has a B. S. degree in Education and Social Studies/History. He is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist, pesticide applicator, and a certified payload operator. He joined J. W. Townsend Landscapes in August 2017. Earlier in his career, he was a teacher and taught high school Social Studies, Environmental Studies, and World Centuries. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially vegetable gardening, fly fishing for trout and archery.

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    Sierra Donovan Head Gardener #

    Sierra Donovan

    Head Gardener

    Sierra was born and raised in Michigan. She joined J.W. Townsend in 2017 and recently became a VNLA certified horticulturalist. Outside of work, she enjoys seeing live music with friends, bonsai, and camping. She also loves brewing mead and kombucha.

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    Brandon Layne Turf Assistant #

    Brandon Layne

    Turf Assistant

    Brandon is one of our valued Turf Assistants. He studied computer science and recreation / tourism management at Concord University and he studied turf management / golf course management at Rutgers University. He brings six years of turf management to the team. Brandon is a registered pesticide applicator with the State of Virginia.

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    Gerard Podoba Head Gardener #

    Gerard Podoba

    Head Gardener

    Gerard was raised in Poland before moving to the U.S. in the late 80's. Having the privilege to see both sides of the world allowed him much insight into how beautiful it is outdoors. Gerard found his true passion when he joined JWT as a horticulturalist in 2012. He enjoys the seemingly endless task of garden planning and loves inspiring people to get outdoors and enjoy nature!

    Favorite Project
    Pruning espalier trees...
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    Javier Sanchez Gardener #

    Javier Sanchez

    Gardener

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    Robert Slechta Turf Crew #

    Robert Slechta

    Turf Crew

    Robert is an Alliance College graduate with a B. S. in Business Management, is a registered pesticide technician, and is a certified VNLA horticulturist. He began his career in the industry right here in Charlottesville 25 years ago. When he is not working, he likes to spend time with friends and go hiking and camping. Go Hoos.

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