Jay is the Founder and former President of J. W. Townsend Landscapes and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. With over three decades 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.
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, VA Pesticide Technician, and LEED accredited professional. Leigh enjoys spending time with his wife, working in his yard, hunting, fishing, and Clemson football – Go Tigers!
Kelley has an accounting degree and an English degree from Virginia 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.
Allyn is grateful to have this opportunity to share her decades of experience as a human resources strategic partner with J.W. Townsend Landscapes as the company’s Human Resources Manager. She joined the team in February of 2023, bringing a genuine commitment to workforce development and community service.
Allyn’s human resources career began with ARA Services (now ARAMARK Corporation) as a Regional Human Resource Manager. When her family relocated to Charlottesville, Allyn worked for the University of Virginia Department of Human Resources as a Senior Human Resource Consultant before joining the leadership team at Farmington Country Club as Human Resource Manager, a role she cultivated for 23 years. Allyn’s recent community service includes Workforce Development Board Member for Virginia Career Works, Employer Network Partner for Network2Work at PVCC, and Steering and Grant Committees Member of Women United in Philanthropy.
Lynn has been with JWT since 2010.
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.
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 Landscapes 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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda has been a part of the JWT team since March of 2016, and has been a vital part of our accounting team. She loves to craft, travel, and watch her favorite Broadway musicals like RENT, Les Misérables, and Beetlejuice.
Phil is Vice President and Installation Manager. He attended the University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Before joining J.W. Townsend 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 enjoys hunting, fishing and competitive shooting.
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.
Brian has been bringing expert knowledge to our Meadows department since February of 2020. With a Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech, Permaculture Design Certification, and Commercial Applicator Certification he is an indispensable part of the JWT team! Fun fact: he was also a CH-47 helicopter pilot in the Army.
Marcus joined J.W. Townsend in 2006 and has been a Foreman for nearly that long. When he is not installing beautiful landscapes enjoys fishing, hunting, raising hunting dogs, and spending time with his family.
Sharon joined our team in the fall of 2022 and has always been fascinated by the world's biology in her work. She maintained a vivarium and its irrigation system in the biology department of UVA and is currently working towards a VNLA certification. In her free time, she enjoys gardening or researching about gardening. Fun fact: while in lab research she successfully performed in vitro on a zebrafish and created a hybrid dish by natural spawn.
Steve is our Vice President and Garden Maintenance Manager. Steve was raised on his family’s farm in Orange, Virginia and studied horticulture at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He has more than 20 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 is a true leader; he has an infectious personality, a great attitude and truly enjoys what he does for a living. In 2016 he was awarded Young Professional of the Year by the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. He lives in Louisa, Virginia with his wife and three children. They enjoy gardening, hiking and traveling.
Mike joined JWT in 2001 after studying horticulture at Piedmont Community College. In addition to his 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.
Luke Puglia manages that landscape maintenance department at JW Townsend Landscapes. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and is a Penn State graduate with a B. S. in Horticulture. He has over 20 years of experience in the green industry working as a garden center assistant, grower, plant buyer, and landscaper. He is a VNLA certified horticulturist, commercial pesticide applicator, and a certified arborist. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking with his wife and two children. Luke has been with company since 2014.
Patrick started with us in the summer of 2019. With his BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Christopher Newport University, he worked for two Parks & Recreation departments before coming to JWT. He is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist, a Commercial Pesticide Applicator, and a great addition to our team. Fun fact: He has a "tree bucket list" of beautiful and interesting trees around the world that he would like to visit.
Sarah joined our team in the summer of 2020 and brought with her an Associates Degree of Science from PVCC. She is a registered pesticides applicator and is working towards a VNLA certification.
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.
Trevor joined our team in March of 2017. He studied at PVCC, is a registered pesticides technician, and a VNLA certified horticulturist. Since joining J.W.T., he's held positions as Head Gardener in our HotPots and Residential divisions.
Rollin was born and raised in Indiana. He joined J.W. Townsend in 2013 and quickly 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!
Thomas joined J.W.T. in the fall of 2016. He studied horticulture and landscape design at PVCC, has 22 years of landscaping experience, and is a VNLA certified horticulturalist and registered pesticide technician.
Caleb joined our team in the spring of 2019 with prior experience as Groundskeeper at Farmington Country Club.
Todd joined J. W. Townsend Landscapes in November 2018. He has a B. S. degree from Concord University and is a Registered Pesticide Technician. He has been installing landscapes since 2014 and has a background in design and nursery management. Todd enjoys listening to music and going to concerts when he's not creating beautiful landscapes.
Kevin has been working with JWT since 2019, bringing his Associate's Degree in Science from PVCC, VNLA, and registered pesticide technician status to our team!
A graduate of Charlottesville High School, Donnell has been working with JW Townsend Landscape since May of 2017 with a Certified Petisides license. He also makes the best cheesecake at JWT!
Jen joined our team in the summer of 2021 as a lifetime gardener and nurturer of nature. She holds both a pesticides certification and the VNLA certification, and hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014!
Tate started with us in the summer of 2017 and is a VNLA-VCH certified horticulturalist, ISA certified arborist, and licensed pesticide & fertilizer applicator, and passionate home 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!
Pele joined J.W. Townsend in 2020. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Albright College in Pennsylvania; she also has 7 years in Virginia landscape gardening experience and over a decade of organic vegetable gardening experience in VA and PA.