Elections 2024

President - Two year term beginning October 2025

President-Elect: Anchalee Phaosawasdi

Annie Phaosawasdi, RLA

Annie Phaosawasdi is an Associate Principal at Hargreaves Jones and a registered landscape architect. She was the project manager and landscape architect for Zaryadye Park in Moscow, Russia; Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Carpenter Park in Dallas; Penn’s Landing Redevelopment for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Central Access Philadelphia Project, a 12-acre park that will cross I-95 and Columbus Boulevard to connect with the banks of the Delaware River, with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Annie currently serves as the President of the ASLA-NY chapter. Prior to that she served as the Education Committee Chair during which she spearheaded multiple programs promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession, through outreach and mentorship programs with the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Institute at Lehman College’s GEAR-UP initiative and Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy’s TIDES Program. She also hosted webinars on diversity and equality, collaborating with The City College of New York, as well as Career Discovery events for students and emerging professionals. Annie is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches courses in Landscape Design. Annie holds an MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BLA from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Treasurer - Two year term beginning October 2024

David Russo, RLA, ASLA

David Russo, PLA

David holds a bachelors in Applied Mathematics, and has done data and computational analysis in the health insurance space as well as at LexisNexis software. His career change began after meeting his first Landscape Architect while building hiking trails for the Boulder department of open space. From there he plowed ahead by receiving his MLA in 2001 and NYS licensure in 2004. He now has 20+ years of experience working with various firms such as MKW, Wagner Hodgson, Starr Whitehouse, his own practice R2P Studio, and he worked in Capital Projects at the NYBG. He has done a lot of pro-bono work with non-profit parks advocacy organizations, and he is currently finishing up a Master Plan for the Mosholu Parkway and Parkland in the Bronx with a small team of allied professionals supported through the Center for Architecture. He is now in the market for his next role.

David has spent 10 years on the NYASLA board, over 2 spans, and is currently Treasurer, co-chair of the Awards Committee, and on the Fellows Nominating Committee. He works tirelessly with his Co-Chair Nick on the multifaceted awards program, and cooperatively with Diane and the other officers on the organization's finances. He is running for re-election.

Executive Board – Two Year Term Beginning October 2024

Jacob Glazer, PLA, ASLA

Jacob Glazer, PLA, ASLA

I’d like to ask for your vote for re-election to the ASLA-NY Executive Board. I will continue finding ways to advocate, and to seek new opportunities for expansion of services and benefits to our chapter members.

I previously worked for over 10 years in the private sector, and now am working at NYC Parks as a Deputy Director of Landscape Architecture. I’m enjoying working on essential neighborhood parks and playgrounds, which are the vital ‘back yards’ to so many New Yorkers.

Landscape Architecture is many things, and as a chapter board we don’t just honor the beautiful high-end playscapes that everyone loves along the waterfronts—but also the smaller scale projects, the residential, the infrastructure—the many other circles of this venn diagram that make up our profession. We advocate for all aspects of Landscape Architecture. I want to continue engaging our chapter members who may otherwise feel overlooked or sidelined. We serve you all, and I look forward to continuing to serve.

Stephen Godanis, ASLA, MLA, MUD

Stephen Godanis, ASLA, MLA, MUD

Stephen is a landscape designer and urbanist who has been actively engaged with the ASLA-NY chapter since 2021. Through his diverse professional background and experiences with ASLA, he has seen firsthand landscape architecture’s capacity to inspire the public. Stephen holds an MLA from Boston Architectural College, a MUD from City College of New York and a BA in Urbanism from Indiana University, where he was a Sam Jones Scholar, a William Plater Scholar, and a MURI Scholar. During his studies, Stephen led multiple initiatives advocating for progressive sustainability policy, improving bicycle infrastructure, and initiatives that support urban agriculture.  Stephen has been an active volunteer with ASLA-NY, serving on the Programs Committee for over two years before joining the Communications Committee. He is excited to continue advocating for the profession as part of the ASLA-NY community through continued collaboration with allied organizations, as well as to further the impact of ASLA-NY through additional outreach to the local landscape architecture community.

Nickolas Koster, PLA, ASLA

Nickolas Koster, PLA, ASLA

Nick is the Vice President for Design at the Central Park Conservancy, where he leads the in-house design studio that executes restoration projects within Central Park. During his 17-year career in New York City, Nick's work has focused primarily on public realm and civic projects having previously worked at Snohetta and W-Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Nick has been a licensed landscape architect and ASLA member since 2018. Over the past two years, he has been an active member of the Chapter's Program Committee, where he has helped plan educational programs and networking opportunities for the Chapter, including the bi-annual 4-CEUs and a Beer. He has served as a speaker and panelist at numerous professional conferences and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. Nick resides in Brooklyn, where he volunteers to help maintain his Co-Op’s roof garden.

Nicholas Pettinati RLA, ASLA

Nicholas Pettinati RLA, ASLA

Nicholas Pettinati is Deputy Director of Urban Design at the New York City Department of Transportation. With more than 10 years of experience, he has worked on projects ranging from bridge reconstructions to streetscape redesigns to crafting design policy for the agency. Nick has been instrumental in advancing the agency’s design standards through the Street Design Manual, El-space initiative, multiple capital projects, as well as starting and cultivating a program to maintain landscaped areas in underserved parts of the city. More recently, he has worked to establish design requirements for the permanent outdoor dining program. To support that work, Nick lead an effort to prototype compliant roadway setups and establish the Dining Out NYC Marketplace.

Nick has been involved with ASLA-NY for more than a decade, volunteering on the programs committee and serving as a board member for the last six years. He is currently co-chair of the awards committee. In addition to his roles with ASLA-NY, Nick is an advisor for TreesNY and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Lucila Silva-Santisteban, ASLA

Lucila Silva-Santisteban, ASLA

Lucila Silva-Santisteban is a project designer at Enea Landscape Architecture NY a Swiss-based landscape design firm specialized in high-end residential and commercial design with a strong focus on horticulture with projects in the New York metropolitan area, Hong Kong and South America. Lucila has 8 years of professional experience working in large urban scale projects as well as small scale. She joined the ASLA in 2021 and is currently working for her licensure. As an active member of the ASLA-NY committee she contributes to the DEI committee on an ongoing basis. Apart from her professional development, she is drawn to promote the Landscape Architecture profession through community activities specially aimed at young POC professionals in the field visualizing the existing diversity. In her free time, she co-leads the RISD Latin+(mas) alumni group.

She holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota-Colombia).

Amy Verel, RLA, ASLA, ISA WEDG

Amy Verel, RLA, ASLA, ISA WEDG

Amy is a landscape architect, planner and ISA certified arborist whose career has centered around resilient design in cities. A registered landscape architect since 2015 and an ISA Certified Arborist since 2010, she has over 15 years of experience working in New York City, Long Island and Chicago.

She has dedicated her career to public landscapes and service, and is currently Senior Landscape Architect with the New York City Regional Office of New York State Parks. She also worked for NYC Parks in both Brooklyn Capital Design and the Capital Landscape Construction Unit over eight years. She graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Urban Studies and worked in environmental planning before obtaining dual MLA/MRP degrees at UMass Amherst.

An ASLA member since 2004, she served on the ASLA-NY Chapter Executive Board from 2010 – 2015. As a board member she chaired the Programs, Sponsorships and Communications committees and served on the President’s Dinner committee. She is looking forward to renewing her activities with ASLA-NY in the areas of advocacy, policy and education, and working towards increasing the visibility of landscape architecture as a STEM profession playing a crucial role in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Election Ballot

Election Ballot 2024
MANDATORY: Please enter your ASLA Member number in order to vote. If you do not remember your number, please contact director@aslany.org or ASLA National.
President- 2 year term beginning October 2025
Please choose one. Two year term.
Treasurer – Two year term beginning October 2024
Please choose one. Two year term.
Board Member – Two year term beginning October 2024
Please select up to 5 board members for two-year terms.
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