The Landscape Architecture program's Advisory Board provides important connections to stakeholders in the community at large, and informs about changes and new opportunities in the profession. Board members represent a variety of perspectives that make up the Landscape Architecture community, including city and regional planning, state agencies, the campus, local elected officials, landscape architects in private practice, conservation organizations, developers and alumni.

Board members serve as key advisors to the Chair and faculty, sharing their ideas and expertise, and making recommendations on the strategic plan for the program, curriculum and emerging trends in the industry. 

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Board Chair

Skip Mezger '74

Campus Landscape Architect

UC Davis

Board Members

David Bushnell '82


Bushnell Gardens Nurseries & Landscape Creations

Steven Canada

Principal Landscape Architect

HLA Group

Ruth Coleman

Director of State Parks

State of California

Judy Corbett

Executive Director

Local Government Commission

Kerry Daane Loux '78  (former Chair)

Landscape Architect

Don Franklin

Hunter Industries

Jim Gray

Managing Partner

NAI Sacramento Valley Commercial Real Estate

Ken Hiatt

Community Development Director

City of Woodland

David Mogavero

Principal Architect

Mogavero Notestine Associates

Don Saylor

Yolo County Board of Supervisors

Marq Truscott


Quadriga Inc. Landscape Architects

Erik Vink

Great Central Valley Program Director

The Trust for Public Land

Lynne Yackzan


Yackzan Group, Inc.

Past Members

Jay Beals

President and CEO

Beals Alliance

Susan Goltsman


Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc.

Ken Hough

Director of Planning

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Chris Hougie


Cornerstone Festival of Gardens

Michael McCarthy

Area Specification Manager, Northern California/Northern Nevada

Rain Bird Corporation

Tom Richman



Mitch Sears

Open Space Resource Coordinator

City of Davis Parks & Community Services

Helen Thomson

Supervisor, Second District

Yolo County


Ruth Coleman


California State Parks

Ruth Coleman currently serves as Director of California State Parks. She was appointed Chief Deputy for California State Parks in January 2002, after having joined the department in December 1999 as Deputy Director for Legislation.


Before coming to State Parks, Coleman worked as Policy Director for Assemblywoman Helen Thomson for one year, responsible for legislative issues relating to water, agriculture and land use. Prior to that she was Legislative Director for State Senator Mike Thompson, coordinating his legislative agenda and providing staff leadership on major environmental legislation such as a park bond, salmon and steelhead restoration; and the protection of the Headwaters Forest.

Ms. Coleman also has worked for the Air Resources Board in the electric vehicle program and the Office of the Legislative Analyst, focusing on fiscal and policy issues in the natural resources area, particularly the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Game. Prior to her work in Sacramento, she spent three years teaching mathematics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Southern Africa.

Ms. Coleman received her Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College.


Judy Corbett

Executive Director

Local Government Commission

Judith A. Corbett is the founder and for the past 25 years has served as Executive Director of the Local Government Commission. She holds an MS in Ecology from the University of California and was co-developer of the highly acclaimed Village Homes, a model for sustainable development located in Davis, CA. Corbett has coauthored three books on resource efficient land use and building design, most recently Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning from Village Homes.


With the Local Government Commission, she has published over 50 policy guidebooks for local government officials on topics including community water sustainability, hazardous waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and alternative energy, sustainable economic development, and resource-efficient land use patterns. The Ahwahnee Land Use Principles, spearheaded by Corbett, forecast the Smart Growth movement.

Corbett has served as a featured speaker at conferences throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. She was named by Time Magazine as a "Hero for the Planet" and in 2005 received the National Leadership in Planning Award from the American Institute of Planning. She serves as a Board member for the Rail-Volution Conference and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism for the past 15 years.

Kerry Daane Loux


Davis Operations MIG, Inc.

A registered landscape architect since 1980, Kerry Daane Loux is Director of Davis Operations for MIG, Inc., specializing in site-specific planning and design including parks and recreation, urban design, streetscapes and plazas, schools and community gardens, commercial and residential projects. Her primary responsibilities include project administration, public participation and outreach, design development, oversight of construction documents and construction administration.

daane loux

Prior to joining MIG, Loux managed a private practice in Davis, California. She previously worked with San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento region landscape architecture firms, including Amphion Environmental in Oakland and Melvin Lee Associates in San Francisco.

Loux has taught UC Davis Landscape Architecture and UC Davis Extension courses and is a founding member, currently Chair of UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program's Advisory Board. A member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 1976, she has served as Director and President of the Northern California Chapter.

Loux received a B.S. Environmental Planning and Management/Landscape Architecture from UC Davis in 1978.

Jim Gray, CCIM


NAI BT Commercial, Sacramento

As Jim Gray, a broker and developer for over 27 years, Gray advises landlords, tenants, business owners and government entities and other organizations in Investments, Office properties, Sale/Leasebacks, Development, REO, and Probate and Estate Advisory Services.


Gray was founder and president of Sacramento Valley Commercial Associates Inc., which did business for 8 years as NAI Sacramento Valley Commercial Associates and Coldwell Banker Commercial Capital Valley prior to the merger with BT Commercial. After the merger with NAIBT, Gray became the Sacramento Region's managing partner and helped with all aspects of planning, growth and the company's steering committee until returning to full time client service in July of 2008. Gray served a three-year term on the Leadership Council of NAI Global.

Jim Gray is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Community Business Bank; a former member of the Board of Directors of Yolo Community Bank, which was acquired by North Valley Bancorp; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sutter Health, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation headquartered in Sacramento that serves as the parent of a health care system that operates throughout northern California.

Gray is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a degree in Housing and Community Development. In addition, Gray is a graduate of the National Mortgage Bankers Association School of Mortgage Banking. Jim Gray and his wife, Robin Affrime, have been married since 1975. They live in a solar home that they built together in Davis, California. They have an adult son Jacob Gray, who resides in Portland, Oregon.

Ken Hiatt

Community Development Director

City of Woodland

Ken Hiatt has over 17 years of public sector experience as an urban planner. He oversees a broad range of public and private development projects. He manages the city's Redevelopment Agency's capital project program which includes a variety of downtown streetscape/urban design improvements, commercial reuse of city owned properties, and development of cultural / civic amenities. He has a particular interest in projects that involve multi-agency and public-private collaboration. His recent work includes the redevelopment of the area around the Davis train depot, establishment of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame Headquarters and Museum in Davis, and numerous private mixed-use and infill development projects.

Hiatt has also worked as a land planner in the private sector where he prepared construction drawings while working for a local landscape architecture firm, CoDesign, Inc. and managed application entitlements for a commercial development company.

Hiatt received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis in1994 with a minor in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.

Stephen "Skip" Mezger

Senior Landscape Architect

University of California, Davis

As senior landscape architecture for the University of California, Davis, Skip Mezger is in charge of landscape architecture, planning, project management, and project review for all exterior campus projects. He supervises a team five designers and inspectors and manages the campus memorial tree and bench program.


Mezger's current and recent projects include the design for the exterior of the RMI Winery and Brewery, Hotel and Conference Center, Native American Recognition Sites, the Centennial Quad Walk, Hunt Hall Landscape Improvements and the UCD Landscape Heritage Plan.

Before bringing his expertise back to campus in 1999, Mezger served as principal for CoDesign, Inc. in Davis where his foci included design implementation work, projects range from riparian systems, planned unit developments, multi-family housing, commercial and residential developments, and park master plans.

In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for the Landscape Architecture program, Mezger lectured for more than ten years in the program, teaching Introduction to Landscape Architecture, Landscape Construction, Site Details, Grading and Drainage.

Mezger received his BS in environmental planning and management from UC Davis and an MLA from the University of Oregon.

David Mogavero

Senior Principal

Mogavero Notestine Associates

David Mogavero has over 30 years experience in all areas of land use planning and building with special expertise in the areas of ecological building, environmental planning, infill development, urban design, energy efficient design and a unique and progressive perspective for community planning.


His commitment to human-based architecture, the revitalization of existing neighborhoods, economic and ecological sustainability of communities, and participation in the planning and design process by end-users is well-known and recognized within professional and citizen communities.

As one of the most experienced advocates and practitioners in land use transit issues in the Central Valley, Mogavero has actively lectured, written and advocated for environmentally-sound urban development, including infill and higher density transit and pedestrian oriented development. Through his professional practice and tenure as a board member and President of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and The Planning and Conservation League, he has facilitated the widespread adoption of these principles in many projects and communities throughout Northern California.

Helen Thomson

Retired Yolo County Supervisor, Second District

Helen McLeod Thomson began her public service career in 1974 when she was elected as a member of the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education. She served for three terms before being elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1986. After being re-elected in 1990 and 1994, she won the 8th District seat in the California State Assembly where she served three terms. In 2002, when her Assembly term ended, Thomson again won a seat on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. She was re-elected without opposition in June 2006.


As an Assemblywoman, Thomson established a strong legislative record in health care, mental health, water resources, public education, transportation and local government finance. She chaired both the Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on Mental Health and authored 81 bills signed into law by both Democratic and Republican governors. Most notably, Thomson authored AB 88, the mental health parity bill, which ended the historic discrimination in insurance benefits for those who suffer from severe mental illnesses, and AB 1421, "Laura's Law," which established a court ordered program of Assisted Outpatient Treatment for those persons who are severely mentally ill. Thomson has served on a variety of local and statewide boards, including as First Vice President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), where she chairs the Health and Human Services Committee as Chair of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Board of Directors, which provides transportation planning and funding for the six-county Sacramento region and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues and is the co-founder, along with Richard Rominger, of the Yolo Land Trust, which is focused on protecting the farm, open space and habitat lands in Yolo County.
Thomson is a registered nurse and the mother of three grown children as well as the proud grandmother of three grandchildren. She lives in Davis with her husband Captane P. Thomson, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist.

Marq Truscott, ASLA

Principal Landscape Architect


Marq Truscott has practiced landscape architecture for over twenty six years. He spent several years working in multi-disciplinary firms in Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles prior to starting his own office, in 1992. He formed Quadriga with his partners in1997, and is the managing prinicpal of their Sacramento office. A licensed landscape architect in the States of California and Nevada, his recent design projects include the renovation of Cesar E. Chavez Plaza Park, Sacramento City Hall Expansion, UC Davis Multi-use Stadium, and the Recreation and Wellness Center at Sacramento State.


A member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for almost two decades, Truscott has held many positions at the chapter, state and national levels. These include: California Sierra Chapter President, Treasurer, Board Member as well as, California Council President, Treasurer, and Board Member. In addition he has attended ASLA leadership development workshops and has chaired a number of ASLA sponsored events such as the Capitol Mall design charrette and Sacramento Zoo design charrette. In 1995, Truscott led the successful lobbying effort, for the CCASLA, at the State Capitol to address the licensure sunset legislation. He is currently completing his second term as Chairman of the Emerging Professionals Committee for ASLA.

Active in community affairs, Truscott currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Light Rail and Transit, Advisory Board for the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of California Davis, Board of Trustees for the Sacramento Theatre Company, and completed the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Sacramento" program in 2003. In addition, he is currently Chair of the Facilities Committee for the new California Academy of the Arts complex.

Erik Vink

Great Central Valley Program Director

The Trust for Public Land

Erik Vink joined the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in November 2003 as its Great Central Valley Program Director. He directs the land conservation efforts throughout the Central Valley for TPL, a national nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to conserving land for people. These efforts include riparian corridor, recreation land and agricultural land protection.


Prior to joining TPL, Vink served as Assistant Director of the California Department of Conservation, overseeing the state's farmland protection programs, including the Williamson Act and California Farmland Conservancy Program. He also worked for more than 10 years with American Farmland Trust as California Director and in a variety of other capacities. In the late 1980's, Vink worked on agricultural and natural resource issues in Washington, D.C. and California for U.S. Senator Alan Cranston

Vink holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis. He is a 1996 graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program as well as a 1997-98 Norman and Ruth Berg Fellow of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He currently serves as Chairman of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and President of the Friends of the Davis Public Library. He also serves as a board member of the California Agricultural Education Advisory Committee.

Reared in the small Fresno County, CA, farming community of Riverdale, he now resides in Davis.

Lynne Yackzan


Yackzan Group, Inc.

Lynne U. Yackzan has nearly 20 years experience in real estate development and property management. She is President and a Director of Yackzan Group, Inc., formally Wyatt Properties, Inc. a property management and real estate development firm.

As associate developer of the 110-acre Aspen neighborhood, Yackzan was responsible for all proceedings concerning annexation of the property to the City of Davis. The neighborhood includes 317 single-family homes, 346 multi-family units, a 5-acre professional administrative office site, an elementary school site, a 30-unit affordable housing senior project and the first co-housing project built in the United States, Muir Commons. She was instrumental in planning and developing Olympic Cottages and 30-unit age-restricted condominium project, 12 of which are permanently affordable rentals.

Yackzan was closely involved throughout the planning and implementation stages of the creation of West Pond, a 30-acre urban wildlife wetlands drainage pond. She managed the pond maintenance and plantings for 3 years prior to turning the project over to the City of Davis Public Works Department.

Yackzan is currently working on a 7-acre mixed–use redevelopment project fronting on the Sacramento River in the Triangle area of West Sacramento and heading up Yolo Property Management, a subsidiary of Yackzan Group, Inc.


Jay Beals

President and CEO

Beals Alliance, Inc.

Based in Sacramento and founded in 1978, beals alliance, inc. specializes in public and educational sector projects. Jay Beals has thirty-eight years of experience in the field of public practice landscape architecture with an emphasis in park and recreational planning and athletic facility planning and design. As a consultant to public agencies, Beals has concentrated his efforts in public projects that provide benefit to communities and youth through design of interactive spaces utilizing a cooperative community design process and client partnerships.


Beals received his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1971. He is an active volunteer in various organizations including California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS-State Board for Park Operations and District II Board of Directors), Past President of the Northern California Chapter of Sports Turf Managers Association (NCC/STMA), Public Practice Committee member of American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), Rotary (Past Board of Directors San Jose and President Elect for the Rancho Murieta Chapter), and past member and Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He speaks regionally and nationally on Park and Athletic Planning, Sustainable Environments and Human Relations.

Jay and his wife, Sally, have two grown sons: Seth, who is with the Beals Alliance team; and Josh, who is in the US Army based in Washington. Jay enjoys spending time at his beach house, which provides a peaceful environment to read and contemplate life. He has also developed a passion for the art of Bonsai and creates miniature tree compositions. Creating community continues to remain at the forefront of his passions.

Susan Goltsman

Founding Principal

Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG), Inc.

Susan Goltsman is a founding principal of Moore, Iacofano, Goltsman (MIG), Inc., who specializes in applying social science to site-specific environmental design for children, youth and families. Her projects range from schools and community parks to zoos and museums. She creates unique environments that respond to the community, organization, user needs, the functions of the facility and the context. Goltsman has served on regulatory committees of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB), developing accessibility guidelines for recreation and outdoor environments. She also served on national committees to adapt the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards to children’s environments and create guidelines for play areas. She has taught at Stanford University and served as an advisor to UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Exploratorium and the Adaptive Environments Center.


Goltsman is the author of several books, including Play for All Guidelines, a groundbreaking presentation of universal design and accessibility in children's play environments. Her projects have won awards from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Center for Universal Design, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, The National Endowment for the Arts and the California Park and Recreation Association.

Goltsman holda a BFA from Parson's School of Design and the New School of Social Research, New York, a MS in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, England and an MLA from North Carolina State University.

Goltsman served on the UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program's Advisory Board from 2002-2004.

Ken Hough

Director of Community Planning and Operations

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Since 1986, Ken Hough has managed planning programs for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. He is currently Director of Community Planning & Operations and is responsible for land use planning, the regional rideshare and call box programs, human resources and communications. He previously held a similar position in Santa Barbara, California and worked as a planner for the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.


Hough received his Master of Arts degree in geography in 1982 from San Francisco State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Chico State University. He and his wife reside in Sacramento.

Hough served on the UC Davis Landscape Architecture Program's Advisory Board from 2002-2008.