MEET THE TEAM
We'd Love to Hear Your Aspirations!
Joel John, ASLA, OCNT, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License
Joel is a registered Landscape Architect with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has over 35 years experience working with residential and commercial landscape design/build firms throughout Ohio and Michigan. Joel spent three years working in apprenticeship with NBBJ in the Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio and has serves annually on committees Ohio National Landscape Association and has been a judge for the National Awards competition for National Association for Landscape Professionals. He has a strong passion for proper bed preparation, plant use, environmental sound practices for work passions (recycling). Joel lives in Dublin with Molly and their two kids. In his spare time he enjoys working out, golfing, playing basketball and following the Buckeyes.
Co-owner, Vice President
Molly received her degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. She has over 25 years experience in the landscape design/build and maintenance environment. She has served the last few years on the Membership committee with ONLA and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors. In addition she has served as Co-Chairman of the CLA Outdoor Living and Landscaping Tour. Molly has also been a member of the Delta Delta Delta House Corporation for many years and served as their treasurer for most of those years. In her spare time she loves watching her kids participate in their numerous sporting events, working out and maintaining the 25 flower pots she has at her own home.
Grady Cobb, OCNT, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License
Grady comes to M.J. Design with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. Immediately after graduating from Ohio State, Grady worked on the grounds crew at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin for two years which included working during the Presidents Cup in 2013. He joined the M.J. staff in 2014. During his free time Grady likes to run, go to church, and travel around the country with his dad to play on difficult golf courses and in golf tournaments.
Michael Coyle, OCNT, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License
Michael grew up locally in Powell. He was a former summer intern for M.J. Design in 2009 and 2011 while he attended Arizona State University! Michael earned his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture there in 2012. When Michael is not working on designs, he still enjoys being outside—playing golf, hiking and biking—and spending time at home with his newborn son. We're happy to have Michael's talent and dedication on our team.
Kelly, our office manager, comes to M.J. with a degree in Health Administration from Auburn University. (Yes, we hired her even though she didn’t go to OSU.) Kelly has familiarized quickly to the Landscape Industry and lives in Dublin with her husband and has two children. Her daughter is attending Purdue University in Veterinary Medicine, and her son attends Ohio University. During her free time, she enjoys going to the lake with her family and sitting in the sun with a nice glass of wine.
Michael Davie, OCNT
Michael comes to use with an Associate Degree in Landscape Design Management from Columbus State Community College. He operated a small landscape maintenance company for 3 years and worked as a project manager for HRH Landscapes, Ltd. for 5 years. When asked his favorite plant, he had a hard time deciding between Plumbago, (for its color), Heuchera (for color and texture), and Hollyhock (for its large colorful flower). Michael resides in West Jefferson with his wife, April, and two children, Jayden and Mya.
Patrick Leitch, Master OCNT, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License
Sr. Landscape Foreman
Patrick joins our team with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has been with us since February 2014 and serves as our Safety, Training, and Operations Manager. Patrick was a U.S. Army soldier for 9 years and served one tour in Iraq in 2004. He lives in Dublin with his wife and four young children. In his free time he enjoys being with his family, spending time with his large extended family in the area, seeing friends and supporting the OSU Buckeyes.
Amanda Murphy, OCNT Grower, Core & Landscape
Garden Account Manager
Amanda designs and coordinates seasonal color, container plantings, and holiday decor for both residential and commercial clients. She has a degree in Business Administration from Western State College in Colorado, where she managed the landscape division of a construction company and has had a focus in garden design ever since. This past year she returned to her roots in Upper Arlington to be with her family. When Amanda is not working, you will find her spending time in her garden at home, hanging out with family, or outside skiing, biking or running.
Steff has a degree in Visual Communications from ITT and is a licensed Cosmetologist. After trying these careers, she realized that she loved being outside too much and then spent 8 years in the landscaping industry and an additional 10 years clearing trees for builders (aka: Lumber Jill). When Steff is not working at M.J. you will find her volunteering with fundraising and adoption events, with rescues, and walking dogs at shelters—or even detailing cars. Steff has retired from her car racing hobby, but still enjoys watching car races. Steff lives in Powell with her 3 dogs and cat.
Sue, our part-time office assistant, comes to M.J. with a degree from Bowling Green State University in Management Information Systems. Sue helped implement our new time tracking and client database. Sue lives in Plain City with her husband and has a daughter who is attending Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. During her free time, she enjoys doing crafts and being outside (when it’s warm).