Lynette Scaffidi

Lynette Scaffidi

Managing Owner

Experienced professional with compassion for the natural world and extensive education and experience in reforestation and environmental plantings; invasive species management, Green Infrastructure plantings and maintenance, environmental habitat restoration including vernal pools, microtopography, and wildlife management.

Lynette graduated from University of Maryland with a Master’s of Science, Animal Science – Wildlife Habitat Management and a Bachelor’s of Science, Natural Resource Management.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Tree Expert LTE# 001934
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00180
  • MD Pesticide #29275 (2) (3-A) (3-C) (4) (5) (6)
  • VA Pesticide Certified
  • MD Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA #0389
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person - RPC010758
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified #08-795
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • Montgomery County DEP Rainscape's Certified
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Eric Goodrich

Eric Goodrich

Managing Owner

Career professional with field education and extensive experience in development and project management. Eric’s detail-oriented management practices, through all phases of the project, provides the client a quality end-product, meeting all specifications and requirements while completed safely and remaining on schedule.

Eric graduated from SUNY Cobleskill, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science – Wildlife Management; AAS – Fisheries and Wildlife Technology.

Professional Certifications
  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional #1-00020
  • MD Tree Expert LTE # 001936
  • ISA Certified Arborist # MA-5648A
  • Pesticide Certified MD-29844, VA-82397, DC-71100522
  • Professional Fertilizer Applicator # 1015
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person -RPC004440
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified - #08781
  • ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
William 'Bill' Dowling

William “Bill” Dowling

Managing Owner

Proven career sales manager with estimating experience in environmental restoration planting and construction. Bill’s success in client relationships supports the General Contractors to easily meet their MBE participation goals while maintaining a high level of responsiveness, timeliness and quality product.

Bill graduated from Plattsburgh State University with a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science. AAS in Horticulture.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Tree Expert LTE # 001146
  • ISA Certified Arborist # MA-5647A
  • Maryland, Virginia, DC Pesticide Licenses
  • ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer
Sean Lander

Sean Lander

Chief Financial Officer

Sean's experience and education has helped facilitate and support a seamless transition during Empire's unpredicted growth. He continuously strives to build his knowledge and experience within the green industry while sticking to his principal and unflawed characteristics, of ethical and professional decision making.

Sean joined the Empire team in January 2015 and graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in both finance and accounting.

Alex Marks

Alex Marks

Senior Project Manager

Alex's love of the natural world, comprehensive understanding of environmental restoration processes, and client-first approach has been instrumental in the growth and development of Empire. Through hard- work and dedication, he continues to grow his professional skills and strives to stay at the forefront of an evolving industry. Alex serves as a knowledgeable resource for clients, providing experience based insight while managing projects.

Alex joined the Empire team when it was first established in 2005 and studied Horticulture and Business at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Professional Certifications
  • ISA Certified Arborist MA-5651A
  • MD Licensed Tree Expert LTE #001932
  • NALP Landscape Industry Certified (CLT)
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00168
  • Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA #1032
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person – RCP011910
  • SHA Erosion and Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified #12-417
  • 40 Hr. HAZWOPER Certified
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Michael Pickett

Michael "Mike" Pickett

Production Manager

Career professional with 10 year's of experience in all phases of environmental restoration. Mike's responsibilities range from production management to safety and fleet maintenance. He organizes and maintains Empire's production schedule to meet project deadlines for all clients. Mike oversees production crews with the motto: "Safety is no accident!"

Professional Certifications
  • OSHA 30 Certified
  • Maryland Tree Expert Licensed # 1961
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person - RPC004451
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens

Project Superintendent

Career outdoor and environmental educator, utilizing those prior skills to establish a second career in environmental planting and restoration work. Joe is keen on developing relationships with straight-forward and honest communication while demonstrating a knowledge of the native plant material used in restoration and Green Infrastructure projects.

Joe joined the Empire team in the summer of 2017 and graduated with a Master's Degree in Environmental Biology from Hood College and an Undergraduate Degree from McDaniel College.

Professional Certifications
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00178
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person -RCP011864
Justin Aschemeier

Justin Aschemeier

Project Superintendent

A diverse and experienced professional with a passion for the protection and restoration of the environment. With 13 years of field experience focusing on arboriculture, soil stabilization, erosion and sediment controls, and reforestation, his knowledge has allowed him to effectively oversee many operations, including, but not limited to; site restoration, project scheduling, material purchasing, personnel development, and client /contractor relations.

Professional Certifications
  • Maryland License Tree Expert #002001
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00179
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person - RPC000943
  • SHA Erosion and Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified #14-450
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Blake Bingham

Blake Bingham

Project Superintendent

Experienced arborist of eight years with a passion to preserve and appreciate the outdoors and the environment, as well as extensive operating skills with machinery, trucks, heavy and light equipment. Blake's organization and abilities in planning and executing environmental plantings, erosion and sediment control methods, and clearing projects, provides the client a well supervised project.

Professional Certifications
  • ISA Certified Arborist MA-5717A
  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert #2092
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person -RPC004469
  • Multiple TCIA Certifications
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Liz Thomas

Liz Thomas

Nursery Manager

Seasoned horticulturist with enthusiasm for ecology with seven years of experience in nursery production such as; propagation, container and field grown ornamental and native plants, plant identification, disease and insect diagnosis, IPM treatment practices, and maintenance of new and established plants. Liz's horticultural implementation experience includes residential, commercial, screening, orchards, raingardens, stream restoration, bio-retention, wetland, and reforestation.

Liz joined the Empire team in the summer of 2017. She graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor's of Art degree in Biology and Environmental Science.

Professional Certifications
  • MNLGA Certified Professional Horticulturist
  • MNLGA Specialist in Plant Identification
  • Green Card Erosion and Sediment Control Certified
Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Estimating/Bid Manager

Business professional focusing on growing and managing relationships with new and existing clients. Karen's responsiveness, ability to meet deadlines while providing necessary documents in a timely fashion, allows a unified transition from the bidding phase to the implementation of a new project.

Karen joined the Empire team in 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from University of Maryland and an AA Degree in Business Management.

Zachary Frankian

Zachary "Zack" Frankian

Project Manager

Emerging career professional with several years of field experience with a passion for preserving and reestablishing natural ecosystems. Zack is accomplished in Natural Resource Management while specializing in invasive species management, bioretention restoration, and Green Infrastructure practices.

Zack joined the Empire team full-time in 2017 after obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from UMBC.

Professional Certifications
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00189
  • MD Pesticide Certified #29275-83920 (2)(5)(6)
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person- RCP011873
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Scott Baron

Scott Baron

Invasive Species Foreman

Scott has a strong view about vital environmental issues by working to restore habitats for ecological services, human enjoyment and native species. As an avid birder and naturalist, he is experienced in plant identification and the safe use of herbicide application to manage invasive species. He brings several years of field experience to Empire and continues to grow his knowledge and skills.

Scott started with Empire in March 2017. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science. Scott continued his education at Colorado State University, and obtained a Master's Degree in Natural Resources Stewardship with an Ecological Restoration Specialization.

Nicole Christ

Nicole Christ

Assistant Estimator

New career professional with industry experience in TMDL projects, SWM projects and Invasive Species Management. Nicole joined our estimating team and has quickly become an important asset in preparing proposals and budgets, as well as transitioning projects from estimating to production.

Nicole joined Empire Landscape as an intern in the Summer of 2018 and became a full-time employee after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from UMBC.

Sarah Herlihy

Sarah Herlihy

Assistant Project Coordinator

As one of the newest members of the Empire team, Sarah brings her love of nature and wildlife into fruition by working closely with county schools and parks to establish environments for the community to admire and enjoy. She is gaining critical experience in invasive species management along with native forest and meadow reestablishments to ensure a prosperous and self-sustaining environment.

Sarah obtained her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from Towson University. She worked in the University greenhouse, which allowed her to deepen her passion for growing and caring for many diverse species of flora.

Steven 'Shaggy' Darrow

Steven "Shaggy" Darrow

Natural Resource Specialist

Steve’s love of plants and the environment stems back to the years of his youth. After obtaining a BS in Ethnobotany from Frostburg State University, Steve followed this passion and turned it into a career. He is extremely knowledgeable in plant ID and preservation and has worked in the invasive plant removal field for nearly a decade. Steve brings a unique blend of education and experience to the Empire team.

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