Kenny Seamon, FASLA
Like many of the landscape architects at SW+, Kenny graduated the University of Georgia. After graduating from college, he worked in both Atlanta and Nashville before making the move to Charleston. In 1982, Kenny and Stuart Whiteside, coworkers at a large design firm, decided to venture out on their own. Partnering with a local architect they established their own practice. In 1985, they realigned the firm as a partnership of Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering and never looked back.
Kenny was beloved by many for his big heart, easy going personality, caring nature, and skill for building meaningful relationships. Kenny treated his employees and his clients like family and lived by the mantra “you can catch more flies with honey”. Outside of work, Kenny was committed to making memories with his wife and three sons, as well as coaching soccer, hunting turkeys, and riding dirt bikes. While Kenny may have passed on in 2016, his legacy lives on at SW+ through our memories and the company’s core values.
Mr. Seamon passed in 2016.
Stuart Whiteside, PE
Stuart is the Principal-in-Charge of SW+. He holds master and a bachelor degrees in civil engineering from Clemson University and is a registered Professional Engineer. After a number of years working at an area design firm, Stuart agreed with friend and soon to be partner Kenny Seamon, that they needed to go out on their own. Today, SW+ is one of the most respected civil engineering/ landscape architectural design firms in the Southeast. In addition to his daily office responsibilities, Stuart is active in a number of community based professional organizations, particularly the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Stuart was named Chairman of Board of the Chamber. Since fulfilling that year long commitment he has continued to be an active member of the Chamber. Stuart’s favorite pastime is without a doubt, golf. When he isn’t hanging out with family or going to a Clemson football game, you may find him playing one of Charleston’s beautiful courses.
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Michael Abate, PLA
Michael graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island. He started his career in Denver, CO with EDAW before moving to North Carolina and has the opportunity to work with both large firms and small boutique offices.
As a lead designer and project manager, Michael has had wonderful opportunities to be involved with numerous small area and city planning projects, community design workshops, parks and private development / pedestrian orientated mixed use planning endeavors.
While not in the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and their dog Henry exploring small towns through the region and spending time in Charleston, South Carolina.
Andrew Allen, PE
Andrew graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He started his career in Florida before following his wife to South Carolina. After working in the upstate of South Carolina for the past 10 years he joined the staff of SW+ in 2017. Andrew is a licensed professional engineer. Off the clock, he enjoys spending time with his three boys and being outdoors.
A proud Tennessee native, Angelike has over 18 years of industry experience with an extensive focus on plant sciences & native ecologies. For 4 years she worked as a project manager in Atlanta’s Midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter neighborhoods overseeing Class A commercial portfolios, client relationships and all design/build efforts for these territories. Fusing her passion for design and horticulture, she returned to school, graduating with her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014. During her time at UTK, she interned for Carol R. Johnson Associates, The US Department of Energy in Oak Ridge and was a Research Assistant for the Landscape Architecture Foundation in DC. Angelike is passionate about plants, travelling, her heritage and lastly, her big ever-expanding Greek family.
Danny Balon, PE
After a two year hiatus from SeamonWhiteside to help start the Civil Engineering department for another firm, Danny Balon has rejoined SW+ to be the Director of the Spartanburg Office. He previously worked in the SW+ Greenville office and has over fourteen years of engineering experience in upstate South Carolina. Danny grew up in Spartanburg and received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.
Craig Berwick, EIT
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Craig entered the land development industry to design the future using both his creativity and engineering mindset. As an EIT Craig is dedicated to learning everything about the construction industry. When Craig is not at work, he enjoys playing sports, building furniture, and dog parks.
Steve Blackwell, RLS
Steve has been a key member of the SW+ staff since the firm’s early days. Detail-oriented and focused on successful outcomes, Steve has accumulated over 35 years of civil engineering and surveying experience. His professional background encompasses fieldwork, design, project management, contract negotiations and staff oversight. Steve has held the position of Director of Engineering Services with SW+ for more than a decade. In this role, his primary responsibilities are project team management, specification writing and development, bid and contract document development and management, and legal and title research. He is also a FAA licensed commercial drone pilot and performs mapping and drone photography for SW+’s growing drone services department. In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing the guitar and camping.
Rusty Blake, PE, LEED AP
Rusty attended Clemson University where he earned a BSCE in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2004. He began working with SW+ shortly after leaving college in 2004. He provides design, engineering, project management, permit services and construction administration for a wide variety of projects. Since 2008 Rusty has headed up SW+’s Construction Administration department, focusing on managing projects from the bid, construction and final close-out phases. Outside the office Rusty enjoys spending time with his wife, Gene and their three children, Holman, Geni and Nora. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and coaching his kid’s sports teams.
Katie was born and raised in New Orleans and received her degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2015. Prior to joining SeamonWhiteside, she worked for Spackman Mossop Michaels where she played an integral role on a variety of municipal, educational, and small-scale commercial development projects.
In her free time, she enjoys listening to live music at the Royal American, exploring the local food scene, and testing new recipes in the kitchen. She is also an avid runner, and when not in the studio, she can be spotted exploring the city on foot with her goldendoodle, Lincoln.
Colin Brown graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Meteorology in 2012. After graduating Colin began working towards becoming a Jack-of-all-Trades, Master-of-All, managing and opening Jersey Mikes stores, collecting banana money at Chiquita, and then, with the largest geotechnical engineering consulting firm in Charlotte. During his time in geotech, Collin gained experience with site and infrastructure design as well as construction administration of commercial and large scale industrial projects located around the North and South Carolina Piedmonts. In his free time, Colin enjoys being outdoors whether it be biking, landscaping, golf, watching and playing sports, or hanging out by a fire all night.
Joe Bryant, PE, MCE, LEED AP
Joe graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University followed by a master’s degree from Norwich University. His career started on the northeast coast of Florida but with a growing family they decided to chase the wonderful weather, natural amenities, and lifestyle that the foothills provide. Joe has enjoyed and appreciates the substantial growth and change the Upstate has seen over his 14 years here. Joe has grown into the role of Managing Principal for the firm and is responsible for the Upstate offices of SeamonWhiteside. Outside of his working life, Joe enjoys hunting, golfing, and spending time with his wife Stacie, sons Tripp and Luke, and daughter Harper.
Will Buice, PE
Will is a licensed PE who graduated in 2012 from University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He worked with the Rogers & Callcott Environmental prior to joining the SW+ Civil Engineering team in Greenville in 2017. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Stacy, traveling, and doing anything outdoors whether it’s hiking, biking or playing golf.
Preston Busbee, EIT
Preston graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Following graduation, he moved to Charleston to begin working with SeamonWhiteside in 2014. As a Project Manager, he focuses his time on industrial developments, working with both private developers and local economic developers. Preston is a Member of South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA), Charleston Young Professionals, and Charitable Society of Charleston. When not working, he enjoys boating, fishing, hiking in the mountains, and attending Clemson Football games.
Michael Cain, PLA
Michael graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Upon arriving to SW+ in late 2014, he brings work experiences from both Florida and Texas that include urban design, parks and recreation, residential design and golf course architecture. He carries an array of digital graphic experiences and is passionate about urban design and ecological urbanism. Outside of the office, Michael enjoys playing sports including golf and basketball, composing music, backpacking, traveling, and taking long walks with his wife, Kelly, daughter, Clementine, and dog, Hudson.
Kelly Cain, PLA
Kelly graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Since, she has practiced in Indiana, Texas, and South Carolina. Kelly strives to connect users in the built environment back to nature through environmentally conscious design. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Chris Campeau, PLA
Chris graduated from Mississippi State University in 1992 with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. He also obtained a Baccalaureate Certificate from Penn State University in Community and Economic Development. With over twenty years of experience in the profession, he has worked in multiple project types across most of the municipalities in the Charleston region. As a Senior Project Manager for large scale, mixed-use projects, Chris manages a team of professionals while providing planning, design, and liaison support for his clients. Chris balances life by coaching his kids’ athletic teams, supporting the Summerville Miracle League, and cooking BBQ competitively all over the southeast.
Rivers Cape, PE
Rivers graduated from Clemson University in August 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked in the Land Development division at Kimley-Horn for a year and a half. While working in North Carolina, Rivers worked primarily on schools, private commercial developments, and multi-family residential projects. In July of 2016, he made the move to Charleston to join the SW+ team. When outside of work, Rivers enjoys anything football related and spending time with friends and family.
Gary Collins, PLA
Gary was born and educated in Toronto, Canada before moving to North Carolina to attend NC State University where he earned his MLA. Gary has extensive experience, working locally and across the southeast. He is responsible for Corporate Strategy and directs the Business Development and Marketing initiatives across all SW+ offices. Gary is also our resident useless sports information specialist and Canadian trivia enthusiast.
Lia made the move from Michigan to begin working with SW+ after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Over the last several years she has taken a great interest in the marketing world and now spends her time growing SeamonWhiteside’s brand & recognition.
Outside of work she is involved in ASLA, SMPS, Junior Achievement and mentors with Be A Mentor. Lia loves her life in the Lowcountry and has a passion for traveling, gardening, boating and cooking with her husband.
Taylor Critcher, PLA
Taylor graduated from the Landscape Architecture department at Clemson University in 2011 with a BLA and a minor of Horticulture. After interning with Walt Disney’s Horticulture department in Orlando, FL, Taylor moved to Charleston to begin working with Designworks, LLC, gaining practical experience on projects ranging from renovation of Colonial Lake in the historic district of the peninsula city to landscape enhancement of the Septima Clark Parkway. Taylor’s unique blend of plant knowledge, digital graphics, international experience, and urban design perspective made him a perfect match for the growing SW+ professional team, which he joined in 2013. Outside of the office, Taylor enjoys photography, traveling and any excuse to get to the golf course or beach.
Alex graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Georgia in December 2017. He worked for 2 years at Michael Baker Int. in Atlanta doing traffic and roadway engineering. He then signed on with SW+ as a Civil Designer. Outside of work, Alex enjoys watching any sports that come on TV and playing with his dog.
Whit is a native of Brunswick, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. After graduating, he spent 8 years working for the Sea Island Company down on the coast of Georgia, where he gained myriad of project experience working on world class resorts, golf course communities and high end residential projects. Whit excels in both digital and hand graphics, and loves all aspects of design. Outside of the office Whit enjoys spending time with his wife Hayley and playing with his kids, endurance sports, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Jonathan graduated with his BLA from the University of Georgia in 2020. He is a Georgia native but is excited to see what the great state of South Carolina holds. In his free time, he loves working on cars, reading, taking road trips, and a good nap.
Andrew Di Lillo, EIT
Andrew Joined SW+ Greenville in 2019 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified EIT and is working toward his PE.
Andrew grew up in Raleigh, NC. When out of the office you will find him downhill mountain biking, skiing, fly fishing, or playing the guitar.
Caroline Donaldson, PLA
Caroline graduated with a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University and had three years of experience working with Graham Kimak Landscape Designs before joining the SW+ Greenville Office as a Land Planner in June 2017. Caroline enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, and camping with her husband Matt and her dog Moose.
Born on Vashon Island, Washington State, grew up in New England, and moved to Atlanta GA as a teen where she later met her husband. The family moved to the Lowcountry with their new daughter in 2000 where Erin became an active member of the local arts community, participating in well over a hundred art shows. She began as an office administrator for a local business and later an office manager and permit coordinator for a local electrical contractor before proudly joining SW+ in 2016. Her favorite pastime is goofing off with family, followed closely by her passions for literature, science, and art.
Reed was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, but but has a strong passion for his family’s Louisiana roots (Geaux Saints!). He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). After graduating from UGA, he spent a little time in Atlanta before he and his fiancé found their way back to Charleston in June 2019. In his free time, he loves playing golf, exploring Charleston with Kinsey, and finding any excuse to be outside. He and Kinsey are getting married this summer, and they have a dawg named Remi.
Reed interned with SW+ in the summer of 2017 and is excited for the opportunity to come back to SW+ and work with such an incredible team again.
Betsy Ellingson, PLA
Betsy graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. In 1997, she headed East to join SW+ to design and manage projects ranging from single and multi-family developments to commercial and office centers, school and church campuses. In her free time, she enjoys working in the yard, baking stuff she shouldn’t be eating, and going on hikes with her yellow lab, Callie.
Daniel Ethredge, EIT
Daniel Ethredge works as a Civil Engineer in the Mount Pleasant office. Daniel began with Seamon Whiteside as an intern in 2018 and was brought on full-time as a Civil Designer in January of 2020. He has gained experience across the Lowcountry in both commercial and industrial sectors. A 2019 graduate of Clemson University Honors College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Daniel has obtained his certification as an Engineer in Training in South Carolina and is actively working towards his Professional Engineering license. As a Mount Pleasant native, he enjoys spending time on the water and playing many sports (including golf, volleyball, & basketball).
Will Evans, PE
Will graduated from Clemson in 2010 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked for the SCDOT, GEL Solutions, and Weston & Sampson since graduation. He has a 4-year old daughter named Lillian. He enjoys hiking, home projects, and spending time with family. He grew up in Summerville with 2 older brothers and has 3 nephews.
Zim graduated from Clemson University in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. After working as a college intern in the Mt. Pleasant office for two summers, Zim joined the SeamonWhiteside family full time shortly after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends outdoors, boating, fishing, golfing, and watching the Clemson Tigers play.
Stu Farmer, PE
Stu was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina before moving to Clemson University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 2003. Following graduation, his career brought him to Greenville, SC in 2004. Greenville has seen substantial change and growth over the past 16 years, time that Stu has enjoyed being a part of. Stu has extensive commercial, industrial, and residential experience working in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Outside of his working life, Stu enjoys golfing, watching Clemson football, and spending time with his family and friends.
Taylor is originally from Massachusetts but found herself in South Carolina after she fell in love with Clemson University. She graduated in December with her B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Architecture. In her free time she likes to practice yoga, hike, cook, and listen to music.
Claire Folk, EIT
Claire graduated from the University of South Carolina in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in civil engineering. (Yes, it is tough to be a Gamecock fan amongst all these Clemson grads.) After interning with SW+ in the Charlotte office, she joined the Charlotte team full-time in the summer of 2020. Claire enjoys all outdoor adventures, curling up with her cat and a good book, and trying to keep her house plants alive.
Lee Gastley, PLA, LEED AP
Lee is a 1981 graduate (BLA) of the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design. After graduation, he practiced resort design on Hilton Head Island for two years. In 1983, Lee was enticed by Kenny Seamon and Stuart Whiteside to become the first employee of their fledgling firm. He now serves as a Managing Principal of the firm and is the Director of Landscape Architecture, responsible for all aspects of the design process and staff oversight. When not busy herding cats, he enjoys golf, running, and shouting, “Go You Hairy Dawgs!”
Steve joins the SW+ team by way of Charlotte, NC where he worked for a telecommunications firm that aided in the installation of pertinent utilities. Steve lived in Charleston for a number of years after attending Clemson University and missed the beaches Charleston has to offer and is happy to be back satisfying his appetite for running and being outdoors.
Charlie Greer, PE
Charlie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in May 2017. While in school, Charlie interned at Dutton Engineering in Greenville, SC. After graduating, Charlie joined the SW+ Greenville Office as a Civil Engineering Project Coordinator. In his free time, Charlie enjoys going to Clemson football and basketball games, being outdoors, and playing guitar.
Gabe graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He decided to venture into the world of land development based on his appreciation for nature. When he’s not spending time enjoying the company of friends and family or exploring God’s creation, he’s usually practicing piano, drums, or guitar. He also enjoys working outside and staying active!
Daniel started with SeamonWhiteside in August of 2021. He was born and raised in North Charleston, SC. Daniel graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Civil Engineering in May 2021. He has interned with Mead & Hunt in North Charleston where he worked with the roadway design team.
During his free time he enjoys traveling, playing golf, hunting and fishing. Daniel loves sports and his favorite team to watch is the Atlanta Braves.
Ryan Hall, PE
Ryan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Civil Engineering. Before starting with SW+ in 2018 as a Senior Civil Engineer, Ryan spent the previous 8 years working primarily on industrial site development in all areas of South Carolina. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and baby boy, working on projects around the house, and watching college football.
Sarah Hamblin, PE
Sarah graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2013 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a structural emphasis. She then earned her Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. After working for Norfolk Southern for a year, Sarah made the move to Charleston to join the SW+ team in 2015. Outside the office, Sarah enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors with her dogs, Copper and Banks, and exploring Charleston with friends and family.
Emily Hancock, PE
Emily joined SW+ in 2019 as a Civil Engineering Project Manager with five years of experience in land development. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hanging out with her dog, running, and cheering on the UCF Knights.
Kyle graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Business minor. Following graduation, Kyle pursued a professional golf career for four years before returning to his home state, Wisconsin, to be a geotechnical/environmental engineer. In 2021, Kyle made the move to Mount Pleasant to join the SW+ team. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife, Rhiana, going to the beach and watching or playing sports.
Morgan graduated from The University of Georgia with an Environmental Engineering degree in 2021 and began working for SeamonWhiteside after graduation. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, working out and exploring different restaurants. Go dawgs!
Austin Horvat, EIT
Austin joined the SW+ Greenville team in 2018 after graduating from the University of Georgia. He is a certified EIT and is working toward obtaining his PE license. Austin grew up in Georgia and enjoys spending time outdoors, watching the Dawgs, visiting breweries, and hanging out with friends and family.
Tommy Huang, EIT
Tommy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2011. Shortly after graduating Tommy began working at a multi-disciplinary civil engineering consulting firm in Columbia gaining experience with site and infrastructure design as well as construction administration of commercial and large scale industrial projects located throughout the state of South Carolina. In his free time, Tommy enjoys being outdoors especially on the beach, watching and playing sports, and cheering on the Carolina Gamecocks.
David Humphries, EIT
David was born and raised in Greenwood, SC. He graduated from Clemson University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He brings prior civil design experience but also worked with a general contractor and in a manufacturing plant during his college career.
During his free time David enjoys, fishing, hiking, and going on adventures with his wife, Sabrina.
Dr. Hassan Ismail, PE
Dr. Hassan Ismail, P.E. has nine years of experience in hydraulic modeling, analysis, and design. His expertise lies in the areas of environmental fluid dynamics, river mechanics, sediment transport, fluid-structure-sediment interaction, and flood modeling. Hassan combines laboratory modeling with computational modeling to address challenging water-related engineering problems. Hassan is a registered Professional Engineer and earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of South Carolina. Recently, he has worked as a member of the research faculty at the Pennsylvania State University. In his time as an engineer scientist, Hassan has authored four research papers in peer-reviewed engineering journals with four more currently under review, given dozens of invited talks at professional conferences and universities, and is an award-winning scientific communicator.
Haley graduated from Clemson University with a BLA in Landscape Architecture in 2005. She interned with SeamonWhiteside while in college and joined the SW+ Mount Pleasant staff in 2006. After several years in the Lowcountry, Haley moved back to her hometown, Greenville, and joined the Greenville team in 2011. Outside of the office Haley coaches and instructs functional fitness and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
One of two ‘double-dippers’ at SW+, David returned to SeamonWhiteside in 2015 as a Civil Engineering Field Technician after a hiatus of twenty years. During his time away, he gained valuable experience in various aspects of the construction and engineering fields, including specialized marine construction, storm water and erosion control, hydro-seeding and soil stabilization; experience he calls upon to enhance his work with the company’s Construction Administration Department today. David spends his time off enjoying outdoor activities with his family.
Robert graduated from The Citadel in May of 2019. He started work in Charleston with Kimley-Horn in their Transportation Planning and Traffic Operations group. He made the move to SeamonWhiteside in January of 2021. Outside of work Robert enjoys any outdoor activities such as sports, hunting, and cooking out.
Zach graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Since then, he has worked in both the public and private sectors in design, construction, and project management. After 10 years of experience and moving all over the US, he has made South Carolina home again with his wife and two boys.
Donald launched his professional career at SeamonWhiteside in 1985. He fully committed to the firm and over the next 19 years worked his way from an Engineering Technician to Project Manager to Team Leader. In 2004 Donald left SW+ to pursue other career opportunities in land development. Fortunately, Donald “came home” in 2012, bringing a new perspective on land development and our services, as well as serving in a leadership role in the construction administration department. Currently his primary role is providing construction administration and project management. When not in the field, Donald enjoys spending time his beautiful wife.
Whitner Kane, PLA
Whitner Kane is a licensed landscape architect in South Carolina and Alabama. Originally from North Carolina, she has lived in 10 cities on two continents and is very happy to be back in Charleston and back with SeamonWhiteside. Whitner is a returnee to the firm, having taken a hiatus of several years to live in Europe with husband Michael and become the mother of two daughters. When not working, she fills her time ferrying kids, running, and quilting.
Julia grew up in Lawrenceville, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Before working at SeamonWhiteside, she worked as a graphic designer throughout college. Outside of the office, you can usually find Julia exploring the outdoors, bopping around to live music somewhere, eating, boxing, and if you still can’t find her, she’s probably out rollerblading to get some ice cream or a glass of wine.
Brandon is from the suburbs of Northern Virginia and graduated Virginia Tech in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture. Before moving down to Charleston to start work at SW+, he worked a few bar jobs and was a lead student designer at a local community design office. Outside of life as a designer, Brandon is usually somewhere near the water getting sunburned, or downtown grabbing food & drinks with friends. He loves doing a variety of things, but his most recent hobbies involve learning to surf and playing the ukulele.
Aaron Lebrun, PE
A 2016 graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aaron joined SW+ Greenville in 2019 after working with another area engineering firm for three years. A Civil Engineering Project Coordinator, Aaron provides engineering design for commercial and industrial sector projects. Outside of work, he enjoys watching sports, hunting, climbing, and other outdoor activities.
After graduating from The Citadel with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2000, Wayne brings more than 15 years of design and project management experience on residential, commercial and streetscape projects throughout the Charleston area and the state of South Carolina. Prior to joining SW+, he was at Mount Pleasant Waterworks where he was responsible for a variety of water and wastewater Capital Improvement Projects. Outside of the office he enjoys being with his wife and two daughters, fishing and playing golf.
Melissa Liller, EIT
Melissa graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2013. Shortly after graduation, she began working for an engineering, planning, and surveying firm located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After gaining some experience in site design, Melissa made the move back to the warm south to join the SW+ team. Outside of work Melissa likes traveling and spending as much time with her friends and family as she can.
Trey Little, PE
Trey graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he worked for a local engineering firm in his hometown of Greenville, NC but in April of 2013, he made the move to Charleston to join the SW+ team. Outside of work, Trey is an avid sports fan and attends as many Clemson and ECU football games as possible. He also enjoys opportunities to visit his parents who moved from eastern North Carolina to Costa Rica in 2015.
Natascha made the move from Indiana to join SW+ after graduating from Purdue University with a Landscape Architecture degree. During her time at Purdue, she interned with TSW in Atlanta and the university’s Arboretum. As an Indiana native, she’s excited to see what South Carolina has to offer!
Mary Martinich, PLA
Mary began her career with SeamonWhiteside in 2019 bringing 10 years’ experience in landscape architecture and urban planning with her. A graduate of LSU with a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree, Mary has worked on a variety of projects from streetscapes to parks, residential gardens and mixed use developments. In her free time, she enjoys going to power yoga, meeting up with friends at Book Club, planting new plants in the garden, and spending time with her son Miles and husband Andrew on the boat and checking out live music at the Pour House.
Weston was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest but migrated to the beaches of Southern California as soon as capable. He graduated with honors from Cal Poly after serving a stint as a Cav. Scout in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He came to the Lowcountry by way of landscape architectural opportunities and a desire for a strong community in which he and his Wife can raise their Son.
His professional landscape architecture expertise draws from experiences with large, upscale hospitality and mixed-use developments, as well as planned communities in Asia and casinos in Las Vegas.
When not fulfilling his duties at SW+ you can find Weston lamenting Seattle sports teams, surfing, riding bikes, and trying to feed his mild case of wanderlust.
Daniel grew up in the Greer, SC and attended Clemson University where he graduated in December 2012 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He worked in SW+’s Mount Pleasant office for 2 years, then relocated back to the Upstate. As a Land Planner, he enjoys all aspects of site and landscape design, particularly urban infill projects. When not at work, Daniel enjoys working with his wife to restore their 130-year old farmhouse, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on his Clemson Tigers.
Landon Messal, PE
Landon earned his first Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee in plant sciences and gained invaluable experience in construction and client management over nine years in Golf Course Maintenance. Continuing his education he graduated from The Citadel in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Landon has worked primarily on schools, military installations and commercial developments. He has recently passed his PE exam and is finalizing his experience requirement to complete the licensure requirement.
Landon is married to Dr. Carrie Messal and has three children, Cora and Quinn and Emily. Landon is fanatical about University of Tennessee football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He is an Ironman Finisher and once ran home from work – 26 miles. His most enjoyable race was the Palmetto 200, a relay race from Columbia to Charleston. However, all of those interests play second fiddle to Landon’s favorite activity: spending time with his wife and kids.
A lifelong resident of Mount Pleasant, Cynthia has been an integral part of SW+ since April 1997. As the Administrative Assistant for the main office, she is often the first person a new client or future employee meets. Cynthia handles a number of tasks for the firm; from answering calls to typing proposals and assisting the entire staff to get submittals out the door. When asked, she says that working at SW+ is the ‘best job’ she’s ever had. In her off-time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband, their three sons, and her extended family.
Jason Munday, PE
Unique to SW+, Jason holds a degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia. Since graduating in 2003, he has gained significant experience collaborating with land developers, government agencies, architects, engineers, and contractors. As a registered Professional Engineer, Project Manager and Team Leader, Jason works to establish a well-defined scope of services and development program, prepare detailed construction drawings and formulate economical solutions capable of achieving the quality, budget, and scheduling objectives for a real estate development. His special areas of expertise include mixed-use, multifamily, and commercial development projects. Outside of SW+, Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his growing family.
Nick Myers, PLA
Nick moved from St. Petersburg, FL where he was employed at AECOM since 2012 as a Landscape Architect, ISA Certified Arborist and Project Manager. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of LA, and a Minor in Horticulture Sciences. He has a wife, Victoria, who is the owner of Nourishing Minds Nutrition, LLC and a daughter, Madelyn. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and cheering on the Tigers.
Drew was born in North Charleston and has lived in the Charleston area his entire life. He spent time working in a few different restaurants before attending Trident Tech for AutoCAD and graduating in the Summer of 2019. After school, he joined SW+ in January of 2020. When not at work, he enjoys visiting different local breweries, going to the beach and mountains, watching Gamecocks football and basketball, or traveling to visit his family in Atlanta and Greenville.
Josh is from Goose Creek, SC and graduated from The Citadel in May of 2020 before joining the Summerville office. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and especially golfing. He’s also a huge Florida Gators fan!
Betty Nierman, PE
Senior civil engineer, team leader and residential development expert, Betty wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when she grew up so she tried a bit of everything. After serving seven years in the Navy, she began working her way along the path that would eventually take her to her current role with SW+. She is no stranger to getting down and dirty with her projects having worked as a surveyor, engineering worker bee and project coordinator before earning her place at the leadership table. A practical, hands-on manager, the Citadel graduate and licensed Professional Engineer is known for her love of a challenge, a fondness that raising two teenagers lets her live every day.
William O'Neal, PE, LEED AP
William graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor in Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 2004. He began his civil engineering career with SW+ in January of 2005. Since then, William has achieved several professional milestones; becoming LEED certified in 2009 and earning his PE license in 2010. As a Project Manager for SW+, he has worked on a wide variety of projects such as higher-ed campus facilities, single and multi-family residential developments, commercial and retail centers, including the LEED certified Rivertowne Place shopping center and the Clemson University Penley Golf Training Facility. Outside of the office, William is actively involved with the Hibernian Society, Palmetto Society, and Leadership Charleston. His hobbies include physical fitness, hunting, fishing, and of course, Clemson Football.
Jennifer Palmer, PE
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BSCE and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Environmental and Water Resources. Jennifer joined SW+ in 1999 and received her South Carolina PE license in 2001. Among her strong suits are project management, site infrastructure design (grading, storm drainage, and water/wastewater systems, etc.) and developing construction documents. While she has designed a variety of projects including residential and commercial, her specialty is recreation design. Signature projects include the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, Brooks Football Stadium and Adkins Field House for Coastal Carolina University, and multiple phases of the Park West Recreation Complex for the Town of Mount Pleasant. Jennifer enjoys spending her personal time with her husband Mark, son Jared, and their beloved Labrador retrievers.
Leigh Ann Papajcik
Leaving behind the frigid winters of Holland, MI, Leigh Ann moved to Charleston where she obtained her MA from the College of Charleston and began a career in hospitality management. Her skills and years of experience in process management and organizational systems led her to the City of Charleston Public Service Department. In 2017, Leigh Ann brought her unique skill set to SeamonWhiteside’s Permitting Department where she assists both staff and clients navigate the complexities of the regulatory process. In her spare time Leigh Ann enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.
Tim Parker, PE
Tim is a project manager in SW+’s Spartanburg office, where he provides design and consulting services on a diverse array of projects. Tim earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Prior to relocating to South Carolina, Tim worked for a firm in Boston, MA focusing on site development design including designing utilities, site layout, site grading, and sustainable stormwater management solutions. He has obtained a broad range of skills from his project experience throughout the East Coast. When not working, Tim enjoys traveling, watching New England sports, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Paul Peeples, EIT
Paul Peeples graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During college he interned with SeamonWhiteside for two summers. Following graduation, he moved back to Charleston to begin his career at SeamonWhiteside. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects including industrial site design, mixed-use developments, retail, restaurants, and multifamily projects. Paul is a Member of South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) and Charitable Society of Charleston. In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending his time outdoors.
Les Phillips, EIT
Les graduated from The Citadel in May of 2007 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following graduation he began working with a multidisciplinary civil engineering consulting firm in Charleston where he gained experience with large residential projects as well as site design. In October 2013 Les joined SW+ Greenville Office as a civil engineer. When not at work, he enjoys fishing, boating, hunting, woodworking, and heading over to The Citadel to cheer on the Bulldogs.
Tom Platt, EIT
Tom graduated UNC-Charlotte in 2015 and spent the past four years in land development and field testing before joining SW+. He is a certified EIT and plans to have his P.E. license in 2020. As a North Carolina native, Tom enjoys exploring new parts of the state and anything outdoors, usually with his dog, Tess, in shadow. He stays busy with yoga, Muay Thai, and a good audiobook.
David Prohaska, PE, LEED AP
David worked summers at SW+ while obtaining his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2007 and 2008. David joined the firm as a full-time employee in 2008. Working primarily on master planned, mixed-use communities in the Lowcountry, his focus is on design and engineering master roadway and utility infrastructure, wetlands permit coordination, and master hydrologic and flood studies for FEMA and local agencies. When not at work he enjoys golfing, boating, and of course, Clemson football.
Buddy Pusser, PE, LEED AP
Buddy has been providing professional civil engineering services including design, permitting, and construction administration with increasing responsibilities for SW+. He currently manages a team of engineers whose work includes commercial, residential and institutional projects. Daily activities for the team include site planning, infrastructure master planning, grading plans, water and sanitary sewer design, storm water management design, and storm water pollution prevention plans.
Jill is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but has made Charleston her home for the past 31 years. She has nine years of experience in the construction industry in various aspects of accounting, marketing, and administrative support. In her free time, she enjoys boating, photography, watching Clemson & Ohio State football (if they are not playing each other) and spending time with her husband and daughter. Jill’s favorite family vacation is visiting the mountains to hike and go whitewater rafting.
Abigail Richardson, EIT
Abigail graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
She is a Charleston native and loves making the Charleston area an even greater place to live/work/visit for the next generations through her work in land development.
She is a Civil Engineering Project Manager that specializes in commercial and mixed-use developments. She loves the business side of engineering in addition to design, she does a lot of entitlement work along with managing multiple projects around the Lowcounty.
She is very involved in the Charleston Chamber, Leadership Charleston, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
She is a world traveler and cooking enthusiast. She loves to spend time at the beach, play sand volleyball, power walk, and spending time with friends and family.
David joined SW+ in 2003. He studied Civil Engineering and Computer Programming at Trident Technical College and graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Business Management. David has more than 20-years’ experience working in the fields of Civil Engineering and Information Technology and holds several certifications including Microsoft’s MCSA as well as Network+, A+, and Security + from Comptia. When not troubleshooting and solving hardware, software, and network issues at SW+, David is spending time with his family which includes a teenage son and daughter. He also assists in running a martial arts studio where he studies and teaches martial arts and self-defense to both adults and children.
A South Carolina native, who recently relocated from Southwest Florida, Eric graduated with a BLA from Clemson University in 2018. He is a plant enthusiast who enjoys spontaneous adventures and anything outdoors.
Aaron attended Clemson University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 2017. In May of 2019, after two years at another firm, Aaron made the decision to join the SW+ team as a Project Coordinator and hasn’t looked back.
Having grown up in the Lowcountry, Aaron enjoys spending as much time as he can on the water or the links with his family and friends. Go Tigers!
Megan Schoonmaker grew up in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. She moved to Charleston and began working for SW+ shortly after graduating. Outside of the office you can find her walking her dog, Riggs, watching Clemson or Panthers football, hanging out with her friends, or finding a new place to eat.
Rick Schroder joined the SW+ team in 2018 as the Business Development Director in the Greenville office, bringing with him extensive business development experience and a rich background in industrial engineering. “As a native of the upstate, I have enjoyed being involved in the network that fosters local growth, and I am excited to continue that with the SW+ team.” Outside of the office, Schroder is deeply involved with his family, friends, golf and cheering on the Tigers.
Russ Seamon, ASLA, LEED AP
Russ Seamon worked for SW+ for four summers as an intern before graduating with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in 2003. Returning to SW+ after graduation, he focused his career on sustainable design and smart growth oriented master planning. When out of the office, Russ is usually cooking something on the smoker, working out or spending time outdoors.
Nicholas Sims, EIT
Nick graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2020 and joined SW+ shortly after in 2021. He is a registered E.I.T. and plans to pursue his P.E. In his free time, Nick enjoys kayaking, cooking, gardening and spending time with friends and family.
A South Carolina native, Kayla studied journalism and English at the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2016. She spent the next few years back in her hometown of Rock Hill, SC where she gained her office management and client relations skills working for a real estate law firm. In March of 2020 she made the move to the Charleston area and joined the SW+ team. Having originally gone to USC on a vocal scholarship, you can find her in her spare time playing music around town, getting into any creative outlet, or listening to far too many true crime podcasts.
Jake Smith, EIT
While earning his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Clemson University, Jake was an intern with SeamonWhiteside’s Greenville office. After graduation, he was invited to join the SW+ Spartanburg team full time in 2019 as a Civil Designer. In his free time, he enjoys watching Clemson football and baseball. He also enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, or playing golf.
Carter Stiegmann, EIT
Carter moved to Charleston from Fairfax County, VA in 2020. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2015. He has a wife, Jillian, and two dogs Duncan and Rockwell. In his free time, Carter enjoys spending time with his family, working on cars, cooking, and watching Premier League soccer.
Anne joined the SW+ family in 1998. In addition to supporting the Director of Business Development, she prepares proposals, SOQs, and presentations, collaborates with proposal teams, develops collateral marketing and communication materials, and serves as a resource for the company brand. A natural Jack-of-all-Trades, this California native has done a bit of everything from overseeing office moves and build-outs to managing phone and security system upgrades. She has even tried her hand at event planning (Fiesta anyone?). A former licensed Charleston tour guide, Anne has a great love of history; a passion she actively pursues on summer road trips seeking out battlefields, museums and historic structures with the assistance of her patient husband. She is also a passionate pet person.
Paul Talbert, PE
Paul Talbert joined the Greenville office of SeamonWhiteside in 2020. When not focusing on single-family development in the Upstate, Paul spends most of his time with his family. He is blessed with a lovely wife and two young boys who share his enjoyment of the natural, created world from the mountains to the coast. Paul also enjoys home renovation projects, golf and playing with his golden retriever, Patton.
Bryan graduated from Horry-Georgetown Technical College December 2005 with an Associates in Civil Engineering Technology. Upon graduating from HGTC, he was employed by a civil engineering and surveying firm on Pawleys Island as a Civil CAD Technician with experience in commercial, single family, and multi-family home sites. Prior to coming aboard SeamonWhiteside he worked in the steel fabrication industry as a SolidWorks Operator for 7 years retrofitting and designing steel structures.
Brian is currently enrolled at Trident Technical College earning a degree in Civil Engineering Technology and joined SW+ in December 2016 as an apprentice. Brian served 8 years in the Air Force and 7 years in the Air Force Reserves as an Air Transportation Journeyman. In his off-time, Brian plays volleyball, spends time with his wife and son, and is a die-hard Packers fan.
Upon graduation in 1984 from the University of Tennessee with a BSCE, JR moved to Mount Pleasant. For the first 13 years in the industry, he worked with a geotechnical engineering firm and Charleston Water Systems. Seeking to advance his career, JR joined SW+ in 1998. Since then, his project management and design experience has concentrated on residential subdivisions, commercial and office developments, public schools, parks and recreational complexes. JR is SW+’s Go-To guy for water and wastewater design and frequently works on water, sewer and lift station design and master planning. When not in the office, JR spends most of his time parenting two teenagers but does find time for a hobby or two. A diehard gearhead and budding technophile, his enjoys tinkering and riding anything with wheels, especially dirt bikes, and is always on the look-out for the newest electronic gadget.
Bringing many years of bookkeeping experience gained in the hospitality management industry, Susanne joined SW+ as an accounting clerk in 2019. Desiring a longer warm weather season for herself and her pets than New Jersey offered, she recently made the move to Charleston. A fan of outdoor dining, live music and photography, in her off time, you can find her wherever there is great food, good tunes and gorgeous views.
Grace Wachowski, EIT
Grace graduated from Clemson University in December of 2017 with a degree in Biosystems Engineering. Grace started working for SeamonWhiteside as an intern in the Greenville Office in the summer of 2017. Shortly after graduation she moved back to Mount Pleasant and started working full time as a Civil Engineer. Outside of work Grace enjoys boating, playing volleyball, walking her dog Miller, and cheering on the Tigers!
A transplant from the St. Louis, Missouri area, Merellene has been working with SW+ since 1988. With more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure design and project management and an occasional foray into structural and mechanical engineering, she is one of the go-to folks in SW+’s civil engineering department. Her eye for detail and dedication to a project well-done has made her a reliable consultant for numerous land development companies included in the firm’s client list. When not at work, Merellene may be found with her husband on board their boat, Knot Less II.
Chris Watson, PLA ASLA
Born and raised in Conway, SC, Chris is a member of the class of Clemson University’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program and is the Director of Landscape Architecture for SW+’s Greenville office. Chris began his career with the firm on Halloween in 1994 working in the company’s main location in Mount Pleasant and then moving to Greenville in 2004 to open the new upstate branch. His current responsibilities include business development, land use planning, site design, community revitalization initiatives, corridor studies, and recreation planning along with assisting in design oversight and project management. Chris is the ‘seasoned professional’ of the office.
Navada moved to Charleston from Coudersport, PA in 2021. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS studying Civil Engineering Technology in 2020. He has a girlfriend, Brianna, and two dogs Nala and Nova. In his free time, Navada enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, shooting pool and fly fishing.
Demetria holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina and brings over 19 years of experience in all aspects of human resources to SW+. She has held many roles in a diverse set of industries including healthcare, maritime shipping, and software engineering. Demetria is passionate about helping organizations develop employee-centric policies and helping individuals across all areas grow professionally and remain highly engaged.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, going to the mountains, and watching Clemson football.
Russell was born and raised between the Pee Dee rivers in Marion, SC. He attended Coker University and was a member of the baseball team during his 4 years there. In 2016 he was hired as a Project Representative at Hanna Engineering holding emphasis on water, wastewater, stormwater, and site development projects. Russell moved on from Florence in November 2020 to join the construction administration team at SW+. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and spending time outdoors.
Kyle Wicks, PE
Kyle was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, SC and graduated from the Clemson civil engineering program in 2017. Kyle specializes in single family residential projects and day trading. He loves hanging with his bros and lives his best SaltLyfe while wearing 100spf. Go tigers!
Cody Whiteside, MBA
Cody graduated from Clemson University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Minor in History. After working in the financial and distribution industries for a few years, Cody decided to pursue a Master’s Degree. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration Degree from The Citadel in 2013, and then joined SW+ as a Business Analyst. He leads the Accounting and Finance department at SW+.
Outside of SW+, Cody enjoys playing golf, attending and watching Clemson sporting events, and spending time with his wife Lindsay, son Cole, family, and Labrador retriever, Maddie.
Andy Wong, PE
Andy graduated from Georgia Tech, earning a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation. After graduation, Andy spent time with heavy civil contractors working on projects at the Atlanta airport. When not at SW+ practicing civil engineering, Andy enjoys rooting for underachieving Atlanta sports teams, and claims that he is an adventurous eater.
Frances Yarbrough, PE
Frances graduated from Clemson in May 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering and started working at SW+ Mount Pleasant shortly after. She enjoyed learning and growing in Mount Pleasant for six years before making the move to Charlotte to help start the SW+ Charlotte office. In her free time, Frances enjoys running, playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and Clemson football!
Hampton Young, PE
A former SW+ college intern Hampton graduated from Clemson University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and returned to join the SeamonWhiteside Mount Pleasant office full time. He is a certified EIT and is currently working towards gaining his PE license in 2021. Hampton grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and enjoys spending time with friends outdoors, boating, fishing, golfing and following Clemson football.
Xiaoxi received her master’s degree of Landscape Architecture from WUSTL in May of 2020. She is from China and has spent the last 8 years in St Louis. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, driving around country roads, playing guitar and cooking.