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  John E. Montgomery, Principal, Landscape Architect LA # 4059
John’s interest in design began when he was a boy constantly sketching ideas and observing how nature worked. As a native Californian he was an avid outdoorsman from an early age. While fishing, hiking, skiing and surfing, John paid close attention to the way landscapes were formed. Today, John strives to have each and every one of his projects reflect nature’s elegant beauty.

John takes pride in listening to his clients so that their unique vision is brought to life. He has a particular passion for creating spaces that enhance our lives; spaces that are relaxing, rejuvenating, tranquil, playful, and timeless. John’s ability to be current relies on his unique background of Art, Architecture, Construction and time spent in his garden to create leading edge designs.

John has been designing residential environments and public spaces for over 35 years. He has been licensed by the State of California Board of Landscape Architects (CLA #4059) since 1994 and is member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
  Cynthia Montgomery, Operations Manager
Cynthia graduated in 1988 with a degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She and John have been married since 1989 and are raising their two children. In addition to her career with JMLA, Cynthia has recently written and published a book, however, her claim to fame is being John’s BIGGEST FAN.
  Teresa Robbins, Senior Managing Associate, Landscape Architect LA # 8434994-5301 (Utah)
Teresa joined JMLA in 2004 after graduating with high honors from Utah State University; receiving a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.  In 2014 she became a Licensed Landscape Architect in the state of Utah. Her aptitude for design and awe of nature’s influences found its perfect balance when she discovered the field of Landscape Architecture. We are truly fortunate to have her working from our satellite office in Utah and because of modern technology; she is able to be a critical member of the JMLA team. Her attention to detail and meticulous character goes unmatched by anyone. These days she finds great fulfillment in creating outdoor spaces that rejuvenate, being a mom and contributing to her community.
  Debbie Blumhardt, Office Manager
Debbie joined JMLA in 2007. Using the skills she gained as a paralegal in the securities and corporate finance industries, Debbie is a major contributor to the success of our business, the satisfaction of our clients and the reason she has earned the crown of "Wonderful Office Manager". She also plays an integral role in identifying and working with the local charities that benefit from our annual garden tours. But mostly it’s her "can-do" chipper attitude that makes her just plain fun to work with. When not keeping us on task, she has been very active in the local schools, volunteering as the parent representative facilitating and advising the leadership students throughout their four years of high school. Mother of 3, Debbie enjoys spending time with family (including her beloved dogs), entertaining and attending Gumsaba Boot Camp - at 5:30 am!
  Kathleen Olson, Landscape Designer, APLD member
Kathleen joined JMLA in 2013. Her wonderfully colorful work/educational background spans from a Bachelor’s Degree at UC Santa Barbara, the Wine Industry, Package Design, and finally as Head Barista and bottle washer when she opened her own bookstore café.  After taking a break to raise her two children, she completed her certification as a Landscape Designer at Merritt College and currently serves on the Board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. With a combination of extensive horticultural knowledge and a passion for plants, she uses a hands-on, collaborative approach to work with our clients to transform their residential spaces into gardens that are beautiful, functional and sustainable.  Her easy going, positive attitude makes her a delight to work with and if you pop by the office, you may find her singing & whistling while she works.
David M. Williamson, Landscape Designer   David M. Williamson, Landscape Designer
David joined JMLA in 2015 after graduating from the University of California Davis in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture.  During his time at UC Davis, he was an officer in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student chapter and developed an interest in sustainable design.  David is also an accomplished artist and has sold his work throughout the Bay Area.  The combination of his artistic and scholastic training, gives him a unique attention to detail, which he brings to every project.  Outside of work David loves to read, shoot pool, play guitar and skateboard.  One day he wants to utilize his deep passion for skateboarding & landscape architecture by creating world-renowned skate parks. 
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