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Ishraga Eltahir

What is your professional background/expertise? My professional background is in international policy and financial regulation in the public and private sectors. How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective? I am currently on a journey of delving deeper into my interest in landscapes and garden design, so I’m…

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Doug Adams

What is your professional background/expertise? Sound engineer turned marketing/advertising finance professional turned urban farmer! How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective? Contributed images from New Brooklyn Farms project rendering to a stormwater management project Kelley was working on for UDC; attended an interactive 3-day landscaping training course…

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Tim Shaw

What is your professional background/expertise? Homeowner looking for practical landscape solutions. How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective? Our contractor introduced us to Kelley Oklesson and the outcome couldn’t have been a more pleasant surprise. Kelley is a true designer. She listened to our needs and got…

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Esther Mitchell

What is your professional background/expertise? HR and Horticulture (UME Master Gardener Coordinator, PG County How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson? Kelley is a Master Gardener who has done some wonderful projects for the Master Gardener Program What was something that you learned while working with Kelley? Kelley…

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Cheryl Foster

What is your professional background/expertise? As a large – scale public artist, I enhance community spaces for communities along the east coast. Glass and metal are my preferred materials and mosaics are my area of expertise. How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson? In completing a major project…

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Kay McGrath King

What is your professional background/expertise? REAL ESTATE AGENT How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson? THROUGH PERSONAL REFERRAL What was something that you learned while working with Kelley? SMALL CHANGES CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT Were there any challenges or changes in plans and how did Kelley handle…

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Jennifer Funn

What is your professional background/expertise? I am a program coordinator for the Maryland Small Business Development Center affiliated with University of Maryland at College Park.  I began working with Kelley during my tenure overseeing “Branch Avenue In Bloom” a program to address the needs of a commercial corridor in an…

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Michele Nelson

Michele Nelson What is your professional background/expertise? My professional background is Environmental Science and Agricultural Education. I have a BS in Earth and Environmental Science and a Masters in Agricultural Education. I have 5 years of work experience working in the arenas of cooperative extension, Park and Planning, and all…

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