Faculty and Staff

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Marilyn Alexander Marilyn Alexander

Marilyn Alexander has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Washington State University and a Design Certificate from Portland Community College. She started working in a wholesale greenhouse during her college years, and after graduating she worked with various companies and gained  experience with pesticide spraying and bedding plants.

She went on to become the head designer in a florist shop and a retail garden center. After staying home to raise her two children (considered her most important job to date), she re-entered the work force as a designer/estimator for a design/build company in Oregon City and later operated her own landscape design business. Favorite pastimes: breathing, weeding and spending a moment with friends and family.

Marisha AuerbachMarisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach has been actively practicing, studying, and teaching Permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, specializing in food production, seedsaving, ecology, and useful plants. Currently, Marisha teaches at Portland Community College, Bastyr University, Pacific University, and offers an online permaculture program through Oregon State University. She also works with a number of non-profit organizations including The City Repair Project, Aprovecho Education Center, Lost Valley Education Center, Fertile Ground Community Center, and Planet Repair. Marisha is committed to sharing her passions for food security, regenerative design, biological diversity, seedsaving, permaculture, ecology, cottage industry, and positive futures and has developed several permaculture based businesses. Marisha has offered permaculture work from the forests of Vietnam to the Rocky Mountains of the United States to the stressed conditions of Haiti. She holds advanced permaculture certificates in Permaculture Aid Work and Keyline Planning. Marisha graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1998 where she focused on ethnobotany, ecological agriculture, and sustainability studies. She currently resides in Portland, OR. Marisha can be found online at www.herbnwisdom.com.

Elizabeth BrewsterElizabeth Brewster

Elizabeth is a faculty member in LAT and has worked in the landscape industry for the last 19 years. She holds a BA in Humanities from the New College of USF and a BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. She worked as a horticulturist for the Washington National Cathedral and Tudor Place in Washington, DC, and the William Paca Garden in Annapolis MD, and she spent 5 years working as a landscape designer and project manager for residential design/build companies in Virginia and Oregon. She is an avid hiker and enjoys going anywhere you can see glaciers and wildflowers.

Cindy Capparelli
Cindy grew up playing in the woods of the Northeast. She cut her teeth gardening in her parent's side yard, where she had an impressive crop of peppermint and blackcaps. Later, she graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor's in Sculpture. A move to the Northwest found her working in a flower shop where she learned to make beautiful things that were already dead. Looking for something more long-lasting, she enrolled in PCC's Landscape Program, earning a Associates in Landscape Technology and a Design Certificate. She is now an adjunct instructor at PCC and is a design/sales consultant at Landscape East & West.

Cindy loves creating spaces for people to gather, and is crazy about foliage color. She also enjoys backpacking, cooking food she's never heard of, and long walks on the beach at sunset.
Erin Duffy Erin Duffy
Erin Duffy is a Landscape Designer & Horticulturist, having received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Cincinnati. Erin has worked in the green industry for the past fifteen years, and currently works for a small Landscape Architecture firm in Southeast Portland. When not working, Erin can usually be found in her garden with her plants and chickens.
Linda Engstrom Linda Engstrom

Linda grew up on the East coast (the daughter of two N.Y.C. art teachers) where she earned a design degree from Cornell University and then worked as a room designer for Armstrong World Industries, designing many of the ads in the home magazines of the late 60's.

In 1973 she moved to Oregon with her husband and two sons and in 1979 received an Associate degree in Landscape Design from the program here at PCC. In 1984 she and her husband established Cloudrest Vineyards on 12 acres of hillside property on Bald Peak South of Hillsboro. Since 1984 she has traveled and photographed gardens in England, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, and even Siberia! She has studied under the English landscape designer, John Brookes, and also considers the late Barbara Fealy to be a mentor. She started teaching part-time at PCC in 1990.

Currently she teaches the Co-op Design course each term and Landscape Illustration, Spring term. She is a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers ( APLD) and has served on their Board of Directors as both their first webmaster and then as President in 2003. In addition to offering designs and consultations under her business, Garden Aesthetics, she offers design workshops at her home, and dabbles in writing and photography.

Jennifer Peters Smiling woman outdoors with dog

Jennifer grew up in the Rocky Mountains and holds degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Wyoming and Purdue University. Upon moving to Oregon in and mid 1990's, she changed her career path and pursued landscape design in the Landscape Technology Program at here at PCC and has been working in the landscape industry for the past 15 years, both as a landscape designer and contractor. She currently co-owns and operates a design/build landscape firm in the Portland metro area that specializes in boulder placement and large scale-water features.

Jennifer is the Landscape Technology Department's Technician IV. She supports students and faculty in class and lab preparation and is responsible for facilities, grounds and equipment management. Jennifer also teaches the Water Gardens class during summer term, Construction II during fall term and Grading and Drainage during Spring term. When not teaching or playing around in the mud with big rocks and water, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening and all things outdoors.

Corey Petersen
Born and raised in the Portland area, Corey started his career in the green industry working for a local company pushing a mower for a summer job. Since then, he has never held a job outside of the industry. After spending some time studying in Argentina, Corey graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture and went to work for a local landscape management company. He is a Licensed Landscape Contractor, Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner, and a LEED Green Associate. Currently, Corey is chair of the Environmental Resource Committee for OLCA. Although he is passionate about his work within the industry, Corey prefers to spend his time with family and friends, gardening, beekeeping, hiking, and camping.
Loren Radford Loren Radford

Loren has been both a vocational horticulture and forestry teacher for 28 years, 13 at PCC and the remainder in North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York. He has also worked as an extension agent and owned a landscape/tree service business in western North Carolina. Professional credentials include currently being a certified arborist and a licensed Oregon landscape contractor.

When not working, Loren lives out in the woods of the Coast Range, where he enjoys splitting firewood and chasing elk out of his garden. He teaches many of the construction-related courses such as Landscape Construction Practices, Landscape Irrigation I & II, Tree Care, and he is a big believer in "getting your hands and feet dirty" education.

David Sandrock, PhD Horticulture
David Sandrock is a faculty member and Department Chair for the Landscape Technology Program at PCC. David earned a BS and MS in Horticulture from the University of Georgia under world renowned plantsman Michael Dirr. He earned a PhD in Horticulture from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2003. For five years, he taught landscape design, construction and management and conducted research in Landscape Horticulture at the University of Florida and OSU. David is a Licensed Landscape Contractor, a Licensed General Contractor and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. When he's not teaching, David enjoys spending time with his family, art and being outside.
Laura TaylorLaura Taylor

Laura grew up exploring the Cascades and Sierra Nevada Mountains with her family. She earned a B.S. in botany and plant ecology from The Evergreen State College, and a M.S. in invasive plant biology from Portland State University. She has worked for seven years providing botanical and ecological technical support for restoration projects with public, non-profit, and private organizations, and currently works for the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. At PCC, she teaches Native Plants of Oregon (LAT 262) in Spring term. Laura loves growing native plants as well as delicious veggies and berries in her garden, and occasionally escapes to go for a hike or bike ride.

Mike Turner

Mike teaches LAT 241, Turfgrass Cultural Practices. He was born and raised in Bigfork, Montana. He received a B.S. in Horticulture from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1997. He began his golf career at Eagle Bend Golf Club in 1993. He worked as an assistant superintendent at Polson Country Club in Polson, Montana from 1997 until 2003, at which time he was hired at Spokane Country Club. He was hired by The Reserve in November, 2004 and became the superintendent in 2006. Mike loves teaching and looks forward to teaching again this spring.

Mike and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Noah(7) and Inga(5). In his spare time, He enjoys golfing, tennis, fishing and hunting.

Connie Van Dyke

Connie Van Dyke--Portlandʼs Green-witch—has been an instructor at Portland Community College for 17 years. Inviting people to come to her urban farm she shows them ways to close the loop and be more self-reliant. Courses like urban farming, permaculture, rugmaking, spinning, knitting, quilting, medicine-making, natural dyeing, canning, raising meat in the city, bee-keeping, and seed-saving show students how to get their needs met without money. She gleans, barters, wildcrafts, and grows most of her daily needs. She founded and is an active member of her Community Work Party which has been meeting once a month for 12 years to help each other. She is helping others to form similar groups in their neighborhoods. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon in 1974 where she focused on Fine Arts & Art History and uses her artistic side in everyday life.

Marina Wynton

Marina Wynton is the owner and principle designer of OLIVINE Land, LLC, a landscape design company in Portland, OR. Marina has 10 years' experience with landscape design and over 25 years combined in architecture, interiors, landscape design and construction. In addition Marina has many years of teaching as an associate professor of architecture and interior design. Marina received fine art and architectural design training at University of Oregon School of Art and Architecture and Portland Community College's Landscape Construction Technology program. The mission of OLIVINE Land is to capture a sense of place through sustainable landscape design and to cultivate relationships between people and the natural environment. In addition Marina works for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, runs PATIO and volunteers with the Mazama on the Critical Incident Stress Management team. For fun Marina gardens, explores the world by foot and kayak, collects vintage patio furniture and is an avid sky watcher.