Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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, seed-saving, 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, seed-saving, 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.
Debra BergerDebra Berger
Debra is now passionate about plants and creating spaces that nurture and inspire people, though she didn’t start out this way. Raised in urban Brooklyn, NY, when she was a little girl she thought flowers came from a florist and trees grew uniformly planted one car apart. As she grew older, she began to feel on some intrinsic level that gardens could be places for nurturing the spirit. In 1991, she left the city to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz in upstate New York on a campus setting nestled among forest, farms and orchards. Surrounded by nature, she observed the succession of the changing seasons and how a sense of place connects us to home. From her fine arts studies, she learned about color, composition, history and aesthetics. At about this time, she encountered a book that proved fateful called Noah’s Garden, by Sara Stein. In it, she wrote about restoring the ecology by taking all the back-to-back yards in suburbia, removing the vast stretches of lawn and re-planting them with native plants, essentially creating a green belt that mimics nature. That inspired her to change direction and hope to one day fuse her background in art and design with a desire to integrate our role as stewards of the earth. In 2006, Debra moved from living in Los Angeles, CA to Portland, OR where she began to transition from a 13 year graphic design career to landscape design by completing advanced certifications in Permaculture and Organic Gardening. Debra's path, in turn, then led to completing an AAS Degree in the Landscape Design program at Portland Community College. Debra is currently the Design Manager at Paradise Restored Landscaping and served as 2015 Co-President on the Oregon chapter board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Relocating to the lusher setting of Portland, she feels she has added years to her longevity and enjoys spending time with family, especially doting on Spike, her three-legged kitty.
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 DuffyErin 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 EngstromLinda 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 web master 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.
Anne LeSenneAnne LeSenne
Anne has a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture from BYU Idaho, and a Masters in Plant and Soil Science from Texas Tech. She is also a LEED AP, and an ISA Certified Arborist with Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications. She has been involved in many aspects of the horticulture industry including wholesale nursery production and sales, landscape design, irrigation design, arboriculture, tree surveys and protection, landscape management, and teaching. She has her own Consulting company doing tree reports and landscape designs. She 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. She is also the Beekeeper here at PCC. When she's not working, Anne likes to read a good book, geocache, kayak, cook, and sew quilts.
Jennifer PetersJennifer Peters
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 the 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 ever since as a landscape designer, contractor and instructor. She currently co-owns a design/build landscape firm in the Portland metro area that specializes in boulder placement and large scale-water features.
Jennifer is a faculty member of LAT and holds the AAS Landscape Technology degree and is a Licensed Landscape Contractor. Her current passion is transforming instruction to better support students in pursuit of their personal and professional goals. When not teaching or playing around in the mud with big rocks and water, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening and all things outdoors.
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.