Board Members & Staff

BOARD MEMBERS

John L'Etoile
John L'Etoile
Board Member

Reno - License #702

John L’Etoile’s education in design started with three-dimensional art studies at Cal State University, Northridge before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture in 1992.

Today he leads the landscape architecture section of the Nevada Department of Transportation. His passion for highway landscapes and aesthetics stems from a keen interest in context sensitive design. He believes a project’s success depends on community involvement, strong collaboration with governing agencies and making sure the design compliments the aesthetic of the surrounding environment. John has worked on notable projects in the west including the new I-11 in Boulder City, Project Neon in Las Vegas, USA Parkway outside Reno/Sparks Nevada and a future high-speed rail project connecting California to Las Vegas. His approach to landscape architecture and highway design is holistic including bridge and transportation architecture, sculpture, salvaging and designing with native plants, rock and slope treatments and aesthetic wall patterning. He contributed to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program project, Leading Landscape Design Practices for Cost Effective Roadside Water Management, as a Scan Team member. He has been selected to guide aesthetics on city bridge projects. John manages the Landscape and Aesthetics program at NDOT and with his team, enjoys planning future landscape architecture projects for throughout Nevada.

John looks forward to the future of landscape architecture and how the profession can promote design and planning for climate change, social justice, equity and ecosystems.
John lives in Reno with his wife Jill, two sons and daughter.

Marc Chapelle
Marc Chapelle

Board Member

Reno - License #622

As senior landscape architect at Lumos & Associates, Marc’s background includes over 28 years of landscape architectural design including land planning, subdivision layout, grading plans, erosion control plans, recreational planning, trail routing, amenities design, and landscape and irrigation layouts. He has performed projects in California, Virginia, and Nevada, including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and rural Nevada. Past clients include cities, counties, school districts, universities, hospitals, private developers, and the Federal Government. He has conducted National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) impact analysis and has worked closely with National Park Service archaeologists as the subject-matter expert related to site improvements, public accessibility, and outdoor recreational design. Leisure activities include art, hiking, gardening, professional mentoring, and advocacy.

Stanton Southwick
Stanton Southwick

Board Member

Henderson - License #221 

In 1983 Stanton Southwick graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning along with an Associate degree in Business Administration. This was the start of his career in the landscape profession. Stan has worked for design/build companies, was vice-president at a national multi-disciplinary company and has been the owner of a successful landscape architecture firm for over 20 years. The majority of his work has been in Southern Nevada where he has been a resident since 1986 after working a few years in Utah and California. Over the years, he has been involved in ASLA as chapter president, adjunct professor at UNLV, and redevelopment advisory member for the City of Henderson. Stan is married with five children and (soon-to-be) four grand children. His hobbies include bicycling, hiking and golf… not necessarily in that order.

Laura Miller
Laura Miller

Board Member

Las Vegas - License #944

Laura B. Miller most recently participated on the Nevada Chapter of ASLA as Past-President. She started her career as an intern in a variety of offices in the profession during her undergrad at the University of Nevada Las Vegas receiving both her bachelor of landscape architecture and minor in environmental studies. She then found her way to Colorado for a few years gaining experience working on ski resorts, high-end residential, and transportation projects. She received her master of landscape architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She returned to Nevada post-schooling to teach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a visiting lecturer and adjunct professor. She currently works as a practicing landscape architect in the Las Vegas area. She most passionately shares her love of the delicate Mojave Desert ecosystem with all her clients. Laura has one son and husband who reside in clean-green Boulder City. Love spending time traveling and swimming.

Melinda Gustin
Melinda Gustin

Public Member

Reno

Melinda Gustin has an extensive background in historic preservation. Her focus includes landmark buildings, with emphasis on historic landscape design, site/plant material research, and treatment recommendations. Her appointment to the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation began in September of 2006, and she’s also served as a Director of Preserve Nevada, the statewide historic preservation organization, since that time. She was selected as one of six, National Trust Jurists for its annual Historic Preservation Honor Awards. Melinda is a member of the City of Reno Historic Resources Commission, as well as the Historic Reno Preservation Society, the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the American Society of Landscape Architects. She was appointed to the Board of Landscape Architecture for the State of Nevada, by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2015.

Following successful business and human resources careers, she earned degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture, and is a Landscape Historian with the landscape architectural firm, Sage Green Design, LLC. She received Graduate Certificates from the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Advanced Business Management and Human Resource Management programs, HRCI: Senior Professional Human Resources Designations, (SPHR) and (SHRM-SCP).

She and her husband, Dan, were the recipients of the City of Reno Historic Resources Commission inaugural Historic Preservation Advocacy Award, as well as the City of Reno 2007 Historic Preservation Award for their restoration of the grounds and residence of the Francis G. Newlands Mansion, National Historic Landmark, which has been featured on HGTV’s Restore America national program, as well as the local KNPB House with a History series.

STAFF

Ellis Antunez
Ellis Antunez

Executive Director

Reno

Ellis has been practicing Landscape Architecture for over 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Past President of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), past President of the Nevada State Board of Landscape Architecture and has been involved with the board in various capacities over the years. He has been involved in ASLA over the years, specifically, as Trustee for the Nevada Chapter, Co-chair for the Northern Nevada Section, Member of the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board, and on the Administrative Committee of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. Ellis has his Bachelor’s degree from Cal-Poly Pomona, California and his Master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno. He taught at Truckee Meadows Community College over 20 years. During this time, he was a partner in Cruitt & Antuñez, an Architectural/Landscape Architectural consulting firm. You will find him on most sunny days riding his motorcycle, teaching a class of motorcycle riders, playing golf or enjoying the outdoors with his camera in hand. You may reach Ellis by email at Landscapeboard@nsbla.nv.gov.