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Our Landscape Design Team

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William leads our landscape design-build team with demonstrated success and more than 30 years of industry experience. A key priority for William includes growing the Hicks Landscape division with dependable, professional, and knowledgeable staff in order to consistently provide the highest level of service to our customers.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned degrees in both Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Lois Budniak
LOIS BUDNIAK, Client Relationship Manager

As our client relationship manager, Lois is the liaison between clients and designers. She ensures communication flows and keeps the management of projects running smoothly. Lois has worked in the landscape design-build industry for over 20 years.

CRAIG DONLEY, Landscape Designer

A successful landscape designer on Long Island for over 25 years, Craig, a native Long Islander, is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. He has been honored with multiple awards from both the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association and the New York Nursery & Landscape Association.

Craig is brilliant and so wonderful to work with. He really listens to his customers and is a true professional. He was constantly on-site to ensure that everything was going perfectly. Juan Meija and his landscape team from Hicks were also wonderful and beautifully executed Craig’s design. It was (a) truly flawless (experience)!


View Craig’s ‘Cottage Garden’ from the 2021 Flower Show

THOMAS CAHILL, Landscape Designer

Toms’ landscape design-build industry experience spans 25 years. He takes great pride in listening to his clients and giving them exactly what they are looking for, turning their wants and needs into reality. He is a graduate of Farmingdale State College, SUNY.

I just wanted to take a few moments to share my thanks for the great job everyone involved did with our remodel.  This long process started last year with a collaboration with Tom Cahill.  Tom took everything I imagined, and some things I didn’t, and made it a reality.  He was always open to my many questions and thoughts-never making me feel anything but listened to. 

Thank you again for the amazing job!”

Betty B. – Garden City

View Tom’s ‘Urban Garden’ from the 2021 Flower Show

ANTHONY MUSSO, Landscape Designer

Anthony’s design ethos combines rigorous attention to the client brief, context and plantsmanship. His imaginative use of space with a contemporary twist are reflected in his favorite garden designs that include modern and English gardens. Anthony is a graduate of Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture.


“First let me say that Anthony was fabulous. He treated me like royalty. He listened to what I wanted…. I couldn’t be happier and have another appointment with Anthony for more work… You guys ROCK and I have already recommended you on my Next Door app which went to thousands of my neighbors. Thank you so much for decorating my yard and filling my heart.”

Mary V.

View Anthony’s ‘Formal Garden’ from the 2021 Flower Show

KEN MUELLERS, Senior Landscape Designer

Ken is a New York State Certified Nursery/Landscape Professional and an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. He has been in the landscape industry for over 30 years. You can read his ‘Garden Spot’ Column regularly in HOUSE magazine, where he has been a contributing columnist for 15 years and monthly Hicks blogs. Ken received numerous state and local awards for his residential and commercial landscape projects. He received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Penn State.

View Ken’s ‘Paradise Garden’ from the 2021 Flower Show

PETER HOGARTY, Landscape Designer

Peter has been designing award winning landscapes on Long Island for over 30 years. He has been honored with the Grand Award from the New York Nursery and Landscape Association. He consistently fulfills his clients dreams and expectations by truly listening and adding his creative flair.  Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University.

KRISTEN KELLY, Landscape Designer

Using her 15 years of experience in the home remodeling field, Kristen is most interested in creating landscapes that become an extension of the home. She attended Farmingdale State College, SUNY, where she received academic honors and the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Associations student design award.

View Kristen’s ‘Bohemian Garden’ from the 2021 Flower Show

DEAN YEH, Landscape Designer

With a background in botany and landscape design, Dean enjoys taking part in landscape renovation projects that utilize different plant palettes and features to accommodate the needs of each individual site. He recognizes the profound role that constructed landscapes play in improving indoor and outdoor living spaces, and through his design approach seeks to enrich both local communities and native ecosystems alike. Dean received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and Japanese from Colgate University, and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.


Carolynne uses her background in Interior Design to approach landscapes as an extension of the home.  She is an avid gardener with a keen interest in our local ecosystem, and a passion for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.  She is a graduate of Fordham University. 

ARIEL HOWELL, Landscape Designer

Ariel Howell is a landscape designer with a background in education. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments with an emphasis in heritage conservation.  She furthered her education by completing a Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Arizona. Ariel worked in elementary and middle schools in New York and Arizona teaching gardening and food justice through school garden programs. Her goal is to leverage her teaching experience alongside her technical expertise gained from the MLA program to create stunning outdoor spaces.

Production + Installation Crew

RICHARD BARKER, Landscapes Production Manager

Rich has worked in the landscape design-build industry for over 25 years. He ensures production on all projects run smoothly. Rich has managed both residential and commercial projects from Shelter Island to New York City. He is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional and earned a degree in Business Management.

SEAN MAHER, Landscapes Project Manager

Involved in many aspects of Hicks Landscapes operations, Sean has a true passion for design which shines through on all the projects he oversees. His background of planning and design along with a strong construction portfolio allows Sean to coordinate job sites effectively while paying attention to the details. Sean is a New York State Certified Nursery / Landscape Professional, and a graduate of Farmingdale State College, SUNY, earning degrees in both Ornamental Horticulture and Business Management.

MIKE DELUCA, Landscapes Inventory Coordinator

Michael is a graduate of Iona University with a bachelors in mass communications. He has previously worked in the outdoor education field across the country, from New England to Montana. Michael loves plant propagation and has a passion for the ecosystem. He is currently studying to get his horticultural certification from the New York Botanical Gardens and is very happy to be a new member of the Hicks Landscapes team.


One of the reasons Inmar’s group truly excels in our client’s eyes is because of his relentless attention to detail and meticulous approach to installations.

“Everyone across the board is professional, concise, informative, and accommodating… And Inmar and his crew are wonderful. I cannot say enough about how great Hick’s has proven time and time again!

Carol R. Sands Point


Alex has a strong construction and masonry background which allows his group to tackle a variety of intricate projects that come our way.

“I…love Alex and his crew. They are professional, tidy and do beautiful work.  We are very satisfied customers, and this is why we come back every year!”

Laurie S. Roslyn Heights


Juan’s strengths include on-site project organization, customer service and cleanliness – which our clients truly appreciate! His desire to be a true mentor to his crew make him a great leader.

Juan is an amazing manager with everything being done so efficiently, not to mention, carefully and beautifully.  He always included me in decisions, which I truly appreciate.  Every single person on the crew was so good at what they do and I have never seen a more hard working group of people. The whole crew was exceptional!”

Betty B. – Garden City



Julio has a refined skillset working on various landscape projects as an assistant foreman for several years. Julio’s respect for a successful design outcome is evident through his hard work and detailed approach. 


Anibal has developed his craft throughout the years working as an assistant foreman. He has a widespread construction background which allows him to excel at various construction-based projects.  


With over 23 years of experience working in the landscape industry, Nelson has one of the most experienced backgrounds of all our crew members. He has been trusted to work on some of our companies most complex projects.  

PETER COOPER, Project Materials Coordinator

A strong horticultural background coupled with diverse plant knowledge make Peter a true asset to the Hicks Landscapes Production group.

LEROY HAWKINS, Warranty Service & Foreman

Roy’s passion for plants is only exceeded by his self-motivated personality and follow-through skills.  As a horticultural specialitst, he consistently demonstrates his drive to exceed all expectations.

ADAN FERNANDEZ, Maintenance Foreman

As our maintenance foreman, Adan’s keen eye and sense of ownership allow him to excel.  He maintains and cares for every property he services as if it were his own.

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