Sarah Maas
Heath Mizer, RLA
Mark Johnson, FASLA, President
Amirah Shahid, RLA, LEED AP
Scott Jordan
Yuxian ‘Eury’ Li, Landscape Designer
ilana Fowler
Craig Vickers, RLA
Robin Rooney Norcross, RLA
Christopher Parezo, AICP
Sandy Hendon
David Armesy
Jason Newsome, LEED AP
Diane Lipovsky, RLA
Mark Naylor, RLA
Eric Mott
Dick Farley, FAIA
Kyle Hopkins
Soonhyuck Choi
Isa Reeb
Nick Fish, Landscape Designer
Gonzo

Civitas is not ordinary, and Civitots are not ordinary people. We are a bit quirky, individual and have different kinds of intelligence. We don’t rely on a set of skills; we rely on a set of interacting minds to make creativity visible and effective. We are passionate, funny, big, small, quiet and loud. All these moods and modes are critical to keeping our minds open to new discoveries that might make a difference. But we are not glib or satisfied. We always have more to learn.

Civitas is a culture devoted to the potential of design thinking and the transformative power of design. We are a collective, learning and sharing with each other, with our clients and the communities where we work. We have encountered some of the most challenging urban problems and try hard to discover the truths and myths that define a place. We are wired to find ideas that bring new life into old places and reverse patterns of failure.

We don’t bring our own answers to the problem because we don’t think we are quite smart enough to know the answers. We find new answers from within the problem. To do that we question common thinking, toss out crazy ideas, listen to all opinions and challenge each other to get beyond what a problem seems to be. We want to know what the real problem is, how it got that way, and why our ideas will actually make it better. That doesn’t work on one try. So we keep trying!

Sarah Maas

Sarah

Sarah is a landscape designer with a formal background in urban planning and landscape architecture. The breadth of her work ranges from collaborating on the conceptual design through construction for over 150 acres of open space in Stapleton, Colorado to designing an intimate plaza and courtyard for LBA Realty in Downtown Denver. Currently, Sarah is working on schematic design for a lakefront park in Wayzata, MN; an urban plaza and streetscape for the Aerospace and Engineering Building on the Metro State University campus in downtown Denver and conceptual design for two urban riverfront parks along the Thames River in London, Ontario.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Urban Planning from the University of California San Diego and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to joining Civitas, Sarah interned with Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects.

Beyond Sarah’s professional experience she aspires to be an advocate for landscape architecture and the importance of the field both socially and environmentally. She is inspired to advocate through design, but also through exploring the relationship between art, installation, participation and landscape. Outside of work she enjoys impromptu desert road trips where she adds to her burgeoning collection of late afternoon slanty light photography.
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Sarah is a landscape designer with a formal background in urban planning and landscape architecture. The breadth of her work ranges from collaborating on the conceptual design through construction for over 150 acres of open space in Stapleton, Colorado to designing an intimate plaza and courtyard for LBA Realty in Downtown Denver. Currently, Sarah is working on schematic design for a lakefront park in Wayzata, MN; an urban plaza and streetscape for the Aerospace and Engineering Building on the Metro State University campus in downtown Denver and conceptual design for two urban riverfront parks along the Thames River in London, Ontario.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Urban Planning from the University of California San Diego and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to joining Civitas, Sarah interned with Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects.

Beyond Sarah’s professional experience she aspires to be an advocate for landscape architecture and the importance of the field both socially and environmentally. She is inspired to advocate through design, but also through exploring the relationship between art, installation, participation and landscape. Outside of work she enjoys impromptu desert road trips where she adds to her burgeoning collection of late afternoon slant light photography. Email Sarah.

Heath Mizer, RLA

Heath

Heath is a Registered Landscape Architect with over ten years of professional practice in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning. A believer that landscape is a powerful and enduring medium for artful expression, Heath has given careful attention to scale, craft, composition, and contextual integration in all his projects. He has successfully led several projects from concept to implementation, applying a critical and rigorous design process at each phase of every project.

Heath's experience includes the design and implementation of urban plazas, public parks, urban streetscapes, mixed-use developments and a variety of technically complex urban projects over structure. Currently Heath is working on the design and construction administration for 70 acres of Open Space in Denver’s North Stapleton, Broadway Pier in San Diego, CA and the University of Colorado Academic Office Building in Colorado Springs.

Heath enjoys a part-time appointment teaching Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver. In 2013, he won an ASLA National Honor Award as the faculty advisor for a design/ build studio “Shadeworks: Designing and Building Community Shade in Bluff, UT,” and was recently selected as a Juror for the 2014 ASLA Awards Arizona Chapter. Heath holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture with Honors from Colorado State University. While attending Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Heath won an International Design Competition, “21st Century Park” Sponsored by The Graham Foundation in Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, exporting his mother-in-law to the Kansas Highway Patrol, and speaking in movie quotes with the internet service provider. Email Heath.

Heath is a Registered Landscape Architect with over ten years of professional practice in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning. A believer that landscape is a powerful and enduring medium for artful expression, Heath has given careful attention to scale, craft, composition, and contextual integration in all his projects. He has successfully lead several projects from concept to implementation, applying a critical and rigorous design process at each phase of every project.

His experience includes the design and implementation of urban plazas, public parks, urban streetscapes, mixed-use developments and a variety of technically complex urban projects over structure. Currently Heath is working on the design and construction administration for 70 acres of Open Space in Denver’s North Stapleton, Broadway Pier in San Diego, CA and the University of Colorado Academic Office Building in Colorado Springs.

Heath enjoys a part-time appointment teaching Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver. In 2013, he won an ASLA National Honor Award as the faculty advisor for a design/ build studio “Shadeworks: Designing and Building Community Shade in Bluff, UT,” and was recently selected as a Juror for the 2014 ASLA Awards Arizona Chapter. Heath holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture with Honors from Colorado State University. While attending Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Heath won an International Design Competition, “21st Century Park” Sponsored by The Graham Foundation in Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, exporting his mother-in-law to the Kansas Highway Patrol, and speaking in movie quotes with the internet service provider. Email Heath.

Mark Johnson, FASLA, President

Mark

Mark is a leading designer and thought leader who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. He began his career at Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He worked at Maas and Grassi, an Ogden Utah design firm, where he learned how to transform ideas into built work for residences, campuses and the design of retail streets. After a brief time with Roy Mann Associates in Cambridge, Mark landed his first dream job with Jones & Jones of Seattle. There he worked on several zoo exhibits, urban plazas and streets, parks and several major river plans. He left Seattle to earn an MLA in Urban Design at Harvard, where he found important mentors in Peter Walker, Moshe Safdie, and Jose Luis Sert. These great designers and thinkers fueled Mark’s passion to make a real difference in how cities work for both people and the environment. His Harvard thesis, chaired by Moshe Safdie, focused specifically on how urban form responds to dramatic cultural, economic and environmental change, establishing Mark’s commitment to adaptable + resilient urbanism fully 30 years ahead of today’s focus on these issues. 

Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architects can play in leading complex projects to successful results. He is a natural communicator who has led many communities through challenging programming and design conditions and he has established Civitas as a leading firm on a national and international level. 

Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and a participant in many issue driven symposia around the world, notably the International Academy of Design and Health, with whom he has lectured in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia on the role of community design in promoting public health. He has been on many design juries for national awards and competitions, was Chair of the Editorial Committee of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and is a founder of the CEO Roundtable, an independent association of the leaders of the top landscape firms in the world that has met bi-annually for more than 15 years to assess impacts and trends in the profession. Email Mark.

Mark is a leading designer and thought leader who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. He began his career at Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He worked at Maas and Grassi, an Ogden Utah design firm, where he learned how to transform ideas into built work for residences, campuses and the design of retail streets. After a brief time with Roy Mann Associates in Cambridge, Mark landed his first dream job with Jones & Jones of Seattle. There he worked on several zoo exhibits, urban plazas and streets, parks and several major river plans. He left Seattle to earn an MLA in Urban Design at Harvard, where he found important mentors in Peter Walker, Moshe Safdie, and Jose Luis Sert. These great designers and thinkers fueled Mark’s passion to make a real difference in how cities work for both people and the environment. His Harvard thesis, chaired by Moshe Safdie, focused specifically on how urban form responds to dramatic cultural, economic and environmental change, establishing Mark’s commitment to adaptable + resilient urbanism fully 30 years ahead of today’s focus on these issues.

Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architects can play in leading complex projects to successful results. He is a natural communicator who has led many communities through challenging programming and design conditions and he has established Civitas as a leading firm on a national and international level.

Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and a participant in many issue driven symposia around the world, notably the International Academy of Design and Health, with whom he has lectured in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia on the role of community design in promoting public health. He has been on many design juries for national awards and competitions, was Chair of the Editorial Committee of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and is a founder of the CEO Roundtable, an independent association of the leaders of the top landscape firms in the world that has met bi-annually for more than 15 years to assess impacts and trends in the profession. Email Mark.

Amirah Shahid, RLA, LEED AP

Amirah

Since joining Civitas in June 2013, Amirah has been designing parks in Denver’s North Stapleton Trunk Parks, Digital Globe’s new tech campus in Broomfield, CO, and River North Park in Denver. Prior to Civitas, she spent 5 years in SWA’s San Francisco office working on projects both domestically and abroad. The 2011 SWA Patrick Curran Fellowship sent Amirah on a long bike ride from Beijing to Shanghai to investigate the role of the bicycle in China. She received her MLA and Certificate in Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Environmental Biology and Geography from Colgate University. Outside of work she enjoys analyzing the computational efficiency of the xref, modeling spaceships in Sketchup, and watching dog shows on TV. Email Amirah.

Since joining Civitas in June 2013, Amirah has been designing parks in Denver’s North Stapleton Trunk Parks, Digital Globe’s new tech campus in Broomfield, CO and River North Park in Denver. Prior to Civitas, she spent 5 years in SWA’s San Francisco office working on projects both domestically and abroad. The 2011 SWA Patrick Curran Fellowship sent Amirah on a long bike ride from Beijing to Shanghai to investigate the role of the bicycle in China. She received her MLA and Certificate in Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Environmental Biology and Geography from Colgate University. Outside of work she enjoys analyzing the computational efficiency of the xref, modeling spaceships in Sketchup, and watching dog shows on TV. Email Amirah.

Scott Jordan

Scott

As a Principal at Civitas, Scott has led large-scale, complex projects in some of the most contentious areas of the country, including his role as Project Manager of the 32-mile Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. Through these experiences he has developed a passion for engaging the public in the design process. Regardless of the project’s scale, Scott’s approach is to build upon a city’s authentic and unique attributes to create rich and diverse public spaces.

Scott joined Civitas in 2001 and has since worked on some of the firms most challenging projects such as the Balboa Park Master Plan in San Diego, The San Diego Convention Center Expansion and Rooftop Park, and the design of 6 parks totaling 70 acres for the Stapleton Parks in Denver. Currently, Scott is managing the construction of several projects including North Embarcadero in San Diego, which is regenerating San Diego’s port into a world-class waterfront, and the restoration of St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary.

Scott holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. He has also won several national design awards for his work on the Los Angeles River Revitalization. For the past 5 years, Scott has been an invited lecturer and guest critic at universities across the country and has presented at national landscape architecture and planning conferences. Outside of work he enjoys exploring ways to use his ‘mad’ spreadsheet skills and practicing Hikaru Dorodango. Email Scott.

As a Principal at Civitas, Scott has led large-scale, complex projects in some of the most contentious areas of the country, including his role as Project Manager of the 32-mile Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. Through these experiences he has developed a passion for engaging the public in the design process. Regardless of the project’s scale, Scott’s approach is to build upon a city’s authentic and unique attributes to create rich and diverse public spaces.

Scott joined Civitas in 2001 and has since worked on some of the firms most challenging projects such as the Balboa Park Master Plan in San Diego, The San Diego Convention Center Expansion and Rooftop Park, and the design of 6 parks totaling 70 acres for the Stapleton Parks in Denver. Currently, Scott is managing the construction of several projects including North Embarcadero in San Diego, which is regenerating San Diego’s port into a world-class waterfront, and the restoration of St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary.

Scott holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. He has also won several national design awards for his work on the Los Angeles River Revitalization. For the past 5 years, Scott has been an invited lecturer and guest critic at universities across the country and has presented at national landscape architecture and planning conferences. Outside of work he enjoys exploring ways to use his ‘mad’ spreadsheet skills and practicing Hikaru Dorodango. Email Scott.

Yuxian ‘Eury’ Li

Eury

Yuxian (‘Eury’) holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Agriculture in Landscape Architecture from the Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering in China. Inspired by the Minimalism, Land Art and New Urbanism, he is passionate about creating beautiful open spaces that exhibit the art, unique site characteristics, sustainability and improve cultural and aesthetic value. He envisions design as a dynamically story-telling process of investigating site potentials and human behaviors.

As an Aggie Student at Texas A&M, he led and managed a design team for the Jonestown Comprehensive Master Plan, Austin, Texas in order to help the city redevelop several recreational parks and greenway system. In 2016, he won a National ASLA Student Honor Award for the final study “Sifting the Landscape: Transforming Vacant Lands through Smart Decline. Prior to earning his degree, Eury worked in a large Chinese landscape design company as a landscape designer, on projects ranging from highly dense residential areas, mixed-use neighborhoods, waterfront parks, resorts and urban design.

Outside of work Eury enjoys being a “Shutterbug”, “Foodie” and “Adventurer”. He sometimes prefers to stay at home watching cartoons, reading comics or enjoying horror and fantasy films. He always believes “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Email Eury.

Yuxian (‘Eury’) holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Agriculture in Landscape Architecture from the Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering in China. Inspired by the Minimalism, Land Art and New Urbanism, he is passionate about creating beautiful open spaces that exhibit the art, unique site characteristics, sustainability and improve cultural and aesthetic value. He envisions design as a dynamically story-telling process of investigating site potentials and human behaviors.

As an Aggie Student at Texas A&M, he led and managed a design team for the Jonestown Comprehensive Master Plan, Austin, Texas in order to help the city redevelop several recreational parks and greenway system. In 2016, he won a National ASLA Student Honor Award for the final study “Sifting the Landscape: Transforming Vacant Lands through Smart Decline. Prior to earning his degree, Eury worked in a large Chinese landscape design company as a landscape designer, on projects ranging from highly dense residential areas, mixed-use neighborhoods, waterfront parks, resorts and urban design.

Outside of work Eury enjoys being a “Shutterbug”, “Foodie” and “Adventurer”. He sometimes prefers to stay at home watching cartoons, reading comics or enjoying horror and fantasy films. He always believes “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Email Eury.

ilana Fowler

ilana

As Director of Business Development and Marketing, ilana oversees all new business development at Civitas and plays a key role in driving the company’s growth strategy and marketing initiatives. Since joining the firm in 2008, her focus is on new business development, brand positioning and cultivating strategic partnerships across the globe.

ilana arrived at Civitas via film, advertising, design/construction and being a dot comster. She brings two decades of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, building new business and strategic sales and marketing, from start-up environments to large corporations.

With her background in communication arts, she has fostered a strong interest in ‘design as strategy’ and its transformative effect in cities. Whether you’re planning a new city or detailing a street edge, she looks to tell authentic stories and connect with people in relevant ways.

ilana graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Arts and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and contributes her free time to The National Sports Center for the Disabled. Outside of work, she enjoys a good game of Tom Foolery, photographing ‘the decisive moment’, getting off the grid and not being ‘on time and on budget’. Email ilana.

As Director of Business Development and Marketing, ilana oversees all new business development at Civitas and plays a key role in driving the company’s growth strategy and marketing initiatives. Since joining the firm in 2008, her focus is on new business development, brand positioning and cultivating strategic partnerships across the globe.

ilana arrived at Civitas via film, advertising, design/construction and being a dot commie. She brings two decades of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, building new business and strategic sales and marketing, from start-up environments to large corporations.

With her background in communication arts, she has fostered a strong interest in ‘design as strategy’ and its transformative effect in cities. Whether you’re planning a new city or detailing a street edge, she looks to tell authentic stories and connect with people in relevant ways.

ilana graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Arts and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and contributes her free time to The National Sports Center for the Disabled. Outside of work, she enjoys a good game of Tom Foolery, photographing ‘the decisive moment’, getting off the grid and not being ‘on time and on budget’. Email ilana.

Craig Vickers, RLA

Craig

Craig is a dedicated, high-energy designer with over 20 years of experience with Civitas. His tireless passion for creating distinct, beautiful and lasting public spaces involve the integration of urbanism and health. Craig’s love for human expression through design, coupled with his passion for nature, brings meaning and authenticity to his work.

Craig’s experience is broad, ranging from public space design in complex urban environments to the planning and design of more contemplative environments of higher education and corporate campuses. His experience working across the country has given him tremendous insight into understanding cultural distinction and the ability to diagnose complicated problems rapidly - this is what makes Craig a valuable designer. His recent project work has focused specifically on urban regeneration and building cultural design expression. Craig’s leadership ability and drive for excellence is exemplified in projects such as Belmar Town Center, The Salt Lake City Government District Master Plan, The San Diego Convention Center Expansion, Museum Park Miami and the Stapleton Park Open Space System. Craig has won ULI, ASLA and AIA awards for a wide range of design projects including visionary and built work.

Craig is a Registered Landscape Architect with a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University. He is actively involved in the community through his work on the City of Golden Parks and Recreation Board and other volunteer efforts. Outside of work, he enjoys flying paper airplanes and making origami animals. Email Craig.

Craig is a dedicated, high-energy designer with over 20 years of experience with Civitas. His tireless passion for creating distinct, beautiful and lasting public spaces involve the integration of urbanism and health. Craig’s love for human expression through design, coupled with his passion for nature, brings meaning and authenticity to his work.

Craig’s experience is broad, ranging from public space design in complex urban environments to the planning and design of more contemplative environments of higher education and corporate campuses. His experience working across the country has given him tremendous insight into understanding cultural distinction and the ability to diagnose complicated problems rapidly - this is what makes Craig a valuable designer. His recent project work has focused specifically on urban regeneration and building cultural design expression. Craig’s leadership ability and drive for excellence is exemplified in projects such as Belmar Town Center, The Salt Lake City Government District Master Plan, The San Diego Convention Center Expansion, Museum Park Miami and the Stapleton Park Open Space System. Craig has won ULI, ASLA and AIA awards for a wide range of design projects including visionary and built work.

Craig is a Registered Landscape Architect with a Bachelor’s Degree for Colorado State University. He is actively involved in the community through his work on the City of Golden Parks and Recreation Board and other volunteer efforts. Outside of work, he enjoys flying paper airplanes and making origami animals. Email Craig.

Robin Rooney Norcross, RLA

Robin

Robin is a Project Leader and Registered Landscape Architect with Civitas.  In 2008 she joined Civitas with nearly ten years’ experience in residential landscape architecture.  Over the last 9 years Robin has worked on a breadth of parks and campuses around the country including a 40-acre park on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Sanford Consortium of Regenerative Medicine in San Diego and the award-winning Salt Lake City Public Safety Building. Currently Robin is managing the design of Tampa’s 23-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Twin Silo Park in Fort Collins, both of which are under construction.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design, both from the University of Nebraska.  She also holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver.  She is a registered landscape architect in Colorado, Nebraska, and California. Outside of work she enjoys sun and snow, friends and wine. Email Robin.

Robin is a Project Leader and Registered Landscape Architect with Civitas.  In 2008 she joined Civitas with nearly ten years’ experience in residential landscape architecture.  Over the last 5 years Robin has worked on a breadth of parks and campuses around the country including a 40-acre park on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Sanford Consortium of Regenerative Medicine in San Diego and Charles Schwab Corporate Campus in Lonetree, CO. Currently she managing the design of Denver’s River North Park and Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design, both from the University of Nebraska.  She also holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver.  She is a registered landscape architect in Colorado, Nebraska, and California. Outside of work she enjoys sun and snow, friends and wine. Email Robin.

Christopher Parezo, AICP

Chris

Chris is Principal at Civitas and a Certified Planner with degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning. He has 10 years of experience in architecture and urban design and has been with Civitas for 9 years. As an urban design leader and project manager, Chris oversees a variety of project types ranging in scale from corporate and medical campus design, transit oriented communities and urban infill neighborhood design, to long-range city planning. Chris is currently leading urban design efforts for the +/- 400-acre transit-oriented community in Denver, Colorado and master planning and designing for the +/-2,500 acre portion of Kabul New City in Afghanistan. Chris received undergraduate degrees in architecture and environmental design in 2003 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning/Urban Design in 2006 from State University of New York at Buffalo. An urbanist and outdoorsman, Chris’ goal is to improve the quality of urban life for all people as a means to minimize human impact on the natural environment. He believes that great urban environments of the future will successfully blend time-tested urban design concepts with emerging environmentally sustainable practices. Outside of work, Chris enjoys exploring Colorado single track, sampling pints at local microbreweries and scheming his next office prank. Email Chris.

Chris is a Certified Planner with degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning. He has 10 years of experience in architecture and urban design and has been with Civitas for 7 years. As an urban design leader and project manager, Chris oversees a variety of project types ranging in scale from corporate and medical campus design, transit oriented communities and urban infill neighborhood design, to long-range city planning. Chris is currently leading urban design efforts for +/- 400-acre transit-oriented community in Denver, Colorado and master planning and designing for +/-2,500 acre portion of Kabul New City in Afghanistan. Chris received undergraduate degrees in architecture and environmental design in 2003 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning/Urban Design in 2006 from State University of New York at Buffalo. An urbanist and outdoorsman, Chris’ goal is to improve the quality of urban life for all people as a means to minimize human impact on the natural environment. He believes that great urban environments of the future will successfully blend time-tested urban design concepts with emerging environmentally sustainable practices. Outside of work, Chris enjoys exploring Colorado single track, sampling pints at local microbreweries and scheming his next office prank. Email Chris.

Sandy Hendon

Sandy

Sandy brings far more than 20 years of experience in business management to her position as a Business Manager; she brings professionalism, warmth, and a mindset of service to her work with the clients and employees of Civitas. Sandy’s primary focus is the day-to-day financial management of the firm. She assists the company in reaching its goals related to profitability and viability. In addition to her financial role, Sandy also serves as the Human Resources/Benefits Manager for Civitas. She partners with consultants and the management team to optimize Civitas’ key resource: its people. This critical role ensures that Civitas is able to not only able offer exceptional benefits but also cultivate a positive and inviting office culture. Prior to joining Civitas, Sandy spent thirteen years in the human resources/payroll industry where she held positions as a payroll/human resources manager and finance and administrative manager. Sandy graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver where she studied human resources management. As a student athlete, Sandy was a valuable team member of the women’s volleyball program competing for the university at the NCAA DII level. Outside of work she enjoys catching summer Country concerts, crafting items for her online Etsy shop, and blogging about pre-empty nesting and the angst of soccermomdom. Email Sandy.

Sandy brings far more than 20 years of experience in business management to her position as a Business Manager; she brings professionalism, warmth, and a mindset of service to her work with the clients and employees of Civitas. Sandy’s primary focus is the day-to-day financial management of the firm. She assists the company in reaching its goals related to profitability and viability. In addition to her financial role, Sandy also serves as the Human Resources/Benefits Manager for Civitas. She partners with consultants and the management team to optimize Civitas’ key resource: its people. This critical role ensures that Civitas is able to not only able offer exceptional benefits but also cultivate a positive and inviting office culture. Prior to joining Civitas, Sandy spent thirteen years in the human resources/payroll industry where she held positions as a payroll/human resources manager and finance and administrative manager. Sandy graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver where she studied human resources management. As a student athlete, Sandy was a valuable team member of the women’s volleyball program competing for the university at the NCAA DII level. Outside of work she enjoys catching summer Country concerts, crafting items for her online Etsy shop, and blogging about pre-empty nesting and the angst of soccermomdom. Email Sandy.

David Armesy

David

David joined Civitas as a Landscape Designer in 2013 and has collaborated on an array of projects including a new tech campus for Digital Globe, Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park (currently under construction), a mixed-use development in Boulder, Colorado and Denver’s Stapleton Parks.

Prior to Civitas, David lived in the San Francisco Bay Area working on a large tech campus and several public parks with Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA). He also interned at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

David pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University, and received an ASLA National Honor Award in 2012. Although he started his path in Civil Engineering, David found Landscape Architecture to be a more fitting medium to cultivate his analytical and detail oriented thinking with a creative enthusiasm. He also became inspired by the urban complexities of cities and how the built environment can facilitate the relationship between today’s evolving social, cultural, political, and ecological spheres.

Outside of work, David enjoys riding two-wheeled unicycles, exploring theoretical physics, listening to the colors of the wind, and eating boxes of chocolates in order to experience life over and over again. Email David.

David joined Civitas as a Landscape Designer in 2013 and has collaborated on an array of projects including a new tech campus for Digital Globe, Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Denver’s Stapleton Parks.

Prior to Civitas, David lived in the San Francisco Bay Area working on a large tech campus and several public parks with Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA). He also interned at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

David pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University, and received an ASLA National Honor Award in 2012. Although he started his path in Civil Engineering, David found Landscape Architecture to be a more fitting medium to cultivate his analytical and detail oriented thinking with a creative enthusiasm. He also became inspired by the urban complexities of cities and how the built environment can facilitate the relationship between today’s evolving social, cultural, political, and ecological spheres.

Outside of work, David enjoys riding two-wheeled unicycles, exploring theoretical physics, listening to the colors of the wind, and eating boxes of chocolates in order to experience life over and over again. Email David.

Jason Newsome, LEED AP

Jason

Jason is an Urban Designer whose experience spans many miles, across several disciplines - from landscape architecture design in New York City to design, construction and forestry work in Wyoming. His travels have led him through large-scale campus planning projects, the construction of high-end residential and commercial landscapes and the implementation of forest management plans. These unique experiences have fueled his interests in the dynamic relationships between culture, politics and the impact that the built environment has on our lives and greater ecologies.

Jason joined Civitas in 2013 and has been a part of the design teams for Kabul New City, Washington University Medical Campus, and Denver’s Aviation Station. Regardless of scale, he is committed to simplifying complex urban design issues and utilizing his creativity and design talent to create resilient, responsible design at the human scale.

Jason received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Outside of work he enjoys human-powered apparatus adventures, gravity induced high-tailing, and poking things to test their firmness. Email Jason.

Jason is an Urban Designer whose experience spans many miles, across several disciplines - from landscape architecture design in New York City to design, construction and forestry work in Wyoming. His travels have led him through large-scale campus planning projects, the construction of high-end residential and commercial landscapes and the implementation of forest management plans. These unique experiences have fueled his interests in the dynamic relationships between culture, politics and the impact that the built environment has on our lives and greater ecologies.

Jason joined Civitas in 2013 and has been a part of the design teams for Kabul New City, Washington University Medical Campus, and Denver’s Aviation Station. Regardless of scale, he is committed to simplifying complex urban design issues and utilizing his creativity and design talent to create resilient, responsible design at the human scale.

Jason received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Outside of work he enjoys human-powered apparatus adventures, gravity induced high-tailing, and poking things to test their firmness. Email Jason.

Diane Lipovsky, RLA

Diane

Diane is a spirited landscape architect whose passion lies in public-interest landscapes. Having lived in cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Milan and Washington, DC, Diane has always been fascinated by the pace and form of urban life and public park spaces in particular. After attending USC’s School of Cinema-Television and volunteering with a local sustainability organization, she discovered the power of landscape architecture as a narrative tool to give meaning to our communal spaces, to encourage new events and encounters, and to advance ecological and artistic improvements in our everyday worlds.

Since joining Civitas in 2013, Diane has worked on all phases of the design process from public outreach to schematics to construction administration on a number of projects. Most recently she has taken on leadership roles for the Vision Planning process for a museum park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the reimagination of the streetscape, entry, and central plaza at Belmar Shopping Center in Lakewood, CO, and several projects for the new Belleview Station mixed use development in Denver.

Diane holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California. In 2010, she received an ASLA Certificate of Merit and was co-winner of the ASLA Student Awards in Analysis and Planning. Outside of work, Diane enjoys running with scissors, scouring California Mod blogs and exploring the dynamism of the color pink. Her laugh can be heard far and wide. Email Diane.

Diane is a spirited designer whose passion lies in public-interest landscapes. Having lived in cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Milan and Washington, DC, Diane has always been fascinated by the pace and form of urban life and public park spaces in particular. After attending USC’s School of Cinema-Television and volunteering with a local sustainability organization, she discovered the power of landscape architecture as a narrative tool to give meaning to our communal spaces, to encourage new events and encounters, and to advance ecological and artistic improvements in our everyday worlds.

Since joining Civitas in 2013, Diane has been busy working on 70-acres of North Stapleton Trunks Parks in Denver, detail design of Lane Field Park in San Diego and most recently, a Vision Plan for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Prior to Civitas, Diane was a landscape designer with Crosby, Schlessinger, Smallridge in Boston, where she collaborated with public agencies from the regional master planning scale of the MA DCR's Neponset Trail to the intimate scale of the One Greenway public garden in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.

Diane holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California. In 2010, she received an ASLA Certificate of Merit and was co-winner of the ASLA Student Awards in Analysis and Planning. Outside of work, Diane enjoys running with scissors, scouring California Mod blogs and exploring the dynamism of the color pink. Her laugh can be heard far and wide. Email Diane.

Mark Naylor, RLA

Mark

Mark Naylor is a Project Director at Civitas. A landscape architect with over 32 years of experience, his creative leadership guides designers, project teams, and clients to push the edges of how we work and how to realize new ways to deliver value to clients. During his 18-year tenure with Civitas, Mark has led some of the firm’s most notable projects spanning the Western US, including the design of Denver’s Commons Park, Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas, and the realization of a 46-acre TOD at Belleview Station in Denver’s Tech Center. Currently he is overseeing the redevelopment of Tampa’s 26-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, which is now in Design Development.

Passionate about the spatial qualities of music and design, Mark looks for the rhythm of a place - it’s cadence, continuity, contrast and how people move through space. He brings this sense of place to the forefront of his design, where landscape and city meets, creating spaces where people love to go, where urban life is at its best.

Mark is a registered Landscape Architect in Colorado and Nevada. He grew up in the craziness of Southern California (loved the Dodgers and now puts up with the Rockies), and received his Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Ever the “dad”, he enjoys working with students and young professionals. This is borne out in his relationships within the office and his tenure with University of Colorado Denver in the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture. He has served on numerous juries, and continues to mentor students in the design community.

Outside the office, Mark loves banging on the piano, hopping on his Cannondale for a commute to the office, hanging out with his wife and kids, camping in Colorado’s incredible mountains, leading music at his church, and appreciating a good meal. Email Mark.

Mark Naylor is a Project Director at Civitas. A landscape architect with over 32 years of experience, his creative leadership guides designers, project teams, and clients to push the edges of how we work and how to realize new ways to deliver value to clients. During his 18-year tenure with Civitas, Mark has led some of the firm’s most notable projects spanning the Western US, including the design of Denver’s Commons Park, Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas, and the realization of a 46-acre TOD at Belleview Station in Denver’s Tech Center. Currently he is overseeing the redevelopment of Tampa’s 26-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, which is now in Design Development.

Passionate about the spatial qualities of music and design, Mark looks for the rhythm of a place - it’s cadence, continuity, contrast and how people move through space. He brings this sense of place to the forefront of his design, where landscape and city meets, creating spaces where people love to go, where urban life is at its best.

Mark is a registered Landscape Architect in Colorado and Nevada. He grew up in the craziness of Southern California (loved the Dodgers and now puts up with the Rockies), and received his Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Ever the “dad”, he enjoys working with students and young professionals. This is borne out in his relationships within the office and his tenure with University of Colorado Denver in the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture. He has served on numerous juries, and continues to mentor students in the design community.

Outside the office, Mark loves banging on the piano, hopping on his Cannondale for a commute to the office, hanging out with his wife and kids, camping in Colorado’s incredible mountains, leading music at his church, and appreciating a good meal. Email Mark.

Eric Mott

Eric

Former CFO and Principal, Eric is a trusted advisor to Civitas for over 15 years. As a consultant, Eric’s responsibilities include overseeing all financial and business related functions of the firm. He is instrumental in the leadership and development of new organizational and financial systems, and their successful implementation.

Eric has been in finance for the Architectural and Engineering industry since 1988. Prior to his position as CFO, Eric was Vice President/Business Manager for D. L. Adams Associates, providing financial oversight for the Colorado and Hawaii offices. Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is previously Chairman of the BOD, with the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. When he is not working, Eric enjoys golfing, real estate, volunteer work and travel.
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Former CFO and Principal, Eric is a trusted advisor to Civitas for over 15 years. As a consultant, Eric’s responsibilities include overseeing all financial and business related functions of the firm. He is instrumental in the leadership and development of new organizational and financial systems, and their successful implementation.

Eric has been in finance for the Architectural and Engineering industry since 1988. Prior to his position as CFO, Eric was Vice President/Business Manager for D. L. Adams Associates, providing financial oversight for the Colorado and Hawaii offices. Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and is previously Chairman of the BOD, with the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. When he is not working, Eric enjoys golfing, real estate, volunteer work and travel.

Dick Farley, FAIA

Dick

Dick is an architect / urban designer with a long history, mostly in Denver where he practiced architecture for 10 years, before joining the City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Office as Deputy Director in charge of Urban Design in 1987. Through two mayoral administrations, he worked on many of the City’s seminal projects: Stapleton redevelopment; Airport Gateway, Lowry AFB redevelopment, and the redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley. In 1996, he joined Civitas, and worked on many large-scale urban design projects, including Highland’s Garden Village, Belmar, Bradburn Village, Stapleton, and Belleview Station. In 2010, Dick formed his own small practice, Richard Farley Urban Design, but never left Civitas, officing and collaborating with them on many projects.

Dick believes in the rejuvenating energy of cities, and the power of place making / urban design to create urban environments where people can thrive.

Dick received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, and a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University. Outside of work, Dick will likely be sketching old industrial buildings, pulling monoprints, and studying to read Tarot cards (very useful in understanding clients).

Dick is an architect / urban designer with a long history, mostly in Denver where he practiced architecture for 10 years, before joining the City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Office as Deputy Director in charge of Urban Design in 1987. Through two mayoral administrations, he worked on many of the City’s seminal projects: Stapleton redevelopment; Airport Gateway, Lowry AFB redevelopment, and the redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley. In 1996, he joined Civitas, and worked on many large-scale urban design projects, including Highland’s Garden Village, Belmar, Bradburn Village, Stapleton, and Belleview Station. In 2010, Dick formed his own small practice, Richard Farley Urban Design, but never left Civitas, officing and collaborating with them on many projects.

Dick believes in the rejuvenating energy of cities, and the power of place making / urban design to create urban environments where people can thrive.

Dick received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, and a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University. Outside of work, Dick will likely be sketching old industrial buildings, pulling monoprints, and studying to read Tarot cards (very useful in understanding clients).

Kyle Hopkins

Kyle

Kyle is a Landscape Designer with a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. He is currently working on Tampa’s 26-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park as the project moves into design development. Prior to joining Civitas, Kyle was a key contributor at PLOT Project in Denver, working on a range of projects from commercial office and mixed-use developments to nature-play inspired schoolyard master plans at six schools across Colorado.

While a graduate student, Kyle embarked on a year-long residency in Shanghai, China where he studied Landscape Architecture at Tongji University, and interned in HOK Shanghai’s Urban Design office. Having broadened his global understanding and appreciation of Landscape Architecture, Kyle focused his graduate thesis on the Biophilia Hypothesis, and the axiom that experiential nature is a vital component of the built environment cross-culturally. When Kyle isn’t working you’ll find him skiing, mountain biking or pickin’ on bluegrass songs about his pet ‘Tertle.’
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Kyle is a Landscape Designer with a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. He is currently working on Tampa’s 26-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park as the project moves into design development. Prior to joining Civitas, Kyle was a key contributor at PLOT Project in Denver, working on a range of projects from commercial office and mixed-use developments to nature-play inspired schoolyard master plans at six schools across Colorado.

While a graduate student, Kyle embarked on a year-long residency in Shanghai, China where he studied Landscape Architecture at Tongji University, and interned in HOK Shanghai’s Urban Design office. Having broadened his global understanding and appreciation of Landscape Architecture, Kyle focused his graduate thesis on the Biophilia Hypothesis, and the axiom that experiential nature is a vital component of the built environment cross-culturally. When Kyle isn’t working you’ll find him skiing, mountain biking or pickin’ on bluegrass songs about his pet ‘Tertle.’

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Soonhyuck Choi

Soon

Soonhyuck is an Urban Designer with a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the Hanyang University in South Korea. As an urban designer, his goal is to attune to the rhythms of social life, and produce satisfying, flexible, and innovative solutions to our most challenging design problems. Since joining Civitas in 2015, Soon has been working on some of Denver’s most complex urban projects including Broadway and I-25 Station Area Plan and Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority’s Bioscience Urban Design Master Plan.

Prior to Civitas, Soonhyuck was a designer at a top multidisciplinary architectural firm, Tomoon Architects and Engineers, in South Korea where his responsibilities ranged from small-to-large scale projects, from residential redevelopment to design competitions for the river front area in Seoul and abroad. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling in Colorado’s beautiful mountains with his family, and playing LEGO with his children for fun. Email Soon.

Soonhyuck is an Urban Designer with a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the Hanyang University in South Korea. As an urban designer, his goal is to attune to the rhythms of social life, and produce satisfying, flexible, and innovative solutions to our most challenging design problems. Since joining Civitas in 2015, Soon has been working on some of Denver’s most complex urban projects including Broadway and I-25 Station Area Plan and Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority’s Bioscience Urban Design Master Plan.

Prior to Civitas, Soonhyuck was a designer at a top multidisciplinary architectural firm, Tomoon Architects and Engineers, in South Korea where his responsibilities ranged from small-to-large scale projects, from residential redevelopment to design competitions for the riverfront area in Seoul and abroad. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling in Colorado’s beautiful mountains with his family, and playing LEGO with his children for fun.

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isa reeb

Isa

Isa is an Urban Designer with a formal architecture background. She is passionate about designing urban environments that are sustainable, innovative and enhance our everyday life. With her background in architecture and residential design/build, Isa brings her thoughtful and systematic approach into the creation of an urban environment.

Since joining Civitas in 2007, Isa has been involved in some of the most complex urban projects both nationally and internationally. Isa has been a key contributor in developing the National Western Center Master Plan and has been involved in the urban design and planning for several leading institutions including Washington University Medical Center and BJC Healthcare.

Isa received Master degrees in both Urban Design and Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work Isa enjoys touring cities on her bicycle and dreaming of one day becoming a rodeo clown. Email Isa.

Isa is an Urban Designer with a formal architecture background. She is passionate about designing urban environments that are sustainable, innovative and enhance our everyday life. With her background in architecture and residential design/build, Isa brings her thoughtful and systematic approach into the creation of an urban environment.

Since joining Civitas in 2007, Isa has been involved in some of the most complex urban projects both nationally and internationally. For over 5 years she has been a key contributor in advancing the larger vision of the 1500-acre regeneration project, in one of the most blighted areas in downtown St. Louis. She is also involved in the urban design and planning for several leading institutions including Washington University Medical Center, 
BJC Healthcare, Owensboro Medical Health System and The University of Colorado at Denver.

Isa received a Masters of Urban Design from the University of Colorado, Denver with a Concentration on Sustainability and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work Isa enjoys touring cities on her bicycle and dreaming of one day becoming a rodeo clown. Email Isa.

Nick Fish

Nick

Nick is a Landscape Designer with a background in Architecture, receiving his Master’s from Drury University. He is fascinated with generating new types of civic space by the blurring spatial boundaries of interior/ exterior, private/ public, and cultural/ ecological relationships, through the interplay of object and plane. He expresses this through some of his architectural prototypes using urban and landscape design concepts, such as a public street intertwined with a library, or a three-dimensional infinite bike-pedestrian loop in a park.

From an urban park in Suqian China to an urban bench on 16th Street Mall in Denver, Nick’s design experience stretches across all scales, implementing architecture as the primary medium. He’s led design teams through multiple competitions, receiving honorable mention for Archasm’s Liberty Museum Competition and placing third in the 2014-15 ACSA Steel Design Competition with his team’s “Heterotopia of Lagos’ Public Space” project. His playful and critical engagement of public realm design aligned his path with Civitas and has persistently perpetuated an immanent sculpting of his understanding and imagination - realization and implementation remains on the forefront of his ambitions.

Outside of work, Nick flirts with the arts, inquires about human existence and arouses a ruckus. Email Nick.

Nick is a Landscape Designer with a background in Architecture, receiving his Master’s from Drury University. He is fascinated with generating new types of civic space by the blurring spatial boundaries of interior/ exterior, private/ public, and cultural/ ecological relationships, through the interplay of object and plane. He expresses this through some of his architectural prototypes using urban and landscape design concepts, such as a public street intertwined with a library, or a three-dimensional infinite bike-pedestrian loop in a park.

From an urban park in Suqian China to an urban bench on 16th Street Mall in Denver, Nick’s design experience stretches across all scales, implementing architecture as the primary medium. He’s led design teams through multiple competitions, receiving honorable mention for Archasm’s Liberty Museum Competition and placing third in the 2014-15 ACSA Steel Design Competition with his team’s “Heterotopia of Lagos’ Public Space” project. His playful and critical engagement of public realm design aligned his path with Civitas and has persistently perpetuated an immanent sculpting of his understanding and imagination - realization and implementation remains on the forefront of his ambitions.

Outside the domain of work, flirting with the arts, inquiring human existence, or arousing a ruckus, resides amidst the many amusements Nick engages in. Email Nick.

Gonzo

Gonzo

Gonzo joined Civitas in 2011. As a kitten, he was a loving companion and housecat, however, the allure of city life was irresistible and he moved to Denver to pursue his dreams. He is a shoulder rider, trickster, frienemy, lover and lapwarmer. No hair tie, rubberband, beverage or staple remover is safe from his furry paws. A health nut and animal lover, he gave up mice for catnip. While exploring the dungeon-like basement, he discovered the meaning of life, but alas, he refuses to share. On the weekends he enjoys taunting people at the front door, swinging from the rafters, chillin’ with alley cats, and tomcatting on his sweet motorcycle. Gonzo holds a Master’s Degree in Rodent Destruction and a Bachelor’s in Ninja Sciences. He has been written about in magazines, has over 1,000 Facebook friends and a burgeoning career in cat modeling. Currently he is developing a feline-ap for bored, overweight cats.

Gonzo joined Civitas in 2011. As a kitten, he was a loving companion and housecat, however, the allure of city life was irresistible and he moved to Denver to pursue his dreams. He is a shoulder rider, trickster, frienemy, lover and lapwarmer. No hair tie, rubberband, beverage or staple remover is safe from his furry paws. A health nut and animal lover, he gave up mice for catnip. While exploring the dungeon-like basement, he discovered the meaning of life, but alas, he refuses to share. On the weekends he enjoys taunting people at the front door, swinging from the rafters, chillin’ with alley cats, and tomcatting on his sweet motorcycle. Gonzo holds a Master’s Degree in Rodent Destruction and a Bachelor’s in Ninja Sciences. He has been written about in magazines, has over 1,000 Facebook friends and a burgeoning career in cat modeling. Currently he is developing a feline-ap for bored, overweight cats. Email Gonzo

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