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Our team is made up of volunteers actively working as Landscape Designers and Registered Landscape Architects in South Florida. We share the same values and goals: compassion, hard work, community, empowerment, and a constant drive to expand the limits of what we can accomplish. We are always looking to grow and welcome new team members throughout the year. Please share your information with us if you are interested in becoming an active staff member, an event volunteer, a mentor, or if you are looking for a way to give back to our community.


President and Founder

Born and raised in Colombia, Ely developed her love of the outdoors and the importance of education and hard work. After moving to the United States and graduating with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, she has successfully pursued a career as a Landscape Designer,project manager and business owner while continuing to seek personal fulfillment.

“It is my passion and therefore my responsibility to support and guide as many young professionals as possible, I believe in the power of collaboration and the possibility for women, creativity and kindness to change the world”


Vice President

Andrew Witkin, FASLA is founder and president of Witkin Hults+Partners. Andrew graduated from Penn State in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Witkin Hults, based in South Florida has established itself as a leading planning and landscape architectural firm. Founded in 1988, the firm is widely recognized for its work both domestically and internationally. Its experience spans the southeastern United States, the Caribbean basin and South America. Andrew is a member of The Philanthropic Council, The Stuckman School Advisory Board and the Mentorship Program for the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. Andrew has been elevated to the prestigious Council Of Fellows for his exceptional contribution to the landscape architecture profession and society at large.


Executive Secretary

Kelsey grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended Florida Southern College for her undergraduate studies and the University of Florida for her Master’s Degree. She is currently a Landscape Architect working in Hollywood, Florida. Being a woman who struggled to find her voice when she started her professional career, Kelsey hopes the Foundation will empower young women by providing the support she lacked during her academic program and early in her career.


Student Liaison

Roberto is originally from El Salvador, and now works as a Associate at WH+P company in Hollywood, Florida. He is constantly inspired by the talented women he works with every day and would like to utilize the Foundation to inspire others. Through his personal experience, Roberto realizes the importance of women having equal standing as men and works to bring people together.



Natali grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she attended school and was an expert swimming athlete for most of her early education until she decided to move to the USA with her family looking for better opportunities. After moving to the USA, she became a business owner within the food industry. Natali is the treasurer for this foundation and her goals are to act as a mentor and an effective advisor to the team to channel simple business mentalities. She is also quite active in developing very exciting menus for our seminars and all the important events. She is passionate about offering her time for a foundation that is thoroughly involved in working for women.