Countryside Landscape & Design is a Design-Build landscape company comprised of knowledgeable professionals dedicated to providing exceptional service to the residential and commercial communities that we serve.
Our Work Culture:
Our company’s success not only depends upon customer satisfaction but also on the workplace satisfaction of our employees who carry out our vision. Countryside Landscape & Design Inc fosters a culture that allows our employees to thrive and grow.
Norman Quinn, Program Manager
President of Countryside Landscape & Design from 2013-2021, Norman first started as a Field Supervisor in 2000 after a long career with Williams College.
His time at Williams College spanned over 31 years, with his early days at the college as a carpenter, and quickly advancing to the carpenter shop foreman. The scope of his expertise continued to expand, as he gained more responsibilities, eventually supervising the grounds crews and overseeing all of the trade shops. This entailed the maintenance of the athletic fields, and campus grounds (roughly 450 acres) in addition to overseeing the maintenance of all campus buildings (exterior painting, roofing, masonry). He continued to take on more, as a project manager of construction and oversaw the logistics of special functions (set-ups for commencement, reunions, and many other special college activities).
Norman possesses expertise in all facets of construction, excavation, landscaping design, and installation. He possesses a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s license.
A Williamstown native, he has lived in the area his entire life and now resides in Pownal, Vermont.
Dan Lamontagne, Operations & Project Manager
Dan joined the Countryside Landscape and Design team in 2018 as a Project Manager. He has since been promoted to the added role of our new Operations Manager in July 2019.
In his role as a Project Manager, Dan oversees projects of various scales, interacting and scheduling with field managers regarding job priorities, with the end desire to ensure that the high standards and workmanship of CSL&D are met in the field. As Operations Manager, he will facilitate the coordination and use of all resources, including labor, equipment, and materials, to ensure efficient use, and also actively participate in the development and refinement of departmental best practices.
Dan possesses a heavy equipment operator’s license, is an ICPI certified concrete paver installer, an NCMA certified segmental retaining wall installer, and a Berkshire County Board of Health Certified septic system installer. In the winter months, Dan is part of our plow team.
Prior to joining Countryside, Dan worked as a Green Industry Professional and is knowledgeable in all aspects of the field.
Dan and his wife Cristi have one son, Dan Jr., and share their small stone home with their two cats, Yo-Yo and Cece as well as their long hair chihuahua, Chimichanga. He is from Cape Cod but graduated from Mount Anthony Union High in Bennington Vermont. Dan attended Southern Vermont College and is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Dan enjoys tropical getaways, playing the drums, and old jeeps.
John Carpenter, Fleet Mechanic & Yard Manager
John came to Countryside Landscape & Design in 1999. He maintains a fleet of 35 trucks, 13 large mowers, and over a dozen various heavy equipment vehicles, not to mention an assortment of push mowers, weed whackers, and other powered lawn equipment. John keeps us going by keeping the equipment running that we need for this landscape business.
He is a certified Vermont inspection mechanic, certified MVAC technician, a GM certified mechanic in engines and transmissions, and OSHA-10 certified.
Michael Drew, Landscape Installation Crew
Mike has been with Countryside Landscape & Design since 2006. He enjoys working outside in the fresh air, and the physical aspect of the job; the dirty fingernails and sore muscles. He likes taking what he learns in his day’s work and applying it at home in his own outdoor spaces.
Prior to coming here, Mike worked as an offset pressman in the printing industry for 23 years. Mike has three pets, a dog named Peter, and two cats, Patches, and Tiger.
Steven Frechette, Project Manager, Estimation & Design
Steven joined the Countryside Landscape & Design team in 2017 as Landscape Designer and Project Manager. Steven’s approach to landscaping is to listen and fully understand the client’s needs. He applies a common-sense approach in order to create a landscape that works while fulfilling the desires of his clients.
A life-long resident of the Berkshires, Steven attended Pittsfield High School, where he was introduced to Horticulture, and instantly realized that the landscaping industry was something that he was drawn to. A graduate of Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, he was given a solid foundation to start his career in Landscape Construction and Design. As a young man, he worked alongside his father, who was a Mason, thus gaining stone masonry skills which only bolstered his skill set in the field.
Steven enjoys the Berkshires to the fullest, hiking, kayaking, the theatre, and working in his vegetable garden.
Debra Griffin, Office Administrative Coordinator & Technical Assistant
Debra has been with Countryside Landscape & Design since 2006 and is part of the office team. She has many roles…she maintains the client service lists, processes online payroll, and manages employee records, and benefits contributions. Her favorite part of her position is assisting with technology, and finding ways to improve the efficiency of workflow.
She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and has participated in many continuing education programs in the years since.
Sharon Mahoney, Office Manager
Sharon joined the Countryside Landscape & Design team in 1995 as the only person in the office. Now the Office Manager, with a staff of 2, Sharon keeps all facets running smoothly, overseeing all the daily operations of the office from customer service to accounting. Sharon loves working with a diverse group of people and demonstrates this with her warm and engaging personality.
Prior to working at Countryside, Sharon was employed in the green industry for 8 years.
A life-long resident of the area, she shares her home with her husband Tim and is the proud mom of 2 Papillion fur babies.
Mike “Haffy” Hafner, Maintenance Field Supervisor
At Countryside Landscape & Design since 2010, Mike is a man of many skills. Beyond the Forestry division, he has been an active part of many other divisions, including being our in-house carpenter. He happily participates in his work, giving 100%, and bringing his never-ending humor to the work environment.
Prior to joining the Countryside Landscape & Design tribe, Mike was employed as a head foreman, building homes and log cabins, and even built his own barn. He takes great pride in his carpentry abilities, having originally been introduced to the building trades in high school.
Mike was born in Kingsbury, New York, and was raised on a dairy farm. As with any dairy farm operation, he learned how to operate various machinery and equipment, along with daily caring for animals. He loves the outdoors, whether working, hunting, doing his own yard work, or sitting by the fire pit. He loves life, making people laugh, and spending time with his wife.
Scott Higley, Lawn & Tree Applications Specialist Manager
Scott joined the Countryside Landscape & Design in 2017 following nine years as the Grounds Supervisor of Nauvoo, a historic site in Illinois. In 2019, Scott was promoted to the Manager position of our Lawn & Tree Applications division.
Scott holds a commercial pesticide license in Massachusetts and is knowledgeable in the many specifically designed applications used to manage turf grass, ornamental plants, and shade trees. Scott can also diagnose and prescribe solutions to plant diseases and insect infestations, including ticks.
Gregory Hoyt, Lawn & Tree Application Crew
Gregory is one of our longest-term employees, having joined the team in 1993. He began as a mower, and over the years, has advanced to Yard Operator. Given his tenure with the company, his knowledge is wide-reaching and essential.
Karen Sutherland, Director of Horticulture
A transplant from eastern Massachusetts, Karen joined CSL in September 2021 as Director of Horticulture. She oversees the Maintenance Division which includes garden maintenance and development, fine pruning, mowing, and yard clean-ups. Karen graduated from Stockbridge School of Agriculture and holds several certifications from local green industry associations. These include: MA Certified Horticulturist, MA Certified Arborist, MA Certified Landscape Professional and is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.
She also holds a certificate in Invasive Plant Management. Prior to moving to Williamstown, Karen owned and operated her own Fine Gardening business with a focus on garden design and maintenance working with other contractors to bring her designs to fruition and to ensure the best care for her client’s properties. She looks forward to continuing that focus here at Countryside.
Susan Pardoe, Horticulturist
Susan joined Countryside Landscape & Design in 2007. Susan authors our monthly newsletters.
Prior to joining our team, Susan was a research assistant in developing Biocontrols for small fruit production at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was also the Greenhouse Manager for Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield.
Susan has a B.S. in Plant Pathology, and is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH), with a concentration on the ecology of landscape plants.
A native New Yorker, Susan grew up in New York City moving to Massachusetts in 1983. When not home growing orchids and tropical trees, Susan enjoys rides on her motorcycle. She shares her home with her husband Steven.
Alan Webster, Lead Mason
At Countryside Landscape & Design since 2018.