Staff

Sandra Giarde, CAE

Executive Director


Sandra serves as chief administrative officer of the association and has overall responsibility for CLCA operations and staff. She manages and directs staff, oversees the lobbying efforts of the association, manages fiscal operations, serves as liaison to other construction and green industry groups, assists with the LEAF scholarship fund, administers the Landscape Water Conservation Foundation and oversees the general administration of all association activities and business.

Maria Abero

Member Accounts Manager


Maria performs all internal accounting activities for CLCA, the Landscape Industry Show, LEAF and LandPAC. She maintains all membership records. Maria serves as liaison to the Chapter Presidents Council, Chapter Services, Membership Committee and Chapter Treasurers.

Micheyl Barnett

Meetings & Events Manager


Micheyl organizes and manages CLCA’s seminars, conferences and tradeshows. She serves as the liaison to the Events, Landscape Industry Show, Education and Associate Member committees.

John Sassaman

Communications Manager


John works with CLCA’s members and staff on the association’s public relations, marketing, internet and communications efforts.

David Silva, CWM

Water Certification Program Manager


David oversees the Water Management Certification program and is a resource to members, the industry and the public on water efficient landscaping. A Certified Water Manager, he works with green industry professionals, consumers, government leaders and other water stakeholders.

Allison LoDolce

Certification Program Coordinator / Administrative Assistant


As the Landscape Industry Certified Technician Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, Allison coordinates test applicants, judges and committee members for certification testing, maintains the online bookstore, oversees general front desk duties and much more!

Susan Carlson

Graphic Designer


Susan works with CLCA’s members and staff on the association’s public relations, marketing, internet and communications efforts.