Handling so many amazing projects—and doing it so well—reflects the great talent and true dedication of our MPA team. Whether you have worked with all of us or only some of us, we’d like to introduce you— or re-introduce you— to MPA’s stellar team of professionals…



Michael Pape, PLA


A Texas native and a Floridian since 1957, Michael attended the US Naval Academy before graduating from UF in ‘77. After starting his career with Sasaki Associates (Watertown, MA), in 1979 he cofounded Land Design Resources in Ocala, then established Michael Pape & Associates PA in 1984. Licensed in 1977, his career as a landscape architect and land planner now spans 40+ years.



Trish Pape, PLA

Land Planner

Born in Kansas and a Floridian since 1960, Trish graduated from both FSU (’77) and UF (’85), becoming a licensed Landscape Architect in 1985. Having previously worked at her father’s Crystal River architectural firm and with McCumber Golf Design (Jacksonville), she now has 40 years’ experience specializing in land planning and site design.



Suzanne Stancil, PLA ASLA


An Ocala/Marion County native, Suzanne is a University of Florida ‘02 graduate and became a licensed Landscape Architect in ’06. Her 18+ year career has covered the full scope of landscape architecture from professional planning and design to project management and client service. Her recent transition into the role of Principal is a result of her proven ability to lead MPA’s team into the future.



John Olters, PLA

Associate Principal

A native Floridian from Miami, US Navy veteran, and ’93 graduate of UF, John was licensed in 1996. After beginning his career in Ocala, John joined MPA in 2000. His professional experience now spans 25+ years, and his design expertise focuses on golf course landscape and residential design, among other aspects of landscape architecture.



Steve Burns, PLA, LEED AP

Senior Landscape Architect

Steve has recently joined our team and comes from the Ormond Beach area. Steve has extensive experience spanning 30+ years all over the United States on a variety of LA projects but has a strong background in golf course design, parks, and municipal projects along with expertise in project management and construction administration.



Allison Tucker

Senior Landscape Design Associate

A Sumter County native, Allison is a ‘97 graduate of UF. Having started her career in Boston, she returned to Florida and joined MPA in 1999. Her expertise in landscape architectural design, lighting design, CADD production management, and IT now spans 20+ years.



William “Bumpy” Needham

Contract Administration Associate
ISA Certified Arborist FL-5846A

A Marion County native and ’98 graduate of Florida Gateway College, Bumpy started his career in Ocala and joined MPA in 2004. With a career now spanning 20 years, his expertise ranges from landscape design to construction administration and maintenance consulting. He’s also MPA’s ISA-Certified Consulting Arborist.


Terri Outlaw

Office Manager

A native of Orlando and a resident of Marion County since 1994. Terri is the third longest-tenured member of MPA’s team, having joined us in 1994. Her attention to detail and managerial expertise have been helping the MPA team stay organized and efficient for over 25 years now.



Christina Vivona

Landscape Design Associate

A New Jersey native and a Florida resident since 2000, Christina started her career at MPA as an intern while a 3rd year UF student and has recently graduated and joined the MPA team full time. Christina is currently studying for the LARE and is on track to becoming a licensed Landscape Architect.



James Taylor

Associate/CADD Technician

A French native, James is one of the newest members of MPA’s CAD team. He moved to Anthony with his family in 2000, and spends his time outside work volunteering at the Ocala Civic Theatre, performing on stage in musicals and dramas since 2014.


Riley Zylstra

Associate/CADD Technician

A native Floridian, Riley graduated from Ocala’s Forest High School in 2020. Riley joined the MPA team in 2021 to assist with CAD production and is going to College of Central Florida at night.


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