About

Founded in 2006, Living Roofs Inc. is an established expert and leader in the field of Green Roofs and Living Walls. We hold true to our pioneering spirit—designing, installing and maintaining projects from coast to coast. We have worked in urban and rural areas on projects both residential and public. Our dedication to a more colorful and sustainable future through the growth and development of Green Roofs is matched only by our commitment to our clients.

The Living Roofs, Inc. team brings a diverse wealth of knowledge, expertise and skills to the table. We’re an independent, boutique group and believe that keeping our team smaller and more intimate allows us to be nimble and responsive to your needs. This hands-on approach gives us the ability to guarantee you the best possible experience and results.

Meet the team

Co-Founder

Kathryn Blatt Ancaya, PLA, LEED AP

B.A., Anthropology, Wake Forest University
MLA, College of Design, North Carolina State University

“Design must be present at every stage, and it translates beyond paper plans. For all successful projects, design is the critical thread pulled from concept through post-installation.”

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Kate’s interdisciplinary educational background and professional experience in archaeology and landscape architecture inform all her work. She is keenly interested in how humans interact and connect with their environments, and she says that pushes her to “explore ideas that encourage memorable landscapes and spaces.” Kate’s design approach is sensitive, ecologically responsive and restorative. She leads the Living Roofs design team from concept through construction, ensuring that the original vision remains intact throughout the project. Kate is also Director of Design at Roots First where she works to repair the connection between people and nature.    

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Curtis Russell

Green Roof Team Leader
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Curtis brings years of experience in construction and jobsite command to his role at Living Roofs as a green roof installation team leader. Curtis possesses a proficiency and an attention to detail that is reflected in each construction project, from the green roofs themselves to the patio systems designed to work in synchronicity with them. Curtis enjoys the great outdoors, and finds the vistas from the roofs he works on to be a reward of their own.

Dustin Brackney

Construction Supervisor
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Over years of operating his own shop, Dustin has learned firsthand— and dealt with—the many challenges of this emerging industry. He now brings that extensive experience to Living Roof's service department and roof paver installations. Dustin understands the great potential of living wall systems, and he is an extraordinary problem solver for complex installations.

Emilio Ancaya

GRP

Co-Founder and President
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Emilio brings extensive green roof construction and hands-on experience to every project. His role begins immediately with bidding and project inquiries and carries through to project logistics and onsite installation. You will find him in the office but maybe most at home on a construction site, possibly driving a forklift and coordinating cranes. He has extensive experience in all sizes and types of green roofs, having designed, supervised and installed projects throughout the southeast, northeast, and western states.

Joshua Leisenring

Green Roof Maintenance Team Leader
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With a background in Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Josh discovered his passion for greenroofing as a horticulturalist managing the National Aquarium's living roof, before jumping into the green roof industry full time.  Josh is driven by the potential for green roofs to provide viable habitat for pollinators and displaced wildlife, while returning other critical ecosystem functionality back into urban landscapes.  Josh brings a decade of green roof maintenance experience to Living Roofs, and at any given time can be found busy on our latest installation project, servicing one of our maintenance accounts, or even attending to our website and social media content.

June Altamura

Administrative Assistant
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June brings her business administration experience as well as her lifelong interest in environmental studies to Living Roofs. June is inspired by the nature of green roofs as an interdisciplinary solution to a complex set of questions. When she’s not in the LRI office, June is also a visual artist working primarily in collage.

Kate Blatt Ancaya

PLA, LEED AP

Co-Founder and Landscape Architect
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Kate’s interdisciplinary educational background and professional experience in archaeology and landscape architecture inform all her work. She is keenly interested in how humans interact and connect with their environments, and she says that pushes her to “explore ideas that encourage memorable landscapes and spaces.” Kate’s design approach is sensitive, ecologically responsive and restorative. She leads the Living Roofs design team from concept through construction, ensuring that the original vision remains intact throughout the project.

Kyle Williams

ISA Cert. Arborist

Pre-Construction Manager
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Kyle brings many years of management experience in the green infrastructure industry to Living Roofs. He values the unique ability of green roofs to address the environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the rapidly urbanizing Southeast. You will find him carefully preparing the construction team for organized, efficient, and impeccable installations.

Paul Sayre

Project Designer
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Paul is a landscape designer, composer, and pianist. He specializes in plant-community-based design (in the tradition of Richard Hanson, Fredrich Stahl, and J. Philip Grime), healing gardens, retirement community design (CCRC), and rewilding. Paul is keenly interested in ecology, renewable energy, and conservation. He also enjoys teaching, gardening, horticulture, and woodworking.

Paul is enthusiastic about his work with Living Roofs Inc.: “Living Roofs offers authentically progressive design solutions that move beyond design trends, buzzwords, and ‘green washing.’ We’re part of the solution, not the problem, so my work here aligns with my values.”

Rich Gallardo

Green Roof Technician
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Before joining Living Roofs, Rich worked as a Site Supervisor for All Hands and Hearts disaster relief, where he honed his construction and interpersonal skills, and talents for flexibility, inclusiveness, and consensus building in difficult situations.  When he’s not installing green roofs, Rich is developing a stronger self through the practice and discipline of Fencing.  Rich’s passion for helping people and the planet directly has brought him into the fold at LRI, devoted and eager to create a greener future and environment for all.

Meet the team

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green roof tech

Chris Boyle, Jeremy Briggs

B.S. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Dustin is a green roof and living wall project manager at Living Roofs, Inc. Dustin has deep experience working on green roofs regionally and nationally and brings a thorough and seasoned knowledge of green roof and living wall project management, logistics, and maintenance to each project.

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Adair Arbor

CWC, Florida Community College
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DeMarcus is a green roof and living wall field technician. He applies his experience in the roofing, agriculture and horticultural industries to green roof construction and living wall installation. In addition to his expertise in green roofs, DeMarcus has extensive farming experience from Pennsylvania to Florida.

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Zack Koontz, Cedric Canovas

BS, Environmental Studies and Green Building and Community Design, University of Vermont
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Annie is a green roof and living wall field technician and uses her diverse horticultural skills in the green roofs and living walls construction and maintenance. Her thoughtful design inclinations allow her to move easily from studio into the field and back again. She hails from rural New Jersey.

project manager

Dustin Brackney, GRP

B.S. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Dustin is a green roof and living wall project manager at Living Roofs, Inc. Dustin has deep experience working on green roofs regionally and nationally and brings a thorough and seasoned knowledge of green roof and living wall project management, logistics, and maintenance to each project.

Field technician

Demarcus Shipman

CWC, Florida Community College
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DeMarcus is a green roof and living wall field technician. He applies his experience in the roofing, agriculture and horticultural industries to green roof construction and living wall installation. In addition to his expertise in green roofs, DeMarcus has extensive farming experience from Pennsylvania to Florida.

field technician

Annie Mellick

BS, Environmental Studies and Green Building and Community Design, University of Vermont
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Annie is a green roof and living wall field technician and uses her diverse horticultural skills in the green roofs and living walls construction and maintenance. Her thoughtful design inclinations allow her to move easily from studio into the field and back again. She hails from rural New Jersey.