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Kate Kennen RLA


Having spent her childhood at her family’s garden center in central Massachusetts, Kate is well versed in the plants and ecological systems of the Northeast. A registered Landscape Architect with degrees from Cornell University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she founded Kennen Landscape Architecture in 2004 and Offshoots, Inc in 2012 to create practices focused on productive planting and ecological planning.  Kate’s current research and teaching concentrates on planting design and applied phytotechnologies that utilize plants to clean up contaminated sites. Her recent book, PHYTO:  Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (co-authored with Niall Kirkwood) received a national ASLA honor award and was named one of the top 10 new landscape books by The Dirt in 2015. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her recent and ongoing projects including Cape Cod’s Downtown Hyannis Revitalization Project, Plantworks at 725 Main Street, a phytoremediation installation on a former gas station site, and Bouyed Coasts, an environmental art installation project in Barnstable.

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Joe Shafner

Director of Landscape Operations

Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional [MCLP #1626], an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional [AOLCP] with the New England Organic Farming Association [NOFA], earned a Permaculture Design Certificate [PDC] through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has worked in the nursery business and landscape design and construction fields for over a decade. Having been involved with all sides of the industry, Joe has extensive knowledge of plants, design and installation, thereby ensuring successful collaborations with clients, designers and trade professionals.  He strives to create symbiotic relationships between clients, landscape and natural ecologies.  As the Director of Operations with Offshoots, Joe is responsible for managing all aspects of the installation division.



Jessica Wolff

Project Manager, Landscape Architectural Designer

Jessica received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University with a minor in English and studied urban design with the Pennsylvania  State University Arts & Architecture’s Sede di Roma semester abroad program. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) where her thesis work concerning the adaptive reuse of mine sites as renewable energy sites was published and exhibited, as well as presented at the Bauhaus School of Architecture’s Energy Landscapes program in Dessau, Germany. Prior to joining Offshoots, Jessica worked for Reed Hilderbrand, Coen+Partners, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Green Program and EDAW/AECOM, and worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant for brownfield design courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches studio courses at the Boston Architectural College involving cross-disciplinary design and construction.  She has presented at ASLA and IIDEX conferences on the topic of energy landscapes. Jessica is a LEED-NC Version 2.2 AP.



Shelby Chapman-Hale

Project Manager, Landscape Architectural Designer

Shelby received a Bachelor of Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecological Design from the University of Vermont and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.  Her graduate thesis, which investigated the impacts of conventional parking lot design on urban sustainability (economic, ecological and social implications) and explored site scale solutions to reduce potential disturbance in new parking lot design, was presented at CELA in 2014.  Prior to joining the team at Offshoots Shelby worked as a landscape architectural designer at Morgan Wheelock, taught planting design at the University of Oregon, taught plant identification at the University of Vermont, and worked in the nursery at Gardener’s Supply Company.




Rebecca Nolan

Landscape Architect

Rebecca Nolan holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and is currently a Masters in Design studies candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a registered Landscape Architect who has worked in New York state for the past several years with municipal clients on downtown revitalization projects, specifically streetscape design and construction. Her research and professional interests are focused in policy, distribution, and ecologically sensitive tactics for upgrading and enhancing public waste-water and storm-water infrastructure. Rebecca is a LEED AP Building Design & Construction.




Joe Barrera

Field Associate

Joe, aka the other Joe, joined the Offshoots team in the summer of 2015. Joe graduate
d from Keene State College in 2011 with a BS in Occupational Safety & Health Management. Following graduation, Joe began work in his field of study with an environmental consulting and management firm as an Industrial Hygienist. He is certified by OSHA in, Voluntary Compliance in the area of Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health standards for General Industry. In more recent years Joe found a passion in landscaping. When he isn’t installing perennials, Joe can be found surfing the Cape or chasing the snow on his board.





Adham Kinawy

Field Associate

Adham is the big man on campus (literally the biggest) and brings construction experience to the Offshoots team. Coming from a family of laborers he is not one to back down from hard work and enjoys seeing projects come to fruition (and the occasional candlelit dinner). Adham is training with Offshoots to become a future landscape crew leader.








Merlin joined Offshoots in 2011 from a shelter in Malden, MA to pursue a career managing day-to-day activities including watching the door, amusing office visitors, and chasing balls. He is a gifted listener, avid hole-digger, and has recently earned a certificate in frisbee catching. He holds a B.S. in Herding, and is pursuing a master’s degree in eating grass.







Materials Librarian

Born in Vermont and raised in Massachusetts, Sam spent his youth exploring the woods, streams and ponds of New England. Having napped on a wide range of groundcovers, lawns and lounge chairs, he brings broad experience to his role as materials librarian for Offshoots. When not sleeping on the job, he enjoys swimming, playing fetch and woofing at Merlin.











Offshoots Retreat 2016, Jay Peak, VT



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