Meet Our Team
Jesse Brough – Owner
Over 30 years ago, Jesse Brough started working for his neighbors by traveling around on his bicycle with his tools in the back of his home-made trailer. By the time he graduated from college, landscaping had become a passion of his. After years of working in the field doing landscape maintenance, he transitioned into landscape construction and design. As the company grew, he became a full-time design and sales person until he transitioned into his current full-time position of “working on the business rather than in the business”. He is passionate about building an organization where its employees believe they are working at the best landscape company in the Portland area.
Jesse is married and has four children. When he is not catching up with his college-aged daughters or spending quality time with his younger boys, he enjoys spending time with his wife, surfing, and most of all – drawing nearer to Jesus.
Emily Dillon – General Manager
Emily was born and raised in Oregon. While she did not know a career in landscaping was in her future, she has always been passionate about the outdoors.
In 2014, she joined the Blessing Team as an Office Assistant and quickly transitioned into the Office Manager position. As the company continued to grow, so did her role, where she now serves as General Manager. In this role, Emily wears many hats during the day such as job schedule management, financial reporting, human resource management, and others. But, assisting clients in navigating the steps of their projects from start to finish and into the landscape of their dreams is where she finds the most enjoyment.
When not at work, Emily enjoys camping, playing games with her friends, and working in her yard.
Rebecca Smith – Design & Sales
There is no where Rebecca Smith would rather be than in a garden, and there is nothing she would rather be doing than weeding, pruning, designing and in general contemplating gardening. She has a passion for gardening and all that it entails and loves helping clients discover the possibilities with their own gardens. To her its an interesting puzzle to solve between what can and will grow, what the client likes and wants, how the space will be used and what the budget allows.
In 2012 she received her AAS in Landscape Design at Portland Community College and has been in the landscape industry ever since. From working in a plant nursery to maintenance, design and construction she has a wealth of knowledge and a key eye for design. Working at Blessing Landscapes has been a perfect fit. She has the honor of helping clients create beautiful, functional spaces that reflect their needs and desires.
Sarah Lowles – Design & Sales
A life-long love of art and the outdoors has culminated into Sarah’s dream job of landscape design and sales. A native Oregonian, Sarah comes from a family of farmers and grew up roaming filbert orchards and her parents’ Christmas tree farm.
With a goal of encouraging people to spend more time enjoying our beautiful outdoors, Sarah focuses on no-fuss yards that meet people’s active lifestyles and offer peaceful retreat. Sarah’s background in public relations helps provide excellent client relations, while her landscape design degree and numerous art classes influence her creative solutions in developing plans for clients’ dream outdoor spaces.
When she doesn’t have her hands drafting a design or digging in the dirt, Sarah enjoys being active with her husband and two children. Skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and enjoying Portland’s great culinary scene keep Sarah and family busy throughout the year.
Jason Dennis – Design & Sales
Driven with a determination to design and create, Jason spent his high school and early college years exploring various avenues for his creativity, including drafting, interior design, and civil engineering. But, once exposed to the world of horticulture, he knew he wanted to pursue a career working with nature, getting his hands dirty, and designing landscapes.
Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture with a concentration in Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee. After college, Jason moved to New Orleans and spent two years working in the horticulture industry, learning many new semi-tropical plants that he could now incorporate into his designs. Then, in 2006, he decided to say goodbye to the Big Easy for the evergreen corner of the Pacific Northwest. Since then, Jason has worked in the nursery industry while he also ran his own landscaping business for more than twelve years focusing not only on outdoor landscapes but interior plantscaping, as well. Moving to Portland turned out to be a great endeavor for Jason, as he has been able to thrive in a city that loves plants, working with clients looking for a bolder touch to their landscapes.
During his free time, Jason loves exploring the region while hiking, camping, or taking a quick weekend getaway. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, art, photography, and is usually planning his next adventure abroad to parts of the world off the beaten path.
Janie Malloy – Design & Sales
Born and raised in Colorado, a graduate of the University of Texas, Janie has been an Oregonian for 20 years. While living in California she was an award-winning residential landscape designer, and designed landscapes for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the Assistance League Design House, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum. She became an instructor in kitchen gardening and cooking at Pasadena City College, and installed teaching gardens in elementary schools. She has written articles for newspapers, books, and magazines, and served on the board of the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
When not in the kitchen or garden, you can find her restoring historic homes, at the pool in winter, and open water swimming in the summer.
Paul Welty – Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer, Member AOLP
A native of Portland, Oregon, owner Paul Welty, is an accomplished outdoor lighting designer with a passion for using the interplay of light, shadows and darkness to elicit the best presentation possible in whatever he is lighting. Whether it’s a treasured piece of art in your garden, a pond, new deck or highlighting a building’s architecture, Welty brings an artistic and trained eye to every project.
Welty earned his Professional Lighting Design Certification through the Landscape Lighting Institute in Troy, NY and has since returned to serve as a mentor and teacher. Following that, he went through an intensive 4-year training program to earn a COLD (Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer) certification through the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP), along with a CLVLT (Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician) certificate.
In 2012, Welty received AOLP’S prestigious Award of Merit for Best Commercial Outdoor Lighting for his work on Joe’s Burgers & Bar on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Portland.
Roger Anderson – Design Manager
After years spent working as a web developer, Roger made a complete career change to landscape design. He quickly discovered this new direction perfectly matched the passion he’s always had for nature and the outdoors. Roger enjoys the challenge of finding a creative, but practical, design solution that will complement and enhance the client’s lifestyle. His goal is to inspire the client by revealing the unseen potential of their own property. In addition to a degree in Landscape Design, Roger is also certified in Permaculture Design. Whenever possible, he seeks ways to encourage sustainability, resilience, and habitat in our landscapes.
At home, Roger is busy creating rain gardens, experimenting with new plants, and incorporating new design ideas into his own back yard. His other interests range from hiking, wine making, listening to obscure ‘80s music, and fostering kittens with his wife, Jen.
Richell Chiu-Yap – Designer
Richell joins the Blessing Land team with much to offer as a landscape artist – an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design-Summa cum Laude. Her previous experience working at architecture & interior design firms in Singapore helps her create holistic outdoor spaces that complement the interior and house architecture. Originally from Cebu, Philippines, she moved to Portland six years ago where she expanded her artistic endeavors into landscaping. Her overseas life experiences have brought modern sensibilities to her aesthetics which she combines with local styles to create functional and unique outdoor spaces. She feels that the most important aspect of the design process is listening to the client’s requirements and finding creative solutions that reflect the client’s lifestyle.
In her “free” time, Richell enjoys exploring new places and hiking with her husband, twin daughters, and corgi, Dutchess. In the last five years, she has been in Oregon, the spring and summer blooms, fall colors and native plants have inspired her landscape design work. As an artist, her other creative pursuits include portraits, botanical photography, fine art illustration as well as ceramic garden art.
Jean Aalseth – Designer
Jean is a native Oregonian, a Master Gardener, and a Landscape Designer with Blessing Landscapes. A complete “hortaholic”, there is nothing she loves more than talking plants with people, except for traveling abroad or skiing.
Growing up in the rural Willamette Valley, Jean always had a love of nature and a close connection with the land, but didn’t pursue horticulture as a career until after returning from college in Colorado. With a Master’s degree and successful career in the corporate world, she happily left all that behind after falling in love with the art of gardening here in the Pacific Northwest. Jean attended Landscape Design and Horticulture classes at PCC and CCC, served on the board of the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers, and is an active member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.
Jean loves helping our clients make the most of their outdoor spaces while connecting with the natural world, sometimes implementing design solutions that help them achieve Backyard Habitat Certification. Landscape Design is both an art and a science, and that is why it is the perfect career for Jean.
Elizabeth Hodgson – Designer
Elizabeth’s career in landscape design initially stemmed from her passion for fine arts. She received a B.A. in Art at Portland State University with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Time Arts (animation and film making). However, after spending a few years painting in her studio and showing at several exhibits in local galleries, something was still missing in her life. She realized her time spent in the studio was less time spent outside, among nature, where she truly felt happy.
The logical step was to go back to school and get an A.A.S. in Landscape Technology and Design. It turned out to be the perfect blend of art and nature, and since 2015 she has been able to do her dream job of creating beautiful landscape designs for the people of the Portland-Metro area. The best part of her job is seeing those designs transformed into stunning realities, something she wouldn’t trade for anything.
David Dillon – Project Manager
David Dillon, born and raised locally in Portland, started landscaping at an early age mowing lawns for his family and neighbors. He did not know that it would become a career until he met Blessing Landscapes owner Jesse Brough, and was encouraged to continue his education and experience so he could take his journey in the landscaping world to the next level.
He joined the team in 2012 as a Landscape Maintenance Technician. He quickly moved up to Landscape Maintenance Foreman. After a few years in that position, he decided to give landscape construction a try. It was during this time that he discovered a passion for the challenges that construction can bring and the satisfaction of seeing a yard transformation into a beautiful, finished landscape.
Currently, Dave is overseeing installation teams as Project Manager. Additionally, he is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, as well as a certified Oregon Backflow Assembly Tester. During a recent awards ceremony, the company recognized him with the “Project Manager of the Year 2019” award.
When he is not busy coordinating and managing the many projects that Blessing Landscapes is installing, in his downtime, Dave enjoys playing Disc Golf and camping.
Rick Peterson - Project Manager
Rick Peterson has landscaping in his blood; ever since he was old enough to pick up a shovel, he was outside helping his father with projects. Due to this father and son dynamic duo replete with on-the-job training, he became a foreman at an early age. It was around this time that he moved from California and started working in the Northwest. From bare dirt to a lovely yard, his favorite part of his job is seeing the transformation of a customer’s space into something bright and beautiful. A passion for the industry, along with his extensive skills and 40 years of experience and knowledge, perfectly qualifies him to lead our amazing install teams and make our outstanding customers happy.
When he’s not building amazing landscapes, he enjoys cooking, working on cars, and spending time with his family around all the wondrous sights and sounds the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Damon Brown – Maintenance Manager
Damon grew up in Olympia, Washington, but moved to Oregon in early 2020 to seek better opportunities in the landscaping field. He joined the Blessing Landscapes family first as a Project Manager in our construction division and, most recently, seamlessly transitioned into his current position of Maintenance Manager.
As most teenagers often do, he started in customer service within the food industry. He quickly moved to management, and it was there that he learned the importance of positive direction with his crew members, and developed a strong personal work ethic. As a young adult, those skills helped open doors for him when he decided to start a career in construction. Initially working in new construction and homebuilding, he eventually landed in the landscaping world, adding several years of maintenance experience under his belt, and then into larger construction projects. Now, as the Manager of our maintenance division, he starts every day making sure his teams have everything they need to maintain the highest levels of quality work and customer appreciation Blessing Landscapes is well-known for.
In his spare time, Damon loves to travel to new places, within the Northwest and beyond. He’s also very keen on playing video games with his son and enjoying the company of his fiancé.
Hipolito Morales Rios – Maintenance Field Manager
Hipolito Morales Rios started his journey with Blessing Landscapes back in the summer of 2018 as a maintenance foreman. His attention to detail, married with his wealth of knowledge within the landscape maintenance industry and his natural leadership skills, created the perfect opportunity for promotion to Field Manager.
Originally from Puebla, Mexico, he moved to Oregon in 1991 and continued his love of working amongst nature into his professional and personal life. “It’s relaxing to be outdoors, and it’s good for your health too.” He considers the transformation from bland to beautiful his favorite part of working in maintenance. A social person, when Hipolito is not helping customers ensure their yard is as beautiful as it can be, he is probably out camping or playing tennis with his son and spending time with his family.
Stacy Mayfield - Admin & Social Media Manager
Stacy was born in the bay area of California but moved to Washington state with her family when she was nine years old and considers the picturesque Pacific Northwest her forever home.
She’s had many different career paths over the years, including almost 15 years in the world of banking. Even though she honed her skills in organization, reporting, and onboarding new hires, she came to learn that corporate America was not the right environment for her. So looking to find a good fit with a smaller company that aligned with her professional values and work ethic, Stacy was fortunate to find Blessing Landscapes in 2017. She started as an Office Assistant but has since added the title of Social Media Manager to her role within the company. She designs our monthly newsletters and assists in editing and posting blogs to our official website in addition to her administrative duties.
You will usually find her cozied up with a good book in her free time, enjoying a classical masterpiece at the Oregon Symphony or a rock concert at the Roseland Theater.