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Jeff Mader, President

Active and on the go both in and out of the office, Jeff leads Mader Design in the firm’s efforts of “Integrating People and Nature®”.  Taking a leap of faith and opening the office in 2009, Jeff’s focus was to take a personal approach to service … serve his clients and serve the Indianapolis community where he grew up… and to connect …by connecting site design, architecture, and all of the people and providing a collaborative approach to every endeavor.  Jeff has grown Mader Design steadily and intentionally by growing personal relationships with each of our clients into long term friendships.

He takes the same approach to his numerous leadership activities in the community.  He has been a long-time volunteer, board member, and committee chair at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Friends of Garfield Park, Roncalli High School, and INASLA.  As a Registered Landscape Architect, Jeff also stays active and involved in IPRA, INPAWS, USGBC, and many other community and business organizations. 

When not busy at work or in a board meeting, Jeff has spent many, many…many hours coaching his 3 daughters in basketball (until they all retired) and continues to coach travel softball.  In the few remaining hours, he enjoys a nice bourbon and a long quiet weekend at the family cabin in the woods.


Michelle Taggart, Landscape Architect

Michelle is a project manager and also involved with studio coordination and quality control of document production for the office.

Growing up with a strong connection to the outdoors, Michelle developed her love of native flora and fauna and her passion for protecting what we have, restoring what has been lost, and encouraging their use and growth wherever possible and appropriate.

Michelle graduated from the University of Canberra, Australia, with a Double Bachelors Degree of both Landscape Architecture and Science majoring in Resource and Environmental Management.  She began her career in Sydney before moving to Indiana in 2006, and is licensed in the state of Indiana.

She has previously served as both Treasurer and Member-at-Large for the Executive Committee of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.   

When she is not working, Michelle enjoys camping, traveling overseas, and enjoying foreign foods and wine.

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Kelsey Behl, Graduate landscape architect


Kelsey is a designer and project manager, and our marketing coordinator. She is a graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at Ball State University. She was drawn to the profession by a strong creative drive coupled with a passion for environmental conservation.  Her career experience includes residential design and construction, urban design and redevelopment planning, green infrastructure, native ecosystem restoration, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and of course, planting design. 

Kelsey enjoys abstract painting, photography, sculpture and graphic design.  Much of her art is inspired by the natural world and our planet’s most impressive landscapes. - “I put a capital ‘N’ on Nature and call it my church.” -Frank Lloyd Wright - She is a member of the Beech Grove Artist Collective, and shows her art every month on First Fridays in Beech Grove.

Kelsey spends nearly every vacation camping and hiking in National Parks, and visiting art museums around the country. She spends weekends working at a local dog boarding kennel to meet her puppy kisses quota for the week.

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Laura is a landscape designer providing document and graphic production. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University, and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. Laura has always felt a strong connection to nature and art.

 Laura’s professional experience includes urban planning, site development plans, park planning, public spaces and amenities, planting plans, green infrastructure, and GIS analysis and map-making. Combining her love for nature and art through landscape architecture, she encourages the use of native plantings, habitat restoration, and creative site-sensitive design solutions.

 Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time in nature kayaking, hiking, watching wildlife, and stargazing. She also enjoys rifling through antique stores for old furniture treasures to restore.