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. 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.
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.
Trevor Summers, Graduate Landscape Architect
Trevor is a graduate of Purdue University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. While at Purdue, Trevor enjoyed studying native plants as well as local wildlife and insects that interact with design. Growing up Trevor’s family was an equal split between agriculture and the arts so becoming a Landscape Architect was something that seemed almost natural.
From a young age the idea of being a steward of nature and our environment was instilled in him. These values and respect for nature are what drove Trevor to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture. Trevor enjoys working on graphics, 3D modeling, design development, and seeing a project built from start to finish.
Outside of work Trevor enjoys taking time to go to parks and relax through walking or running. He enjoys visiting places and seeing how so many different people interact with spaces and come together. He is also an amateur aquarist and enjoys maintaining a live freshwater aquarium. On a typical evening to wind down Trevor enjoys online gaming.
Kelsey Behl, Graduate landscape architect
Kelsey is a designer and project manager, and our new 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 and protection. 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.
An artist at heart and a maker in practice, 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
Kelsey spends nearly every vacation camping and hiking in National Parks, and visiting art museums around the country.