William “Billy” Almond
PRESIDENT | Principal Landscape Architect
William D. Almond, ASLA, CLARB is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 40 years’ experience on a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, military and institutional projects. Prior to establishing the landscape architectural division at WPL, Mr. Almond was Senior Associate at the Norfolk based architectural firm of Shriver and Holland Associates for over 21 years. This combined with WPL’s extensive practice of landscape architecture has afforded Mr. Almond a broad range of knowledge in all aspects of landscape architecture including site analysis, master planning, site planning, site design and construction detailing, planting design as well as bid and award and construction administration. Mr. Almond has served all federal, state and local municipal governments inclusive of all the Tidewater Virginia cities. Mr. Almond has extensive ties to his local community serving on city council appointed boards and commissions as well as local neighborhood civic leagues.
William “Buddy” Pritchard
Buddy has broad experience relating to various types of land surveying. His supervision of technical and physical activities of the Survey Division has been an integral part of WPL for 50 years. Buddy has helped make WPL efficient, responsive, and competitive. He strengthened his knowledge base by completing courses in Surveying Studies at Old Dominion College, now known as Old Dominion University.
For over 20 years, Buddy has coordinated the surveying division with the engineering and landscape architecture divisions of WPL. He is an integral part of WPL and over the years and has helped to make the surveying division an efficient, profitable and competitive division of the firm.
Vice President | Land Surveyor
As project manager in charge of residential development, Eric is responsible for the design, drafting and correspondence of residential engineering projects. He also assists the survey division with boundary and topographic surveys and construction layout. Since joining WPL in 1998, he has received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Old Dominion University and became a Licensed Land Surveyor in 2007.
Civil Engineering Department
ASSOCIATE | CIVIL ENGINEER
Matt has been at WPL since 2002 while attending Landstown High School where he worked after school and became full-time after graduation. In 2009, Richardson graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University and in 2012, he earned his MBA and passed the Professional Engineers exam. Notable projects that Richardson has worked on include Kellam High School, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, The Cavalier on the Hill and the Princess Anne YMCA. He has experience in civil engineering, with knowledge of stormwater management design, environmental planning, utility design, structural engineering, & land surveying. He also has experience supervising and coordinating the preparation of plans in AutoCAD as well as incorporating Civil3D into the design process.
Land Surveying Department
SENIOR ASSOCIATE | CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATOR
Erick L. Smith is the Construction Administrator at WPL. He has 23 years of experience in both surveying and construction. Mr. Smith started at WPL in the Survey Division where he worked his way up to field crew chief and then into construction administration and project management. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in all types of land surveying, construction layout and construction administration. It is this experience that enables him to bridge the gap between the Civil Engineer’s designs and the contractor carrying out the plans. It is his job to interpret construction documents and provide guidance in the field. As a Construction Administrator, Mr. Smith is essential in keeping construction costs within our client’s budget.
Brian McGuire is a CADD Technician who has been with WPL since May 2014, Brian drafts physical surveys, topographic surveys, as-built surveys, and some site plans. Brian completed his Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting at ITT Tech in 2014. He is now attending TCC Virginia Beach, pursuing an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology. Brian plans on Transferring to Old Dominion to complete his BS in Civil Engineering Technology. He is member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Some notable projects he has worked on, site plans in The Cavalier Residences, Hill Point at River Bluff and Johnstown Estates. He has also worked on and completed condo plats and plans throughout the area, from Virginia Beach, to Chesapeake.
Marty Bissell is a Cadd Technician at WPL. Having been with WPL since January 2012, Marty drafts physical surveys, topographic surveys, as-built surveys, plats and other drafting tasks. He completed his drafting and technology training at Central Kentucky Vocational Technical School in Lexington, Kentucky.
Some notable projects that Marty has worked on are the Virginia Beach Dome Site, Plats for the Virginia Beach Biotech Park, and Great Bridge Primary School Replacement in Chesapeake, Virginia.
- Geotechnical Engineering Construction Material Technician
- Telecommunications Concealment Project Manager
- General Construction Assistant Project Manager
- Survey CAD Technician
- Engineering Technician
Landscape Architecture Department
SENIOR ASSOCIATE | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Mike is left-handed, and he is an identical twin. Other than that, he is an ordinary guy who lives in Virginia Beach with his beautiful wife and two lovely daughters. Aside from the enjoyment of taking his family to museums, parks, aquariums, and zoos, he also delights in designing for these public spaces. Mike’s work also spans from small residential design to large city planning and almost everything in between. The ability to turn art into a place full of memories is fascinating to him.
Mike hasn’t always intended on doing design work. He originally went to school to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. While studying Leadership and Naval Weapons Systems and cruising the Atlantic Ocean in submarines, he picked up a degree in Landscape Architecture, and has since fallen in love with this new career. Mike has been able to use his broad background in leadership, natural systems, and art to create a practical outlet for his talents at WPL.
ASSOCIATE | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Jarrod is a U.S. Navy veteran with familial roots in the midwest and early career experience as a surveyor’s draftsman. As a certified horticulturist and licensed landscape architect, he’s been practicing with WPL in Virginia Beach for nearly two decades. He has completed hundreds of commercial, institutional, and residential design commissions and has specialized in waterfront properties subject to the Chesapeake Bay Act. Jarrod is a skilled tactician in site planning and project management, able to communicate on multiple levels with various public and private stakeholders while serving the community and his profession. Jarrod lives with his wife in the great neck area of Virginia Beach and is a strong advocate for fostering solid relationships and building great places.
ASSOCIATE | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Focusing on contemporary design with an eye to the past, Nicole provides extensive experience in site design and master planning along with project management. Nicole is licensed as a landscape architect in the state of Virginia and has successfully lead and managed various projects from concept development through construction administration and has maintained positive relationships with design teams, consultants, clients and public agencies. Project experience includes design and engineering for urban streets and corridors, gateways, plazas, private estates and residences, private commercial and resort development, parks and education facilities as well as master planning projects for cities, counties and historic sites.
GRADUATE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Aubrey Pontious is a recent graduate of The University of Oklahoma with his Masters of Landscape Architecture. With a background in agriculture, forestry, water treatment, telecommunications, and fine arts, Aubrey brings a variety of experiences to the group. He has a passion for learning and is continually engaged in creative outlets of design and fabrication. Aubrey is passionate about sustainability and the relationship we have with our environment.
GRADUATE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Derek Suomi brings a unique perspective and positive energy to WPL. Originally from rural Maine, his exposure to the outdoors and love for art and science lured him onto a career path toward landscape architecture. While serving locally in the U.S. Coast Guard, he simultaneously earned Certification as a Horticulturist through Tidewater Community College. Then he moved to Philadelphia where he attended Temple University and was elected as Student Chapter President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He acquired a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with Honors, and was presented with the Olmsted Scholar Award for his leadership and service. Derek has since interned with some of the world’s leading landscape architectural firms, and after a brief stint in Orlando, he made his way back to Tidewater. Well-traveled and stocked with diverse design office experiences, Derek now supports WPL on a wide variety of interesting design projects of all scales and multiple markets. When not cranking out design plans at the office, he is spending time with his wife and son, cooking meals, or reading up on the latest tech blogs.
Jess began her career in 2004 working for a landscape architecture firm in the San Francisco Bay Area where she gained experience in all aspects of landscape architecture including site design, construction detailing and documentation, program management and construction administration. In 2009 she moved back to her hometown of Virginia Beach and established her own firm focusing on low impact and environmentally responsible design. Jess began working with WPL in 2018, continuing her commitment to environmental stewardship and focusing her passion for harmonizing natural processes with the desires and needs of clients.
Throughout her 14 years of professional practice, Jess discovered her true interest lies in the experiential quality of landscapes and the health benefits they provide. Her connection to nature started at an early age and this deep appreciation has inspired her to assist others in developing their own outdoor sanctuaries to ease stress, soothe the senses and provide balance in today’s fast-paced world.
Jess resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and two sons.
Kate Cerone is a University of Kentucky Cum Laude graduate and Virginia Beach transplant. As the Marketing Director at WPL, a local site design firm she is in charge of all marketing efforts to include but not limited to initiate and develop contact with potential clients, advertising and public relations, manage website and social media efforts as well as track, evaluate and respond to regional RFPs & RFQs. She has been with WPL for over six years and is the past Chair of the CREW Hampton Roads Public Relations Committee, Treasurer for the SMPS Virginia Chapter, Committee member for HRACRE Communications and involved in her local Shadowlawn Civic League. Her previous experience as marketing manager include revamping marketing and sales plans, website maintenance, email campaigns, sales and product trending and Google Analytics campaign management.
My background, aside from managing a household of four kids aged 9 to 13 – and if that doesn’t make anyone an expert at negotiation and management, I don’t know what can – is in real estate (I’ve been a licensed agent since 2014) and as a business owner since 2012, most notably as a certified life coach and owner of a coaching business. Before that, I was an office manager for a yacht brokerage firm in Hampton.
As the Contracts Administrator at WPL, Tysha has been a pro-active participant in helping facilitate business contracts, organizing and collecting accounts receivable, planning and executing inner-office activities, organizing and studying budgets, and supporting the Land Survey and Landscape Architect groups. Her past experience includes working as a legal secretary for twelve years in Norfolk and Washington D.C. Tysha is involved with her favorite charities and serves as Director of Fundraising for Surfers Healing (a surf camp for children with Autism) and Development Director for Wave Warriors Surf Camp (a surf camp for Wounded Warriors). She has also served on steering committees for many local charities.
Lifelong resident of Virginia Beach. 25 years of experience in the Administrative field. Married, with two Labrador Retrievers – Shiloh and Saban.