Our Team

Chase MullinChase Mullin – President

As a child, Chase spent countless hours building treehouses and exploring the swamps around his home in Destrehan, Louisiana. During his teenage years, Chase spent his summers working for a local home builder. This love of the outdoors and hard work ethic is evident today as Chase guides the team at Mullin Landscape Associates.

Chase first began in the landscape industry immediately following Hurricane Katrina, when he was determined to help family and friends rebuild from the aftermath of the storm. Chase’s attention to detail and professionalism helped his small company to grow quickly, doubling in size after the first year, and continuing to grow exponentially thereafter.

Today Chase leads a team of over 80 dedicated landscape professionals, and strives daily to achieve his company’s vision to be recognized as the best landscape company in the Gulf Coast region.

A dedicated husband and father, Chase devotes much of his free time to his wife, Laura, and his two young boys, Trace and Hayes. An avid duck hunter, Chase spends as much time as possible in south Louisiana's marshes with his companion, Oliver, a British Labrador Retriever. He also enjoys fishing, running, weightlifting, and other competitive sports.

Chase believes strongly in serving the community, and is dedicated to doing so on a pro bono basis. As an animal lover, Chase also donates landscape services and financially assists PAWS, a no-kill animal organization in Belle Chasse. 


KurtKurt Garris – Estimator

With a background in commercial construction and a management degree from the University of New Orleans, Kurt Garris is a key part of Mullin Landscape’s production team. In addition to overseeing operations of the Construction Division, Kurt also plays a key role in estimating custom and commercial jobs.

During his career in landscaping, Kurt has attended numerous classes and seminars related to irrigation, drainage, landscaping and pest management. In 2012, Kurt obtained his Class 3 Ornamental & Turf pesticide applicators license.

In his free time Kurt enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, fishing, and hunting. 


MartinMartin Romero, PLA, ASLA – Senior Landscape Architect

Martin brings more than 14 years of landscape architectural design experience to the team at Mullin Landscape Associates.  As a licensed landscape architect in Louisiana and a member of the ASLA, Martin prides himself in aesthetically blending the natural and man-made environments.  From idea conception to implementation, daily duties are conceptual and detail design, client communication, project estimation, and management.

Martin was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana and is a proud alum of LSU (2002).  After graduation, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he practiced in the planning sector from 2002 to 2004.  Afterwards, he moved back home to Louisiana where he began to specialize in residential and commercial design.  Martin is licensed to practice landscape architecture in Louisiana.  Martin resides in East Baton Rouge with his wife, Kristin, son, Alex, and twin daughters, Kate and Lillian. Martin is an avid golfer and fan of all things LSU.


JonathanJonathan Swanson, PLA, ASLA – Senior Landscape Architect

With 12 years of residential design/build experience that ranges from crew member to landscape architect, Jonathan brings a hands-on approach to the design process.  As a licensed landscape architect, he strives to create gardens that are beautiful, functional, and built to last a lifetime.

After graduating from LSU in 2004, Jonathan went to work in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area before moving to Dallas, Texas; it goes without saying that he is beyond excited to be back home in Louisiana. 

Away from work, Jonathan can be found playing with his family, listening to his records, and practicing the fine art of cooking.


MattMatthew Quitzau, BLA – Associate Landscape Architect

Matthew was raised in Metairie, Louisiana and graduated from Brother Martin High School in 2010.  His creative nature and passion for the outdoors lead him to the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.  College provided him with many opportunities to study while traveling including a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he was inspired by the designs of Roberto Burle Marx.  Matthew spent several summers designing and installing residential landscapes and enjoys bringing his designs to reality.  He graduated with a landscape architecture degree from LSU in May of 2015. 

Matthew enjoys golf, fishing, LSU sports, and spending time with his family and friends.


CeciliaCecilia McNab, MLA – Estimating Assistant

Cecilia McNab is a native New Orleanian. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. From a young age, she enjoyed spending time at local construction sites with her dad's construction business. This nascent exposure began her passion for landscape architecture. Her experience with landscape architecture extends beyond just the Southeastern US; while living with her husband in Africa, she travelled nine European and three African countries, including Egypt.

Her other interests over the years have included amateur astronomy and sailing. She is a licensed landscape irrigation contractor and is currently pursuing her Professional Landscape Architect's license.


KellyKelly Casey – Associate Landscape Architect

Born and raised along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Kelly has always had a passion for the outdoors. She graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy before earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She brings a practical, working knowledge to the design team with years of experience in the field. Kelly has her Landscape Horticulturist License, Irrigation Contractor’s License, and her Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.

During her free time, Kelly enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family, and adventuring in the waters of southeast Louisiana.


Stephen RustStephen Rust – Associate Landscape Architect

As a New Orleans native, Stephen grew up working summers in the landscape construction industry for many years. After graduating from Brother Martin High School in 2001, his experience and love for landscape design directed him towards the Landscape Architecture program at Louisiana State University. While there, Stephen completed internships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Orlando, Florida in both public and private sectors.

After graduating from LSU in 2007, Stephen spent 10 years working in Baton Rouge before deciding to return to his native city to continue his landscape design practice. Stephen enjoys designing creative and enjoyable spaces to get people outdoors and in touch with the landscape.

Away from work, Stephen enjoys LSU & New Orleans sports, golf, and spending time with his family.


ThomasThomas Gaffney – Senior Residential Account Manager

Thomas learned the value of gardening from both his paternal and maternal grandparents. He started building fish ponds with friends to pay for college, which ultimately led to his degree in Horticulture from Southeastern Louisiana University. He has since worked in a variety of positions from maintaining private estates to establishing a landscape company for adults with special needs.

Thomas is licensed by the state of Louisiana for Commercial Pesticide application, Irrigation Contracting, and Landscape Horticulture.

Thomas and his wife Peggy have 3 children; Thomas, Molly, and Meghan, and a menagerie of pets.  In his free time, he supports his children’s many varied activities and tries to sneak in time for fishing. Thomas looks forward to football season as he’s a big fan of the Saints, LSU, and Haynes Academy.


WheelerWheeler Graf – Installation Operations Manager

An alumnus of St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Rhodes College, Wheeler has lived in the New Orleans Area for all but five years of his life.  His interest in horticulture and landscape aesthetics was piqued at a young age, when Wheeler would often spend weekends tending the garden at his grandmother’s house in Uptown New Orleans.  That childhood interest has blossomed into a professional passion; Wheeler has been working in the local landscaping industry since 2006.  In addition to his considerable practical knowledge and experience, Wheeler has a Landscape Horticulturist license, Commercial Pesticide Applicator license, as well as his Irrigation Contractors license.

Wheeler enjoys spending his free time with his family, on the golf course, and in the marshes of Louisiana.  In March of 2015, Wheeler and his wife welcomed their first child into the family, which also includes a trouble-making chocolate lab.


GrahamGraham Scott – Project Manager

Graham’s career in the green industry began during his teenage years with a job at a fruit orchard. Graham transitioned to a career in residential construction during his 20s, where he amassed a great amount of practical construction experience, until he chose to pursue a career with another New Orleans landscape company. During his 14 years with the company, Graham helped build it from the ground up to a 30+ person operation. Graham is a licensed horticulturist and irrigation contractor, has a water protection specialist endorsement, and is a certified Rainbird installer.

Graham resides in Denham Springs with his wife and 4 children and enjoys fishing, BBQing, and spending time with his family.


Kevin HKevin Hezeau – Account Manager

A New Orleans native, Kevin grew up loving the outdoors. After high school, Kevin began his career working for his family’s construction company installing water and drain lines all over the city. Kevin eventually chose to move on from his family’s business, taking a position with a local landscape firm.

Quickly realizing how passionate he was about the green industry, Kevin enrolled at Delgado Community College to pursue a degree in horticulture. Kevin recently completed his schooling at Delgado, earning a CTS in Horticulture technology with Dean’s List recommendations. Currently he holds a class 3 ornamental & turf commercial pesticide applicator license and landscape horticulturalist license.

Kevin and his wife Sherry have a daughter named Mackenzie and 2 miniature pinschers. He enjoys hunting, fishing, Saint's football, and collecting exotic fish and corals. Kevin inspires to continue his education learning everything he can about the Green Industry. 


JoeJoe Hinkel – Installation Field Manager

Joe, a native of Metairie, LA, began working for his family’s irrigation business shortly after graduating from Brother Martin High School in 2003. After working for his family’s business for several years, he decided that he wanted to learn more about the landscaping industry, and accepted a position with Mullin Landscape Associates. Since 2010, Joe has been an integral part of Mullin’s installation team, running projects ranging in scope from small residential landscapes to multi-faceted commercial projects.

Joe is happily married to his wife, Laine, and is the proud father of two young boys, Connor and Wyatt. When Joe’s not working, he enjoys family dinners, watching Saints football, and spending time doing anything that’s outdoors.


Nicole Caitlin Gagliano – Construction Administrator 

Caitlin was born and raised in St. Charles Parish. She graduated from Destrehan High School in 2004 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009. After many years of owning a Crossfit facility in Destrehan, LA, Caitlin brings the desire for teamwork and determination to Mullin Landscape Associates.

She shares her love for being outdoors, traveling and fitness with her husband, Kenny, daughter, Kylie, and family dog, Ciroc.


ArianneLeah Temple – Business Development Manager

Leah was born and raised in Metairie, LA. She graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School in 1996 and attended the University of New Orleans.  Leah brings nearly 20 years of experience in Customer Service, Sales and Business Development to Mullin Landscape Associates.  Leah & her husband, Sean, live in Old Jefferson and have 2 children; a daughter, Finley, and a son, Sawyer. 

In her free time Leah loves spending time with her family and friends, acting as a tourist in New Orleans as much as possible, taking in everything the city has to offer & trying to keep up with her 2 young children!  


RyanRyan Graffagnini – Controller 

Ryan was born and raised in Arabi, Louisiana and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He double majored in Finance and Business Administration at the University of New Orleans in 2004. Ryan brings more than 12 years of finance, accounting and business management experience to the team. Ryan and his wife, Brittany, live in Lakeview and have two sons Braxton and Bennett. 

Ryan enjoys traveling, playing golf, enjoying the city of New Orleans with his family and cheering on his teams - the Pelicans, Saints and LSU Tigers.


DevinDevin Mullin – System Administrator

Devin was born and raised in Destrehan, Louisiana. Growing up, he always possessed a hunger for knowledge; this hunger translated into countless hours spent scouring the Internet for information on topics far and wide. After graduating from St. Martin’s Episcopal School in 2008, he attended both Loyola and Tulane University.

Devin loves working with the progressive, experienced team of professionals at Mullin Landscape Associates, and enjoys the daily utilization of his organizational skills and knowledge of Internet Technology. Whether he’s compiling data used to track crew efficiency or simply “making the computers work,” Devin brings effort and enthusiasm to performing his responsibilities.

In his free time, Devin likes to spend quality time with his family, friends, and (still, after all these years) the Internet.


NubiaNubia Gutierrez – Human Resouce Manager

Nubia was born in Honduras and moved to New Orleans when she was 5 years old. Being fluent in both English and Spanish, Nubia loves being able to appreciate two different cultures. She graduated Cabrini High School in 2011 and earned her bachelor’s degree at University of New Orleans. Nubia is also a part of the National Society of Human Resource Management and NOLA-SHRM.

During her free time, Nubia enjoys running, and going to the dog park with her two dogs, Zeus and Daisy. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter Sofia. 


MalloryMallory Tusa – Marketing Coordinator

Mallory was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in 2011 and earned a bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University. As Marketing Coordinator she uses her creativity and strong attention to detail to provide fresh marketing concepts. 

When not working Mallory enjoys cooking, traveling as often as possible, and spending time with family, friends and her two dogs, Max and Callie!



Mullin Landscape Associates

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10356 River Road, St. Rose,, LA
Phone: 504-275-6617