Chief Executive Officer
Gary Moss is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Moss Landscaping, Inc. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has over 35 years’ experience in the landscape business. Gary is a native of Houston, where he and his wife have raised their three children. The descendant of Greek immigrants, he is very proud of his Greek heritage, and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Annunciation Orthodox School and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Memorial Park Conservancy, the board of the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the advisory board for the Houston Botanical Garden.
Chief Operating Officer
Joey Canahuati is the Chief Operating Officer of Moss Landscaping, Inc., charged with responsibility for the company’s day-to-day operations. Joey began working in the landscape business shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He joined Moss Landscaping in 2002 as a designer and has held various leadership roles in the company prior to assuming his current position as Chief Operating Officer. Joey is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Texas, and is licensed as a landscape irrigator and backflow prevention assembly tester. When he is not at work, you can find Joey spending time with his wife and three beautiful children.
Chief Financial Officer
Jamie Mitchell is our Chief Financial Officer, responsible for our accounting, administration and facilities management teams. Jamie has worked for Moss Landscaping since 2003. He received his degree in accounting from Auburn University in 1985. Jamie is happily married and the proud parent of two adult children. When he’s not at work or with his family, you can find Jamie cheering on his Auburn Tigers or traveling with his border collies for sheep training and trailing.
Senior Vice President – Construction
Robert Cook serves as our Senior Vice President of Construction, overseeing the daily operations of our installation crews. Robert has over 32 years of experience in the landscape industry, and has been with Moss Landscaping since 2001. He is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston, and now resides in the historic strand district of Galveston, Texas. His commitment to customer service and years of exceptional leadership make Robert an integral part of Moss Landscaping. In his free time, Robert loves golfing, fishing and going to the beach with his two married children, three beautiful grandchildren and his rescue dog, Maggie.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Jay Kelley is Moss Landscaping’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel, and has served as an advisor to Moss Landscaping since it established its Houston office in 1990. Jay earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Houston in 1985. He has over 35 years’ experience in business matters, and is a licensed attorney and CPA. Jay serves on the board of trustees for the Hill Country Youth Ranch Foundation, a faith based charity providing foster care to abused children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, hunting and spending time in the Texas Hill Country.
Vice President – Design
Monica Eatherton is Vice President of Design, responsible for management of the design team, coordination with construction departments and ensuring all facets of our projects are organized, on schedule and within budget. Monica joined Moss Landscaping in 2008 as a landscape designer and project manager after earning a degree in horticulture and animal science from Texas A&M University. A Master Gardener and Certified Nursery Professional, Monica brings an invaluable amount of plant knowledge and acumen to our firm. In her free time, you can find Monica and her family enjoying the outdoors or spending weekends at the bay.
Ishelle Scoppa is our Maintenance Director, and is responsible for the daily operations of our maintenance, enhancement and tree departments. Ishelle joined Moss Landscaping in 2010. She is licensed as a landscape irrigator, and studied graphic design before pursuing a career in horticulture. She loves walking properties with our clients to learn how we can make a difference in their garden. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Ishelle and her family love to spend time outdoors, especially hiking, camping and bike riding.
GEORGE JOHNSTON, ASLA
Landscape Designer & Project Manager
George Johnston joined Moss Landscaping as a landscape designer and project manager in 2014. In this position, he works with our clients on the design, planning and management of their landscaping projects. With over 16 years of experience in residential design and construction, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Moss. A native Houstonian, George has lived throughout Texas and the Southwest. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. George serves as Chair for the Memorial Park Conservancy’s young professionals group, Urban Wild, as well as serving on the Park Operations Committee. He is also an active member of the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture, Preservation Houston, The Galveston Bay Foundation, and The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation Board of Directors. When not working or volunteering, you can find George sailing on Galveston bay, spending time with his twin sister and twin nephews in Los Angeles, or exploring the new Bayou Greenways 2020 trails.
Landscape Designer & Project Manager
Brian Lokey joined Moss Landscaping in 2016 as a landscape designer and project manager. In this position, he works with our clients on the design, planning and management of their landscaping projects. A native of Springdale, Arkansas, Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2011 and has worked in the landscape business since 2012. Brian and his wife live in Montrose and are proud parents to a young son. Brian and his wife enjoy the many attractions Houston has to offer. They love the outdoors and can easily be found at a park enjoying the weather, hiking and camping through National Parks, biking through Montrose, or anywhere else adventure may take them.
Landscape Designer & Project Manager
Blair Chestnut joined Moss Landscaping in 2016 as a landscape designer and project manager. In this position she works with our clients on the design, planning and management of their landscaping projects. In 2010, Blair earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University with a minor in horticulture and has been designing residential gardens for more than six years. Blair is working towards acquiring her Landscape Architecture license. A Charleston native, Blair has harbored a love for traditional, southern-style gardens from a young age. She is an active member in the Junior League of Houston, the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture, Preservation Houston’s Pier & Beam as well as Memorial Park’s Urban Wild. In her free time, Blair can be found volunteering at Texas Children’s Hospital or riding her bike with her Bichon Frise, Max.
Joshua Robbins came to our team from his home state of South Carolina where he studied landscape architecture and horticulture at Clemson University. While in college, Joshua began working in commercial landscaping as well as interning for USC Design and Construction. He moved to Houston in the spring of 2015 to further his career and joined the Moss Landscaping team later that fall. As our design associate, Joshua works closely with the design team to assist with project estimating, performing site analyses, securing permits and preparing plans. His favorite part of his job is seeing a project go from a conceptual drawing to installation and knowing that he helped create something that will be appreciated by others for years to come. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys reading, fishing, and playing sports. His parents now live in Austin and he is looking forward to spending more weekends in the Texas hill country.
Turf & Plant Care Manager
Originally from Arlington, Charlie has lived in Houston for 28 years. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has 39 years of experience in the landscape industry. A licensed commercial applicator, Charlie has been our resident turf and plant care expert since 2015. Because landscapes are alive, they require immense care and attention to ensure each plant remains healthy and strong so that our clients’ gardens can reach their full potential. Charlie’s wealth of knowledge and commitment to quality care has made him a strong leader of the plant care department and an essential part of our team. He and his wife have been married for 28 years and they have one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons. In his off time, you can find Charlie on the golf course or spending quality time with family.
Tree Care Manager
A Dallas native, Randall grew up in the tree care business. His father ran Wauson Tree Service, a family-owned company operating in Dallas for three generations. Randall has more than 30 years of experience in the landscape and tree care industry. He is a member of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the International Society of Arborculture (ISA) where he is a certified in Risk Assessment, Tree Protection, Wood Decay Identification, Tree Maintenance and Tree Support Systems. A part of the Moss team for seven years, Randall is responsible for managing our tree care crews, developing new team members, quality/safety compliance and equipment organization. He also works closely with our clients to ensure that their needs are addressed and their trees are properly cared for as they continue to mature. Randall shares his life with his wife and his five children. He enjoys deer hunting and watching Sooners and Cowboys football with his sons.
ANASTACIO “TACHO” BETANCOURT
Irrigation & Drainage Manager
Originally from Mexico, Tacho has lived in Houston for more than 30 years. He is a licensed irrigator, certified backflow tester and has been with Moss since 1998. As our Drainage and Irrigation Manager, Tacho leads the foremen each morning to discuss and plan current projects. He also works closely with the designers during the initial phases of each project to develop accurate budgets and irrigation plans. Tacho and his wife have been married for 27 years and they are the proud parents to three daughters and a son. In his free time, Anastacio enjoys hunting, playing pool and watching soccer.
With 22 years of experience in landscaping, Carrie brings a wealth of plant knowledge to our team. She joined Moss Landscaping in 2014 after spending 17 years at True Green where she served as a regional sales rep, marketing director and taught agronomics. At Moss, Carrie is our Enhancement Specialist, which is a term we use to describe any garden improvement that does require a formal design plan. You can find Carrie installing everything from new seasonal color arrangements to planting rows of trees. Carrie recently renovated a client’s dry creek bed which corrected a drainage issue while adding new visual interest to their wooded backyard. Originally from Memphis, Carrie moved to Houston in 1981 with a background in business. Carrie is a trained wedding photographer and owned her own portrait studio for many years before finally making the transition to her true passion, gardening. Her greatest joy is building close relationships with her clients and “making things perfect and beautiful.” She has been accused by her neighbors of trimming her lawn with scissors. Great gardens require great care and we are lucky to have a talent like Carrie working so hard for our clients.
Seasonal Color Specialist
Hilary joined Moss Landscaping in the spring of 2013 as our Seasonal Color Specialist. Her love of gardening and ability to choose complimentary colors and textures make her a great asset to our team as well as our clientele. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in forestry. During her undergraduate years, she served as a teaching assistant in the dendrology class (tree identification) and loved exploring the wild forests of the region learning about the natural history of the area. After college, she spent a semester in Baja, Mexico studying natural history with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), then attended a wilderness medical course to become a First Responder. Hilary is an ISA Certified Arborist and has worked for the City of Houston as an Urban Forester. Hilary and her husband have three beautiful children and enjoy playing sports and visiting the Houston Arboretum. Her children are very comfortable riding atop bags of soil and making room for the extra flat of flowers that always seem to be in the car.
A native Houstonian, Daniel has been a part of the landscape industry for more than 35 years, working for many years in the maintenance department at the Houston Zoo. Now at Moss Landscaping, Daniel is responsible for supervising the maintenance crews to ensure each property receives consistent, quality care. Daniel performs a final walk-though on every maintenance visit to make sure all tasks have been completed accurately and that the irrigation is set correctly for the current season. Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors when at work as well as in his spare time and you can often find him fishing and skeet shooting on the weekends.
Fernando and his family moved to Houston when he was 4 years old. He attended the University of Houston Downtown in his pursuit of a degree in Business Administration. He is a licensed landscape irrigation technician and is a member of the Maintenance division. As a maintenance supervisor at Moss Landscaping, Fernando manages over 50 client properties ensuring each landscape remains healthy and beautiful. He also works closely with each homeowner to assist with seasonal color selections, enhancements and event preparation. Fernando and his wife are proud parents of two pups, Mamie and Buddy, and enjoy volunteering at The Museum of the Americas and are members of Champion Forest Baptist Church. In his free time, Fernando loves to travel with his wife and spend quality time with friends and family.
Originally from Wisconsin, Christopher’s family moved to Austin when he was five years old and he has been a Texan ever since. Christopher has a lifetime of experience in the landscape industry with experience in everything from design to construction. As a certified landscape professional, Christopher serves as our maintenance supervisor for our River Oaks area clients. His responsibilities include scheduling maintenance visits, educating crew members on proper garden care techniques and maintaining a close relationship with our homeowners to ensure all of their needs are met. Having joined the Moss Landscaping team in January of 2017, Christopher is our newest maintenance supervisor and is already making a positive impact within our team and with our clients. He has a wonderful family and four amazing children. He is an active member of the Deacons of Deadwood MC, a motorcycle club that has raised more than $2,000,000 for children’s causes throughout the Houston area. His other passions include gardening, cooking, poetry and driving to the beach or to the hill country… preferably on his motorcycle!
While originally from Minnesota, Mindi has called Texas home for more than 25 years. She began her career in nursing before starting her own tree farm where she was a co-owner for 15 years. Now, after 19 years in the landscape industry, Mindi brings a wealth of knowledge to our firm and a passion for caring for people and their homes. She has been with Moss Landscaping since 2016 and oversees our residential clients in Montgomery, Spring and the Woodlands. Her responsibilities include walking each property regularly for quality checks, managing irrigation controllers and training her crews on proper maintenance techniques. She also meets with her clients often to discuss their landscape’s progress and what we can do to improve their garden further. In her spare time, Mindi enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Originally from Long Island, Wilfredo has lived in Houston for 11 years and has more than six years of experience in the landscape industry. After five years with Bio Landscape, he joined our team as a maintenance supervisor in the fall of 2016. Wilfredo manages the crews that tend to his 50+ residential clients. In addition to keeping each property in excellent shape, he also meets personally with our homeowners to address any concerns or special requests they may have, like adding new plants or preparing for holiday parties. A current student at the University of Houston, Wilfredo is working towards a degree in construction management. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity where he gets to use his skills to build homes for those in need. In his free time, Wilfredo enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Construction Department Assistant
A fifth generation Houstonian, Staley Tomforde is a true Texan. She graduated from Rhodes College with a bachelor’s degree in history and has been working in the landscape industry since 2014. As our Construction Department Assistant, Staley is responsible for sourcing and selecting plant material as well as organizing labor teams for construction projects. One of her favorite things about her job is visiting our plant suppliers and spending time “nerding out about plants” with their staff and fellow garden enthusiasts. Staley feels very fortunate to have amazing, loving parents and a little sister who is much cooler than she is. She is heavily involved in Memorial Park’s young professionals group, Urban Wild, as well as an active member of the Junior League of Houston. In her free time, you can find Staley exploring local gardens, playing tennis or travelling the world.
Daniela joined our team in 2012 as an administrative assistant and quickly impressed the company with her initiative, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Now the Director of Human Resources, Daniela is responsible for all employee relations, personnel records and ensuring Moss Landscaping stays well-staffed with the most qualified candidates. A native Houstonian, Daniela is currently working towards her public relations degree at the University of Houston with a minor in Spanish. She is an active volunteer at the Museum of the Americas and the Champion Forest Baptist Church. Her favorite hobbies include DIY projects, traveling with her husband and spending quality time with family and friends.
Accounts Payable & Receivable
Originally from Iowa, Amanda grew up in Richmond, Texas. She has been with Moss Landscaping for 11 years and oversees our accounts receivable and payable department. Prior to joining Moss, she worked in the oil and gas industry and now has more than 27 years of accounting experience. A critical part of our financial team, Amanda enjoys that her position keeps her very busy and we are grateful that she keeps us so organized. She is the proud mother of two boys who love fishing and football. In her spare time, you can find Amanda spending time with friends, trying new recipes and listening to a lot of country music.
Susie joined Moss Landscaping in the fall of 2008 and manages our Irrigation Services Department. She and her husband, GySgt. Arthur Tristan Ret., have three wonderful daughters and a son who is on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. When time permits, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Susie is an active member of The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and The VFW Ladies Auxiliary who proudly honor and serve our veterans and military.
Joseph has worked with the Moss accounting team for over three years. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Joseph ensures that all clients’ accounts remain up-to–date, invoices are mailed in a timely manner and works closely with department heads to prepare reports and manage financial data. He and his wife have two amazing daughters. In his free time, Joseph enjoys playing softball and watching baseball, especially his favorite team, the Texas Rangers.
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ashley joined Moss Landscaping in the fall of 2016. She studied public relations and marketing at the University of Houston and has more than seven years of experience in brand management and business development. Ashley serves as our website administrator, landscape photographer and organizes all of our charitable giving and community involvement. She is also our certified drone pilot, and you will often find her flying our DJI Phantom 4 (lovingly named “Petunia”) throughout our clients’ properties. Ashley is an active member of the Junior League of Houston where she volunteers on the Charity Ball Committee, an event that raises funds to support more than 37 community projects throughout the Houston area. In her free time, you can find Ashley at the park with her English Bulldog, Winnie, and spending quality time with friends and family.