ABOUT US - Meet The Team

MANAGING PARTNERS: Kim Hren, Andy Silich, Linda Silich

EST. 2002 GROUNDWORKS LANDSCAPING, INC.



Kim Hren

Kim Hren

Founded and Partner of Groundworks Landscaping: Since 2002

Partner Groundworks Landscaping: Since 2002
Hometown: East Hampton, New York

Family: Joseph and Charlene; Joe; Lori; and Jay; Charlie, the Chocolate Lab, and Ruby, beautiful brown Springer Spaniel.

Education/Certifications/Awards: SUNY (State University of New Yor) Cobleskill; Associates and Applied Science and Environmental Design; Dynascape Certified Landscape Design; LMN certified; Favorite Part of Job: loves designing and seeing it to the end result with ideas coming to life; believes in giving people the room they need to become the best they can be as an individual. Also, Kim finds it very rewarding to build an organization and team in which all the players are working as one.

Favorite Plants: Fagus sylvatica ‘Beech Tree’; Stewartia pseudocamelia; Caragana ‘Weeping Pea’;

Favorite Pastime: Kim immensely enjoys cooking and following FOOD CHANNEL; building “landscape models” and working out with Linda doing TRX classes at Linda’s new studio, SILICH CORE + STRENGTH in East Hampton. An accomplished tennis player, bowler in the women’s leagues, Kim also is in the EHHS Hall of Fame for softball and is Captain of the Groundworks Women’s Softball Team!

Linda Silich

Linda Silich

Partner Groundworks Landscaping: Since 2002

Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio ~ Loved living in Leesburg, Virginia/Wash DC area for 10 years prior to moving to East Hampton, New York (in 2000)

Family: Married to Andy since 1988; (3) children–Erica (23), Matt (21), and Patrick (19); all born in Reston, VA;

PETS: “The Bear” Yellow Labrador and Bailey Beagle/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix

Education/Certifications/Awards: Bachelor of Arts, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio focused on Speech/Business Sales and Marketing; She has certifications in sales, management and landscape related courses including design and plant identification courses.

Favorite Part of Job: Loves designing “rooms” for people in their outdoor environment and making clients find their “home” outside; very rewarding to see her clients enjoying their new landscapes and becoming enthusiastic about plants! Linda enjoys creating beautiful and functional landscapes by using seasonal colors and textures that compliment the customers home and lifestyle;

Favorite Plants: Her favorite plants are Lagerstroemia ‘Crape Myrtle’; Zelkova ; Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, ‘Blaumeister; Hibicus ‘Diana’ and Mandevilla Hot Pink vines for planters (because they are so easy and bloom all summer through fall!)

Favorite Pastime: Linda loves spending as much time with family as possible especially her three children: Erica, Matthew and Patrick! She is also passionate about fitness and exercise. She is an ISSA/AFAA/TRX/CPR Certified Personal and Group Exercise Trainer and now has her own studio SILICH CORE + STRENGTH in East Hampton. Linda has also been a spin instructor for 15 years. With any spare time, Linda plays piano and likes to sing “on the spot” for Mamalee Lawler and friends and has performed at Stephen Talkhouse, Wolffer Winery and in the past at Dinner Theatre in West Palm Beach.


Andy Silich

Andy Silich

Partner Groundworks Landscaping: Since 2002

Hometown: Amagansett, New York

Family: Married to Linda since 1988; (3) children–Erica (23), Matt (21), and Patrick (19)

PETS: “The Bear” Yellow Labrador

Education/Certifications/Awards: Bachelor of Science, Business Finance; Penn State University, State College, PA; Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certified

Favorite Plants: Albizia ‘Silktree or Mimosa’; Lagerstroemia ‘Crape Myrtle’; Cryptomeria ‘Japanese Cedar’; Cotinus smoke bush

Favorite Pastime: Andy loves family time, and will create any kind of game to play on the spot. He is fanatical about sports, especially his Alma Mater, Penn State and favorite baseball team,  the METS. He is an avid runner and softball player always in shorts even in the winter and also enjoys working out with his wife, Linda, in her studio. Andy is a very hands-on father and enjoys doing his own home projects when time is available!

Jay Hren

Jay Hren

Jay Hren has been with Groundworks for five years and is now the Landscape Supervisor. We are thrilled to bring his experience and familiarity of the landscape world that he had practiced with his family business all of his life. Jason has an unbelievable understanding of plant material, is sensitive to the client’s needs and can quickly assess solutions for problems related to turf, plant longevity and works extremely well with people. We at Groundworks are thrilled to have such a “calming influence” around the office!

Favorite Plants: Acer griseum ‘Paperbark Maple’; Viburnum ‘carlesii; Hypericum Hidcote ‘St. John’s Wort’

Favorite Pastime: Jay enjoys watching the YANKEES baseball,(uh oh Andy…) fishing, spinning, and spending time with “my loving family!”

Austin Bahns

Austin Bahns

Outdoor Living and Garden Center Manager

A Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a business finance degree has had much experience with Groundworks in the past 4 years. He is excited to be a part of the Groundworks @ Hrens venture in such a critical position to the Outdoor Living and Garden Center’s success. He brings his knowledge of business, plant material combined with dedication, determination to learn it all and drive to succeed!

Ryan Connor

Ryan Connor

Ryan graduated from SUNY Stonybrook with a degree in horticulture and initially joined Groundworks working solely with the construction of ponds and helping out in the garden center.  He has now moved into being a critical part of the Account Management team. His knowledge of plants, design and experience and personable style has drawn many customers to work with him and he has had numerous successful installations. 

His hobbies are playing with his yellow lab mix, being a headbouncer at Stephen Talkhouse and visiting family in Center Moriches whenever he gets an opportunity!


Jake Beyer

Jake Beyer

coming soon…

Catharina Bahns

Catharina Bahns

Our first-rate office manager who is beginning her tenth year at Groundworks, Catharina Bahns (Cat), can assist you throughout the day during regular office hours at (631) 324-7373. She is duly responsible for setting up appointments for new and existing clients or addressing questions pertaining to billing.

Cat is knowledgeable with any of the existing scheduled projects or maintenance accounts and will be happy to help you out when necessary. Cat even helps out the staff with all (3) owner’s dogs on a daily basis!! She will confirm that we receive all messages; therefore, we can react within a 24 hour time period. **We check emails daily and are very happy to communicate that way as well, but have found that many people actually like to speak to someone in person!**

Favorite Plants: Araucaria araucana ‘Monkey Puzzle tree’, Gardenia, Hibiscus yellow and Diplodenia pink

Favorite Pastime: Cat enjoys her daily walks, taking the dogs to the beach, and getting to the beach whenever possible! She also like’s Linda’s TRX Suspension Training classes and her orchid “re-blooming”!

Sue McGintee

Sue McGintee

Sue McGintee brings almost 25 years of horticulture experience to our team and we are thrilled to have her on board. Sue is a critical part of our organization with her unique design sense and personable way with clients. Her knowledge and helping locate plant material for all our jobs helps the entire team. She is now also part of our Accounts Management team and is always willing to help!

Favorite Plants: Katsura ‘Cercidyphyllum’; Tomato plant!

Favorite Pastime: Sue enjoys reading, cooking especially with her vegetables from her garden and would like to pick up her talent of oil painting some time in the near future!

Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey

Coming Soon


Susan DiSunno

Susan DiSunno

Coming Soon

Joaquin Ramirez

Joaquin Ramirez

Coming Soon

Mirian Chavez

Mirian Chavez

Coming Soon

Tracey Michelle

Tracey Michelle

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Jenna Rocker

Jenna Rocker

Coming soon!

Kim Hren

Linda Silich

Andy Silich

Jay Hren

Austin Bahns

Ryan Connor

Jake Beyer

Catharina Bahns

Sue McGintee

Mary Mackey

Susan DiSunno

Joaquin Ramirez

Mirian Chavez

Tracey Michelle

Jenna Rocker