ABOUT US - Meet The Team

MANAGING PARTNERS: Kim Hren, Andy Silich, Linda Silich

EST. 2002 GROUNDWORKS LANDSCAPING, INC.



Kim Hren

Kim Hren

Role at Groundworks:

  • Partner & Founder of Groundworks Landscaping since 2002
  • Lead Landscape Designer
  • Account Manager/General Manager of Operations

Education/Certifications/Awards:

  • SUNY COBLESKILL, Cobleskill, NY
  • B.A. Applied Science and Environmental Design
  • Dynascape Certified Landscape Design
  • GRAND/MERIT AWARD in NALP, 2014, 2015, 2016 as lead landscape designer

Favorite Plants: Fagus sylvatic ‘Beech tree’; Stewartia pseudocamelia; Caragana Pendula’ Weeping Pea;

Favorite Pastime: Camping in Cooperstown and Disney or anywhere! Enjoys watching anything related with the Food Channel as well as the METS; building landscape models; an accomplished tennis player in women’s leagues and was named to EHHS Hall of Fame for Softball, Volleyball, Tennis ; Captain of the Groundworks Softball Team which has won first place in recent years! Loves her pets Charlie and Ruby along with their friends at the Silich residence.

Erica Silich

Erica Silich

Erica Silich

B.A. Sociology/Anthropology HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY, High Point, NC

Erica is excited to join the Groundworks eam and bring her marketing and social media experience as well as be a part of the family business!


Anthony Daunt

Anthony Daunt

Anthony Daunt

B.A. SUNY Oneonta, NY

Anthony, Managing Supervisor in our Maintenance Division, comes to us with much experience in the builder’s area by managing projects, supervising crews and has a knack for tending to the details of every property with a personable approach!

Linda Silich

Linda Silich

Role at Groundworks:

  • Partner & Founder of Groundworks Landscaping since 2002
  • Landscape Designer & Account Manager/Marketing & Advertising

Education/Certifications/Awards:

  • WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY, Springfield,OH B.A. Speech/Com Business Marketing
  • Certifications in landscape design and plant identification courses
  • GRAND/MERIT Award in NALP-National Association of Landscape Professionals 2015, 2016

Favorite Plants: Lagerstroemia ‘Crape Myrtle’ Natchez; Zelkova; Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, Hibicus Syriacus ‘Diana’; Lavender, Camilla, tulips and daffodils

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with husband, Andy and children Erica, Matthew and Patrick in backyard or camping in Cooperstown, watching the METS and being around her pet BEAR and newly added puppies Bailey and Harley. Her other passion is doing TRX, small group classes and personal training at her fitness studio called SILICH CORE + STRENGTH in the heart of East Hampton Village; loves playing piano and singing; enjoys running in cool cities like Boston, Wash DC, Santa Monica, West Palm Beach and has done numerous races and the Marine Corp Marathon.

Andy Silich

Andy Silich

Role at Groundworks:

  • President/Partner & Founder of Groundworks Landscaping since 2002
  • Chief Financial Officer/Production Supervisor

Education/Certifications/Awards:

  • PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, State College, PA
  • B.S. Cum Laude, Business Finance
  • Certified Landscaping Management and Commercial Pesticide Applicator

Favorite Plants: Mimosa tree ‘Albizia Silktree’; lagerstroemia ‘Crape Myrtle; ‘Cryptomeria Japanesae Cedar; Cotinus Smoke Bush

Favorite Pastime: Enjoys any kind of sports, especially the METS; huge fan of FANTASY Football and Baseball; running, spending time with his Labrador BEAR & family at home, camping, Cooperstown, running and also has done many races including the Marine Corp Marathon. Yes he beat his wife by 4 minutes and both completed in sub 4!

Jay Hren

Jay Hren

Role at Groundworks: Landscape & Installation Division Supervisor

Education/Certifications/Awards: : SUNY COBLESKILL, Cobleskill, NY

Favorite Plants: Acer gruseyn ‘Paperbark Maple; Viburnum ‘carlesii’; Hypericum Hidcote ‘St. Johns Wort

Favorite Pastime: Enjoys watching the YANKEES, fishing, spending time at Napeague with his family!


Austin Bahns

Austin Bahns

Role at Groundworks: Estimator/Landscape Management Staff

Education/Certifications/Awards: FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, FL, Summa Cum Laud B.A. Business Finance

Favorite Plants: Monkey Puzzle Tree, Hibiscus, Mandevilla vines, ornamental grasses & Bird of Paradise

Favorite Pastime: Playing baseball and softball, Travis tournament, traveling, Staten Island visits!

Steven Bahns

Steven Bahns

Role at Groundworks: Estimator/Landscape Management Staff

Education/Certifications/Awards: : FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, FL Magma Cum Laude, B.A., Business Finance;

Favorite Plants: Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’; Cryptomeria Japonica; Snapdragons; Delphinium

Favorite Pastime: Playing any kind of sports; camping, going to beach; watching FSU; enjoying family and friends

Jake Beyer

Jake Beyer

Role at Groundworks: Landscape Production Crew Manager

Education/Certifications/Awards: : Mercer University, B.A. Environmental Sciences

Favorite Plants: Birch trees, boxwoods, ferns, ornamental grasses

Favorite Pastime: Sundays at Napeague Beach with family & friends; riding his quad; music

Cat Bahns

Cat Bahns

Role at Groundworks: Office Manager/Accounting

Education/Certifications/Awards: : Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Favorite Plants: Monkey Puzzle tree, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Dianthus, Hydrangeas, bulbs of any kind!

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with family and friends; playing with her puppies; beach walking with Kent; gardening and planting pots!


Sue McGintee

Sue McGintee

Role at Groundworks: Landscape Designer & Account Manager, Plant Buyer

Education/Certifications/Awards: : Saint Norbert College, De Pere, WI; B.A. Graphic Arts/Marketing ; Certified Dynascape CAD Landscape Specialist

Favorite Plants: Katsura ‘Cercidyphyllum’; tomato plant!

Favorite Pastime: Enjoys reading, cooking with veggies especially from her garden; oil painting

Mary Jo Mackey

Mary Jo Mackey

Role at Groundworks: Maintenance Senior Account Manager

Favorite Plants: Thuja Green Giants; Endless Summer Hydrangeas; ornamental grasses;

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with her rescue puppy, Mango, from P.R; listening to Nancy Atlas Band; traveling!

Susan DiSunno

Susan DiSunno

Role at Groundworks: Gift Shop Buyer/Garden Center Sales Rep

Favorite Plants: Dogwoods, cherry trees, shrub roses, lavender

Favorite Pastime: Spending time in her condo in West Palm Beach with her family; doing events like supporting the Soldier Ride; working out with Linda at Silich Core + Strength!

Joaquin Ramirez

Joaquin Ramirez

Role at Groundworks: Garden Center Operations Staff

Favorite Plants: Pear trees, ornamental grasses, boxwoods

Favorite Pastime: Enjoys his Saturdays off for church activities and services; loves playing soccer with the crews; and setting up for the Trail of Terror and the annual Holiday celebration at Groundworks!


Mirian Chavez

Mirian Chavez

Role at Groundworks: Annual Planter Garden Designer//Garden Center Sales Rep

Favorite Plants: Hydrangeas, Spaeth indoor plants, succulent plants, pansies, ivy

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with her two children and husband; gardening and doing pots for clients;

Tracey Scutti

Tracey Scutti

Role at Groundworks: Perennial Garden Designer/Garden Center Sales Rep

Favorite Plants: Hydrangeas, Chelone ‘hot lips’; nepeta; lambs ears;

Favorite Pastime: Teaching martial arts in Montauk; sailing; walking on the beach

Thea Grenci

Thea Grenci

Role at Groundworks: Garden Center Sales Rep

Education/Certifications/Awards: : PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, State College, PA; B.A. Agricultural Science

Favorite Plants: Hydrangea; Lavender, Rhododendrons; Lilacs

Favorite Pastime: Taking care of animals at a local farm; decorating her new home in Montauk; the beach; classic cars

Kim Hren

Erica Silich

Anthony Daunt

Linda Silich

Andy Silich

Jay Hren

Austin Bahns

Steven Bahns

Jake Beyer

Cat Bahns

Sue McGintee

Mary Jo Mackey

Susan DiSunno

Joaquin Ramirez

Mirian Chavez

Tracey Scutti

Thea Grenci