Meet the Team

Jerry L. DeJournett, ASLA

Vice President West Coast

Jerry is a high energy guy who golfs, hikes, hunts, fishes, rides bikes, skis, and boogie boards–sometimes all in the same day.  Or…maybe not all on the same day.  He is also a problem solver and a strong leader.  Happily, he adds to these qualities a friendly, quick-to-laugh personality, and a genuine enjoyment of others.

His favorite ‘others’ are family.  Toni, his fiancée, is as energetic and outdoorsy as he is.  Between them, Jerry and Toni have three sons—Quinton, 21, Dylan, 20, and Jake, who is 13.  A baby girl, a chocolate English lab, recently joined the crew.  She is guaranteed a lifetime of affection and tons of fun exercise.

Jerry grew up in Idaho.  He tells hair-raising tales involving large predators, like grizzlies and mountain lions.  Vacationing with his entire extended family is, he says, his favorite activity, and Costa Rica is “hands down” his favorite destination.  His current hometown of San Diego, however, is the place he most loves living.  He loves the beaches, the weather, the Padres, the golf courses, the restaurants, and (of course) the profusion of outdoor activities.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – University of Idaho
  • Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Licensed Landscape Architect and Landscape Contractor in Oregon
  • Certified Rainbird Maxicom Technician/Programmer

Stacey Sturnot, QAL, LICM

Executive Operations Manager

Stacey is working on a book about native and low-water-use plants in San Diego county.  It will be a design and maintenance guide.  She loves that landscapes here thrive year-round.  It’s such a contrast to her childhood home in Milwaukee!

Her interest in plants extends to the ever-popular product of the grape, and she is serious enough about wine tasting that she has become a certified enologist.  She is also a certified yoga instructor.  Hobbies include running, hanging out at the beach and surfing with her kids, camping, hiking, reading, and botanical garden tours.  Busy as she is, she finds time to volunteer.  She does this with her sons’ schools, the Ironman Triathlon, and the local chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Stacey lives in Vista with her two sons. Although she grew up in Milwaukee, she was born in Germany, and counts a visit to that country as both her favorite and most interesting vacation.  On her bucket list is much more travel, particularly to Asia and Australia.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Associated Degree in Applied Science: Landscape Horticulture – Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Board Member – San Diego Chapter California Landscape Contractors Association
  • Landscape Industry Certified Manager
  • Qualified Applicators License

Mike Pruett

LUSA San Diego Founding Partner

Mike has been in the landscaping business for 40 years. He is the Principal and Managing Partner for the San Diego office.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly. Before joining LUSA, Mike worked at Disneyland, Valley Crest, and Clean Cut.

Currently, Mike is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, and competing in triathlons. Mike is married and has three sons.

Addie Stathatos

Business Development Manager

Addie loves the adventure of travel.  When she graduated from UC Berkeley, she dashed off to Melbourne, Australia, where she worked two part-time jobs for five months.  In the sixth month, she traveled the continent, spending (almost) every dollar she’d managed to save.  (She kept $27.00 for her return to California.)

Since then, she’s gained a husband and a step-daughter.  She hopes to soon add a dog to the family.  Happily, her husband enjoys travel, and the two of them had a grand time driving a van around Portugal and Spain.  An RV trip to the Grand Canyon, and a journey to the British Isles, are upcoming.

Addie considers San Diego, with its abundance of sunshine, a terrific place to come home to.   She always appreciates that moment when you’re driving through the city and suddenly catch your first glimpse of the ocean.  Working in an industry which enhances the beauty of this famously beautiful city is one of her favorite aspects of her job.

Other loves include hiking, cooking, hanging out with friends, and football, when she cheers for the Packers and the Cal Bears.  Recently, she even won her fantasy league!

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Chair of the Membership & Emerging Leaders committee and on the Special Events Committee – BOMA
  • Active Member – CAI
  • Certified as a Quality Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
  • Sociology Degree – University of California-Berkeley

Mike Blake

Account Manager

In his younger days, Mike went skateboarding in empty swimming pools.  The risk, of course, is in all that hard concrete…and eventually, he decided he’d had enough.  He still wants to skydive someday.  And he’d like to go whitewater rafting in Costa Rica.  The physical conditioning won’t be an issue, because he hits the gym each weekday morning at 4 a.m.

On his favorite (and most interesting) vacation, Mike spent most of a month snow skiing in Austria.  The trip included travel in Germany and the Netherlands.  He’s also given many, many a free hour to his vegetable garden.  Gardening, he says, is a great stress reliever, although it’s not an option at his current home.  Volunteering at his church is another of his off-hour activities.

Asked about the most life-altering experience of his life, he gave a truer answer than most of us think of.  It’s parenthood.  His kids are Trevor (30), Tiffany (26), and Cameron (21), who works with Mike at LUSA.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • C-27 Landscape License
  • C-29 Masonry License.
  • 28 years in Landscaping

Derek Montroy

Account Manager

Derek is a much-decorated Marine and designated Naval Aviator.  He has combat experience in the Middle East and took part in many Navy-Marine Corps operations, both humanitarian and military.  He earned a master’s degree in military studies at the select Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia; and he eventually mustered out, at the completion of his service to our nation, as a lieutenant colonel.

Derek is a Michigan native whose Marine days introduced him to sunny San Diego.  He has two sons and a daughter—triplets!—who are 17, as well as two dogs and three cats.  Each of the animals is a rescue. In his spare time, Derek exercises, roots for the Detroit Red Wings, works with wood, and plays both the guitar and the bass.

He’d like to add more travel to his many experiences.  He’s already seen much of southwest and southeast Asia.  (His favorite liberty port, by the way, was in Thailand.)  In the future, he’d like to visit some of Europe’s great battlefields, such as Normandy.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minor in Business Administration – Central Michigan University
  • Master of Arts in Military Studies – Marine Corps University
  • Recycled Water Site Supervisor

Amael was born in Morelos, Mexico, just south of Mexico City. He got his start in landscaping in 2004 when he began working at Valley Crest. It was here that he discovered his love for horticulture and the outdoors. Amael enjoys the challenge of working in landscaping. He constantly pushes himself to learn more about the plants he cares for and what makes them thrive. Amael is certified in irrigation management for both recycled and potable water.

Amael likes working at LandscapesUSA because of the people. He says he has a smart, solid team that continues to help him grow in his career.

When not at work, Amael likes spending time with his wife, two daughters and young son. They are an active family and enjoy the outdoors where they often go hiking, mountain biking and to the beach.