Meet Our Team

We are proud of our diverse team of designers, account managers, production managers, administrative personnel, and field experts who all work together to create a robust landscape that engages aesthetics, function, safety and maintenance.  Whether the task at hand is creating an entirely new landscape, revitalizing neglected green spaces or simply correcting a drainage problem, Sunrise can help you implement a complete design/build program that fits your budget and your lifestyle.

Joe Markell President and CEO of Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Joe Markell – President, CEO

Joe is a native of the Northern Virginia area. He was born and raised in Great Falls/Reston and has lived here his whole life. In 1986, Joe started Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services with one truck and a mower. He is the driving force behind the company’s growth and success. Joe is a Certified Landscape Professional and recently received his horticulturist certification. In his free time Joe enjoys bass fishing, duck hunting, working in his yard, and playing soccer and football with his kids. Joe currently lives in Leesburg with his wife and four children.

Alexandra Spare Landscape Designer Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Alexandra Spare – Landscape Designer

After completing her undergraduate studies in Landscape Horticulture at the University of Maine, Alex said goodbye to harsh winters and expanded both the growing season and her plant palette by moving south. Alex began her career in Annapolis, Maryland as a production manager before working her way into Landscape Design, Management, and Business Development.

For nearly 15 years Alex has been working along the East Coast. In 2012 Alex earned her Master’s Degree in Business Management. Alex’s passion for gardening has kept her interests focused on residential design build and the infusion of beauty with practicality. New to Leesburg, she is enjoying settling in to the area with her husband and daughter.

Pablo Mejia Design and Build Manager Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Pablo Mejia – Design Build Division Production Manager

Pablo has been with Sunrise since 2005. Pablo’s personal mission is to provide quality above and beyond the industry standards, and he believes that getting a job done right is the highest priority. Pablo has been working in the landscape industry for over 10 years, and is constantly expanding his knowledge through ICPI, CLT, and other landscape certification courses. He is bi-lingual and hails from El Salvador. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his tight knit family and friends.

Hank Mauk Account Manager Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Hank Mauk – Account Manager

Hank knew he wanted to work with plants and in the landscape industry since he was in 4th grade. Growing up in Wilmington Delaware, Hank had access to some of the world’s most prestigious garden and landscapes. Gardens such as Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, and Hagley were second homes to Hank in his youth. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture, he pursued his horticultural passions. He began his career as an industrial scale grower before working his way into landscape management and joining Sunrise in 2018.

In his spare time, Hank enjoys roaming the Blue Ridge Mountain hiking trails with his two dogs, coaching the local youth/high school wrestling programs, and trying new and unusual restaurants. Go Hokies!

Jonathan Carmony Account Manager Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Jonathan Carmony – Account Manager

Jonathan is a native of Northern Virginia and has lived in Fairfax County for over 20 years. Jonathan joined the Sunrise family in 2018 having been in previous sales management roles since 2013. Jonathan attend Becker College in MA where he played ice hockey and received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management. Jonathan enjoys listening to music in his free time and fostering dogs with his wife for Operation Paws for Homes.

Fortino Head of Maintenance Sunrise Landscape and Design

Fortino Gonzalez – Maintenance Production Assistant

Fortino came to the US in 2000. Originally from Mexico, Fortino saw a lot of the East Coast working at fruit farms. He started his adventures in Florida then moved to NC where he picked blueberries. Fortino lived in Michigan for a while picking apples and then landed in Virginia where he worked for another landscaping company for 14 years. Fortino came to Sunrise in 2016 working as a laborer but has worked his way up due to his excellent skills and fact that he is bilingual. As our head of the Maintenance Department, Fortino is always willing to learn new skills and enjoys making sure our clients’ properties look their best.

Michelle Ong Office Manager Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Michelle Ong – Office Manager

Originally hailing from California, Michelle has lived in the area for almost 22 years. Michelle has over 20 years of Administrative experience, with 10 of those years in management roles working directly under Corporate and Executive level professionals.  Michelle has worked for small start-up businesses and large corporations in diverse industries.   That experience provides Michelle with the understanding of how a growing business, such as Sunrise, requires a certain vision and planning for success while maintaining the relationships that have been built and has put Sunrise where they are today.   Building relationships with people is very important to Michelle.  She enjoys talking with customers and learning about them.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.  Michelle is a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan.  She used to be a member of their marching band and plans to return after her daughter goes off to college.  For now Michelle is happy to volunteer at her daughter’s high school helping with their marching band.

Ashlee Gardner Bookkeeper Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Ashlee Gardner – Bookkeeper

Ashlee is a native of Leesburg, VA. She joined Sunrise in 2018. Ashlee spent her HS and college years helping keep the books for her family’s business. Ashlee attended Johnson and Wales University where she took many courses in management and accounting and received a degree in Food and Beverage Management. A lover of everything Disney related Ashlee also enjoys baking, trying new restaurants and spending time with her husband and daughter, and extended family.

Allison Markell Marketing Sunrise Landscape and Design

Allison Markell – Head of Marketing

Allison is a native of Northern Virginia. Allison grew up in Reston and attended Virginia Tech University where she received her BS in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for 8 years, Allison entered the business world and worked for a “start up” online marketing company. After taking a few years off to manage her growing family, Allison joined Joe at Sunrise managing their advertising. Allison is now in charge of marketing at Sunrise, tracking advertising, social media, and website management.

Evelyn Smith Receptionist Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Evelyn Smith – Receptionist

Evelyn arrived to the States in 2013, she is Bilingual and hails from Panama (The Panama Canal area) she has over 12 of experience in the Administrative area. She is the first voice of the Company and her priority is to provide excellent Customer Service. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family.

Leon Lowe Mechanic and Shop Supervisor Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Leon Lowe – Mechanic and Shop Supervisor

Leon has always enjoyed working on vehicles, ever since he graduated from Herndon High School. Graduation from the Virginia Machinist Apprenticeship Council, and ten years working as a machinist in the aircraft industry also gave him an appreciation for precision in workmanship. Now, as one of our mechanics at Sunrise, Leon keeps our equipment running safely and properly, which allows our crews to work more efficiently. Leon enjoys the outdoors, with hunting and fishing at Lake Anna as his favorite pastime.

Sunrise’s History

Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services, Inc. was formed in 1986 in a small shop located in Reston, Virginia. It began with two employees (one being myself), two mowers, and a pick-up truck that had been in our family since 1964. We have steadily grown to over 40 employees, with a variety of trucks and equipment that allow us to accomplish virtually any landscape related task.

old red farm pickup truck and old gas station
team of landscape professionals with trucks and equipment leesburg

The Sunrise name has been in my family for over 60 years. First, my great grandparents owned and operated Sun Rise Dairy located in Reston/Herndon, Virginia, and then my father and grandfather owned and operated Sunrise American (this was an American Oil Company Service Station) that was located at the intersection of Route 7 and Baron Cameron Avenue. Later, the name was changed to “Sunrise Amoco”.

Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services, Inc. has evolved into Sunrise Landscape + Design, a full-service landscape maintenance design/build company. We offer many services to help improve and maintain your landscape. We pride ourselves in our high standard and quality of work, and look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

– Joe Markell

Community Outreach

Sunrise is a quality driven company that puts value, trust and family first. We participate in many charity events throughout the year, setting aside time to help enhance our local schools, churches, and neighbors in growing their lives and landscapes.


Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

SUNRISE LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 17, 2017.  This marks the 21st year that industry professionals have worked to help care for this national burial ground that serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses.  For more information, read the full Press Release.


Spring Planting at Sycolin Elementary School

Now in their fifth year, the dedicated team at Sunrise Landscape + Design just completed their annual Arbor Day plantings at Sycolin Creek Elementary. With an idea and a desire to give back to their community, in 2009 Sunrise Landscape + Design started donating trees and shrubs to Sycolin Creek Elementary School to teach their students about proper planting, pruning and the benefits of planting trees for their school.

Over the past five years, Sunrise has donated two Saucer Magnolia’s, three Kwansan Cherry and Willow Oak Trees, three Zelkova’s, a Maple Tree and a new bench for the front of the school.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Sunrise Landscape and Design is proud to be a part of Renewal & Remembrance, the largest landscape industry day of service in the country. Along with hundreds of other members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals we honor our veterans by providing landscaping services to Arlington National Cemetery. We spend the day mulching, pruning, planting installing lighting and irrigation to keep Arlington National Cemetery looking beautiful.


Spring Planting at Sycolin Elementary School

For the past 6 years Sunrise has donated and planted various trees around Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg.  Sunrise has planted Cherry trees in the front, built a stone bench as well as planted shade trees around the multi use playground in the back of the school.  Joe Markell, the owner and CEO of Sunrise also spends time with the kids talking to them about the importance of planting trees especially around buildings, how to plant them properly, how to properly mulch the trees, and how to make sure you pick the correct tree for where you are planting.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Renewal & Remembrance is the largest single day of service for the nation’s lawn and landscape industry. Each summer, hundreds of PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) members volunteer their time, materials, and services to help maintain and beautify the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.  Sunrise has been a proud participant in this important event for the last several years, this year we helped plant lime, solved a drainage issue and watered plants!


Town of Leesburg Halloween Parade

The Town of Leesburg holds an annual Halloween parade. The Sunrise team joined in the fun with a parade of trucks, trailers and machines for a big show!

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Every year, PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) organizes the Renewal and Remembrance event. Sunrise joined in a day of service to clean up and maintain the cemetery with other landscape companies.

Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.


Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Every year, PLANET organizes the Renewal and Remembrance event. Sunrise joined in a day of service to clean up and maintain the cemetery with other landscape companies.


Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.

An Outdoor Classroom for Tuscarora HS

“A group of Tuscarora parent volunteers, teachers, students and landscapers from the Hardscapes Committee of the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association came together to create the 200-square-foot outdoor classroom on the south end of the school property. The team arrived at 8 a.m. Friday, July 29 and wrapped up the project by 4 p.m. that same day.”-Leesburg Today

Sunrise Philosophy

Sunrise Landscape + Design is committed to providing the best personal landscape experience to residential and commercial clients throughout Northern Virginia by using innovative designs, sustainable practices, experienced employees, and ethical business standards resulting in the realization of the client’s landscape vision.

To fulfill our mission we will strive to:

  • Meet & exceed our client’s expectations.
  • Learn the latest industry techniques and products.
  • Provide a full range of cost effective services.
  • Make each client’s landscape experience a thing of enjoyment not aggravation.
  • Make a positive long lasting impression that will give the customer the understanding that they can’t get what we provide anywhere else.
  • Keep our customers for life.

Our Services

Sunrise also offers a variety of landscape design and landscape management services including:

Landscape Design and Build

Landscape Management

Contact Sunrise today for all your Landscape Design and Landscape Management needs!