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, 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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.