Our Team

Patrick Picard

Patrick Picard CEO/Owner

Patrick is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscaper who is certified in Permaculture Design and Landscape Water Efficiency. Throughout the Bay Area he is known for pioneering ecological landscape practices and changing the way landscapers in the Bay Area do business. Patrick has spoken on sustainability panels for the North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, has taught classes for the Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscaper Program, and has led workshops in Sonoma County converting public lawns into neighborhood food forests.

Heather Picard

Heather Picard CFO/Owner

Heather is committed to making a difference in the world by educating the public about ecological landscaping and setting an example for the rest of the industry.

With a Masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics / Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara, she manages several areas of Equinox including finances, marketing and human resources. She is responsible for the growth and integrity of the company.

John Lamos

John Lamos Project Manager

For 30 years, John specialized in large-scale monolithic cement and architectural elements, working collaboratively and in his own business. He studied architectural engineering and is a journeyman of four commercial trades, including welding and metal fabrication, carpentry and finish woodworking, as well as concrete and cement design. His work includes landscape and water features, outdoor spaces, rockscapes, interior finishes and commercial venues throughout the country. John brings an ecological sensibility to his work, incorporating recycled and repurposed materials into his creations. He and Patrick share a vision of marrying beautiful spaces with functionality and sustainability.

Kamala Bennett

Kamala Bennett Designer

Kamala is a regenerative landscape designer and licensed contractor with 20 years experience studying, working and designing ecological landscapes. Co-founder and principal designer of her own design/build firm, as well as Associate Director of the Permaculture Institute of Northern California, she brings initiative and expertise to our team. A degree in World Arts and Culture from UCLA and years as an award-winning set designer for the Hollywood film industry, Kamala's creativity shines through in everything she designs. Her unique approach to landscape design and site planning weaves project objectives, site potential and beneficial plant palettes into whole system landscapes that become functional, living art.

Jesse Brunette

Jesse Brunette Maintenance Division Manager

Jesse brings over ten years of management experience and a love of Permaculture to our Maintenance Division. From having run his own landscape maintenance business and studying ecological landscaping, he understands what it takes to handle all the details in a garden while protecting the Earth. Jesse is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper who's own backyard is an ever-evolving palette of sustainable elements, including experimental soil plots that range from compost fed adobe clay to Hi-test bio-dynamic soil with bio-char, mycorrhizae, and rock dust. As a company that values curiosity and initiative, Jesse is a valuable addition.

Jennifer Goetz

Jennifer Goetz Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Jenn studied landscape design at the University of Idaho and interned for a Point Reyes designer. She fell in love with the Bay Area while also discovering she had an aptitude for organization and business operations. Jenn's career took a new direction and she spent nearly 10 years working as the operations manager for a software company. When she and her husband started their family, she honed her skills and took on freelance bookkeeping clients. In addition to keeping the Equinox books and operations running smoothly, Jenn is a full-time mother of three children and manages to keep a small garden of low-water Mediterranean climate plants.

"I wish to truly underscore the entire staff's unfailing, professional nurturance of the human elements as well. The combination of the responsiveness of Heather and Patrick from the beginning of our project, when timeliness was essential, with the maintenance team's exceptional warmth, openness and willingness to share their knowledge have created a wonderfully fulfilling experience for Bob and me as we strive to create a home that matters for multiple generations." ‑‑‑Connie & Bob, Kenwood, California