About Us

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Horticulture Staff

Charles Owen
City Arborist and Horticulturist
Charles Owen grew up in Georgia and earned his bachelors degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, in 1985. He worked at the Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo before coming to Brecksville in 2000. Hobbies include most non-firearm related outdoor activities, but, especially bicycling. He lives and gardens in Parma Heights.

Doug Novak
Horticultural Assistant
Doug Novak is a resident of Olmsted Falls. He is a proud father of two girls.  He owned and operated his own lawn and tree care company.  He has worked for the City of Lakewood in the forestry department. He is a certified arborist for the City of Brecksville.  Doug is happy to bring his passion for trees to the city.

Jim Kasmarcak
Horticultural Assistant
Jim has been in the horticulture and landscape industry since 1980. He ran his own landscaping business for 15 years, before moving on to work for Monteleone’s Landscaping for 9 years. When he got married and started a family, he decided to work for the City of Brecksville, so that he could spend more time with his family. In 2007, Jim acquired his pesticide applicator’s license.