our team

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

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I just love design, it's my life and i feel like i was put here to help people facilitate and make their dreams a reality!  After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Joel worked for Arbor Engineering for 8 1/2 years. He started Curly Willow Designs, LLC in 2001 at the advice of friends and family to pursue another one of his passions; event planning and production.  While events occupy some of his work week, Joel maintains his initial love for landscape design. Joel is a registered Landscape Architect and enjoys giving clients warm, inviting, and stylish outdoor spaces.

Emma Thackray, Office Manager

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

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Emma is our newest member of the Curly Willow Team!  We are so excited she has taken on the large task to help keep our team of designers focused and on task to making clients dreams come true!

Courtney Collins, Project Manager

Joel Kirby, Owner & Landscape Architect

Ashli Presley, Client Relations Lead

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Courtney has a vision for making projects unique and special!   Starting at CWD as a college intern, then returning as full time employee, Courtney has become a key player in making client projects become reality.  Courtney's technical knowledge of all aspects of Curly Willow Designs has been a great asset to our team.

Ashli Presley, Client Relations Lead

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

Ashli Presley, Client Relations Lead

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Ashli joined our team  to help with Client relations.  Ashli has always connected with anyone she meets and has never met a stranger.  She is focused on helping our clients connect with the appropriate staff member to get the service a client deserves.

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

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Jimmie Lynn or "J L" as we like to call her, has been a part of CWD for 15 years!  Her knowledge of landscape design is vast!   JL has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.  JL is a registered Landscape Architect and has honed her skills practicing for over 20 years!

Amy Stansberry, Landscape Designer

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

Jimmie Lynn Dykes, Landscape Architect

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Amy has been a part of CWD for 5 years!  Her specialty is designing via the computer (CAD), and, as we say, Amy makes all our ideas look pretty and legible!   Amy holds a bachelor's degree of  Architecture from Clemson University.  

Ray Bryant, Design Lead

Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

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Ray never knew that year when Joel asked her if she wanted to come help decorate some houses at the Holidays, that she would become a Lead designer at Curly Willow Designs!  Ray holds a Masters of Science in Art Therapy, and she uses those skills daily to help design beautiful unique settings for our clients.


Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

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Tracey's design background is vast.  Tracey performed interior design for 10 years prior to moving out of the country for several years.  Upon her return to the states,  Curly Willow Designs jumped at the chance to have Tracey join our design team.  We all found that if we don't keep things organized at Curly Willow Designs, that Tracey will slap our hands!   Tracey has her hands full,  keeping our event warehouses managed and tidy, to help us perform client installs efficiently.  

Clara Steen, Project Designer

Tracey Carnes, Project Designer

Margie Trotter, Project Designer

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Clara has been a part of Curly Willow for over 10  years!  Clara's design abilities have been a cornerstone to our ability to push through large events timely, and efficiently!  Clara's fun personality and gift of design have made a large impact to meet our clients needs.

Margie Trotter, Project Designer

Margie Trotter, Project Designer

Margie Trotter, Project Designer

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Margie has played a major role at CWD for over 5 years.  Margie has always had a knack for just making things look beautiful!  Here attention to the details has been a huge part of helping our clients get the 'look' they desire!


Raya Shucker, Project Designer

Margie Trotter, Project Designer

Raya Shucker, Project Designer

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Raya is CWD's newest member on our design team.  Here love of details and care for our clients and making their spaces feel wonderful have been a great breath of fresh air at CWD!