Our Team

Bridgewater CT Landscaper
each one of us is
a brain, 
an athlete, 
a basket case, 
a princess, 
and has a story.

Our team-
We are the coolest bunch of professionals you’ll likely meet. We are diverse. We are dynamic. We get things done and we have fun along the way.

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"365" Apes

“365” Apes are our leaders, administration, support staff, and crew members that live in the local area and stay on year-round. Despite their present position, most of the men and women you are about to meet have considerable experience in all areas of our services, as well as the “behind-the-scenes” elements that keep us beautifying your property.

Shayne Newman
Kent CT Lawn Care

Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardApes, Inc. in 1990 and holds the title of president. He hails from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 29 years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from UCONN, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape Industry read more

Giles Vaughan

Born in 1971, Vice-President Giles Vaughan and Shayne go back, way back to school when they shared a home, chores were distributed via notes on the refrigerator door, and degrees weren’t yet in existence (yet).
In 2015 Giles decided to join forces with YardApes bringing 20 years of landscape read more

Becky Mulhare
financial wizard

Our Wizard hails from Roxbury, but has served our Country as a Military Spouse, and thus lived in various locations (to include Fort Bragg, NC and Burlington VT). A ten-year veteran of the bookkeeping world, Becky came on with us full-time in February 2017 read more

Kim Valzania
Kim Valzania
office extraordinaire

Kim was born and raised in New Milford. She and her husband Mark have two grown, flown, “delightful” children who were also born and raised in New Milford. This part of her story is an absolute yawn fest, so let’s move on. Her work experience is both storied and varied read more

Greg Kaiser
operations chief

Greg has been with Yardapes since 2008. He oversees daily operations and the scheduling of our enhancement and construction crews, as well as account management. Greg has been in the green industry in various roles since 2003, including stops in golf course maintenance. Greg’s passion for landscaping started  read more

Jason von Reyn
mowing ops mgr.

Our Mowing Operations Manager comes from Bridgewater, CT. He recently became Landscape Industry Certified in Turf Maintenance. Not one to rest on his laurels, Jason has attended multiple National Association of Landscape Professionals conferences around the United States. More than just a master of turf and the read more

George Gudauskis
mechanic/mad scientist

“It started with an Erector Set…” George is our Mechanic/Fleet and Facilities Manager, and one of the most detail-oriented folks that our shop has ever seen. A New Milford native, this renaissance man can not only repair and restore just about anything, but is an awesome chef (specializing in gourmet beans) and enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking.

Roberto Angulo
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Roberto was raised in Narajito, Ecuador but now calls New Milford home, along with his wife, Kerly and three children, Derrick, 15, David, 12 and daughter, Dahlia, 6. As an Estate Management Crew Leader, Roberto works on our large landscaping jobs. He is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, has his Operator’s License in Pest read more

Ramiro Parra
head mason

Ramiro, our head mason, is originally from Ecuador. He now lives in New Milford with his wife and two daughters. Ramiro is admired by co-workers and clients alike for his beautiful work. He brings to YardApes a skill set that translates to incredible hardscapes and waterscapes for our clients to enjoy.

Francisco Morataya
estate mgmt. crew ldr.

Don’t let the expression in the photo fool you! Francisco is one of the most animated and lively folks to wear the green polo here. An Estate Management Crew Leader by day, and Professional Chef by night, Francisco is a wealth of knowledge and primarily serves our clients in one of our larger commercial read more

Manuel Labanda
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Manny calls Danbury, CT home but is originally from Ecuador. He has three brothers and five nephews who live in Ecuador and Spain. After coming to the states, Manny worked in construction where he learned to hang siding. He came highly recommended from a friend of YardApes and we’re happy to have him. read more.

Darrick Terrillion
fert crew ldr.

Darrick started at YardApes in 2002, and left in 2006 when he Enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in Charleston, SC in the field of Naval Nuclear Power as a Machinist Mate as well as a Fireman. After returning to New Milford, Darrick came back on with us, and we are so happy to have him back! read more

Tom Gambone
fert crew ldr.

Tom’s one of our locals, New Milford born and raised. He graduated from NMHS in 2008. In his free time, Tom plays basketball and softball. He loves being outdoors (always good considering his line of work). When he’s not watching sports, he likes going to concerts. Tom gives back by regularly participating in our Day of Service. We like that.

Billy Roberts
mow crew technician

Billy came to us in Spring 2017 and is doing a great job so far learning the Estate Management/Landscape Construction as well as being a part of mow crews. He’s also pretty handy with a wrench. When he isn’t “Yard-Aping”, Billy and his good-natured spirit can be found cruising or working on his Harley around picturesque Litchfield County.

Zachary Furtado
mow crew technician

Zack started with us in the Spring of 2016 and is a total asset to the team. We were a little worried when his formerly large(ish) yet well-groomed beard met it’s demise (perhaps it was a source of power and strength) but he survived his first Winter here, cheerfully keeping driveways, sidewalks, and commercial parking read more

Thomas Elble
estate mgmt. technician

Tom joined us a few Winters ago, on call helping the plow crews with snow-removal. This Winter he came back on for help during the few significant storms, and worked his tail off. Fueled by Energy Drinks only, his work ethic was noticed and Tom is now full-time. While primarily an Estate Management Technician, he is a useful asset read more

Dustin Radman 
mow crew ldr.

Dustin joined us for the Winter 2016/2017 and brought several years experience in turf maintenance, as well as a solid work ethic to the team in Spring. Dustin is a New Milford CT native and enjoys spending time with Jessica (his wife) and working on and upgrading vehicles in his free time.

Manuel Parra
mow crew technician

“Manny P” hails from Ecuador, and in case you didn’t see the resemblance, happens to be our Head Mason’s brother (Ramiro Parra). Manny takes amazing care of lawns as a mow crew technician, helping out with commercial property snow removal during Winter, and enjoys music.

Marisa McLaughlin
estate mgmt. technician

Move over gentleman! A serious force to be reckoned with is here…and her name is Marisa! Marisa joined the team in Spring 2017 as an Estate Management Technician. She is the youngest of four siblings and get this: plays D2 Lacrosse at Southern New Hampshire University. No stranger to hard work, read more

Kyle Onorato
estate mgmt. technician

Kyle jumped on board with us in Spring 2017. Currently undergoing a Horticulture Program run by the New York Botanical Garden, Kyle is a true asset with a well-rounded skill set and the desire to continue learning (and teaching) others. 

"H2B and Seasonal" Apes

The following men hail from places south of the US border (mainly Mexico and Ecuador) and represent the majority of our Spring, Summer, and Fall work force. Our H2B Temporary Work Visa employees are some of the finest landscape artisans in the industry, and we are lucky to have most of these gentleman return every April. Some (like Isauro “Mr. Miyagi” Perez) have been with us for greater than fifteen years, providing not only continuity and a strong work ethic, but wisdom, laughs, and stories we otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to. We miss them every Winter and greatly look forward to their return in Spring.

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Isauro Perez
mow crew ldr.

Isauro is one of our crew leaders, and has been with YardApes for 11 years. He calls Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico his home and is married with four children. Isauro is part of the H-2B nonimmigrant work visa program which allows nonagricultural seasonal employment. Known to all as “El Abuelo” read more

Jesus Aviles
estate management crew ldr.

2016 Ape of the Year! Jesus is one of our Estate Management and Construction Crew Leaders and has been with us since Spring 2014. In short time he has made an incredible impact, not only in the quality of the work he performs and manages at client properties, but with his coworkers and management. read more

Florentino Hernandez
mow crew ldr.

Florentino calls Actopan Hidalgo, Mexico home when not stateside as part of the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife, two sons and two daughters back home. Whether here, or in Mexico, Florentino loves to watch soccer.

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Ricardo Hernandez
estate mgmt. crew ldr.

Ricardo is a major asset to YardApes, and 2017 marks his fifth season with us. Not only an amazing Estate Management Technician, Ricardo is bi-lingual, fluent in both Spanish and English. As such, he helps us communicate and often serves as translator when needed. Ricardo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work read more


Mauricio Hernandez
mow crew ldr.

Mauricio is the exact opposite of a “Debbie-Downer”. Hard working and skilled at keeping lawns fresh, Mauricio is almost always smiling and keeping spirits up, even on the hottest or rainiest of days. A semi-pro soccer player, he hails from Mexico and we are so glad he returns each year!


Alfredo Hernandez
estate mgmt crew ldr.

Our own “Most Interesting Man in the World” Alfredo also hails from Actopan Hildalgo, Mexico and works for YardApes through the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife and two daughters back home and…wait for it—he likes to watch soccer. No matter the task, Alfredo accepts the challenge, and is extremely skilled with read more


Ruben Meza-Villeda
mow crew technician

2017 marks Ruben’s second year with us, and it’s incredible how fast he has learned to put nice patterns in the lawns to which he is charged to maintain. Ruben hails from Mexico and is part of the H2B program, and similar to Mauricio (his current counterpart) is an incredibly positive influence on all of us. You may see him read more


Martin Corona
mow crew ldr.

Pride in the quality of his work, speed, and permanent smile are his trademarks! Martin Hails from Mexico, and Spring 2016 was his first year here. Since then, he has established himself nicely as a mow crew leader and all-around amazing landscaper, occasionally helping Estate Management crews as needs dictate. 


Roman Galarza
mow crew technician

Stay tuned for Roman’s updated bio!

Juan Perez Mendoza

Juan Perez-Mendoza
mow crew technician

Stay tuned for Juan’s updated bio!

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Rene Monzon-Angeles
estate mgmt. technician

Stay tuned for Rene’s updated bio!

Hall of Fame

Something that differentiates our team from many others is a sense of pride and the desire to remain on board. With that said, for one reason or another we do occasionally have to say goodbye (or adios) to members as they go to their proverbial “other” pastures. The Hall of Fame, with it’s first member (Elaine) is meant to highlight those that remained with us for a while during our almost 30-year tenure, and left a lasting legacy on us and our unique company culture

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Congratulations Francisco!

Francisco was voted 2018 Ape of the Year by fellow "Apes", Management, and clients. We love his humble devotion to teaching others not only techniques in the trade, but how he mentors and develops fellow "Apes" on the ins-and-outs of being a Landscape Professional.

We'd love for you to browse our team on this page, as well as read about our crop of 2018 Standouts here.