Meet Our Staff

Timothy A. Rumph, RLA, ASLAFounder & President, Araiys Design
E. tar@araiysdesign.com
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Tim Rumph, founder and president of Araiys Design, has a longstanding appreciation and passion for creative design and a comprehensive knowledge of regulatory, environmental, and zoning matters.

With more than 40 years of experience, Tim has managed projects through state, county and local governmental approval processes. He has also worked as a consultant to numerous municipalities.

Tim received his formal training at Rutgers University. He continually builds on his knowledge through industry-related education.
Steven G. Nieroda, RLA, ASLAAssociate & Chief Landscape Architect
E. steve@araiysdesign.com
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Steve is a registered landscape architect with sixteen years of experience in landscape design and construction. His diverse portfolio of work includes designs for universities, public libraries, multi-family residential developments, athletic fields, commercial, and residential sites. Steve earned a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oklahoma where he received ASLA honors from the OKASLA for his graduation thesis on the remediation of an Oklahoma City Superfund Site.

Since returning to his native Long Island in 2005, his work experience has grown to include the application of Low Impact Design strategies for communities on Long Island and within NYC. Recently, Steve has worked on progressive stormwater design projects in Queens that are helping to redefine the urban environment and reduce stormwater runoff into surrounding waterways. Steve is inspired by an integrative design process that provides clients with thoughtful and sustainable solutions that meet and exceed project objectives. He lives with his wife and two children in Rocky Point. In his spare time, Steve enjoys hiking and camping with his family and exploring the beautiful terrain of the northeast.
Dana J. Hepler, RLAAssociate
E. dana@araiysdesign.com
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Dana Hepler is a registered Landscape Architect in four states; New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania with over 35 years of experience. He began his education at Kent State University where he studied Architecture Technology. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University. Dana also holds a Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Planning from NYIT.

Dana Hepler has an impressive and diverse resume that includes all phases of innovative site development and planning; including New Urbanism, Smart Growth, LEED /Green Technologies, Planning and Sustainable Architecture.  With his unique confluence of disciplines, his work provides functional, sustainable and economically viable development solutions, thus effectively responding to market and environmental challenges that creates a lasting value for our clients.  

Esvin A. SecaidaJunior Landscape Architect
E. esvin@araiysdesign.com
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Esvin Secaida, graduated from SUNY ESF with a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015. Prior to working with Araiys Design, Esvin has experience working for a Landscape Architect firm as well as working as a mason, landscaper and construction worker. The combination of his hands on experiences along with his degree in Landscape Architecture has helped him in his understanding of the design process.

Esvin has an extensive knowledge of computer rending software; including computer aided design and adobe suites, as well as 3D programs such as Google Sketch Up. These skills allow him to better illustrate and convey the concept of a design solution.

Yi YangJunior Landscape Architect
E. yi@araiysdesign.com
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Our newest member to the Araiys Design team, Yi Yang, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from China where she began her interest and journey of studying landscape design. It was the great passion for the landscape design field that made Yi decided to study abroad and come to earn a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Over the years, Yi has committed herself to the pursuit of landscape design knowledge from multiple academic works. She has also developed professional skills from the experience of internships and teaching assistantships. Her knowledge of landscape design fundamentals, proficiency in multiple digital software, and commitment to the design process from initial schematic design to final construction documents is an asset for Araiys Design and all the clients we serve. 

Raymond V. RumphProject Manager
E. chip@araiysdesign.com
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