Your Landscaping Team


Jeff Swano
Owner and President

Freyja Kendrick
Division Manager & Senior Designer


Office Management & Organic Service

Wendy Estrada-Kopp
Office Manager / Customer Service

Michael Crouchelli
Brew Master & Soil Scientist


Design & Install Division

Juan Avila
Warehouse Manager / Driver / Chief Logistics Officer / Grill Master – started in 2012 and is responsible for getting all the cats herded for the day and assisting the division manager in the field.  He trains new members in safety, improves systems in the warehouse and keeps us well fed at our monthly BBQ’s.  A former restaurant line cook working crazy hours, he came to Dig Right In to spend more time with his growing family and have a stable career.  His favorite part of the job is “motivating and helping the crew members learn and grow”.

Jenna Rothaupt
Designer – started in 2016 as a design intern from College of DuPage. She earned her Assoc of Arts degree and has a background in fine arts and design. She particularly enjoys custom carpentry design and creative solutions. She may be quiet but her artistic skills are unmatched around here!

Adiel Damian
Carpentry Division Manager – started in 2015 as the assistant carpenter, then grew into the lead spot in 2016. He has become an expert in building natural wood outdoor construction and is a stickler for details.  This makes him a perfect solution to the Pinterest dream dilemmas of our clients.  He has 2 young boys which likely fueled his creative juices on this natural playground project.

Jose Montoya
Senior Crew Leader, Drainage – started in 2009 and can see the water flowing across our clients’ yards and knows exactly how to achieve the solution.  He has over 20 years experience in landscape construction and is one of our best artists in pruning ornamental trees! He can also make any dry creek bed look like it’s been there for years.

Raul Correa
Senior Crew Leader, Hardscape – started in 2008.  He began as a junior member of the maintenance team and is now our model crew leader.  Attention to detail, a solid work ethic and the ability to solve any problem puts him in a class by himself. With dedication to take evening classes after work, he became fully fluent in English in just 2 years.

Saul Calderon
Technician – started in 2009 and is affectionately called the work horse.  He has made landscaping his career and knows every single weed known to the Midwest.  He may have a few years under his belt but he never stops working.

Manuel Rosas
Senior Technician, Junior Crew Leader – started in 2014 and found himself a place to call home. He always gives his best to the job and is particularly known for being a team player.

Alfredo “Freddy” Tlahuel
Technician – started in 2015.  In the beginning we weren’t sure this line of work was for him but he soon proved us wrong (thankfully)!  Like his buddy Paco, he also took the exam, did the road tests and earned is C license without prompting.  Another young adult with a good future!

Maintenance Division


Lorenzo Guzman
Division Manager – was hired away from our neighbor company in 2013.  He was reluctant to leave another job after 9 years with that company but we promised him a career.  He has now been overseeing the maintenance team since 2016.  He has 20 years of lawn care experience and loves talking to his customers.  His smile and cheerful disposition makes him a natural leader for his team.

Beni Rico
Technician – our longest held employee since 2007.  Benigno is as dedicated as they come.  A doting father of 5 children, he is proudly supporting his oldest in college with his long-term commitment to Dig Right In, Organic Lawn care and his team.

Tomas “Manny” Clara
Technician – started in 2017 and is managing the day-to-day maintenance tasks with Beni as Lorenzo works on sales.  He has over 15 years experience in the field.

We hire for attitude before aptitude.  If you know someone who is interested in taking pride in a career that brings beauty and convenience to our clients, healthy living and problem solving to themselves and restoring the Earth – then Dig Right In could be the solution.

Send us your resume > careers@digrightin.com