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The Tyler Family
Tom spent more than a decade working in the home-building industry at NVR/Ryan Homes in Thurmont, Maryland, where he started as a general laborer building core walls. He became a certified forklift operator loading trusses and building materials on tractor trailers and later worked as an inside crew supervisor, loading enclosed trailers with interior supplies. His time at NVR gave Tom the experience necessary to run a construction crew efficiently and productively. The grass certainly doesn’t grow under his feet. Tom knows how to run everything from material setup and staging to excavation and construction to clean up and safety. He is proficient in operating all types of equipment, including skidloaders, excavators, backhoes, forklifts, dump trucks, compactors, and brick saws. Tom carries certification from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).
Tom enjoys spending time with his family, whether it’s sitting outside around the pond and fire pit or inside enjoying a good movie in the family room. When he’s home, his special Doberman, Shasta, is always by his side. Tom also serves in a leadership capacity at Harvest Chapel in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, and is the manager of Holy Grounds Café. If you really want to get a conversation started with him, just mention GTOs, Novas, Chevelles, Corvettes, Impalas, or any other “muscle car.”
Jodi spent her high school years as the President and Vice President of Future Business Leader’s of America (FBLA), so it’s no surprise that she is the President of Kingdom Landscaping. The business has allowed her to combine her passion for the outdoors and creative design with the details of managing an office environment. She is highly involved in every project from start to finish – from the first client meeting through planning, estimating, and implementing the final plan. Jodi dedicates her time and energy to creating the best design possible to meet every budget. Your yard is her canvas! In addition, the company MHIC license is carried by Jodi, and she is also certified through ICPI as a PICP specialist. She participates in continuing education courses with various hardscape manufacturers as well as attending Aquascape's various academies, hands-on training events, and online education.
Jodi loves the outdoors, whether it’s gardening, kayaking, swimming, hiking, or camping. Her favorite flowers are Iris, Daylilies, and Butterfly Bushes. She has participated in missionary trips to Central America, specifically Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She was ordained as a licensed minister through World Harvest Church, in Columbus, Ohio, and has served as a Youth Pastor at Harvest Life Ministries in Boonsboro, Maryland, as well as a Regional Pastor at Harvest Chapel in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. She currently serves in leadership ministry at Harvest Chapel, and is the manager of the Harvest Chapel Book and Gift Store.
She also enjoys muscle cars and has a 50th Anniversary Z06 Corvette. Tom and Jodi are currently restoring a 1980 Z28 Camaro together.
Matt has been working with Kingdom Landscaping since he was 12 years old, and he will be 32 this year. His passion is building ponds and waterfalls, but he is extremely skilled at hardscaping and landscaping. He is very meticulous in his work especially when cutting pavers and building waterfalls. Matt holds the company's NCMA certification for building retaining walls as well as participating in continuing education classes on a yearly basis for hardscaping and waterscaping. He is married to his beautiful wife, Hannah, and they have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan.
Matt is a walking miracle. On June 23, 2005, Matt was involved in a horrific accident while driving a Kingdom Landscaping work truck home from a jobsite. You can view his testimony and live video footage by Clicking Here.
After recovering from the accident, Matt pursued a college degree from World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, Ohio. His major was music, and he plays bass guitar. He currently serves on the worship team at Bethel Assembly of God in Martinsburg, West Virginia, as well as being a part of the tri-state worship band, One Collective. And, he, too, has a love for muscle cars and purchased a 1980 (C3) Corvette when he was 14 years old, and he still has it today!
Marissa, or “Riss” as we affectionately call her, started working for Kingdom Landscaping when she was about 12 or 13 years old in our retail store, Water Gardens and More. (Marissa celebrated her 30th birthday in 2020). Once we closed the water garden store in 2006, Marissa began working on the construction crew, but unfortunately that was short-lived with the downturn in the economy that began in 2008, which led Marissa to pursue a career in Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Frederick Community College, where she received her Associate of Arts Degree.
After interning at Liberty Mountain Resort during college, she was hired full time and served on their catering staff before being promoted to Pastry Chef. It was at the Resort that she met her husband, Sergei Ismailoff, the Resort's IT Director. She has since left Ski Liberty and is currently employed by Weis markets in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as their Bakery Manager. The Ismailoff's reside in nearby Ortanna, Pennsylvania.
And, as a teenager, Marissa also had a passion for classic cars. Her first vehicle was a 1995 Mustang GT convertible (yes, she went with a Ford, not a Chevy), but being the practical person that she is, today she drives a Honda. lol
Moriah, also known as “Riah,” was rarely seen on a jobsite. She was the behind-the-scenes office manager who was busy marketing Kingdom Landscaping through many social media outlets. But more importantly, she served as Jodi's personal assistant for many years.
After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 2019, Moriah left Kingdom Landscaping to become the Education and Visual Arts Coordinator for the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster, Maryland. You can visit her artist website at www.moriahtyler.com.
From time-to-time, Moriah still comes around and helps Jodi out with designing marketing brochures and coordinating outside events. She will always play an important role in Kingdom Landscaping.
It would be wrong for me not to mention that Moriah has a 1968 Chevy Van that she is currently restoring.
Michael began working for Kingdom Landscaping when he was 14 years old. He was considered the jobsite mechanic because what he enjoyed most was fixing things and putting things together. Mostly, he assisted Matt as a laborer installing landscaping, building hardscapes, or setting rocks and hooking up components in ponds. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael decided to pursue other interests and is now working for FedX Ground. Michael has a son, Aiden Joseph Tyler, who was born in December 2019.
Michael's classic car passion is El Camino's, and he recently sold his 1978 El Camino that he had had for many years.
Miranda is Michael’s twin sister, and the youngest in the family (by 2 or 3 minutes). During her teen years, Miranda worked for Kingdom Landscaping by taking care of all of the grounds maintenance at the Kingdom Landscaping facility and home (weeding, gardening, trimming, etc.). In her spare time, Miranda likes to find a quiet spot outside and serenade the neighbors with beautiful music from the “Ocarina.”
She completed her schooling at the Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, Maryland, in May of 2017, and is currently employed with Massage Envy as a full time massage therapist in Hagerstown, Maryland. In 2019, Miranda and her sister, Moriah, purchased an old Victorian home in Smithsburg, Maryland, that they remodeled and currently reside in together. And, oh yeah, Miranda loves turtles!
Miranda, on the other hand, could care less about muscle cars, although she does like the 1969 Barracuda. She zips around town in a little Smart Car that we refer to as Mario Cart!