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November 7-8, 2018

Speaker Bios

Steve Grantham, Up With Trees

Steve Grantham is the executive director of Up With Trees. He has served in this role since July of 2014 and previously held the position of director of operations for six years. He is a Certified Arborist and serves on the board for the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council.

Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group | Matt Stenger, Taking Root | Liz Jacob, Natorp's Nursery

Jenny Gulick is a business developer and senior consulting urban forester responsible for assisting governments, businesses, utilities, and nonprofit organizations with various project development and implementation plans specializing in urban forestry, park management, and land development programs. Jenny has more than 30 years of experience and joined Davey Resource Group in 1999 after a successful career in municipal government. She has managed and been a key contributor to a wide variety of local and national urban forestry projects.

Matt Stenger is the executive director of Taking Root. He has a degree in interpretive services and has been working as an outdoor educator and naturalist in the Cincinnati area for nearly 20 years. During this time he has been involved in conservation, habitat restoration, and land management work as well educating future generations about the importance of conserving green space. Matt's passion for nature education and conservation is evident in his personal and professional life. In 2011, his boundless curiosity led him on a continent-wide search for birds to photograph and observe. He is profoundly committed to sharing that passion through his presentations, photography and writing.

Thais Perkins, TreeFolks

Thais Perkins is the executive director of TreeFolks, Inc., and has more than 10 years of experience in environmental research, environmental policy, and organizational management. Her experience includes environmental policy for the City of Austin, management of the Environmental Science Institute at UT–Austin and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program at Southeastern Louisiana University, research in forest ecology in Oregon and Lousiana, and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.

Rachel Comte, Northern KY Urban & Community Forestry Council

Rachel Comte is a project manager for Davey Resource Group based out of the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. She is responsible for managing large, high-end urban forestry consulting projects (master plans, management plan development, and UTCs). Rachel was in strategic marketing consulting the first 10 years of her career then moved into urban planning and arborculture. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and a board member of the Northern KY Urban & Community Forestry Council.

Michael Hawkins, Canopy

Michael Hawkins has been the program director at Canopy for six years. Prior to that, he worked as a consulting utility forester as well as at Our City Forest in San José and the Million Trees NYC initiative with the New York Restoration Project. Michael participated in his first neighborhood tree planting at the age of 10.

Molly Wilson and Nate Faris, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Molly Willson has worked at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful since 2009. In 2012 she received her Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. Molly plants trees with neighborhoods around Indianapolis and has worked with hundreds of students through the KIB Youth Tree Team over the last six years.

Nate Faris has worked for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for the past 11 years. During that time, he initiated KIB's Youth Tree Team program and is now the organization's director of community forestry. Nate is a Registered Consulting Arborist, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and serves as president of Faris Tree Consulting.

Mario Yanez, Permaculture Design International

Mario Yanez is passionate about the possibility of growing a Life-sustaining culture in the Greater Everglades, his home bio-region and beyond. He is an ecologist, organic farmer, teacher and activist, sharing his vision of the necessary transition toward growing ecologically sustainable and resilient human communities everywhere. In his practice as permaculture designer, he is applying permaculture design principles at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, organizations, enterprises, and social systems.

Aileen Driscoll, Bloomington Community Orchard

Aileen Driscoll is the partner planting manager and serves as a board member with the Bloomington Community Orchard. She also attends Indiana University and is vice president of the Bloomington Community Orchard at IU student group. Aileen has been a volunteer with the Orchard since 2014.

Leslie Berckes, Trees Forever

Leslie Berckes works at Trees Forever, a nonprofit organization highly active in starting, implementing, and sustaining community projects. In her role, Leslie serves as a program manager for several statewide programs, including the TreeKeepers volunteer training program, working with volunteers and organizations on projects such as tree plantings, tree care education, native prairie plantings, roadside enhancements, and more.

Joe Stavish, Tree Pittsburgh

Joe Stavish, community education coordinator for Tree Pittsburgh, develops and implements educational programming and outreach initiatives to educate and engage residents around tree care, planting, and advocacy. He builds community relationships that promote and support Tree Tenders® across neighborhoods. Joe holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University.

Allegra Mautner, Friends of the Urban Forest

Allegra Mautner organizes and runs the weekly volunteer tree care events at Friends of the Urban Forest. She holds a degree in Professional Forestry from UC Berkeley and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She has seen many aspects of the forestry industry, including making maps for the USGS, surveying plots at Blodgett Forest Research Station, reading tree rings, inspecting utility lines, and maintaining young trees in San Francisco. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and social justice.

Michael Dugan, Openlands

Michael Dugan brought his passion for protecting and enhancing urban green spaces to Openlands in 2014 as the forestry coordinator. Previously working for the New York City Parks Department, he led community groups and volunteers in natural area stewardship and urban forestry projects as well as performing forest restoration in support of the MillionTreesNYC Initiative. Michael has also spent time as a gardener and environmental educator.

Angie DiSalvo, Portland Parks Urban Forestry

Angie DiSalvo manages citizen science, education, and public outreach projects for Portland Parks Urban Forestry, including Portland's first complete street tree inventory. Prior to Portland Parks, Angie worked as the program manager for the World Forestry Center, advising and teaching international researchers on forestry projects . She holds an M.S. in Forestry and an M.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University as well as a B.S. in Environmental Science from Wright State University.

Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation | Jan Davis, USDA Forest Service | Dr. Ann Bartuska, USDA

Dan Lambe is the president of the Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, which has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Dan leads the strategic development of programs and partnerships through which the Foundation strives to educate, recognize, and empower people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

Jan Davis is Assistant Director in the Cooperative Forestry Program of the USDA Forest Service. As the National Program Leader for the Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program, she works with state forestry agencies, leverages partner resources, and builds coalitions. Prior to coming to the Forest Service, she worked for the Texas Forest Service for 17 years. As a Cum Laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management.

Dr. Ann Bartuska is the deputy undersecretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She comes to REE from the USDA Forest Service, where she was the deputy chief for Research & Development, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as the acting USDA deputy undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January to October of 2009 and was the executive director of the Invasive Species Initiative in The Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.), and West Virginia University (Ph.D.).

Bill Kincius, City of Indianapolis | Dave Forsell, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Bill Kincius is the manager of urban forestry for Indianapolis DPW. He currently serves as president-elect of the Indiana Chapter of the ASLA and recently served as president of the Indiana Urban Forest Council. Previous work experiences have been with private practice firms, local municipalities, and private institutions of higher education. Bill enjoys utilizing his background as a licensed landscape architect and certified arborist to better the urban environment and encourage greater collaboration between arborists and designers.

Dave Forsell has been President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful since 2003. In that time, KIB has launched its nationally recognized NeighborWoods and Youth Tree Team programs; partnered in the Lilly Day of Service; and redeveloped a vacant and contaminated warehouse into its green headquarters -- one might even say the best office in Indy. For Dave, every day is definitely different, but he is always focused on how KIB can grow its impact for people, communities, and the environment.

Phillip Rodbell, USDA Forest Service

Phillip Rodbell is the program leader for Urban and Community Forestry in the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area, located near Philadelphia, PA. He provides leadership in federally funded action to plant and improve community trees and forests in the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Phillip is a Certified Arborist and has an M.S in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Greg Mast, TreeFolks

Greg Mast manages the NeighborWoods and Urban Orchards programs for TreeFolks in Austin, Texas. He has an M.S. in Geography from Texas State University and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Greg works to connect people with their environment through education, volunteerism, and free trees.

Amy Bell, Groundwork Studio

Amy Bell is the principal of Groundwork Studio, a landscape architecture firm focused on site design integration and community building through strengthening sense of place. Amy's goal as a landscape architect is to improve the connections we have to our surroundings in order to improve ecological literacy, resiliency, community, and stewardship. Amy holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Texas, and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2015.

Stephanie Foster-Miller & Alan Siewert, Ohio Division of Forestry

Stephanie Foster-Miller is a 1992 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Forestry/Urban Forestry option. She's been the Northwest Ohio regional urban forester since 1998, assisting communities in 19 counties with their urban forest management by providing technical and organizational tree care assistance, administering the Tree City USA program, and managing the development and delivery of the Ohio Tree Commission Academy. She's active in the Ohio Chapter of ISA and Society of American Foresters who honored her as a Fellow in 2011.

Alan Siewert earned his B.S. in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1984. Alan's been a regional urban forester for the Ohio Division of Forestry since 1990, where he assists communities in 11 northeast Ohio counties in managing their urban forest resource. Alan has been active in ISA in Ohio and internationally. He is an accomplished speaker and educator on various urban forestry and arboriculture topics and is the co-author of the awarding-winning Ohio Tree Commission Academy.

Lydia Scott & Lindsay Darling, The Morton Arboretum

Lydia Scott is the director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and manager of the Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum. She leads a collaboration of leading organizations and agencies in the seven-county Chicago region to preserve, protect, and enhance the urban forest to improve quality of life for humans and wildlife. She has 20 years of experience in the municipal setting, making her well aware of the challenges and problems associated with managing an urban forest. Lydia has a master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois.

Lindsay Darling is a GIS analyst in Indianapolis, IN. Lindsay received her master's degree in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden. She is primarily interested in urban ecology and climate change adaptation. Her work focuses on using big data and technologies to help natural resource managers, municipalities, and other stakeholders create more productive, healthy, and resilient urban ecosystems.

Holly Dentner, Missouri Department of Conservation

Holly Dentner is the forestry field program supervisor for outreach and communications at the Missouri Department of Conservation. She joined the department in June of 2015. Holly has spent more than 18 years in state government public information positions, including the Department of Economic Development, the Missouri State Library, and the Department of Transportation. She has extensive experience in media relations, communication strategies for statewide campaigns, and publication development. Holly has her bachelor's and master's degrees in English.

Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech University

Susan Day is an associate professor of urban forestry at Virginia Tech. She is the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to examine the urban forestry profession. Dr. Day's research also focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity, particularly in the context of managing stormwater and soil carbon. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Jennifer Henaghan, American Planning Association | Kevin O'Hara & Lori Robertson, National Recreation & Parks Association

Jennifer Henaghan works with American Planning Association members and partners to research, educate, and promote planning practice that creates greener, more sustainable communities. In 2015, Jennifer joined APA in a dual role as its deputy research director and Green Communities Center manager. There, she is building partnerships, developing programs, and expanding the reach of the Green Communities Center. Prior to joining APA, Jennifer gained extensive experience in community and economic development as a planner for local governments within the Chicago area.

Kevin O'Hara is the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) vice president of urban and government affairs, where he oversees NRPA's federal advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration. He also leads the organization's efforts to promote parks and recreation agencies as leading problem solvers in American cities. Kevin lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son and proudly serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition.

Lori Robertson is the director of conservation for NRPA, overseeing its conservation portfolio and fundraising. With a science education background, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world in order to build a next generation of environmental stewards. She came to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association, where she led SCA's national engagement strategy and launched its ConSERVE® initiative focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities in local parks. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy and a student at Georgetown University.

Josh Behounek, Davey Resource Group | Paul Johnson, Texas A&M Forest Service

Josh Behounek is the coordinator of urban forestry services for the Davey Resource Group throughout the Eastern U.S. and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. Josh is an ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. He is on the ISA test committee, past-chair of Missouri Community Forestry Council, and has participated in three Tour Des Trees events. He has experience inventorying, climbing, planting, pruning, mulching, spraying, writing about, and hugging trees!

Paul Johnson graduated with a degree in Forestry from Oklahoma State University and has been a radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, Extension horticulturist, university adjunct instructor, and plant health care specialist. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist, is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and serves on the ISA board of directors.

Dr. Erika Svendsen, USDA Forest Service

Erika Svendsen is a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, and Team Leader for the New York City Urban Field Station. The station is a space to conduct research, cultivate ideas, and foster collaboration among scientists and practitioners focused on urban ecological and social issues. Erika's focus is environmental stewardship as it relates to new forms of governance, social resilience, and human well-being. She is the co-author of a recent book on Civic Engagement and Environmental Stewardship: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy. She is a recipient of the Forest Service Chief's Award for engaging urban America and an Early Career Scientist Station Award recognizing her co-development of STEW-Map, a tool for mapping and visualizing stewardship groups in complex social-ecological systems. Erika is a graduate of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Jad Daley, Trust for Public Land

Jad Daley is Vice President and Director of Program Development at The Trust for Public Land and holds the endowed position of Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Jad served on the Rockefeller Foundation's Design Advisory Group for the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition, the federal Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council, and co-founded the Forest-Climate Working Group. He has helped author multiple pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Forest and Open Space Program enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Jad is a graduate of Brown University and Vermont Law School where he earned an M.S.E.L. degree (summa cum laude). He has a long history as a competitive athlete, having represented the United States on four occasions in international duathlon competitions and twice earning top-150 finishes in the New York City Marathon.

Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA has served as Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation since 2009. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before becoming a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF's strategic research initiative called The Landscape Performance Series. Prior to LAF, Barbara served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional's OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC to deliver Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Livable communities. In addition she served as Senior Director of Casey Trees, where she was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant titled "The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC." Barbara earned a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Rouse, American Planning Association

David Rouse is the managing director of research and advisory services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. He is a certified planner and registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning, design, applied research, and implementation. A recognized expert on green infrastructure planning and design, David is a member of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition steering committee.

Silas Kyler & David Hildreth, Tiny Chair Pictures

Silas Kyler is an Arizona native who lives in Tempe with his wife and three young children. "Silas" is derived from the Latin "silva" meaning "wood or forest", so it seems fitting that throughout his life Silas has been drawn to the love of trees and wood as a material. With a background in film and corporate video, he also has passion for telling stories through film, and has merged the two interests in the documentary "Felled - A documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees."

David Hildreth is a filmmaker who lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and daughter. He starting making videos with his friends in Junior High school and never stopped. After film school David worked on concert films and advertising seen around the world, all the while looking for stories to tell in documentary films of his own. After learning about the fate of many trees that blow down in monsoon storms and the passion with which people are using them for art, he knew he had found the subject for his feature length directorial debut.

Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service | Scott Maco, The Davey Institute

Dave Nowak is a team leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. Dr. Nowak has authored more than 250 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (e.g., UFORE and i-Tree programs).

Scott Maco is the Director of Research and Development at the Davey Tree Expert Company. His focus has been on applied research and development of urban forest assessment and management tools that provide a better understanding of trees' environmental benefits and how they are managed for. Among other duties, Scott leads development of the i?Tree Tools software suite.

Kelly Tucker, Environmental Protection Agency | Jessica Franzini, New Jersey Tree Foundation

Kelly Tucker is an environmental protection specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management. Kelly has served as a member of the State Revolving Fund Branch since 2005, where she is the staff lead on Clean Water State Revolving Fund project eligibility, nontraditional projects, and the green project reserve. She holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware.

Jessica Franzini joined the New Jersey Tree Foundation in 2009. She directs the Foundation's tree planting program in Camden, facilitates the TreeKeepers workshop series, and oversees community projects throughout the state. In March 2011, Camden Mayor Dana Redd recognized Jessica as a "Woman of Purpose." Jessica proudly sports a David Hasselhoff air freshener in her work truck from the hit show Bay Watch.

Karen Zumach, Tree Trust | Jeff Hafner, Rainbow Tree Care

Karen Zumach is the director of community forestry for Tree Trust in Minnesota. She is responsible for the planting and distribution of nearly 3,000 trees per year to parks, schools, and private residences throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Karen also serves as vice president of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MN's Urban Forest Council) with the role of promoting outreach, advocacy, and partnerships to improve our community forests.

Jeff Hafner is the director of municipal consulting for Rainbow Treecare, where he helps cities across the country develop, adopt, and implement emerald ash borer management plans. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. As a board member of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee representing the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, Jeff works to raise awareness of the importance of community forests and the devastating effects of the emerald ash borer.

Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington

Kathy Wolf is a research social scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and holds a joint appointment with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Research Station. She conducts social science research to understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. Dr. Wolf aims to discover, understand, and communicate human behavior and benefits as people experience nature in cities and towns and is interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning.

Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service

Dave Nowak is a team leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. Dr. Nowak has authored more than 250 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (e.g., UFORE and i-Tree programs).

Lance Kramer, Meridian Hill Pictures

Lance Kramer, CITY OF TREES Producer, is a co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures and multidisciplinary storyteller with a background in documentary filmmaking, education, journalism, and community organizing. A respected arts leader in the Washington, DC, documentary community, Lance received the 2014 DC Mayor's Arts Award, has served two terms as board member of Docs in Progress, and is a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts fellow.

Brigitte Orrick, Tree Care Industry Association

Brigitte Orrick is the workforce development director for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). She develops arborist and urban forestry workforce sectors in communities to support and develop academic and training programs for the tree care industry. Her background in forestry and higher education helps connect employers, educators, and workforce development entities to improve accessibility to jobs in the green industry. Brigitte joined TCIA in January of 2016, with 14 years of experience in higher education and industry.

Dr. Sarah Mincey, Indiana University

Sarah Mincey holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is faculty. Dr Mincey's research is broadly focused on social-ecological systems and natural resource management, specifically in urban and community forests. Her research seeks to understand the interplay between collective action, institutions, and biophysical outcomes related to sustainable community and urban forest management with a particular focus on the role of greening nonprofits and neighborhoods.

Elise Schadler, Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program

Elise Schadler received her B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University before joining the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps for a year. She then spent three years directing a community-based tree planting program in Camden, NJ, with the NJ Tree Foundation and eventually ventured north to pursue her graduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont. She has worked for the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program since 2012 and coordinates technical assistance to communities for the program.

Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech University

Susan Day is an associate professor of urban forestry at Virginia Tech. She is the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to examine the urban forestry profession. Dr. Day's research also focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity, particularly in the context of managing stormwater and soil carbon. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Shawn Freedberg, DeepRoot, LLC | Lance Davisson, The Keystone Concept | Tim Maguire, Ecosystem Sciences

Shawn Freedberg is the director of business development for DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC. Shawn was trained as a landscape architect and has more than 15 years of experience in the field, where he has created and explored the implications of the urban landscape on its inhabitants. Working on low-impact development projects throughout the United States, Shawn has developed a deep understanding of not only how to design for sustainability but also the social, political and financial aspects of people-centered design.

Lance Davisson has been coordinating Treasure Valley Canopy Network activities since 2012. He drove the strategic alliance discussed in this presentation and has written and presented about their work on numerous platforms. The network is involved in a number of activities in addition to informing strategic investments in sustainable landscapes, including energy conservation, clean air, and urban tree canopy links to human health.

Tim Maguire specializes in watershed and urban planning with an emphasis in stormwater and hydraulic modelling and GIS. With more than 20 years of experience, he has modeled urban runoff throughout the western United States and abroad. His watershed and stormwater knowledge aids public agencies, cities, and private entities in prioritizing places and actions in urban and rural watersheds to improve overall stream and community health. Tim is a Treasure Valley Canopy Network partner and is currently completing a sub-watershed assessment in Boise, ID.

Megan Whatton, The Nature Conservancy

Megan Whatton is the Urban Habitat Network manager for The Nature Conservancy. She previously worked as the eMammal biological technician and volunteer coordinator for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, DC. In that role, she worked with scientists, partners, private landowners, citizen scientists, and volunteers to monitor mammal populations in the mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Megan received a B.S. degree from Ball State University and her master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.

Jamie Kirby, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation | Roberta L. Arnoux, University of Montana | Shari Bremner, Black Feet Community College

Jamie Kirby lives in Missoula, MT, and has a forestry degree from the University of Montana. She worked as a wildland fire prevention & education specialist before converting to urban forestry in 2008. She is a Certified Arborist, member of the International Society of Arboriculture, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Society of Municipal Arborists, and on the editing committee for the City Trees publication. She also serves on the Montana Urban & Community Forestry Association and University of Montana Arboretum committee. Her name given by the Blackfeet Nation is 'Pine Woman.'

Roberta L. Arnoux is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, born and raised in Glacier National Park/St. Mary, MT. She's always had an interest in trees. She's worked as an INCM in fire for many years and as a Reservist Operations Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA. She is a Resource Conservation/Forestry major at University of Montana, currently working on an independent study called Trees for Indigenous Nations, bringing urban forestry curricula to educational institutions like Blackfeet Learning Academy and Blackfeet Community College. Roberta lives today in Florence, MT.

Shari Bremner graduated from Black Feet Community College (BCC) in 2009 with an associate's degree in Applied Science Business Management and Office Administration. She has worked at the college since 2008 and serves on several committees including both the Facility and Basketball Committees. Shari also serves as the President of BCC Staff Council. She is the co-advisor to the American Indian Business Leaders Club as well as Tree Campus USA council at the college.

Dr. Adam Berland, Ball State University

Adam Berland is an assistant professor of Geography at Ball State University. He studies the patterns and drivers of change in the spatial distribution of urban trees. He previously held a research position at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he studied the use of trees to control urban stormwater runoff. Dr. Berland holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

Nate Faris, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Nate Faris has worked for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) for the past 11 years. During that time, he initiated KIB's Youth Tree Team program and is now the organization's director of community forestry. Nate is a Registered Consulting Arborist, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and serves as president of Faris Tree Consulting.

Ned Brockmeyer, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Ned Brockmeyer has been with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful since 2014. Prior to that, he spent eight years in various aspects of youth development. Ned is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of the Youth Tree Team at KIB and is responsible for the hiring and continuing employment of 90 youth per year, as well as directing the youth in their work, determining what maintenance must be done, and tracking it.

Tricia Bethke, The Morton Arboretum

Tricia Bethke is the forest pest outreach coordinator for Illinois. Her position is funded by a cooperative grant with USDA APHIS, and responsibilities include statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive forest pest identification, regulations, quarantines, and reporting protocols. Tricia also coordinates and instructs youth forest pest detection programs and coordinates the Openlands TreeKeeper training program at The Morton Arboretum. The Openlands TreeKeeper program trains and deploys volunteers to plant, care for, and maintain healthy trees.

Dan Staley, Analemma Resources, LLC

Dan Staley studied urban forestry at the University of California–Davis and studied Urban Planning, specializing in urban ecology, at the University of Washington. He has written several trade magazine articles on drones and tree care and solar power and trees. In 2015, he conducted the largest workshop ever held on drones and tree care.

Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University

Lindsey Purcell is an urban forestry specialist and instructor in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Purdue University and has been involved in the community landscape and urban forestry industry for more than 30 years. As an ISA Certified Arborist, he has served Indiana communities as a landscape and tree professional in municipal and private enterprise. His educational background includes an A.S. in Horticulture from Vincennes University, a B.S. from Purdue University School of Agriculture, and an M.Ed. from Indiana State University.

Gregory Cooper, Duke University

Greg Cooper is a student at Duke University in the Nicholas School of the Environment, studying for dual master's degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry.

Eve Pytel, Delta Institute | Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group | Travis Miller, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

Eve Pytel manages the Delta Institute's programs focusing on sustainability, new markets, and waste material. Before joining Delta, she served the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in Chicago as the director of environmental initiatives and led the Clean Air Counts Program. Eve has won numerous awards and published numerous papers, including several on the devastating effects of emerald ash borer. She earned a master's degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago and received a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD.

Jenny Gulick is a business developer and senior consulting urban forester responsible for assisting governments, businesses, utilities, and nonprofit organizations with various project development and implementation plans specializing in urban forestry, park management, and land development programs. Jenny has more than 30 years of experience and joined Davey Resource Group in 1999 after a successful career in municipal government. She has managed and been a key contributor to a wide variety of local and national urban forestry projects.

Travis Miller is the regional planning manager for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

Eric North, University of Minnesota

Eric North is an urban forestry research fellow at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources and is an ISA Certified Arborist. He teaches classes in Arboriculture and Dendrology, and his current research is on the resilience of urban trees (boulevard and park plantings) to urban environments. Eric is a board member of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, founding member of the nonprofit, Brewing a Better Forest, a steering committee member for the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, and a member of the St. Paul tree advisory panel.

Mark Ambrose, North Carolina State University

Mark Ambrose received his M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, with a focus on growth and yield modeling and tropical forests. Since 1999, Mark has worked at NC State conducting cooperative research with the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Health Monitoring Program. He has focused on discovering long-term trends in forest mortality and analyzing patterns of tree diversity in urban forests.

Rachel Holmes & Chris Chandler, The Nature Conservancy | Halida Hatic, Center for Interfaith Relations

Rachel Holmes is the healthy trees coordinator for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In addition to urban forestry, Rachel has a background in youth development, having worked for several youth-based nonprofit organizations prior to joining TNC in 2014 -- when she started the Conservancy's first field-based urban conservation professional development program. Rachel holds a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and the Environment, a Master of Divinity also from Yale University, and a B.S. from Rutgers University.

Chris Chandler is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Louisville native. He holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Louisville and has experience serving as project manager and business developer for Louisville-based ecological consultants. His professional background has given Chris an ability to work with private landowners, government agencies, volunteer organizations, and other partners on a variety of urban forest restoration projects already underway in Louisville. He currently leads TNC-Kentucky's first urban conservation program.

Halida Hatic serves as the director of community relations for Louisville-based nonprofit Center for Interfaith Relations. In this capacity, she facilitates interfaith dialogue among faith leaders on a variety of social justice matters -- including environmental stewardship -- and coordinates the annual Festival of Faiths. Committed to the well-being of Louisville residents, Halida serves on the Louisville Sustainability Council. She has a B.S. from University of New Hampshire and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group

Peter MacDonagh is the director of design + science for Kestrel Design Group, Inc., specializing in state-of-the-art ecological restoration, urban forestry, stormwater planning, and green roof technologies. He has more than 30 years of experience providing ecological and sustainable site design for stormwater management, lake and river restoration, natural areas management plans, botanical inventories, urban forests, green roof installations, and mining reclamation. Peter is a Registered Landscape Architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mark Majewsky & Dr. Brett Butler, USDA Forest Service | Gretchen Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service

Mark Majewsky has been with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program for 25 years, working throughout most of the Midwest and currently overseeing field work across Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota. For the past three years he's been coordinating the development and implementation of the Urban FIA program with a large team from across the country, including many state cooperators. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from State University of NY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Dr. Brett Butler is a national and international expert on forest ownership who has authored more than 100 articles and reports on the subject. As part of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis program, he coordinates the National Woodland Owner Survey and co-directs the Family Forest Research Center. He earned his B.S. from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Gretchen Riley serves as partnership coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service, providing coordination and assistance for various urban forestry programs. She holds a master's degree in Forestry from Texas A&M University, is an SAF Certified Forester and an ISA Certified Arborist. She spent nine years as an ecological consultant in Florida, focusing on natural resource preservation and development mitigation. Gretchen is an author and folk artist who likes to feature trees in various media.

Jeff Stava, Tulsa Community Foundation

Jeff Stava supports the George Kaiser Family Foundation's work in overall civic enhancement, placemaking, and beautification. Jeff currently serves as chief operating officer for Tulsa Community Foundation and executive director of Tulsa's Gathering Place LLC. He has spent most of his career in business and most recently as president/CEO of Outdoor Innovations. He is a 1991 graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in operations management.

Mark Bays, Oklahoma Forestry Services

Mark Bays is a forestry graduate of Oklahoma State University (1982). He has worked for the USDA Forest Service and has been self-employed as a consultant. He has worked for Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 26 years, where he has been helping communities across the state appreciate the value, benefits, and services trees provide. He helps Oklahoma solve tough environmental issues through proper tree planting and maintenance programs. Since 1996, he and many others have helped with the rescue and recovery of the "Survivor Tree" at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Meridith Perkins, Davey Resource Group

Meridith McAvoy Perkins has spent 15 years promoting healthy urban forestry management and connecting people to the many benefits of trees. Meridith has worked as an urban forestry consultant and a state urban forestry coordinator. These experience gave her a solid understanding of the industry's framework and partners as well as key challenges and opportunities. Now, as the urban forestry consortium manager for Davey Resource Group in Missouri, Meridith meets the demand for high-quality, cost-effective tree management with collaborative solutions.

Colby Sattler, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Colby Sattler is the urban forestry and natural resources project manager for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy in Cleveland, OH. He leads urban reforestation efforts across greater Cleveland, conducts workshops on proper tree care and maintenance, and assists on projects as diverse as invasive species removal, native plant installation, and tree inventory. Colby is a Certified Arborist and has a background in silvicultural research in the Pacific Northwest and utility forestry work in Ohio, New Jersey, and Texas. He is currently focused on increasing the urban tree canopy of greater Cleveland and inspiring area residents to become Certified Tree Stewards through a Conservancy-led effort.

Erin Oliverio, City of Charlotte, NC

Erin Oliverio has been the tree canopy program manager for the City of Charlotte for three years. Striving to meet City Council's goal of 50 percent canopy by the year 2050, she plants and gives away thousands of trees each year in partnership with the local nonprofit TreesCharlotte. In addition, she manages the Urban Forest Master Plan that guides the community to achieve the "50x50" goal. Erin holds a degree in geography from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is an ISA Certified Arborist, is ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and is a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator.

Josh Behounek, Davey Resource Group

Josh Behounek is the coordinator of urban forestry services for the Davey Resource Group throughout the Eastern U.S. and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. Josh is an ISA-Certified Arborist, a Municipal Specialist, and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. He is on the ISA test committee, past-chair of Missouri Community Forestry Council, and has participated in three Tour Des Trees events. He has experience inventorying, climbing, planting, pruning, mulching, spraying, writing about, and hugging trees!

Dr. Christine Carmichael, University of Vermont

Christine Carmichael completed her Ph.D. in forestry at Michigan State University in March 2017 and is now a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Her dissertation research focused on understanding perspectives of city residents and staff of a nonprofit organization on a street tree planting program in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Carmichael's graduate education included a specialization in gender, justice, and environmental change as well as a graduate certificate in community engagement. Her expertise is in improving outcomes for collaborative governance approaches in urban and community forestry.

Serda Ozbenian, National Recreation and Park Association | Kathryn Hunninen, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Serda Ozbenian manages various conservation programs and develops new programs for the National Recreation & Park Association. She has extensive experience with the human dimensions of conservation and has worked with vulnerable communities internationally and domestically to build capacity and raise awareness about sustainable development and natural resource protection. She was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow, holds an M.S. in environmental science and policy from George Mason University, and was selected in 2010 as an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.

Kathryn Hunninen is a park management professional and environmental educator with 12+ years of experience in working with communities to bring trail and ecological restoration projects to life and leading environmental education and volunteer programs for all ages. As senior manager of special initiatives for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Kathryn works closely with community partners to plan for and implement park improvement projects and leads education initiatives in community-based settings, including the Pittsburgh Parks Prescription program. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts in human ecology and a Master of Science in parks & resource management and environmental education.

Katie Lautar, Baltimore Green Space

Katie Lautar is the program director of Baltimore Green Space, where she directs programming related to green space preservation and forest patches. She came to this work through her love of nature and communities. Katie has more than 15 years of experience in community organizing, nonprofit program design, and educational program development, which informs her focus on collaborative community-led project development. She earned a master's degree in environmental education from Lesley University, while living outdoors in different bio-regions. Her bachelor's degree in elementary education and peace studies was earned at Goucher College.

Dr. Kimberly Kasper, Rhodes College

Kimberly Kasper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology with a specialization in anthropological archaeology. Her first master's degree in anthropology was obtained from Florida State University and her second master's degree in environmental archaeology and paleoeconomy was acquired from Sheffield University. Her Ph.D. in anthropology was completed at UMass, Amherst. Her research and teaching focuses on the ecological and cultural legacy of plants.

Tim Porter, City of Charlotte, NC

As city arborist since 2016, Tim Porter oversees the group responsible for planting and maintenance of city trees, permitting, and ordinance enforcement and manages the city's Tree Canopy Preservation Program. He has experience with urban forestry, tree canopy management, tree risk assessment, and government and nonprofit work and holds a master's degree in forest and natural resources management from SUNY ESF. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and municipal specialist and is a board member of the North Carolina Urban Forestry Council.

Dr. Burney Fischer, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public & Environmental Affairs

Burney Fischer is a clinical professor emeritus specializing in urban and community forestry. He joined Indiana University in 2005 after 15 years with the Indiana Division of Forestry, where he served as the state forester and director. At the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Fischer teaches classes on urban forestry and conducts research on urban and community forestry practices and issues, forest resource policy, state government management, and collaborative forestry.

Ian Leahy, American Forests | Larry Wiseman, CenterLine Strategy

Ian Leahy has served as the director of urban programs at American Forests for four years. He helps various cities build their urban forestry programs, implements catalytic restoration projects, develops national communication products, and serves on the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. He is a Certified Arborist who previously worked as the state urban & community forestry coordinator for the District of Columbia and owned a landscape construction company in Michigan. He studied natural resource policy and management at Cornell University.

Larry Wiseman was the founding president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation for nearly three decades. He also served as chair of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. He is currently a senior advisor to the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition and a fellow at Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. Through CenterLine Strategy, Larry creates and implements innovative strategies for sustainability communications, multi-party coalitions, community relations, stakeholder outreach, and public affairs campaigns.

Michael Galvin, SavATree Consulting Group

Mike Galvin is the director of SavATree Consulting Group and a member of the team at the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station's Baltimore Urban Field Station where he works on the Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership, urban wood utilization efforts, and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Mike is a registered Consulting Arborist and is past president of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. His previous work includes a decade as supervisor of urban & community forestry for the Maryland Forest Service.

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, University of British Columbia

For two decades Cecil Konijnendijk has studied and taught on the role of trees and green space in cities and towns, based on his passion for maintaining our contact with nature in an increasingly urban world. His particular interests are green space governance, people-nature relationships, and cultural ecosystem services. He has always worked in close dialogue with decision-makers and practitioners. After employments in the Netherlands, the Nordic countries and Hong Kong, Cecil is now professor of urban forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Cecil has authored several widely read books about urban forestry and is editor-in-chief of the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. He is also an incoming member of the ISA Board of Directors.

Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station

Dave Nowak is a senior scientist and team leader with the USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He has authored more than 275 publications and leads teams developing i-Tree software tools to quantify ecosystem services and values from trees and forests.

Dr. Paul Ries, Oregon State University

Paul Ries is the director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry Program at Oregon State University and the principal consultant for Insightful Nature LLC, a natural resources consulting, communications, and training company. Paul holds both a B.S. and M.S. in natural resources and a Ph.D. in educational leadership. He has more than 30 years of experience in the natural resources and urban forestry fields, working at the state, local, nonprofit, and academic levels. For 2017-2018, he is serving as president of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Mark McPherson, Urban Forest Carbon Project | Dr. Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service – Southwest Research Station | Walter Passmore, City of Palo Alto

Mark McPherson is a Seattle lawyer who has been active in urban forestry for many years. He drafted the first conservation easement for the City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program and was given a Founder's Award by PlantAmnesty of Seattle for his legal work in many cases involving urban trees. Prior to forming the nonprofit Urban Forest Carbon Registry, Mark practiced law, managed a business, and co-founded a web site. Mark has a law degree from Harvard. Mark served on the UF protocol work group at the Climate Action Reserve in 2013-2014.

Greg McPherson is an internationally recognized scientist who pioneered the quantitative analysis of urban forest benefit and costs. Greg leads the U.S. Forest Service's urban forest research unit in Davis, CA. Greg has published many articles and won numerous awards for his work. He speaks internationally on urban forest issues. As a scientist with the Forest Service, he is providing technical assistance on the quantitative issues in the development of urban forest carbon protocols. Greg worked on quantification methods for earlier protocols in California.

Walter Passmore studied natural resources and forestry at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. He has worked professionally with trees for more than 20 years: as a researcher for the U.S. Forest Service in the Sierra National Forest in California and in Starkville, MS; as the city urban forester in Dallas; and as the urban forester for Austin, Texas, where he managed the city's 300,000 trees. He has been the city forester for Palo Alto since 2012. Walter served on work groups for protocols at the Climate Action Reserve and the Urban Forest Carbon Registry.

Lance Davisson, Chair, National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council | Paul Ries, Co-chair, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

Lance Davisson serves as Council Chair for the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). He has served on the Council since being appointed by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack in 2012, representing communities with a population greater than 50,000. Lance is Owner and Principal Consultant for The Keystone Concept, LLC located in Boise, Idaho. He has been a natural resource professional for over 16 years working in urban and natural resource planning in both the public and private sector. Lance is an ISA Certified Arborist and has been a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) since 2008. In addition to his volunteer service to the Council, Lance has served on the PNW ISA Board of Directors since 2013 and is the current Chapter President.

Dr. Matthew Browning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matt Browning is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Matt studies how exposure to natural environments improves human health and well-being. His current research ties greenness around nursing homes to lower rates of depression and anxiety, greenness around schools to higher standardized test scores, and greenness around homes to lower health care spending. As the director of the Virtual Reality and Nature Lab, he is also studying the extent to which simulated nature exposure replicates the benefits of being outdoors in natural environments. He was trained in environmental studies and forestry sciences at both Yale University and Virginia Tech.

Susan Wirth, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation | Dr. Tamberly Conway, USDA Forest Service

Susie Wirth has spent more than 30 years in nature education. She served as Outreach Director for the Arbor Day Foundation & Dimensions Educational Research Foundation's collaborative Nature Explore program, a national initiative designed to help children reconnect with the natural world as an integral part of learning. She has presented nationally and internationally, keynoting at numerous conferences, and has written for national publications such NAEYC's Young Children. She also helped write Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence.

Tamberly Conway serves as a partnerships, diversity, and inclusion specialist for the U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education Program in Washington, D.C., focusing on creating nontraditional partnerships to better serve diverse audiences.

Rob Keen, Forests Ontario

In 2014, Rob Keen assumed the role of chief executive officer of Forests Ontario after serving as CEO of Trees Ontario since 2011. Rob is currently leading the Forests Ontario team in sustaining and generating new partnerships and revenues to support and achieve its regreening mandate. Keen is a Registered Professional Forester who founded a forestry consultant business upon graduating from the University of Toronto in 1982. He has been involved in many facets of the forestry industry, primarily in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence forest region.

Dr. Viniece Jennings, USDA Forest Service – Southern Research Station

Viniece Jennings is a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service, where she investigates the link between urban green spaces, human health, and well-being. Her articles strive to connect the dots between different disciplines to bridge knowledge gaps in a way that supports interdisciplinary teams. A recent document by the National Parks and Recreation Association recognized her article on green space and health disparities among top research to guide community decision-making. Prior to the USDA, she interned at the White House under the Obama Administration.

Emily Okallau, The Morton Arboretum

As stewardship coordinator for The Morton Arboretum's Community Trees Program, Emily Okallau engages residents as long-term volunteers to care for the trees in their communities. She recently completed her M.S. in Tanzania, working alongside small farmers to improve their yields by addressing their self-identified constraints. Emily appreciates the importance of connecting community members to their natural resources, including trees, and is enjoying the challenge of doing so in an urban setting.

Jana Dilley, City of Seattle, WA

Jana Dilley is the program manager for the City of Seattle's Trees for Seattle program. She supervises a small team focused on engaging Seattle's residents in planting and maintaining a healthy, thriving urban forest. Jana is an ISA Certified Arborist, a Municipal Specialist, and a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute who has been working in the urban forestry field for 15 years. She has dual master's degrees from the University of Washington in forest resources and public affairs and has published research centered on engaging residents in urban tree planting.

Suzannah DesRoches, TreeFolks, Inc.

Suzannah DesRoches serves as the urban forest programs manager for TreeFolks in Austin, Texas, where she oversees the organization's Urban Forestry & Education Programs. Suzannah directly coordinates the Ready-Set-Plant Program, through which volunteers plant 12,000 saplings annually in Austin's riparian zones. She has worked for Baton Rouge Green and the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council, and she holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Suzannah has a passion for sustainable agriculture and runs a microfarm at her home.

Kuldeep Singh, Sacramento Tree Foundation

Kuldeep Singh is the lead community forester at the Sacramento Tree Foundation and has worked for the organization since 2002. He coordinates tree planting and stewardship activities all over the region for the Sacramento Shade and Community Shade program in addition to leading tree care classes and workshops. He is a certified abortionist and previously served as the Manager of Forestry Research for the Department of Forests in Suva in the Fiji Islands. He holds an MBA from Central Queensland University in Australia and a bachelor's degree in Forestry from Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

Dr. Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service – Southwest Research Station

Greg McPherson is a research forester with the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management.

Mark Bays, Oklahoma Forestry Services

Mark Bays is a forestry graduate of Oklahoma State University (1982). He has worked for the USDA Forest Service and has been self-employed as a consultant. He has worked for Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 26 years, where he has been helping communities across the state appreciate the value, benefits, and services trees provide. He helps Oklahoma solve tough environmental issues through proper tree planting and maintenance programs. Since 1996, he and many others have helped with the rescue and recovery of The Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Dan Staley, Arbor Drone, LLC

Dan Staley is the Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC and is educated in urban forestry, urban planning, and urban ecology. He also is a licensed drone pilot. His applied research into urban forests and drones, trees and solar energy, trees and urban design, and urban forests and green infrastructure has appeared in the scholarly literature, proceedings, trade magazines, briefing papers, podcasts, webinars, workshops, and more.

Gretchen Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service

Gretchen Riley is the partnership coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service, providing coordination and assistance for various urban forestry programs. She holds a master's degree in Forestry from Texas A&M University, is an SAF Certified Forester, and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She spent nine years as an ecological consultant in Florida, focusing on natural resource preservation and development mitigation. Gretchen is an author and folk artist who likes to feature trees in various media.

Melanie Migura, City of Fort Worth, TX

Melanie Migura is a forester for the City of Fort Worth where she administers the tree removal and pruning contract for the Park Department. Melanie is transitioning into plan review, having coordinated the Citizen Forester and Tree Grant programs in prior years. She holds both a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M University.

Michael Binkley, The Davey Institute

Mike Binkley currently manages technology development for a variety of research and development programs at The Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Company. This includes internal and external projects in terms of software and web development, Geographic Information Systems, and their associated hardware needs. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in natural resource conservation and a Master of Arts in geography. He has been with Davey for 20 years, has served as Adjunct Professor at Kent State University, and has also run a consulting business for 25 years.

Dr. Gerry Gray, Forest Conservation Leadership, LLC

Gerry Gray is a forest conservation leader and policy expert with nearly 30 years experience working on public policy issues in Washington, D.C. He has been at the forefront of efforts to advance community forestry in the United States, helping local partners in urban and rural communities develop and share stories with national policymakers. Gerry is currently a co-chair of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. He holds a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Minnesota and both a master's degree in forest science and bachelor's degree in English from Yale University.

Karen Firehock and Andrew Walker, Green Infrastructure Center, Inc.

Karen Firehock directs the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC), which maps, conserves, or restores natural resources in both wild and urban landscapes to create more resilient communities. She has authored numerous green infrastructure books such as "Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A multi-scale approach." Karen created the Healing Our Landscapes: Healing Our Veterans project and is a faculty member at the University of Virginia. She has a bachelor's degree in natural resources management and a master's degree in environmental planning.

Andrew Walker manages the implementation of local green infrastructure planning projects. He creates canopy maps, GIS models, and plans and provides technical assistance to local governments, regional planning agencies, communities, land trusts, and conservation groups. He also creates case studies, handbooks, and web content. He has a particular emphasis on using GIS to support urban and environmental planning applications, using those skills recently to help build a national model of forested landscapes.

Dr. Neely Law, Center for Watershed Protection

Neely Law, PhD, is the director of training at the Center for Watershed Protection, with more than 15 years of experience in the water resources field. Her technical area of expertise is applied research and development of stormwater and watershed management strategies. Neely's recent work at the Center has focused on development of monitoring plans and QAPPs, crediting protocols for urban BMPs at the state and federal levels, and advancing education and training programs in local communities.

Mathew Cahill, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation

Mathew Cahill is the Greening the Gateway Cities program manager for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Mathew received his B.S. in natural resource management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. Prior to joining the state, he worked nationally planting trees for urban forestry nonprofits in New York, California, Michigan, and most recently in Massachusetts on the Grow Boston Greener campaign.

Carla Short, City of San Francisco, CA | Dan Flanagan, Friends of the Urban Forest

Carla Short is superintendent of the Bureau of Urban Forestry within the San Francisco Public Works Department. She has been with the department since November 2004 and is responsible for management of street trees throughout San Francisco. She holds a master's degree from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has spent 20 years working on tree and forest conservation both domestically and internationally.

Dan Flanagan is executive director of Friends of the Urban Forest, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens throughout San Francisco. He is also a the chair of the City of San Francisco's Urban Forestry Council.

Sally Kellogg, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Sally Kellogg is the senior partnerships coordinator for urban forestry at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Her duties include administering the Tree City USA Program, working with volunteers and Tree Committees across New York State, and helping to educate a range of green professionals on current urban forestry practices and issues. Sally is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in Environmental Science.

Mike McDaniel, City of Springfield, MO

Mike McDaniel began his urban forestry career in 2008, working for the Ozark Greenways trail system in Springfield, MO. After becoming the arborist for the Springfield public schools in 2011, he moved with his family to Joplin to become the city arborist in 2014. He recently returned to Springfield, MO, as the contract urban forester. Mike has a bachelor's degree in business/marketing from Missouri State University. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.

Melanie Migura, City of Fort Worth

Melanie Migura is a forester for the City of Fort Worth where she administers the tree removal and pruning contract for the Park and Recreation Department. Melanie is transitioning into plan review, having coordinated the Citizen Forester and Tree Grant programs in prior years. She holds both a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M University.

John Parry, USDA Forest Service

John Parry works for the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH, as the Urban Forestry Coordinator for the New England States and New York. He provides technical assistance, grant monitoring, and training on a variety of topics including forest inventory, tree risk and storm damage assessment, and reforestation. His prior experience includes 10 years as the urban forestry coordinator for the State of Indiana and 10 years of forest management work in the Midwest. John received a B.S. in forestry from Michigan Technological University and an M.S. from the State University of New York.

Christina Gibson and David Simpson, Trees Atlanta

Christina Gibson serves as Canopy Conservation coordinator for Trees Atlanta, working with stakeholders across the city to protect Atlanta's urban forest. Christina is a native of Atlanta and has worked for Trees Atlanta since 2013 in the Forest Restoration and NeighborWoods programs. She is a Certified Arborist and has a master's degree in ecological design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. When she isn't speaking for the trees, she teaches permaculture design, studies herbal medicine, and enjoys playing in the north Georgia mountains.

Dave Simpson currently serves as Education Program coordinator for Trees Atlanta, where he provides leadership of Canopy Conversations and other educational programs for adults focused on ecology and the value of urban trees. Dave holds a master's degree in plant and environmental sciences from Clemson University and has more than nine years of experience working with nonprofits committed to education and environmental issues.

Philip Gruszka, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Philip Gruszka advises the Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh on horticultural and ecological issues facing Pittsburgh's parks. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in forestry, the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, and is an ISA-certified Arborist. He has 40 years of experience in tree planting and maintenance, managing historic landscapes, and developing management plans. Philip is a leader in testing trees for genetic diversity, with an emphasis on maximizing overall biodiversity within the urban forest.

Erica Smith Fichman, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Erica Smith Fichman is the TreePhilly program manager at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. She coordinates urban forestry-based community outreach, including tree giveaways, with the aim of increasing the tree canopy cover to 30 percent in all Philadelphia neighborhoods. She is an ISA Certified Arborist with a master's degree in environmental horticulture from the University of California-Davis and a bachelor's degree in biology from Haverford College. Her favorite tree is ponderosa pine.

Darrell Downey, PQ Partners, LLC

Darrell Downey is a mechanical engineer who has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to understanding and improving the process by which we irrigate trees. As an accomplished speaker, Darrell will engage and entertain the participants while causing light bulbs to flash and paradigms to shift.

Wolfgang Grunberg, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Wolfgang Grunberg is a project coordinator at the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management where he works on urban community forestry and wildland fire projects. Trained in natural resource geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing at the University of Arizona, Wolfgang spent a couple decades on developing applied natural resource information systems for the University of Arizona, Arizona Geologic Survey, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and now Arizona Forestry. He still can't get enough of Arizona's big sky and public lands.

Robert Stanley, Tree Keepers, LLC

Growing up in Maine, Bob Stanley -- consulting arborist and owner of Tree Keepers®, LLC -- learned that trees provide much more than meets the eye. As he was growing up, Bob found that the trees cared for him and, along the way, he learned to care for them. With more than 30 years of experience in the care and management of trees, Stanley founded Tree Keepers®, LLC, in Easton, MD, to help property owners protect natural waterways like the Chesapeake Bay by caring for their trees. Tree Keepers®, LLC, serves the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including the Eastern and Western Shore communities.

Jill Jonnes, Author, Viking Press | Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & So. Co. | Ian Leahy, American Forests

Jill Jonnes is a historian and author of six books, including most recently, Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. She founded the Baltimore Tree Trust and is a leader in the Baltimore Forestry Board's new citywide Flowering Tree Trails initiative.

Nancy Buley is the director of communications for J. Frank Schmidt & So. Co., America's largest wholesale tree nursery focused on urban trees.

Ian Leahy has served as director of urban programs at American Forests for four years. He helps various cities build their urban forestry programs and implement catalytic restoration projects, develops national communication products, and serves on the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. He is a Certified Arborist who previously worked as the State Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator for the District of Columbia and owned a landscape construction company in Michigan. He studied natural resource policy and management at Cornell University.

Phillip Rodbell, USDA Forest Service–Northeastern Area | Laura Clemons, Collaborative Communities | Dudley Hartel, Urban Forestry South

Phil Rodbell is a regional urban forester for the U.S. Forest Service–Northeastern Area in Newtown Square, PA. He provides leadership in federally funded action to plant and improve community trees and forests in the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Laura Clemons is a resiliency specialist with a diverse professional background. She enjoys working through complex issues around social vulnerability that consider the connections between climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, sustainable community planning, systems design, infrastructure upgrades, and community driven initiatives. Through her company, Collaborative Communities, she provides logistical support to communities and companies for sustainable, socially conscientious community revitalization.

Dudley Hartel is the science delivery coordinator for Urban Forestry South, the technology transfer center for the U.S. Forest Service-Region 8 (Atlanta, GA) and the Southern Research Station (Asheville, NC). His urban forestry experience is the result of 30+ years working as an urban forestry consultant and consulting arborist in the southeast U.S. He is a Certified Arborist and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ). Dudley holds a bachelor's degree in Forest Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Forest Management degree from Clemson University.