What is your background in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry?
I completed a Bachelors of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick in 1998. I had thought my career would start in a logging community somewhere in Northern BC, however my first professional opportunity started in utility vegetation management (UVM). I worked for 3 years with various tree inspection projects along the rights-of-way in California for Pacific Gas and Electric. From this earliest experience, I migrated north to Washington and continued working in UVM for Puget Sound Energy. As a consultant, my work increasingly involved consulting on urban forestry issues with municipalities and private property managers. In 2009, I attended the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) and have since engaged in a decade of urban forestry projects including tree inventories, urban forest management plans and urban forest inventories.
Why did you volunteer for the PNW-ISA Board of Directors?
Throughout my career, the PNW-ISA has provided me with learning opportunities and experiences to connect with fellow arborists. Joining the Board of Directors for PNW-ISA chapter has been an interest of mine for some time. It provides a way for me to give back to the organization, and get more career experiences with my peers. As the incoming Secretary, I look forward to being a good example of leadership for the organization by helping other board members with their own goals and making sure the administration of the chapter is effective and sustainable.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I’m proud to be raising a family. Catch me on a summer’s day talking about hiking, sailing, kayaking and/or what live music is playing around town. On a winter's day, if I’m not driving my children somewhere, I’m wishing for snow in the mountains so I can get on my skis for another run.