Board of Directors

Philip Bennett, President

Urban Forester, City of Snoqualmie (Snoqualmie, WA)

Phil is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a BA in English literature, and is an ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, qualified tree risk assessor and former environmental educator. Phil is actively engaged in the disciplines of arboriculture: Planting, mulching, pruning, treating diseases, climbing, and removing trees. Phil is convinced that not only is this the best job in the world, it’s also making the world a better place.

When not working on trees, Phil spends time with his very patient and understanding wife, Deborah, his two sons Peter and Denzil, and his stepdaughter Lucy.

Phone: 206-491-0031   To email Phil, click on this link. 

charles ray, PRESIDENT-elect


Charles Ray is the Urban Forester with the City of Vancouver, Washington. Charles is a graduate from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. He is certified through the International Society of Arboriculture as an Arborist and Municipal Specialist. He has worked in both the municipal and commercial arboriculture fields before starting with the City of Vancouver in 2001.


As President Elect, Charles is dedicated to supporting the President and working with the Board of Directors, staff and membership to further the chapter’s mission. Prior to becoming President Elect, Charles served as the PNW-ISA Governance Director.


When not at work Charles spends time with his family, relaxing, laughing, practicing the art of Wing Chun and enjoys good music and coffee.


Phone: 360-487-8328  | To email Charles, click on this link


ian scott, secretary

davey resource group (shoreline, WA)

Ian Scott is a Regional Manager and urban forestry specialist based out of Shoreline, Washington. He has served clients as part of the Davey Resource Group team throughout the Western U.S. and Canada since 1998. He works with many cities to develop urban forest management consulting solutions, deliver urban tree inventories, and provide urban tree canopy assessments.  Ian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist with a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. He is a 2009 graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute.

Outside of work, Ian spends time with his family exploring the Puget Sound, volunteering in his community, and supporting local art initiatives.

Phone: 206-714-3147 | To email Ian, click on this link


kris josey, treasurer

arborcare resources, inc. (hailey, id)

Kris Josey graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a BS in Accounting in May 1989. Upon graduation she worked as a staff accountant with Coopers & Lybrand’s Denver, Colorado office from June 1989 to November 1992. She obtained her CPA license in 1992. Later that year, she moved to Idaho and worked in a local accounting office until June 1996 when she left public practice to be a stay at home mom with her two young sons. In early 1997, she and her husband, Bill, combined her business/accounting knowledge with his tree care knowledge to start their family business ArborCare Resources, Inc.  Kris continues to be actively involved with the management of the business.

In 2003 Kris was appointed to the ISA’s finance committee and in 2014 she joined ISA’s conference and events committee. Her goal as the Treasurer for the PNW Chapter is to provide a business perspective to the Board as it explores new initiatives and continues to grow membership services for all members.

In her free time she is a regular at the local CrossFit gym or outside enjoying the Sun Valley area skiing/snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking.

Phone: 208-788-1611, ext. 102 | To email Kris, click on this link


Anna heckman, member services

urban forestry services, bartlett consulting (wa)

Anna’s education in forest ecology, and urban horticulture led her to a career in natural area management and arboriculture.  Her career has grown her passion for understanding research and bridging the communication gaps between science and management.  Anna has over 15 years of service in government employment ranging from a backcountry field technician to a plant ecologist, vegetation manager to an urban forester.  Anna recently found a great fit applying her skill set as a consulting arborist with Urban Forestry Services Inc.


When not watching baseball, fishing, or listening to great music with her family, you can find Anna trekking through the mountains with her dog, biking through town, playing in the snow or volunteering with habitat restoration organizations.


To e mail Anna, click on this link

kurt fickeisen, certification

symbiosis tree care, llc (seattle, WA)

Kurt is the owner of Symbiosis Tree Care in Seattle Washington and has worked in arboriculture since 1989. While most work takes place in the greater Seattle area, Kurt spent three years working for a tree service in Boulder Colorado.

Work in these areas has expanded his knowledge of how tree growth patterns can vary from region to region. The primary focus of work is as a Consulting Arborist.


Prior to work in arboriculture, Kurt graduated from the University of Idaho.


In his free time Kurt likes to hike, climb and backcountry ski. In addition, mountaineering from Alaska to California has been part of his life since a young age.


To email Kurt, click on this link


gregg staniforth, ContinuiNg education director

city of victoria (victoria, british columbia)

Gregg completed a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Science from the University of British Columbia followed by a Master’s of Science in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry from the University of Central Lancashire. Gregg is ISA Certified and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.

As a Board Member of the Quebec Chapter of the ISA (SIAQ) for 6 years, Gregg directed a group of industry professionals for the translation and localization of the ISA Certification Program into Canadian French. He later became the Chapter’s first Certification Liaison and Exam Proctor. Gregg is a recipient of the SIAQ’s Alphonse-Guimont award for excellent achievement in the professional practice of arboriculture and an ISA True Professional Award for his contribution to industry. 

Gregg is an avid communicator who is driven to share knowledge, experience and resources with industry practitioners. His approach is centered on fostering inquisitiveness, keen observation, discussion and a deeper understanding of the issue at hand. Through these values, Gregg helps and engages people to equip themselves to better understand and manage their urban forests.


He is committed to succession planning in the industry so the next generation of urban foresters and arborists is even better equipped than ours. Continuing education and educational opportunities are a critical part of that. Gregg cares about the future of urban forestry and the dedicated people who make that future possible. For Gregg, working in urban forestry and arboriculture is more than a passion - it’s a way of life.


To email Gregg, click on this link.  

corey bassett, public outreach & engagement director

phd student, university of british columbia, faculty of forestry (british columbia)

Corey Bassett is a PhD Student researching urban forest management at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry.


Like many others, Corey entered the field of arboriculture and urban forestry accidentally. She had never even heard of the word “arboriculture” prior to applying for her first job, the Urban Forestry Internship at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. As Public Outreach & Engagement Director of PNW-ISA's Board, she hopes to create paths for early career professionals and students entering the industry, as well as serve as a link between PNW-ISA and the research community.

At UBC, she is researching under the supervision of Dr. Cecil Konijenendijk van den Bosch and Dr. Susan Day, and is a teaching assistant for courses in the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program. Prior to moving to Vancouver, BC, she lived in Honolulu, HI, and San Diego, CA, where she was an active member of the Western Chapter ISA. She served as Conference Chair for the 2019 Annual Conference in Honolulu, HI, and still serves on the Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife committee as a co-author of Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife: Best Management Practices in California. 

Her professional experiences include arboricultural consulting, community forestry outreach programs, municipal tree care, and grant writing. Corey is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. She completed a Master of Environmental Studies degree and B.A. in Earth Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

To email Corey, click on this link. 


mike oxendine, governance director


Mike has called Oregon home since 1985 and lives in the small rural community of Talent. He is an ISA Certified Arborist (PN 7681-A), licensed Oregon Landscape Construction Professional (OLCB #15598), and completed the Bachelors in Innovation and Leadership program at Southern Oregon University.  

He loves to serve others, and works full time as the nursery manager and horticulturist for Plant Oregon Nursery & Landscape. He serves not for profits in his current board positions for Oregon Community Trees Board of Directors, PNW-ISA Board of Directors, and the Talent Urban Forestry Committee.

Mike has worked in the horticulture, arboriculture, and landscape industry since 2001 and has received numerous awards and certificates for his leadership including the Swampy Award, the Lavender Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award, ALLY Team Award, Pollinator Hero, Raider Recreation Professional Service Award, and the Raider Athletics Appreciation Award to name a few.

Mike is passionate about social justice, social equality, innovation, and leadership. He is an avid environmentalist, outdoor enthusiast (white water rafting, scuba diving, down hill skiing, open water ultra swimming, biking and climbing), and loves backpacking with his wife Erin and their dog Indy.

“I am very excited to be the acting Governance Director for PNW ISA where I can draw on my education and experience gained from working with many not for profits to help hold PNW-ISA to the highest ethical standards, best practices, and our adopted bylaws.” 

To email Mike, click on this link


john hushagen, isa council of representatives

CONSULTANT (shoreline, wa)

John has been an arborist since 1980 and a member of the ISA since 1984. In 1987 he completed his Masters’ of Science in Urban Horticulture and co-founded Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc. He owned and operated this tree care company until its sale to Bartlett Tree Experts and his retirement in February 2018. He has been a certified arborist since 1992, and currently works part-time as a consulting arborist in the Seattle area.  He was elected to the PNW ISA Board in 1988 and served as vice president, president, and ISA representative until 1994. After hiring the first paid chapter administrator in the early 90’s, and promoting the newly-minted Certified Arborist program, the growth of the PNW Chapter was phenomenal.

In over 30 years of running a tree care company, his greatest challenge was finding enough young men and women who wanted to work for a progressive and innovative company and make arboriculture their career.  John would like to work with the whole ISA to develop strategies for increasing the visibility of our industry, and recruiting a larger slice of the young work force that may or may not be college bound.

John and his wife, Jan, have been married nearly 40 years and live in Shoreline, Wa, where they tend a big landscape, while enjoying a view of Puget Sound. John and Jan travel when possible to S. Pasadena, CA to visit granddaughters, and are enjoying spending time with a granddaughter in Shoreline. John has retired from choral singing, but has been known to create tree-theme parodies from well-known tunes. 

To email John, click on this link


evan sussman,tree fund liaison

owner, sonshine tree care (stanwood, WA)

Evan’s career in arboriculture began in the tropical climate of Hawaii. In 2012 Evan relocated to the Pacific Northwest.

Evan is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-9274A), and ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. He is actively involved in the furthering of the arboriculture profession in our chapter through community engagement, as a professional tree worker instructor, and in the development of apprenticeship programs.

Phone: 360-474-7787 | To email Evan, click on this link



ben thompson, editor

urban forestry program manager, washington state department of natural resources

Ben is the Urban Forestry Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban & Community Forestry Program. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Unity College in Maine and an M.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida where he studied the impacts of hurricanes on urban forests. Ben is also a former City Arborist for the City of Falls Church, Virginia, and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1999. Currently Ben lives in Olympia where he and his family enjoy frequent access to the city's many parks and recreational trails.

Phone: 360-902-1382 | To email Ben, please click on this link