ISA Certified Arborist #WE-6506
Associate’s Degree, Commercial Horticulture, Des Moines Area Community College
As Director of Municipal Consulting, I help cities develop, adopt, and implement Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management plans. One in five trees in the state of Minnesota is an ash tree susceptible to fatal attack by EAB. Communities need to be prepared to handle the infestation. I am committed to the health and sustainability of urban forests through good planning.
I became interested in arboricultural consulting while researching the environmental impacts of large trees on small-scale urban properties. That work helped me realize the importance of canopy cover in our new climate and economy.
My tree climbing experience began in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in fall of 2000 and continued in the Boulder Valley of Colorado. A native Minnesotan, I returned to the state to join Rainbow Treecare in spring of 2008 as a consulting arborist, climbing foreman, trainer, educator and public speaker with a focus on planning, pruning, and the urban forest environment.
I am a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), an ISA Certified Arborist and have been working in the horticulture industry for over 20 years. I received an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Horticulture from Des Moines Area Community College.