Board of Directors

Executive Board

For the last 15 years Fred has worked at Blithewold Mansion, Garden and Arboretum in Bristol RI and is currently the Director of Horticulture there.   He is an ISA Certified Arborist, Rhode Island Licensed Arborist and Rhode Island Licensed Commercial Applicator.  Outside the arboriculture field he is a member of several Horticultural organizations.

Brian is a member of ISA, NEC-ISA and SMA.  He is the past president of NEC-ISA and employed as the Arboriculture Foreman for the City of Burlington’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront.  He holds ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist certifications as well as a Tree Risk Assessment qualification.  Brian has a Vermont Pesticide Applicators License and is a qualified line clearance arborist.

Greg is the Operations Manager for the Heritage Village Master Association, Inc. in Southbury Connectucut. He manages the Tree Care, Shrub Care, Pest Control, Plumbing and Carpentry Departments for a large condominium with over 2580 units, he is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Member of both ISA and the New England Chapter. Greg holds a Connecticut DEEP Supervisory License in Termite and Wood Destroying Insects as well as a CT DEEP Nuisance Wildlife Control License. Greg is a member of the Connecticut Tree Protective Association and a Board Certified Manager of Community Associations.

Photo of Rick Harper

Richard Harper


Richard W. Harper is an Extension Assistant Professor of Urban & Community Forestry in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Rick administers an applied integrated research and extension program aimed at addressing both emergent and long-term needs of urban forests, and teaches courses in urban forest management and urban plant health care. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist, Connecticut State Licensed Arborist, and serves as the Vice President on the ISA New England Chapter Board of Directors.

Mollie is the Community Action Forester for the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, TRAQ qualified, and holds a Massachusetts Pesticide Applicator’s License. In addition to being a member of ISA and the New England Chapter, she is a member of the Society of Municipal Arborists, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, and serves on her local tree committee. 

Julie is the Coordinator for the Urban and Community Forestry Program for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and recreation. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, TRAQ qualified, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, and holds a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide  License. In addition to being a member of ISA and the New England Chapter, she is also a member of the Society of Municipal Arborists, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association.

Board Members

Sara is the System Arborist at Unitil Service Corp.  She has been working in the utility arborist field for 16 years and is an ISA Certified Arborist.  In addition to being a member of the ISA and the New England Chapter, she was elected to the Executive Board of the Utility Arborist Association (UAA), and serves on 6 UAA committees, as well as serving on a Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund committee.

Danielle Fitzko

Certification Liaison

Luke is a Regional Manager of Operations for Lucas Tree Experts.  In addition to being an ISA member, he is licensed as a pesticide applicator and arborist in several states, a Certified Tree Safety Professional, and a member of the UAA.  He is a new member to the Board of Directors and looking forward to working more closely with the organization.

Brian is a Climbing Arborist on the Special Teams Crew at Heritage Village Masters Association in Southbury, CT.  He has an A.A.S. degree in Forestry, holds a CT CAT 3A Custom Grounds License, a CT Arborist License, and an ISA Arborist Certification. Brian is a NE Chapter ISA member, and has competed in Tree Climbing Competitions regularly since 2005, having won the CT Competition in 2006 and 2011.


Tree Climbing Championship Committee

Purpose statement

Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.

The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

The committee is charged with ensuring a comprehensive, safe event for climbers and the public.

Volunteer for this Committee

Trek des Trees Committee

Each year since 2004 this committee creates an educational walk and quiz.  The walk is always located near the location of the Annual Conference & Trade Show. The committee meets a few weeks before the annual conference and creates this quiz for the participants of the meeting.  There are tree questions, pest/disease questions and park local history questions. If you are interested in helping to create this quiz, let us know!