Board of Directors

Executive Board

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Greg Lukos

Past President

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.

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Richard Harper

President

Richard W. Harper is an Extension Associate Professor of Urban & Community Forestry in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 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 and a Connecticut State Licensed Arborist.

Heather Green

President Elect, Strategic Plan Committee Chair
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Mollie Freilicher

Secretary, Marketing Committee Chair, Newsletter Co-Editor

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. 

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Dean Charter

Treasurer

Dean recently retired after serving as the Tree Warden for the Town of Acton, Massachusetts for 37 years. He served as President of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association President in 1989-1990, and as New England ISA Chapter President in 2003. He has been a member of ISA and the New England Chapter since 1974. He is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, an ISA Certified Arborist, and holds a Massachusetts Pesticide Certification.

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Sara Sankowich

Vice President

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.

Board Members

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John Parry

Presidential Appointee

John is the Urban Forestry Program Coordinator with the U.S. Forest Service,  he is working with the States in the Northeast. John is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.

Brian Salas

Presidential Appointee
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Ken Placko

Connecticut State Rep

Chris Donnelly

Tree Fund Liaison

Mike Hughes

Maine State Rep
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Scott Wheeler

Rhode Island State Rep

Scott is the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor / Tree Warden with the City of Newport RI having started with the city as Tree Warden in 1994.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Urban Forestry Program.  He is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Rhode Island Arborist and Pesticide Applicators Licenses.  Scott has previously served as the RI  Director for NEISA as well as Vice Chairman of Rhode Island Tree Council.  He is currently Chairman of the Portsmouth RI Tree Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Newport Tree Conservancy.

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Kristina Bezanson

Presidential Appointee

Kristina is a Lecturer in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at UMass, Amherst currently teaching at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and at UMass Amherst in the two and four-year degree programs in Arboriculture and Community Forestry Management. Website: http://www.umass.edu/ses/program/arboriculture-community-forest-management

Kristina is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified and a member of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy, the Massachusetts Arborist Association, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and of course the New England Chapter ISA!

Anne-Marie Moran

Council of Representatives (CoR) Rep, Volunteerism Committee Chair

David Lefcourt

Presidential Appointee

David is the City Arborist and Tree Warden for the City of Cambridge, MA. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, an ISA Municipal Specialist, 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, he is a member and past president of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association and the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Jonathan Webb

Massachusetts State Rep
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Lucas Beane

New Hampshire State Rep

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.

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Kevin Shrader

Vermont State Rep

Kevin Shrader is the owner of All Seasons Tree Service in southern Vermont. Kevin is a certified arborist, TRAQ Qualified and has a Vermont Pesticide Applicator license. Kevin is serving his second term as the Vermont representative for NE ISA.

Julie Coop

Certification Liaison

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.

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Doak Marasco

Presidential Appointee

Doak Marasco is Regional Manager of Strategic Partnerships for The Davey Tree Expert Company. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Municipal Specialist, and a Massachusetts Certified Arborist. Additionally, Mr. Marasco has a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License for Shade Trees & Ornamentals. He is a member of ISA, New England Chapter ISA, and Society of Municipal Arborists. Mr. Marasco has a B.S. in Forest Science, Urban Forestry Option, from the Pennsylvania State University. He resides in Massachusetts.

Bruce Duffy

Tree Climbing Championship Committee Chair

Staff

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Heather Leff

Executive Director, Newsletter Co-Editor

Heather Leff has been working for the New England Chapter ISA since April of 2011. She holds a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Babson College. She supports the Chapter's Board of Directors on a part-time basis from her home in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Committees

Marketing Committee

Purpose Statement

To develop promotional plans to disseminate information related to the New England Chapter ISA programs promoting the professional practice of arboriculture and fostering a greater awareness of the benefits of trees throughout New England.

Volunteer for this Committee

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Mollie Freilicher

Committee Chair

Annual Conference

Purpose Statement

To provide an annual conference of excellence with innovative, current topics and top speakers.

Volunteer for this Committee

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Greg Lukos

Committee Chair

Volunteerism Committee

Purpose Statement

Create a strategy to recruit, retain, and reward volunteers

Volunteer for this Committee

Anne-Marie Moran

Committee Chair

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

Bruce Duffy

Committee Chair

Education Committee

Purpose Statement

Be a leader in providing Arboricultural education in New England

Volunteer for this Committee

Jeff Carney

Committee Chair

Research Committee

Purpose Statement

Advance arboriculture research locally and internationally.

Volunteer for this Committee

Jeff Carney

Committee Chair

Dr. H. Dennis P. Ryan III Award Committee

This committee is chaired by the current chapter vice president and is charged with gathering the nominations for the Dr. H. Dennis P. Ryan III Award and recommending a recipient to the board of directors. 

Heather Green

Committee Chair

Strategic Planning Committee

The strategic planning committee is responsible for documenting the chapter's strategic plan.  The committee will monitor the chapter's progress with relation to the current plan. Updates to the plan will be recommended by the committee to ensure the chapter's mission, vision and goals are being realized.

Heather Green

Committee Chair

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!

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Bear LeVangie

Committee Chair