Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
David Forsell is President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., (KIB), a private, non-profit organization that engages diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In his role, David oversees more than 90 full, part-time, and seasonal staff. In 2011, KIB coordinated more than 600 community improvement projects with the help of more than 40,000 volunteers, including 8,000 Eli Lilly employees for their annual Global Day of Service. KIB’s signature program is NeighborWoods, which has planted more than 30,000 1” caliper trees in Indianapolis over the past five years. KIB ensures the trees’ care through neighborhood and community-based partnerships, and through its Youth Tree Team program. In 2012, 80 youth helped care for more than 10,000 trees. In addition to being Board Chairman of the National Alliance for Community Trees, David is a delegate to the national organization CEOs for Cities and a consultant to Keep America Beautiful. He also serves on the steering committee for the local Reconnecting to Our Waterways collective, the advisory board of the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, and IUPUI’s sustainability advisory committee. David and his wife Shannon live in the Watson McCord neighborhood of Indianapolis with their chocolate lab Rowdy, and their cat Hank.
Vice President Corporate Partnerships and National Recruiting
Bartlett Tree Experts
Scott grew up among the Lake Michigan dunes in Gary, Indiana, where he gained an appreciation for the intersection of urban issues, trees and environmental conservation. He applies those insights as a Vice President with Bartlett Tree Experts, an international tree care firm with 100 offices in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He leads Bartlett’s national recruiting and corporate partnerships, with a charge to both expand the company’s circle of public, industry, private and nonprofit partners and attract new talent. He also heads the Bartlett Inventory Solutions team in providing innovative and technologically advanced tree management plans to clients across the country. Scott holds a BS from Purdue University, an MS from Michigan State University, and an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business. He is married and has two children.
Maitreyi Roy was appointed Executive Director at Bartram’s Garden in September 2012. Prior to that, she served for 19 years as SeniorVice President for Programs at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), overseeing its nationally recognized urban greening program, Philadelphia Green, its education programs and its state and national greening initiatives. Maitreyi oversaw PHS’s efforts in utilizing horticulture to build community and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces. Key programs and initiatives include: Philadelphia Green’s vacant land management initiative that is funded by the City of Philadelphia and is now recognized as a national model; City Harvest a unique collaboration that joins community gardeners, food cupboards and inmates at the Philadelphia Prison and provides low income families with access to fruits and vegetables; tree planting initiatives in the city and region as part of TreeVitalize; stormwater landscapes with the Philadelphia Water Department; and the Parks Revitalization Project which is a citywide effort conducted in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation to take back neighborhood parks from decades of neglect and abuse and transform them into treasured assets that serve the larger community. Maitreyi is a landscape architect by training and was selected as a 2007 Eisenhower Fellow to travel to urban centers in Spain, Germany, Belgium, France and Ireland in spring 2007 to study best practices in urban open space policies, planning standards and landscape design.
Over the past decade, Danielle has worked in various capacities in the Pittsburgh environmental community. She helped to launch PA CleanWays of Allegheny in 2000 where she was the founding Board President and long-time Executive Director. In addition, she is a leader in the Urban Ecology Collaborative where she helped to lead such projects as MERGE: Methods to Engage Residents and Grassroots in the Environment, the Green Forum, and the first-ever Three Rivers Bioneers Conference. Danielle is a member of the Clean Water Advisory Committee for Allegheny County and is President of the Board for Grow Pittsburgh as well as a board member for Gemini Children’s Theater. She is a graduate of Duquesne University where she received a B.A. in 1996 and a M.S. in Education in 2002. The Tree Pittsburgh Board of Directors hired her in 2007 to establish the organization, and she describes the role as her “greatest and most enjoyable” challenge yet.
Samuel Bishop, II
Director of Education
Trees New York
Sam Bishop has been the Education Director at Trees New York since 2005. During this time, he has developed and introduced new technologies to the education programs, and increased annual participation in the Citizen Pruner course 100%+ in four years. He also teaches urban forestry at The New School, as well as courses on urban trees at the New York Botanical Garden. Sam is a ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist. He received a law degree from New England School of Law and a BA from Drew University.
Burnell “Burney” C. Fischer, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, and Affiliated Faculty, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Center for the study of Institutions, Population & Environmental Change
Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Burnell “Burney” Fischer is currently Clinical Professor and Director, Undergraduate Programs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University — Bloomington (IUB). SPEA is the #2 ranked public policy school in the US (US News and World Report) and the undergraduate program has over 1500 students majoring in one of 4 degree programs. At SPEA he annually teaches Urban Forest Management to seniors and masters students (30+ students) for which is has been awarded teaching grants as well as recognitions for teaching success. Dr. Fischer grew up in the Chicago area and witnessed the Dutch Elm disease disaster of the 1960’s. He was the State Forester and Director of the Indiana Division of Forestry from 1990–2005 and has been active in urban forestry since the 1990’s when he became chair of the National Association of State Foresters Urban Forestry Committee and then represented NASF as a member of NUCFAC for a three year term. He is vice president of the Indiana Urban Forest Council, the Indiana statewide urban forestry nonprofit. He is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA Advisory Committee.
California Urban Forests Council
Nancy Hughes’s career in urban and community forestry stems back to her love of the natural world and to horticultural work begun in college that then cultivated her entrepreneurial side, blending the two, into the creation of successful horticultural services endeavors. During that time Hughes also co-founded and led, as a board member then executive director, San Diego People for Trees, a nonprofit organization addressing green infrastructure issues in greater San Diego. Her efforts and influence helped see the planting of over 30,000 trees through community-based projects, while working with elected officials to address policy for long-term positive change. In 2005 Nancy began work with The California Urban Forests Council (CaUFC). As executive director, she has worked with board leadership to transform the organization towards a new focus on advocacy; participating locally with seven regional councils and addressing policy issues and opportunities with Sacramento decision makers and elected officials
Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer
Greg Levine planted his first tree, a purple leafed Japanese maple, when he was just five years of age. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. In 1995 he left an L.A. firm where much of his time was spent on tree removal plans, to happily go to work for the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Following his time there, he was hired as Volunteer Coordinator for Trees Atlanta. Now a certified arborist and Program Director, Greg has had the opportunity to create and develop several programs including NeighborWoods, Forest Restoration, Neighborhood Arboreta, the BeltLine Arboretum and many education programs. He helped to write Trees Atlanta’ Forest Restoration Manual and was recently selected as one of Atlanta Homes magazine’s “Emerging Talent — Twenty Under Forty.”
On leave through 2013:
Diane L. Gleason has 20-plus years of experience in sustainability planning and environmental protection, and more recently, event planning. Her work has focused on bringing together disparate groups to find innovative solutions to environmental and other issues. In her 6-year tenure as Environmental Director with Salt Lake 2002, Diane planned and execution several global-scale programs to improve the environment, as well as setting sustainability policy for the International Olympic Committee. Diane started and managed three successful consulting businesses. Meridian Environmental Associates, helped local businesses with hazardous waste and air-quality issues. The second, MakaCante LLC, works with American Indians on environmental issues, fundraising and event planning. Diane is also a founding member of Epiphany Works LLC, an event-planning company. Diane’s work in government included leading roles with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and also as State Geologist. Diane graduated with an MA degree in geology from the State University of New York in New Paltz. She is a graduate of the Penn State Management Program for women, and serves on two boards, the Athens Environmental Foundation and the Desert Dove Farms Board. Diane is the recipient of the Power of One Award from the Earth Communications Office, the “green” branch of Hollywood. Diane lives on a small horse farm in Chippewa, PA, where she raises and trains paint horses.