1. A Conversation with Gail Church

    Current Position:Executive Director, Tree Musketeers What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1991 – present, Network group. I was on a steering committee for a National urban forest conference when I met Geni Cross and she recruited us to join the ReLeaf network. I was on the Network Advisory Council when this work dovetailed with ReLeaf’s separation from the Trust for Public Lands. I was on the committee that negotiated the move to National Tree Trust and then on to incorporating ReLeaf as a stand-alone nonprofit organization where I was a founding board member. I am still on the ReLeaf board...
  2. Conversation with Rick Hawley

    Current Position: Executive Director, Greenspace – the Cambria Land Trust What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network group – 1996, year before Cambria retreat. Advisory council – I was involved during the transition when advocacy became part of the Network and was one of the architects in getting ReLeaf positioned for nonprofit incorporation. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? To me ReLeaf means that there are a lot more people out there who think about trees – it’s not just me. It’s California’s tree support network – the folks we rely on. Because of ReLeaf we know that there...
  3. Conversation with Stephanie Funk

    Current Position Fitness Instructor for Seniors What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff, 1991 to 2000 – started as a temp, Program Assistant, Assistant Director PT Grant writing for TPL/Editor newsletter 2001 – 2004 PT National Tree Trust/ReLeaf team – 2004-2006 What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Working at ReLeaf was my first real job out of college. On a personal level, this job really shaped how I currently views environmental issues. I learned about environmental awareness and about people and the world. I often felt somewhat removed from the great work of the network. The ReLeaf staff would...
  4. Interview with Brian Kempf

    Current Position? Director, Urban Tree Foundation What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1996 – Marketing the Reddy Stake to the Network 1999 started Urban Tree Foundation in Albany area with Tony Wolcott (Albany) 2000ish to present – Network member 2000 – moved Urban Tree Foundation to Visalia. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? ReLeaf is able to provide different benefits to a diverse collection of nonprofits. Each nonprofit has their own specific set of skills and needs. For me and the Urban Tree Foundation, California ReLeaf’s primary benefit is the lobbying they accomplish. They are paying attention at the...
  5. 25th Anniversary Interviews: Andy Trotter

    Andy Trotter Vice President of Field Operations for West Coast Arborists What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I have been interfacing with various ReLeaf Network groups starting with an Urban Forest Management workshop at San Luis Obispo in the mid 1990’s. When I was president of California Urban Forest Council in 2007, we worked together with leadership from CaUFC, WCISA, and ReLeaf to develop the first United Voices for Healthier Communities Planting Project that involved 30 communities and members from all 3 organizations to complete one of the largest cooperative planting projects in California. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to...
  6. Conversation with Eric Oldar

    Current Position? CDF – State Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator (10 years) – Retired What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Provided yearly State funding support to underwrite CA ReLeaf; funding of personnel, defining scope of work to be accomplished under the contract and providing funding for pass through grants administered by CA ReLeaf to the ReLeaf network on behalf of CDF. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? CA ReLeaf lifted a great burden off my shoulders as State Coordinator providing for the needs of a growing network of local NGO’s focused on community tree issues; planting programs, educational outreach...
  7. Conversation with Martha Ozonoff

    Current Position: Development Officer, UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Network member (TreeDavis): 1993 – 2000 Network Advisory member: 1996 – 2000 Executive Director: 2000 – 2010 Donor: 2010 – present ReLeaf license plate owner: 1998 – present What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? When I worked at TreeDavis, ReLeaf was my mentor organization; providing contacts, networking, connections, funding sources through which TreeDavis’s work was able to be accomplished. Pillars of the industry became my colleagues. This whole experience shaped the beginning of my career for which I have immense gratitude....
  8. Conversation with John Melvin

    Current Position: State Urban Forester, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Regional Urban Forester– 2002-06 (so, CA), 2006-09 (N CA), providing network technical support State Urban Forester – 2009 -to present, working with ReLeaf on statewide issues, managing the expectations of USFS volunteer contract. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf serves as a successful way to disseminate pertinent information on Urban Forestry through the local nonprofit organizations. ReLeaf works with stakeholders on statewide issues. And, ReLeaf, participates in state grant programs and allows small grants to become possible. Best memory...
  9. Interview with Elisabeth Hoskins

    Current Position? Retired from California ReLeaf What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Staff: 1997 – 2003, Grant Coordinator 2003 – 2007, Network Coordinator (1998 worked in Costa Mesa office with Genevieve) What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? Privilege to meet amazing people all over CA who really care about clean air, clean water, the environment in general. Amazing bunch of people who didn’t just talk about things, they did things!! They had courage; courage to write a grant application, to pursue funding, and to complete a project – even if they had never done it before. As a result,...
  10. Conversation with Susan Stiltz

    Current Position: Owner, Susan Stiltz Landscape Design & Consulting What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I worked at Tree Fresno from April 1991 to June 2005.  California ReLeaf and Tree Fresno grew up together and I relied on advice and financial grant support for our projects and development. What did/does California ReLeaf mean to you? California ReLeaf was instrumental in the success of Tree Fresno because it gave us the guidance, technical advice and financial support that we so desperately needed when we were starting. Best memory or event of California ReLeaf? My best memory is receiving grants from California...