Tree Conservation
Commissioner Profiles

SUSANNE BLAM represents paired Council Districts 5-8 and Post 2 At-large. Susanne has 27 years of experience in the architectural profession, working as a project manager, project architect, and senior technical Coordinator for diverse building projects including healthcare, YMCA, and educational facilities. She has applied her broad range of skills to all phases of development including facility assessment, programming, design, and construction administration. Susanne worked at Perkins + Will for 24 years before founding M. Blam & Company six years ago. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Susanne has also completed through Master Gardener training, and is LEED AP certified. She brings a unique understanding of the relationship of the built environment and the natural environment to her professional and volunteer work. During her time at Perkins + Will, Susanne shepherded several Atlanta Public School and Woodward Academy projects to LEED Certification. She volunteers with the Wylde Woods Master Gardener program and Kirkwood Neighbors Organization and has offered pro bono architectural services for the new Charis Books at Agnes Scott College and other organizations.  She joint the Tree Commission in 2019.

SARAH BOLES represents paired Council Districts 1-4 and Post 1 At-large. Sarah is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been a flight attendant with Delta Airlines since 1991.  She volunteers extensively with organizations including Trees Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Foodbank, and Atlanta Beltline. She joined the Commission in 2013.

JACK CEBE is a landscape architect and complete streets designer at Arcadis in Atlanta.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in landscape architecture, and masters’ degrees in civil engineering and business administration from Georgia Tech. Jack has 8 years of experience in landscape architecture, planning, and civil engineering and has worked on a wide variety of projects in the Atlanta region and across North America including residential design, green infrastructure design, streetscape design, park design, roadway design, traffic engineering, and master-planning. One of Jack’s greatest strengths is his ability to incorporate many perspectives and stakeholder desires into his planning and design work. Jack has a passion for promoting large street trees in complicated urban environments. He was lead author of a paper he presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in 2017, “Policies and Practices to Reduce Sidewalk and Street Tree Conflicts: Recommendations for Atlanta and Other Medium to Large Cities,” and he works to support large tree health and longevity through his day-to-day planning, design, and engineering work.  He joined the Tree Commission in July 2019.

NABIL HAMMAN is the owner of Hammer Head Construction, Inc., Nabil has 20 plus years of experience in home building, specializing in both historic restoration and new high-end custom homes using green building practices. His work, ranging from the restoration of Neel Reid and Philip Shutze homes to modern design, can be seen throughout the Atlanta area including several homes in historic Druid Hills, Midtown, Buckhead, and Serenbe. Throughout his career Nabil has been active in neighborhood advocacy. He has served on and held chairperson positions in multiple land use committees and NPUs, including NPU-E and Sherwood Forest. He has been a strong supporter of tree protection and worked to find solutions for protecting trees during land development and construction. Nabil was appointed to the Commission in 2016.

MARVIN LAMPKIN has been a licensed real estate consultant in Georgia for over 50 years. In addition to a successful real estate practice, Marvin has been an active member of the real estate community. He holds leadership positions with the Empire Board of Realtists, Inc., and the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1961 and accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture shortly thereafter. During his tenure with the Department he worked closely with rural development programs and case management. In 1978 he created and currently operates a pine sales and land revitalization company. He is a member of the American Tree Farm System and he was recently named an Outstanding Forest Steward by the Georgia Forest Commission. Marvin was appointed to the Tree Conservation Commission in October 2013 as a Real Estate Professional.

KATHERINE MOORE has served as program director, project manager, and planner in the sustainability, community development, and environmental fields for 20 years. For 12 years Katherine worked in the private sector as a consulting planner on greenspace planning, community planning, and infrastructure design and construction projects. This work history involves a wide range of project scales and focus from EPA’s first two Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in lieu of fines for violations of the Clean Water Act, to neighborhood-scale park development, to transportation corridor design and permitting. The last ten years Katherine has served as the Director of the Georgia Conservancy’s statewide Sustainable Growth program, bringing educational training, technical development expertise, and community engagement services to a variety of client communities to influence a more sustainable development pattern. She joined the Commission in 2017.

BRUCE MORTON, CO-CHAIR is a native Atlantan who has spearheaded efforts to preserve over 400 acres of parkland and greenspace in Atlanta watersheds. He is a cycling instructor with the League of American Cyclists, coaches the Dream Team youth cycling team, and works with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association and the International Mountain Biking Association. He has served on the boards of West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Park Pride, and Keeping It Wild. He also served as the initial executive director of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, a volunteer organization which preserves and protects the environment in west Atlanta. Bruce has worked with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and many groups that help improve Atlanta’s quality of life. Bruce has received awards and recognition for his environmental work including: Environmental Leadership Program National Fellow (2004); Park Pride Inspiration Award (2006); National Wildlife Federation award (2007); and Cox Conserves Hero nominee (2010). Bruce holds a B.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University where he focused on visual anthropology and African American studies. Having served a term on the Tree Conservation Commission after its inception, he was again appointed as a representative of the Paired Council Districts 9-12 and Post 3 At-Large. Bruce serves as chief photographer and communications manager for the Atlanta City Council. He also has operated a photography and video production company since 1987.

LAWRENCE RICHARDSON is a retiree of a major U.S. corporation where he most recently served as CFO of a foreign subsidiary. Since 2009 he has been a regular volunteer with Trees Atlanta and is a certified Tree Keeper and Tree Speaker. Additionally, he serves as a Docent on the Atlanta Beltline and leads tours of the East side and West side trails. In 2014 Lawrence was recognized as the first Trees Atlanta Volunteer of the year. As a University of Georgia Master Gardener, Lawrence regularly makes presentations to pre-school, elementary, and middle school students on the importance of trees and how trees can positively impact the community. He also gives classes on basic pruning techniques to adults through a South Fulton Master Gardener volunteer program with the Adamsville Public library. Lawrence is a member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association. He joined the Tree Commission in December 2018.

CHET TISDALE is a retired environmental lawyer who practiced at King and Spalding for 39 years. He founded the firm’s environmental practice and represented clients on environmental litigation and environmental regulatory matters involving air, water, and waste cleanup issues. He served as common counsel representing groups of companies and local governments at 21 superfund waste cleanup sites and as a mediator or court appointed special master to allocate costs among parties at more than 20 waste sites in the United States and Canada. Chet has been recognized as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyer, Atlanta magazine and other publications.  He has served on the boards of the Georgia Conservancy, the Clean Air Campaign, Research Atlanta, Emory University Alumni, Emory Law School, Hambidge, and currently serves on the Chattachoochee Now board.  Chet joined the Commission in July 2019.

ELIZABETH WARD is a licensed architect and certified city planner, with Masters degrees from Georgia Tech in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. A native of Atlanta, she also received her undergraduate B.S. in Architecture from Georgia Tech. Elizabeth works as an urban designer at Kronberg Wall Architects, where she uses her multiple skillsets to navigate and elevate complicated urban infill projects. Prior to joining KWA, she worked as an urban designer at Perkins+Will. Her background allows her to wear many hats throughout design and planning processes, and she has played critical roles in the range of commercial, residential and master planning projects at every scale. Elizabeth brings a love for Atlanta, nature, ecology and a context-sensitive built environment to the TCC.

 

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MATTHEW ARNETT graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001. Matt works for Pike Nursery as a store manager and is responsible for sales and operations. As well as being a horticulturalist, Matt is a Certified Plant Professional in the states of Georgia and North Carolina. Matt was appointed to the Tree Conservation Commission in 2008 representing Paired Council Districts 9, 10, 11, 12, and Post 3 At-Large and served for two years.

ROBBY ASTROVE is an award-winning environmental educator and arborist specializing in native/edible plants, urban forestry, and community-based environmental education. He is the Park Ranger at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve for DeKalb County Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs. He is responsible for stewardship activities over the 2500-acre preserve. Robby has over 12 years of experience with community forestry programming and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Non-Profit Administration and degrees in Environmental Science/Interdisciplinary Social Science. He worked previously for Trees Atlanta as Program Coordinator (2007-2011) and as a researcher/educator in the Florida Everglades for the state, private firms, and non-profits (2001-2005). Robby is the board chair for the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia and sits on the steering committee for the Atlanta Local Food Initiative. Robby served on the Tree Commission from 2014 to 2019.

JIM BROWN is the owner of JWB Properties, LLC, which has specialized in small residential developments within Buckhead and other Atlanta neighborhoods since 1975. Jim is a member of the Citizens Coalition for Community Development, the Atlanta Historical Society, the Atlanta Preservation Society, and served as President of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association. As a volunteer, he serves on the Board of Atlanta Nehemiah Housing Alliance, works with Habitat for Humanity, and cycles to support the National MS Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jim was appointed to the Tree Commission by Council Member Howard Shook in 2008, filling the Residential Developer position for two consecutive terms.

WENDY BATTAGLIA represented Council Districts 1-4 and Post 1 At-Large on the Tree Commission from 2010-2011. Appointed to the Tree Commission to represent Council Districts 1-4 and Post 1 At-Large, Wendy is a British born third generation gardener, landscape designer, and Fulton County Master Gardener. She is the owner of Liverbird Gardens, a business specializing in container and kitchen gardens, landscape design, and installation. She was previously a designer and project manager for Connolly Landscapes (2005-2008). She served as Community Relations Chair for the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill (2007- 2010). She was awarded Atlanta Braves and Neighborhood Planning Community Member of the Year in 2009, honoring her commitment to the advancement of the Summerhill community. Wendy’s professional background includes project management, landscape design, and event planning. She studied Art and Design at John Moores University in Liverpool, England.

AMANDA CAMPBELL works for the Atlanta Botanical Garden as Manager of Display Gardens and is a 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia. She directs the outdoor horticulture crew in the day-to-day maintenance of the outdoor gardens. Amanda frequently appears in the local and national media speaking on a variety of gardening topics, is a guest speaker for the University of Georgia horticulture department and various garden clubs, and regularly presents and teaches classes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Amanda is a certified arborist and served on the Tree Conservation Commission from 2006 to 2010 in the botanist/forester/horticulturist position.

KEVIN CURRY, CO-CHAIR is the Vice President of Construction and Property Management where he oversees construction and development of all new projects and manages all Selig properties, which includes over 270 buildings with more than 9 million square feet, primarily in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Kevin’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Master in Business, and a Master in Civil Engineering-Construction Management from Georgia Tech. He served on the Tree Conservation Commission from 2005 until 2011.

WILLIAM FULLER is a registered architect in Georgia and Illinois, filling the position for a registered architect on the Tree Commission since 2000. Bill is an alumnus of Georgia Tech (B. A.’73) and has worked in the field of architecture since 1966. He has been in independent practice for much of his career, since 1977, with the exception of the period from 1993-96 when he was School Architect for Atlanta Public Schools. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in the City of Atlanta and Fulton county, including the Mayor’s Honors Commission (2000-03), the Fulton County Private Industry Council (1983-86), the Atlanta Water and Sewer Appeals Board (1983-85), Friends of Fulton County and Atlanta Public Library Board (1981-82), the Atlanta Zoning Review Board (1978-81), and the Atlanta Legislative Study Commission (1977-78).

ANDREA GRECO is a registered landscape architect and ISA-certified arborist employed at the Jacobs Engineering Group. Her career focus has been in the planning, design and construction administration of parks, multi-use trails and institutional and municipal landscapes in Georgia and the southeast. She holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and an undergraduate dual degree in biology and environmental studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Originally from the New York City area, she is an avid gardener, hiker and naturalist. Andrea holds a Certificate in Native Plants from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society. She served on the Commission from 2013 to 2018.

CHARLOTTE GILLIS has been a landscape architect with the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program for the National Park Service for the past 18 years. Charlotte also worked as a landscape architect and planner with Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Reynolds, Smith, and Hills, Architect, Engineers, and Planners. She holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design. She served the Tree Commission from 2011 until 2015.

PAGE GLEASON has been an Atlanta resident since the 1990s. She currently works as a non-profit and political consultant. Page holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Delaware. She did graduate work at Georgia State University in Educational Policy Studies. She has been active in the environmental community in Georgia for many years and is a former Development Director for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Page was appointed to the Tree Conservation Commission in 2005 as a Citizen Representative by Mayor Shirley Franklin and ended her term in 2010.

TED HITCH is a registered architect. Ted has myriad interests ranging from urban renewal, landscape design, and the developing sustainable building industry, to artistic expression, modern design, and history and the lessons it teaches. His recent projects include multi-family, adaptive use, education, and student housing. He was appointed to the Tree Conservation Commission in the Registered Architect position by Mayor Kasim Reed in 2014, serving until 2017.

MONICA HALKA teaches a course on “The Urban Forest” at Georgia Tech, where she has been Associate Director of the Honors Program since 2006. She volunteers nearly every weekend with Trees Atlanta and has completed the organization’s Certified Treekeeper training program.  A strong advocate for environmental sustainability, Monica also periodically teaches a course on energy and society and advises students on minimization of their carbon footprints, especially as related to air travel.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University, both in physics. She was appointed to a Lay Person position on the Tree Commission in October 2013 and served until May 2018.

CLARA KWON is a landscape architect and founding principal of Stand Landscape Architecture LLC, a design practice that aims to facilitate and create beautiful, regenerative landscapes that support community, ecology and economy. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she has worked for some of the leading landscape architects and urbanists in North America. She was project manager for Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces: Best Practices Manual, a report on innovative construction methodologies for tree longevity in Toronto's sidewalks, working with urban tree expert James Urban and infrastructure engineers at Arup. Clara was awarded the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects 2014 National Merit Award of Excellence. In Atlanta, she collaborated with an ecological designer and mycologists to create a community vision plan for the city’s first urban food forest. Clara is a volunteer educator with Trees Atlanta schools program and is the Play BuHi program chair for the community organization We Love BuHi. She served on the Commission from 2016-19.

JAMILA MINDINGALL is the founder of Collective Deliberation, a facilitative consulting firm. She is a professional Conflict Management Specialist with experience working within the parameters of negotiation, mediation, facilitation, and community conversation. Jamila is also the co-founder of Active N Cascade, a community-based initiative to promote healthy, active living in Southwest Atlanta. Active N Cascade also aims to bring outdoor activities to the expansive green space in the area. Jamila is an outdoor enthusiast and leads weekly hikes in the Historic Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. She enjoys active living, social cycling, community service, traveling, reading. She was appointed as a Lay Person Representative on the Tree Commission in October 2011 and served until April 2016.

ARTHUR MORRIS is a Board-Certified Master Arborist (BCMA #SO2627-B) and has worked in the Atlanta and north Georgia area with Bartlett Tree Experts since 2004. He provides tree care recommendations for commercial and residential properties as well as golf courses and public parks, with an emphasis on tree preservation and plant health care. With a family background in forestry and soils, Art pursued studies in horticulture and tree care at the University of Georgia and worked previously in landscape design and installation. Art also serves as a guest lecturer for University of Georgia horticulture and urban tree management classes as well as local garden clubs. Art was appointed as the Certified Arborist representative to the Tree Commission and served from 2008-2010.

GRETCHEN MUSSER is a Registered Landscape Architect (#1069) and a Certified Arborist (#SO-5583A) and served from 2010 until 2011 in an interim position as the Registered Landscape Architect position for the Tree Commission. A graduate of Iowa State University, Gretchen has practiced as a Landscape Architect for over 20 years and as a Certified Arborist for the past four years. She has served previously as a member of the Smyrna Tree Board, Riverline Master Plan Group, and Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission. She is a member of the International Society of Arborists, Georgia Arborist Association, Georgia Urban Forest Council, Society of Municipal Arborists, and the Georgia Native Plant Society.

JOHN RAINS, CO-CHAIR is an attorney with the Atlanta-based law firm Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP. John’s practice focuses on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation involving the False Claims Act, commercial contracts, business torts, and professional liability. John is a graduate of Emory University, where he was president of Emory’s nationally-ranked debate team. He also holds degrees from Yale Divinity School and the University of Florida’s law school. Before joining Bondurant Mixson, John served as a law clerk to the Hon. Ed Carnes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. John was appointed to the Commission in June 2012 by Mayor Kasim Reed and served until December 2018.

JOEL REED is an environmental, urban, and master planner who has held positions in the civic realm and private sector. He is the owner of Reed Company Planning Consulting, a Land Use Planning Company based out of the Florida Keys. He worked previously as a Senior Planner in Monroe County, Florida’s Planning and Environmental Resource Department and as an Executive Consultant for International Environmental Services, Inc. based out of Chicago. His focus areas include comprehensive community, environmental, and master planning. Joel served as both a Board member and then as President of Habitat for Humanity in the Upper Keys (2007-2009) and as Vice Chair of the Green Initiative Task Force in Monroe County, FL (2009-2010). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP, 023192), the American Planning Association (APA), and the APA Georgia Chapter. He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BS in Environmental Science from Wheaton College. He served in an interim position on the Tree Commission from 2010 until January 2016.

KASHKA S. SCOTT is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding partner of Scott and Sons Holdings, a general construction and engineering contracting firm founded in 1998.  Kashka holds a degree in Management from Georgia State University. He is a licensed Residential and Commercial Builder with the State of Georgia, holds 1A certification in Erosion and Sediment Control from the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Kashka was nominated in 2008 by Council Member Joyce Sheperd and served in the Residential Builder position on the Tree Conservation Commission until 2011.

STEPHANIE STUCKEY  served as Director of Sustainability Services at Southface and previously as Director of Sustainability and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta where her accomplishments included overseeing the largest electric vehicle, energy efficiency, and solar programs in the state, starting the country’s first urban agriculture program, and running an award-winning “Feet on the Street” recycling initiative. Prior to her work at the City, Stephanie ran an environmental nonprofit law firm, GreenLaw, and served for 14 years as a State Representative from parts of Atlanta and DeKalb County, where she was a member of the Natural Resources Committee. Stephanie has worked as a sustainability consultant with clients in the nonprofit sector, on climate change, energy, and environment issues, including Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their $70 million Climate Cities Challenge. She was named in 2018 as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine and one of the top 75 Environmental Leaders in the U.S. by Environmental Leader Magazine. Stephanie is a member of the boards of the Sierra Club Foundation, Olmsted Linear Parks, Clean Cities Coalition, Earthshare of Georgia, and The Nature Conservancy of Georgia 2020 capital campaign. Her term on the Commission was from October 2019 to November 2019.

ROBERT SWANSON is an ISA-certified arborist (ISA SO-280A) who has practiced arboriculture in Atlanta since 1989. Rob began specializing in tree preservation and conservation many years before the Olympics and continues to work in this area today. As the owner of Specimen Tree, LLC he consults in the development of tree ordinances, developer/builder ordinance compliance, tree conservation, and plant health care administration. Rob is also a professional speaker on topics of tree anatomy, physiology, tree preservation on construction sites, and hazard tree identification. He served in an interim position on the Tree Commission from 2010 until 2014.

DANIEL C. WHITE, CO-CHAIR A graduate of Georgia Tech, Dan is a partner in Passive Solar Design and Construction Inc., an infill residential builder and developer specializing in affordable, energy efficient housing. He is the founder of The Rural Library Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps rural communities build new, affordable, energy-efficient public libraries. Dan served as President of Lake Claire Neighbors, 2003-2006, and VP Zoning, 2007-2008. He has been a resident of Atlanta since 1967. Dan was appointed to the Tree Conservation Commission in 2005 as a Citizen Representative of Paired Council Districts 5, 6, 7, 8 and Post 2 At-Large in consecutive appointments through 2013.