Who We Are

ISA governance relies on two types of committees to support our mission:

  • Board Committees, which report directly to the ISA Board of Directors
  • Operation Committees, which report to the ISA Executive Director

Each committee serves a specific ISA interest that assists the organization as a whole. Committees are staffed by volunteers within the ISA membership, but may also include non-members with expertise important to the function of a particular committee.

In addition to the Board and Operational committees, the current ISA President and/or Executive Director may appoint ad hoc committees as necessary to support the best interests of the ISA membership.

Committees and Chairs

Each committee at ISA has a special focus and is comprised of members who have special expertise or talent in that particular area of focus. To learn more about any of these committees, contact the committee chair listed.

Annual Conference Program Committee

  • Purpose: Planning and implementation of annual conference educational program
  • Chair: Andrew Koeser, University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, Florida U.S.A.

Arboriculture & Urban Forestry (AUF) Editorial Board

  • Purpose: Provides review for content of scientific journal
  • Chair: Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Nature-Based Solutions Institute, Barcelona, Spain

Arborist News Editorial Board

  • Purpose: Provides review for content of periodical
  • Chair: Lindsey Mitchell, International Society of Arboriculture, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Awards Committee

  • Purpose: Solicitation of nominations and recommendation to the Board for award finalists
  • Chair: Lauren Lanphear, Forest City Tree Protection Co Inc, S. Euclid Ohio U.S.A.

Best Management Practices Committee

  • Purpose: Provides input for revision and maintenance of the ANSI A300 standards and develops Best Management Practices
  • Chair: Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Research Lab, Charlotte, North Carolina U.S.A.

Credentialing Council

  • Purpose: Provides management and oversight for ISA certification programs and related policies
  • Chair: Norm Easey, ISA Florida Chapter, Sarasota, Florida U.S.A

Conference and Events

  • Purpose: Provide strategic direction and support to ISA for all events
  • Chair:Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana U.S.A.

Educational Goods and Services Committee

  • Purpose: Supports development of educational programs and products
  • Chair:Dave Scharfenberger, Wachtel Tree Service, Hartford, Wisconsin U.S.A.

Finance/Audit Committee

  • Purpose: Provides oversight for financial matters
  • Chair: Chris Walsh, Treetech Specialist Treecare Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Governance and Bylaws Committee

  • Purpose: Provides maintenance and monitoring of ISA Governance Documents
  • Chair: Dana Karcher, Program Manager Arbor Day Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska U.S.A.

Hispanic Committee

  • Purpose: Support for needs and concerns of the Hispanic sector of the profession
  • Chair: Iris Magaly Zayas, Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S.A.

International Safety Committee

  • Purpose: Serves as an international forum and resource for arboriculture safety research and education
  • Chair: Tim Walsh, Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent, Ohio U.S.A.

International Tree Climbing Championship Committee

  • Purpose: Provides development, maintenance, and operations support for the ISA International Tree Climbing Championship program
  • Chair: Eduardo Medina, Davey Tree Expert Co., Chicago, Illinois U.S.A

Membership Committee

  • Purpose: Support the development of membership programs for services, recruiting, and retention
  • Chair: Jeremy Barrick, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A

Nominating and Elections Committee

  • Purpose: Solicitation and review of nominees for ISA volunteer leadership positions; oversight of ISA elections
  • Chair: Jessica Sanders, PhD, PMP, Director of Science and Policy, Washington, DC, U.S.A.

Plant Appraisal and Valuation Committee

  • Purpose: Addresses appraisal and valuation issues for the ISA membership and serves as ISA’s review committee for CTLA
  • Chair: Joe McNeil, Pleasant Hill, California U.S.A.

Science and Research Committee

  • Purpose: Foster exchange among the research community and professionals, and identify important new opportunities for science and research
  • Chair: Justin Morgenroth, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand