Cindi Sullivan holding tree

Cindi Sullivan, Executive Director/President of TreesLouisville brings exceptional creative skills and experience to the organization. Her career spans more than 35 years including horticulture and agronomy research, government services, environmental consulting, media and nonprofit work. While with the City of Louisville’s Operation Brightside, she coordinated the Community Garden Program, conducted elementary school education outreach classes, and initiated the Christmas Tree Recycling and composting programs. During this time, she was also President and Board member of the National Community Gardening Association. For more than 25 years, Cindi hosted both daily television and radio programs focused on horticulture, environmental, and lifestyle issues. Cindi is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture where she studied horticulture. She is a certified arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Realizing that it is not just about the trees, it is about the people, Cindi is extremely grateful to be in a position to use her skills to serve her community. Contact Cindi at


In 2015, Charlotte moved to Louisville from Seattle, WA and became involved with TreesLouisville as a volunteer before joining the team full-time in January 2017. She holds her Certified Arborist credential from the International Society of Arboriculture and earned her degree in Geography from the University of Delaware in 2010. Charlotte is passionate about helping to creating a healthier, greener, and more sustainable city that benefits all of Louisville’s citizens, and believes caring for our trees is an integral part of that mission! Contact Charlotte at


Morgan Grubbs

Morgan grew up in Goshen, Kentucky just outside of Louisville, which is where she believes her love of nature and being outdoors began. She has a B.S. in Environmental Management from Indiana University Bloomington and has spent the majority of her career in environmental education and program development. Morgan’s adventurous and outgoing spirit can be seen through her 5 years of living abroad developing youth engagement programs and participating in outdoor excursions. She feels very passionate about trees and hopes that through education and hard work we can create a more sustainable future for our communities. Contact Morgan at


Mike Hayman and Melvin Moffett at nursery

Mike Hayman, the best volunteer a community could ever have (and all around great guy!), has been donating his time, effort and resources for decades to improve the canopy of Louisville. In 1987, Mike was a resident and photographer for the Louisville Courier Journal with no real tree experience but had an enormous passion for the art and science of trees. He took upon himself the responsibility to come up with a plan to replace trees in Seneca Gardens, his Louisville neighborhood, after a storm damaged many of the community’s trees. Rather than replace pin oaks with pin oaks and red maples with red maples, Mike quickly became enamored with the idea of planting a diversity of trees. The focus was on large over-story trees that would live for 100 years or more, but smaller ornamental species were planted also. The streets of Seneca Gardens are now a veritable arboretum and few small towns rival the immediate sense of community and home that one instantly feels when they visit the canopied neighborhoods of Seneca Gardens. Mike also took on the responsibility for planning and implementing planting projects for the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission. He is the recipient of the 2015 Joan Riehm Environmental Leadership Award.

Executive Board

CHAIRMAN   Henry Heuser, Jr., CEO, Unistar, LLC
VICE CHAIR   Charles Marsh, Stephen C. Gault, Co.
SECRETARY Jackie Cobb, Schneider Electric
TREASURER   Allen F. Steinbock, CEO and Chairman, Whipmix Corp.
James R. Allen, Chairman and CEO, Hilliard Lyons
Dan Barbercheck, President, Red7e
Charles Denny, Regional President Kentucky Tennessee, PNC Bank
Dawne Gee, News Anchor, WAVE-TV
Bill Hollander, District 9 Metro Council Representative
Franklin Jelsma, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, LLP
Boyce Martin, President, Eli Brown & Sons
JK McKnight, Founder and Director, Man of the Land
Mike Mountjoy, Chairman, Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
Katy Schneider, Community Volunteer
Wes Sydnor, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Metropolitan Sewer District
Paul Thompson, COO, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Dale Woods, President & General Manager, WDRB Media

Jeff O’Brien, Mayor’s Office Liason

Operations Committee

The purpose of the TreesLouisville Operations Committee is to provide expertise, guidance and support in pursuance of our mission of creating a more livable and healthy community for Louisville’s future generations through a robust tree canopy by raising public awareness of our canopy deficit and planting trees today in areas of greatest need.

Mike Hayman, Internationally Renowned Arborist

Katy Schneider, Retired Deputy Mayor

Kristin Booker, Booker Design Collaborative
Allen Bush, Jellito Seed Co.
Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Gardens
Todd Eberle, Retired Mayor of Prospect
Michelle King, Air Pollution Control District
Mesude Duyar, Louisville Metro Parks
Sherie Long, Louisville Metro Planning and Design
Barbie Tafel, Garden Designer
Cindy Marquel, Kentucky Department of Transportation
John Swintosky, Louisville Metro Division of Transportation