Executive Board

CHAIRMAN   Henry Heuser, Jr., CEO, Unistar, LLC
VICE CHAIR   Katy Schneider
SECRETARY-TREASURER   Allen F. Steinbock, CEO and Chairman, Whipmix Corp.

James R. Allen, Chairman and CEO, Hilliard Lyons
Dan Barbercheck, President, Red7e
Linda Danna, President and General Manager, WHAS11
Charles Denny, Regional President Kentucky Tennessee, PNC Bank
Greg Heitzman, Retired Executive LWC and MSD, BlueWater Kentucky
Franklin Jelsma, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, LLP
Charles Marsh, Stephen C. Gault Co.
Mike Mountjoy, Chairman, Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Paul Thompson, COO, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Pattie Dale Tye, Humana, Inc.

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.

Co-Chairs: Mike Hayman, Internationally Renowned Arborist
Katy Schneider, Retired Deputy Mayor
Kristin Booker, Booker Design Collabortive
Allen Bush, Jellito Seed Co.
Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Gardens
Todd Eberle, Retired Mayor of Prospect
Ken Herndon, Downtown Management District
Michelle King, Air Pollution Control District
Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability
Mesude Duyar, Metro Parks
Sherie Long, Louisville Metro Planning and Design
Barbie Tafel, Garden Design
Cindy Marquel, Kentucky Department of Transportation
Michael Raisor, COO, JCPS
Tom Smarr, The Parklands and Floyds Fork
John Swintosky, Metro Parks



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.

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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 a degree in Geography from the University of Delaware, and is active in numerous sustainability initiatives in Louisville, including the Love Louisville Trees Citizen Forester Program. 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!

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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.

mike2Rather 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.