Our Operations Committee


Mike Hayman, Internationally Renowned Arborist

Katy Schneider, Retired Deputy Mayor


    Kristin Booker, Booker Design Collaborative                         Allen Bush, Jellito Perennial Seeds

    Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Gardens                                  Todd Eberle, Retired, Mayor of Prospect

         Ken Herndon, Downtown Management District                       Michelle King, APCD

         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

       Mike Raisor, COO, Jefferson County Public Schools          Robert Rollins, GreenHaven Tree Care

Betsy Ruhe, Jefferson County Public Schools                         David Slater, Retired Physician

Tom Smarr, The Parklands at Floyds Fork                                John Swintosky, Metro Parks


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.

The Operations Committee will meet every other month, and is charged with the following:

  • Monitoring the tree canopy coverage of Louisville, i.e., the progress of the Louisville Metro Urban Forestry Master Plan.
  • Advising the Executive Board on the investment of resources in projects to increase the tree canopy.
  • Promoting networking and collaboration among the nursery industry as well as non-profits with similar missions.
  • Helping to increase the community awareness of the importance of Louisville’s tree canopy to the overall welfare of the community.
  • Developing a strategic plan and goals for TreesLouisville.

Furthermore, the Operations Board is divided into committees with individual purposes:

Project Development/Management

  • Explore, identify and promulgate best practices in tree planting and care.
  • Develop, implement and oversee projects.

Strategic Planning

  • Work with the Metro Division of Forestry in coordinating and overseeing a community-wide urban forestry master plan.
  • Develop specific goals and a five-year strategic plan for TreesLouisville for adoption by the Executive Board.

Events and Outreach

  • Plan an annual meeting/conference with a prominent keynote speaker and workshops.
  • Develop opportunities for networking among the nursery industry and non-profits with tree-related missions.
  • Help in organizing fundraising/volunteer recruitment events
  • Provide support in further developing the website and outreach opportunities via social and traditional media.
  • Assist in the development of marketing materials.