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Alliance for Community Trees Announces New Board President

College Park, MD (January 15, 2013) – Alliance for Community Trees ushers in 2013, and 20th Anniversary Year, with a new President and Board members. David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, begins this month a three-year term as ACTrees’ new board president.

“We’re excited to have Dave take over leadership at ACTrees,” Says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “He brings a wealth of experience working to promote urban forests in communities, and we’re confident he’ll provide a fresh and dynamic vision for ACTrees.”

To learn more about Forsell, his insights on urban forestry issues, and top priorities for ACTrees in 2013, check out an interview with David.

Forsell succeeds Ray Tretheway, Executive Director at Sacramento Tree Foundation. “We’re deeply grateful to Ray for his steady and thoughtful leadership these past three years, which has paved the way for new beginnings at ACTrees,” says Gallagher. Also leaving the ACTrees Board are Riyad Abu-Sharr, Chief Financial Officer, Star Marketing Group; and Scott Fogarty, Executive Director, Friends of Trees.

New to the ACTrees Board of Directors for 2013 are Nancy Hughes, Executive Director, California Urban Forests Council; and Samuel Bishop, II, Director of Education at Trees New York. Bishop is the first recipient of the Marcia Dew Bansley Award, an annual award that provides funding for a representative from an ACTrees member organization to join the ACTrees Board for one year.

Maitreyi Roy, Executive Director, Bartram Gardens, will take on a new role as ACTrees Treasurer. Scott Jamieson, Vice President Corporate Partnerships and National Recruiting, Bartlett Tree Experts, will continue as ACTrees Vice President; and Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director, Tree Pittsburgh, remains as Secretary.

Other continuing members of the ACTrees Board of Directors include Burnell “Burney” C. Fischer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University; and Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta. Diane Gleason, Consultant, is on leave through 2013. Learn more about 2013 ACTrees Board Members.

About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With over 200 member and partner organizations in 44 states and Canada, ACTrees engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 93% of people live: in cities, towns, and metropolitan areas. Together ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. Learn more about our mission at