About Me

I was born and raised in the Crescenta Valley with Angeles National Forest (ANF) as my back yard. As a child my family would go for weekend drives up Angeles Crest Highway to admire the views or play in the snow. In high school I ventured into ANF for hiking, fishing, and spending time with friends. But it wasn’t until later that I learned to appreciate my natural surroundings.

Several years after college, I was miserable about working in an office with no windows, and knew that I had to find a way to work outside. I enrolled in the Wildland Resources and Forestry program at Citrus College and took classes in plant identification, forest ecology, and fire management. Those classes changed how I observed the world around me – I revisited my old ANF spots and for the first time I noticed the incredible variation in trees and plants, the diversity of wildlife and insects they support, and the resilience that allows them to withstand fire and extreme drought.

I decided then that there was no place I’d rather be than at home in Los Angeles; nothing I want to do more than protect LA’s urban and wildland trees; and no better way to do it than as a consulting arborist. Now I work each day with one goal: helping my fellow Angelenos act as stewards of their trees.

CORE VALUES
Fairness – Independent and objective consulting practices
Stewardship – Thoughtful and responsible management of urban and wildland trees

QUALIFICATIONS
ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist #770
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #WE-12464B
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
AS in Wildland Resources and Forestry, Citrus College
BA in Political Science, UC Irvine

EXTRACURRICULARS
Western Chapter ISA – Board of Directors, Serving 2022-2025
Theodore Payne Foundation – Bimonthly Speaker, Understanding Oaks and Living with SoCal Trees
WCISA Women’s Climbing and Chainsaw Workshops – Co-Organizer and Assistant

Detailed statement of qualifications, extracurriculars, and other activities available upon request.