2019 GAA OFFICERS AND DELEGATES
At the November membership meeting, elections were held for the 2019 GAA Board (officers and delegates). Congratulations to the new GAA Board, as follows:
Christie Bryant, President
Josh Correll, Vice President
Scott Offen, Treasurer
Josh Goodman, Secretary
Rusty Lee, Past President
Russell Tonning has a BS in Plant Biology and studied Water Planning & Policy as well as Environmental Engineering. He has worked for the City of Powder Springs as City Arborist and is currently employed with DeKalb County as County Arborist. He was recently re-elected as a Rockdale County Soil and Conservation District Supervisor and also serves on the DeKalb-Rockdale County Farm Bureau Board. Tonning is TRAQ and CTSP certified. He is a Municipal Specialist and BCMA certified with ISA and E&SC Level IB and II certified with the GASWCC.
Mike Pavlis is the owner of Ossabaw Consulting, an arboriculture consulting firm based out of Savannah. He has a Bachelor's in Science degree from West Virginia University, a MS from Virginia Tech and is an ISA-Certified Arborist. Michael is also the President of the Coastal Arborist Association, serves on the Tybee Island Tree Board and is a community lacrosse coach for area youth and high school programs.
Braden Smith has been in the Green Industry for seven years. His family had a small landscape company where he worked with for five years. He has been with Arbor Equity full time for 2 years and has been a Certified Arborist for one year. He loves being outdoors and enjoying nature and coaching youth academy soccer. He is recently married and living in Covington with his wife and two dogs.
Devon Lucabaugh has worked as an ISA certified arborist for Davey Tree Experts for the past four years, and has served on the GAA board for the last three years. He has a bachelor's degree in forest biology and a master's degree in European forests and forest science.Roland Orellana is the Urban Water management/Irrigation Agent for the college of Agriculture and Environmental Service. Rolando has been working in the industry since 2002 and has a degree in agriculture engineering from Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras.
Brian Ziegler is general manager fro AKA Tree Removal. He has worked for both Davey Tree and Bartlett Tree in the greater Chicago Area. He also served as a Foreman for Asplundh Tree Expert Co. for ten years. He has his degree in Project Management from Waubonsee Community College.
Jason Anderson has worked in the tree care industry for the past 17 years. He has managed businesses in both the utility sector of the industry, and the commercial/residential sector. Jason has worked in GA, FL, SC, and CO recently returning to GA with SavATree as Branch Manager. Jason has a passion for safety and customer service which he has studied at length. Jason attended Georgia Southern University where he majored in Building, Contracting, and Construction. Jason holds an ISA Certification, TRAQ Certification, CTSP, MOT, and EHAP credential in the field of professional arboriculture. He has been happily married to his wife Casie of 12 years and has a 7 year old son. Hobbies and interests include hunting, fishing, offroad vehicles, football, reading, golf, and family.
Dr. Ellen Bauske joined UGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture as a program coordinator in 2005 and is a member of the Department of Plant Pathology. She coordinates Center programs in urban water, safety training, local food, turfgrass, and arboriculture. Her primary charge is to increase the impact of UGA Extension outreach in Georgia’s urban areas. She has her PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Joelette Bembry has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Joelette has over 12 years of experience in Invasive Plant Control, GIS database and Natural Resource Management. In Joelette's current position as the Agricultural and Natural Resource Agent with DeKalb Co. Extension, she has been responsible for assisting homeowners with trouble shooting landscape issues, conducting workshops on relevant landscape topics, plant and insect ID, and providing recommendation and management to homeowners for their landscape.