An Urban Tree Care Conference
January 17th & 18th, 2019

Our Speakers

Denice BrittonDenice Britton has a bachelor’s degree in Plant Pathology and a master’s degree in Urban Forestry from UC Berkeley. She was co-owner of Britton Tree Services from 1984 to 2001, and the Urban Forest Manager for the City of Chico, CA from 2006 to 2013. Denice was instrumental in establishing the Certification Program for Arborists in the Western Chapter ISA. She was subsequently elected President of the Chapter in 1990 and was President of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Denice has been a successful consultant for more than 30 years, specializing in tree management programs, appraisal and risk assessment. She is currently President of California Tree and Landscape Consulting, Inc., known as CalTLC, a consulting firm serving northern California.

Dr. Catherine LavisDr. Cathie Lavis is a Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources. She teaches Arboriculture, Sustainable Landscape Maintenance, Horticultural Irrigation Systems and the Business of Landscape Contracting. Dr. Lavis received the American Horticultural Society Teaching Award, the Irrigation Association Educator of the Year Award; the Kansas State Presidential Advising Award, the International Society of Arboriculture Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education, and the Outstanding University Teaching Award. She serves as advisor to the Kansas State Horticulture Club and coaches the Landscape Contracting Team for the National Collegiate Landscape Competition that hosts 29 horticultural competitive events and the largest green industry career fair in the country.

Dr. Dr. Rolston St. HilaireDr. Rolston St. Hilaire teaches courses in landscape horticulture and environmental stress physiology at New Mexico State University. His current research focuses on ornamental plant development, plant stress physiology, the development of tools that promote efficient use of water in urban landscapes, and mapping and categorizing land cover in urban ecosystems. He is the plant originator of the bigtooth maple cultivar, Acer grandidentatum ‘JFS-NuMex 3’, trademarked as Mesa Glow and author of the book ‘Landscape Plants for the Lower Rio Grande Basin’.

Dr. Kim CoderDr. Kim Coder is a professor of Community Forestry and Tree Biology and Health Care at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He has a PhD in Forest Ecology, an MS in Tree Physiology, and a BS in Forest Management from Iowa State University. He is an honorary lifetime member of the International Society of Arboriculture, and winner of the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education, Sharon J. Lilly Award of Achievement, and the 2014 Award of Merit.

Dr. Catherine LavisDr. Cathie Lavis is a Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources. She teaches Arboriculture, Sustainable Landscape Maintenance, Horticultural Irrigation Systems and the Business of Landscape Contracting. Dr. Lavis received the American Horticultural Society Teaching Award, the Irrigation Association Educator of the Year Award; the Kansas State Presidential Advising Award, the International Society of Arboriculture Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education, and the Outstanding University Teaching Award. She serves as advisor to the Kansas State Horticulture Club and coaches the Landscape Contracting Team for the National Collegiate Landscape Competition that hosts 29 horticultural competitive events and the largest green industry career fair in the country.