True Champions of Trees
Achieving the mission of TreesCharlotte requires a collaborative effort of volunteers, partners and sponsors. In addition to this incredible support team, TreesCharlotte is anchored by a staff and founding board that work tirelessly to make the TreesCharlotte vision a reality.
The TreesCharlotte Board provides strategic oversight and counsel for the overall efforts of TreesCharlotte. In this capacity, the Board serves as fiduciary for TreesCharlotte by raising private capital, establishing contracts with partnering non-profits, and supporting efforts to coordinate volunteer plantings, public education initiatives and general awareness campaigns, as well as guiding the work of the Executive Director.
TreesCharlotte Board of Directors
- Thruston Morton
Founder, Global Endowment Management
- Evan Bass
Attorney at Law, Moore & Van Allen
- Peggy Brookhouse
- Todd Collins
President and CEO, Red Hill Ventures
- Tracy Dodson
Assistant City Manager, City of Charlotte
- Patrick Franklin
Vice President of Special Opertions, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
- Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Duke Energy
- Mary N. Hall, M.D.
Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Education, Atrium Health
- Leslie Johnson
Deputy County Manager, Mecklenburg County
- Paul Kardous
President, Row Architecture
- Margaret Marshall
- Susan McDonough
- Susan McKeithen
- Audra Nunn Tyree
- John Petrone
President, SouthWood Corporation
- Jennifer Reilly
SVP, Head of Strategic Finance Business Partners, Mass Mutual
- John Sherman
- Stoney Sellars
President and CEO, StoneLaurel
- Chris Thomas
Partner, Childress Klein
Meet Our Staff
Contact me for: All things that are events, logistics and volunteer related.
Favorite Tree: My favorite tree is not a specific one, but I love the mangroves in Puerto Rico off the coast of Maguayo, also called La Parguera. As a child, my favorite memories were swimming with my cousins in and around the mangroves. I enjoyed snorkeling to see the fishes and climbing around to find the crabs on top of their roots.
Contact me for: Any inquiries regarding our social media or marketing initiatives.
Favorite Tree: Bigleaf Magnolia. They are stunning with their large leaves (the largest simple leaves and the largest flowers of any tree indigenous to North America!) and not to mention-- they smell amazing.
Contact me for: Any tree questions or to request a speaking engagement or educational event.
Favorite Tree: Deodar cedar. I love so many trees and I should probably pick one native to North Carolina, but the beautiful structure and giant swooping branches of the Deodar cedar fill me with awe.
Contact me for: Our CommunityWoods program and how your community, house of faith, or non-profit can host a tree planting event for 25+ trees.
Favorite Tree: Dogwood; it reminds me of my childhood as we had several at our home and school gardens.
Contact me for: Any ideas, comments, or questions about our community facing programs.
Favorite Tree: Eastern White Pine for its resilience, spectacular growth, and beauty along the coasts of New England, where I spent most of my life before moving to Charlotte.