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29 Jul 2018

International Society of Arboriculture Announces Selection of New Executive Director

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The International Society of Arboriculture recently announced the selection of Caitlyn Pollihan as its new executive director. Pollihan — who is expected to transition to the position by July 1 — brings to the ISA a background in forestry leadership and association management.


Caitlyn Pollihan

Pollihan has served as the executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition since 2009. In this role, she facilitated the development of the organization’s strategic goals and agendas and worked with members and CWSF/WFLC staff to ensure the organization’s success. Prior to this role, Pollihan was the CWSF/WFLC Governmental Affairs director, where she was instrumental in the passage of key legislation and educating CWSF and WFLC members on legislative proposals and national policy with western implications.

“I am honored to be selected as the next executive director of the International Society of Arboriculture and look forward to ensuring the continued growth of this dynamic organization,” Pollihan said in a release. “Working in concert with the ISA staff and members to promote the professional practice of arboriculture, building on Jim Skiera’s legacy, is an exciting opportunity that I am eager to undertake.”

Read more: After more than 22 years of service, Jim Skiera announced his retirement as executive director of the ISA by the end of this year.

Pollihan previously served as the staff vice president for Government and Environment Affairs for the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Hampton Roads. In this role, she worked on state and local legislative initiatives, green building programs and helped create and implement an innovative approach to building site safety inspections with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

She serves on several national coalitions and committees, such as the USDA Planning Rule Implementation Federal Advisory Committee and the American Society of Association Executives’ Public Policy Committee. Pollihan also participates in the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Board.

Pollihan holds a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media and journalism/public relations from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Hampton Roads‐St. Louis. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management and has earned the Certified Association Executive credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry.

“The ISA Board of Directors is looking forward to having Caitlyn join us as our next executive director,” Michelle Mitchell, president of ISA Board of Directors, said in a release. “We believe that her specific experience with the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, as well as her experience in governmental affairs, and organizational communications will be an excellent asset to our organization. This experience, combined with her passion for membership organizations, will continue moving ISA forward in fulfilling our mission.”

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18 Jul 2017

Support the Future of Arboriculture

Please, Support the Future of Arboriculture

About two years ago, I implored you to take a step back, look at the bigger picture and support TREE Fund. In a nutshell, I reminded you that even though there are many things that require your attention each day, the future of arboriculture also warrants your consideration.

Well, it’s time to remind you again about TREE Fund and why it’s so important, crucial and relevant.

The Tree Research and Education Endowment — a 501(c)(3) charity — offers numerous grants and scholarships in support of research, outreach programs and education in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. It’s the leading nongovernmental source of funding for these two fields, and it serves to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in both.

To date, the foundation has distributed more than $6 million in the form of scholarships and research grants. Knowledge gained from more than 400 TREE Fund research grants since 1976 directly affects tree care companies, peoples’ lives and arborists’ techniques each day.

“Thanks to TREE Fund, I am able to obtain a quality education and focus on my studies instead of on tuition bills,” Matthew McKernan, a Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship recipient, told “I greatly appreciate the support and reassurance I have received, knowing that there are professionals in the industry who care and support my education and success at Kansas State University.”

More recently (March 27), TREE Fund announced its final round of 2016 grant awards for urban tree research and education. With these grants, the charity reached a record-breaking $550,000 in new awards in 2016, bringing its total disbursement of funding to nearly $3.2 million since 2002.

“We achieved this higher level of grant-making in 2016 by increasing both the number and the value of several of our grant lines,” TREE Fund President and CEO J. Eric Smith said in a statement. “We are proud and excited to be able to empower a larger body of new work, all through the tremendous international support we receive from our individual and organizational partners.”

Grants issued in the latter part of 2016 included an important long-term utility arboriculture test program in California; three grants supporting research on safe rigging, accurate tree surveying and proper root removal; and TREE Fund’s signature Research Fellowship, which is designed to cultivate emergent lines of inquiry in the field.

Two Jack Kimmel International Grants, supported by Canadian TREE Fund and its riders in the STIHL Tour des Trees outreach and fundraising event, will fund work on soil cell technology and climate change.

As you can see, this charitable organization continues to do great things for the industry.

So, how can you help?

To actively contribute to the advancement of the arboriculture industry, please visit TREEFund. org, where you can make an online donation. You can make a contribution to the general TREE Fund, or you may choose to support a specific program of your liking, such as the Safe Arborist Techniques Fund.

You can also reach TREE Fund on Facebook, on Twitter @TREE_Fund, by phone at 630-369-8300 and by email at

You can also support TREE Fund via your local International Society of Arboriculture chapter. (Contact your chapter to find out how.)

The bottom line is this: If you’re in a position to give, or if you want to help make even a small difference in your profession — not to mention make a difference for the next generation of arborists and tree care professionals — consider making a donation to TREE Fund. You’ll feel great knowing that you’re contributing to an outstanding, essential cause.

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