Gail Church, Executive Director, was present for the founding of TREE MUSKETEERS, and left an airline management career to become its CEO. Years of volunteer service to youth and graduate studies in nonprofit organizational management allow her to skillfully mentor youth leaders. Due to a small staff running a large organization, Gail’s Executive Director duties include development and program direction. Under her leadership, the group grew from local tree planting project to an international scope.
Luke Midura, Community Forester, earned his Associates as an Urban Forestry Technician and his Bachelor of Science in Forest and Natural Resource Management. He is not only an ISA certified arborist but his past experience includes being operation’s manager of a landscaping firm and a volunteer instructor for youth classes on safe tree climbing and tree identification. Luke enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and playing guitar in his free time and is a frequent contributor to TreeMapLA.
Catherine Magruder, Instructor, teaches the Public Speaking series of LEAD courses. She has been a member of Toastmasters International, District ONE for over 21 years. She believes the benefits of learning public speaking skills builds self-confidence, improves clarity of thought, develops critiquing skills to name a few, and feels grateful to pass those benefits on. She is the mother of two sons and one daughter, who is a past Youth Manager. Catherine believes that youth truly are the future of the world and wants to help them accomplish their visions and goals.
Melanie Berringer, Volunteer Manager, has earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Melanie has a diverse background, from mentoring at-risk teens to coordinating fruit tree planting in San Jose and is also a former Americorps member. She truly has a passion for urban forestry and is excited to be part of the TREE MUSKETEERS team. When not serving the environment Melanie enjoys hiking, rock climbing and exploring local restaurants.
Marjorie Alexander, Outreach Manager, received her B.A. in Film Studies and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. With a background in media production management and a passion for improving the planet she is excited to redirect her skills toward a cause she truly cares about, environmental sustainability. Marjorie is currently working toward her Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies and enjoys bouldering, sailing and designing sustainable architecture in her spare time. She is also a proud member of American Mensa.