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, is completing her Master of Science in Environment Studies from Green Mountain College. 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 spends her free time volunteering, sailing and designing sustainable architecture. She is also a proud member of American Mensa.
Paulette Caudill, Instructor, teaches the Youth Management Series of LEAD courses and is a retired El Segundo Unified District teacher. Paulette taught for some 34 years at all grade levels, K through University, and has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Administration. Her volunteer endeavors include the ROAD Committee, PTA, Cub Scouts and various other organizations in town beyond serving as an Adult Partner at Tree Musketeers. Paulette very much enjoys empowering youth through the teaching of life skills.
Walter Beatty, Tree Care Assistant, studied business math and accounting at Harbor College and has a background in management and account analysis. As the newest member of the Tree Musketeers family he is excited to dig in with tree care and lead volunteer events out in the field. Walter enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with his kids. He also takes every opportunity to assist youth with developmental challenges or from disadvantaged communities.
Mayela Gallegos, Social Media and Communications Intern, is pursuing a B.A. in anthropology and sustainability studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. She has experience with California native plants, horticulture and teaching environmental awareness to elementary students. Mayela is excited to make an international impact through working with Tree Musketeers and looks forward to learning new skills in communications and outreach. In her spare time Mayela enjoys painting and cooking.