Our Board of Directors

Tara Church, Chair, is an attorney at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP in Los Angeles where she represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of litigation. She began her career in philanthropy at age eight when she co-founded the world’s first youth environmental nonprofit, TREE MUSKETEERS, which she led from a neighborhood project to a national initiative that empowered millions of kids to plant trees across America. In addition to chairing TREE MUSKETEERS’s Board of Directors, Tara contributes her time and talents to worthy legal causes pro bono and is a frequent volunteer for charities focusing on the needs of children and the environment.

Fernando Headshot at City Council meetingFernando Aguilar, President, is a very enthusiastic and optimistic teenager. He has been involved with Tree Musketeers since 2014 and is a proud member of the boy scouts.  Fernando is always looking to lend a helping hand, aspiring to teach and learn from others wherever he can and attempting to lift the spirits of others no matter what. He also enjoys DJing in his spare time.

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. While Gail’s environmental work has been well recognized, she is most honored to have been awarded for professionalism as a nonprofit executive and excellence in leadership by her peers. Gail’s altruism has its roots in the labor movement, and she founded an organization to serve the mainstream homeless and needy. She was also one of the architects of California ReLeaf.

ChadHummellChad Hummel, Treasurer, believes that the path to healing the planet and many of society’s ills is through mentoring youth to be leaders. His strong history of volunteerism and board service are tremendous assets to Tree Musketeer’s governing body. Professionally, Chad is a partner at Sidley Austin, LLP, based in Los Angeles and a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in some of the nation’s most high profile civil and criminal cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been ranked among the Best Lawyers in America. Chad is a frequent author and lecturer and serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

Scott Houston, Secretary, is an active resident of El Segundo, engaged in all aspects of the community. He can be seen in the volunteer ranks of many causes and as Vice Chair of El Segundo’s Capital Improvement Program Advisory Committee. Scott is actively involved politically as a volunteer, delegate and candidate. He is a talented networker and a creative thinker when it comes to fundraising. Scott’s commitment to conservation and the community made for a smooth transition from volunteer to Adult Partner to Board member. When he is not doing great work in the community, Scott is a manager at Vision Envelope.

Marc Gerard, Director, is Controller for Lawry’s Restaurants, but the accounting career for this Manhattan Beach resident has spanned industries ranging from paper and foods to a cruise line and hotel. Avocationally, Marc has a rich history in nonprofit board service for multiple causes, though his core concern is for the environment. In this regard, he walks the talk from what he drives to how he remodels his house. Marc has imparted this deeply held value system on his three children, all of whom are involved on leadership levels at TREE MUSKETEERS.

George Funk, Director, has been a strong supporter of Tree Musketeers for many years, and is a mainstay on the Adult Partner Team. He and his entire family can be found in the trenches on Arbor Day and most other large scale events. When he’s not planting trees or mentoring youth leaders, George is Vice President of Sales for Popstar Club Inc, a Toy and Media company. Marketing is among the many talents he brings to the board. George’s primary interest in Tree Musketeers is developing youth leadership with environmental sensitivity, qualities he believes are sorely needed in our country.

Adam Gerard, Advisory Director – Student, Yale University

Julian Poyourow, Advisory Director – Student, Cal State Long Beach

Blake Parker, Advisory Director – Student, University of Alabama

Stephen Ludwig, Advisory Director – President, Group 22

Eric Busch, Advisory Director – Director Environmental Affairs, Sony

Sandra Jacobs, Advisory Director – Former Mayor of El Segundo

Catherine Magruder, Advisory Director – Toastmasters International

Mike Rotolo, Advisory Director – TG Construction

To empower young people to be environmental leaders