Adult Partner Team

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The Adult Partner Team (APT) is an ongoing program for adults of all ages to serve as mentors for youth volunteering at TREE MUSKETEERS. APT creates a solid support system for both at-risk and mainstream youth.

APT members come from the residential and business communities, and volunteer for a comfortable level of participation. Options range from serving as an occasional adviser to committing to mentor one child for a longer term or working with a youth ordered by courts or schools to perform community service. Some opt to make use of special expertise by mentoring members of the YMT and LEAD groups as a whole while others come out for special events to work side-by-side with a young person for the day.

Meet our current Adult Partners:

CatherineMagruderCatherine Magruder: mother of a past YMT member, Catherine became an Adult Partner in 2010. Each year she uses her skills as a Toastmaster to conduct our LEAD Public Speaking course. Catherine also participates in a wide variety of opportunities as an APT.
Elsa & Marc Gerard: became involved in 2004 when their son Adam first joined Tree Musketeers. Their daughters Talia and Raquel are still Youth Managers, while Adam now serves on our Board after serving as the organization's President. Elsa and Marc are among our most dedicated Adult Partners.
ClaudiaCanoClaudia Cano: Mother of Youth Manager & Board member Samantha, Claudia is always willing to volunteer and participate in different APT volunteer opportunities. She often will use her talent as photographer to document the many events she attends.
AdamAdam Gerard: joined Tree Musketeers at the age of 9. After years on the Youth Management Team and as a Youth Director and President on the Board, he has now moved on to become an Adult Partner and Director.
Dodie Gomez - Arbor Day 2014Dodie Gomez became an Adult Partner in 2013, through her involvement with the Odd Fellows Gold Crest Rebekah Lodge. She has been volunteering on Tree Musketeers' major events such as Make a Difference Day and Arbor Day, as well as other opportunities to support our Youth Managers since then.
BrookChurchKoegelBrook Church-Koegel: has been involved since his sister Tara Church co-founded the organization. Today, Brook continues to be an active Adult Partner, assisting the organization with his technology and tree knowledge.
RobinFunkRobin Funk: Following a career in Aerodynamics Industry, Robin has been a very active member of the El Segundo community, serving on the School Board for eight years and participating in many of Tree Musketeers' projects.
Paulette Caudill: Becoming an APT in early 2011, Paulette, a former teacher, brought her teaching skills to Tree Musketeers where she taught the LEAD Youth Manager Series from 2011-2013. Paulette also volunteers with other facets of Tree Musketeers as well.
TaraChurchTara Church: One of the Founding Members of Tree Musketeers, Tara has remained an active member of the Adult Partner Team and sits on the Board of Directors as Board Chair.
Terry McDermott: a journalist and writer, Terry joined the Adult Partner Team after his daughter Lina, now a Youth Manager, got involved with Tree Musketeers.
Benito Seli: has been an APT for over five years, and is always an amazing Adult Partner at Arbor Day, tabling events, and TLC for Trees events. Benito is also a Police Officer and his experience with youth intervention gives him a unique perspective on the importance of youth leadership.
Candy Aguilar: mother of YMT Fernando, Candy became involved when Fernando first started taking LEAD classes at Tree Musketeers. Candy’s positive attitude and willingness to help makes her an invaluable addition to the Adult Partner Team.
Julian Poyourow: former President, Youth Director, and Youth Manager, Julian still frequently makes time in his busy college schedule to come help Tree Musketeers both in the office and in the field. Julian’s years of experience with Tree Musketeers make him a real asset as an APT.
Jack Desemone: father of YPS Maddii, Jack is a regular APT at TLCs and Arbor Day events. Jack’s passions for gardening and his experience in education and coaching make him a perfect fit on the Tree Musketeers team.
George Funk: understands that Tree Musketeers is a great place for the whole family. George’s wife Robin, and daughter Haley are also active members of the Tree Musketeers team. He is a member of the Board of Directors, but his participation doesn’t stop there. George also takes an active role in Arbor Day planning and is always ready to lend a helping hand.


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