Current Board Members:
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President: Rachel Deskins
Rachel has been a certified arborist since 2007. Working for Davey Tree Expert since 2011 as a Residential Sales Arborist, she is currently a Utility Planner for the Davey Resource Group. She has been on the IAA Board since 2008 and feels that the IAA promotes good stewardship in all facets of the tree industry.
Rachel lives in the Quad Cities with her three daughters. They are great kids that are very busy. When not working, she enjoys outdoor activities, running, watching her girls play softball or run cross country. She also serves on her daughters' ASA Softball Board.
President Elect: Todd Fagen
A native of central Illinois, Todd Fagan earned a degree in Urban Forestry from Western Illinois University. Drawn to a warmer climate, he spent a year in San Jose, California before returning to work in the Chicago area. Todd spent the next ten years as a climber, crew leader, plant health care technician and sales arborist. Looking to gain experience in the municipal side of the field, he went to work for the City of Park Ridge as City Forester in 2007. He has been the city arborist for Cedar Rapids since 2010.
An ISA certified arborist since 2000, Todd also sits on the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council in addition to being on the board of the IAA.
When not engaged in futile attempts to keep up with his five year old son Jack, Todd also enjoys camping, hiking, NASCAR racing, hockey and rugby.
Past President: Mindy Charron
Melinda “Mindy” Charron works for Perficut Companies in Ankeny. Mindy says being a Plant Health Care Arborist is challenging but rewarding, and she enjoys helping clients solve their trees problems. Balancing work in the field and administrative work is one of the biggest obstacles. Occasional tree work and snow and ice management in the winter keep her busy all year long.
Mindy graduated with an AAS in Commercial Horticulture from DMACC Ankeny in 2005, ISA Certified Arborist since 2008, Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator, with 9 years experience with Plant Health Care. Mindy is hoping her specific experience caring for trees will bring a unique perspective to the board and members of the IAA, targeting issues that affect tree health.
Mindy and her husband Graham, have 2 growing daughters. Jorden, a student at Iowa State University, and Jade, a student at Interstate 35 High School, who keep their parents very busy. Their family home is in rural Warren County.
Treasurer: Todd Reese
Todd Reese lives in Norwalk, Iowa. He is the District Forester for MidAmerican Energy at the Des Moines Office. Todd is a Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist.
Contact Info: Home: 515-287-7320, Office: 515-281-2638, Cell: 515-979-1443
Chip Murrow is a Forester in the Vegetation Management Department for ITC Midwest. Chip received his BS and MS in Forestry from Iowa State University in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Since then he has worked for Commonwealth Edison utilities in the Chicago area as a Utility Forester; two year as a City Forester for Mason City, Iowa and nine years as a Community Forester for the Nebraska Forest Service. Chip became a Certified Arborist in 2000 and has also achieved Utility and Municipal Specialist. He serves as a proctor for the ISA exams and has spent time on the Midwestern ISA chapter board along with being a Past President.
Chip lives in Ankeny with his wife Michelle and their two children Rob and Brooke.
Northwest Representative: Jim Rock
I grew up in Des Moines Iowa. I started working for a large tree service there in 1975. My qualifications were that I had a strong back and a chauffeurs license. I loved the work immediately! I worked for another tree service up here in Ames for a couple of years and then started doing tree care on my own starting Ames Story Tree Service in 1981. I started getting the NAA magazine shortly after that and started learning about tree health.
I received my arborist certification several years ago. I have been to the Shade Tree Short course for many years along with other continuing educational opportunities such as Rochester Arborist Association, Minnesota Arborist Association, IAA, Midwest Arborist Association in various cities. Even though I don't do much production anymore, I still love doing tree care with all its challenges.
Northeast Representative - Mike Cimprich
Michael is native to the Central Iowa - Cedar Rapids area where he lives with his wife Brittany and two sons, Brayton (7) and Finley (2).
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Management from Upper Iowa University and has been employed full-time with the City of Marion Public Services and Parks Departments since 2009. He currently oversees the newly developed Urban Forestry Division as City Arborist. He has been an outdoor enthusiast since he was young. His path through education led him to one conclusion…He was meant to work outside. Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist in 2015 was a pinnacle achievement and opened up opportunities to advance within his career and continue building skills and developing new ones.
Michael spends his free time waterfowl hunting and fishing (despite the temperature)! Hiking, camping, recreational climbing, photography and recently videography (due to a GoPro for Christmas) among many other interests.
Future goals include acquiring Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, Municipal Specialist Certification, continued involvement with the IAA Tree Climbing Competition and improving native prairie grass and forb identification.
Southwest Representative - Bob Koczela
Bob first became certified in 1975 after getting an A.S. in “Arboriculture and Park Management” from U. Mass. (manila ropes). Then he was (finally) recertified in 2010 in Ames, and has since kept current on CEUs.
He owns “Expert Tree Pruning and Consulting, Inc.” in Fairfield, IA. He enjoys the work most when customers show concern for the trees’ own sake. Highlight of last few years was attending National ISA meeting in Oregon and seeing the giant Cedars, Firs, and Redwoods.
Goal: To learn as much about tree care as possible, and pass it on to the public.
Southeast Representative: Scott Carlson
Scott Carlson is the owner of Scott Carlson Certified Arborists, a tree service in Davenport. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. He is active in judging at the Midwest ISA and Illinois Tree Climbing Championships as well as organizing IAA's Iowa Tree Climbing Day Workshop and Competition annually. Scott teaches a certification preparation course in Moline, IL each year and is a test proctor.
Representative at Large #1: Brandt Jelken
Brandt Jelken is a Consulting Arborist with Copper Tree Consulting and is currently the only private Certified Tree Risk Assessor in the state of Iowa. He has been a Certified Arborist since 2008 and earned his Municipal Specialist and Certified Tree Risk Assessor qualifications in 2011. As a consulting arborist, Brandt performs tree inventories for cities and municipalities as well as assisting home owners and townhome associations. Brandt also serves on the Iowa Urban Tree Council and is a speaker at the ISU Community Tree Steward Program.
Brandt lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with his wife Michelle and 12 year old son Noah. In his free time Brandt likes to fly fish and practice traditional archery.
I was introduce to tree work by one of my employees. I owned a chain saw that I had never used. He had sold most of his equipment being down and out and needed to borrow it to do a job and fix his truck so that he could make it to and from work. I loaned it to him and he later convinced me that if I were to go and help him I could make an extra $20 to $30 dollars a week. My wife insisted that I try it as we needed extra income.
My Goals: To make the industry safer to both the practitioner and consumer thru all resources available To introduce systems and resources to tree service companies that will enable them to be more profitable and insure financial security thru the sharing of art, science, safety and education.
Matt Brewer is an urban forestry consultant and lives in Coralville. He
has been a Certified Arborist since 2004 and served as President of the
Iowa Arborist Association in 2006.