Current Board Members:
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President: Todd Fagan
A native of central Illinois, Todd Fagan earned a degree in Urban Forestry from Western Illinois University in 1996. 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 for The Care of Trees, a Chicago based tree care company which is now a part of the Davey group. Looking to gain experience in the municipal side of the field, he went to work for the City of Park Ridge, IL as city forester in 2007, becoming the city arborist a year and a half later. He has been the city arborist for Cedar Rapids since 2010. An ISA Certified Arborist since 2000.
Todd is a voting member of the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council in addition to being the past Northeast Regional Representative for the Iowa Arborist Association. He will be the president of the IAA for the 2018 calendar year.
When not engaged in futile attempts to keep up with his young son Jack, Todd also enjoys camping, hiking, archery, NASCAR racing, obstacle course 5K runs, hockey, rugby, vintage car shows and any time he can squeeze in at the gun range.
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.
Past 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.
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
Secretary: Karl Thielmann
Graduated from Western Illinois University, 2006. Worked in the green industry in private and municipal jobs, and since 2015 has been a consulting utility arborist with the Davey Resource Group currently contracted as a Forestry Technician for MidAmerican Energy in the Quad Cities area.
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. Jim is also a BCMA.
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.
Kelsey is native to Eastern Iowa. She is a designer at HBK Engineering and with over 12 years’ experience, is studying to become a licensed, Landscape Architect. Kelsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Design from South Dakota State University in 2008, INLA Iowa Certified Nursery Professional since 2010, Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator since 2014, and ISA Certified Arborist since 2015.
Kelsey developed her passion for arboriculture from her father and also while studying under the leadership of Professor Dr. John Ball – nationally recognized through his forestry research. Serving as a volunteer with the non-profit organization, Trees Forever, Kelsey has recognized there is a huge opportunity for educating homeowners, contractors and everyone involved, the importance of good land stewardship. She uses her diverse, professional background to continue as an advocate for recovering, replanting, and restoring the trees in the community.
Kelsey lives in rural Anamosa, Iowa with her 6-year-old son, Keegan. In her free time, she enjoys playing/coaching soccer, running, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, knitting and sewing.
Guy owns and operates Tree Care LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since the year 2005. He has been in the arboriculture field over 25 years and a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and Certified Arborist since 1998. Time away from work is camping with family and friends, enjoying honey do projects and the challenges that life has to offer.