From Council President Andy Hillman Grateful and Indebted
Thank you. This will be my last president’s message in Taking Root. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve you all these past four years. They went by quickly. In a few weeks you will have a new president of the NYSUFC.
I want to especially thank those who helped make my term enjoyable and productive. I have had the good fortune to work closely with two great executive secretaries: Betty Shimo, my longtime friend and advisor, and more recently, Liana Gooding, our new ES.
In Albany, at the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Program, Mary Kramarchyk, Sally Kellogg, and Bureau Chief Bruce Williamson were invaluable. The same goes for John Parry at the USDA Forest Service. It is good to know that these professionals will be there for my successor.
I have been fortunate to work with two superb editors of Taking Root: Gloria Van Duyne, who edited TR for many years and now my longtime friend and colleague, Michelle Sutton. Thanks for making my rambles coherent!
Thank you to the Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the deep leadership that kept me on track and covered for me many times. Vice President Brian Skinner and Past President Pat Tobin always stepped up whenever I could not. Thank you to Nancy Wolf, our first volunteer coordinator and my advisor and friend since the beginning of NY ReLeaf.
Nina Bassuk, our first president, taught me most everything I know about urban forestry. Thank you Nina, you are the best!
Finally, a big thanks to the New York State Urban Forestry Council membership. Thank you for the trust you gave me. I am grateful for the honor of presiding!
—Andy Hillman, Andrew.Hillman@Davey.com