TCI Magazine Inaugurates First Editorial Advisory Committee

TCI Magazine recently created the TCI Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee. The purpose of the group is to provide subject-matter expertise to TCI’s editorial team (inclusive of magazine, website and blog) on trending issues and depictions of proper or improper practice, as well as to provide other input as needed.

The goal is to maintain TCI as the definitive resource for commercial, residential, municipal and utility arborists and others involved in the care and maintenance of trees.

Objectives of the committee will be to:

  • help flesh out TCI’s editorial calendar annually;
  • review selected features or areas of focus;
  • assist TCIA editorial staff in locating sources and contributors for content; and
  • advise editorial staff on responding to comments/criticisms from readers (letters to the editor), as applicable.

TCI EAC members

Members of the inaugural EAC include, in alphabetical order:

Tchukki Andersen, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA), TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association in Manchester, New Hampshire (staff).

John Ball, Ph.D., BCMA, CTSP, A-NREMT (Advanced – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians), professor of forestry and TCIA member/student advisor at South Dakota State University and frequent presenter at industry events throughout the U.S.

Noel Boyer, BCMA, CTSP, owner of All About Trees, LLC, a nine-year TCIA member company based in Springfield, Missouri, and a member of TCIA’s Board of Directors.

Tim Bushnell, CTSP, northeast regional manager with the Oxford, Pennsylvania, office of The Davey Tree Expert Company, a 47-year TCIA member company based in Kent, Ohio, who has served as chair of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300 Committee for the last three years.

Rob P. Calley, CTSP, president of Backridge Tree Service, Inc., a seven-year TCIA member company based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Mark Chisholm, CTSP, director of operations with Aspen Tree Expert Co., Inc., a dual-accredited, 33-year TCIA member company based in Jackson, New Jersey, and also a spokesperson for Stihl Inc., an ambassador for Teufelberger and Kask and founder of and administrator for

Kyla Cunningham, TCIA’s corporate engagement manager, Manchester, N.H. (staff).

Howard Gaffin, BCMA, American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) registered consulting arborist (RCA), Massachusetts Certified Arborist and owner of Gaffin Tree & Landscaping, a nine-year TCIA member company located in Rowley, Massachusetts.

Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA’s senior vice president for industry expertise and TCI Magazine publisher, Manchester, N.H. (staff liaison).

Melissa LeVangie Ingersoll, CTSP, education director with RBI Corp., dba Shelter Tree, a 24-year TCIA corporate member company based in North Attleboro, Mass.

Geoff Kempter, technical services manager with Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC, a 45-year TCIA member company headquartered in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and past chair of the 2017 ASC A300 Pruning Revision Subgroup. He has served as the Asplundh representative on the ASC A300 Committee from 1996-2020, and was the recipient of TCIA’s 2018 Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award.

Todd Kramer, CTSP, QCL, training and performance manager with Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc., an accredited, 33-year TCIA member company based in West Chicago, Illinois.

Geoffrey W.L. Manning, CTSP, BCMA, owner and operator of Manning Arboriculture, LLC, a seven-year TCIA member company based in Roanoke, Virginia, whose business focuses on mature and historic trees and managing tree risk.

Stacey Marcell, CTSP, owner of Northeast Horticultural Services, an accredited, 10-year TCIA member company based in Milford, Connecticut.

Randall H. Miller, BCMA and ISA Utility Specialist, director of research and development at CN Utility Consulting (CNUC), a subsidiary of Wright Tree Service, a utility vegetation-management company based in West Des Moines, Iowa, whose writing credits include Utility Arboriculture: The Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide, which he wrote along with Geoff Kempter (2018). He is also a member of the ANSI A300 (Part 7)-2012 Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) subcommittee.

Erick Navarro Palacios, CTSP, TCIA-approved instructor and independent trainer based in Magalia, California, who travels the world training and educating arborists while sharing his passion for people and trees wherever he goes.

Lindsey Purcell, BCMA, RCA, urban-forestry specialist in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Kristopher Rasmussen, CTSP, QCL, ISA Certified Arborist and manager of urban forestry for the City of Dallas Urban Forestry in Dallas, Texas.

Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, who has published many articles, made numerous presentations and frequently appears on television and radio. His websites include and

Don Staruk, editor of TCI Magazine for 17 years, Manchester, N.H. (staff).

Mike Tilford, CTSP, ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Certified Tree Worker – Climber Specialist, an ITCC head judge and gear inspector and director of general tree care for SavATree, a 35-year TCIA member company headquartered in Bedford Hills, New York.

Travis Vickerson, CTSP, QCL, vice president of operations with Chippers, Inc., now a Davey Tree Expert Company, an accredited, 48-year TCIA member company headquartered in Kent, Ohio.

Timothy M. Walsh, CTSP, ISA Certified Arborist and director of corporate safety for The Davey Tree Expert Company, a 48-year TCIA member company headquartered in Kent, Ohio.

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