TREE Fund expressed its gratitude and thanks to Jim Barborinas (Urban Forestry Services, Inc.), for his many years of committed service to the organization.
Even before TREE Fund was established in 2002, Barborinas was an active volunteer and advocate for tree research and education at one of TREE Fund’s predecessor organizations, the ISA Research Trust. In 1992 Barborinas rode the first Tour des Trees, and he holds the distinction as the first Liaison Committee Chair. Barborinas served 11 years as a TREE Fund Trustee (2003-2007 and 2013-2018), providing a nurseryman perspective. He is a member of the Research and Education Committee, and chairs the Ken Ottman Volunteer Award Committee (an honor which he himself has received). Barborinas and his wife, Annie, are leaving a lasting legacy to the tree community as well, establishing the Barborinas Family Fund, which will begin issuing grants in 2019. Barborinas is stepping down as a TREE Fund Trustee at the end of 2018.
TREE Fund also welcomed Jacques Brunswick (Jacques Brunswick & Associates, LLC) to its board of trustees. Over the past few years, Brunswick has served as a member of TREE Fund’s Audit and Finance Committee and Development Committee, bringing his extensive background in public charities and nonprofit accounting to the organization. He and his wife, Louise Desjardins, are veteran Tour des Trees riders as well.