2017 Participant Gallery

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Paul Sellers
Arborist, Eversource


Hometown: West Falmouth, MA

Why are you riding this year?
It’s a great time and a great event.

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Melanie Sherrod
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Therapy.Works LLC


Hometown: Kingston, TN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I ride to support trees and get to spend a week with my sister and friends while riding a bicycle. It is such a fun week!

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Laurie Skul
Senior Financial Analyst, The Davey Tree Expert Company


Hometown: Canton, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I’m riding because I love to ride, I love trees and I love to ride for trees with my TREE family!

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J. Eric Smith
President and CEO, TREE Fund


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? The STIHL Tour des Trees is my organization’s signature annual community engagement event, and there is no better way for me to honor and affirm our volunteers, riders, and staff than by personally sharing the entire journey with them, from fundraising the first dollar to riding the final mile. I am particularly honored and humbled to have the chance to celebrate TREE Fund’s 15th Anniversary and the Tour’s 25th Anniversary this year, in conjunction with ISA’s International Conference and the International Tree Climbing Championship in and around Washington, DC. It will be a wonderful gathering to celebrate our history, be in the moment with friends, and share our vision for a meaningful, high impact future.

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Pete Smith
Urban Forestry Program Manager, Arbor Day Foundation


Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am pairing two of my favorite things: bikes and trees! Both make the world a better place to live, and I support the TREE Fund mission to improve our understanding of trees through research and education.

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Dave Staats
Supervisor, City Of Upper Arlington


Hometown: Columbus, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Raising money, riding bikes, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. A great way explore a different area of the country.

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Philip Svoboda
Clerk, Fred Meyer


Hometown: Spokane, WA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding because 25 years ago my dear friend Jim Clark was kind enough to invite me on an adventure of bicycle riding from Seattle to Oakland; at the time I did not know what I was getting into, but the original ride was one of the best vacations I ever experienced. Through Jim and others of the ISA I have come to appreciate the immense value of trees and I simply wish to donate my time and energy to help TREE Fund (http://www.treefund.org/) achieve its mission. I recall the quote by Nelson Henderson: The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Although I may never directly benefit from TREE Fund’s work and mission, I will relish the idea that perhaps my efforts helped others.

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