2017 Elections

This is an election year for the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture. MSA Members will vote on two open positions on the Executive Board: Vice President and Treasurer.  Elections will take place by e-ballot in October and be announced at the Fall Conference on November 7.

2017 Election Timeline
May 15 – September 15 Call for Nominations (Deadline extended to September 30)
October 15 – 31 Voting
November 7 Results Announced
Positions Open for Election

MSA is seeking candidates for two Executive Board positions. Click the link for more information and position descriptions.

Nominations

To nominate someone or yourself as a candidate, please send us an email with a brief bio, photo, and explanation of why you think you would make a good candidate. The deadline to submit nominations is September 30

Voting

Voting will take place by e-ballot starting October 15 and close at 11:59PM CDT on October 31. Ballots will be mailed to members currently in good standing.

The results will be announced at the Annual Fall Conference on November 7, 2017.

Candidates

Adam Gerber, Vice President – I went to the U of M and got a degree in Recreation Resource Management and a minor in Forest Resources. Upon graduation in 2005 I started Premium Tree Protection and began diagnosing and treating trees. I spent some time as a city tree inspector in Eagan, MN and an arborist at the State of MN capitol complex.

Continuing education and outreach programs have done a great job of raising the general public’s awareness of the importance of trees. I am lucky to live in a metro area that has such a great urban tree canopy and people that truly appreciate their trees. We have already donated time and chemicals for different things and I feel this is another great way I can give back to the industry and our community.


Kameron Kytonen, Vice President – I’ve been a Natural Resources Technician with the City of Andover for the past 15 years and have close to 20 years experience in Forestry/Arboriculture. I have been very active with MnSTAC for over a decade and was a board member for several years.  Personally, I’m raising a 17-year old adopted son (splitting time with my ex). In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, golfing, sports, fitness and music.

I’m interested in this position because I enjoy challenges, meeting and working with new people, and think I could help this organization continue to stay strong and become even get stronger. I think in Minnesota, we have an obligation to continue to be one of the leaders of sound forestry management in this country.


Nate Pischke, Treasurer – I grew up in the sandy soils of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Large white pines and bur oaks with remnants of barbed wire fencing lined the property I grew up on. I was always fascinated with trees. I didn’t know that there were good careers managing landscape trees until I took two elective courses in arboriculture while working towards my degree in Environmental Design at the U of M.

I have worked as an ISA Certified Arborist for the last twelve years. I have a wide range of experiences in both sales and production. Both of my parents and my two siblings are or have worked as teachers.
It’s no coincidence that educating clients and the general public about tree related issues is my favorite part of the job.

I’m a numbers guy (arithmetic not calculus!). I’ve done my taxes on paper forms for the past dozen or so years. I like the challenge of it. If I wasn’t an arborist I would possibly work as an accountant. However working outside is ideal, so don’t expect to see me behind an H&R Block desk anytime soon!