Executive Committee

President – Kameron Kytonen

I’ve been Natural Resources Technician with the City of Andover for the past 15 plus 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. I appreciate the natural resources in Minnesota and hope to make an impact on protecting, preserving and enhancing them. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, golfing, sports, fitness and music. ​​


Vice President – Lauren Stufft

I am currently the Forestry & Natural Resources Specialist with the City of Eden Prairie. Previous to this role, I was an Urban Forester for the City of Saint Paul and also had a role as a Project Coordinator for a small tree nursery. I have a B.S. in Forest & Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota and have served as the Programs and Education Committee Chair for MSA. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work to protect and improve our urban forest and natural resources. I enjoy fitness, skiing, biking, camping, hiking, and hunting in my free time.


Treasurer – Ryan Gustafson

The majority of my time is split between working with trees and being with my family, and the best times are when those two things combine. I have been working with the Davey Tree Expert Company for almost 14 years in many different roles over the years. I received a B.S in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I also volunteer with the TREE Fund and the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course planning committee. When I am not at work I spend my time with my wife, 3 kids, and our golden retriever getting them outdoors to explore nature and burn off all of their energy!


Information Officer – Brian Volz

​I am an arborist and tree inspector for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board where I have been employed for the past 5 years. I have an MS in Urban Forestry from the University of Toronto and a BS in Cartography from Missouri State University. I have over 12 years experience in the field  including as production climber, plant health care technician and sales arborist. My favorite parts of day to day operations include structure pruning young trees, tree inventory documentation, special climbing projects and making house calls to Minneapolis residents who have questions on their trees. In addition to my passion for trees, I enjoy cycling, rock climbing, hiking, gardening, cooking and wood working.


ISA Council Representative – Jim Vaughan

Jim retains two Bachelor Degrees (Forest Resources and Science Education) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Toxicology from the University of Minnesota. Jim has worked for the City of St. Louis Park for more than 32 years, serving in various capacities during this time, from Tree Inspector to Park Superintendent, culminating in his current position of Natural Resources Coordinator overseeing and managing St. Louis Parks’s natural resources; which include wildlife management, community forestry, stormwater management, native landscapes and other related areas. Jim is current Past-President of MNSTAC.


Past President – Valerie McClannahan

These days, trees are all I breathe, quite literally. I currently work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as the Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator. I received a B.S. in Horticulture with a Minor in Urban Forestry, and completed my M. Ed. in Adult Education at the University of Minnesota. My free time is spent focusing on bettering the programs offered by MSA, and volunteering on the Shade Tree Short Course committee. I also hold a place on the board for Brewing a Better Forest, a non-profit dedicated to getting all Minneapolis trees watered, and all Minneapolis citizens with a brew in hand. If I’m not charging my focus towards trees, then I’m focusing on trees, going camping, hiking, cross country skiing, sitting outdoors drink in hand, when I can with my husband Liam and dog Pando.