Meet the Team

Executive Team

Matt Hill - One Tree Planted

Matt Hill

Chief Environmental Evangelist

President and Founder

Matt created One Tree Planted in 2014 with a mission to make it simple for people to give back to the environment. As a father and nature-lover, Matt wants to make sure future generations can enjoy the great outdoors.

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Bill Toomey

Chief Tree Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Bill has worked for over 30 years for non-profit conservation organizations including The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public land, and local and regional organizations. He brings his experience in urban forestry and large-scale forest restoration to help support the team and increase the pace and scale of our work.

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Jen Diehl

Chief Forest OFficer

Chief Financial Officer

Jen has served Non-Profit organizations for 20 years. She is a CPA and has a Doctoral degree in accounting. Jen has spent two years traveling across America in an RV visiting nearly 30 National Parks. Jen is blending her love for the outdoors with her passion for numbers at One Tree Planted.

Projects

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Stephanie Rochemont

Senior Forest DirectoR

Director of Projects: USA (South East)

Stephanie manages our projects team, oversees our global reforestation efforts, and focuses on tree planting programs within the USA. Having a background in Environmental Science and Community Outreach, she values the importance of our connection to nature. She is happy to be part of the solution in mitigating climate change.

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Gabriela Gard

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Latin America & the Caribbean

As our resident Spanish speaker, Gabriela manages our Latin American and Caribbean reforestation efforts. She strongly believes in the importance of working together with local communities in order to make this world a greener place!

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Jodie Couture

Community Forest Manager

Sr. Events Manager

Jodie is our Community Forest Manager! In her role at One Tree Planted, she helps get trees in the ground by coordinating events and working on projects. Jodie is passionate about the outdoors and is excited to be doing her part to help the earth heal!

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Kyleigh Hughes

Forest Manager

Project Manager: USA (West Coast)

Kyleigh manages and oversees our tree planting projects throughout the West Coast of the United States. With a background in environmental science & policy, she is passionate about climate action and environmental justice for the planet!

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Caitlin Dixon

Community Forest Coordinator

International Events Coordinator

Caitlin coordinates international tree planting and restoration events, and supports community initiatives for Earth Month, World Environment Day and Plant a Tree Day. With a background in urban geography and regeneration, she is thrilled to help others make a positive impact in their local communities and natural environments.

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Karl McGrory

Forest Manager

Project Manager: UK and Europe

Karl looks after our projects in Europe. Having led business development and strategic projects in sustainability and conservation organizations in the UK and EU for the last 20 years, he believes trees should be placed at the centre of a sustainable economy. Karl enjoys nothing more than swinging from a hammock with his children.

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Tanner Haid

Urban Forest Specialist

Sr. Urban Forestry Manager

Tanner has been a constant advocate for urban forests over the last decade, building the largest volunteer tree planting and stewardship program in West Virginia and serving as the Chair of his local municipal Tree Board. An ISA Certified Arborist, Tanner seeks to develop our global urban forestry program.

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Stephanie Clement

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Canada and USA (North East)

With a background in tree planting, international development, and climate change, Stephanie manages our North American projects in Canada and Northeastern USA. Stephanie believes taking care of the environment promotes individual and community wellbeing. Find her in the woods, on the water, or exploring the mountains! 

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Olivier Lavallée

Urban Olive Branch

Events Coordinator

 Ollie coordinates urban events with our partners in North America. As a recent graduate in International Business and Sustainability at Concordia University, he is very passionate about getting trees into the ground. Ollie has planted over 500,000 trees in British Columbia in the last 6 years and looks forward to helping plant more. 

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Keyvan Izadi

Carbon Mitigator

Sr. Carbon Specialist

Keyvan has been working in the climate change, conservation and land use sectors for the past 20+ years in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas to develop sustainable development solutions that enhance human well-being, while also conserving ecosystem functions.

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Laura Lucas Trujillo

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Brazil

Laura was born in Spain, but raised around the world. For the last 5 years, her home-base has been Brazil, where she has been chasing after the critically endangered jaguars of the Atlantic Forest. Outside of work, you can find Laura under a waterfall, hiking with friends, or painting at home with her cat Nebula.

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Brittney Burke

Forest Manager

Project Manager: USA (West Coast)

Brittney manages reforestation efforts throughout the West Coast of the United States. Her background in biology, ecology and forest health, combined with her love for the outdoors, cultivated her passion for a career in natural resource conservation and restoration. Brittney enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing sports, and kayaking her local rivers.

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Angelo Leon Perez

Forest Manager

Projects Coordinator

Born in Chile, Angelo is a professor and engineer. Always looking for new ways to contribute to a greener and more conscious world. Angelo believes that small changes have big impacts. He love sports, outdoor activities, and travelling to meet new people and about other cultures.

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Nilanjana Saha

Forest Manager

Urban Forestry Project Manager

Nilanjana has a background in conservation and has spent nearly a decade managing and growing the urban tree canopy in the front range of Colorado and New York City. Nilanjana believes deeply in the power of urban forests to address climate change and build healthy and connected communities. In her free time, she enjoys all things outdoors with her family. 

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Kat Sherwood

Forest Manager

Events Coordinator

Kat has lived all over the United States, from the desert, to the northeast, to the Deep South, and has fallen in love with every element that nature has thrown her way. After coordinating nonprofit events, corporate events, and weddings in the past, she is now focused on events that help get trees in the ground!

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Maddi Ames-Gilbert

Forest Manager

Events Coordinator

Projects - Asia Pacific

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Beth Dalgleish

Ecosystem Director

Director of Projects: Asia Pacific

Beth is our resident Aussie, who looks after our tree projects and partnerships in Australia and Asia. After 2 years with the team in North America, she's now back home among the gum trees in Sydney. In a region that's on the front lines of climate change, Beth is excited to be making a positive impact.

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Al Jones

Forest Manager

Major Project Manager: Asia Pacific

Al manages our large-scale reforestation and carbon sequestration projects across the Asia Pacific. With a MPhil in Conservation Leadership, he has completed projects and research across Australia and the EU. Al is passionate about improving decision-making in reforestation to address the impacts of climate change. 

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KM Reyes

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Asia Pacific

Aussie-Filipina KM takes care of reforestation projects in Asia. Her background is in frontline rainforest conservation, where she led efforts to legally establish the Philippines’ biggest Critical Habitat. KM is passionate about supporting and empowering indigenous & local communities to lead reforestation and biodiversity protection.

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Talia Liney

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Asia Pacific

With a background in environmental and social sciences, Talia is passionate about ecosystem conservation and restoration, and the important role that monitoring plays in ensuring this work is being done right. Talia loves the therapeutic and healing power of nature and as a keen cyclist she enjoys exploring new places with her dog Jarrah.

Afr100 and Strategic Partnerships

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Aaron Minnick

Restoration Champion

Director of Projects

Aaron leads our AFR100 work, nurtures our strategic partnerships, and supports our monitoring team. Having worked at the World Resources Institute for over a decade, he combines his global and field experience to ensure growing demand for restoration. Aaron enjoys mountain biking and photography.

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Peace Grace Muhizi

Forest Manager

Sr. Project Manager: Africa

Peace Grace manages our tree planting projects in Africa. She is passionate about economic development and believes that agroforestry plays a vital role in providing developing communities with resources to grow. She advocates for the preservation of Africa’s green spaces and loves exploring its beautiful nature.

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Ross Bernet

Forest Guru

Forestry Specialist (Technology)

Ross provides technical support and science-based evaluations for our projects. He planted his first trees while managing an agroforestry NGO in Haiti prior to getting his Masters Degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. As a GIS WIZ, he loves how technology and maps can connect people with nature.

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Malcolm Porteus González

Agroforestry Guru & Drone Mapper

Project Manager: Latin America & the Caribbean

Born in the Philippines, Malcolm manages our projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an Agricultural Engineer based in Costa Rica, he has experience with tropical agroforestry systems and drone mapping. Malcolm is part of our monitoring team and is helping to combine technology with reforestation.

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Teresa Muthoni

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Africa

Teresa is a Project Manager for Africa. She most recently managed community led reforestation programs in Kenya and supported monitoring and evaluation of ITF projects in Africa. Teresa's interests include walking, exploring nature, Biodiversity restoration and supporting local communities to their livelihoods.

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Grace Baruka

Forest Manager

Project Manager: Africa

Grace is a Project Manager for Africa. With a background in Ecology and Sustainable Development, he has over a decade of experience in biodiversity conservation, forest governance, landscape restoration, and community engagement. Grace believes that planting the right species of trees in the right area can make the difference for the planet.

Fundraising

Caitlin Griffin - One Tree Planted

Caitlin Griffin

Fun-raising Director

Director of Fundraising

Caitlin leads our fundraising team and works to establish meaningful relationships with our business partners. An environmentalist to her core, she loves connecting with organizations and businesses who are looking to help the planet through reforestation efforts.

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Louis Lagoutte

Branch Manager

Account Manager

Louis looks after our amazing business partners who help us to plant trees all over the world. He’s passionate about rewilding and sees tree planting as the solution to many of humanity's problems.

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Dave McGinnis

Branch Manager

Sr. Sports Sustainability Manager

After nearly 15 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens' (NHL) marketing department, Dave manages our sports industry partnerships. As a hobby woodworker, he loves trees and feels fortunate to positively impact the environment by helping put trees in the ground.

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Michelle Senthivel

Branch Manager

Account Manager

Michelle works with our amazing business partners to help bring their dreams to reality. She loves getting outside every chance she gets and can be found hiking various mountains in the Quebec region.

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Chris Dickerson

Branch Manager

Sports Sustainability Manager

Chris is a former Major League Outfielder who spent the better part of his MLB 8 seasons with Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds. A Southern California native who grew up a natural environmentalist, Chris joins us as part of the One Tree Planted/Players for the Planet partnership overseeing all things sports with Dave. 

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Megan Gamble-Ashplant

Branch Manager

Account Manager

Megan takes care of our wonderful business partners. With a background in Sustainable Apparel, she believes that true Sustainability is achieved through the replenishment of our natural resources, and so supporting Ecological balance.

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Hannah Ewing

Corporate Tree-Raiser

Corporate Fundraiser

Hannah promotes tree planting to potential corporate partners. She believes nature is integral to the human experience, and that it’s a true privilege to make reforestation accessible to partners globally. She brings over 7 years of non-profit experience and a lifetime of nature-loving to her work at One Tree Planted.

Philanthropy

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Rachel Bouck

Forest Seeker

Director of Philanthropy

Rachel is our reforestation storyteller, helping donors and foundations make a positive impact. With a background in Geography & Environmental Science, she is a huge advocate for conservation and climate action, and believes the first step in restoring the planet is creating mission-driven communities and partnerships!

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Lesley Whyte

Green Machine

Grant Writer

As our grant writer, Lesley is eager to get more trees in the ground but knows that money doesn't grow on trees. As a mother, Lesley loves to enjoy nature with her two sons and wants to give back to the environment, particularly in places that need it most.

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Patty Yanes

Donor Relations Coordinator

Donor Relations Coordinator

Born and raised on the Venezuelan Coast, Patty has a background in International Development and Environmental Sustainability. As part of the foundations team, she loves to build relationships with partners and donors. Patty feels grateful to be able to contribute to restoration efforts. You can catch her paddle-boarding on Lake Ontario! 

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Laura Johnson

Sapling Steward

Major Gifts Officer

Laura leads our major gifts stewardship program and builds meaningful relationships with individual donors around the world. Having helped local residents feel more in favour of their government transitioning off of fossil fuels and onto renewable energy in her previous role, Laura is thrilled to be using her story sharing skills to motivate philanthropic individuals to take action.

Customer Service

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Cassandra Vitiello

Greenhouse Manager

Director of Customer Service

Cassandra is our customer service manager. Have any questions about your donation, business partnership, or fundraiser? Give us a call and Cassandra will be ready to help with all your tree-related needs!

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Aleksandra Todorovska

Seedling Support

Customer Service Representative

For almost a decade, Aleksandra has worked in rural development to help revive the countryside life in her home country of Macedonia. As a nature lover and passionate activist, Aleksandra looks forward to restoring nature that has been destroyed, and provide greener life for all.

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Kelsey Rosentreter

Seedling Support

Customer Service Representative

As a part of the seedling support team, Kelsey is happy to answer any tree planting questions. Steeped in music, she knows that through love, dedication and community, something melodious is bound to happen. She is passionate about caring for our Earth, and is delighted to contribute to the reforestation efforts at One Tree Planted!

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Olivia Hodgson

Seedling Support

Customer Service Representative

Olivia is part of our customer support team & is here to help out with your array of enquiries. She has a real love for trees and enjoys exploring national parks around Canada. Olivia is excited to contribute to building forests around the world, ensuring wildlife has a place to call home.

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Megan Clarke

Seedling Support

Customer Service Representative

Megan loves the outdoors (a One Tree Planted necessity!) and enjoys cycling, yoga and portaging (canoe/camping). Megan founded Food Cycle at Concordia University, a program where food surplus is donated to charitable organizations across Montreal. 

Human Resources

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Jill Higgins

The Mighty Oak

Director of Human Resources

Jill keeps the ball rolling in the office and makes sure the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. An organizational guru, she keeps Matt functioning seamlessly and manages the rest of us to ensure all of our needs are met. Despite knowing that chaos is natural and order is imposed, Jill still loves nature.

Chloe Ketterling - One Tree Planted

Chloe Ketterling

Environment Assistant

Executive Assistant

Chloe is our go-to office assistant, keeping everything flowing and on track. She enjoys spending her free time outside, particularly near water and trees and is happy to be able to make a positive environmental impact!

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Sherlyn Ramos

Park Ranger

HR Manager: USA

Sherlyn comes to us with over 7 years of global HR experience and will be helping to keep our internal processes efficient and seamless. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Sherlyn has a fond appreciation for the mountain landscapes and beaches of the island as they remain close to her heart. She is thrilled to join our team in making a positive impact!

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Angèle Dostie

Mother Nurture

HR Coordinator

Angèle is the quintessential "people person". She has friends from all walks of life, and if you’re not one now, you probably will be soon. She's also passionate about the outdoors and loves hiking, biking, tennis, paddle boarding and skiing. She joined One Tree Planted to make sure that her 2 children will be able to do all those activities while breathing clean air. 

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Shanila Pinto

Treehouse manager

Office Manager

Shanila holds down the fort and keeps our Montreal office organized so that no time is wasted when it comes to planting trees! An eternal student and steward of the earth, her life’s loves are literature, cultural studies, outdoor adventure, her wiener dog Lucille, and learning something new every day.

Operations

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Shalon Zeferjahn

Legal Branch

Director of Operations & General Counsel

Shalon is a UCLA Law School alumna with 20+ years legal experience, including nearly 6 years at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority directing contracting and legal activities with its portfolio of 100+ nonprofit organizations. She is a lifetime tree-hugger, rock collector and lover of kids, puppies, fuzzy socks and spicy noodles.

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Christina Kozsukan

Ecosystem Manager

CRM Manager

Christina is the friendly face that makes sure all of our day-to-day operations run smoothly. She's been passionate about the environment since a young age, and is happy to be doing her part by planting trees!

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Nic Elston

Bark-Keeper

Sr. Bookkeeper

In 2014, back in South Africa, Nic decided to pause his well established career in accounting to travel. With One tree Planted, Nic found his place back in an office which matches his beliefs and experiences. Devoted to keeping the team financially informed, Nic is thrilled to make a positive impact on the environment.

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Marwa Zrelli

Seed-Countant

Bookkeeper

Marwa helps keep the team financially informed by making sure all the seeds we receive are "accounted" for. Born and raised on the Mediterranean coast, Marwa grew up surrounded by olive trees and is an avid plant lover. She is excited to join the team, and enjoys a good hike around the many trails in Quebec.

Marketing & Communications

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Kat Johnson

Maple Marketer

Marketing Project Manager

Kat helps manage all things digital marketing to share One Tree Planted’s projects near and far, working on advertising campaigns and connecting with donors. As the in-house fun-and-games expert, Kat feels privileged to bring creativity and energy to the tree planting community!

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Sofia Coelho

Tree Analytics

Analytics Manager

Sofia helps to manage our analytics, SEO and PPC. She enjoys investigating the story behind the numbers and finding ways to optimize our site, to ensure our mission of reforestation is spread far and wide across the web.

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Kaylee Brzezinski

Social Treedia Manager

Social Media Manager

Kaylee is our Social Media Manager who loves having the unique experience of filling your social feeds with positive nature content! She also assists with all things marketing and communications. Got something cool to share? Use #OneTreePlanted and she might feature it!

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Lauren Dalmatoff

T.R.E.E.S. Manager

School Program Manager

After graduating in environmental studies and education at the University of California Santa Barbara, Lauren is our manager and curator for our environmental school curriculum. Lauren wants to encourage the next generation to take better care of the environment!

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Meaghan Weeden

Forest Whisperer

Content Creator

Meaghan designs our ads, manages our blog and creates fun, educational written and visual content. With a background in communications and an education in environmental conservation, she’s passionate about leveraging her creativity to help get trees in the ground!

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Ed Akselrud

Video Producer

Video Producer

Ed spends his time working with our partners to craft engaging video stories about our projects. He wants to combine his passion for filmmaking and climate action to help shape the conversation about our future.

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Antz Valentini

Web-Slinger

Website Manager

With a background in graphic design and web development, Antz works on our website's appearance and functionality. He is passionate about sustainability, raising awareness about animal cruelty, and spreading our message via the World Wide Web. Antz enjoys to end the day by watering his plants.

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Nicole Guindon

Marketing Sprout

Email Marketing Manager

As a marketing student at JMSB, Nicole is working to help turn One Tree Planted's marketing visions into a reality. Nicole is responsible for the website design and building out new pages. She greatly enjoys spending her free time adventuring in the outdoors!

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Abbey Hinkamper

Conifer Communicator

Content Creator

Abbey creates content for One Tree Planted, primarily designing presentations and supporting the communications team. With background working for mission led brands, and an education in sustainable food systems, Abbey is excited to combine her previous experiences with her passion for positive environmental change! 

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Ashley Lamontagne

Forest Campaign Manager

B2B Marketing Manager

Ashley is a marketer with a passion for sustainability and the planet. She is here to help our awesome partners get trees planted, make a lasting impact, and engage their audience in a creative way. When she is not working on partner campaigns, you can find her by the sea, in the mountains, or at a pottery wheel.

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Sierra Toomey

Vid-tree-ographer

Video Creator

Sierra creates video content and media to tell the story of One Tree Planted. She has a background in sailing tall ships and creating content for STEM and environmental non-profits. Sierra is excited to share positive environmental efforts and inspire change around the world!

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Carol Law

Social Treedia Sapling

Social Media Coordinator

As our Social Media Community Coordinator, Carol supports the communications team. She helps to answer questions and comments across all social media platforms. Carol's favorite view is along the Saco River lined with pine trees in Fryeburg, Maine!

Matthew Talarico - One Tree Planted

Matthew Talarico

Under-Story Manager

Sr. Video Production Manager

Matthew has been passionate about conservation filmmaking since high school, but if he isn't making movies, he is likely baking sourdough bread or tending to his backyard garden with his family. Matthew enjoys playing outdoors with good people and pups, be it biking, paddle boarding, hiking, or camping.

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Ariel Canie

Content Cultivator

Content Creator

With a background in communications and an education in creative advertising, Ariel works with the marketing team to create storytelling content. She's passionate about using her unique skill set for the greater good, supporting sustainability and working towards a greener future.

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Katie Cunningham

Jack Of All Trees

Marketing Manager

Katie supports the One Tree Planted team on campaigns, events and more. Having grown up skiing and hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Katie is a nature lover through and through and is thrilled to be able to combine her marketing and customer service experience with her passion for the environment.

Danielle Miller - One Tree Planted

Danielle Miller

Merchandising Specialist

Danielle brings over a decade of merchandising experience building connections between customers and products. She provides organization and vision to merchandising with a focus on strengthening the relationship between tees and trees. Danielle is excited to be a part of creating a positive change in the world and hopes to inspire others along the way.