ISA Certified Arborist (SO-0164A)
Neil is a retired 32-year employee of the Alabama Forestry Commission. Much of his career was in urban forestry, where he served for many years as the State Urban Forestry Coordinator. During that time, Neil worked with many local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to increase the level of professional urban forest management at all levels. He also administered over $4.0 million dollars of US Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Financial Assistance to help communities hire city foresters, develop urban forest management plans, create tree boards, increase the number of ISA Certified Arborists, expand arboricultural training, and stimulate urban forest research. From 2005 to 2010, Neil served two full terms on the National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council to the Secretary of Agriculture. Neil helped form the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, became one of the first Certified Arborist in Alabama, helped Mobile become Alabama's first Tree City USA, and collaborated with the Arbor Day Foundation to start the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign, a national program to help replace urban trees in North Alabama destroyed by the April 2011 tornadoes.
Cheryl is a retired Lt. Col. of the US Air Force where she served 21 years. She has a bachelor's and Master's degree (University of Alabama) in Secondary Education and English. She also has a MBA degree in Information Management (Air Force Institute of Technology). While in the military, Cheryl served in the Pentagon, was an academic instructor at Air Command and Staff College, was stationed at HQ - US Forces Korea, and served on the staff of the International Officers School. Her career also includes teaching public High School students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Cheryl's strong talents include instruction and technical writing.