top of page



Board Members



David L. Anderson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Executive Director

David is an ornithologist (bird scientist!) who specializes in the diversity of life living in the forest canopy. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees studying birds in tropical rainforests of Honduras beginning in 1995, and therefore possesses an intimate knowledge of canopy ecology and climbing methods.


He also conducts research on how scientists climb trees, revealing new insights important to keeping scientists safe and improving the methods we use to study forest canopies. Having lived in Latin America for many years, he has a lasting love affair with the mountains, people, and cultures of Central and South America.

Jamz & Mt Baker.jpg

Jamz has taken a new journey and lives in our hearts while we fulfill his legacy of changing lives one tree at a time.


Jamz Luce - Co-Founder

and Municipal Arborist (deceased)

Jamz Luce is our mentor, teacher, and spirit guide. He was our Lead Instructor for our first 4 International Climber Trainings, bringing over 30 years of experience as a professional arborist, climbing instructor, and research aid. Jamz had a way with people. He was loved and admired by thousands of people around the world.

Board Members

Ellen Wilson – Director,

and Interim Board Chair

Ellen Wilson was born and raised in the Boise, Idaho. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boise State University with additional studies in arbitration/mediation. Ellen is also an artist and enjoys using her creative energy to help the organizations she is involved with. Ellen has over 15 years of experience producing local events, fundraising, and creating opportunities for local artists.

Ellen Wilson.jpg

Throughout her professional, personal, and volunteer experiences, Ellen has built relationships in almost every corner of the Boise community. As a Canopy Watch board member, Ellen is excited to find exciting ways to expand on community outreach and to grow the impact and success of Canopy Watch in and around her community.

Captura de pantalla 2024-03-05 a las 11.50.40 a.m..png

Janina lives in St. Gabriel, Louisiana and enjoys quilting, birding, and writing about the natural world. She is the author of The Gecko in the Bathtub: Encounters with Marvelous Creatures.

Board Members

Janina Fuller, Ph.D.

Janina Fuller, Ph.D. – Secretary, 2020 – present

An avid birder since childhood, Janina Fuller discovered a particular passion for feathers during a high school biology class. After graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Zoology (1978), two years of Peace Corps service as a community health worker in the Philippines sparked Janina’s interest in the influence of cultural differences on productivity and in what motivates volunteers to develop themselves as leaders. Janina earned an M.S. in Biology from Portland State University (2004), a Master of Natural Science degree from Louisiana State University (2009), and graduated from LSU in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development. 

Board Members

Nick Bonner – Director,

2022 – present

Nick is the General Manager of TreeStuff. With a small team, he manages all the branding and marketing for, the world’s largest direct-to-consumer arborist sales channel. As part of the Notch Equipment product development group, Nick influences many of the arborist products on the market today and is the listed inventor on multiple current U.S. patents. Nick has been an avid climber both professionally and recreationally for most of his adult life. As a rock climber, tower hand, and professional arborist, he has experience climbing the tallest trees, cliffs, and man-made structures in America.

Nick Bonner.jpeg

Nick also sits on the board of the Fallen Families Fund, a charity that supports the families of arborists injured or killed on the job. He brings business and fundraising experience as well as a deep background in digital marketing and brand building to the Canopy Watch team. Nick has a family of four and resides in Boston where he is an avid cyclist, amateur home-improver, and a kyu level Go player. 

Nicolás Reyes, Ph.D..jpg

Board Members

Nicolás Reyes, Ph.D. – Director,

2022 – present

Nicolás is the Curator of the Mammal Collection of the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH-M) in Colombia. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Colombia and his PhD. in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) in Argentina. As a mammalogist, his active research lines are evolutionary developmental biology, functional morphology and evolution of small mammals, as well as ecology and conservation of the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus). Nico brings tremendous potential for networking with scientists in Colombia and throughout South America.

Board Members

Kieran Hunt – Director,

2023 – present

Kieran is the Manager of Operational Analytics with Asplundh Digital Innovation. He is responsible for working with internal and customer field leadership to interpret, strategize, and find value in operational data. Asplundh Digital Innovation utilizes modern technology to greatly enhance the effectiveness and cost efficiency of utility vegetation management programs. Hunt has a background in municipal and utility tree management, GIS, and urban forestry. He is an ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist and New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert with a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology from Rutgers University.

Noel Rodriguez.jpeg

Board Members

Noel Rodriguez – Director,

2023 – present

Noel is the owner of Gaea Tree Service located in Seattle, Washington. A native of Mexico, he brings bilingual Spanish-English abilities to the Canopy Watch Team. Noel is a competitor, judge, instructor, and champion at national and international tree climbing competitions. He has been an instructor of our international training program Discovering the Canopy since 2022 and is a naturally gifted instructor.

Canopy Watch logo final COLOR letras transparentes.png
hero perch-.jpg


Great nonprofits flourish from the labor of their volunteers.

We are growing our volunteer corps. Join us if you dare!


Carlos Funes

Education Advisor

Carlos is the producer of our educational video content. A native of El Salvador, Carlos organized our 2018 International Climber Training in Honduras, and was a junior instructor at our 2019 International Climber Training in Colombia. Carlos works tirelessly to produce our videos, is always ready with good advice on what to create, and his sense of humor make everything better around here. ¡Gracias Carlos!

Captura de pantalla 2024-03-05 a las 12.47.43 p.m..png
photo by ccamilo_chica (39) David_Gabi_WesSpur.JPG


Amy Siedenstrang

Art Director

Amy is the exceptional talent who designs our tree-shirts, flyers, and is the creator of our beautiful logo — our brand. Amy, so that you know, is also keenly intelligent about life and people, has wonderful instincts, and is an all-around excellent advisor. She is the mind and personality behind much of what the public sees in Canopy Watch.


Cherie Cassel

Member Database Management

Cherie’s work for Canopy Watch centers around managing the database and our generous donors. She has spent her career helping wildlife and domestic animals and she brings to Canopy Watch her professional background and training in hardware, software, and databases. Cherie lives in Colorado with her husband Ray, 4 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. “I have a lifelong passion for wildlife. I strive to help wherever I can to ensure the health, humane treatment, survival, and future of the world's wildlife.”

Cherie Cassel.jpg
bottom of page