Stacy Borden, Board President
Stacy started his career in the green industry in 1992 as a greenskeeper at the Denver Country Club. Throughout his 29 years in this industry Stacy has worked in commercial landscaping, estate gardening, greenhouse operations, commercial arboriculture, and arboriculture consulting. Stacy studied horticulture at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington, is an ISA Certified Arborist of 20 years, an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist of 9 years and holds qualifications in Tree Risk Assessment and Plant Appraisal.
Meet Our Board
Greg Doyle, Board Vice President
Greg Doyle is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but has lived in the central Kentucky area since 1975. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Arizona State University in 1974, and was the owner of Doyle Water Distributors from 1986 until his retirement in 2016.
In his retirement, Greg has become very involved with many nature-centric activities. He has been a volunteer at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary since 2016, at The Arboretum, State
Botanical Garden of Kentucky since 2018, and Lower Howard’s Creek Nature Preserve since 2021. He worked closely with Jake Gibbs on the Tree Canopy Committee in 2017, which later turned into Trees Lexington!. He has been on the Trees Lexington! Board since 2019. He is a current board member of the Urban County Government's Tree Board and has served on this board since 2018. For the past three years, he has been involved with and participated in Tree Week, an annual Lexington event presented by the Urban Forest Initiative. His hobbies include hiking, wildlife photography, flower and native plant gardening, and identifying plants.
Anita Courtney, Board Secretary
Anita Courtney joined the Trees Lexington! board to continue the work of her late husband, Jake Gibbs, co-founder of Trees Lexington! and former Lexington 3rd District Council Member. She served as the Director of Health Promotion at the Lexington Fayette County Health Department for 28 years and led the non-profit Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition for 10 years.
Michael Potapov, Board Treasurer
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Michael moved to the United States in 1999. A graduate of Georgetown College, he pursued a career in investment management. Michael serves as Treasurer on the board of Trees Lexington! and is also involved with several other nonprofits. He enjoys learning about a wide range of subjects and especially topics related to trees.
Dave Leonard, Consulting Arborist
Forestry degree from the University of Kentucky in 1974 and became a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists in 1993. Dave has been a rider in the Tour des Trees, an annual cycling event that raises money for urban tree research and education 18 times, riding over 9,000 miles around the country. Dave has personally raised over $58,000 for the TREE Fund. In 2009, Dave was recognized by the ISA as one of the first seven recipients of their new “True Professionals of Arboriculture” award, recognizing arborists who help increase public understanding of arboriculture and the skills of professional arborists. In 2010, he was awarded the “Arborist of the Year” Award by the Society of Commercial Arboriculture. He always strives to educate both himself and others on the latest trends in arboriculture.
His favorite tree is the Bur Oak.
Dave Leonard has been promoting tree health care in Lexington, Kentucky and the Bluegrass area for 47 years. As an active member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) for 44 years, Dave has served as both president and executive director of ISA’s Kentucky Chapter and has been an active member of its Board of Directors for 25 years. Dave was part of the team that composed the ISA Arborist Certification exam and the Board Certified Master Arborist exam. He earned a
Nancy Barnett spent 39 years in the beauty industry. After selling her business, her deep love and appreciation for nature was cultivated. The motivation to share the profound benefits that trees bestow upon us was a driving force to join Trees Lexington! Board in 2018, where she served as the secretary for 3 years. Nancy enthusiastically encourages people to participate in tree planting, mulching, pruning, tree hugging, and celebrating trees.
She proudly serves on the God's Pantry Board
of Directors and volunteers to help with food drives and various endeavors that can bring nourishment to Kentuckians. Nancy volunteers with a non-profit after school program that provides a safe and supportive place for the children.
Nolan Jackson is a founding board director of Trees Lexington!, having served on the board since 2017. He became involved with promoting the growth of Lexington's tree canopy at the invitation of Jake Gibbs. From Jake and others, Nolan quickly learned about the positive impacts trees can have beyond beautification and stormwater control, including reducing crime, breaking up heat islands, increasing property values, treating disease and illness, and improving quality of life. Nolan is a business litigation and regulatory attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC. He lives and practices in Lexington, Kentucky. Away from the office, Nolan likes to travel and play golf. He closely follows film, politics, and sports. He supports Fulham Football Club.
Marica Hopkins has been an avid nature lover since she was allowed to grow a small garden plot in her backyard at age 7. She grew up in southern California and had two very favorite trees. The first was a huge grapefruit tree with spreading branches that allowed her to hang suspended by her knees, and the second was a beautiful Jacaranda with lovely purple flowers and red berries, which was much loved by Marcia for climbing and the birds for its berries. Since that time, Marcia has expanded her knowledge of trees and their importance in our urban neighborhoods.
Jean Cecil enjoyed a childhood in south central Kentucky on a farm of forest, fields and creeks. Her father introduced her to Mary Wharton’s books, Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky and A Guide to the Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky, when she was in high school. These books were a constant reference when walking the farm and while hiking, camping, and canoeing. She continues to use these original publications today.
Past board membership includes the Birmingham YMCA Mountain Brook and Association Boards and the Alabama Folk School. Currently, she is a board member for Trees Lexington!. She volunteered for STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) in Birmingham, an early intervention program for second grade students. She has volunteered in various capacities for the Louisville Zoo and for the Birmingham Zoo.
Jean received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and practiced in New York, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and Birmingham and is currently licensed in Kentucky.
She returned to Lexington in 2019 and is enjoying connecting with family and old and new friends. Playing the mandolin, guitar and cello are favorite activities as well as singing with the Lexington Singers. She continues to hike and camp around Kentucky and the USA.
Bill Foster spent 40 plus years as a career public servant, scientific and conservation advocate, and clinical veterinarian. He has since relocated with his family to the Lexington, Kentucky community. His past participation of leadership roles as a director of major not-for-profit organizations, for-profit board of directors, and professional and international conservation board of directors, have given him life experiences he hopes will assist in advancing the mission of Trees Lexington! as a board member.
During his career as a veterinarian, Bill interned at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida before working as a Veterinary Clinician at Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as the chairman and a board member of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Bill has held leadership positions with multiple zoos, including CEO & Director of Louisville Zoo & Gardens and CEO & President of the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama.
Additionally, Bill has been on the Board of Directors for Hillerich and Bradsby, the Southeastern Zoo & Aquarium Research Consortium, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fun International. He also served as Chairman for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
Bill is an enthusiastic explorer of the natural world and a photographer of wild places and animals.
mulching events, and spends time volunteering with Friends of Wolf Run; helping with creek clean ups and tree plantings. In her professional life, she serves as an active member of the Energy & Environmental Sustainability Committee, including ongoing volunteer events for trash collection along the Kentucky and Ohio River with Living Lands & Waters.
Eveline is passionate about saving the tree canopy. She feels that joining Trees Lexington! is her way of making positive changes in the world, one tree at a time. She now spends her days inspiring individuals to join the fight to save trees and to share awareness of the importance trees have in communities.
Eveline Dungan is a German emigrant, now living in Lexington, Kentucky. She immigrated with her family 25 years ago to Cape Coral, Florida.
Eveline started as a new member of Trees Lexington! in June 2021. She considers herself a passionate tree advocate, sharing her passion on why trees are vital to our communities with others. Before joining Trees Lexington!, Eveline volunteered with several of Trees Lexington! tree-planting and
Allison Eades, Operations Manager
Initiative (UFI) team at the University of Kentucky. Through UFI, she has acted as a lead organizer for Lexington Tree Week, an annual community celebration of trees, for the past two years. In 2021, she was excited to work directly with four other Kentucky communities (Berea, Georgetown, Hazard, and Paducah) to assist them in planning their own Tree Weeks. She also partners with these four communities to expand their tree canopy through the Landscape Scale Restoration grant from the USDA. She joined the Trees Lexington! team in June 2021. While new to the team, she cannot wait to help them grow and collaborate with Trees Lexington!’s partners.
Her favorite national park is Indiana Dunes, as she is a northwest Indiana native. It was on an elementary school field trip to Indiana Dunes where Allison was taught how to identify Sassafras, which remains her favorite tree species to this day.
Allison Eades spent a large part of her childhood travelling with her family. Almost all their travels included visits to national parks (of which, she has been to 24) and state parks. Inspired by her love for science and public lands, Allison graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Kentucky in 2020.
In addition to being on Trees Lexington! staff, Allison works full-time on the Urban Forest