Board of Directors

“As tree care professionals who serve on the board of The Britton Fund, we promise to provide important resources to other tree care professionals in the field and in the classroom. We fulfill this promise by securing private and public philanthropy and sponsoring relevant, science-based research important to us in the west. We partner with the WCISA and others to share these outcomes through publications, on-line resources, and presentations at workshops and conferences. Our objective is to increase knowledge and good practices in the tree care industry to ensure healthier trees and urban forests for today and for future generations to enjoy.”

Doug Anderson, Chairman, Board of Directors 

Board of Directors 2023

Douglas Anderson, Board Chair, Anderson’s Tree Care Specialists, San Jose, CA

Carl Mellinger, Governance Chair, Carl Mellinger Consulting, LLC, Pacific Palisades, CA 

Dennis Swartzell, Secretary/Treasurer, Horticulture Consultants, Inc., Las Vegas, NV

James Downer, Research Chair, UC Cooperative Extension emeritus, Ventura, CA

Kevin Eckert, Arbor Global USA, Kailua, HI

Nancy Hughes, Novato, CA

Oscar Sanchez, TreeCareLA, Los Angeles, CA

Lisa Smith, Development Chair, The Tree Resource, Los Angeles, CA

John Crandell, John Crandell Tree Care, Reno, NV

Administrative Staff

Rose Epperson, CAE., Porterville, CA

Interested in volunteering?

The board members who lead The Britton Fund know the tree industry well. They are practicing and consulting arborists, business owners and managers, scientific researchers, teachers, nonprofit organizers and civic activists. They are members of the Western Chapter of the ISA. They work side-by-side with you.

Are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors or as a volunteer with a committee assignment? We would like to hear from you. Please contact Rose Epperson, Executive Director, at 559-784-8733 or send us an email at