Casey Trees Staff Announcement

Just like the seasons change — so do the people who work to further Casey Trees’ mission.

After ten years as Casey Trees’ Director of Education, Sue Erhardt has moved on to a new position as Executive Director at the Allegheny Mountain Institute in Staunton, VA. We thank Sue for her dedicated service and wish her the very best in her new role.

Filling in behind Sue, we are excited to announce that Laura Bassett, previously our Community Education Coordinator, has been promoted to Acting Director of Education. Laura brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sector, as well as organizational accomplishments such as the creation of Casey Trees’ new Volunteer Pruning Corps which was launched this past December in partnership with the Urban Forestry Administration.

We are equally delighted to announce that Italia Peretti has been promoted to Acting Director of Communications and Development. As Casey Tree’s Communications and Marketing Associate for just under two years, Italia has been instrumental in organizing and executing Casey Trees’ marketing and events efforts, including the Canopy Awards and Appreciation Events.

Please mark your calendars to speak to Laura, Italia, and all the rest of our great staff in person at our Fourth Annual Canopy Awards coming up on Thursday, April 27!  In the meantime, Laura and Italia are here to answer your education, volunteer, or development and communications questions at: