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Board of Directors

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John Robb, President

At age 17 in 1971, John landed his first urban forestry grant to plant disease-resistant elms when he was Parks Chair at Bronx Planning Board #9. After graduating from Fordham, John was a broadcast journalist in New York City and Lexington, Kentucky.  He arrived in Mobile in 1982 to cover city, county and state government for WALA TV and, like many of us, fell in love with Mobile’s trees. He’s now happily retired after 35 years in investment banking, retirement and estate planning, managing Raymond James’s West Mobile office for 18 years. John earned the M.A. in Theology at Springhill College and recently received Alabama Urban Forestry Association certification. 

Richard Rivers, Vice President

As former President of Bellsouth Pioneers, Rick led efforts to plant the grove of live oaks at Battleship Park, shaped like a map of our state, with 67 trees to honor each of the state’s counties and their citizens living and deceased who served in our armed forces.  

Paul Icolano,Compliance Officer

Paul has an extensive background as a financial officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and as a grant compliance specialist. Paul will help FOMT stay in compliance with state and federal regulations to retain our tax advantaged status.  

Ann Jurgens-Pond, Recording Secretary

A native of New Orleans, Ann has been a steadfast advocate for historic preservation and cultural development since moving to Mobile in 1992. Graduating from the University of New Orleans and Southern Mississippi with a PhD in social and cultural United States history, she worked as a museum administrator and history instructor. Her more recent writing and community engagement projects are focused on preserving the cultural traditions and natural resources of the Gulf Coast.

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