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Advisory Board

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Joel Potter

Joel is Mobile and Baldwin County’s Urban Regional Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He has served as city arborist for the City of Mobile and, more recently, the City of Gulf Shores where he established that city’s urban forestry program. Joel has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2007 and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University.

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Peter Toler

Peter is an ISA Certified Consulting Arborist and the City of Mobile's Urban Forester. In addition to his vital daily work with the Mobile treescape, Peter is also the host of the You Tube Channel: The Arborist, an excellent educational resource about trees and the vital role they play in improving our life in the City and County of Mobile. Visit Peter's channel today and consider becoming a subscriber.

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David Roberts  

David draws upon a distinguished 34-year career with the City of Mobile’s Traffic Engineering Department including several years as an advisor to the Mobile Tree Commission. He now advises FOMT on projects where our urban forest interfaces with vehicular traffic flow. David grew up in Mobile, graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and served for four years in the U.S. Air Force including a one-year deployment to Vietnam.

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Ann Stafford

Ann moved ‘back home' to Mobile after retiring as Director of Development for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas. She has worked as a grant-maker for a Fortune 500 company and has extensive experience in fundraising for the arts, employment services and libraries. She holds a degree in journalism from Auburn University and certification with the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Boston College. A graduate of Leadership Austin, she founded the Austin Public Library Foundation and has been recognized for her service and activism by various groups including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Austin Community Action Network and Bank of America Neighborhood Heroes.

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Phillip Dodd

Phillip is a long-time urban forestry philanthropist who has donated many trees over the years to help sustain the Mobile County treescape. They include the live oaks recently planted on the Florida Street median and in Tricentennial Park along the Three Mile Creek Greenway. Phillip has also helped maintain the oak grove at Battleship Park in collaboration with FOMT Vice President Rick Rivers. In addition to owning Phillip Dodd Landscaping in Semmes, he led the Semmes’ Parks Beautification and Recreation Committee when Mobile County’s newest City was first formed.


Daniel Walker

Danny has advocated for our local environment for many years including volunteer service at Mobile Baykeepers, Habitat For Humanity and the American Red Cross. He recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management. 

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