Seattle Tree Care is a family owned and operated company specializing in the thoughtful care of the Pacific Northwest’s largest living things. Since 2006 we have been committed to providing exceptional customer service and high quality tree care in the Seattle region. You can trust us to help you make the best decisions about your trees and property, and to safely and efficiently perform all your tree service needs.
Professional tree management for your home and property
Meet Our Crew
Seattle Tree Care Owner and Lead Arborist
Peter’s love for trees runs deep and started young. Growing up in a small Western Washington rural community, Peter started learning about trees at an early age alongside his father, a U.S Forest Service Forester and ISA Certified Arborist. Peter’s initial exposure to Forestry was on long hikes with his father cruising old growth timber stands and collecting data about spotted owl habitat. Climbing to the highest vantage point has always been second nature to Peter, and he spent many days of his youth rock climbing in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and California. Peter studied Environmental Science at the University of Redlands, and then combined his love of climbing with his love of trees, and became a proficient and skilled tree climber working for several different companies in the Seattle area.
Knowing that there was an extra level of depth, sustainable practices and customer service he could provide, Peter founded Seattle Tree Care in 2006. A husband and father of three, Peter will always put your safety and the enjoyment of your property first. Peter is committed to creating the maximum benefit that trees and people share and is grateful to work with your amazing Seattle trees while practicing the art and science of responsible tree care.
Favorite Tree: Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii)
Seattle Tree Care Owner and Business Manager
ISA Certified Arborist PN-9267A
Kelsey is a fourth generation Seattle native with a great appreciation for this beautiful region. She earned her BA from the University of Washington in the Program on the Environment (2003), an interdisciplinary degree that included Forestry classes. In her studies of old growth forests she learned Tree Identification, Stand Management and Tree Assessment. Post University Kelsey worked as the Director of a local environmental company with a mission to help sustainable businesses grow. When her first child was on the way in 2007, Kelsey decided it was time to help build her own family business. She took her HR, bookkeeping and managerial skills, and put her energy into shaping and growing Seattle Tree Care.
To this day Kelsey loves making sure that the Seattle Tree Care team is at the ready to provide an outstanding experience for your tree care, because a lifetime spent in Seattle means Kelsey knows that when the sun shines we all want to enjoy the great outdoors!
Favorite Tree: Noble Fir (Abies procera)
Operations Manager & Associate Arborist
Hannah was raised in the mountains of Colorado and fell in love with trees at a young age. She moved to Seattle to attend Seattle Pacific University where she graduated with a degree in Ecology. At Seattle Tree Care she uses her knowledge of trees and the environment to help the greater Seattle area with their tree care needs. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, cycling and traveling the world.
Favorite Tree: Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa)
Project Manager & IPM Specialist
Ethan moved to Seattle from New York State where he earned a B.S in Biology from SUNY Cortland in 2012. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree he earned a M.S degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Science from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Ethan has a wide range of experience leading and working on projects centered on mycology, climate change, invasive insects, fire and forest ecology. He developed a love of trees by exploring the forests of the beautiful Adirondack mountains. In his free time Ethan enjoys a range of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and traveling.
Favorite Tree: Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-8918A, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Patrick Boyle was born in Roseburg, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Horticulture and Crop & Soil Science in 2014. Patrick started his horticulture journey as a section grower for Smith Gardens. Later, he became a landscape technician with Turf’s Up, where he specialized in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and providing care to residential landscapes in the northern Puget Sound. Patrick entered the arbor estimating field with Monarch Tree Services and is excited for his transition to Seattle Tree Care, where he can assist the wonderful people of Seattle with all their tree care needs. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking, gardening, camping, and caring for his pets (cats, dog, chameleon, and chickens).
Favorite tree: Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-8359A, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Jason has perfected the art of wandering through his own backyard. Born just on the northern tip of Lake Washington, in Kenmore, Jason fell in love with trees while hiking a small section of the Pacific Crest Trail, a path he trekked with his father every year for 15 years. This love of trees was shared equally between father and son, who both became ISA Certified Arborists, proving, once and for all, that the apple does not fall far from the tree. The two ran their own tree service company until Jason’s father retired in 2021, and Jason found his way to the STC team. A place to work that feels like family was just what he was looking for. It didn’t hurt that STC has a fleet of the highest quality equipment in the industry. Jason, his wife Elizabeth, and their chihuahua, Quinn, can often be found road tripping, backpacking, and hiking together.
Favorite tree: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-1983A, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Clif has more than 15 years of experience in the tree service industry. He was a crew supervisor for 10 years with Seattle Tree Preservation, which later sold to Bartlett. Before joining our team, Clif spent five years at the Washington Park Arboretum doing all things arboriculture. His main focus was keeping the trees healthy and pest-free with diligent monitoring. Clif has called both Oregon and Washington his home over the years and, like a true homegrown Pacific Northwesterner, his hobbies are hiking, bicycling, skiing, and mushroom hunting.
Favorite tree: Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica)
Christina’s hometown roots in Snohomish, WA grew into a passion for caring for Seattle’s trees. She joined our team after earning a degree in Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management from the University of Washington in March 2021. She helped Seattle homeowners learn more about their trees by assessing the health of and providing feedback for street trees while working for Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program, a city-run initiative that gives free trees to Seattle property owners. As Seattle Tree Care’s Operations Assistant, Christina helps organize the crews and equipment sent to each one of our job sites and pays extra attention to all the little details to ensure our clients are well taken care of. In her free time, Christina enjoys hiking, camping, and hanging out with her two cats, Millie and Remy.
Favorite Tree: Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Marketing Coordinator & Receptionist
Danielle was raised in southwest Florida (you may notice her roots showing in her favorite tree pick!) and moved to the greater Seattle area as a teenager. Ever since, she’s felt at home among the snow capped mountains and miles of lush green trees that surround the city. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English Literature, and while she may be new to the world of tree care, she has almost a decade of customer service experience and looks forward to working with the Seattle Tree Care family. In her free time, Danielle enjoys writing, cooking, eating, reading, and hosting gatherings of friends and family.
Favorite Tree: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
Equipment and Yard Manager
George has been working with trees since he was 14 years old. Experienced in all aspects of tree care, he is Seattle Tree Care’s #1 jack of all trades. The right tool for the job is what George is all about and he makes sure every tool that is used on your property is working properly and is sharp! A great mentor, George helps new crew members realize the Seattle Tree Care mission: Respect for property, trees, and a job well done.
Favorite Tree: New Jersey White Oak (Quercus alba)
A transplant from Crowthorne, England, James Merlidge moved to Sammamish in 2015. He spent his childhood in the garden with his mother and grandfather. Somewhere between all the weeding and hole digging, James pruned his first tree. Fast forward to today: James felt compelled to channel his love and skill for mechanics into work with Seattle Tree Care. In his free time, you can find James working on his 1977 F150, driving around in his Subaru, camping, and playing with his dog, Reggie.
Favorite Tree: Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)
Adam loves being able to work outside everyday. He enjoys spending his free time drawing comics, surfing, skateboarding, bike touring and playing chess.
Favorite Tree: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Joe Garrity is a former Chicagoan who still misses the pizza and his family from back home. After three years using his Business Finance degree behind a desk, Joe decided that lifestyle wasn’t for him. He started as a ground crew member with another tree care company in 2016. Now, he enjoys climbing and crew leading with his best pals, or as he calls them, the “best crew in the City.”. Joe spends his free time reading and writing fantasy novels; natural building with cob, strawbale, and adobe; and playing with his cat, Salem.
Favorite Tree: Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia)
From a small town in northwest Spain, Moises joins Seattle Tree Care with a wealth of experience about trees and tree maintenance garnered from his father, who was a lifetime sawyer. Moises is passionate about trees and everything outdoors as he spends his time playing soccer, swimming, hiking, and bonding with friends and family.
Favorite Tree: European oak (Quercus robur)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-9308A
Born in South Padre Island, Texas, Sarah George got her start in tree care in Montana. She spent two years working line clearance for a power company before returning to Seattle. Inspired to learn more about the art and science of tree care, Sarah joined the STC team in 2021 as our first female climber. When Sarah isn’t at the top of a tree, she enjoys running, backcountry skiing, and biking around Seattle with multiple stops for coffee, ice cream, and tacos. Or, you can find her at home with her tree-climbing husband and their two cats, Tulip and Búho.
Favorite tree: Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Mark Morley comes to us from Sitka, Alaska, a city of less than 9,000 people. (Can you guess his favorite tree?) Mark has worked tree care in both Auburn and Tacoma before settling with the Seattle Tree Care family in 2020. When he’s not climbing high in the branches of a tree, Mark enjoys rock climbing, trail running, bonsai trees, surfing, rope swings, and long boarding.
Favorite Tree: Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
Chase has been with Seattle Tree Care since 2016, prior to which he worked for the City of Everett Parks and Rec on a tree crew. He loves the opportunity for learning new skills that comes from working for a private company. Chase has a passion for working outdoors and always has a smile on his face. In his free time he enjoys hiking, juggling and shooting.
Favorite Tree: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-1193A, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Mike Riedel started with Seattle Tree Care as a Crew Leader and Climber in 2021. Originally from Wisconsin, Mike has almost a decade of tree service industry experience. He’s worked as an arborist for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, The Presidio Trust in California, and the City of Wauwatosa. He was drawn to the mix of mountains and islands that Seattle offers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him explore our city one tree at a time. When asked for his favorite tree, he couldn’t pick just one. The bur oak reminds him of home, and the Monterey cypress, an impressive tree that thrives on the California coast, wins a top spot, too. Mike spends his free time cycling, exploring new parks, and camping with his girlfriend and their two dogs.
Favorite Trees: Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) & Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)
Russell hails from our sister state, Colorado, where he lived until 2021. With family in the Seattle area, Russell used to visit often and always enjoyed the weather and the views. Now, he gets to experience them daily as a Seattle Tree Care Crew Leader and Climber. Even though Russell is new to the Pacific Northwest, he’s no stranger to tree care. He’s been in the industry since 2009 and sees the value in tree work for having both flowers and thorns, just like his favorite tree. In his free time you can find Russell skiing, hiking, swimming, or searching for a relaxing place to grab some good food and live music.
Favorite Tree: Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Jeremy M Jones
Jeremy M Jones was born in Columbus, Ohio and joined the Seattle Tree Care team shortly after his brother, Donta’, in 2020. Jeremy is excited to continue his work in tree care after moving to Seattle. While not working, Jeremy enjoys playing basketball, fishing, and relaxing.
Favorite tree: Angel Oak (Quercus virginiana)
ISA Certified Arborist PN-9086A, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Raised in Virginia, Maxfield was an officer in the Air Force before changing course and pursuing arboriculture. He graduated with a certificate in horticulture from South Seattle College and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2020. Maxfield has worked for the National Forest Service as a trail crew and as a climber for another tree care company. He developed an interest in ecological restoration while working for Garden Cycles and has served as a forest steward in Beacon Hill for the Green Seattle Partnership since 2019. Outside of work, Maxfield enjoys snacking on cheese, reading, and spending time with his wife and their cats and dog.
Favorite trees: Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) and Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
Sean Gaddis, who signed onto the Seattle Tree Care team in 2020, is a plant lover hailing from Columbus, Ohio. He runs a small gardening business on the side, and also works as a King County Master Gardener, the Washington State University’s volunteer force of research-based and environmentally-friendly horticulture experts. Through that program and his own company, Sean educates his community about science-based gardening practices that often include tree management. When asked what his favorite tree was, he couldn’t pick just one! When Sean isn’t working or contributing to his community, he enjoys gardening (of course!) and knitting.
Favorite tree: Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Nick loves working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a Ground Crew Member for Seattle Tree Care. Nick was born and raised in Seattle. He enjoys the fishing, hiking and sailing that this area has to offer.
Favorite Tree: Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Bucket Truck Operator
Devan Nelson, hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, joined the Seattle Tree Care crew in 2020. Devan loves getting to work outdoors, the chance to learn new skills, and the encouraging environment his team members create. Devan is a proud gardener who enjoys spending the day in the yard caring for his zucchini, peas, peppers, kale, and tomatoes. He is also a fan of almost every outdoor sport, from snowboarding in the winter to wakeboarding in the summer. If it gets him moving, Devan is on it.
Favorite Tree: Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
Bucket Truck Operator
Donta’ Jones was born in New York, New York, but traded in the city that never sleeps to be sleepless with us here in Seattle. Donta’ finds great joy in seeing each tree project completed. A lover of fishing, hiking, and football, he is also an illustrator who draws cartoons and portraits.
Favorite tree: October Glory Maple (Acer rubrum)
Ryleigh has been working in tree care since 2014. He chipped a branch and immediately knew: This was the industry for him. Ryleigh enjoys the comradery of his STC teammates and the variety of projects he gets to see in the field. A Seattleite through and through, Ryleigh makes music in his spare time, explores the hidden hideaways in our fair city, and tries to support his community however he can.
Favorite tree: Madrona (Arbutus menziesii)
As a rock climber, Richard was already familiar with rigging and rope work, so it seemed like a natural choice to pursue a career in tree care. He joined the STC team in 2021 after a little encouragement from his friend, Mark, one of STC’s Climbers. Besides getting to work outdoors and revel in the PNW’s beauty, Richard enjoys the kindness and consideration his teammates show him on the daily. In his spare time, Richard enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.
Favorite tree: Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Blake joined the Seattle Tree Care team in 2020 with almost two years of tree care industry under his belt. He’s lived in all the best wooded places in the west, Oregon, California, Colorado, Alaska, and British Columbia. It’s no wonder he settled in our beautiful Emerald City! Blake has aspirations of becoming a Climber, and, with a little help from his teammates, looks forward to becoming an even more competent and knowledgeable tree service worker. Blake’s favorite tree was inspired by Richard Preston’s “The Wild Trees,” can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint: Blake describes it as having “ethereal heights and endurance.” Outside of work, Blake enjoys trail running, freshwater aquascaping, reading classic novels and watching movies.
Favorite tree: Coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
Seattle Tree Care is an Arbor Day Foundation partner, donating a portion of proceeds to offset our carbon footprint through tree planting programs. In order to provide the top notch service we are known for, we recruit and keep an incredible team. Our company offers livable wages, advancement opportunities and paid trainings, along with great benefits. For you, this translates to peace of mind as you can rest assured that the Seattle Tree Care team working on your property is more than qualified for the job.