Richard Roti, Esq. Chairman and President
Rick is an attorney and environmentalist who frequently writes and speaks on environmental and sustainable growth issues. Rick chaired the Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission for six years and worked as a consultant to American Forests for the Central Piedmont Green Initiative – an analysis of land cover change in the Charlotte region over the past 23 years. Rick also led the projects that completed tree canopy analyses of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County published in 2003 and 2008 and led efforts that resulted in the adoption of a stronger tree ordinance in Charlotte. Rick holds a BS with honors from Florida Atlantic University and a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. Email Rick.
Ronald Shearin, Esq. Vice President
Ron served on the Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission for three years. He is semi-retired. His professional career included working as in-house counsel for Duke Energy and Wachovia National Bank. Ron received his B. A. Degree (With Distinction) from Duke University and his J. D. Degree from Duke Law School.
William Scullin Treasurer
Bill, one of the original founders of the Charlotte Public Tree Fund, runs a family business in Charlotte that sells, leases and repairs freight trailers. He previously worked as the controller for a large Charlotte law firm after practicing as a Certified Public Accountant for twelve years. Bill holds MBA and BS degrees in accounting from Youngstown State University.
Steve has been a Sierra Club leader in Charlotte and North Carolina since the early 1990′s. He currently serves as the Chair of the NC Sierra Club Chapter. Steve has been a member of the Creek ReLeaf planning committee for many years and has the responsibility for serving lunch to hundreds of volunteers. He is a retired Arby’s franchisee and also worked for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as Advertising Sales Manager. Steve created and maintains a website for outdoor art in Charlotte (www.charlotteoutdoorart.org). Steve has a BA in English from Bucknell University and an MBA in Marketing from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Debra is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years experience in community planning and urban site design. Experienced in dealing with trees in city conditions, her special interest is in working to protect and expand Charlotte’s street tree canopy, and in sharing the economic, environmental, and social benefits that trees provide. She was recently appointed to the Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission, and is involved with the North Carolina Urban Forestry Council and the US Green Building Council. Debra has a BS with Honors in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.