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October 2013

Cheryl Todea, a 13-year veteran of Trees For Tomorrow, has been named interim executive director of Trees For Tomorrow.  Todea will fill the leadership role until the school’s board of directors selects a permanent replacement for Maggie Bishop, who has left Trees For Tomorrow to become director of Food Services for the Northland Pines School District.

“Cheryl has the knowledge, passion, skills and experience needed to lead Trees For Tomorrow during this transition time,” said Bill O’Brion, president of Trees’ board of directors.

Todea is program and development director at Trees For Tomorrow, and also serves as a teacher/naturalist. “I attended Trees For Tomorrow as a student many years ago and it was a life-changing experience,” Todea said. “I am very excited to now take a leadership role in such an amazing organization.” Todea joined the Trees staff as a teacher/naturalist in 2000 and has continued to take on additional roles. She supervises the school’s teaching interns, coordinates teacher workshops, assists with fundraising, and helps the staff with computer and technology equipment. Todea also is responsible for managing the Tree Trunk gift shop and assisting with the school’s website. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The search for a new executive director will begin soon, but it could take several months before the position is filled.

“Todea’s leadership during that time is critical,” O’Brion said. “We want to make sure Trees For Tomorrow continues its important role of delivering balanced, objective information on the management and use of our natural resources.”