Cassandra Homan is an ISA Certified Arborist and urban forester, and is a passionate believer that the urban forest is critical for communities, and as such, is a resource that should be equally accessible in all communities. She is passionate about meeting each community where they are and giving them the tools needed to engage with their citizens and expand the benefits of tree canopy to everyone.
Prior to joining Urban Canopy Works, LLC, Cassandra served as the urban forester for the city of Covington, KY, managing a variety of projects ranging from volunteer tree planting and young tree training, to permitting and development review, to education and revising city policy, and more. Prior to that, Cassandra served in multiple positions with Davey Resource Group, assisting communities in urban forestry policy revision/development, including urban forest master plans, management plants, and tree preservation ordinances, etc. She also worked with communities on the eradication of the invasive and highly destructive Asian Longhorned Beetle (Ohio), aided utilities with inventory services (Denver), and performed field work to identify dead and dying trees in response to California forest fires.
Cassandra is also consulting biologist for the The Hillside Trust, which serves the Greater Cincinnati region, and serves on a horticulture consulting committee through the Kenton County Extension.
In addition to her forestry experience, Cassandra has taught biology, ecology, genetics and human physiology laboratory classes as an adjunct professor and worked with the Ohio EPA on wetland specimens, comparing wetland species diversity across many different environmental types of land. Undergraduate field work included establishing a tree walk and curating the associated educational materials for an outdoor learning center, while her graduate research focused on the potential impact of a non-native species, the common wall lizard, on the ecology of the tri-state region.
Cassandra has always been interested in the role biology plays in creating diverse and vibrant communities, and plans to continue pursuing roles that allow her to help communities reach forestry and sustainability goals.
AWARDS & CERTIFICATIONS
International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist
Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ)
EDUCATION & TRAINING
MS, Biology, University of Cincinnati
BS, Biology, Capital University
Board Member, The Hillside Trust
Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council