Advisory Councils, Committees, & Network Advisory Boards

We are now accepting volunteers to serve on NALP Committees, Advisory Councils, or Network Advisory Boards. Get involved and you'll help shape association programs and initiatives while expanding your network and creating long-lasting relationships. Advisory Councils and Committees usually meet a few times a year in person and/or virtually, but time commitments may vary.

Advisory Councils

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council - Co-Chairs: Maurice Dowell and Phil Key | Staff Liaisons: Stacia Gueriguian | Corey Ruple
Purposefully chooses to engage with those different from themselves, creating a varied workforce where Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are not concepts but lifestyles.

Government Affairs Council – Chair: Nick Brummel | Staff Liaison: Andrew Bray
As an industry leader, advance and defend the business interests and reputation of the industry in the government affairs and public affairs channels, seeking out and working collaboratively with allied individuals and groups. 

Industry Marketing Council – Chair: Amy Snyder | Staff Liaison: Lisa Stryker
Responsible for programming and activities to shape the public’s perception of the value of managed lawns and landscapes.

Membership Advisory Council – Chair: Beth Berry | Staff Liaisons: Corey Ruple | Scott Savodnik
Guides and directs the current and future membership recruitment and retention efforts, including advising on new member benefits and improvements to current benefits and programs.

Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council – Chair: Matthew Gramer | Staff Liaison: Heather Parker
Strives to ensure that the association is supporting the educational needs of industry professionals at each stage of their career, as well as setting and upholding industry standards of excellence.

Supplier Advisory Council – Co-Chairs: Carol Dilger | Staff Liaison: Scott Savodnik
Recognizing the unique position that suppliers have in our industry, this Council advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors in response to identified issues facing industry. Acts as a conduit with other suppliers to further engage them in the association.

Workforce Advisory Council – Chair: Brigitte Orrick | Staff Liaison: Andrew Bray | Jenn Myers

Creates the strategy and oversees execution of programs and activities to address the industry’s workforce crisis.

Committees & Task Forces

Accredited Degree Program Committee - Chair: Steve Hastings | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers
This committee is responsible for the management and growth of NALP’s Accredited Degree Program, the endorsement of schools with landscape contracting curricula that meet or exceed industry standards.

Awards Committee - Chair: Jake Leman | Committee Staff Manager: Amy Easterday
The NALP Awards Program offers the opportunity for national recognition within the industry. Awards include Awards of Excellence, Leadership Awards, Advocacy Award and Safety Recognition Awards. The committee is responsible for developing strategies to manage and grow the NALP Awards Program. The committee works to improve the awards by reviewing the selection and judging process, developing new awards, and encouraging members to participate. Reports to: Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council

Certification Committee - Chair: David Hupman, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician | Committee Staff Manager: Margo Rash
Establishes and maintains all of NALP’s certification programs. Administers the examinations on a national level. Works to ensure that these exams are an accurate and non-biased measure of each test candidate’s knowledge of established standards and safety regulations in the green industry. Reports to: Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council

ELEVATE Program Committee- Chair: Claire Goldman | Committee Staff Manager: Heather Parker
This committee is responsible for the development and execution of a forward-thinking, dynamic educational program for the new NALP annual conference and expo. Reports to: Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council

Faculty Advisory Committee - Chair: Tim Schauwecker | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers
This Committee executes strategies and tactics to further engage and serve our educator and student chapter members in all aspects of the association, including providing relevant, useful and appropriate services, communication methods, tools and products. This group also assists with workforce development efforts at the collegiate level, including a focus on recruitment of new students. Reports to: Workforce Advisory Council 

Finance Committee - Chair: Pam Dooley | Committee Staff Manager: Carol Keeling
The committee provides financial oversight of the association and provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors on financial matters. Please note that this committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and does not accept volunteers.

Lawn Care Communications Committee – Committee Staff Manager: Lisa Stryker
This committee is a working group that oversees the strategy for marketing, PR, and communications that educate clients and the public about LCO’s and lawn care, pest management and tree and ornamental shrub care. Reports to: Industry Marketing Council

National Collegiate Landscape Competition (formerly Student Career Days) Committee - Chair: Doug Halsey | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers
This Committee manages this annual event, which happens each March, and caters to both students and faculty, as well as the industry, as the main new employee recruiting event. The committee works closely with the host college faculty representatives in overseeing the success of the program. Reports to: Workforce Advisory Council

Political Action (PAC) Committee - Chair: David Fleischner | Committee Staff Manager: Andrew Bray
The Political Action committee (PAC) provides members with a way to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill. By contributing to the PAC and combining political donations with all members, the committee helps gain access to key legislators to communicate the value of our industry and support grassroots campaigns.

Renewal & Remembrance Committee - Chair: John Eggleston | Committee Staff Manager: Stacia Gueriguian
This Committee plans all aspects related to Renewal & Remembrance, a day each July when over 400 members volunteer their skills and/or equipment to beautify and care for the grounds of Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries. Reports to: Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council

Safety and Risk Management Committee - Chair: Joe Lewis | Committee Staff Manager: Kim McCrossen
This committee is dedicated to promoting safety across our industry through education and training programs, sharing of best practices and online resources, providing free, expert safety counsel and guidance to NALP members, a strong partnership with OSHA and recognizing safety achievement through the Safety Recognition Awards Program. Reports to: Professional Development & Standards Advisory Council

Network Advisory Boards

Latino Landscape Network Advisory Board (Formerly NHLA) - Staff Managers: Andrew Bray, Lisa Stryker
The Latino Landscape Network Advisory Board oversees the strategy to empower the Latino landscape community by growing the Network, providing custom education for Latino-owned businesses and employees, advocating at the State, local, and Federal Levels, and creating networking and mentoring opportunities for the community.

Women in Landscape Network - Staff Manager: Jenn Myers & Vickie Spielman
The NALP Women in Landscape Network (WILN) is connecting, empowering and advocating for women in the landscape industry. We are committed to amplifying the voices of women leaders and driving the change necessary to recruit and retain female professionals.  The NALP WILN is led by a group of landscape professionals, women and men, passionate about female representation and advancement in the landscape and lawn care industry. 
Young Professionals Network - Staff Managers: Page Howard & Kim McCrossen
NALP's Young Professionals promotes education and networking opportunities for those under 40 in the green industry as well as college students.  With a focus on career advancement, professional development, and peer-to-peer connections, there is no better way to get plugged in than the Young Professionals Network.  Check out our Facebook Group, Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, and e-mail list to connect with us!

Veterans in Landscape Network - Staff Manager: Jenn Myers & Tony Shivers
After serving our country, our military veterans become leaders in the civilian world. This network was created to connect and support veterans in the landscape and lawn care industry. Engaging with the Veterans in Landscape Network is easy. Stay in the loop by signing up to receive future communications and connecting on social media.