Leadership Team


Frank Bardonaro

Frank has over 40 years of experience in the industrial services, construction, and specialty-equipment industry. After years of working in the field and a degree in Business, he has held leadership positions in some of the largest specialty rental and equipment manufacturing companies in the world.

Frank has worked with FEMA, URBAN SEARCH & RESCUE, and OSHA during emergency recovery operations, including tornadoes, and on-site at the World Trade Center.  His experience in working with labor unions, training facilities, and global safety initiatives combined with the experienced team of industry experts at ArborWorks is a perfect combination.


Zak Youngren

Zak joined ArborWorks in 2016 with a background in Business Management. Zak is a Certified Tree Safety Professional. Directing the daily field operations and crews, he is an incredible leader. Managing customer relations and company development.


Chris Miner

Prior to joining ArborWorks, Chris directed the corporate legal team as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for his former company. After receiving his Juris Doctor from BYU Law School, he began his career as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk in New York City. Chris practiced corporate law for 23 years before moving on to his next venture. His strategic expertise includes acquisitions, litigation, compliance, safety, real estate, and corporate operations.

Karla Wahlgren

Karla Wahlgren

Karla is a 19-year veteran of the construction rental industry and has held various senior positions in operations, sales, compliance, and real estate. Driven by a passion for delivering excellent customer service, Karla strongly believes that efficiency drives customer satisfaction. Karla holds dual degrees in Business Management and Business Marketing from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

At ArborWorks, Karla is responsible for operational excellence and ensuring the development and efficient and cost-effective systems to meet the current and future needs of the company.

On top of her strong corporate operations focus, Karla has a strong sense of social purpose. She is currently an executive board member for Chrysalis, a non-profit domestic violence shelter based in Phoenix, Arizona.

When not working, Karla enjoys spending her free time with friends, her husband Mateo, and their two furbabies, Stella & Artois.

Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens is an entrepreneurial and strategic business professional with over 15 years of experience in both the heavy civil and utility industries. For the past two years, Clint has acted as ArborWorks’ interim CFO / Controller, focusing on strategic financial controls, estimating, and pricing.

This new role formalizes Clint’s role at the company as he is tasked with expanding the company’s operations into the southeast region, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Clint is responsible for organic expansion, growing the customer base, driving incremental revenue, and assessing strategic acquisition opportunities. On top of vegetation management and utility line clearance, Clint has vast experience with severe storm response, expertise, and equipment roll-out.

Clint is a committed family man and lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and daughter.

Melissa Webb

Melissa Webb

Melissa started her career in Accounting, Finance, and Purchasing over 20 years ago and has experience in the Retail and Construction Rental Industries. After taking a break from Accounting to work on an ERP implementation of SAP, she transitioned to a Purchasing role, where she started the procurement department for the company she was at. Melissa joined ArborWorks in May of 2022 and is currently responsible for our company-wide purchasing initiatives' organization, integration, and alignment.

A highly results-oriented and detailed professional, Melissa has over ten years of comprehensive accounting experience, including management roles. 

What inspires Melissa the most is her two boys.  She teaches them to live each day to the fullest and enjoy new experiences. She also believes that challenges make our life interesting, and overcoming those challenges is what makes our life more meaningful.

Melissa loves watching her boys play football, baseball, soccer, and basketball.  She also loves to travel, go to concerts, and sporting events.  Basically, Melissa loves a good adventure! 

Avto Shubitidze

Avto Shubitidze

Avto has over 10 years of experience in finance. He has conducted corporate FP&A and business fundamental analysis in various sectors, including working in a hedge fund and private equity owned companies. In his current role, Avto is responsible for in-depth analysis of business drivers and financial forecasting (including EBITDA and profit margins, business operation KPIs, and financial risk/reward analysis). He supports ArborWorks senior management and company stakeholders to accelerate growth and enhance financial reporting. Avto has been a CFA charterholder since 2017.


DJ Vereschagin

DJ joined ArborWorks in 2018 and has over 15 years experience in Utility Vegetation Management. DJ is a Certified Tree Safety Professional, and leads an impressive team of safety experts.


Eric Caldwell

With 12 years as a VP of Operations, Eric's experience and knowledge are tremendous assets for the future vision of ArborWorks. He has experience leading organizations for over 15 years and believes fully in the protection of the communities he serves. 

Management Team


Kelli McCarty

Kelli joined our team in 2019 as Director of Payroll. She is an Oakhurst local and a mother to two school-aged boys. Kelli has made leaps and bounds since she joined our team, setting an inspiring example of passion and hard work. Today, as Strategic Accounts Manager, she helps build and maintain strong relationships with key business clients. Kelli is a wealth of knowledge with over seven years of experience in industrial operations and is one of the key players in keeping our crews busy every day.


Terry Dollar

Terry has recently joined ArborWorks, we are very excited to have him join our team. Terry has over 30 years of experience in Utility Vegetation Management, he is a ISA Certified Arborist/ Utility Specialist, and a Licensed QAL.


Alberto Elizondo

Alberto has been with ArborWorks since 2018, Alberto is a professional with over 20 years of experience in Utility Vegetation Management. He is an expert in his profession, with a passion for training others.


Eric Baskind

Eric Baskind joined ArborWorks in January 2019, bringing over 30 years of management experience, ten years of utility vegetation management experience, and previous business ownership experience. Eric has always been a valuable team member with a great personality and contagious positivity. Eric is an Area Manager, currently directing work in the Yosemite region.


Julian Chavez

Julian Chavez has been with our team since late 2016, coordinating efforts on special projects and managing operations in various regions. Julian currently serves as an Area Manager for the Mariposa area of California. Julian has previous experience in vegetation management and is from the small town of Tehachapi, California.


Mike Villanueva

Mike has been with ArborWorks since 2018, is an exceptional leader and has over 20 years of experience in Utility Vegetation Management. Mike is a Licensed QAL.

Austin Bell

Austin Bell

Austin joined ArborWorks as part of our expansion into Kentucky. He has over 8 years of experience in Utility Vegetation Management and an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Join the team

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