Director of Business Operations
Long before Mike and I started Arbor Ace, I loved nature and being outdoors. Growing up in one of the most beautiful areas in the US, Hurley, New York, at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, I turned a love into a profession.
I studied Plant Science at Rutgers University and interned in the Rutgers Gardens. My first position after college was the Program Coordinator of Landscape and Turfgrass short courses with Cook College Office of Continuing Professional Education of RU. It is at Rutgers I was introduced to tree work and found my calling to be an arborist. I was also introduced to my mentors in the industry; Steve Chilshom, Dr. Bruce Hamilton, Dr. Karen Plumley, Ted Szczawinski and my husband, Mike Zelenka.
Looking to grow in all aspects of the tree business I took a sales position at Princeton Nurseries where I expanded my knowledge due to the amazing variety of shade, ornamental and specimen trees that they grew in their fields. It also provided me with the opportunity to get to know the industry from a business standpoint by working with more leaders in the field.
Five years after I graduated from Rutgers University, I got the opportunity to teach science at an inner city high school in West New York, NJ. For 13 years I shared my love of science with thousands of kids, and even got my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. However, I missed working in the tree and landscape business and in 2017 I rejoined Mike full-time at Arbor Ace to take it to the next level as the Director of Business Operations. My love of teaching and arboriculture are combined in the form of educating our customers about the services Arbor Ace offers, and in that way I will fulfill the promise we made years ago – “Our Passion is Caring for Trees”
My philosophy for life is if you love and believe in what you do, you will be great at it! I sincerely believe in the services we provide at Arbor Ace Tree Service LLC and it shows in my diligence and dedication to our small, family owned business. I believe in great customer service, taking care of our employees and running one of the top tree companies in the area.