TREE Foundation Adds Two New Board Members

Carmela French and Robert Beck join TREE Foundation Board of Directors

The TREE Foundation of Sarasota has added two new board members: recently retired pediatrician/neonatologist Dr. Robert Beck of Fairfax, Virginia, and EarthJustice legal recruiter Carmela French of Washington, DC. TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in Sarasota, is dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education, and conservation across the globe. Dr. Beck and Ms. French joined the Board in late 2022; their terms will expire December 31, 2024.

Also a talent management consultant, Ms. French holds a BA in Conservation Biology from New College of Florida. She was a leader and Chair for the DC Chapter of the Climate Reality Project from 2017-2019.

A Biology major in college, Dr. Beck is concerned about climate change and man’s impact on the global inventory of forests and seeks to strategize and implement sustainable solutions to these issues. His career includes leading newborn intensive care services for Fairfax Neonatal Associates in Virginia as President (1997-2005) and Board Member (2006-2022).

The TREE Foundation was founded in 1999 and is actively leading efforts to create forest canopy walkways around the globe to preserve the Earth’s vital, endangered forests. Learn more at