CKOTA Board of Directors

Board of Directors

George Riddle, President - UK Grounds Department

Beate Popkin, Secretary - Living Gardens, LLC

B.G. Hubbs, Treasurer - Community Tree Care, Inc.

Rob Allen, LFUCG - Streets, Roads and Forestry

Ian Hoffman - Big Beaver Tree Service

Dave Leonard - Consulting Arborist

John Sanders - Blazing Colorscapes

Gina Slack - John Deere Landscapes

Technical Advisory Committee

Jamie Dockery - Fayette County Extension Service

Dr. Bill Fountain - UK Department of Horticulture

Dr. John Hartman - UK Department of Plant Pathology

Dr. Gregg Munshaw

Dr. Nicole Ward - Extension Specialist for Fruit Crops, Ornamentals and Forestry

Dr. David W. Williams - UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

CKOTA Mission

The purpose of the Central Kentucky Ornamental & Turf Association (CKOTA) is to promote horticultural improvement, professionalism and camaraderie in Kentucky; in particular to encourage the further study of horticulture, arboriculture and turf science, to analyze and disseminate information relating thereto, and to represent the judgement of this organization in the matters of policy which affect encouragement of education, horticultural protection and/or management.

CKOTA Board of Directors &
Technical Advisory Committee



Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office
1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY 40504-1172


  • 5 CEUs for ISA Certified Arborists
  • 1.5 CEUs for Landscape Architects
  • 2 CEUs (1 general, 1 specific) for Pesticide Applicator