Meet Our Team
Jeff Pfeil, Owner
As many of you know I started Bozeman Tree in 2000 after moving here from Cincinnati to finish college at M.S.U. Here it is already 17 years later and so much has changed. Through the changes and growth, I have tried very hard to maintain perspective and remember who we are. At home, my two sons Kaleb and Oliver are the primary focus of my wife, Jirina, and I. Oliver turns 7 and Kaleb turns 12 at the end of the year. Kaleb is already starting to talk about coming to work with me and “working alongside you” someday. What more could a guy really ask for!
Shirley Vanderstelt, Controller
This year marks 13 years since I started with BTLL and I couldn’t be more proud of the company we have grown to become in those 13 years. When I started, we had two trucks and two crew members, now I can’t drive through Bozeman without seeing a truck or one of our yard signs out there. Thank you all for your continued loyalty to us and allowing us the opportunity to keep your yards and trees healthy and happy! Please feel free to stop in anytime to say "Hi." We are always glad to meet you in person. Thanks for being the reason we are so happy to come to work every day!! When I'm not working, I enjoy all that Montana has to offer, usually viewed from the back seat of our motorcycle or floating down one of the many rivers. Someday I hope to travel the USA and get a souvenir from every state. I am also hoping to spend another week or two on an island somewhere with an umbrella drink. Until then, BTLL is where I will spend my days.
Erik Schneider, Vice President & Consulting Arborist
I've lived in the Gallatin Valley for 20 years. I started working at Bozeman Tree, Lawn and Landscape Care in 2011. I've worked in all aspects of the company from lawn care to plant health care. I am an ISA certified arborist and I am licensed by the State of Montana for pesticide application pertaining to turf and ornamental, and right of way, for various broadleaf weeds, insects, fungus, etc. I have had 4 years previous experience with lawn care and plant health care with Nitro Green which is now part of Bozeman Tree, Lawn, and Landscape Care. When I’m not working I enjoy spending my free time with my family Martha, Clayton, and Maggie.
John Noreika, Consulting Arborist
I was raised on a small subsistence farm in Pennsylvania. My first jobs were pulling weeds in the garden and milking the cow. As a teenager, I found myself drawn to jobs in the green industry. Moving to Bozeman in 1994, I enrolled at MSU. Graduating from Montana State University in Horticulture Science set my foundation in the green industry of the great state of Montana. My work experience has ranged from plant biochemical and genetic analysis to vegetable gardening, landscaping, and retail nursery sales. I have worked in research with native plants in Yellowstone National Park and have worked in the fight against noxious weeds with the Rocky Mountain Forestry Sciences Laboratory. I have over twenty years of experience in the landscape industry and the nursery industry in the Gallatin valley. I have held various credentials in these industries including Certified Landscape Technician with ALCA (now PLANET), and Certified Plant Professional with MNLA. As an ISA certified arborist, I have been with Bozeman Tree, Lawn, and Landscape Care for eight years and have experience in every service that we provide from tree pruning and removal to pesticide spraying. In 2014 I became an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, one of just a few in the state of Montana. As a sales person, you can expect honest answers to your questions providing you with the knowledge to address your landscape needs from top to bottom. When I am not working I prefer to be navigating the pristine rivers of our state in a drift boat, casting a fly rod to catch that elusive big trout that I know is out there somewhere. As a husband and father I have learned great lessons in patience, humility, and compassion. My wife, Dorothy, and sons, Pete and Lou, are the center of my universe!
Kristina Kline, Consulting Arborist
I moved to Bozeman years ago with my husband Mike. I worked a few different jobs before finding my place in the community. I started with Bozeman Tree, Lawn & Landscape Care in 2011 and was a Lawn Technician for four years. Wanting to learn more about the plants and the industry I went home to Wyoming to go back to school. I took advantage of every opportunity I could; interning at greenhouses, a vineyard, a soil microbial ecology lab, and more. Through these experiences I was able to work with plants before, during and after installation, and even at the cellular level. This only excited my passion for plant health. In the spring of 2018 I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's in Agroecology with minors in Horticulture and Soil Science. I always knew I would end up back in Montana because I have never felt more at home than when I lived in the Gallatin Valley. I seized the opportunity to come back to Bozeman Tree, Lawn & Landscape Care.
Nolan Broden, General Manager of Lawn and Plant Health Division
Montana Native, born and raised in Libby, Montana. I started as a Lawn Care Technician as a summer job so I could afford to stay in Bozeman. Turns out I had more interest in this field of work than I had originally thought. I’ve been with Bozeman Tree, Lawn and Landscape Care for 4 years now as of the 2018 season. I am currently the General Manager of Lawn Care and Plant Health Care Services. I look forward to furthering my education in this field of work and hope to cement myself as a viable resource for any Lawn or Plant Health Care issues.
April Lucore-Christensen, Customer Service & Marketing Manager
Born and raised in Palmer Alaska, I’m enjoying the new empty nest chapter in life with my husband, who was born and raised in the Bozeman/Ennis area. He transferred to Alaska with the military 16 years ago. We were given the opportunity to come back to Bozeman with the Montana Army National Guard making Manhattan our new home in September 2016.
Starting the 2016 Summer Season with the Bozeman Tree Lawn and Landscape Care team as the Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Assistant, has been a wonderful added adventure to my book of life. Leaving Alaska to live in Montana is very much the same, but on a smaller scale, the perk being that I can drive an hour and a half and be in another state!
2018 free time was all about family, friends and enjoying the adventures in Montana. I am looking forward to all the excitement of the upcoming 2019 season with BTLL, as we continue to grow with the Gallatin Valley.
Special Thank You to all our clients and my co-workers for making it so great to come to work each day!
Cliff Arthur, Customer Service
I moved to the Gallatin Valley with my wife, son, and lab to become a part of the great community that exists here. In the spring and summer you can find me playing softball, wading the rivers, and hiking in the mountains. I greatly enjoy watching the sunrise in the back country in the fall and in the winter my son and I look for steep hills to fall down.
Nicole Hamilton, Customer Service Rep
I was born and raised in Bozeman MT and I feel so fortunate to call Bozeman my home for the past 30 years. I graduated high school in 2007 and attended MSU from 2009-2013 to major in Land Rehabilitation Science and Soil Science.
I met my husband Nick in 2006 at Bozeman High school and we tied the knot in Sept. of 2012. On October 7tht of 2016 we welcomed our daughter, Lillian, into the world and she is the light of our lives.
I started working for Bozeman Tree Lawn & Landscape Care in March of 2018 as their Customer Service Representative where I was welcomed with open arms and made to feel like I am right at home. I can honestly say that I have never met a group of people who are so hardworking and dedicated to doing their best for our clients, which makes me proud to be a part of such a great team.
When I am not working I spend as much time as I can with my family and friends or taking advantage of this amazing place we call home, by enjoying lots of time outside in the mountains. I hope to be a great asset to Bozeman Tree Lawn & Landscape Care and look forward to working with all of you.