Plant Health Care Foreman

Athena Capes

How long have you been with CTS?

3 years

What is your professional experience/trade, beyond CTS?

I also work for the Minnesota Army National Guard as a combat engineer. I have been in the Army for 6 years and it has really helped develop my character and work ethic.

Explain your motivation for this line of work? (What gets you excited, what makes you look forward to a day at work, etc)

What motivates me is being able to teach proper tree care to the people below me. It is very rewarding to watch somebody grow in their career.

What jobs/roles have you served for CTS?

Crew Foreman/Plant Health Care Foreman

In the next year, what is something new you would like to experience or learn at CTS?

I want to learn how to treat all preventable tree diseases.

What advice would you give yourself back on your first day working for CTS with the knowledge you now have?

Ask more questions and study more on tree care.

Tell the story of your favorite job, experience or memory working for CTS

My favorite experience at CTS was doing storm damage in the Summer of 2023. I was put on a new crew and I bonded with them and created some amazing memories.

Is there anything else we should know about you as a person that makes you who you are outside of your days at CTS?

I enjoy the outdoors outside of my normal work day. I love fishing and camping and try to go as often as I can. I am also a very extroverted person and enjoy going out and meeting new people.