Southeast Regional Breeding Program

Tom Saielli, Southeast Regional Science Coordinator

The American Chestnut Foundation
50 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 115
Asheville, NC 28804
Tel: 828-281-0047 X 311

Tom is based in TACF’s national office in Asheville, NC, overseeing the organization’s Southeast region which includes the TACF state chapters of KY, TN, NC/SC (Carolina’s), AL and GA. He received his MS in Forest Sciences from the University of Vermont in Burlington after earning his BS in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Colorado in 2007.

Tom comes to TACF with significant hands-on experience with the TACF breeding program, having worked with New England Regional Science Coordinator, Kendra Gurney, as a research technician investigating chestnut cold-tolerance at the University of Vermont. Tom also served as a Crew Leader with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in Colorado, where he managed dozens of large-scale restoration projects and spent nine years as a medic and firefighter with the Nederland Fire protection District.