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Meet Our Team

  • John Pogas

    Owner

    John has over two decades of experience in providing clients with the best customer experience possible. John cut his first tree when he was in high school and has had a deep interest in arboriculture ever since. John joined the Monster Tree Service family in 2012 and has quickly developed the business into one of the leading tree care companies in the Lehigh Valley. John is a member of the Bethlehem chapter of BNI. He is active in his church and is Vice President of his parish council as well as the youth director for Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. John has been married for over 25 years to his college sweetheart and is the proud father of two girls and one spoiled rotten Golden Retriever.
  • Lisa Altmiller

    Office Administrator

    Lisa joined the Monster Tree Service family in June of 2020. She brings over 30 years of Administrative experience in the tree care industry. Lisa is the voice of the Monster Tree Service and the person you will most likely speak with when you call our offices.

    Lisa loves speaking with our customers, setting up appointments, managing our office, handling billing and answering any questions our customers might have.

    In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading a good book or meditating.

  • Susan Saltzman

    Office Manager

    Sue is the voice of Monster Tree Service and the person you most likely speak with when you call our phone number. Sue is a stickler for detail and enjoys helping our customers with scheduling, billing and general questions. If you have questions, Sue has answers! Married for almost two decades and mother of two young boys, Sue enjoys spending time with her family – including her brother in law John (see above).

    Monster Tree Service of the Lehigh Valley is constantly growing. If you possess a strong work ethic, enjoy working outdoors and are not afraid of inclement weather then click here to fill out an employment application. We are proud to say that over one third of our employees have served our country in the United States Military.

  • Todd Levering

    Operations Manager

    Todd is our “go to” guy for all things tree care. He manages our production crews, sales team and all of the day to day activities of our company. His number one objective is to ensure that our customers are 100% satisfied with our services. From the sales call to the final clean up – Todd is committed to excellence.

    Todd started working in the tree care industry since 1997. He has performed every job in the business from groundsman to climber to sales arborist to plant healthcare technician.

    When Todd is not busy keeping “The Monster” operating, he spends his free time skiing, kayaking, riding dirt bikes and spending quality time with his family.

  • Bill Vander Werff

    Sale Arborist

    Bill comes to Monster Tree service with over 20 years experience in Arbor-culture and Plant Health Care. He is a 2000 Graduate of the prestigious Davey Institute of Tree Sciences and has extensive training in Entomology and Pathology of plants. Bill has been and ISA Certified Arborist since 2000. In his free time, Bill enjoys playing music, hiking, cooking and, of course, gardening. Bill lives in Washington Township and is father to two grown children and has two grandchildren.
  • Joel Hochstrasser

    Sale Arborist

    Joel has an extensive history in the tree care business and is passionate about trees and tree health. He works with our customers to ensure their trees are healthy, well maintained and their property is safe. His number one objective is to keep trees healthy. If the tree is in decline or presents a safety issue, Joel will come up with a plan that is affordable and will ultimately lead to a safer property.

    Joel started working in tree care when he was just 17 years old. He has always been fascinated by trees and the impact they have on everyday life. From providing us with clean air, shade in the summer, fruits and nuts to giving us paper, building materials and fuel.

    In his spare time Joel like spending time with his son and vacationing at the shore.