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Forest History Society Staff

The Forest History Society's (FHS) knowledgeable staff works cooperatively to help everyone understand the many ways in which humans have interacted with the environment over time. Throughout our history, the varied expertise of staff members has ensured the success of our programs in research, publication, education, and special events.

Contact any staff member listed below by email, phone (919) 682-9319, fax (919) 682-2349, or mail: 701 William Vickers Avenue, Durham, N.C. 27701-3162. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.



  • Steve Anderson, President and CEO

    As president and CEO, Steve oversees all FHS programs, events, and projects. Before joining FHS in 1997, he was a forest economist and forestry professor at Oklahoma State University.

  • Andrea H. Anderson, Administrative Assistant

    Andrea is the Society's office manager and has worked for FHS since 1991. She supports the President and handles board matters and book orders. Hers is the cheerful voice you hear most often when you call the Society.

  • Janet Askew, Assistant Director for Administration

    Janet is the newest member of the FHS staff. She is the Society's bookkeeper and is responsible for managing the Society's payroll and financial records.

  • Valerie Bass, Development Program Coordinator

    Valerie joined the FHS staff in 2014. As Development Program Coordinator, she maintains FHS donor records, prepares membership and annual giving materials, and helps FHS members with any donor-related matters. Before coming to FHS, Valerie served as the Administrative Assistant at the Foundation for Nursing Excellence, a North Carolina-based organization that helps streamline educational opportunities for nurses. 

  • Barbara Cushing, Campaign Associate

    Barbara is responsible for expanding philanthropic support for the Society, including support for a new library and headquarters. Prior to joining FHS in 2014 she worked in principal gifts at Yale University and was the director of development for a private school in Raleigh.

  • Jason Howard, Librarian

    Jason joined the FHS staff in 2015. He is responsible for managing the library and providing reference assistance for users. Previously Jason served as Head of Reference and Instructional Services at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Eben Lehman, Director of Library and Archives

    Eben joined the FHS staff in 2007. He is responsible for the oversight, management, and long-range planning of the archives and library. He also works on the digitization and cataloging of the Society's photograph collection, provides reference assistance, manages the FHS research databases, and processes archival collections. He co-edits and co-authors the blog "Peeling Back the Bark," and coordinates social media communications and outreach. His previous archival work includes several years with the Missouri State Archives.

  • James Lewis, Historian

    Jamie joined FHS in 2003. He researches and writes books and articles, serves as editor of the Society's magazine - Forest History Today, co-edits and co-authors the blog "Peeling Back the Bark," conducts oral history interviews, provides reference assistance, and handles other special writing and editing assignments. He is the author of The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History, the companion book to the documentary film, The Greatest Good, as well as many articles and encyclopedia entries on forest and conservation history. He holds a PhD in U.S. history from Florida State University.