Board of Directors

The Forest History Society's president and staff receive superior guidance from a dedicated, highly qualified Board of Directors that helps ensure the Society maintains the fiscal health necessary to accomplish its daily operations in research, publication, education, and projects. Board members serve a three-year term under the leadership of an experienced chairperson and a group of duly selected officers.

Officers of the FHS Board of Directors

Chair
Doug Decker

Co-Vice Chairs
Kent Gilges
Douglas MacCleery

Immediate Past Chair
Chris Zinkhan

Treasurer
Henry I. Barclay III

Secretary & President 
Steven Anderson

National Park Service Liaison
Donald Stevens, National Park Service, Omaha, NE

Emeritus Members
Herbert I. Winer, New Haven, CT

Ex-Officio
Steven Anderson
Lisa Brady

2017 Fall Meeting in Durham, NC

Henry I. Barclay III (AL) is the managing partner of Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay LLP.  He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration (Accounting). Henry was employed by an international accounting firm then joined Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay LLP in 1971 and admitted to partnership in 1974. He is a member of the Forest Landowners’ Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Birmingham Chapter.  Henry is also chairman of the board of the Forest Landowners Tax Council. He was elected to the Board in 2004 (Term: 2004-2018).

Matthew M. Booker (NC) is an environmental historian at North Carolina State University. As a National Humanities Center fellow in 2017, he is writing Edible City, the surprising history of rapid ecological change in America’s industrial era, focusing on the rise, collapse and possible future of aquaculture in urban estuaries. His book Down By The Bay: San Francisco’s History Between The Tides is the story of the American West's most important estuary from the California Gold Rush to the creation of the first urban wildlife refuge. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Matthew bridges the humanities and sciences. He is coordinator of NC State’s Chancellors Faculty Excellence Program cluster in Visual Narrative, co-director of the Archive of Agricultural Genetic Engineering and Society, and has co-taught with faculty in Ecology, Biology, Communication, Anthropology and Entomology. He sits on graduate student committees in History, Architecture, Biology, Entomology and Forestry. He was named to the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2012. He has recently been a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Urban Fellow at the San Francisco Exploratorium, and a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Munson Institute on maritime history. Matthew has a PhD in American History from Stanford, MS in Environmental Studies from Oregon and BA in Latin American History from UC Berkeley. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (Term: 2016-2019).

Christopher R. Boyer (IL) is a Professor and Chair in the Departments of History and Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) after having served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor from 2001-2014. Prior to UIC, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Kansas State University from 1997-2001. He teaches courses on social and environmental history of modern Mexico and Latin American history and has published widely in English and Spanish. He has held Fulbright and NEH fellowships, as well as an Academy Fellowship from Harvard University and co-edits a University of Arizona Press book series on Latin American environmental history. His most recent book, Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Duke University Press), which investigates social history of forest management between 1880 and 2000, won the 2017 FHS Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award. He received an AB in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College in 1986, followed by an MA in Political Science in 1991 from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1997. He was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020).

Lisa M. Brady (ID) is a Professor, Department of History at Boise State University where she has been since 2003. Much of her teaching, research, publications, and presentations have involved environmental history associated with war or other military actions, ranging from the Civil War to Korea in the 20th century. She teaches courses on history and environmental history of the United States and the world, and her lectures and presentations have included the topics of conservation and natural disasters. At the University of Sydney, she examined the political and ecological aspects of the wood chipping debate that surrounded Australia’s pulp and paper related timber industry. On July 1, 2013, she became the new editor of the journal, Environmental History.

Christopher B. Davidson (VA) is the Director, Corporate Sustainability at WestRock. His responsibilities include ensuring that WestRock is a recognized global leader in sustainability, and projecting the company’s interests into the national and international debates on sustainability and natural resource issues. This includes facilitating WestRock’s position as a strategic partner, supplier, and resource in sustainability for customers and stakeholders, both internal and external. Chris also works with national and international NGO’s on issues relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has worked in the forest products industry for over ​20​ years and prior to WestRock held positions of increasing responsibility with Nekoosa Packaging, Georgia Pacific, Champion International, International Paper and MWV. Chris received his Ph.D. in silviculture and forest ecology from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and B.S. in forestry from North Carolina State University. He was elected to the Board in 2014 (Term: 2014-2020).

Doug Decker (OR) retired in October 2016 from a 29-year career at the Oregon Department of Forestry, where he served most recently as director and Oregon State Forester, responsible for strategic direction, budget and policy development, and implementation of statewide operations for one of Oregon’s largest and oldest state agencies, and one of the nation’s largest public forestry organizations. Having left state service, Doug is now Director of Portland State University’s Executive Seminar Program, a case-study based natural resource leadership development program. He also serves as Development Director for the Salmonberry Trail, an 86-mile planned rails-to-trails project connecting Portland and the Oregon Coast through the Tillamook State Forest. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula along with minor coursework in Forestry in 1985. At the Spring 2013 Board meeting, he was appointed to fulfill Paul DeLong’s remaining term of service (Term: 2013-2020).

C. A. (Chip) Dillon, III (NJ) is a Partner at Vertical Research Partners covering the Global Paper and Packaging Industry. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and consistently ranks highly in the major polls/surveys of U.S. Paper and Packaging Analysts, including a #1 ranking on eight occasions in the Institutional Investor (II) poll. In addition, Chip is the only U.S. Paper and Packaging Analyst to be inducted into The Wall Street Journal Analyst “Hall of Fame.” A Wall Street veteran, Chip has covered the industrial space for nearly three decades. He joined Vertical Research in July 2011 after serving as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and prior to that, Citigroup Investment Research. He also worked at First Manhattan Co. and J.P. Morgan Investment Management. Chip earned a BS from the University of North Carolina in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1986. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (Term: 2016-2019).

Steve Fairweather (OR) served as the president for Mason, Bruce, and Girard from 2007 to 2016. His expertise is in forest inventory, forest biometrics, applied statistics, and growth and yield modeling. Prior to joining MB&G in 2000, he worked in academia, government, and private industry. He earned his B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State, his M.S. in Forestry (Remote Sensing and Forest Pathology) with a minor in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics from Penn State. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of Consulting Foresters and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Penn State Forestry Alumni Society. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Shawn Fowler (GA) is an audit member of Frazier & Deeter, LLC who has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. He is a nationally recognized expert in the timber industry and has audited several large timber funds and a Timber REIT with assets ranging from $15,000,000 to $400,000,000. He provides issue-oriented consulting and tax advice to timber focused clients. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Management, concentration in Accounting, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with high honors, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1988.  Shawn has also earned the designation of certified fraud examiner, CFE, from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020).

Kent Gilges (NY) is Managing Member of Conservation Forestry, LLC. Previously, Kent was Managing Director of Finance and Acquisitions at the Nature Conservancy where he was primarily responsible for identifying, structuring, and financing transactions for the Conservancy. In this role, he managed the acquisition of over 800,000 acres since 1999. He was elected to the Board in 2011 (Term: 2011-2018).

Rhonda Hunter (WA) has been Senior Vice President, Timberlands, since January 1, 2014. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President, Southern Timberlands, from 2010 to 2014. She held a number of leadership positions in the Southern Timberlands organization with experience in inventory and planning, regional timberlands management, environmental and work systems, finance, and land acquisition. She joined Weyerhaeuser in 1987 as an accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Henderson State University. She was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020)

Douglas Hutton (AB) is a television and record producer, writer and director. Over the past 40 years, his 227 (+) television credits include various prime-time music series, 120 programs on Canadian history and many programs featuring the cultural and natural heritage of North and South America. Music and documentary programs that Doug produced have featured major international performing artists and film stars. In 1990, Douglas created and began producing a television series entitled This Living World and was the founder of This Living World Nature Trust. The main purpose of the trust is to promote a strong world-wide conservation ethic and help fund the purchase of sensitive wildlife habitats with recognized conservancy partners. In 2009, Hutton created, produced and released a musical project recorded in Nashville and New York on American history featuring major U.S. songwriters and performing artists – entitled “This is My America”. From 2003 to 2007, he served on the Board of Tree Canada in Ottawa. Hutton is currently in production of a new 4K UHD TV special entitled “Canada’s Forest Treasures” for release prior to the “Canada 150” anniversary of Confederation celebration in 2017. He was elected to the Board in 2008 and re-elected in 2015 (Term: 2008-2014; 2015-2018).

Bob Izlar (GA) has been the Director at the Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Resources at the University of Georgia since 1998. Prior to this position, he spent eleven years as the Executive Director for the Georgia Forestry Association. His interests are in forest finance, forest operations, forest business management, and forest policy and he has traveled extensively in Canada, Central America, Asia, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific.  His academic achievements include a B.S. and Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Bob is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with 36’ years of service. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Richard W. Judd (ME) is a professor of history at the University of Maine/Orono. Richard received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California at Irvine and earned both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Fullerton. He is currently a member of the Research Committee and co-editor of a project designed to produce a 100-plate Historical Atlas of Maine, from glaciation to the present. A second project is a book-length manuscript on the environmental history of New England. Topics covered will include pre-contact Native American history, interactions between Natives and colonists, frontier expansion, resource-based industries, industrialization, Romanticism, conservation, urban environmental history, and the “re-wilding” of New England. He was elected to the Board in 2012 (Term: 2012-2018).

Douglas W. MacCleery (VA) is known for his work and writings on historical evolution of forests and forest policies in the United States. His USDA/Forest Service background includes field forester, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment and member of numerous committees for the review or analysis of policies ad strategies concerning forest resources. He has experience in the private sector as a policy analyst for the National Forest Products Association in Washington DC and has done international forestry work.  His focus on environmental history has been to seek to highlight how the relationship between humans and their forests has evolved over the years and on the lessons this experience provides that are relevant to future forest conservation. He was elected to the Board in 2010 (Term: 2010-2018).

Peter Madden (GA) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Drax Biomass. He oversees the company’s operations including manufacturing facilities in the Southeastern United States that are environmentally sound, safe, and professionally managed to meet the market demand for compressed wood pellets. Pete began his career in forestry in 1988 with the Westvaco Corporation in South Carolina. In 1992, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he held various positions including operations manager, procurement manager and senior financial analyst.  In 2001, Pete joined Plum Creek Timber Company as a senior financial analyst and held several key positions including director of financial planning, manager of construction materials, director of regional marketing for the Southern region, vice president of operations support, and most recently as vice president, renewable energy and supply chain. Pete graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Vermont.  He also earned a Master of Science in Forestry and a MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Registered Forester in South Carolina and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Michigan Forest Products Council and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.

John J. Martin (NC) is a historian of early modern Europe, with interests in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City (1993), winner of the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA. He is currently completing Crossing the Boundaries of Hercules: Knowledge, Faith, and Power in Early Modern Europe, a history of Europe from the late 15th to the early 19th century. He teaches courses in Italian and European history, including a graduate seminar on the history of the early modern Mediterranean and an undergraduate seminar on the history of torture in the West. In 2013 he offered a course entitled “Mapping Knowledge in the Renaissance: Raphael’s School of Athens,” a collaborative that investigated the epistemologies of various disciplines in Rome in the High Renaissance. Before joining the history faculty at Duke in 2007, Martin taught at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he also served as Chair of the History Department (2004-2007). Martin received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (2016-2019).

Glenn Mason (ON) was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in March 2014. He joined NRCan in 2011, as Director General, Policy, Economics and Industry Branch, CFS. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategic Operations for the Social Development Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office (PCO), where he was responsible for supporting the Social Policy Committee of Cabinet. Glenn holds a M.A. in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in economic history from the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. (Term: 2014-2020).

Brooks Mendell (GA) is the president and founder of Forisk Consulting, LLC, in Watkinsville, GA. The company is a provider of research, education, and advisory services to forest businesses and investors. He is also the chairman and speaker for Mendell & Associates delivering keynotes and workshops on business and technical communications as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Georgia. His educational background includes a B.S. (Political Science) and M.S. (Political Science/Environmental Policy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California/Berkeley in Political Science. His Ph.D. in Forest Resources was earned at the University of Georgia. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Rose-Marie Muzika (MO) is a Professor in Forestry and Associate Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri/Columbia. Her previous positions within the University’s Department of Forestry included Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Her research efforts focus on disturbance ecology with an emphasis on long-term changes in forest composition and processes by both natural and anthropogenic influences. She earned a B.A. from Seton Hill University and an M.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, both in Biology. Her Ph.D. from Michigan State University is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Jonathan Prather (NY) is a partner in Perella Weinberg Partners (a leading global institutional asset manager) and manages the firm’s Industrials practice.  Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Prather was a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Global Industrials Group, where he managed the global paper and forest products investment banking franchise. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Mr. Prather was a Director at UBS in the Global Industrials Group.  Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Prather was a Financial Analyst at Simpson Investment Company. Mr. Prather received a BA with honors from the University of Colorado in History and International Affairs and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (Term: 2016-2019).

William McLeod (Mac) Rhodes (SC) has been President of McLeod Lumber Company since 1984. He earned a B.A. in 1973 from Duke University, a J.D. in 1977 from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Forestry in 1984 from Clemson University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Longleaf Alliance, and the American Tree Farm System. He is a Director and Chair-elect of the South Carolina Forestry Association, a Director of the Forest Landowners Association, and serves on the Clemson Timberland Legacy Advisory Committee as well as the Clemson Wood Utilization & Design Institute. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (Term: 2016-2019).

Michelle Steen-Adams (OR) is affiliate forest scientist at Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. Prior to her current position, Dr. Steen-Adams was Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of New England. She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has authored nearly 20 scientific publications on forest social-ecological systems. Dr. Steen-Adams has interdisciplinary training in environmental history and forest landscape ecology. She conducts applied research on human dimensions of forest landscape structure and change. In recent years, her research has focused on fire-prone forests of the Pacific Northwest; this work is designed to inform wildfire policy and management. In addition to National Forests, tribal forests and communities are a major research topic. Michelle is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: she served in Mali (1994-1996). She was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2019).

Donald Stevens (NE) is the Chief of History and National Register Programs for the National Park Service. He received his BA and MA in U.S. History from the University of Nebraska/Omaha and his Ph.D. in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He and his staff work with interdisciplinary teams to research, plan, and assistance in the identification and preservation of historic properties in 60 national park units in a thirteen state region. From 1999-2004, he served on the editorial board of The Public Historian, the quarterly journal of the National Council on Public History as well as on their board of directors from 2004-2007. He was involved with the development of a cooperative agreement and co-sponsored a series of public history workshops around the Great Lakes parks and initiated a nationwide study of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.  The latter study resulted in five new National Historic Landmarks at Veterans Administration facilities across the country. (Term: 2013-2019).

Ellen Stroud (PA) is a U.S. environmental historian with a particular interest in the nature of cities. Prior to joining the Penn State History Department in 2016, she served as Assistant Professor of U.S. Environmental History from 2001 to 2006 at Oberlin College after which she was Assistant and Associate Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities and Environmental Studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2016. She was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2009-2010 and received the American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship in 2013-2014. Her first book, Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast (University of Washington Press, 2012) looks at the ways in which the twentieth-century growth of cities in the northeastern U.S. fostered the return of forests to the region. Her current book project is an environmental history of dead bodies, looking at the ways in which corpses and corpse disposal practices have shaped American landscapes and ideas about nature. She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1988, an MA in U.S. History from the University of Oregon in 1995 and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University in 2001. She was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020).

Frederick W. (Rick) Titcomb (WA) is the retired President of the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. He received a BA from the University of Colorado in Political Science and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Washington. After serving in the US Air Force as a linguist, he held positions as an analyst at Pacific Northern Oil, a marine fuel oil reseller, as a trade finance specialist at Union Bank of California, and as a bond salesman at Seattle First National Bank for their Capital Markets Group. Rick founded and was President of Maritime Training Services, a video training production and distribution company to the international shipping industry, from 1994 until its sale in 2010. He is President of the Rodman Foundation. He was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2019).

Charles L. VanOver (GA) started with Forest Investment Associates (FIA) in 1994 and manages the acquisition and sale of timberland and has extensive experience in all aspects of timberland investments, forest management, timber procurement operations and real estate transactions and is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Formerly employed by The Travelers Insurance Company for ten years, he was responsible for all of Travelers’ timberland investments in the Eastern U.S.. He also worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation in timber procurement management positions with responsibilities for timber valuation, contract negotiations, harvest planning, supervision and landowner relations. He holds a B.S. in Forest Management from West Virginia University. He was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020).

Lynn Wilson (TN)  has more than 25 years in the forest products industry. In 2015, she joined Louisiana Pacific as Natural Resources Director and manages all of LP’s forestry activities in North America, which includes the purchase of more than 11 million tons of wood annually for the company’s 21 mills in the U.S. and Canada, management of crown lands in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec, several regional forest resources offices, as well as LP’s sustainable forestry efforts in conjunction with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Most recently, she was executive vice president of forest resources for Rayonier from 2010–2014. She has also held a variety of positions with Plum Creek, SAPPI/S.D. Warren Co. and Scott Paper Co. In 1987, she earned a BSc. degree in Forest Management from the University of Maine and an MBA in 1992 from Thomas College. She was elected to the Board in 2017 (Term: 2017-2020).

Chris Zinkhan (NC) is Chief Executive Officer and President of The Forestland Group where he oversees investments and operations, develops investment strategy, and chairs TFG’s Forestland Investment Committees. As a founder of TFG, he has served as an officer since its organization in 1995. He has held the executive position of all other fund-affiliated Forestland Interests since their inception. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Anderson-Tully Company. His previous positions include Holding Professor of Finance and Dean at Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, Associate Professor of Forest Finance at the University of Georgia’s School of Forest Resources, and Senior Credit Analyst in the Corporate Banking Division of First National Bank of Maryland. He is the co-author of Timberland Investments: A Portfolio Perspective (Timber Press, 1992), the first book to address Forestland as a separate asset class for the portfolios of individual and institutional investors. He holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, M.F. (in forest management) and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University, and a D.B.A. in finance from Mississippi State University. He was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2019).

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