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
Immediate Past Chair
Henry I. Barclay III
Secretary & President
Hayes D. Brown, Birmingham, AL
L. Michael Kelly, Atlanta, GA
L. Keville Larson, Mobile, AL
Frank "Char" Miller, Claremont, CA
Edward W. "Ned" Phares, Athens, GA
B. Bond Starker, Corvallis, OR
Charles M. Tarver, Newton, GA
Larry W. Tombaugh, Cary, NC
R. Scott Wallinger, Charleston, SC
Mark Wilde, Princeton, NJ
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: 2004-2020).
Judi A. Beck (BC) has been the Director General of the Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC) of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) since January 2014. As the senior executive for NRCan-CFS in the Pacific Region, she represents the Government of Canada as negotiator and spokesperson on forestry issues. She directs the CFS Centre in Victoria, and plans, implements and evaluates the regional delivery of a broad spectrum of CFS programs. With her provincial counterparts, she has co-chaired both the Forest Pest and Wildland Fire Management Working Groups of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, and she has co-chaired the national file on Disturbance (fire, integrated pest management, forest invasive alien species, climate change) related research for CFS, NRCan. She obtained her B.Sc. (Forestry) from the University of New Brunswick in 1985, an M.Sc. (Forestry) from the Australian National University in 1988; and her Ph.D. (Fire Growth / GIS) from Curtin University, Western Australia in 2000. She was appointed to serve the remaining term of Glenn Mason then elected to the Board in 2018. (Term: 2018-2021).
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: 2016-2022).
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).
Stephen Brain (MS) is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Mississippi State University where he has been teaching since 2007. In 2018, he and Mark D. Hersey were selected to replace Lisa Brady as the new co-editors of the Environmental History journal. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California/Berkeley in 2007; an M.A. in Humanities from California State University/Dominguez Hills; and a B.S. in wildlife ecology with a minor in forestry from the University of Florida. He became an ex officio member of the Board in the spring of 2019.
Nicolette L. Cagle (NC) is Faculty in Environmental Science and Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She also serves as the Director of K-12 Diversity Pathway Programs and the Director of the Communications Studio in the Nicholas School. Her background is in ecology, natural history, environmental education, and environmental communication. She also has experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in environmental fields. Her wide-ranging interests have resulted in publications encompassing myriad topics, from snake species-habitat relationships to comprehensive pedagogical approaches to significant life experiences in environmental fields. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Natural Resources from the University of Illinois/Urbana and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University. She was elected to the Board in 2019. (Term: 2019-2022).
Daniel Christensen (NH) is Director and Chairman of the Board for the Hancock Natural Resource Group where he served as CEO and President from 2004 to 2016. Under Dan’s leadership HNRG grew their investment management business to $14 billion under management with 6.3 million acres of timberland and 290,000 acres of farmland in six countries – US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Chile. He had joined Hancock Timber Resource Group in 1992 and served as manager of forestry operations, manager of acquisitions, and president and COO. From 1977 to 1991 he served in various positions with Diamond International Corporation and then Diamond Occidental Forest, Inc. During his career he has taken part in the conservation ownership of over 440,000 acres of forestland. He earned a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine. Dan and his wife, Cynthia, grew up in Old Town, Maine. They have four married children and eleven grandchildren. He was elected to the Board in 2019 (Term: 2019-2022).
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: 2016-2022).
John D. Enlow (FL) has over 20 years of Board and executive level roles in the timberland/forest resources sector where he has been instrumental in creating and building “best in class” organizations. He most recently (2017-2018) served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors for Deltic Timber Corporation. From 2014 to 2016, he was Vice President of Southern Timberlands for Weyerhaeuser Company and prior to that held several positions from 2007 to 2014 with Rayonier, Inc., including Regional Director. He was Sales Representative, Financial Analyst, and Management Forester with Union Camp Corporation from 1990-1997. He earned a B.S. in Forest Management from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Brenau University, and attended the Executive Education Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Board in 2018 (Term: 2018-2021).
Mark D. Hersey (MS) is an Associate Professor in the History Department and Director of the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South at Mississippi State University. In 2018, he and Stephen Brain were selected to replace Lisa Brady as the new co-editors of the Environmental History journal. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. environmental history from the University of Kansas/Lawrence in 2006. He became an ex officio member of the Board in the spring of 2019.
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: 2015-2021).
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: 2010-2020).
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 (Term: 2016-2022).
John Matel (VA) is a Gentleman of Leisure, a Conservationist, and President of the Virginia Tree Farm Foundation. He was a senior advisor for think tanks and NGOs at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) Congressional Relations from September 2015 through March 2016. From 2014 to 2015, he served as a senior international advisor for the Smithsonian Institute and in 2011 to 2014, he was Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil and president of the U.S.-Brazil Binational Fulbright Commission. From 2004 to 2010, he worked with the Department of State as Director of International Information Programs for Europe and Eurasia; Director of the Worldwide Speaker Program; Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader, U.S. Mission Iraq; and Director of International Information Programs Policy. As a landowner, certified tree farmer & naturalist, he manages my nearly 500 acres of Virginia forest for timber, wildlife and water quality. He is restoring longleaf and shortleaf ecosystems on parts of his own land. He earned an MA in History in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA in 1984 from the University of Minnesota. He was elected to the Board in 2018 (Term: 2018-2021).
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: 2015-2021).
Rose-Marie Muzika (PA) is the Director of Science and Research at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Powdermill Nature Reserve. Previously, she was Professor in Forestry and Associate Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, Columbia. At MU, she served as Department Chair of Forestry and Director of Graduate Studies and taught courses in Forest Ecology and Forest Health & Protection. 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 Forestry with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2021).
James B. Porter III (GA) is president of Business Development and Latin America. In this role, he oversees WestRock’s Global Forest Resources, including over 50 million tons per year of fiber together with ongoing development of new business opportunities, and management responsibility for the company’s operations in Latin America. Previously, he held the role of president, Paper Solutions, and president, Corrugated Packaging, at WestRock. He joined RockTenn in 2008 with the acquisition of Southern Container Corp., where he was president and chief operating officer. He is on the American Forest Foundation Board of Directors, is a past chairman of the Fibre Box Association; past chairman of the Containerboard Sector of the American Forest & Paper Association; previously on the Board of Directors for Corrugated Packaging Alliance, International Corrugated Case Association and the World Containerboard Organization. He is a Society of American Foresters, Certified Forester and has a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Missouri. In addition to graduate studies in Business Administration, he completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. He was appointed to serve the remaining term of Chris Davidson. (Term: 2018-2020).
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: 2016-2022).
Charles W. Rasmussen (NC) is the CEO of P&G Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of specialty air filtration equipment for critical applications. Throughout his career, he has held various positions with Weyerhaeuser Company in its Timberlands division in both Mississippi/Alabama and North Carolina. His responsibilities covered the entire forestry cycle from planting to harvesting. In addition, he has worked at U.S. Bancorp in Management Accounting and the Special Assets Group. He is a trustee of the Clearwater Investment Trust, a multi-fund mutual fund family as well as a board member of NuStar Inc., a manufacturer of car wash systems and material handling. He received a B.S. from the University of Vermont in Resource Economics and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from East Carolina University. He was elected to the Board in 2018 (Term: 2018-2021).
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: 2016-2022).
Clark W. Seely (FL) is a professional forester and currently president of Seely Management Consulting, Inc. He has over 40 years of experience in forestry, natural resource management and organizational leadership. His consulting practice and expertise focuses on natural resource policy and organizational management. The company was created in 2010 following his retirement from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) as the Associate State Forester and 35 years of service. He is also currently adjunct faculty with the Natural Resource Policy and Administration Master’s Program at the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, where he teaches courses on public land management, human resources and organizational management. Clark has been a professional member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since 1977, was elected Fellow in 1996, and became a Certified Forester® in 1997. He was nationally elected SAF Vice-President in 2015 and served as President and Chairman of the Board in 2016. In 2018, as Past President, he is serving on the national Board of Directors Nominating Committee and also serving as Chair of the newly formed national Leadership Advisory Group. He was the 2012 recipient of the Society of American Foresters' John A. Beale Memorial Award, recognizing his long-term leadership, dedication and contributions to the forestry profession. Clark graduated with honors from the Oregon State University, College of Forestry with a B.S. degree in Forest Management. He is also a graduate of the Covey Executive Excellence Program. He was elected to the Board in 2018 (Term: 2018-2021).
Michelle Steen-Adams (OR) is an 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: 2013-2020).
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).
Marshall D. Thomas (GA) began with F&W in 1978 as a field and technical forester, eventually rising through the ranks of the company to become its President. Since 1988, Mr. Thomas has led F&W through a period of rapid growth and service-area expansion that now includes numerous offices in the US, Uruguay, Brazil and Europe. He has a B.S. from the University of Florida in forestry and an M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University. In addition to a variety of memberships in forestry associations, he is also a past president of the Albany Boys and Girls Club. He was elected to the Board in 2019 (Term: 2019-2022).
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).
Matthew Williams (SC) is currently Vice President, Timberlands Marketing and Operations for Weyerhaeuser Company. Matt has been with Weyerhaeuser Company for 41 years and has held positions in Harvesting, Landowner Assistance, Wood Products Manufacturing, Raw Material Procurement, Marketing and Land Management and Timberland Business Leadership. He has served on Forestry Association Boards in Arkansas and Oregon and has also been active in Oklahoma, Washington, North Carolina and South Carolina. Matt holds BS degrees from SUNY and Syracuse University majoring in Environmental Resource Management. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, backpacking, yard work and hanging out with family. Matt and his wife, Sue, have three children, three children in-laws and six grandchildren all residing in North Carolina. He was appointed to fulfill Rhonda Hunter’s remaining term of service (Term: 2019-2020).
Lynn Wilson (TN) recently retired, was the Vice President, Supply Chain for Louisiana Pacific. She joined the company in 2015 as Natural Resources Director and managed all of LP’s forestry activities in North America, which included 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). 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).