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
Bob Izlar

Co-Vice Chairs
Dan Christensen
Douglas MacCleery
Clark Seely

Immediate Past Chair
Lynn Wilson

Treasurer
Henry I. Barclay III

Secretary & President 
Steven Anderson

Emeritus Members
Hayes D. Brown, Birmingham, AL
Douglas Decker, Portland, OR
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

Ex-Officio
Steven Anderson
Stephen Brain
Mark Hersey
Rachel D. Kline

The FHS Board of Directors, May 2019
The FHS Board of Directors, May 2019
Former Chair and Board Members, May 2019
Former Chair and Board Members, May 2019

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: 2004-2022).

Rebecca Barnard (WI) in January of 2018, was named Forestry Certification Manager with Sappi North America, bringing 15 years of forest management experience to improve the control environment around product claims and advance forest policy objectives. External to her role with Sappi, she also serves on the Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Policy Committee. Prior to joining Sappi, she served as the National Forestry Programs Manager for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) from 2013-2018 and as the Forest Certification Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 2008-2013. She earned a B.S. in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MBA from National American University. She was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

Judi A. Beck (BC) is a Register Professional Forester and was a senior regional executive within the Canadian federal public service until her retirement in 2022. As a lead executive within forestry, she has worked in the realm of forest history, genomics, climate change, Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, pests, and wildland fire. Judi has also served as the strategic lead for forestry programs, policy and legislation development, and she managed a forest research facility for the Canadian federal forest service. Judi has a passion for systems thinking, building learning organizations and enabling a culture of continuous improvement for excellence in forest management, governance and research. Before joining the federal public service, Judi was manager of Fire Management for the BC provincial government. With a PhD in fire sciences, Judi was one of Canada and Australia’s first operational Fire Behaviour Analysts, and she was the first female to have served operationally in this role in both countries. As such she served as an “intelligence officer” in wildfire behaviour forecasting to support safe community evacuation planning and fire responder safety. 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 elected to the Board in 2018 (Term: 2018-2024).

Matthew M. Booker (NC) is Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the National Humanities Center in RTP as of July 2020. He will be “on leave” from North Carolina State University where he is an associate professor of environmental history. In 2017, as a National Humanities Center Fellow, he worked on his co-edited book, Food Fights, about 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; it was published in 2019. 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 and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. 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 also 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, an MS in Environmental Studies from Oregon and a BA in Latin American History from University of California at Berkeley. He was elected to the Board in 2016 (Term: 2016-2022).

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 a Senior Lecturer at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is 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).

Dana Chandler (SC) has been the owner at Family Tree Forestry, LLC and Forestry in Bloome since 2019. Through Forestry in Bloome, she promotes education literature for children and adults to foster a better understanding of forestry and the logging force and is the author of The Little Foresters Adventures series. She earned her B.S. in English from Chaflin University and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of Georgia. In 2012, she began her career as a Skidder Operator for D&L Logging then joined the Weyerhaeuser Company in Livingston, LA in 2015 as an Entry Level Forester. She worked three years for International Paper in Prattville, AL and Eastover, SC as a Fiber Supply Associate and Fiber Procurement Representative. She was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

Daniel Christensen (NH) is a Director on the Board for the Hancock Natural Resource Group where he served as CEO and President from 2004 to 2015. 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).

Sam Cook (NC) is currently the executive director of Forest Assets and VP of the Natural Resources Foundation for the College of Natural Resources at NC State University, where he coordinates the management of the forest assets owned or managed by the NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc. He serves as a Board member for Triangle Land Conservancy in Durham, NC (VP for the board of directors), NC Coastal Land Trust (Wilmington, NC) and a Resource Committee Advisor for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-Washington, DC, representing the Black Family Land Trust (VA). He has also worked with the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station in Boise, ID, Duke Energy Progress (formerly Duke Power) in Durham, and the Forest Resource Division of International Paper Company. He holds an Associate Degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from Tuskegee University and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from North Carolina State University. He was elected to the Board in 2020 (Term: 2020-2023).

Suzanne Cuthbert (WA) is the Vice President Timberlands Strategy & Technology at Weyerhaeuser. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Suzanne has 34 years of forest industry experience starting in manufacturing and including 20 years of those with Weyerhaeuser. Her career with Weyerhaeuser started in 1999 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia as a logging division scaling clerk and progressed through Finance with a variety of roles including Division Accounting Manager, Director of Finance & Planning, and Timberlands Controller. In 2015, she assumed responsibility for Timberlands strategic planning and forestry research and was named to Vice President of that organization in early 2017. She was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

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).

Neal D. Ewald (WA) was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at Green Diamond Resource Company (retired in July of 2022) with more than 40 years’ experience in industrial forest management; 30 years with Green Diamond. Ewald held the position of senior vice president, California Operations at Green Diamond since 2014. Prior to that he was vice president and general manager, California Timberlands for 12 years and California Timberlands general manager for Simpson Timber Company. Prior to joining Simpson Timber Company in 1991, he worked from 1978 to 1991 with Arcata Redwood Company as a Forester/Logging Engineer and Resource Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and an MBA in 1990 from Humboldt State University. He was elected to the Board in 2020 (Term: 2020-2023).

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.

Stephen J. Hicks (MI) has been the President and CEO of J.M. Longyear, LLC since 1999. In 1985, Hicks began in the accounting department of Longyear.  He became Treasurer in 1989 and then chief operating officer in 1994.  In 1999, he attended a concentrated residency program for global executives at the University of Michigan School of Business and became Longyear’s President and CEO. During his tenure he led significant growth of the company’s enterprise value without any third-party capital or cash investment by shareholders while returning over $70 million to shareholders. J.M. Longyear LLC is a 145-year-old Marquette natural resources company with 170,000 acres of commercial timberlands and over 200,000 acres of iron ore and other mineral rights in the upper Midwest and Ontario. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting in 1983 from Michigan Technological University and completed his CPA examination in 1989. He was elected to the Board in 2020 (Term: 2020-2023).

Bob Izlar (GA) retired in December of 2020 from his position as Director at the Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. 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: 2015-2022).

Brent Keefer (NC) has been the CEO of American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) since 2020. He brings over 30 years of experience to his position of CEO where he is responsible for leading the AFM organization, which includes 50 offices throughout 9 regions and over 290 employees. Prior to joining AFM, he served as the President of Hancock Timber Resource Group and Senior Managing Director, Head of Timberland Investments of the Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) where he led the overall timberland investment business. Prior to joining HNRG in 1998, Brent was Manager of Forest Systems for Rayonier, Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO). He holds a B.S. in forest resource management and a M.S. in forest biometrics, GIS, and remote sensing both from Virginia Tech. He was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

Rachel D. Kline (CO) is a Supervisory Historian for the Forest Service Enterprise Program, working in all aspects of history management for the last 13 years. Her work assists agency program managers with adherence to the National Historic Preservation Act (1966), advising line and staff of responsibilities related to historic properties and resources with special regard to addressing effects to cultural resources. She supports program areas by leveraging history as a management tool to create efficiencies, reduce costs, and fulfill the agency’s mission and priorities. She is skilled in research, oral history, records curation, and NHPA compliance work, as well as writing historical contexts and interpretive content. She has written extensively on agency administrative and recreation architecture. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, where she explored the history of women in conservation and the Forest Service. She earned a Master of Arts in Public History from Colorado State University, specializing in historic preservation, archives, and museum studies. She was elected as the Forest Service Liaison to the Board in 2020 (Term: 2020-2023).

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: 2010-2022).

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; Myths of Renaissance Individualism (2004), and A Beautiful Ending: The Apocalyptic Imagination and the Making of the Modern World (2022). 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).

Peter Mertz (NH and TX) co-founded Global Forest Partners LP in 2003 and prior to his retirement served as the firm’s CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He continues to serve as Board Chair of five private equity timberfunds. Prior to co-founding GFP, he served as Managing Director of UBS Timber Investors, the predecessor business to GFP since 1997. He began his forestry career as a field forester in Arkansas with Weyerhaeuser Company and has over forty years of forest management and investment experience. He holds a BS in Natural Resources (Forestry) and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Forester and has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1974. He serves on the External Advisory Board for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and was the Volunteer Chair for the School and a member of the University Leadership Council for their most recent $5 billion Capital Campaign. He also has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Michigan Congenital Heart Center, and as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the Montshire Museum of Science. Peter and his wife Carolyn split time between their home in Hanover, New Hampshire and ranch in Texas. He was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

Donald A. Motanic(OR) has been Technical Specialist for the Intertribal Timber Council since 1995. He earned a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the University of Washington in 1978. Prior to joining the ITC, he worked for 17 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs including as Forest Engineer for the Yakima Agency; Forest Manager for the Umatilla Agency; Forest Manager for the Spokane Agency; and Regional Forester for the Northern Rockies Region. He was the first tribal representative on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. He is involved with SAF, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Washington Ag Forestry Leadership Foundation, WSU-Vancouver Native American Advisory Council and past president with Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. He is a member of the Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He was elected to the Board in 2021 (Term: 2021-2024).

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: 2018-2024).

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: 2018-2024).

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: 2017-2023).

Paul Sutter (CO) is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1997, he then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia from 1997-2000, and he was a member of the History Department at the University of Georgia from 2000-2009. Paul is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (University of Washington Press, 2002) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South (University of Georgia Press, 2015); he is co-author of The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (University of Georgia Press, 2010); and he is co-editor of Environmental History and the American South: A Reader (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Paul has published numerous articles and book chapters on the American wilderness movement, southern environmental history, U.S. imperial environmental history, and environmental historiography – including a 2013 state-of-the-field essay in the Journal of American History. He is the series editor for “Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books,” published by the University of Washington Press, and he was the founding editor of the “Environmental History and the American South” book series published by the University of Georgia Press. Paul has held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society. He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled “Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: Environment, Disease, Race, and the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama, 1904-1914” He was appointed to fulfill Christopher R. Boyer’s remaining term of service (Term: 2021-2023).

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 (SC) 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: 2017-2023).

Matthew Williams (SC) was Vice President, Timberlands Marketing and Operations for Weyerhaeuser Company; he retired in June of 2020. Matt was with the 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: 2019-2022).

Lynn Wilson (WI) retired in 2019, 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: 2017-2023).