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:

Phone: (919) 682-9319
Fax: (919) 682-2349
Mail: 2925 Academy Rd.
Durham, NC 27705

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 Society's bookkeeper and is responsible for managing the Society's payroll and financial records.
  • Laura Hayden, Development Associate
    Laura is the  newest member of the FHS staff. She is working with FHS leadership to broaden the awareness of FHS in the community, increasing corporate support, and bringing new groups and financial support to the FHS Annual Fund.
  • 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, consults on documentary films, and handles other special writing and editing assignments. Jamie served as an executive producer, writer, and historical consultant on the FHS-produced award-winning documentary America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. 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.