Board of Directors

Board of Directors

V. Alaric Sample, Chair
Washington, DC
Alan Calfee
Dorset, VT
Ken Smith, Vice Chair
Sewanee, TN

Seth T. Cohen
Santa Fe, NM

Rick Morrill, Immediate Past Chair
Greensboro, VT
John Fenderson
Nashville, TN
Amber Ellering, Secretary
St. Paul, MN
Peter Hayes
Portland, OR
Kaärsten Turner Dalby, Treasurer
Conifer, CO
Kathy Holian
Glorieta, NM
Bill Bradley
New York, NY
Robert Hrubes
Emeryville, CA

Mary Snieckus
Washington, D.C.

Bill Bradley is a senior partner of the law firm of Eversheds-Sutherland (US) LLP and is based in New York City. His practice is focused on tax and tax litigation, particularly related to timberland transactions. He has represented clients in many of the largest timberland transactions completed over the last 20 years, involving more than 10 million acres. He has lectured on timber tax issues at Duke University and the University of Georgia and at numerous other seminars and meetings. Since 1997, he has served on the Board of Directors of the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and received his B.A., with high honors, from Emory University.  
Alan Calfee is a landowner, forester and conservationist. Alan has been practicing forestry in southern Vermont for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Forestry from the University of Vermont.

His business, Calfee Woodland Management, helps hundreds of private, municipal, not-for-profit and corporate woodland owners steward their properties with a holistic and sustainable long-term approach. Alan has taught at the college level and worked extensively with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) green certification program in the United States and other countries. Alan supports other statewide and community level conservation and forestry education efforts by chairing the Board of Vermont Coverts, serving on the local Conservation District as a Supervisor, and serving an appointment on Vermont’s Endangered Species Committee. He and his family were selected as the Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmer of the year in 2014 for their stewardship and outreach activities on their woodlands in Rupert, Vermont.

Alan is a silviculturist at heart and agrees with Aldo Leopold that conservation “is better written with an axe than with a pen.”  He has a passion for observing and studying the whole forest, for hands-on management, and he enjoys learning and sharing what he knows with others.  

Seth T. Cohen is an attorney whose legal career has focused, in part, on environmental protection. He led the State of New Mexico’s successful effort to prevent construction of a proposed 1500-megawatt coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. He also won a landmark New Mexico Supreme Court case, preventing a controversial land swap of over 14,000 acres of New Mexico State Trust Lands.

Seth has a BA from Amherst College and a JD from Stanford Law School.    He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and spends as much time as possible in the alpine forests of the Southern Rockies. He is a past board member of Conservation Voters New Mexico. 

Amber Ellering works as the Forest Policy and Planning Supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. She has more than twelve years of professional experience in forest management and policy activities. Her work includes leading a team of professionals responsible for forest planning across DNR administered lands, policy analysis, and strategic planning. She is involved in the public policy arena, shaping her agency's participation in federal regulatory action and initiatives, and supporting state level legislative affairs.

Amber began her career as a forester, managing forestlands in rural northern Minnesota. Her experience with field forestry work grounds her work to this day. 

Beyond her day job, Amber is dedicated to working through volunteer channels to better her community and the global community through mentoring students, promoting wise use of natural resources, and helping people connect with their natural environment. She enjoys travel both near and far, which typically includes sleeping in a tent outside. Prior to joining the Forest Stewards Guild Board of Directors in January of 2016, she served on the Membership and Policy Council for six years.  

John Fenderson was the Environmental Affairs/Public Outreach Coordinator for the Tennessee Division of Forestry. He also worked for Greenpeace, the Nature Conservancy, and The U.S. Forest Service in California and Alaska. John has coauthored papers on: Carbon Sequestration Principles for the Southeast; Valuing a Forested Viewshed. He is an avid sailor, backpacker, waterfowl hunter, flyfisher, wooden boat builder. John is a graduate of Tennessee State University where he also received a M.Sci. in Forest Economics and Policy.   
Peter Hayes Peter Hayes and his family own and care for working forests in the northern Oregon Coast. Their restoration forestry business, Hyla Woods, experiments with models of forestry and grower-consumer partnership that lead to enriched forests and sustained people. The Hyla Woods forests are in the Nehalem and Tualatin watersheds. Since first settling on the Clatsop Plains in the 1840s, the family has been active in trying to shape a culture that is as wonderful as this landscape. Peter’s recent involvements include serving on the Oregon Board of Forestry and leadership of the Build Local Alliance.
Kathy Holian has served as a County Commissioner of Santa Fe County, NM since January, 2009. During her tenure in office, the County adopted a new Sustainable Growth Management Plan (SGMP) to reduce sprawl development, ensure sufficient future water resources, and protect the natural environment. The County also completely rewrote land use code, implementing the goals of the SGMP while establishing zoning for the first time in Sante Fe County. In her role as Commissioner, she has personally championed initiatives to further sustainability in the County, promoting renewable energy development, encouraging more local agriculture to promote food security, increasing recycling, and advancing land restoration activities to promote land health and reduce wildfire danger. Kathy has organized numerous community meetings on the topics of fire safety, water use and public safety to foster greater understanding of these issues. She has also served on a number of regional boards and committees including the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWaMA); the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Board; the North Central Regional Transit District Board; the North Central New Mexico Economic Development Board; the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities; and the County Development Review Committee.  Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in Physics. Her career prior to public service included positions with both the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a computational physicist. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kathy and her husband are implementing a restoration plan for the 800 acres they own on the Glorieta Mesa in the Santa Fe area. They have addressed soil erosion and water runoff, created stock ponds for wildlife, and are continuing to thin out the piñon juniper and ponderosa forests overgrown from years of fire suppression.
Robert J. Hrubes is Executive Vice-President of SCS Global Services, a California-based private business specializing in third-party certification of environmental, forestry and food safety claims, where he has principal responsibility for the company's natural resource certification programs, including forest management and chain-of-custody programs. 

Dr. Hrubes is a registered professional forester and resource economist with 40 years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors and an internationally recognized expert in natural resources management and environmental certification. Prior to joining SCS, he was managing principal of Natural Resource Associates, a Northern California-based forestry and resource economics consulting firm, where he specialized in wildland management planning, sustainable forestry analysis, resource economics analysis, operations research analysis and forest management. In addition, he was involved in the application of management science techniques and principles to a broad range of resource management problems. Prior to establishing a private consulting practice in 1988, Dr. Hrubes worked for the USDA Forest Service for 14 years. His last position with the Forest Service was Principal Forest Economist/Operations Research Analyst at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.  

Richard Morrill works as a forester in Northern Vermont, where he helped form a family-run consulting company, Northern Forest Conservation Services, LLC, providing comprehensive land management and conservation services to landowners, land trusts, and public agencies in the northern forest region and northeastern US. Rick holds a Master of Forestry from the University of Maine and a BA in Environmental Studies from Bates College. Prior to becoming a consultant, Rick served as the Baxter State Park Resource Manager, overseeing forest management activities in the Scientific Forest Management Area, an FSC-certified, 30,000-acre demonstration forest in Northern Maine. He has also worked as a forester with the University Forests at UMaine Orono. Rick is a licensed Maine forester, a professional member of the Forest Stewards Guild, a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and a certified forester through SAF. He has been a member of the Forest Stewards Guild Board of Directors since 2007 and served as chair from 2012 to 2017.   
V. Alaric (Al) Sample is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC, where he served as President and CEO 1995-2015. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters in 2000. He is the author of numerous books, research papers, and articles on topics in national and international environmental and natural resource policy. His current research is focused on the integration of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience into the evolving institutional, legal, and policy framework for natural resource management.  His most recent book is Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene: Science, Policy, and Practice, with R. Patrick Bixler and Char Miller (University Press of Colorado, 2016).  Sample earned his doctorate in natural resource policy and economics from Yale University, for which he received the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Conservation Fellowship for excellence in graduate research. He holds an MBA and a Master of Forestry both from Yale, and a Bachelor of Science in forest resource management from the University of Montana. His professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors and includes assignments with the U.S. Forest Service, Champion International, The Wilderness Society, and the Prince of Thurn und Taxis in Bavaria, Germany. He specialized in resource economics and natural resource policy as a Senior Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, as Vice President for Research at the American Forestry Association and as a Research Affiliate on the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES).  Sample has served on numerous national task forces and commissions, including the President's Commission on Environmental Quality task force on biodiversity on private lands, and the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry.   Internationally he has served as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations Forum on Forests, and to the World Forestry Congress in Antalya, Turkey. Sample is a founding board member and past chair of the Forest Stewards Guild. His current term as Board Chair began in July 2017.  
Ken Smith is a forestry professor and serves as the assistant dean for environmental programs at Sewanee: the University of the South in Tennessee. At Sewanee, Smith also participates in the management of the university’s 13,000-acre land holdings. In past years, Smith served as a trustee for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, participated on the Resource Advisory Committee for the Cherokee National Forest, served as the director of New Mexico's Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was an elected board member of Sewanee’s Utility District for nine years. In the more distant past, Smith spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, conducting forest research and management projects. Smith has served on the Forest Stewards Guild board since 2010.

Mary Snieckus works with the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. She leads the public rule making process to address management of roadless areas on the Tongass National Forest, often referred to as the Alaska Roadless Rule. Prior to this, she served for almost 3 years as deputy chief of staff for the agency. She rejoined the Forest Service in 2014 to lead the Ecosystem Services and Markets program in the State and Private branch of the agency. A Wisconsin native, she holds a BS in Forestry from UW-Madison, and an MS in Forest Policy from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her public service, Mary worked with non-governmental organization focused on forest and land stewardship: she managed the conservation incentives and markets program with the American Forest Foundation, consulted on forestry issues and natural resource policy with conservation organizations around the country, and was the first Executive Director of the Forest Stewards Guild. Mary also worked with communities and businesses as a rural development specialist with the State and Private Forestry branch of the US Forest Service in New England, and began her forestry career on the Tongass National Forest in Thorne Bay, AK.

Kaärsten Turner Dalby is the Vice President of Ecological Services for The Forestland Group, LLC (TFG), a forest investment firm specializing in native forest management.   She leads TFG’s efforts to generate increased revenues from a diversity of ecological services including sales of carbon credits, working forest conservation easements, leasing of wind-energy rights, and the monetization of non-timber attributes associated with forestland ownership.   Her responsibilities also include oversight of TFG’s domestic and international forest sustainability commitments and manages the firm’s certification program which validates those commitments through third party certification through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification program.  Kaärsten is also involved in the development and implementation of forest management plans, coordinating with TFG’s operational staff and non-affiliated forest management consultants.  She has worked with a number of domestic and international conservation organizations on public and private land conservation issues and enjoys creative problem solving to meet multiple stakeholder objectives. 

She has been influenced by conservation writers and leaders of the 20th century as well as the wide-open landscapes of the west, the steep slopes of the Appalachian hardwood forests and the land of the long white cloud (New Zealand).   She lives at altitude in Conifer, Colorado, and is the mother of two boys who keep her running, laughing and cleaning up messes. 

Ms. Turner Dalby has a BA from Smith College in English, an MS in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana School of Forestry, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.  Kaärsten is a director in a number of TFG’s investment interests and also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Forestry Center.  She has been involved with the Forest Stewards Guild since 1998 and prior to her appointment to the Forest Stewards Guild Board, she served two terms on the Membership and Policy Council.