Zander Evans
Executive Director
Eytan Krasilovsky
Southwest Region Director
Sam Berry
Program Coordinator
Dave Lasky
Director of Fire Management
Nick Biemiller
Southeast Region Coordinator
Mike Lynch
Great Lakes Project Coordinator
Esmé Cadiente
Collaborative Forestry Program Manager
Amanda Mahaffey
Northeast Region Director
Fred Clark
Senior Forester
Kendal Martel
Program Coordinator
Daniel Godwin
Assistant Director of Fire Management
Matt Piccarello
Assistant Southwest Region Director
Gabe Kohler
Southwest Progam Assistant
Colleen Robinson
Communications Coordinator


Zander Evans is Executive Director of the Forest Stewards Guild. For eleven years previous to his current role, he directed the Guild's research programs. His research has been published in numerous peer-review journals and management oriented reports to support on-the-ground implementation of ecological forestry. His current research includes the effectiveness of fuels treatment and sustainability of forest bioenergy. Zander is involved in local collaborative efforts to improve forest management as board member on of Southwest Fire Science Consortium. He received his PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies after working as a cartographer and spatial analyst with the US Geological Survey. Zander can be reached in the Santa Fe, NM office at 505-983-8992 ext. 36, or at To see Zander's publications please click here.  
Sam Berry is a Program Coordinator in the Southwest Field Office. Sam works to facilitate the return of good fire to the landscapes of New Mexico and beyond through the Guild’s projects relating to Fire Adapted Communities, prescribed fire training exchanges, collaborative burning, and treatment implementation to improve fire resiliency. Sam also helps with graphic design and written materials to increase understanding of the relation of wildland fire to the natural world and the communities within it. Sam has worked on various wildland and prescribed fire crews, engines and wildfire use modules for the US Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy in California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Missouri. He also worked in the Klamath region of Northern California, developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans, managing a noxious weeds program, and conducting fisheries monitoring. While living in Montana Sam also developed and completed two separate oral history projects documenting lives of people rurally and in a small mill town. In his free time he enjoys being with his favorite people and dogs, crafting things, cooking, and being outdoors. Sam can be reached at

Nick Biemiller is our Southeast Regional Coordinator and has been a professional member since 2013. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Forestry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In addition to working on projects with the Guild, Nick has worked as a field forester in North Carolina engaging family forest landowners in forest management activities and ecological restoration. He is primarily interested in community-based forestry and the implementation of ecological forest management, with a particular interest in developing innovative methods of reaching more family forest landowners and accomplishing landscape-level forest conservation goals in the highly fragmented and parcelized landscape of the eastern United States. Nick can be reached at 828-772-7992 or   

Esmé Cadiente is our Collaborative Forestry Project Manager. Esmé manages Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) projects and works to improve forest health through addressing wildfire on a fireshed scale in a pro-active, collaborative approach to improve the health and long-term resilience of our forests and communities. Esmé also works to increase science communication to the public through outreach materials, website design, verbal communication and photography to allow for a broad range of audiences to understand and engage in their natural world. Esmé holds an M.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Her past and on-going work has emphasized the mixed use of watershed and fireshed landscapes and the coupling between human and natural systems to manage forest and water resources at the landscape to regional scale. Esmé’s past research and education examine the interface between hydrologic and riparian systems and the ecological role of fire in forested watersheds for the purpose of maintaining forest health and ecological resilience in a changing world. Esmé is a frequent traveler and photographer, and lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and their pup. Esmé can be reached at 505.470.0032 or  
Fred Clark is a Senior Forester and has been a professional member of the Guild since 1998. He holds a BS in Horticulture and Forestry from Michigan State University, and an MS in Forest Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In over 25 years as a natural resource professional he has served as a forest ecologist, a WDNR Service Forester, and the owner and principle of a forestry consulting and contracting business. Fred served on the Wisconsin Council on Forestry from 2004 until 2014, and served three terms as a Representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2009 – 2014. Fred and his wife Kerry live in Madison, Wisconsin. He enjoys hunting, sailing and most things outdoors, and his spare time he owns a specialty hardwood and furniture business. He served as the Guild's Executive Director from November 2014 - October 2017. Fred can be reached via email at

Dave Lasky is our Director of Fire Management. He serves as the Module Lead for the Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module and can be reached at 303.588.3440 or at  


Gabe Kohler is a Program Assistant at the Southwest Field Office. Gabe has a strong interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management and wants to develop forest and fire management that strengthens the connection between rural communities and the forestland that surrounds them. He holds a B.A in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College and a M.S in Forest Ecosystems and Society from the Oregon State University College of Forestry. During his graduate studies, Gabe learned to approach natural resource challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective, merging the social sciences with fire science and management. In his work as a social scientist contractor and research associate, Gabe talked with hundreds of natural resource professionals throughout the western US about their experiences, and hopes to bring these diverse perspectives to his work with the Guild. Gabe’s weekends are spent camping, biking, listening to live music, and road-tripping around the states with his girlfriend and their dog Magoo. Gabe can be reached at 509-844-3048 or at

Eytan Krasilovsky is our Southwest Director. The Southwest program continues the legacy started by the Forest Trust in 1984 to practice and promote excellence in stewardship by building a sustainable forest-based economy, developing future forestry leaders, practicing ecological forest restoration, and training and educating fire and forest workers and landowners. Eytan develops, funds, and implements projects, to support these goals. The Southwest program currently works on landscape-scale restoration, youth education and training, wildland firefighter training, and effectiveness monitoring. Eytan is involved in several local collaborative efforts to improve forest management and serves on a wildland-urban interface risk reduction grant review panel. He received his Master degree from the University of Pennsylvania after working as a field archaeologist in the Northeast and a fire effects monitor and wildland firefighter with the National Park Service. Eytan can be reached in the Santa Fe, NM office at 505.983.8992 ext. 16, on his mobile at 505.470.0185, or at  
Michael Lynch is our Lake States Coordinator. He focuses on regional research needs, collaboration opportunities, and natural resource planning at a landscape-scale. Michael has specialized experience developing integrated solutions to balance the multifaceted ecological, economic, and social needs of the Lake State’s forest resources. Michael holds a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies and an MS in Biological Integration from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working for the Forest Stewards Guild, Michael worked with the Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota Forest Resources Council/Minnesota DNR, Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, and USDA Forest Service. Michael resides outside Mankato, Minnesota, with his wife, son, two dogs, and small flock of chickens. Michael spends his time away from Guild activities engaged in a variety of outdoor pursuits in addition to operating a family-farm. Mike can be reached in the  Mankato, MN office at 608.449.0647 or at
Amanda Mahaffey is our Northeast Region Director. She holds a BA and Master of Forestry from Yale University and a Master of Music from the University of Southern Maine. She has over a decade's worth of experience in forestry and environmental management, including industrial forest management, wetland delineation, timberland transactions, woodland owner outreach, and regional conservation partnership coordination. She joined the Guild as a student member and served on the Membership Committee and Board of Directors before joining staff as Northeast Region Director in 2012. In her spare time, Amanda conducts a high school choir, donates blood, and, of course, gets out in the woods as much as possible, often with her dogs, Maya and Cano. Amanda can be reached in the Freeport, ME office at 207.432.3701 or at

Kendal Martel is a Program Coordinator for the Southwest Office. Kendal works with Guild partners to coordinate outreach, engagement, and peer learning around Fire Adapted Communities and collaborative forest restoration. She has a strong background in facilitation around natural resources and is passionate about facilitating science-based dialogue among agencies and the public to inform sound natural resource management decisions and strengthen community governance. Prior to the Forest Stewards Guild, Kendal was the Forest Program Associate at Sustainable Northwest where she provided technical assistance, network-based peer learning, and facilitation to several forest collaboratives in Oregon. Kendal’s experience includes serving as a Forestry Extension Agent with the United States Peace Corps where she focused on agroforestry and sustainable agriculture in rural Zambia. In her free time, Kendal can be found out roaming the beautiful landscapes of the Southwest with her plant identification book and going on long bike rides. Kendal holds degrees in Sociology and Geography from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance from Portland State University. She can be reached at 936-671-3523 or   

Matt Piccarello is our Assistant Southwest Director. Matt manages monitoring efforts for the Guild’s various forest restoration projects, engages local partners in Fire Adapted Communities initiatives, and supports community forestry in New Mexico. Matt has a background in environmental education and also helps to manage the Guild’s Youth Conservation Corps program. Before moving to New Mexico, Matt lived in Oregon where he was a trail crew leader for Northwest Youth Corps. In 2012, Matt received a fellowship to travel to Nepal and study their system of community forestry. Matt earned Master degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Water Resources from the University of New Mexico. When not working for the Guild, Matt enjoys running and road biking in New Mexico’s mountains and spending time with his wife Carly and two dogs Gila Monster and Dexter. Matt can be reached in the Santa Fe, NM office at 505.983.8992 ext. 14, on his mobile at 505.470.9725, or at  

Colleen Robinson is our Communications Coordinator. Colleen has a broad background in environmental education and communications. She describes her perfect work as helping people recognize and acknowledge their own connections to their environment. Coming to us after 10 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and 14 years with the non-profit Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, she offers a wealth of knowledge that directly relates to our communication needs as well as our work with forests and the people who own, manage and recreate within them. At home, she enjoys time in the woods and on the water, with her standard poodle, friends and family. She puts high value on locally sourced, healthy food as well. You'll often hear her say "I belong outside." Colleen can be reached via voice mail at 608-807-4151 or  

Daniel Godwin is our Assistant Director of Fire Management and serves as the Assistant Module Lead of the Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module. He is originally from north Florida, where fire is about as ubiquitous as fried mullet and sweet tea.
He started his fire career with The Nature Conservancy after graduating from the University of Florida, working on an engine module supporting interagency prescribed fire.  He completed his PhD at the University of Missouri - Columbia, where he investigated the interrelation of fire intensity, rainfall, and tree mortality in the savannas of Kruger National Park, South Africa. At Mizzou, he founded and equipped the local chapter of the Student Association for Fire Ecology to provide qualified personnel for prescribed burns on Missouri public and private lands. Daniel has helped put good fire on the ground across the US as well as consulted for DoD on wildfire issues. Outside of fire, he has managed a non-profit outdoor guiding service, worked in collections management of cultural resources, and led backpacking trips in New Mexico. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife and robot vacuum, and can be reached at or 850-980-1153.