Zander Evans
Executive Director
Mike Lynch
Great Lakes Project Coordinator
Sam Berry
Project Coordinator
Amanda Mahaffey
Northeast Region Director
Nick Biemiller
Southeast Region Coordinator
Leonora Pepper
Project Coordinator
Esmé Cadiente
Collaborative Forestry Project Manager
Matt Piccarello
Assistant Southwest Region Director
Fred Clark
Senior Forester
Colleen Robinson
Communications Coordinator
Linwood Gill
California Regional Coordinator
Deb Saeger
Director of Finance and Administration
Eytan Krasilovsky
Southwest Region Director


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. 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. 

Nick Biemiller is the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Guild 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 is currently a Master of Forestry candidate at 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 domestic community-based forestry issues and the implementation of ecological forestry systems. He is particularly interested in developing innovative methods of reaching more family forest landowners and accomplishing landscape-level conservation and forestry goals in the highly fragmented and parcelized landscape of the eastern United States. Nick can be reached at 631-456-1698 or  

Esmé Cadiente is the Collaborative Forestry Project Manager for the Forest Stewards Guild. 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 Ecohydrological 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 for the Forest Stewards Guild 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

Linwood Gill is the California Region Coordinator for the Forest Stewards Guild. Linwood can be reached 707-961-0377, on his mobile at 707.357.0324 or at  

Eytan Krasilovsky is the Southwest Director at the Forest Stewards Guild. 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 or on his mobile at 505-470-0185.  
Michael Lynch is the Lake States Coordinator for the Forest Stewards Guild. 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. 
Amanda Mahaffey is the Northeast Region Director at the Forest Stewards Guild. 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.
As Project Coordinator for the Southwest Office, Leonora Pepper works to promote collaborative forest restoration program (CFRP) projects through ecological and socioeconomic monitoring, restoration treatment inspection, and coordination with local partners. In support of the Guild’s work with the Joint Fire Science Program, Leonora conducts research on fire ecology, policy, and wildfire management decisions. During summer months, Leonora helps to coordinate the Forest Stewards Youth Corps. Prior to joining the Guild, in 2015 Leonora spent a year researching traditional açaí production in the Amazon estuary; since then, Leonora continues to maintain close ties with forestry and agroecology research communities in the eastern Amazon. Leonora’s past experience also includes coordinating an urban forestry jobs program for Boston youth and implementing research and field trials on smallholder coffee plantations in Colombia and Rwanda. Outside of her work with the Guild, Leonora enjoys tackling new languages, biking, and exploring Brazilian music. Leonora holds a Master of Forestry from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Smith College. She can be reached at  
Matt Piccarello is the Assistant Southwest Director for the Forest Stewards Guild. 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 or on his mobile at 505-470-9725.  

Colleen Robinson is the Communications Coordinator for the Forest Stewards Guild. 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 in the Madison, WI office at 608-333-0554 or  

Deb Saeger is the Director of Finance and Administration for the Forest Stewards Guild. She has worked in the non-profit realm for more than 17 years, directing technology, development and accounting solutions for organizations such as Sustain Dane and the Society of Women Engineers. During free hours, Deb remains active with sustainability efforts, serving on advisory boards and committees such as the Sierra Club of Wisconsin's education committee. She sees her role at the Guild as "stage manager, organizing and coordinating everything that our on the ground 'actors' need, and making sure that the widest possible audience gets exposure to the art and science of what the Guild does." Deb is a biker, gardener, and enjoys time with family, friends and her two feline friends. Deb can be reached in the Madison, WI office at 608.333.0551 or