Current Panel Members

Nicole Balloffet, National Nurseries and Reforestation Manager
USDA Forest Service

Nicole Balloffet is the National Reforestation and Nurseries Program Manager in the Washington Office of the Forest Service. She previously served as a Natural Resource Specialist for the FS Ecosystem Services and Markets program. She was hired by the FS in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow which is an extremely competitive program. Before coming to the FS she worked for The Nature Conservancy and was in the Peace Corps in Panama. She earned a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology in 1997, a Master of Public Policy -Environmental Policy, and a Master of Science - Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rebecca Barnard, National Forestry Programs Manager
National Wild Turkey Federation


Rebecca Barnard directs NWTF’s forestry outreach and partnership efforts; acts as a primary liaison to state, federal, and NGO forestry partners; oversees and provides guidance to NWTF’s Conservation Field Staff; is helping to strategically revamp NWTF’s Private Lands Delivery Programs; and works to communicate the need for active forest management to internal and external audiences. Previously, Rebecca served as the Forest Certification Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), managing DNR’s dual FSC and SFI Forest Management (FM) Certificates on 4.98 million acres of state-administered forestland. She was recently appointed to both the National Prescribed Fire Council and the American Forest Foundation’s Woodlands Operating Committee. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  She also has a Masters in Business and Administration.

Jeremy Bauer, Regional Coordinator,
Border Environmental Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Jeremy is the regional lead coordinator and contact for border environmental health issues, internal and external communications, and outreach to stakeholders for EPA’s border office in San Diego.  Prior to that, he was a principal scientist with URS Corporation (now AECOM) where he managed projects and programs associated with storm water management including watershed planning studies, BMP research, and data analysis. Previously, Jeremy spent 8 years with the US EPA's Office of Water where he was tasked with working closely with state foresters, forestry associations, the Forest Service, the BLM, and others to study the environmental impacts and benefits of forest management and existing best management practices for protecting the environment and managing resources sustainably.

Tom Boggus, State Forester
Texas Forest Service

Tom Boggus was appointed to his current position in February 2010 – after serving 20 months in an interim role. Since that time, he has led the agency’s response in two Texas wildfire seasons, including the worst one in state history. Tom received his forestry training at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, earning both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in forestry. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and a member of the Texas Forestry Association. He served as president of the Texas Forestry Association in 2006 and received The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Fellow Service Award in 2007 for outstanding service to the citizens of Texas. In 2009 he received the Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Texas Society of American Foresters.


Jim Brown, Member
Jim Brown Consulting Forestry, LLC

Jim Brown served for two years as Oregon’s Natural Resource Policy Director for the administration of Governor Kulongoski.  Prior to this he was Oregon State Forester for 17 years.  In this position he represented the Board of Forestry in carrying out its policies affecting private, state, and federal forests in the state, and served as administrator for the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Brown served as secretary to the Board of Forestry; as western representative, treasurer, vice president and president of the National Association of State Foresters; and as a member of the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry. 


Kathryn (Katie) Fernholz, Executive Director
Dovetail Partners

Katie is a forester who has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. With a consulting firm, she was a member of the environmental services department where her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, Kathryn developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor and has served as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and member of the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, the Advisory Board for the Blandin Foundation's Vital Forests/Vital Communities Initiative, the Minnesota DNR's Stewardship Committee, and the Forests for the Future Committee. 

Mike Fullerton, Director, Forest Service
Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Mike has served as Director since 2008.  In this role, he manages a team of 15 scientists who support implementation of CFS’ programs in forest climate change adaptation and genomics.  Prior to that, he served as Manager of Market Support from 2006 to 2008, where he managed trade policy and the International Forestry Partnerships Program. He holds a PhD in Economics and International Trade Policy from the University of British Columbia and an MScF in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Dr. David Guynn, Professor Emeritus,
Forestry and Natural Resources
Clemson University

David is Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University and Board Member Emeritus of QDMA, where he has served since the establishment of the organization 27 years ago.  He has previously taught at Virginia Tech and Mississippi State.  In his research, he developed a Deer Management Assistance Program model for state agencies that helped them work cooperatively with landowners and hunters to manage deer populations to provide quality recreational opportunities, reduce nuisance problems and sustain biodiversity. He created a primary information base on forest industry hunt lease programs in the Southeast and authored or co-authored 300+ publications (92 refereed, 70 technical, 101 abstracts, 43 popular).  He is the recipient of the 1999 Deer Management Achievement Award (SE TWS), the 2004 Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research, Clemson University, and the Joe Hamilton Career Achievement Award, QDMA, 2010.  He was named Fellow by The Wildlife Society in 2007 and Centennial Professor, Clemson University, in 2008.

Dr. Serra Hoagland, Liaison Officer (Biologist)
Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Serra joined the USDA Eastern Threat Center in 2011 after finishing her Master’s at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at University of California Santa Barbara. Serra serves as the co-Point of Contact for Tribal Relations for the Southern Research Station and helps connect tribal natural resource programs with US Forest Service research and land management tools. She is Laguna Pueblo from the village of Paguate and remains active in numerous local, regional and national Native American organizations. Serra is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University and is working with tribes in the southwest to identify the effects of forest treatments on Mexican spotted owls and fire risk. Serra also participated in the IFMAT III (Indian Forest Management Assessment Team) process through the Intertribal Timber Council. 



Dr. Bill Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension Forester
USDA Extension Service

Bill Hubbard has served as the Southern Regional Forester for the Extension Service since 1993.  This is a liaison to 13 1862 University Land Grant University Extension Directors, ANR Program Leaders, Extension Natural Resource Specialists, Forestry School Deans and Directors and the Southern Region of the Forest Service. He previously held several teaching, research and Extension positions at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

He is currently a member of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. He chairs the Outreach and Education Committee of the American Forest Foundation, where he also serves on the National Operating Committee for the American Forest Foundation.  

Mike Sullivan, Director, Fish and Wildlife Branch, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources

He has been the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Branch since 2002, after holding a variety of positions within the Department. As Director, he is responsible for Provincial fish and wildlife programs including: forest and wetlands habitat, protected natural areas, hunting trapping and angling, licencing, conservation education, species at risk, and coordination of the New Brunswick Biodiversity Strategy. Since 1989, he has been Manager of the NB forest habitat program focusing on habitat requirements and needs of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. The program works closely with the NB Forest Management Branch and interacts with the timber industry, professional organizations, special interest groups, and the public. He holds a BS in Forestry and Wildlife from the University of New Brunswick.


Robert Tomlinson, Natural Resource Consultant

Bob worked in the MN DNR forestry division in a variety of field and staff positions for more than 33 years. He served as the deputy director for forestry for 14 years and during that time was a board member of both the MN Forest Resources Partnership and the MN Logger Education Program. In 2011 he moved from the Division of Forestry into the newly created position of Land Asset Manager for the department. His responsibilities included portfolio management of more than 6 million acres of state lands. Throughout his career Bob has been a member of the Society of American Foresters and at one time served as the Chair of the NIPF Working Group. He has also been a member of the National Woodland Owners Association, Minnesota Forestry Association, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks UnlimitedHe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota. Since retiring from the DNR early in 2015, Bob continues to be engaged in natural resource management through consulting services, professional affiliations and volunteer activities.


Lena Tucker, Division Chief for Private Forests
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Lena has held several positions in the Department since 1994.  In her current position, Lena oversees policy and operations for programs that enforce forest practice regulations and best management practices, coordinate assistance to forest landowners, forest research and monitoring, forest health survey work controlling insect and disease damage on private lands, tree seed research and the urban forestry program.  An active member of the Society of American Foresters since college, Lena has served as State Chair for the Oregon State SAF.  She served on the Resources Committee of SFI from 2006 to 2010 in support of SFI, Inc. Director and Chair Marvin Brown.  During that time, she has been active in the 2010-2014 Standard review process, SFI European promotions, the 2006 procurement pilot project, and the SFI Interpretations Committee.  


Scot Williamson, Vice President
Wildlife Management Institute

Scot has been with WMI since 1994 and has assisted Northeastern states and conservation groups on a number of wildlife and land management initiatives.  Restoration of young forest habitats has been a key focus since 2005 through the creative coordination of the American Woodcock Initiative , the New England Cottontail Rangewide Initiative and the Young Forest Initiative .  Partnerships around this work have been awarded the Secretary of Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award (2009), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conservation Leadership Award for Biodiversity Research, and the USFS/NRCS Two Chiefs Award.  Scot also coordinates the Northeast Regional Conservation Needs grant program and the Northeast Wildlife Damage Management and Research Cooperative.  Prior to WMI, Scot was Big Game Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and White-tailed Deer Project Leader for NH Fish and Game.    


Neil Sampson, President
Vision Forestry

At Vision Forestry, LLC, Neil and partner Larry Walton operate a consulting firm that manages sustainably-managed forests for a variety of public and private clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.  They have worked extensively with certification through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) on behalf of their clients.  Neil is a career conservationist with prior service in the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service), the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the American Forestry Association (now American Forests). In 2001, he was the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Visiting Fellow at the Yale School, involved in research and teaching on public policy as it relates to private forest management and sustainable forestry.  He is currently on the Internal Technical Team that provides advice and counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency as it develops a carbon accounting framework for the use of biogenic feedstock sources in energy production.  In his role as Executive Secretary of the External Review Panel, he provides staff support to help facilitate the independent operation of the Panel.