Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of volunteer forestry colleagues from all over New England. The BOD are all SAF members in good standing and work together to serve the New England members. If you would like to contact NESAF, please reach out to the appropriate member below. General questions can be directed to our Chair or the website administrator.

Dr. Mark Ashton
Dr. Mark Ashton
New Haven, CT

Chair

Dr. Mark Ashton
Term: 1/01/24-12/31/24
mark.ashton@yale.edu

Dr. Ashton is a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Director of Yale Forests, and Senior Associate Dean for The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment. His research focuses on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests and the mechanisms underlying the diversity of forest ecosystems and their adaptability to climate change. He conducts his long-term research in both temperate and tropical forests and has worked in forests from New England to Sri Lanka and from Canada to Brazil.

Adam Moore
Adam Moore
Vinyard Haven, MA

Immediate Past Chair

Adam Moore
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
moore@sheriffsmeadow.org

Adam R. Moore has been the Executive Director of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation in Martha’s Vineyard since 2008. Prior to his service with Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, Adam was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association from 2001 to 2008, the Land Superintendent for the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission from 1998 to 2001, and a forester for Connwood Foresters from 1996 to 1998. Adam is the author of A Year on Martha’s Vineyard, published in 2015. He earned a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 1995 and a B.A. in biology from Yale College in 1992. Adam was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard by his wife, Melissa. He and Melissa reside at Quansoo Farm and have four children – Madeleine, Isabel, Ingrid and Huck

J.P. Barsky
J.P. Barsky
Trumbull, CT

Chair-Elect

J.P. Barsky
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
joseph.barsky@ct.gov

Hi, I’m J.P. Barsky! Many of you may know me through my prior role as the editor of the News Quarterly, but few may know about my previous SAF involvement, or what I do for a day job. After graduating from UMaine in 1995, I worked for the USDA- Forest Service in Rifle, CO, and then in Upton, MA. I am a research forester at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, where I work on a variety of hardwood and ecological research studies. I’ve been an SAF member for over 25 years, and have served in a variety of roles, including Connecticut Chapter Chair, Yankee Division Chair, the Connecticut State Representative to NESAF, and Silvicultural Working Group Chair. I’m proud to be part of NESAF. Not only is it a great opportunity for career development and networking,
it’s also a great place where one can participate in a collaborative environment that leads the discussions regarding forest science, technology, education, and the practice of forestry in the natural resource community.

Nan Pond
Nan Pond

Secretary

Nan Pond
Term: 01/01/24-12/31/24
nan@rubiconcarbon.com

Dr. Nan C. Pond is a forest biometrician and data scientist. She is the Head of Nature-Based Research and Monitoring at Rubicon Carbon, where she leads ongoing quality assurance and monitoring of nature-based carbon credit projects through remote sensing and other means. Nan has been a member of SAF for over 20 years. She has previously served as the Chair of the Forest Science and Technology Board for 2 years, as well as being the Program Chair of the 2022 SAF National Convention held in Baltimore. She was the recipient of the 2020 SAF Young Forester Leadership Award. Nan has been a member of SAF chapters in Michigan, Florida, Washington D.C., and New Mexico, and is thrilled to be part of NESAF now.

Donn Downey
Donn Downey
Thetford Center, VT

Treasurer

Donn Downey
Term: 01/01/24 – 12/31/24
donn@forestmetrix.com

Donn is a consulting forester and the forestry lead for Forest Metrix with an unruly mutt who chases him around the woods.

Karen Bennett
Karen Bennett
Antrim, NH

Board of Director Representative from District Six

Karen Bennett
Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/24
Karen.Bennett@unh.edu

Karen retired in 2019 after a 40-year career with UNH Cooperative Extension helping New Hampshire landowners and foresters care for their land, first as a County Forester and then as the State Extension Forester. She specialized in private lands management, providing education to landowners, land managers, conservation volunteers, and public decision-makers. She was pleased to have been the
project manager and editor for Good Forestry in the Granite State and to co-direct the Northeast Silviculture Institute. She’s served on the boards and committees of many conservation and forestry organizations. She is an SAF Fellow She lives with her husband, Andras Lazar, in Antrim. Her favorite activities are tending her vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens, and spending time outdoors with her grandchildren, Milo, Hazel and Ari.

Wendy Weisiger
Wendy Weisiger
Pembroke, NH

Website Administrator

Wendy Weisiger
Term: 4/1/2015 –
wendy.weisiger@gmail.com

Wendy works as the managing forester for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests overseeing 65,000 acres of conservation land on 200 properties. She has been employed there as a forester since 2004. She holds a BS in Forestry from the University of NH and is a licensed NH professional forester and SIT. She has served as the Granite State Division chair, attended the 2018 SAF Leadership Academy and in 2016 she was awarded the NESAF Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award.

Alexandra Kosiba
Alexandra Kosiba
Jericho, VT

Forest Science Coordinator

Alexandra Kosiba
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
Alexandra.Kosiba@uvm.edu

Ali is an Assistant Professor of Forestry and Extension Forester at the University of Vermont. She focuses on climate change, climate-adaptive management, forest carbon, and forest health. Prior to working at UVM, she was the Climate Forester at Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Ali received her MS and PhD degrees in Forest Science from UVM.

Matt Russell
Matt Russell
Etna, Maine

News Quarterly Editor

Matt Russell
Term: 6/2023 –
nesafnq@gmail.com

Matt Russell is a forest analytics consultant with Arbor Custom Analytics LLC based in Bangor, Maine. His work involves forest carbon assessments, growth and yield modeling, and independent research. He spent eight years in Minnesota where he conducted forestry research, teaching, and Extension work. Matt holds a PhD in Forest Resources from the University of Maine (2012) and an MS in Forestry from Virginia Tech (2008).

Susan Francher
Susan Francher
Weare, NH

Membership Chair

Susan Francher
Term: 1/1/24-12/31/24
francher@comcast.net

Susan (a.k.a Forest Diva) is the retired Administrator for Planning & Community Forestry, NH Forest Legacy Program Coordinator in the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources at the State of NH Division of Forests and Lands. Susan is the 2016 recipient of the James W. Toumey Outstanding Achievement in Service Award. Susan also served as general chair for the 2018 NESAF Annual meeting.

Ken Laustsen
Ken Laustsen
Oakland, ME

Awards Chair & NESAF Archivist

Ken Laustsen
Term: 1/1/20 –
KALaustsen@twc.com

Ken is a retired Biometrician from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry, Forest Health and Monitoring Division where he spent nearly 20 years. Prior to that he worked for Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket, Maine as a Woodlands Analyst, Operations Forester, and Staff Forester. He has been a SAF member since 1974. He is a SAF Fellow, has served as a SAF Certification Review Board Committee member, a SAF Forest Technology School Accreditation Committee member, and the 2020 Tri-Chair for the Providence National Convention. He is a Maine licensed forester and SAF Certified Forester, USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory & Analysis, Techniques Research Band Member, Statistics Band Member, and was awarded the USFS Director’s Award for Excellence, 2001. Ken holds a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine, 1974 and an M.F. in Forest Management, University of Maine, 2010.

Andrew Fast
Andrew Fast
Stratham, NH

Continuing Forestry Education Contact

Andrew Fast
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
Andrew.fast@unh.edu

Andy has been a County Forester with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension since 2008. He has experience in a range of land management related positions in the northeast and western United States with the U.S. Forest Service, Marin Conservation Corps, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He has a M.S. in Natural Resource with a concentration in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire.

Mel Harder
Mel Harder
East Hartland, CT

Grants Chair

Mel Harder
Term: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2024
mel.harder@snet.net

Mel, who resides in CT, has been a consulting forester since 1973, working in all the New England states. He has been NESAF grants chair beginning in 2010, and served as CTSAF rep and correspondent for 9 years. After serving in the US Navy as a radar operator attached to NORAD, he earned a BS of Forestry from the University of Connecticut in 1969 and an MS of Biology from the University of Southern Connecticut in 1971. Prior to starting as a consulting forester in 1973 he was staff ecologist at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon CT

Policy Chair

Vacant
Term: 2024

Frank Cervo
Frank Cervo
East Haven, CT

Connecticut State Representative

Frank Cervo
Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/23
frankcervo@gmail.com

Frank is a Service Forester with Connecticut DEEP. Previously, he was the Forest Manager for the Yale Forest School. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry. He serves on the board of the Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association and is a Property Steward for the Wolf Den Land Trust. He is also a member of the Forest Steward’s Guild and the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew.

Carol Redelsheimer
Carol Redelsheimer
Yarmouth, ME

Maine State Representative

Carol Redelsheimer
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
carol.redelsheimer@gmail.com

Carol is a University of Maine alum who spent twenty-seven years in a variety of forest management positions in northern and eastern Maine, including with Great Northern Paper, Champion International, Baxter State Park’s Scientific Management Area, as well as consulting for private clients. From 2010-2021 she worked as Director, Science & Education, for national SAF administering SAF
accreditation, coordinating national convention program development, and working with the Forest Science & Technology Board and Working Groups. She has previously served as chair-elect and chair of MESAF, in several capacities organizing NESAF winter meetings, as a member of the Maine Board of Licensure for Foresters, the Maine Tree Farm Committee, and the SAF Certification Review Board.

Joelle Vautour
Joelle Vautour
Orange, MA

Massachusetts State Representative

Joelle Vautour
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
joelle.vautour@gmail.com

Joelle works as a State Lands Management Forester for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Forestry. She began her career as a private consulting forester and has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Ted Howard
Ted Howard
Durham, NH

New Hampshire State Representative

Ted Howard
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
ted.howard@unh.edu

Ted is professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire where he served as academic administrator and faculty member for forty years. He has previously served in leadership capacities for the Granite State Division and the New England Society of American Foresters. He holds a BS in Natural Resources (UMaine), Master of Forestry (Duke), and Ph.D in Forest Management (Oregon State University).

Paul Dolan
Paul Dolan
Foster, RI

Rhode Island State Representative & Elections Coordinator

Paul Dolan
Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/23
pcdolan1@verizon.net

Paul has been a member of SAF since 1976. He is a SAF Fellow, past NESAF Chairman, and has held positions in Yankee Division and the Rhode Island Chapter. Paul is the retired Rhode Island Deputy State Forester. Presently, he is the Area Director for Rhode Island Resource Conservation and Development Council and the Coordinator for the Rhode Island Envirothon.

Jess Wikle
Jess Wikle
Essex Jct, VT

Vermont State Representative

Jess Wikle
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
jessica.wikle@uvm.edu

Jess Wikle is the manager of the UVM Research Forests and a faculty member in the UVM Forestry program. She is a PhD candidate at UVM focusing on climate-adaptive silviculture and earned a Master of Forest Science degree from the Yale School of the Environment in 2018 and a B.S. in Forestry from UNH in 2009. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a consulting forester in CT and MA.

Eastern Canadian Provinces Representative

Vacant
Term: 2 years