Maine Division Leadership Team

Kirby Ellis
Kirby Ellis

Chair

Kirby Ellis
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
Kellis@ellisforestry.com

During the mid-70’s Kirby worked as a logger and managed to survive the era before safety and training was expected.  Those years increased an interest in forestry and in the 1980’s Kirby applied for a Maine forester license which was granted in 1989.  Classes at UMaine in the MF program and ongoing training and continuing education continues today.  Currently Kirby works as a Stewardship forester with the Maine Forest Service, an NRCS forestry technical service provider, a Tree Farm inspector, a Master Logging Certified field verifier and has a consulting business working with private woodland owners throughout central Maine.

A highlight of his career was being named the recipient of the SAF Austin Cary Practicing Forester Award in 2017.  Also that year he nominated Pam Wells as the Penobscot County Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year which she received and went on to be named the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of The Year and competed in the National OTFY.  During the OTFY field day held in September there was a harvest demonstration using Madden Sustainable Forestry who was named the Outstanding Logger of the Year by the Maine Certified Logging Professional board.

Carol Redelsheimer
Carol Redelsheimer

Chair Elect

Carol Redelsheimer
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
redelsheimerc@safnet.org

Carol is currently Director, Science & Education, for the Society of American Foresters where she administers SAF accreditation, coordinates national convention program development, and works with the Forest Science and Technology Board and Working Groups. (And in case you ever wondered who writes those darn Journal of Forestry quizzes,that would be Carol.) Prior to SAF her career included a variety of forestry positions in northern and eastern Maine and she is honored to have been recognized in 2010 as a University of Maine School of Forest Resources Distinguished Alumna.

Immediate Past Chair

Kathryn (Katie) Manende Hall
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
kathryn.manende@cmpco.com

Katie is forester for Central Maine Power Company, in Alfred, Maine. Prior to her time with CMP, she spent 7 years working as a forester for SAPPI North America in Skowhegan. Katie holds a B.S. of Forestry, B.S. of Wildlife Ecology, and a M.F. of Forestry, all from the University of Maine. She is licensed in the State of Maine as a forester, utility arborist, pesticide applicator, and holds her SAF CF. Katie has been a member of SAF since 2003 with the University of Maine Student Chapter, and has held various positions on the Maine Exec Committee, including chair and Member at Large. She has also served SAF National as a FSTB co-chair. Katie was also awarded the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award in 2015.

Bill Livingston
Bill Livingston

Treasurer

Bill Livingston
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/20
williamL@maine.edu

1. Current Professional Position:
Associate Director, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine

2. Education:
BS in Forestry, Michigan Tech; MS in Forest Science, U. of Idaho, PhD in Forest Pathology, U. Minn.

3. Professional Accomplishments:
On the forestry faculty at the University of Maine since 1985. Teaches courses in Tree Pests & Disease, Forest Vegetation, and the Maine Forest. Research focuses on tree health problems, especially eastern white pine.

SAF Activities:
MESAF Treasurer since 2001

Robert (Bob) Cousins
Robert (Bob) Cousins

Member-at-Large

Robert (Bob) Cousins
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
BCousins@wagnerforest.com

Robert is an Operations Forester for Wagner Forest Management working primarily in Washington County, Maine since 2006. He has previously served multiple times as member at large for Maine Division of SAF as well as Chair for the Maine Division.

Nicole Rogers
Nicole Rogers

Member-at-Large

Nicole Rogers
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
nicole.s.rogers@maine.edu

Nicole is an Assistant Professor of Forestry at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She is a Maine native and earned her B.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine, her M.S. in Sustainable Forest Management from Oregon State University, and her forthcoming Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.  Member-at-Large is her first role in MESAF.

Ronald (Ron) Lemin
Ronald (Ron) Lemin
Bangor, Maine

Member-at-Large

Ronald (Ron) Lemin
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
ronald.lemin@nutrien.com

Ron is a Vegetation Management Sales Consultant for Nutrien Solutions, where he is responsible for herbicide sales and support for the industrial, forestry, and aquatic markets in New England (Maine to New York). Ron received a BS in Forest Science from Penn State in 1979, and a MS in Forest Biometrics from Virginia Tech in 1981. Ron has focused his career working in the natural resource field primarily concentrating on forestry, and terrestrial/aquatic invasive species. In the last 20 years, Ron’s focus has been entirely in the area of vegetation management and often speaks on invasive species control strategies throughout the Northeast. Ron worked for the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit at the University of Maine from 1984-1996. He is the Chair of the Maine Council on Integrated Pest Management, currently a Member at large on the Maine Division SAF Executive Committee, and served 10 years on the NESAF Executive Committee as Maine Representative to NESAF Chair. Ron holds pesticide licenses in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii, is a licensed forester in Maine and New Hampshire, and a SAF Certified Forester.

Laura Audibert
Laura Audibert

Division Manager

Laura Audibert
Term: Contracted position, since 2000
la4568@roadrunner.com

Laura is currently a Consulting Forester living in Fort Kent, Maine. She earned her B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine. Her entire career has been in Maine, working in the forestry industry for 17 years and consulting for 19 years. Laura has served as Maine’s Division Manager since 2000 and has been a SAF member since 1983.

Karl Honkonen
Karl Honkonen

Maine Representative to NESAF Executive Committee

Karl Honkonen
Term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/20
karlwhonkonen@fs.fed.us

Karl Honkonen joined the US Forest Service/Northeast Area, State and Private Forestry Program in March 2014 as a Watershed Forester. Karl is responsible for improving water quality in forestry operations in six New England States and New York. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Karl worked in a variety of positions, including jobs as an Environmental Specialist at FEMA, a Forensics Specialist during Hurricane Sandy recovery; a High School Science Teacher in Maine and Surrey, UK; and an Environmental Consultant. Much of his expertise in watershed management came from his 20-year career with Massachusetts environmental agencies.

Forestry Awareness Committee Chair

Kyle Burdick
Term: Appointed

Communications Committee Chair

Anthony (Tony) Filauro
Term: Appointed

Policy Committee Chair

Adam Daigneault
Term: Appointed


2019 Scheduled Executive Committee Meetings

  • Friday, January 4, 2019, 9:00 AM  Conference Call         
  • Friday, February 8 9:00-12:00 Nutting Hall, Orono
  • Friday, April 1 9:00-12:00 Nutting Hall, Orono
  • Friday, June 14 9:00-12:00 Conference Call – Carol will work on 2020 EC nominations
  • Friday, July 12 9:00-12:00 Conference Call
  • Friday, August 9 9:00-12:00 Nutting Hall, Orono

Past Officers List:

Coming soon.

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