Our leaders and staff hail from diverse backgrounds—and bring a breadth of experience, expertise, problem-solving skills and creativity to our work.
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Board of Trustees
Jameson S. French, Chair
President & CEO, Northland Forest Products, Inc.
Kathryn Fernholz, Past Chair
President & CEO, Dovetail Partners
Dr. Salem Saloom, Vice Chair
President, Saloom Properties, LLC
Nicole St. Clair Knobloch, Chair, Woodland Operating Committee
Fred Clark, Vice Chair, Woodland Operating Committee
Executive Director, Wisconsin's Green Fire
Mack Hogans, Treasurer
CEO, Mack Hogans Consulting
Kedren Dillard, Secretary
SVP, Client Success Shipley Associates
Alex Alvarez, At-Large Member
SVP, Chief Production & Sustainability Office, Brown-Forman
Tom Beall, At-Large Member
Vicki Christiansen, At-Large Member
Retired Chief, USDA Forest Service
Scott Deitz, At-Large Member
Founder & President, Convene Communication Strategies, LLC
Dr. Myron F. Floyd
Dean, College of Natural Resources, NC State University
Paige Goff, At-Large Member
SVP of Sustainability, Domtar Paper
Roje S. Gootee, PhD, At-Large Member
Landowner, Rush Creek Ranch, LLC
James B. Porter III, At-Large Member
Tim Punke, At-Large Member
Partner, Monument Advocacy
Eileen Morgan Johnson, Counsel
Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP
January 10, 2022
Accomplished Executive Rita Hite Takes the Helm as First Woman President & Chief Executive Officer of American Forest Foundation
The American Forest Foundation today announced Rita Hite as its president and chief executive officer. Hite is the first woman in the organization’s more than 40-year history to hold its top position.
December 22, 2021
A Q&A With American Forest Foundation’s New SVP of Conservation, Valerie Craig
The American Forest Foundation is excited to announce Valerie Craig as the new Senior Vice President of Conservation. Valerie’s passion for conservation and expertise in the field will help further the organization’s mission of empowering family forest owners to make a meaningful conservation impact.
December 16, 2021
Tom Martin: Reflections on the Forestland
Tom Martin’s early childhood helped prepare him for a career - and a passion - for woodlands. As he prepares to retire from his role as President & CEO of AFF at the end of this year, we take a look back at how his influence and leadership will continue to resonate in the many programs and projects he has championed.