Board of Directors

V. Alaric Sample

Chair Washington, DC

Ken Smith

Vice Chair Sewanee, TN

Amber Ellering

St. Paul, MN

Kaärsten Turner Dalby

Conifer, CO

Bill Bradley

New York, NY

Seth T. Cohen

Santa Fe, NM

John Fenderson

Nashville, TN

Peter Hayes

Portland, OR

Kathy Holian

Glorieta, NM

Robert Hrubes

Emeryville, CA

Richard Morrill

Immediate Past Chair
Greensboro, VT

Mary Snieckus

Silver Spring, MD

Alaric (Al) Sample – Chair

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Pinchot Institute for Conservation Washington, D.C.

Ken Smith – Vice Chair

Forestry professor and Assistant Dean, Sewanee: the University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee

Amber Ellering - Secretary

Forest Policy and Planning Supervisor Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources St. Paul, MN

Kaärsten Turner Dalby – Treasurer

Vice President of Ecological Services, The Forestland Group, LLC Conifer, Colorado

Bill Bradley

Senior partner, Eversheds-Sutherland (US) LLP law firm New York City

Seth T. Cohen

Cohen Law Firm, LLC, Santa Fe, New Mexico

John Fenderson

Nashville, Tennessee

Peter Hayes

President of Hyla Woods. Portland, Oregon

Kathy Holian

County Commissioner Santa Fe, New Mexico

Robert J. Hrubes

Executive Vice-President of SCS Global Services Emeryville, California

Richard Morrill

Northern Forest Conservation Services, LLC Greensboro, Vermont

Mary Snieckus

Natural Resource Policy Associates, Silver Spring, MD


"The Guild mission and principles have served as a personal and professional compass for me since I attended my first meeting over 15 years ago.  No other organization captures the nuanced realities of forest management and seeks the middle ground between the competing perspectives of industry and traditional preservation.  The Guild represents the future of forest conservation." 

Rick Morrill


"The Guild's purpose and members remind me why I was drawn to a career in nature resources - they make me happy. I want to help us have a bigger influence so more people find their way to work with us and share that inspiration to respectfully  improve forest conditions so they continue to support healthy ecosystems and people."

Mary Snieckus


“I serve the Forest Stewards Guild because it is a hub of creativity, and a fascinating community centered on a worthwhile mission.”

Amber Ellering


“I am impressed with the Board members’ commitment to ecologically sound forest management practices. I strive to contribute to the Board’s consideration of business and legal issues that arise in a non-profit context.”

Bill Bradley


"The Guild's mission of promoting sustainability in forest management is made all the more important as our forests face increasing stress due to climate change."

Seth T Cohan

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