A directory for the National Museum of Forest Service History staff, advisors, board and regional directors.

Our Staff

Dave Stack
Vice President and Executive Director

Suzanne Gillespie
Accountant and Administrative Assistant

Scott Hawk
Communications Director

David Guiney
Interpretive and Education Planner

Pat Jackson

Our Professional Advisors

Terry Forest
Civil Engineer

Mike Milodragovich
Legal Counsel

Drew Rieker
JCCS, PV, Accountant

Kelly Karmel
LEED and Green Globes Certification

Marty Noyd
OZ Architects

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors reflects the national scope of the museum and lends their broad professional experience in careers across the Forest Service, the forest products industry, as well as in the environmental and business communities. The members-at-large are a diverse group representing expertise in economic development, museum operations, university administration and political action.

2016 Officers:

Tom Thompson President

Gray Reynolds
Past President

David M. Stack
Vice President

Beryl Johnston

Mike Paterni

Steven Anderson
President & CEO, Forest History Society
North Carolina

Phil Aune
Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, PSW (Ret.)

Richard M. Bacon
Deputy Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service, R-1 (Ret.)

Dale Bosworth
Chief, USDA Forest Service, (Ret.)

Larry Craig
U.S. Senator (Ret.), Co-Founder, New West Strategies

John Drake
Director Wilderness, Recreation & Heritage, USDA Forest Service, R-1 (Ret.)

Larry Gadt
Staff Director of Minerals and Geology, USDA Forest Service (Ret.)

Nancy Gibson
Forest Supervisor, USDA Forest Service, R-5 (Ret.)

Wayne Giesy
Board Member, Oregon Forest Industries Council

Beryl Johnston
Director of Engineering, USDA Forest Service, R-1 (Ret.)

Jim LaBau
University of Alaska Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, (Ret.)

Lyle Laverty
Natural Resource Consultant, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Patricia Limerick
Center of the American West and Professor of History, University of Colorado

Pat Lynch
Founder, Western Heritage Company

James Marsh
President, e-PEAK Inc.

Andy Mason
Director National Agroforestry Center, USDA Forest Service (Ret.)

Mike Paterni
Director Program & Budget, USDA Forest Service, R-1 (Ret)

R. Max Peterson
Chief Emeritus, USDA Forest Service

Tom Pettigrew
Director of Engineering, USDA Forest Service, R-1 (Ret.)

Jimmy Reaves
Deputy Chief for Research & Development, USDA Forest Service (Ret.)

Mark Rey
Executive in Residence, Michigan State University
Washington, DC

Gray F. Reynolds
Deputy Chief, USDA Forest Service, (Ret.)

Tony Schoonen
Chief of Staff, Boone and Crockett Club

Lynn Sprague
Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service, R-5 (Ret.)

David M. Stack
District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, R-1, (Ret.)

Tom Thompson
Deputy Chief, USDA Forest Service (Ret.)

Ex-Officio Directors (Non-Voting):

John Engen
Mayor, City of Missoula

Missoula County Commissioners

USDA Forest Service Liaison (Non-Voting):

George Bain
Director of Recreation & Heritage, USDA Forest Service, R-1

Joe Meade
National Director of Recreation and Heritage, USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC

Our National Council

Members of the National Council advise and assist the Board in achieving the goals and objectives of the Museum. The council includes industry executives, former federal agency administrators and representatives of recreation, energy, wildlife, academic, tribal and forestry interests. Their breadth of experience and associations with the U.S. Forest Service will help the Museum reflect the role that cooperators and partners have played in shaping the conservation legacy of the agency.

Michael Berry
President, National Ski Areas Association

Robert Bibb
Chairman/CEO, Bibb Engineers

Ann Forest Burns
Vice President, American Forest Resource Council

Dr. Bill Whitsitt
Executive Vice President, Devon Energy Corporation

Derrick Crandall
President and CEO, American Recreation Coalition
Washington, DC

Stanley Dempsey
Chairman, Royal Gold, Inc.

Smoke Elser
Wilderness Outfitters Consulting Group, LLC

Merv George, Jr.
Program Manager, Region 5 Tribal Relations, U.S. Forest Service; former Tribal Chair of the Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe

Larry Grimes
General Counsel, National Coal Council
Washington, DC

Nils Johnson
Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Holland and Hart
Washington, DC

Dr. James Earl Kennamer
Chief Conservation Officer, National Wild Turkey Federation
South Carolina

John Turner
Managing Partner, Triangle X Ranch; former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs; former Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pat Williams
Senior Fellow Emeritus, O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana; former nine-term Congressman for Montana

Clayton Yeutter
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells; former Secretary of Agriculture; former U.S. Trade Representative
Washington, DC

Advisory Panel of Historians and Social Scientists

The National Museum of Forest Service History’s Advisory Panel of Historians and Social Scientists is a group of fourteen nationally recognized authors, researchers and academics who advise in the development and programming of the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center.

The advisory panel includes award-winning authors and lecturers whose specialties range from U.S. environmental history, natural resource and public land policy, the history of the American West, tourism in the upper Midwest, the creation of eastern National Forests, Native American history and the history of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The fourteen advisory panel members are:

Patricia Limerick
Ph.D., Panel Chair, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West and Professor of History at the University of Colorado

Thomas Glen Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University

Richmond Clow, Ph.D.
Professor of Native American Studies, University of Montana, College of Arts and Sciences

Mark T. Fiege, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Colorado State University

John Freemuth, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, Boise State University

Anthony Godfrey, Ph.D.
President, U.S. West Research, Inc.

Sara Gregg, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, The University of Kansas

Joseph Jones, Ph.D.
Independent Research Historian, Houston, Texas

Nancy Langston, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Char Miller, Ph.D.
Director of Environmental Analysis Program; and W. M. Keck Professor, Pomona College

Aaron Shapiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Auburn University

Paul Sutter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

Lincoln Bramwell, Ph.D.
Ex Officio Member, Chief Historian, U.S. Forest Service

Regional Directors

The NMFSH is represented throughout the country by a volunteer Leadership Corps of Regional Directors and Representatives with an outstanding commitment to sharing the history of the US Forest Service and its partners.

Active in the US Forest Service Retirees Regional Associations and a variety of community, nonprofit conservation and educational organizations, these NMFSH representatives have helped attract more than $1 million in support from individuals, corporations and foundations. They meet monthly and are organized by Forest Service region and by special subject area.

Larry Gadt*
National Campaign Director

Dave Wright
Region 1

Bjorn Dahl
Region 2

Doc Smith
Region 3

Dick Smith
Region 4

Jerry Gause
Region 5

Steve Mealey
Region 6

Dave Jolly
Region 8

Theodore Beauvais
Region 9

Jim LaBau*
Region 10

Lynn Biddison
Special Subject Area Assignment: Fire

* Museum Board Members

Annual Reports

Download our public Annual Report for a summary of activities, donations and financial statements for each fiscal year.

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