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

Our Staff

Lisa Tate
Executive Director
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Dave Stack
Historian & Curator
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Cheryl Hughes
Director of Education
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Suzanne Gillespie
Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant
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Tom Petersen
Grant Writer

Our Professional Advisors

David Guiney
Interpretive Planning

Mike Milodragovich
Legal Counsel

Drew Rieker
JCCS, PV, Accountant

Kelly Karmel
LEED and Green Globes Certification

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.

Tom Thompson
President

Gray Reynolds
Past President

David M. Stack
Vice President

Mike Paterni
Treasurer

Beryl Johnson
Secretary

Liz Agpaoa
Regional Forester R-8, USFS (Ret.)
Georgia

Steven Anderson
President & CEO Forest History Society
North Carolina

Phil Aune
Program Manager, PSW USFS (Ret.)
Washington

Richard Bacon
Deputy Regional Forester R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Montana

Dale Bosworth
Chief USFS (Ret.)
Montana

Larry Craig
New West Strategies U.S. Senator (Ret.)
Idaho

John Drake
Director Wilderness, Recreation & Heritage, R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Montana

Larry Gadt
Director of Minerals & Geology, USFS (Ret.)
Kansas

Nancy Gibson
Forest Supervisor Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, USFS (Ret.)
California

Wayne Giesy
Board Member, Oregon Forest Industries Council
Oregon

Beryl Johnson
Director of Engineering, R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Montana

Jim LaBau
Affiliate Faculty Univ AK Research Scientist USFS PNW (Ret.)
Alaska

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

Patricia Limerick
Board Chair, Center of the American West & Professor of History, University of Colorado
Colorado

Pat Lynch
Western Heritage Company
Wyoming

Jim Marsh
President e-Peak Inc.
Montana

Andy Mason
Director National Agroforestry Center USFS (Ret.)
Arizona

Mike Paterni
Director of Program & Budget, R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Montana

R. Max Peterson
Chief Emeritus, USFS
Virginia

Tom Pettigrew
Director of Engineering, R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Idaho

Jim Reaves
Deputy Chief for Research & Development USFS (Ret.)
Georgia

Mark Rey
Michigan State University
Washington DC

Gray Reynolds
Deputy Chief, USFS (Ret.)
Maryland

Tony Schoonen
Chief of Staff, Boone and Crockett Club
Montana

Lynn Sprague
Regional Forester, R-5 USFS (Ret.)
Idaho

David M. Stack
District Ranger, R-1 USFS (Ret.)
Montana

Tom Thompson
Deputy Chief, USFS (Ret.)
Colorado

Ex-Officio Directors (Non-Voting):

John Engen
Mayor, City of Missoula
Montana

Chairman
Missoula County Commissioners
Montana

USDA Forest Service Liaison (Non-Voting):

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

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
Colorado

Robert Bibb
Chairman/CEO, Bibb Engineers
Missouri

Ann Forest Burns
Vice President, American Forest Resource Council
Oregon

Dr. Bill Whitsitt
Executive Vice President, Devon Energy Corporation
Oklahoma

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

Stanley Dempsey
Chairman, Royal Gold, Inc.
Colorado

Smoke Elser
Wilderness Outfitters Consulting Group, LLC
Montana

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

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
Wyoming

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

Dave Wright
Region 1
Idaho

Bjorn Dahl
Region 2
Colorado

Doc Smith
Region 3
Arizona

Dick Smith
Region 4
Idaho

Jerry Gause
Region 5
California

Steve Mealey
Region 6
Oregon

Dave Jolly
Region 8
Alabama

Theodore Beauvais
Region 9
Massachusetts

Jim LaBau*
Region 10
Alaska

Lynn Biddison
Special Subject Area Assignment: Fire
Arizona

* Museum Board Members

Annual Reports

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