2018 SAF Election Results

November 27, 2018

Thank you to all the candidates who ran in 2018. We sincerely appreciate your passion and commitment to SAF and the profession. Congratulations to the winners below. Join us in welcoming them to the SAF Board of Directors. 

Tammy Cushing
Vice President

Current professional position: Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry and extension forest business specialist, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Previous work experience: Clemson University, 2009–2014; University of Kentucky, 2005–2008; and F&W Forestry Services, 1999–2003.

Education: PhD, forest finance, University of Georgia, 2007; master’s degree, forest economics, Mississippi State University, 1999; master of taxation, Mississippi State University, 1999; bachelor’s degree, forest resources and conservation, University of Florida, 1996.

Nick Dennis
District 3 (CA)

Current professional position: Retired.

Previous work experience: ICF-International, 2008–2017; the Hearst Corporation, 2000–2008; Jones & Stokes Associates, 1987–2000; the John Muir Institute, 1981–1987.

Education: PhD, wildland resource science, University of California, Berkeley, 1980; master’s degree, forest economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974; bachelor’s degree, forest science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972.

Mariann Garrison-Johnston, CF
District 6 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) 

Current professional position: Associate professor, SUNY ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, New York, 2008–present.

Previous work experience: Research associate/research scientist, University of Idaho Forest Tree Nutrition Cooperative (now the Intermountain Forestry Cooperative), Moscow, Idaho, 1994–2008. Peace Corps technical trainer in forestry and environmental education programs, Quito and Riobamba, Ecuador, South America, 1992–1994. Graduate student studying Monterey pine silvopastoral systems in the Andean highlands, Ecuador, and teaching assistant in silviculture, mensuration, and tropical ecology/dendrology at University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1991–1993. Peace Corps volunteer, agroforestry and pine plantation management, Riobamba, Ecuador, 1987–1990. Forestry technician, Routt National Forest, Craig and Yampa, Colorado, seasonal, 1983–1986.

Education: PhD, forestry, wildlife and range sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2003; master’s degree, forest resource management, University of Idaho, 1993; bachelor’s degree, forest biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1986.

Tim Phelps
District 9 (AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, MO, NE, OH, TN)

Current professional position: Forestry communications and outreach unit leader, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, Nashville, Tennessee.

Previous work experience: Public information officer (Type 2, AD), US Forest Service, 2008–2017. Acting assistant district forester, Tennessee Division of Forestry, 2012. Information and education program specialist, Tennessee Division of Forestry, 2006–2011. Senior research technologist, Pennsylvania State University, 1998–2006. Graduate assistant, Southern Illinois University, 1996–1998. Urban forestry crew boss, City of Carbondale, Illinois, 1996.

Education: Master’s degree, forestry, Southern Illinois University, 1998; bachelor’s degree, forest resource management, Southern Illinois University, 1996.

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