Alumni Focus


Kamoji Wachiira Jeannette Gurung, Mark Wishnie

Students, faculty, and staff participated in the May 6, 2011 Distinguished Alumni Seminar celebrating the United Nations-declared "International Year of Forests." The seminar featured presentations and discussion by alumni Kamoji Wachiira, ‘69, international development consultant with over 25 years of experience in Asia, Africa, and South America and advisor to Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai; Jeanette Gurung, ‘85, forester and gender and development expert whose career has focused on leading organizational change for gender equality within agriculture and natural resource management organizations in Asia and Africa; and Mark Wishnie, ‘98, founding partner and Managing Director of Equator, LLC, an integrated environmental commodity and timberland management company based in New York City and São Paulo, Brazil.

Wachiira spoke about his recent experiences in South Sudan and the challenges of conservation in an area of Africa that has been ravaged by prolonged war and communal violence. Gurung spoke about her experiences as founder and executive director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), a global network of over 750 professionals in 93 countries who are committed to increasing rural women’s access to and control over resources to manage agriculture and natural resources to enhance their livelihoods. Wishnie presented his research and work in forested areas of central and South American, and the challenges involved in balancing conservation and agroforestry.

A strong commitment to the conservation of forested environments and to a better understanding of human needs and aspirations within them was a thread running throughout all three presentations, along with the speakers' passion in the pathways along which their careers have taken them.  The thought provoking presentations elicited a lively Q&A session that was continued by a group of faculty and students over dinner at Ivar's Salmon House. The School especially thanks alum and Affiliate Professor Mack Hogans, ‘76, who has volunteered his time to facilitate and raise funds for this wonderful resource for SFR. 

The seminar series showcases alumni who have been leaders in the private, public, and non-governmental sectors in the U.S. and abroad, and provides students with a critical appreciation of the kind of real world work and possible roles they can assume after graduation, as well as opportunities for networking. The series provides a welcome home to distinguished alumni and an opportunity to introduce them to the community. .

Josef Kolar Endowment

The Josef Kolar Endowed Fund for Graduate Student Support, established in memory of alumnus Josef Kolar, ’89, recently reached the level of funding for investment in the UW's Consolidated Endowment fund. The fund will benefit graduate students engaged in research for the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) or enrolled in SFR’s Peace Corps Masters International Program. Josef Kolar was born and raised in Czechoslovakia, where he received an MS in wood science and technology from the University of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen, Czechoslovakia in 1981. After immigrating to the U.S., he completed an MS at SFR in forest products marketing in 1989. He worked in private industry for nine years, then returned to the UW to pursue a PhD, where he made important contributions to CINTRAFOR and SFR. These accomplishments included a successful effort to win a highly competitive USDA Doctoral Fellowship. In 2001, complications from illness caused him to withdraw from his doctoral program. After his death in 2004, the fund was initiated through the UW's Faculty-Staff-Retiree endowment matching program.

FRAA Officers

 The Forest Resources Alumni Association (FRAA) has completed its slate of FRAA Board officers for the current year. The officers are:

Ara Erickson, '04

Tom Friberg, '70, '76



Grace King, '10

Elaine Oneil, '03, '06

Immediate Past Chair
Tom Hanson, '81

Trustees for 1950-1959 are Alan Randall, '57 and Dale Cole, '55, '63; for 1960-1969, Bob Alverts, '66 and Ben Harrison, '66; for 1970-1975, Ann Forest Burns, '71 and Bob Dick, '74; for 1980-1989, both positions open; for 1990-1999, Matt Hinck, '93 and Mark Swanson, '99, '07; for 2000-2009, Matt Weintraub, '09, one position open; and for 2010-2019, both positions open. The FRAA is currently focusing on enhancing communication tools with alumni and has set up LinkedIn and Facebook pages for alumni to network and connect. These sites will continue to be enhanced in the coming months.

Alumni news

James Griffith, ’72, is professor of environmental resource conservation at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil.

Tim Stone, ’76, was recently named the superintendent of Fort Sumter National Monument in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

Jeanne Pincha-Tulley, ’80, is chief of fire and aviation management for the U. S. Forest Service’s Tahoe National Forest. She is also incident commander for California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, one of 17 teams under Forest Service leadership on call nationwide to direct the response to major disasters.  She was only the second woman in Forest Service history to achieve the rank of fire chief, when in 1990 she was named fire chief at Mendocino National Forest.

Thomas Davenport, '81, is an environmental scientist and agricultural advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, Illinois, and is designated the agency's “national expert on nonpoint source control.”

Joel Skok, '81, is a certified arborist with a landscaping business, Forever Green Transplanting, LLC, in Byron Center, Michigan.

Mark Wallace, ’81, is professor of wildlife and interim chair of Texas Tech University’s Department of Natural Resources Management in Lubbock, Texas.

Glenn Harris, ‘81, ’84, is superintendent of schools for Plumas County in Quincy, California.

Donna Massa, ’82, is executive director of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Teresa (Terri) Marceron, ’88, has been appointed the forest supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service’s 5.4 million acre Chugach National Forest in Alaska.










Alumni news (continued)

Patricia Stokowski, ’88, is associate professor of recreation management and natural resource planning at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Luis Suarez, ’88, is executive director of Conservation International's Ecuador office in Quito.

Leah Gerber, ’98, is associate professor of wildlife at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Jay Singh, ’01, is a conflict specialist for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in Washington, DC.

Linda (Gaulke) Strand, ’04, is a research scientist focusing on water and sanitation in developing countries for the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology in Dübendorf, Switzerland.

Ryan Haugo, ’06, ’10, is a forest ecologist with The Nature Conservancy’s eastern Washington and northern Idaho region.

Melissa Dawes, ’07, is a researcher at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland, where she is studying responses of alpine treeline vegetation to simulated environmental change.

Lillian Cross, 08, is NEPA Coordinator for the U. S. Forest Service’s Deschutes National Forest in Bend, Oregon.

Sonja Lin, ’10, is a program specialist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Strategic Planning and Performance Accountability Office in Washington, DC.

In Memoriam

Kenneth Sheaffer, '48

Michael Lazara, '49

Carol and Mike Lazara at the CFR Centennial Gala, 2007. Photo: Mary Levin.

SFR mourns the passing of Michael ("Mike") Lazara, a 1949 masters degree alumnus. After
graduation, he and his wife Carol joined the Foresters Alumni Association, in which he was given the 1977 “Honored Alumnus Award.” He was also a member of the the Society of American Foresters since 1949, serving as Chapter Officer and becoming an esteemed Fellow in 1990 and Golden Member in 1999. During his career, Lazara served as Director of Keep Washington Green from 1951-57, and until his retirement in 1980, he developed a successful international forestry career, assessing and managing forest resources in South America, the Pacific Rim, Canada, and the U.S. Lazara’s consulting firm eventually became a publicly traded company specializing in forestry and resource management around the world. The Lazaras joined the UW’s Suzallo Society by adding the SFR to their estate plans. Their planned gift, The Michael and Carol Lazara Endowed Fund, will provide discretionary support for the the School, in order "to give something back to SFR that will help support its programs far into the future.”

Mark Savage, ‘82

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