2020 PFA Board of Directors

Election Biographies


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 The PFA Nominating Committee presents the 2020 PFA Board of Directors Slate of Candidates:

PRIVATE SECTOR:

Nancy G.W. Baker – Board Member, Private Sector

Nancy is a forest landowner in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier; she owns and continues to manage the acreage from which her great-grandfather cut the original timber in the 1860s. She is currently co-chair of PFA’s Education & Communications Committee, collating and editing each quarterly issue of Pennsylvania Forests; in addition she assists PFA’s Executive, Outreach, and Annual Symposium Committees. Nancy also serves on the Penn State Center for Private Forests’ Council, the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Steering Committee, and collaborates as one of the principals for The Walk in Penn’s Woods Partnership. A forest ecologist by training (Bucknell, UGA), she is a long-time advocate for women and their woods, showcasing the challenges and opportunities which shape women’s passion and commitment to the land. Mrs. Baker is a recipient of both the Joseph Trimble Rothrock Award for Forest Conservation and the John J. “Jack” Murray Leadership Award for Forest Stewardship. She is a life member of the PFA, committed to making it an outstanding organization.

John D. Laskowski – Board Member, Private Sector

John is co-owner with his brother Allen of Carsonville Tree Farms, Dauphin County. The property is part of the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Program, and was awarded Tree Farm of the Year in 1983. John is a US Navy veteran, retired biologist and educator, and serves on the board of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. John is a major contributor to the success of PFA's Annual Conservation Dinner, as well as serving on the Communications/Education Committee. In 2013 John was honored with the Joseph T. Rothrock Award for his untiring efforts to promote forest conservation in Pennsylvania.

Randy White – Board Member, Private Sector

Randy served in the US Army, and in 1981 graduated from Penn State with a Forest Science degree. After graduation he began working in the logging and sawmill industry. In 1986 he began his career with DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry; he started with assignment to the Rothrock State Forest as a management forester conducting all phases of timber sale operations. He subsequently served on the Tuscarora State Forest as Operations Manager. Returning to Rothrock State Forest in 2001, he was the Resource Management Assistant until his retirement in 2015. Randy also fought wildfires in PA and across the country. He became the Division Chief for Forest Fire Protection/Chief Forest Fire Warden for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Randy enjoys traveling with his wife Joyce, hunting with his many forestry friends, and caring for his little piece of Penn’s Woods in Centre County.

 

FOREST INDUSTRY SECTOR:

Mike Eckley – Forest Industry Sector

Mike is a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester. He provides management services to private forest landowners through Moonlight Forestry Consulting, which he established in 2012. In addition, he serves as a lecturer contributing to the Wildlife Technology Program at Penn State University, DuBois Campus. He draws on long experience working for The Nature Conservancy, the Ohio Division of Forestry, and the Virginia Department of Forestry with a focus on stewardship, forest health, and wildlife habitat.

Mike received a B.S. in Forest Resources Management with a minor in Communications from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Forestry at the University of Maine-Orono. He is a native of Centre County, PA and lives with his wife and two children in Treasure Lake, DuBois – Clearfield County, PA.

 

Dave Trimpy – Forest Industry

Dave grew up on the edge of suburbia in Allegheny County, PA. Spending time in the woods and fields near his home was what he lived for back then. Graduating from Penn State with a BS degree in Forest Science in 1981, he began his career as a forester for Hammermill Paper Company’s Northern Timberlands division in Warren County, PA, and has lived there ever since. In 2000 he joined the Collins Pine Company’s Kane Hardwood division as Harvest Manager. Later he became their Forest Resource Manager, managing the 118,000 FSC Certified Collins PA Forest, and supplying logs for the Kane Hardwood sawmill. He retired from Collins in April 2020, just in time for the Covid19 pandemic, but it hasn’t had much impact, as he continues to spend most of his time outdoors.

Dave is currently involved with: Society of American Foresters, PA Division (secretary/treasurer); Warren County Conservation District (director/vice chair); Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (president); Pennsylvania’s Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC); the PA Tree Farm Committee (Area 1 chairman); and the Western PA Conservancy Northern Area Advisory Committee.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream in 1992, Dave and his wife Rhonda purchased the 140-acre Chappel Hill Tree Farm in Warren County where they operate a small Christmas tree business, spend time managing the forest, build and maintain hiking trails, enjoy hunting, bird watching, and all things connected with being outdoors.  When not working on the tree farm, you can find Dave wetting a line from his kayak, visiting national parks, running a 5K, or hitting the dance floor with Rhonda.

 

GOVERNMENT/ACADEMIC SECTOR:

Dave Jackson – Government/Academic Sector

Dave is currently employed by Penn State Extension as a Regional Forest Resources Educator. He has been with Penn State in his current position since January 2002. His programming responsibilities cover multiple counties throughout central Pennsylvania and his primary duty is to provide educational programs for private forest landowners and youth. 

Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, NY in 1988 in the fields of forest resource management and forest biology, and completed a Master’s of Forest Resources at The Pennsylvania State University on forest vegetation management in 2007. He worked in various positions with the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Industry, State Forestry, and Private Forestry Consulting before coming to Penn State.

Scott Weikert – Government/Academic Sector

Scott is an Extension Educator with the Penn State Natural Resources Extension in Tionesta, PA. He has both an Associate in Forest Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Wood Products from Penn State and a Master in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University.  Initially he worked for a large hardwood manufacturer in southwest Pennsylvania for 9 years where his duties included operating 19 dry kilns, lumber inspector, and supervisor of kiln and yard personnel.  In 2006 he began working for Penn State Extension in 2006 as a Forest Resources Educator. As an Extension Educator, his programs include education for private forest landowners to enable them to manage their forest in a sustainable manner. He also works with the wood products industry, providing 3-day dry kiln short courses to teach new kiln operators and supervisors how to properly dry lumber, a hardwood lumber grading workshop, and assistance to companies to troubleshoot problems to increase quality and production of their product. Scott is also very involved with the Keystone Kiln Drying Association.