Governing Board

Jeremy Bailey - Chair
The Nature Conservancy
Fire Training & Network Coordinator
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jeremy Bailey has served as a Fire Training and Fire Learning Network Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy since 2008. He developed and currently manages a respected program of fire training exchanges that each year engages approximately 120 federal, state and private fire practitioners from around the U.S.  The exchanges serve the dual purpose of treating large areas with fire while providing excellent training opportunities for both experienced fire professionals and new fire practitioners. The goal is to increase capacity for conducting ecologically appropriate prescribed burns by improving collaboration and sharing of resources across the U.S. fire community. Training exchanges are effective because they promote collaborative fire planning and implementation at high-value conservation areas.

In addition, Jeremy works as a leader and network coordinator for the Fire Learning Network (FLN). The FLN is a network of inter-organizational, landscape-level working teams who collaborate to enhance forest and grassland health and resiliency in the context of increasing vulnerability to threats such as too little, too much or the wrong kind of fire, invasive species, and climate change.

Jeremy is a qualified burn boss type two (RXB2), who plans and conducts about 10,000 acres of prescribed fire annually. He is an accomplished burn leader, has hosted national and international fire training events, and has bossed prescribed fires in seven states. He has developed experiential training programs recognized by the University of Idaho and serves on the steering committee of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council. Prior to his current position with The Nature Conservancy, Jeremy served in fire and aviation management with USFS and NPS since 1993 and has held positions including Fire Use Module supervisor, helicopter and helibase manager, Hotshot squad leader and engine crewmember, structural firefighter and EMT.

The College of Resource Management of the University of Idaho, in Moscow awarded Jeremy the 2011 Bridge Builder Award for his work developing training courses that provide opportunities for students to integrate in the field with local ecologists, firefighters and land managers. Jeremy is a regular lead instructor for NWCG prescribed fire course work and serves as Subject Matter Expert to prescribed fire organizations around the West.

Jeremy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where he enjoys the numerous national parks and the world class snow found in the Wasatch Mountains.

Board member since August 2011.

Rebecca Barnard

National Wild Turkey Federation
Edgefield, South Carolina

Rebecca is the National Forestry Programs Manager for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) where she directs NWTF’s forestry outreach and partnership efforts with a goal of increasing awareness of NWTF’s leadership in upland forest habitat management and expanding strategic partnerships to include state forestry agencies and forestry NGOs.

Prior to her role with NWTF, Rebecca served as the Forest Certification Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 2008-2013, managing and directing all aspects of DNR’s dual FSC and SFI Forest Management Certificates over nearly 5 million acres of state-administered forestland. DNR remains the largest single FSC FM Certificate in the U.S. and one of the top ten largest in the world. In 2013-2014, Rebecca served on SFI’s National FM Standards Revision Committee.

Rebecca is an experienced Public Information Officer (PIOF) having served on 3-5,000 acre fire incidents in SD and MN, leading media crews to prescribed burns, and acting as the Twin-Cities media contact during the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire in the Boundary Waters. Rebecca is currently a PIO Type II Trainee and is passionate about educating the public and media about fire ecology, fireline operations, fire hazards and mitigation, and the purpose of prescribed fire. Rebecca has been an assistant course instructor for several NWCG-approved training courses and thoroughly enjoys acting in a teaching/ coaching/ mentoring role. She received her B.S. in Forest Management and MBA from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she served as the Fire Crew Secretary, a role that involved maintaining student training records and organizing the spring and fall FFT2 training courses.

Board member since November 2014.

James R. Erickson

Intertribal Timber Council
Fire Technical Specialist
Boise, Idaho

James R. Erickson was contracted as the Intertribal Timber Council Fire Technical Specialist in October 2002. He has a twenty-five year career working in Indian Forestry for the Colville Confederated Tribes where he was the Director of Colville Tribal Forestry and the alternate representative to the Intertribal Timber Council.

Jim began his career with the US Forest Service on the Beaverhead National Forest in 1975. He worked briefly for Weyerhaeuser Corporation and Boise Cascade, before going to work for the Colville Tribe in 1977. His experience with the Tribe included overseeing forest development, writing silvicultural prescriptions, and administering the Tribal Forestry program. Erickson’s tenure with the Intertribal Timber Council included participating in development and passage of PL 101-630, the Indian Forest Resource Management Act, which currently directs federal actions on Indian forests.

Erickson was born in Williston, North Dakota and grew up in Washington State. He graduated from Washington State University with a bachelors of Science degree in Forest Management. He also attended the institute for Continuing Education in Forest Ecology and Silviculture (CEFES) through Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Montana. Erickson also attended the Washington State Agriculture and Forestry Leadership program.

Jim is currently a private Forestry consultant doing work for the Intertribal Timber Council.

Board member since July 2010.

Pete Lahm - Liaison
Forest Service
Air Resource Specialist
Washington, DC

Pete Lahm is the Fire Weather and Air Quality Specialist for the USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management, Fuels and Fire Ecology Branch in Washington, DC.  Starting in 2004, Pete has led the Forest Service’s smoke management efforts developing technical approaches and policies related to smoke impacts from prescribed fire, wildland fire use and wildfires.  Since late 2006 he has chaired the Fire and Air Coordination Team (FACT) and been a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Fire Environment Working Team. Prior to 2004, Pete managed the Arizona Interagency Air Resource and Smoke Management Program. He chaired the Western Regional Air Partnership’s Fire Emissions Joint Forum from 1996-2004 where numerous national and regional scale smoke management policies and technical approaches were developed. Pete also owns a small business consulting in automotive rally racing and holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University.       

Board liaison since November 2008.

Mark Melvin - Vice Chair

Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
Conservation Management/ Education Technician
Newton, Georgia

Mark Melvin is employed at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, Inc. located in Newton, Georgia. Mark has 20 years of private land management experience in the south and approximately 100,000 acres of prescribed fire experience.  At Ichauway, he works with conservation management and education staff to promote the appropriate use of prescribed fire. Some of his outreach efforts include; prescribed fire short courses that provide “hands-on” experience, participation with numerous university courses for undergraduate and graduate programs, private landowner outreach, and partners with many natural resource management agencies. Over the last four years, Mark’s primary focus has been working with prescribed fire councils at state, regional, and national levels. He is the past-chair, current vice-chair, of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council and the current chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils. The Coalition’s efforts have led to the development of an extensive communication network among prescribed fire practitioners.

Board member since February 2016; also 2008-2014.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson

University of California Cooperative Extension
Eureka, California

Lenya Quinn-Davidson works for University of California Cooperative Extension, where she leads a fire science outreach program as part of the California Fire Science Consortium, and works on other ecological research and extension projects. Lenya is also the Director of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, which she helped form in 2009. Through the Council, Lenya has organized regional conferences and prescribed fire trainings, and worked on prescribed fire policy and legislation, outreach and communication, and network building. She was instrumental in the formation of the Washington Prescribed Fire Council, where she served as Coordinator for two years, and she serves on the Advisory Committee of the recently formed Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Council. Lenya works closely with the Fire Learning Network on training exchanges and other projects, and she was recently brought into the Fire Adapted Communities Network to develop technical briefs on a wide range of fire-related topics.

Lenya has a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Social Science from Humboldt State University, where she focused her research on impediments to prescribed fire in northern California. Lenya is passionate about fire science and management, cross-boundary collaboration, and increasing capacity for proactive stewardship of public and private lands.

Board member since November 2014.

Alistair Smith - Treasurer

University of Idaho
Assistant Professor of Forest Measurements
Moscow, Idaho

Alistair Smith joined the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho in 2007. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, a MSc in Physics at the University of London, and a PhD in Geography also from the University of London. Alistair has been researching fire since 1999 and has published over 40 journal articles and two book chapters.

At the University of Idaho he teaches fundamental forest measurement and inventory courses in addition to introductory courses in wildland fire management, smoke management, and remote sensing methods in fire management. His research focuses on combustion dynamics of woody fuels, smoke and emissions, and the remote sensing of burn severity.

Alistair coordinates smoke management and air quality extension at the University of Idaho and through his extension team has helped the National Wildfire Coordination Group’s Smoke Committee in developing and delivering several online smoke management training materials. Alistair also serves as an Associate Editor on the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Board member since November 2011.

Frank Sorrells

Georgia Forestry Commission
Forest Protection
Dry Branch, Georgia

Frank grew up in Southeast Georgia near Tifton and graduated from Tifton County High in 1977 and then attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College. He began his on-going 34 year career in fire management in 1980 with the Florida Forest Service as a wildland firefighter. After 12 years in Northeast Florida the yearning to return home to his roots in Georgia brought him back to Southeast Georgia in 1993 where he was employed by the Georgia Forestry Commission in Brunswick, GA as a Chief Forest Ranger. In 2000, Frank was promoted to District Ranger and then onto District Manager in 2008 in the 5 million acre Satilla District, where his duties included oversight and management of all wildland fire and forest management activities. Frank was promoted to the Chief of Forest Protection in February 2012. Frank currently lives near Macon, Georgia and enjoys hunting (especially turkeys) and fishing. Frank is married to Gloria and in all, has 6 children and 9 grandchildren.

Board member since November 2014.

Chuck Stanley - Liaison

Central National Technology Support Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Chuck Stanley is a GLCI Rangeland Management Specialist for the NRCS at the Central National Technology Support Center. Chuck’s formal training includes undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University (TTU) and a Master’s degree where he studied the effects of summer burning on Texas High Plains Vegetation. Chuck served as fireboss for TTU from 1993-1997 and was a primary instructor for in the delivery of contracted NRCS prescribed fire courses.

Chuck has been involved in the application of prescribed fire on over 300,000 acres. As a rangeland management specialist in Oklahoma, he held the highest job approval authority, started the first of 14 prescribed fire coalitions, and provided training for Oklahoma NRCS employees and producers. In his current position as a core team member at the CNTSC, Chuck has delivered prescribed fire training to over 200 NRCS employees in the service area and was a team member in the development of the current NRCS national policy for prescribed burning.

Board member since January 2013.

John Stivers
Consulting Forester
Hurtsboro, Alabama

John worked for USDA Forest Service for 23 years in all aspects of natural resource management. John served as the Southern Region’s Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist for the USDA Forest Service (1998-2002) managing the Nation’s largest prescribed fire program and served on the steering committee for the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center.

John's federal fire experience included qualifications in all prescribed fire positions including type 1 burn boss, prescribed fire manager, & prescribed fire planning specialist on over 2,000 prescribed burns involving over 800,000 acres. He was experienced in wildland fire (suppression) including Incident Commander (T-3), Safety Officer (T-1), Field Observer, Operations Section Chief (T-2 trainee), Branch Director, Task Force Leader, Division/Group Supervisor. John participated on > 1,000 wildland fires and performed suppression and fire planning details in 30 states. From 1989-2002 he served on National & Regional Incident Management teams as Type 1 & 2 Safety Officer.

Since 2002, John has worked as a private Consulting Forester, licensed in both AL & GA, performing resource management services for approximately 70 clients in 18 counties where he burns over 20,000 acres each year. For the past 9 years, John has conducted the prescribed burn certification & recertification program in Alabama.

John received his BS in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 1982. John is incoming Chair for Association of Consulting Foresters (AL Chapter), past chair of the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council and Board Member since 2007, member of Society of American Foresters, a Registered Forester in AL & GA, member of MS & GA Prescribed Fire Councils and a certified prescribed burn manager in AL & GA.

Board member since November 2014.

Kim Van Hemelryck - Liaison

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Fuels Management Specialist
Boise, Idaho

Kim Van Hemelryck is the Fuels Management Specialist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Fire Management, in Boise, Idaho. Kim has over 23 years of experience in wildland fire while working for the federal government. Kim started her career in the Forest Service in 1987 as a seasonal firefighter on the Okanogan National Forest in Washington State. She has worked for the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management in various suppression and fuels jobs at the Local, Regional, and National level. She has worked at the National Interagency Fire Center since 2003 focusing on prescribed fire, policy, and hazardous fuels reduction. Kim is a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Fuel Management Committee (FMC) that is the parent group to the Fire Use Sub-Committee.

Board member since June 2012.

John Weir

Oklahoma State University
Natural Resource Ecology and Management

John Weir grew up in Oklahoma, attended Cameron University receiving a BS in Plant Science (1986), then attended received a MS in Range Science from Texas Tech University (1990). He was the superintendent of the Oklahoma State University Research Range in for 16 years. In 2007 he joined the faculty of the newly formed Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Oklahoma State University where he is a research associate. Since 2000 he has developed and taught two prescribed fire courses, Prescribed Fire and Advanced Prescribed Fire taught to more than 530 students. From a recent class survey those students that have went on to conduct over 6,200 prescribed burns on over 1.9 million acres. John conducts fire ecology research throughout the Great Plains, focusing on fire effects and patch burn grazing. He has extension responsibilities relating to prescribed fire training and prescribed burn associations. He teaches three national NRCS prescribed fire courses, does training for the US Army Corps of Engineers, along with numerous training programs for private landowners, and an online prescribed fire training course.

John works with forming prescribed burn associations (PBAs), assisting with over 30 PBAs in OK, TX, CO, KS, NE, and MS. He has also assisted with starting several state prescribed fire councils and was instrumental in the formation of the Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council and the Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations. In the past 24 years he has conducted over 980 prescribed burns in every month of the year and in vegetation ranging from shortgrass prairie to Oak-Pine forest in five states. He has authored numerous fact sheets and research articles on prescribed fire and fire effects. In 2009 he authored the book Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual. He is currently the president of the OK Prescribed Burn Association, founding member and past Chair of the OK Prescribed Fire Council, Chair of the Alliance of Prescribed Burn Associations, and on the board of directors for the Great Plains Fire Exchange, Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Southern Fire Exchange.

Board member since November 2014.

Former Board Members

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