The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters are honored to introduce you to our Emerging Voices in Forestry – all under the age of 45.

These up-and-coming leaders are working at the forefront of social, economic, and environmental change. Hear from them in person on Sunday, October 20th at the fourth Hagenstein Lectures. Enjoy craft beer, wine, and local food as you meet new friends, engage with provocative ideas, and have some great conversations.

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Terry Baker
Chief Executive Officer
Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Terry Baker, a long-time SAF member and former U.S. Forest Service leader, joined the Society of American Foresters as CEO last year. Baker’s previous position was as deputy forest supervisor of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado. He also served as a district ranger on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon and held positions on several other national forests in the western and southeastern US. His first position with the agency was as a forestry technician at the Apalachicola National Forest in Florida. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida in 2004 and a master of forestry degree at Yale University in 2007. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from Florida A&M University.

Terry Baker will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Fran Cafferata Coe
Cafferata Consulting, LLC

Fran Cafferata Coe is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with over 15 year’s experience in environmental consulting. She has experience in writing wildlife management plans, and completing forest harvest unit reviews and surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats. Cafferata Coe graduated from Oregon State University in Wildlife and Fisheries with emphasis in forest wildlife interactions. She is a member of both The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters. She is past chair for the Oregon SAF and a past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Being a member of both societies allows her to help wildlife and forestry professionals better communicate. She served as liaison between the two societies from 2010-2017. Cafferata Coe received the Oregon SAF Young Forester Award and the National SAF Young Forester Leadership Award in 2016. She is passionate about bringing forestry and wildlife together to develop management strategies that are practical. This is Cafferata Coe’s second appearance at the Hagenstein Lectures.

Fran Cafferata Coe will be hosting ACT II: Women on Fire

Christopher Dunn
Research Associate
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
College of Forestry, Oregon State University

Christopher Dunn spent eight years in fire suppression and fuels management prior to pursuing research on fire effects and ecosystem response to mixed severity fires. Today, he leverages his operational experience and research training to bridge the gap between science and management to better prepare land and fire managers for the changing fire environment. Dunn earned his B.S. in forest management from Colorado State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in forest resources from Oregon State University. His research now focuses on the safety and effectiveness of large fire management, and is supported by collaborations with the Human Dimensions Program at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Christopher Dunn will be speaking in ACT I: Wildfire Moneyball: Analytics for the New Normal


Ara Erickson
Director, Corporate Sustainability

Ara Erickson leads Weyerhaeuser’s company-wide sustainability program. Erickson and her team are responsible for setting the direction for the company’s sustainability strategy, managing and reporting on progress, and representing the company in external standard-setting processes and related forums. This team helps ensure a sustainable supply chain for Weyerhaeuser’s customers while creating value and new opportunities for the company. Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Erickson directed a community-based, urban forest restoration program, conducted forest-related spatial and social science research and outreach, and worked as an environmental consultant. Outside of work, Erickson enjoys exploring the amazing forests in the Pacific Northwest with her family and making a mess in the kitchen with new recipes. Erickson holds an M.S. in forest resources from the University of Washington and a B.S. in resource management from U.C. Berkeley.

Ara Erickson will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Jeremy Felty
Oregon Small Woodland Association (OSWA)

Growing up, Jeremy Felty spent a lot of time moving around the country with his parents, and he had positive experiences as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring the woods, enjoying nature, and working with others led to his interest in forestry. Felty earned a B.S. in forest management from Oregon State University in 2017 and recently completed his M.F. in sustainable forest management at OSU. In the past decade, Felty has worked in a variety of positions throughout the forest sector. Inspired by an internship in county-level forestry in Washington State, today he works with the Oregon Small Woodlands Association assisting family forest owners manage their private forestlands. Felty has also been active leader with the Society of American Foresters, first as chair of the OSU Student Chapter and currently as chair of the Marys Peak Chapter. He was recently selected to participate in the REAL OREGON Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership program.

Jeremy Felty will be MC and host for the 2019 Emerging Voices in Forestry event


Andrés Holz
Assistant Professor of Geography
Director, Global Environmental Change Lab
Department of Geography, Portland State University

Andrés Holz studies the causes and consequences of climate variability and human activity on ecological change and disturbances in temperate forests, primarily in the West of the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand. His work engages a multi-scalar and interdisciplinary approach that uses an assortment of techniques, including dendrochronology, landscape ecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems, spatially-explicit modeling and geostatistics, field studies, and historical and documentary records. Holz earned his B.S. in forest engineering at Universidad de Chile, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. When not working, he enjoys spending time in the woods and in the yard with the family, reading, or playing music.

Andrés Holz will be speaking in ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required


Amanda Rau
Burn Boss & Fire Manager, North America Region
The Nature Conservancy

Amanda Rau started working in wildland fire management as a member of a 20-person handcrew based in Springfield, Oregon, in 1999. After finishing her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon, she began to seriously pursue a career in fire management, working on interagency hotshot crews, handcrews, and engines based in Oregon, Montana, and California. She worked a as a fuels technician on the Deschutes National Forest, and as an assistant fire management officer in fuels management on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland. Over the years, Rau’s wildland fire assignments have taken her from the longleaf pines of Florida to the prairies of Puget Sound. She studied natural resources at Oregon State University and in 2012 completed a Masters in natural resources, fire ecology, and management at the University of Idaho. That same year, Rau co-founded and serves as chair of Oregon Prescribed Fire Council. She has worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Prineville as a natural resource specialist coordinating post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation, and as invasives program manager for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland. In 2015, she accepted a position as fire manager for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Washington. Rau’s family settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the late 1800s, where they continue to manage a 672-acre small woodland where she works with her family harvesting timber. The roots of her passion for conservation and sustainable forest management in Oregon run deep.

Amanda Rau will be speaking in ACT II: Women on Fire


Jarred Saralecos
Associate Professor of Forestry
Forestry Program Coordinator
Umpqua Community College

Jarred Saralecos is an Associate Professor of Forestry at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He also serves as the forestry program coordinator and his teaching load covers forest biology, dendrology, forest technology, soil science, recreation resource management, GIS, and other courses. Saralecos is the faculty advisor for all of the forestry students and the UCC forestry club. One of his roles at UCC is to bring together students and industry partners through internships, workshops, and field tours. Saralecos is a Ph.D. candidate in forest biometrics at the University of Montana. His work balances research, teaching, extension, and industrial forestry. He completed his M.S. in forest operations at the University of Idaho where he focused on log scaling and extension forestry. Beyond academia, he has spent time working for the Idaho Department of Lands, Forest Capital Partners, LLC, and PotlatchDeltic Corporation in various capacities including stand inventory, harvest administration, and log marketing. Jarred is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Forest Products Society.

Jarred Saralecos will host ACT I: Wildfire Moneyball: Analytics for the New Normal


Anjel Tomayko
Federal Lands Forester
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
State of Washington

 At age 37 and a single mother of four children, Tomayko started attending Spokane Community College in the natural resource management program. For a summer internship, she worked as a wildland firefighter on an engine with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Tomayko’s first experience with wildland fire was when her engine responded to one of four fires ignited by lightning on July 14. All four fires eventually merged together and are known as the Carlton Complex, the largest single fire in Washington state history. Her experiences during the Carlton Complex as both a firefighter and temporary member of the Methow Valley community ignited her passion to affect change in both fire and land management. Tomayko transferred to the University of Idaho and completed her B.S. in forest resource management and will graduate this December with an M.S. in natural resource management with an emphasis in fire ecology and management. She has worked four seasons as a wildland firefighter for DNR and the U.S. Forest Service, three on an engine and one on a handcrew. Tomayko now works for the DNR in northeast Washington with the federal lands program in response to the 2014 Farm Bill’s Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The intent is to expand Forest Service’s capacity with both pace and scale of forest health treatments. As a non-traditional college student with a non-traditional career path, she hopes her story inspires others to pursue careers in natural resources. Tomayko is an active member of the Society of American Foresters.

Anjel Tomayko will be speaking in ACT II: Women on Fire


Abe Wheeler
State Lead O&C Forester
US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Abe Wheeler grew up on a small farm in the Willamette Valley and was always keenly interested in the outdoors. After high school, he earned an Associate’s Degree in business administration from Linn Benton Community College, and then a Bachelor’s Degree in forest management from Oregon State University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007. For over a decade, Wheeler has been actively collaborating with local and regional stakeholders to develop innovative forestry solutions such as promoting fire resiliency, habitat creation and enhancement, and environmentally responsible timber harvest in western Oregon forests. While much of his current job at the state office involves budget, economics, and policy, his true passion is interactive teaching and communication about forestry principles and values with diverse groups of people. An SAF member, this is Wheeler’s third appearance at the Hagenstein Lectures.

Abe Wheeler will be hosting ACT III: Forestry 2040: Action Required