David DeYoe (Chair), Resource Trends Consultant

David DeYoe is currently an adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. He is working to diversity and expand the use of plant-based materials for value added products, including engineered wood products, plastics, chemicals, lubricants, food and health products, and fabrics, in addition to traditional wood and paper products, and renewable energy options. Dr. DeYoe was president of Bio-Trend Systems Inc., an environmental and energy consulting company. He assisted communities and companies in developing and implementing strategies to capture the benefits provided by innovative use of renewable resources. Dr. DeYoe received his PhD in Biochemistry/Stress Physiology at the University of Missouri, which he applied to mitigation of stress in trees and forest ecosystems. He served as professor of Forest Biology at Oregon State University, and accepted an offer as General Manager of Ontario Forest Research Institute (OFRI) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1992. Since retiring in 2005 Dr. DeYoe has worked with economic development organizations, industry, and non-profit organizations to facilitate use of renewable resources in mitigating environmental impacts while fostering economic opportunities for local business and communities. Dr. DeYoe is past President of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association in Toronto, a key driver in the development of Ontario’s Green Energy and Environment Act and Feed-in Tariff.


Jake Hayrynen (Vice Chair), JM Longyear

Jake Hayrynen is currently Sales and Marketing Manager and Assistant Secretary for JM Longyear LLC & JM Longyear International. JM Longyear is a fully integrated natural resource company based in Marquette, Michigan with offices in Sault Ste. Marie & Bancroft, Ontario. Founded in the late 1800’s in the Upper Peninsula, Longyear currently owns and manages 165,000 acres of timberland and over 200,000 acres of mineral rights in the Great Lakes Region. Jake is a senior level natural resource professional, with over 32 years of experience in all aspects of the forest industry. He has been instrumental in the growth of Longyear’s land base and operations in the US and Canada, their marketing & sales program and their log & stumpage procurement program. He is also instrumental in strategic growth strategies, acquisitions and implementation. Jake graduated 1981 from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry. He is involved with various industry organizations and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences at Michigan Tech of which he is also a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012 and made a member of the Honors Academy in 2013. He is currently on the Canadian National Railroad Advisory Board for the Great Lakes Region, Co-Chair for the CN Rail Forest Products Committee, a member of the Michigan Biomaterials Initiative Steering Committee and Board, the Michigan Forest Products Council Forest Policy Committee. He is a member of the Lake States Lumber Association and has been a member of Society of American Foresters for 32 years. He is also involved in leadership positions in various fraternal and philanthropic organizations.


Rich Kobe (Secretary), Michigan State University

Richard Kobe is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Kobe conducts research in Michigan temperate forests as well as Costa Rican wet tropical forests and currently teaches a graduate course focused on proposal writing and an undergraduate seminar on forests and the environment. Most of Kobe’s recent energy has been focused on leading his Department through a time of great change for natural resource academic programs. Kobe serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment and has served on numerous advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Kobe started as an Assistant Professor at MSU in 1997, after postdoctoral research at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He earned a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Biology from Denison University. Before pursuing a career in science, Kobe interned with the Ohio Legislature and the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.


Warren Suchovsky (Treasurer), Michigan Association of Timbermen, Michigan Farm Bureau

Warren Suchovsky and his son Karl own a small logging company. They operate two cut-to-length harvesting systems. Warren began his logging career over 60 years ago with a Finn saw and a horse. They almost exclusively harvest timber for private non industrial land owners. Many of these sales are administered by consulting foresters He owns and intensively manages over 500 acres of forest land. This land is enrolled in the Tree Farm program and is also under a FSC group certification program. His forest land received the MI Tree Farmer of the Year and the Midwest Tree Farmer of the Year recognition. Recently it was verified as meeting the criteria for MDARD’s Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program’s Forest, Wetlands,Habitat A-SYST. Over the years Warren has been very engaged with several forest and natural resource organizations. Currently he serves on the MIFBI Board of Directors( now Treasurer), three MI DNR Advisory Committees, long time member of Mich. Assoc. of Timbermen Board of Directors (now Treasurer) and is the Chairman of MI Farm Bureau’s Forestry Advisory Com. He also serves on the Advisory Com. of MTU’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.



Debbie Begalle ‡, DNR Forest Resources Division

Debbie is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan. Debbie started as a DNR field forester in Ishpeming and then worked in Crystal Falls and Marquette in supervisory positions. Debbie is now the assistant chief of Forest Resources Division and has 30 years of service. She loves the challenges and diversity of managing Michigan’s state forest lands.








Robert C. Kreipke, Ford Motor Company

Robert Kreipke is Ford Motor Company’s Corporate Historian and Creative Manager. Bob’s career at Ford includes producing awarding winning films and videotapes, producing live shows, and executive strategic planning. Bob has also authored two international books – Ford Motor Company, the First 100 Years and The Model T. In addition becoming Ford’s Corporate Historian Bob directs various nationally recognized films, including award winning documentaries shown on PBS. His still photography and videos capture the beauty around the Great Lakes region and are displayed in many museums throughout the state. Bob lectures around the country relaying Ford’s colorful heritage. During the past years he has served as President of several organizations: Oakland County Navy League, The International Television Association, The Detroit Producers Guild, and Historic Fort Wayne Advisory Board.




Donna LaCourt ‡, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Donna LaCourt is currently on the Agriculture Development Team with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In this role Donna works with agriculture, food processing and forest product businesses to support their development needs related to supply chain, funding and financing, policy and regulatory and international trade. Prior to this position, she was an International Trade Development Manager with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation where she worked in both international trade and bioenergy business development for over 6 years. From January 2007 to May 2008, Donna was Michigan’s State Forester and the Assistant Chief of the Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Prior to joining the DNR, Donna worked for International Paper for 13 years in a variety of forest resources management and staff positions in the United States and international assignments in Brazil and Russia. She holds a BS in Resource Management and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University. Donna is both a Certified Global Business Professional and an Economic Development Finance Professional.


Lori Phalen, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Lori is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts. For the last 10 years she has been responsible for the successful leadership and management of the association according to the strategic direction set by the State Council. Key activities include advocacy, outreach, fundraising, and program development and delivery. For 3 years Lori was also the Executive Director of the Barry Conservation District, where she directed office operations to advance the District’s mission of providing conservation programs and education to Barry County residents, landowners, and managers to better address natural resource concerns impacting the community.





Terry Sharik, Michigan Technological University

Terry Sharik is currently professor and dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Tech. He holds a B.S. degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from West Virginia University and M.F. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Recreation and Forest Botany, respectively, from the University of Michigan. Prior to assuming the SFRES deanship in July 2012, he held faculty positions at Oberlin College, Virginia Tech, Michigan Tech, University of Michigan Biological Station, and Utah State University (USU). While at Michigan Tech, he served as president of the University Senate and as co-director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. During his tenure at USU, he served as head of the Department of Forest Resources and the Department of Environment and Society, both in the College of Natural Resources. He is co-founder of the Biennial Conferences on University Education in Natural Resources and the North American Forest Ecology Workshops. He serves as the Education Chair for the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP). His involvement with the Society of American Foresters, where he is a Fellow, includes being on the editorial board of the Journal of Forestry for forest ecology and for communications and education, and on the Task Force for Accreditation in Natural Resources. He currently serves on the boards or oversight committees of the Sustainable Forests Partnership (chair), Rocky Mountain Science and Sustainability Network, and Gombe (Tanzania) School of Environment and Society-USA (chair). He is the author of over a hundred publications in more than thirty journals in the areas of forest ecology and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


 ‡ Ex officio members





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