Ethan Bessey, Hallowell – President
Ethan is the President of E.D. Bessey & Son and Bessey Development in Hinckley, ME, and is the fifth generation of the Bessey family to own timberland and operate the family business in Maine. With roots in the state dating to shortly after the Revolution, the Bessey family has a long history of sustainable forest management, honorable business practices, and community involvement. In addition to the family business and timberland, Ethan is the president of E.D. Bessey Lumber Products, LLC, a custom hardwood flooring and lumber brokerage that he started while living in Austin, TX. He was raised in Waterville and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 1998. He and his wife Emily started the 501(c) 3 Hearts for Ezra Foundation to raise awareness and fight for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which took their 8-month-old son Ezra in 2013. The foundation raises money for SMA research and hosts community awareness events in central Maine. Ethan lives in Hallowell with his wife and two daughters and two West Highland Terriers.
Barbara “Barrie” Brusila, Warren – Secretary
Barrie received her B.S. in Forest Management and her M.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine. She has been a consulting forester since 1980, working independently as well as for several employers before becoming a co-owner of Mid-Maine Forestry in 1995 with her husband Mitch Kihn (also a forester.) Mid-Maine Forestry has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as a Certified Resource Manager since 1998. Their business involves providing a variety of services for non-industrial landowners including individuals, families, towns, and land trusts. The work includes woodlot reconnaissance, forest management plans, timber inventory, timber marking, stumpage sale administration and supervision, and timber stand improvement. She works in cooperation with state and federal agencies in administering timberland cost-share programs. Barrie is on the Advisory Committee for Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area. She is a founding member and was a Board member, and chair of the Board of the Forest Stewards Guild. She was on the steering committee of the Maine Forest Biodiversity Project and is a past president of SWOAM. She was a District Supervisor with the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District for 17 years.
Peter Carrier, Skowhegan – Treasurer
Peter is the owner of Carrier Chipping and CCI Transport in Skowhegan, ME. Carrier Chipping is a wood processing plant that provides regional paper mills with pulp quality wood chips. CCI Transport provides bulk transportation for the forest products industry such as wood chips, bark, shavings and biomass. Peter grew up around mill equipment while working with his father, Michel, who founded Carrier Chipping. After graduating from Skowhegan, Peter received his B.S. in Business from Babson College and returned home to run the family business. He has served for many years as the President of MOTAG Northeast, which hosts an annual conference to provide technical education for mill operators within the forest industry. Peter lives in Skowhegan with his wife Chelsey and three children
Alexander R. Ingraham, Hampden – Most Recent Past President
Alex currently works for Pingree Associates Inc. of Bangor, Maine. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine, and his M.B.A. at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. At Pingree, Alex investigates new business opportunities while monitoring current ventures for Pingree’s clients. Prior to joining Pingree Associates, Alex worked in Northern California as a consulting forester writing and implementing timber harvest plans. He is currently an intern forester in the State of Maine, and a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Charles Hall, Albion
Charlie holds a BS in Forestry with a concentration in Timber Utilization and Pulp and Paper from the University of Maine. Upon graduation Charlie took a position in the technical department for Trus-Joist MacMillan in Valdosta, Georgia. After a short stint in Georgia he returned north to take a position as a process engineer in the papermill at James River in Berlin, NH. With the sale of James River to Crown Vantage, Charlie took a new role as a shift supervisor in the woodyard, woodroom, and boiler house. In 1997 Charlie joined Sappi as the process engineer in the woodroom, where he worked on various woodroom projects throughout Sappi in both North America and South Africa. In 2000 he was promoted to operations manager of the finishing department, where he helped oversee several large capital projects, including a new wrapline and salvage winder. At the end of 2003, Charlie took a position as a technical specialist in the pulpmill, which involved such projects as optimizing the refiner performance in the papermill and oversight of the Flail Chip Project. After 11 years working in manufacturing he left the mill to take a position as a senior wood procurement manager. In this role he was responsible for the purchase of pulp chips, managed the Flail Project, and assisted in the purchase of roundwood. Since 2008 Charlie has managed Sappi’s Maine Forestry Program, the position he currently holds. The Forestry Program works with landowners throughout Maine and NH., both big and small, to help them achieve their forestry management objectives. Charlie lives in Albion, Maine with his wife Jenny and two teenage boys. If you cannot find him at work, you will likely find him running to a hockey game or coaching a lacrosse team
Keith Kanoti, Old Town
In his current position as Forest Manager for the University of Maine, Keith oversees the management of all forestland owned by the University of Maine System and the University of Maine Foundation. Prior to this he spent 10 years with the Maine Forest Service as a district forester in Jonesboro and later as the Maine Forest Service water resources forester. He has been an active member of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative state implementation committee for many years. Keith earned a BS in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Forestry from the University of Maine.
Kathryn (Katie) Manende, Alfred
Katie works for the vegetation management division of Central Maine Power Company and is the owner of her own forestry consulting business, Maine Woods Forestry. She received a BS in both Forestry and Wildlife Ecology, and an MF focused on forest certification from the University of Maine. Katie also holds licenses in the State of Maine as a forester, arborist, and pesticide applicator, in addition to being a certified forester. Katie is a member of a number of professional societies including the Maine Arborist Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, American Tree Farm System, Maine Tree Farm Committee, and has been heavily involved with the Society of American Foresters, holding numerous positions within the organization.
Jonathan A. Pottle, Bangor
Jon is an attorney with Eaton Peabody in Bangor. A native of Houlton, he received his BS in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and his JD and MS in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2008. Prior to joining Eaton Peabody, Jon was a Forester/Environmental Consultant with Jones Associates in Poland, Maine, where he provided clients with forestry and environmental services for natural resources and residential/industrial development planning including road construction and maintenance design, detention pond design, wetland mitigation design and residential/industrial development design. As an Educational Technician II, Jon supervised and instructed students in logging and forest management activities at Region Two School of Applied Technology in Dyer Brook. While a student, he spent several summers interning with Fraser Paper and Huber Resources.
Dr. Brian E. Roth, Edmonton, Alberta
Brian is the Director of the Forest Growth Organization of Western Canada (FGrOW). From 2011 to 2019 Brian was with the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) at the University of Maine promoting stakeholder-driven applied forest research. Brian is a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maine. He serves on the board of the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation as Chair of their Science and Data Committee. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Forest Production Ecology from the University of Florida, an MS in Forest Science from Oregon State University, and a BSc. In Forest Management from the University of Alberta.