Where are they Now?

The Forest Landowner Foundation aims to help students studying Forestry related fields. Many students that received scholarships from the Foundation have gone on to do great things in Forestry. The Foundation wishes to hear from all past scholarship recipients and what they have done after completing graduation. If you received a scholarship from the Foundation in past and would like to update us on where you are now, or would like to add your linkedin profile to your name please send an email to kbaker@forestlandowners.com.


Kate Williams

Fire Effects Monitor at National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Kathleen (Kate) Williams received a $1,500 scholarship from the Foundation in 2010. Kate graduated from Humboldt State University in 2012 with a BS in Forestry. During her last year of school, Kate became a Firefighter for the US Forest Service. She was a member of of 10-man fuels crew, led designated fuels thinning projects, and served as Firefighter Type 1 on wildfires and prescribed burns for a year and half. In 2013, Kate became the Fire Effects Monitor with the National Park Service.



Justin Wright

Consulting Forester at Henderson and Associates Inc.
Columbia, SC

Justin received a $1,500 scholarship from the Foundation in 2009. Justin majored in Forest Resource Management at Clemson University and graduated in 2010. He then completed his MFR in Forest Business at the University of Georgia in 2012. In January 2012, Justin joined Henderson and Associates Inc. as a Consulting Forester.




Brandon Kaetzel

Principal Economist at Oregon Department of Forestry
Salem, Oregon

Brandon received a $1,500 scholarship from the Foundation in 2007. Brandon graduated in 2004 with a BS in Forest Resource Management from UT-Knoxville. Brandon is currently the Principal Economist for the Oregon Department of Forestry, and serves on the Department of Administrative Services Economic Advisory Committee. Before coming to Oregon, he graduated from Auburn University with a Doctorate in Applied Economics. While a graduate student at both Auburn and the University of Tennnessee (Master's Degree), he taught a range of subjects from Forest Management/Economics to Forest Mensuration. Brandon received high scores on teaching evaluations and awards for academics. His main focus of research for his two graduate degrees was non-industrial private forest landowner behavior. Brandon has published peer-reviewed articles on this subject and received the Forest Landowner Foundation Scholarship for work in this area.

Brandon's current work revolves around forecasting timber harvests and revenues for the State of Oregon and maintaining the data sets (and dissemination) of the Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management for the Forestry Program for Oregon (FPFO). Other work involves land use and development research and providing data and feedback as needed to other Department of Forestry divisions as well as other stakeholders.



Sam Jackson

Vise President , Feedstock Development and Supply, Genera Energy Inc.
Vonore, Tennessee

Sam Received the $1,000 scholarship in 1999. Sam graduated with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2000. He then went on to get his Masters in Forest Ecology from UT in 2002. Sam completed his Ph.D in Natural Resources in 2008 at UT Knoxville. From 2002-2012, Sam worked as a Research Assistant Professor at UT. Sam then went on to work at Genera Energy Inc. in 2009 and is the Vice President of Feedstock Development and Supply and the COO for Genera Energy Crops LLC.



John Vericker

Attorney at Straley & Robin
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

John received the $1,000 Mrs. Shelton H. Short, Jr. Scholarship for Advanced Forestry and Wildlife Research in 1998. John graduated from the University of Florida in 1997 with a BS in Accounting. He went on to get his MFRC in Forest Resources and Conservation from UF in 1999. John completed Law School in 2004. He now is an Attorney at Straley & Robin and a shareholder. John is board certified in City, County and Local Government Law. He primarily practices in the areas of local government law, community development districts, commercial real estate, and land use law.



Phil Bailey, MAI

Principal, TerraSource Valuation, LLC
Blacksburg, Virginia

Phil received the $1,000 Mrs. Shelton H. Short Scholarship in 1997. Phil graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Forest Economics and Resource Management. He worked as an Associate Appraiser for Canal Forest Resources (2001-2002), James W. Sewall Company (2002-2004), and was an Appraiser for American Forest Management (2004-2006). Phil currently is the Principal for Terra Source Valuation, LLC. He is involved in all aspects of forestland appraisal and valuation-related consulting projects throughout the eastern US and internally. He specializes in large acreage timberland appraisals in both plantation and natural forests, conservation easement appraisals, and wetland mitigation appraisals.



Glen Worrell

Manager, F&W Forestry Services, Inc.
Charlottesville, Virginia

(M.S., Virginia Tech, Forest Economics; B.S., Virginia Tech, Forestry) Glen received the 1993 scholarship, also known as the “Forest Farmers Association Foundation Research Award”. This $1,000 scholarship was given to a graduate student who was doing or has done a research project that is or has contributed significantly to southern forestry. Glen Also received the $1,000 Mrs. Shelton H. Short, Jr. Scholarship for Advanced Forestry and Wildlife Research in 1994.

Glen currently is Manager of Virginia Operations at F&W Forestry Services, Inc. He is contracted with TIMO's and Non-Industrial Private Landowners to administer, budget, plan and implement forest management and land management operations on fee simple and investment properties. Prior to F&W he was Natural Resources Consultants' Executive Vice President. Glen’s office serves Virginia as well as portions of neighboring West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware. Active in the Virginia Forestry Association, Worrell served as the Association’s president for the 2011 term. He is also a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Tree Farm Committee. In 2001, Glen was awarded the Virginia SAF Young Forester Leadership Award.



Tim Dorrell

Forest Management Professional Seeking New Opportunities
Atlanta, GA

Tim received the $1,000 Mrs. Shelton H. Short, Jr. Scholarship for Advanced Forestry and Wildlife Research in 1994.

Tim is a Senior Forest Management Professional with diverse experience in operations and decision support for two fortune 500 organizations. He is instrumental in identifying, solving and implementing process or organizational improvements that add value or reduce risk. Tim has excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to create cohesive, top performing teams. He has a unique perspective developed through various geographies including Northern hardwood, Southern pine and Northern Rockies conifer timberlands.

Tim Received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and Wildlife Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. He completed his Masters in Forest Management Economics from Clemson University in 1994. Tim went to work for Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta, GA as a Forest Analayst after completing his Masters. He went on to be a Senior Resource Forester for Plum Creek/Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Lewisburg, WV, where he led forest management on 30,000 acres in east central West Virginia including: timber harvesting, road layout, silviculture, budgeting, GIS updates and recreational lease programs. He also coordinated development of the Appalachia Resource unit strategic plan, annual budgets, and quarterly business forecasts. During this time Tim led the effort to develop the first GIS system for the Appalachia Resource Unit.

From 2004-2007, Tim was a Region Analyst for Plum Creek where he insured data integrity of forest inventory and GIS data for the Lake States and Northeast Regions (approximately 2.2 million acres) which included the execution of inventory action & maintenance plans, inventory design, quality control, data compilation and training. Supported Resources, Land Asset Manager, Environmental Science Group, Acquisitions & Divestitures and Accounting.

In 2007, He became Plum Creek’s Senior Resource Manager in Fairfield, Maine where he managed a staff of 25, oversaw management of one million acres in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. He collaborated with internal partners to generate gross revenues of $70 million per year until 2011.

Tim was Senior Manager of Regeneration Services at Plum Creek in Athens, GA for two years where he evaluated and developed new non-traditional business opportunities with a focus on new markets. He lead a staff of 33 professionals in five nurseries and three orchards which were located in Georgia, Mississippi and Oregon. Tim generated annual gross revenues of $8 Million and 130 million seedlings and also developed and implemented annual budgets, quarterly and monthly forecasts.