|Susan Bernstien||Susan Bernstein is an Atlanta-based professional writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience in serving as the author and editor of several custom books, including institutional histories, self-help health titles, business guides and biographies.|
|Sherry V. Crawley||Sherry V. Crawley is a communications professional specializing in the exploration of social impact at a broader scale. Currently the board chair of EarthShare of Georgia, she also writes for Atlanta Parent Magazine and Womenetics.com. She lives in Decatur with her husband, a photographer and biology lab manager at Emory University, and young son. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking and reading.|
|David Foil||David Foil is a professional forester and president of Forest Resource Consultants (FRC). Based in Macon, GA, FRC is a forestry consulting and real estate firm serving a diverse array of forest landowners in the U.S. South. David is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters and is a registered forester in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and a licensed Real Estate Broker. He is Past President of the Georgia Forestry Association, where he still serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He is also President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters and a Trustee with the Georgia Forestry Foundation.|
|Ray Glier||Ray Glier is a journalist with 42 years of experience telling stories in sports and business. He has spent most of his career in the Atlanta area working for USA TODAY, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Youth TODAY and many others.|
|Charlie Harper||Charlie Harper is editor and publisher of GeorgiaPol.com, a website and media hub dedicated to fostering discussion of politics and policy affecting the state of Georgia, and Executive Director for PolicyBEST, a public policy advocacy group focused on finding market-based solutions for education, science, technology, medical and transportation issues. He has degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He wants to keep Georgia competitive and a great place to live.|
|Matt Hestad||Matt Hestad has more than five years of marketing and public relations experience in the natural resource sector, keenly focused on promoting the benefits of working forests in the U.S. South. Matt’s specialties include content development, graphic design, web design, email marketing, social media management and advertising. Throughout his career, Matt has been involved in leading all strategic communications for the Georgia Forestry Association and Georgia Forestry Foundation; developing and managing a content strategy for Georgia Forestry Magazine; and, leading the development of a new brand and messaging for the Georgia Forestry Association. Through HL Strategy, Matt has also worked on projects with a broad range of clients, including International Beams, Forest Resource Consultants, the World Forestry Center and others.
|Geoff Hill||Geoff Hill is the Chair of the Georgia Tree Farm Program, which is part of the American Tree Farm System. To learn more, visit www.gatreefarm.org.
|Brady Hummel||Brady Hummel graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Dickinson College in 2017. There, he studied the intersection of sustainability, social justice, and community development. he was the Senior Sustainability Analyst intern for three years for the Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education, where he did data collection, analysis and visualization to influence the college's sustainability policy. Brady also published a blog for an independent study titled "Nexus Point: Social Sustainability and Community Economic Development" in the Spring of 2016. He was also the executive director of the Idea Fund, Dickinson's student projects incubator. During his senior year, Brady also created, hosted and edited 1st Up, a podcast series highlighting stories of first generation college students at Dickinson.
Today, Brady leverages his diverse background to tell important and compelling stories and to help change makers in their communities maximize their impact. Through HL Strategy, he has worked with clients such as Purpose Built Communities, Southface, Clayton Homes, Sizemore Group, rDialogue and Shaw Industries.
|Bob Izlar||Bob Izlar is the Director of the Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business at the Warnell School for Forestry & Natural Resources. He works and resides in Athens, GA.
|Stasia Kelly||Stasia Kelly is a media relations specialist with Georgia Forestry Commission. Stasia is focused on telling the story of forestry and the immense impact of the industry on Georgia's environment, economy and heritage.|
|Elizabeth Lenhard||Elizabeth Lenhard, a freelance features journalist, frequently writes about Southern food and culture. She lives and works in Decatur, GA.|
|Dr. Yanshu Li||Dr. Yanshu Li is a Forest Economics and Taxation Outreach Specialist with the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She is located in Athens, GA.|
|Dr. Brooks Mendell||Dr. Brooks Mendell is President and CEO of Forisk Consulting. He has twenty-five years of consulting, operating, and research experience in the forest products and timber industries.|
|John Pait||John Pait is the Vice President of sales, marketing and product development for Arborgen, Inc. He has worked in research and management roles in the forest products industry for more than twenty-five years.|
|Frank Reddy||A veteran journalist, Frank Reddy has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Magazine, Gainesville Times, and Gwinnett Daily Post. He has won multiple awards from The Associated Press and Georgia Press Association for feature writing, business writing, and hard news coverage. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Joy, and daughter, Stella. In October 2016, San Francisco-based Fiction Advocate published his first novel, Eyes on the Island.|
|Lindsay Thomas, Jr.||Lindsay Thomas Jr. is the Director of Communications for the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and editor of Quality Whitetails magazine. QDMA is focused on ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. Learn more at qdma.com.|
|Rebecca Treacy-Lenda||Atlanta-based Rebecca Treacy-Lenda is an award-winning communications professional specializing in sustainability strategy and reporting.|