Staff

These pages populate the Staff category

Nick Smith

As a member of multi-generation farming family, Nick has a passion for natural resources and rural communities. Nick has a background in public policy and communications, having worked in the Oregon Legislature in various capacities and having served several members of leadership in the House of Representatives. He founded Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities in 2013, […]

Sara Ghafouri

Sara Ghafouri joins AFRC after practicing almost three years as an associate at Haglund Kelley LLP, a Portland-based law firm. During her time at Haglund Kelley, Sara focused her practice on complex civil litigation, environmental and natural resources law, and Indian law. She helped represent several timber companies and timber associations, including AFRC. Sara began […]

Cindi Kaneshige

Cindi grew up in Portland and is a third generation Oregonian. She began working for AFRC’s predecessor, the Northwest Forestry Association, in 1987 as the corporate secretary and is now the Association’s Office Manager. Cindi manages day-to-day office procedures, provides administrative and legal support, develops the budget and financial reports, and plans and coordinates AFRC’s […]

Jerry van Hees

Jerry was born on the east coast and studied forestry at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York. When he finished college, Jerry moved to Central Oregon where he began working for the Forest Service in timber sale preparation. Despite subsequent jobs working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of […]

Scott Stawiarski

Scott retired from the Forest Service as a Supervisory Forester with 32 years of experience planning and implementing forest management programs and projects in California. As a California Consultant, Scott will monitor the Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, and Tahoe National Forests. He most recently served as Forest Silviculturist and Vegetation Management Officer on the Lassen National […]

Jerry Jensen

After graduation from Humboldt State University, I served two years in the US Peace Corps, 1964-66 in an applied forestry research program in the Hindu Kush Mountains of West Pakistan. US Army 1967-69, While in the US Army I lived in the Black Forest of Germany at a radio relay station. I worked for the […]

Tom Partin

Tom is a native Oregonian and grew up in a logging family in Prineville, Oregon. His love of the outdoors led him to studying forestry at Oregon State University and then to a career with the Forest Service in 1968. Tom has a diverse work background having been a forester for the Forest Service, timberlands […]

Irene Jerome

Irene grew up on the family homestead west of Maupin, Oregon. Her ancestors traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1840s originally settling in the Willamette Valley. In 1879 her great-great grandfather moved east of the Cascade Mountains where he established a donation land claim and raised livestock and grain. The ranch remains in the family […]

Heath Heikkila

Heath works at the intersection of government, policy, and communications advocating for solutions to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most challenging natural resource issues. Heath is passionate about the things that make the Northwest a great place to live, work, and play – and working with AFRC to promote ideas and policies to make it […]

Andy Geissler

Andy moved to Oregon to join AFRC as its field forester from Washington state, where he worked for six years in the woods of Lewis County.