International Convention

Forest Products Society


Executive Board

The Forest Products Society has a rich tradition of leadership dating back to its founding in 1947. The past presidents can be found here. The Executive Board is the governing body of the Forest Products Society, consisting of four Executive Officers (President, President-Elect, Vice President, and Past President) and eight Regional Board members.


Dr. Richard P. Vlosky
Louisiana Forest Products Development Center
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
227-School of Renewable Natural Resources
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202
(225) 578-4527

Richard Vlosky is Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor in Forest Sector Business Development at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. He received his Ph.D. in Wood Products Marketing at Penn State University, an M.S. in International Forest Products Trade from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Forest Management from Colorado State University.

His areas of research and consulting include: biofuels/bioprocessing & bioenergy, domestic and international forest products mar- keting and business development, certification & green marketing, eBusiness and eCommerce. He has authored or co-authored over 135 refereed publications, 15 book chapters and 4 books. Dr. Vlosky has made over 350 presentations on a variety of topics in the U.S. and 28 countries. He previously was: Product Line Marketing and Planning Manager, Plum Creek Timber Co, Seattle , WA; General Manager, Bar Tech International Coding Systems, Inc., Vancouver , B.C. and; Database Manager, Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) at the University of Washington , Seattle , WA. Rich is Sector Leader-Wood Products for the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing (LIBBi), and member of the Louisiana Representative. Southern Bioenergy Working Group. Internationally, he is the United States representative for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Research Group on Forest Products Marketing and Business Development; President of WoodEMA, the Association of Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing in Zagreb, Croatia and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Timisoara in Romania. For 10 years, he as the Team Leader for the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Products Marketing.

He has shown consistent commitment in serving the Forest Products Society since becoming a member 20 years ago. In addition to leadership as Membership Chair for the Mid-South Section, Rich has been involved in a number of strategic leadership roles at the National level. His most current activity was chairing the 2013 International Convention Coordinating Committee for the meet- ing held in Austin, Texas June 9-11, 2013. Shortly after the 2012 International Convention in Washington, DC, he developed and executed an evaluation survey to all FPS members, focusing on those that attended as a tool to improve the convention in 2013. His additional current and past contributions to the Society are: 2011-Present-Chair, Internationalization Task Group which Rich took the initiative to bring to the Board for approval to create; 1998-present Membership Chair Mid-South Section; 2009 Member. National Research Needs Assessment Committee, Jointly sponsored by US Forest Service, Forest Products Society and Society of Wood Science & Technology; In 2007, he chaired the Website Development & Improvement Committee and continues to be a member; 2008-member of the International Nominating Committee; In 2006, he was a member of the Membership Recruitment/ Branding Committee; In 2005, he was a member of the Student-Full Member Conversion Committee; In 2002, at the request from the FPS Board, Rich Coordinated a Membership needs assessment survey. He developed the survey, executed it for all FPS members, analyzed the results and disseminated the assessment report to FPS members and the Board; In 2002, he was a key member of the International Cooperation Committee; From 2001-2003, Rich was Chair of the Marketing Technical Interest Group and Vice-Chair of this TIG from 1998-2000. From 1997-98 he was a member of the National Membership Committee and Chair of the ad-hoc Electronic Publication Task Group; From 1995-1998 he co-Chaired the Electronic Information Technology Sub-Committee; At the International Convention in Portland, Oregon, he was Co-Coordinator for the Marketing Educator Forum and the Information Technology Forum. From 1995-present he is a Reviewer for the Forest Products Journal.

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David DeVallance
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Wood Science and Technology
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
(304) 293-0029

In 1997, David DeVallance received his B.S. degree in wood products processing and manufacturing from the Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, he worked for PFS Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Staff Engineer working on the training of manufactured home inspectors and testing of engineered wood studs and joists. From 1998 to 2009, he worked for TECO as a Staff Scientist and managed a variety wood products research testing projects and was in charge with both testing and oversight for a large-scale project related to the development of oriented strand board design value data. He also developed data acquisition systems, assisted in machine design, and performed field claim inspections and a variety of technical duties. While in industry, he was actively involved in ASTM standard development, was a member of the PFS Research Foundation Technical Committee and served as an industry representative/advisor for the National Conference on Weights and Measures and at USDA Forest Products Laboratory Research Liaison Meetings. In 2003, he received his M.S. degree in Wood Science from Oregon State University. His master's thesis research involved investigating influences of veneer surface roughness, lathe check, and annual ring characteristics on gluebond quality of Douglas-fir plywood. The results of this research led to the receipt of the 2005 Wood Award from the Forest Products Society. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in Wood Science from Oregon State University. His doctoral research focused on development of an optical scanning system to non-destructively predict veneer and laminated veneer lumber tensile properties. Since 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of Wood Science and Technology in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). In 2013, he was also appointed as the Program Coordinator for the Wood Science and Technology program at WVU. He serves as the Site Director for the NEWBio Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program (BBEP) at WVU and is a Faculty Fellow in the Environmental Research Center (ERC) at WVU.

His current research focuses on feasibility of biomass for co-generation, biomass pre-processing and pelletizing, development of bio-based composite materials, non-destructive material evaluation, evaluation of wood chips for water quality improvement in livestock confinement areas, and adhesion and structural properties of cross laminated timbers (CLTs). In the six years at WVU, he has been involved with 23 funded research projects (9 as PI) and has given 70 presentations related to his research. He has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. He has also been an invited speaker by the West Virginia House of Delegates Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee to discuss the potential for CLT and composite businesses. In addition, he has consulted with a major baseball bat company, a variety of engineering firms, and numerous industries through research and testing. He is also a participant in WVU's NanoSafe program. David has also served as a guest editor for two special journal editions related to biofuels and bioproducts and served on a review panel for the National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Review Panel P131951 Composite Materials for CMMI program in 2013. He teaches courses in Process Control, Sustainable Construction, Quantitative Decision Making, Plant Layout, Senior Capstone, and Renewable Materials Marketing, and has been a guest lecturer in 14 different courses at WVU. He has been recognized for his teaching efforts by being awarded the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012.

David also serves as the Advisor for the WVU Forest Products Society Student Chapter. Through his mentoring in this program, the WVU Forest Product Society Chapter was officially recognized in 2013 for the first time as a student organization at WVU. In addition, he was the Faculty Advisor for Wood Science students participating in WVU's first time entry in the DOE Solar Decathlon Project in 2013. He has served on the steering and student activity committees for the 66th FPS International Convention and the Research Initiative and Membership committees for the Society of Wood Science and Technology. He has served as session chair for technical sessions at SWST Conventions and as session organizer for the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASABE). He is currently the Chairman of the Membership committee for SWST.

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Vice President

Dr. Hui Wan
Associate Professor
Mississippi State University
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts
Box 9820
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9820

(bio pending)

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Past President

Maureen Puettmann
Woodlife Environmental Consultants, LLC
8200 NW Chaparral Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330-2811, USA

Maureen Puettmann is the owner of WoodLife Environmental Consultants, LLC, where she has been performing life cycle assessments (LCA) on forestry operations, wood products, and biofuels for 15 years. She currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee (UT), as well as a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University (OSU). Before founding WoodLife, she served on the faculty at OSU for six years, where she taught environmental marketing and life cycle, wood anatomy, and wood and fiber physics, and conducted life cycle assessments and research.

She has been involved with the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM), for the past 13 years. During this time, she has participated in more than 20 LCA on forestry operations and forest products, collaborating with researchers from CSIRO Australia, Mississippi State University, the University of Wisconsin, UT, the USDA Forest Service, AquaEter, North Carolina State University, and OSU.

Prior to earning her PhD from the University of Minnesota, she worked at the USDA Forest Service in Gulfport, Mississippi. She has a Master of Science in Forest Products/Wood Preservation and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Products from OSU.

Since joining the Forest Products Society in 1985, Maureen has served as the OSU Student Chapter Chair, Trustee for the Mid-South Section, Vice Chair and Chair of Energy and the Environment TIG, and Moderator at several FPS Conventions for the Energy and the Environment and CORRIM sessions.

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2017 International Nominating Committee


Mike Freeman
Independent Wood Scientist, Memphis, TN, USA 

Scott Leavengood
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA 

World Nieh
USDA Forest Service, Arlington, VA, USA   

Chen Zhangjing
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Regional Board Members

Eastern Canadian Region

Dr. Ahmed Koubaa
Professeur chercheur
Université du Québec 
Institut_Recherche Forets
445 boul. de l'Université
Rouyn-Noranda QC J9X 5E4
+1 819-762-0971  x 2579
Term of office expires June 2019

Northwest Region

Steven C. Zylkowski
Director, Quality Services Division
APA - The Engineered Wood Association
7011 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98466, USA
Phone: 253-620-7420
Term of office expires 06/17

Steven Zylkowski is the Director of the Quality Services Division at APA The Engineered Wood Association in Tacoma, Washington. In this position he oversees the testing, third- party certification and ongoing auditing of engineered wood products helping to ensure conformance to national, international and proprietary standards. He received a B.S. degree in Forest Products from the University of Minnesota, and a M.S. degree in Forest Products from Oregon State University. He managed wood research, standards development and evaluation of engineered wood performance for over 25 years at APA. He serves as the chair of the ASTM D07.03 subcommittee on Panels, staff coordinator on the NIST Standing Committee for U.S. Product Standards PS 1 and PS 2 and is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group chair to ISO Technical Committee TC89 on Wood Panels. He participates in numer- ous national and international committees established to study the effectiveness of wood products used in construction and to establish codes or regulations which improve the effectiveness of wood products used in construction.
Group; From 1995-1998 he co-Chaired the Electronic Information Technology Sub-Committee; At the International Conven- tion in Portland, Oregon, he was Co-Coordinator for the Marketing Educator Forum and the Information Technology Forum. From 1995-present he is a Reviewer for the Forest Products Journal.

South Central Region

Richard F. (“Dick”) Baldwin
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC
826 S. Church Ave.
Louisville, MS 39339
(662) 705-5052
Term of office expires June 2019

Southeast Region

Fred Kurpiel
President, Georgia Research Institute
PO Box 2448, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone: 678-642-1238
Term of office expires 06/18


North Central Region

Nicole Stark
Research Chemical Engineer
Engineered Composites Science Group
USDA Forest Products Laboratory
1 Gifford Pinchot Dr, Madison, WI 53726, USA
Phone: 608-231-9200
Term of office expires 06/19

Nicole Stark is a Research Chemical Engineer in the Engineered Composites Science Group at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has been in a research position at FPL since 2003, and prior to that she was a support scientist at FPL. Her research focus is to understand the raw materials, processing and performance of composites from wood or other natural fibers and plastics. Her research includes incorporating alternative raw materials such as biopolymers, low-value woody biomass, and biorefinery residuals into high-value composites. Specific research interests include coating wood composites for improved durability, changes in surface chemistry of wood-plastic composites during photodegradation, the moisture performance and fiber performance of wood-plastic composites, the use of nanotechnology to improve wood-plastic composites, and the use of cellulose nanofibers in polymer composites. Nicole obtained her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. degree in Forest Science from Michigan Technological University.

European Section

Dr.Eng.Dr. Marius C. Barbu
Professor of Faculty for Wood Engineering, University "Transilvania" Brasov, Romania since 2002
Head of Research and Development of BinderHolz Group, Tyrol, Austria between 2001-2006
Professor of the Center for Wood Economics, MIN Faculty, University of Hamburg, Germany between 2006 and 2011
Professor of Dept. for Forest Products Technology and Timber Construction, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria since 2011
Extraordinary Professor of Dept. for Forestry and Wood Science, Faculty of AgriSciences University of Stellenbosch, South Africa since 2014
Adjurn Professor of Center for Renewable Carbon, Dept. of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA since 2014
Markt 136a
5431 Kuchl/Salzburg

Double career in university and industry (R&D) concerning the studies of design of wood panels, development and implementation of prototypes, optimization of the manufacturing processes, and reduction of the environment impact for the wood panels industry. Leader of projects on different levels from lab to industrial scale including the first production runs and patent applications. Teaching as invited or associate professor in 4 languages at the main established universities in Europe, Asia, South America providing courses in wood composite science and technology. Marius has given over 100 presentations at conferences around the world, written many books and chapters, been chairman and co-organizer of many scientific events/ training courses in Europe and Asia, and sits as a member of many professional organizations.


Annual International Convention Planning Committee

This committee is responsible for planning all social events and several other functions related to the International Convention. The chair is appointed by the Executive Board; in most instances the appointee is the Regional Board member from the Section that is hosting the meeting. The chair is responsible for appointing members from the host Section to serve on the committee.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee Chair is appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board, for a three-year term. The chair selects committee chairmen for each of the Society's Awards, and ensures that nominations are received by the various award committees by the required deadline dates.

Executive Committee

The President serves as the chair of this committee with the President-Elect, Vice President, and Past President serving as committee members. The Executive Committee is responsible for exercising the authority of the entire Executive Board in instances in which the Board delegates such authority. All actions of the Executive Committee must be reported in writing to the Executive Board within 30 days.

International Nominating Committee

The chair of this committee is the immediate Past President. The purpose of the committee is to select nominees to run for the offices of Vice President, Regional Board and the next year's International Nominating Committee.

Past Forest Product Society Presidents

1947-1948  Fred W. Gottschalk
1948-1949 George Garratt
1949-1950 Edward Locke
1950-1951 James Hamilton
1951-1952 Roy Carter
1952-1953 Kenneth Chesley
1953-1954 R.D. Pauley
1954-1955 Lester Carr
1955-1956 Moss Christian
1956-1957 Ralph Bescher
1957-1958 Frank Kaufert
1958-1959 W. Jeter Eason
1959-1960 E.S. Harrar
1960-1961 R.H. Berry
1961-1962 D.K. Saunders
1962-1963 T.S. Veazey
1963-1964 F.E. Dickinson
1964-1965 H.O. Fleischer
1965-1966 C.M. Kreider
1966-1967 A.F. Muschler
1967-1968 J.R. Stillinger
1968-1969 Eric Anderson
1969-1970 George Marra
1970-1971 Willard Gullickson
1971-1972 R.W. Wellwood
1972-1973 Peter Koch
1973-1974 James Love
1974-1975 Richard Blomquist
1975-1976 F.F. Wangaard
1976-1977 Howard Olson
1977-1978 John Haygreen
1978-1979 Angelo Ingrassia
1979-1980 F. Alan Tayelor
1980-1981 Paul Beattie
1981-1982 Thomas Maloney
1982-1983 Alan Lambuth
1983-1984 Terry Sellers, Jr.
1984-1985 D. Billings Swain
1985-1986 Richard Thomas
1986-1987 Glbert Comstock
1987-1988 Michael O’Halloran
1988-1989 Kenneth Peterson
1989-1990 Michael Taras
1990-1991 Michael Hunt
1991-1992 William Galligan
1992-1993 Harry Warren
1993-1994 Jim Bowyer
1994-1995 W. Kieth Morley
1995-1996 John Youngquist
1996-1997 Eddie Price
1997-1998 Geza Ifju
1998-1999 Bill Boehner
1999-2000 Janice Wiedenbeck
2000-2001 Daryle Layton
2001-2002 Frank Beall
2002-2003 Norman Kutscha
2003-2004 Paul Winistorfer
2004-2005 Ian de la Roche
2005-2006 W. Ramsay Smith
2006-2007 Robert Little
2007-2008 H. Michael Barnes
2008-2009 Anthony Weatherspoon
2009-2010 John Shelly
2010-2011 Barry Goodell
2011-2012 Paul Merrick
2012-2013 Patrice Tardif
2013-2014 Tim Young
2014-2015 Niels de Hoop
2015-2016 Maureen Puettmann
2016-2017 Richard Vlosky
2017-2018David DeVallance