Michael R. Wetzel, President

Mike is principal, Ecce Silva, LLC in Aiken, South Carolina.  

In addition, Mike has plenty of experience as a volunteer with forestry associations including ACF: three years as the South Carolina ACF (SCACF) Chapter Secretary from 2005 - 2008 and SCACF Chapter Chairman 2010 - 2012.  At the National ACF level Mike was a member of the ACF Policy Statements Task Force, 2010 and Chairman of the ACF Constitution and Bylaws Task Force, 2011 - 2013.  He received the 2011 ACF President's Award for his work on these task forces.  In 2002 he was Chairman of the Forest Resources Association Ad Hoc Tree Planting Task Force; he is now President of the Aiken County Forestry Association and Chairman-elect of the SC SAF Division. He served two years (2005 - 2007) as the SC SAF Division Membership Chairman.


Justin M. Miller, President Elect

Miller is the founder and President of Green Timber Consulting Foresters, Inc. (GTCF) located in Pelkie, Michigan. Miller received a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University (MTU) in 2000, and was recognized with the Outstanding Young Alumnus award in 2007.

Miller served as the Michigan Chapter of ACF Vice President from 2007-2009, President from 2009-2011, and Past President from 2011-2013. Under his leadership as President, Michigan was awarded the 2011 ACF Chapter of the Year Award.



Edward G. Tugwell, Immediate Past President

Jerry has 33 years of professional forestry experience and has practiced as a consulting forester since 1992. He is currently involved in the normal day-to-day operations of a consulting practice: field forestry duties, as well as administration of the company business affairs, marketing, new business promotion and development and client management and retention. 

Jerry has been a member of ACF since 1998, has served as Southern Region Director from 2007-2010 and currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics Committee.He assisted in the Practice of Consulting Forestry Class, Ethics Portion, 2013, Keystone Colorado. Has also served on the board of directors and various committees, in the local NC Chapter of ACF.



Gerald H. Grossman, Northern Region Director

Jerry Grossman is the founder and President of Grossman Forestry Company (GFCO) located in Newberry, Michigan. The company was established in 1990, and currently staffs seven foresters serving clients in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Grossman received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Michigan in 1985, a M.S, in Forestry from Michigan State University in 1988, and an MBA from Michigan State University in 1989. He is a Michigan Registered Forester and A Michigan Real Estate Associate Broker.

Grossman was appointed to the Michigan Timber Advisory Council by Governor Snyder in 2011 and continues to serve on that council. He has held numeours leadership positions including Chair - Michigan Society of American Foresters, Chair - Michigan Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee, and Trustee - Tahquamenon Area School Board of Education. 



Thomas D. Amesbury, Western Region Director

Tom is the Principal Forester and co-owner of Forester’s Co-Op, a forest resource management company servicing private and public forest landowners as well as Corporate Utility vegetation management client needs. 

Amesbury is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF#2253) in the State of California, holds a Qualified Applicators License (QAL #108705) from the CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation, has been designated by the Society of American Forester’s as a Certified Forester (CF #141710) and been an active member of the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) since 2004.


Wayne S. Pfluger, Gulf Region Director

Wayne Pfluger is the owner of Lone Star Forestry, LLC in Huntsville, Texas. The company was established in 2003 and is a small three man shop which caters to the needs of private non-industrial landowners in the Southeast Texas area. Wayne is a 1988 Texas A&M University graduate holding a B.S. in Forestry. 

Wayne became a member of ACF in 2006 and served as the chair of the Texas State Chapter form 2011 to 2013. Wayne is a member of multiple other forestry associations and groups, and has served in leadership roles for the Texas Forestry Association, Prescribed Burn Managers of Texas, Texas State Tree Farm Committee, and Society of American Foresters. Wayne has been named the Texas Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector in 2008, 2012, and 2014, the 2009 Southern Region Inspecting Forester of the Year, the Outstanding Forester in the State of Texas in 2001, and the Forestry Conservationist of the Year in 2008.



Matthew B. Gillette, Southern Region Director

Matthew Gillette is a co-owner of Rock Springs Forestry, Inc., a forestry consulting firm in Southampton County, Virginia.  Rock Springs Forestry, Inc. assists landowners in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina with timber sales, reforestation, herbicide applications, prescribed burning, pre-commercial thinning, management plans, boundary line maintenance, road construction, and many other tasks.  Matthew graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with a B.S. in Forestry.

Matthew is a member of the Virginia Chapter of ACF and served as the chapter's Vice-Chair from 2014 to 2016, Chair from 2016 to 2018, and is still on the Virginia Chapter Executive Committee as Immediate Past-Chair.  He is also a member of the Virginia Forestry Association, a registered Consulting Forester with the North Carolina Board of Registration for Foresters, a Commercial Pesticide Applicator in Virginia and North Carolina, a Prescribed Burn Manager in Virginia, a Technical Service Provider with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and a Certified Tree Farm Inspector.


Rick N. Barnes, Treasurer 

Rick Barnes has been a practicing forester since 1978, venturing out into business for himself in 1992. With Rick's management, the business has grown and evolved from a one-person operation into Barnes & Associates as it is today. Rick received his Bachelors Degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University where he graduated with honors. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon State College.

Rick has recently participated on multi-disciplinary forest certification teams to certify that forestlands are being managed according to the standards and guidelines of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. He is trained to certify family-owned tree farms under the standards of the American Tree Farm System. Rick is a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters, and is a member of several local Oregon forestry associations.


Michael D. Warner, Secretary

Mike Warner is the owner of ArborTerra Consulting, Inc. in Lizton, IN. Mike grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with a degree in forest management.  After graduation, he began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist and forester in several locations in southern Indiana. After 13 years of government service, Mike started ArborTerra Consulting where he is able to focus on what he loves to do: "To help people better understand the natural environment in which we live ans assist them in effectively managing the resources they have under their ownership and control."

Mike has served on the board of directors for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and for the Indiana Nurserymen's Association. He currently is on the board of directors for the Indiana Woodland Steward Institute, and is the chairman of the Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development's forestry committee and president of the Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters.  

Shannon M. McCabe, Executive Director

Shannon is responsible for the overall administration of ACF including planning and implementing strategies, policies and programs to further the Association's objectives and best serve its 740+ members.

Prior to joining the ACF staff in early 2018, she worked for Virginia Forestry Association (VFA), holding several positions in a six-year tenure including Deputy Executive Director.  In this role, she also administered the Virginia Tree Farm Program and coordinated the Virginia SFI Implementation Committee.

Shannon is a member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for 4 Paws Animal Rescue where she also serves as adoption coordinator.

Shannon is active in and has served in leadership positions for the Rappahannock Chapter and Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters, earning the Virginia Division's Volunteer Service Award in 2017 and Young Forester Leadership Award in 2018 as well as the APSAF Young Forester Leadership Award in 2019.  Shannon holds a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.  A Maryland native, with roots on her family's Pennsylvania farm, she now lives in the small town of Toano, just outside Williamsburg, Virginia with her husband James and their dogs.  Click here to contact Shannon.

Lucy Firebaugh, Communications and Membership Specialist

Lucy is responsible for the overall communications of the Association including developing social media and website content, newsletters, and other various publications.  She also handles all membership related inquiries and assists landowners who reach out seeking a professional ACF consulting forester in their area.

Lucy is a member of the Virginia Society of Association Executives and regularly attends seminars and meetings to find more and better ways to serve the Association and its members.

Lucy grew up in Glen Allen, Virginia just outside of Richmond.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Advertising.  Lucy now resides in Williamsburg, Virginia where the ACF national office is located.  Click here to contact Lucy.