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Season 2 – Women in Forestry

Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 2

#18 | Your mentors don’t have to look like you

April 18, 2019 | Melody Mobley

Melody Mobley is a pioneer. She was the first black female American to graduate with a degree in Forest Management from the University of Washington. She was also the first black female forester to join the USDA forest service. Now retired, Melody served in the forestry industry for 28 years, and currently serves as a […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 19

#35 | As a leader, their successes are my successes

July 26, 2017 | Rachel Reyna

Rachel Reyna is a Certified Forester and Certified Arborist who has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource, Bureau of Forestry, in various capacities and with increasing responsibilities since 2001. Currently Chief of Rural and Community Forestry, Rachel has a BS in Forestry from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Agriculture […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 18

#34 | Look for opportunities to be a leader without being a manager

July 20, 2017 | Stephanie Grubb

Stephanie Grubb is a forester for International Paper where she has served in various capacities in Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. On this week’s show, Stephanie discusses why it’s important to be a quick learner and adapt to your environment. She also discusses some of the initial challenges she faced in formal leadership positions and […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 17

#33 | If no one stands up and cries foul, nothing is going to change

July 12, 2017 | Mona Griswold

Mona Griswold is the Olympic Region Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. She earned a BA in Botany from Drew University, a MS in Forestry from Duke University, and a MBA from James Madison University. Prior to her current role, Mona had over 30 years of experience in the forestry products industry […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 16

#32 | Today’s forestry leaders need to be self-aware, curious-minded, community builders

July 5, 2017 | Vicki Christiansen

Vicki Christiansen is Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; at the time of this interview, she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry in Washington, DC. Vicki started out as a wildland firefighter, which began her 26-year career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, including state forester both in Washington and in […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 15

#31 | Run with the dogs; don’t plod with the pigs

June 28, 2017 | Lee Steigerwaldt

Lee Steigerwaldt is the Chief Operations Officer and part owner of Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc. Steigerwaldt Land Services was originally established in 1957, making Lee a third-generation consulting forester. Prior to joining the family business, Lee served as a production arborist in Idaho. Today’s discussion details the unique challenges of growing up as a little […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 14

#30 | Trial by Fire – Learning leadership on the fire line and practicing forestry for the Department of Defense

June 21, 2017 | Anne Jewell

Anne Jewell is a Certified Forester as well as a Forester Planner for the Department of Defense. She currently serves the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. In this role, Anne supports military readiness while practicing land conservation and sustainable forestry on the 76,000-acre military installation. In this episode, Anne discusses the […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 13

#29 | Demonstrating leadership is what will land you in a leadership position

June 14, 2017 | Kathy Abusow

Kathy Abusow is the President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI®), a non-profit organization dedicated to responsible forestry. SFI’s success is founded on their conservation research, community partnerships and third party certification to the SFI Standard on approximately 200 million acres of forest land across North America.  Under Kathy’s leadership, SFI Inc. […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 12

#28 | You have to be the person you want your group to be

June 7, 2017 | Fran Cafferata

Fran Cafferata Coe is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and she owns her own wildlife consulting business where she has over 15 years’ experience in environmental consulting. Not only does she help landowners by bringing forestry and wildlife solutions together, but she is well known for helping wildlife and forestry professionals communicate and discuss common goals. In this […]

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Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 11

#27 | The understory can continue to be diverse, but there’s work to be done in the canopy

May 24, 2017 | Nadine Block

Nadine Block is the COO and SVP of Public Affairs at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., a Washington, DC-based non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management and responsible sourcing of forest products. On this week’s episode, Nadine talks about how she got involved in forest policy, the three pillars of sustainability, and the future of […]

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