ACF Leadership

Justin M. Miller, President

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.  News Release.



Wayne S. Pfluger, President Elect

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.  News Release.



Michael R. Wetzel, Immediate Past 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.  News Release.


Rene D. Noel, Jr., Northern Region Director


Rene Noel, Jr. is founder and principle owner of Southern Maine Forestry Services, a forestry consulting and forest land Management Company serving clients in Maine and New Hampshire.  Southern Maine Forestry Services manages about 100,000 acres for approximately 700 clients, mostly private land but also municipal, water district, land trust, religious and service organizations which own forested land.  In addition, it provides consulting services to individuals, companies, land trusts and a broad range of others.

Rene is a Maine native and graduated from the University of Maine in 1973 with a BS in Forest Management.  He spent time with the USFS in the Black Hills National Forest, ran a landscape nursery on Long Island New York and worked as a district Forester for the Maine Forest Service before entering private practice in 1981.  He has served two terms as the ACF Maine Chapter Chair ans has helped organize two national ACF meetings hosted by the Maine Chapter.  Rene has also served on the ACF's National Ethics Committee for several terms and Chaired for one term.  News Release.


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.  News Release.


Russell D. Autrey, Gulf Region Director

Russell Autrey is a partner in Larson & McGowin, LLC (L&M), a forest management and consulting firm with ongoing forest management operations across the US Southeast and consulting experience that extends nationwide and internationally.  He began his career in consulting forestry with L&M in 1996 and currently serves as Vice President of Forest Management Services, providing leadership and supervision for timberland management operations totaling approximately 1 Million acres.

Russell became a full member of ACF in 2007 and currently serves as the ACF Alabama Chapter Chair.  He served on multiple committees at the state and national level, including the 2016 ACF National Conference, which was held in L&M's home city of Mobile, Alabama.  Russell is also an active member of the Alabama Forestry Association and various other state and local groups.  A native of Greenville, Alabama, Russell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resources from Auburn University in 1995.  News Release.


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.  News Release.


Roger G. Lord, Treasurer 

Roger Lord is President of Mason, Bruce & Girard (MB&G), a 60-employee natural resources consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  Roger is a certified appraiser in three states and specializes in the appraisal of timberlands and natural resources throughout the West.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of forest economics and planning, policy analysis, acquisition and divestiture due diligence, and appraisal.

Roger earned a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State in 1981.  He has been a member of ACF since 2016, a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1981, and is a Practicing Affiliate of the Appraisal Institute.  He has served as chair of two SAF chapters and is currently Treasurer of SAF's Portland Chapter.  In 2017, he served on ACF's Membership Dues Task Force and currently serves on ACF's Finance Committee and 2021 National Conference Committee.  News Release.


Lee A. Steigerwaldt, Secretary

Lee Steigerwaldt is the Vice President of Operations of Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc. headquartered in Tomahawk, Wisconsin with satellite offices in Hayward, Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan, and Chillicothe, Ohio.  Lee is a third generation consulting forester with a B.S. degree earned in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Forest Management, Urban Forestry, and Philosophy.

Lee is a certified general appraiser in Wisonsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and an ISA certified arborist.  Her prior professional experience was a Production Arborist in Hailey, Idaho before relocating to Tomahawk to work in the family business with her father, Edward, and sister, Julie.  Lee has been an ACF member since 2006 and is the past president of the Wisconsin ACF Chapter and currently serves on the ACF Education Committee.  News Release.

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 serves on their Membership Committee.  She 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 and now resides in Prince George, Virginia.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Advertising.  Click here to contact Lucy.