Board of Directors
Dan is a Vice President at Wilson Engineering Services, PC (WES). WES is a full service engineering firm operating in the energy and environmental sectors. Dan has overseen WES’s role in over fifty (50) biomass thermal and combined heat and power projects. WES’s role in these projects has included concept development, design, permitting, and construction management. Dan is a professional engineer and has a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins.
Managing Consultant & VEIC Biomass Energy Team Lead
As part of her role at VEIC, Christine serves as the Team Lead for the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), which was acquired by VEIC in 2012. Previously, Christine was President of C.T. Donovan Associates, Inc. (CTD), a renewable energy consulting firm founded in 1986 that specialized in biomass applications for thermal energy, electricity generation, and liquid biofuels. CTD gained a national reputation for: (1) its expertise in conducting comprehensive biomass feedstock supply assessments for wood-fired power plants and cellulosic ethanol facilities throughout the eastern U.S.; (2) advancing sustainable biomass energy policies and regulations through the leadership and management of complex, multi-state stakeholder engagement processes; and (3) seminal work identifying opportunities for utilizing various sources of clean wood waste for fuel. Christine served as Technical Consultant to the Biomass Energy Resource Center for the two-year Northern Forest Biomass Energy Initiative led by BERC, the Northern Forest Center, and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she designed, organized, and led the two-day Biomass Energy District Heating Roundtable convened by BERC, and served as Technical Consultant on many other BERC projects.
Forest Energy Corporation
Rob Davis is the President and Owner of Forest Energy Corporation of Show Low, Arizona— a wood pellet manufacturer founded in 1991. Forest Energy’s subsidiaries include Forest Energy Colorado, New Mexico Fuels, and Forest Energy Systems distributes a European biomass boiler in the US and provides a biomass boiler system supplier.
Mr. Davis is also a founding partner of Future Forest, LLC, which is the primary contractor for the White Mountain Stewardship Project within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. This contract is for a 150,000-acre, ten-year forest restoration and fire mitigation project.
Mr. Davis is on the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council in AZ and CO. He is the past President and current Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute.
Alliance for Green Heat
John Ackerly is the President of the Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner and more efficient residential biomass heating, with a strong focus on low and middle-income families. Previously, Mr. Ackerly was the President of the International Campaign for Tibet and worked with many human rights and environmental groups in Washington, DC.
He attended Dartmouth College and American University Law School. He is an avid rock climber, skier, outdoorsman and wood stove aficionado. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Nina Smith and son Sammy.
Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
Policy Committee Chairman
Charlie Niebling is Principal and Partner of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC. Mr. Niebling has worked in the private and non-profit sector. Most recently, he was the General Manager of New England Wood Pellet, a company with wood pellet manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire and New York. He previously worked for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and was the Executive Director for a trade association. Mr. Niebling is a thermal wood energy expert and has worked on related policy endeavors at the state and federal level. He was a founder and Board President of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.
Mr. Niebling holds forestry degrees from the University of Vermont (BS) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS). Mr. Niebling is a licensed professional forester.
Mr. Jostrom is responsible for managing and growing Plum Creek's renewable energy efforts. Mike has worked for Plum Creek extensively in the management of Forest Operations, development of regional conservation plans, and directing of forest health investments company-wide.
He has a Forest Management degree from Washington State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School.
Tony "T.J." Morice
T.J. Morice has over 20 years business experience since graduation at UW-Madison. Since 1998 he has been devoted to the development and advocacy of biomass fuel markets in the Midwest in addition to related enterprises including biomass heating division, trucking company and wood flour facility. In addition to his VP position of Marth Companies, in the past he was an vital part of the PFI board, regional forestry activities, participating in Wisconsin activities including the Governors Woody Biomass Taskforce, Bioenergy Advisory Council and Wisconsin Woody Biomass Harvest Guidelines. He also volunteers as Secretary of the WCLQ Radio board (WI Christian radio station), Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass, active member of Highland Community Church, an active member of NSP (National Ski Patrol) and a variety of other activities. He has a wonderful wife Trudy who supports this variety of activities and involvement, as well as Dad to two great kids that he’s been blessed with.
Bioenergy Project Partners
Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair
David Dungate is the President of Bioenergy Project Partners and was the founder and President of ACT Bioenergy, which is the first U.S. boiler manufacturer to target the market for fully‐automated, high‐efficiency, small‐scale commercial biomass wood chip and wood pellet boiler systems. ACT boilers are manufactured in Schenectady, N.Y. and recent customers include: US Army, US General Services Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, State University of New York, Cornell University, and Clarkson University. The ACT boiler installation at the Natural History Museum of the Adirondack’s was awarded the “Bioenergy Project of 2011” by the Renewable Energy World Media Group.
David holds a Masters degree in environmental engineering from Hokkaido University in Japan.
Chris works in Corporate Relations for Central Boiler, Inc., the largest US manufacturer of outdoor hydronic heaters.
He received his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law and his B.A. in Business Administration and Political Science from Concordia College.
American Wood Fibers
Stephen J. Faehner is the Vice President of Industrial Sales & Business Development at American Wood Fibers and an owner and son of the original founder of AWF, Frank Faehner. Over the past 40 years AWF has processed millions of tons of woody biomass into value added products. As part of the “4th Generation” he has been immersed in the wood fiber and biomass business his entire life.
Mr. Faehner graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Management from Andrews University in 1993. Early in his career he spent 5 years managing the Jessup, Maryland facility of AWF. In 1998 he moved into Sales and was promoted to Vice President of the $25+ million industrial business unit in 2007, working directly with Fortune 500 companies in the retail, building products and automotive sectors. In 2005 Stephen lead AWF into the wood pellet fuel business and directed AWF's largest acquisition in 2006.
Mr. Faehner resides in Maryland with his wife Hollie and his "5th Generation" sons Owen, Jack and Sam. His hobbies include family, water and snow skiing, golf, coaching youth sports and of course, Sawdust.
Bear Mountain Forest Products
Bob Sourek is the owner and founder of Bear Mountain Forest Products Inc., a wood pellet fuel producer established in 1988.
Mr. Sourek is a graduate forester from the University of Montana. He is on the Board of Directors of the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) , a member and on the Board of Directors of the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), and a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). As a field forester Mr. Sourek explored the potential of the forest ecosystem to reliably provide biomass resources and in the process of building Bear Mt., he gained experience in collecting and utilizing Biomass in all forms available. Mr. Sourek has traveled throughout Europe investigating the technology available to not only harvest/collect biomass but also process and utilize the resulting fuels. Through his association with BTEC and PFI, and on behalf of these organizations Mr. Sourek has traveled to the Oregon and Washington State capitols and Washington DC to educate and advocate for the efficient use of biomass energy. These experiences have given him an appreciation for the complex interactions between business, public policy and societal good.
Jay Van Roekel
As Vermeer Biomass Business Unit Manager, Jay researches potential business opportunities and develops customer relationships in markets utilizing biomass to create energy around the world. He oversees Vermeer product lines utilized for harvesting and processing biomass, educates the global dealer network how Vermeer products can be used to supply biomass and is responsible for Biomass business planning.
In his 26 year career with Vermeer, Jay has also served as Forage Segment Territory Manager (14 years) and Forage Segment Product Manager (9 years) defining and developing the Vermeer Forage product line, creating and maintaining business alliances with both domestic and international companies.
AFS Energy Systems
Paul joined AFS Energy Systems in October 2010 to help AFS develop a national business development sales strategy. His focus on establishment of ‘strategic partnership’ networks between AFS Representatives, Industry Design Professionals, Energy Consultants, Financial and Educational Institutions has helped produce increased sales growth. Paul works directly with building owners and those looking to expand their ‘renewable energy’ portfolios with goals of reducing GHG emissions and energy costs with a sustainable, renewable biomass thermal energy system delivered on a ‘turn-key’ basis.
Paul’s clients gain from his experience in the design/build delivery of complex construction projects over the past 20 years. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter. He presently serves on the Alternative Fuels Renewable Energy Council‘s Advisory Board to PA Governor Tom Corbett’s Energy office.
He also holds a Green Advantage Environmental Certification for Commercial buildings.
Oregon Department of Forestry
Marcus Kauffman serves as the Biomass Resource Specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry. This position aims to create and enhance viable and sustainable value streams from the by-products of forest management and forest products manufacturing.
Marcus provides technical assistance, project development resources, and biomass supply information to public and private interests across the state. A firm believer in coordinated collective action, he represents ODF on the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group and supports numerous local and regional collaborative efforts to increase biomass use. He has a keen interest in helping the public understand what biomass is and its role in sustaining working forests and the forest products industry. He chairs the state’s Biomass Outreach and Education Team which develops and disseminates sound information on biomass in Oregon.
Marcus has extensive experience developing public-private partnerships to improve natural resource and sustainable economic development opportunities. He has led collaboratives to address renewable energy, energy efficiency, biomass utilization, ecosystem restoration, sustainable forestry, and community fire protection planning. His approach to economic development seeks integrated solutions for the local economy and the natural environment. Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Forestry, Marcus owned an independent consultancy, East Fork Consulting that focused on developing collaborative solutions to advance the bio-energy economy.
University of Minnesota
Dr. Dennis Becker is an Associate Professor of Environment and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Forest Resources. He received a Ph.D. in natural resource sciences from the University of Idaho in 2002, was a Resources For the Future Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and post doc with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. He is the author of numerous scientific papers in leading scholarly journals. His research focuses on forests and environmental policy with an emphasis in biomass utilization, energy, forest carbon accounting, impact assessment, and community development. Dr. Becker is the current Chair of the Society of American Foresters national Committee on Forest Policy, and a Science Review Panel member for the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library GroupForest Recovery Act. He serves as an auditor for third-party forest certification, and conducts policy analysis for various congressional, legislative, agency, and stakeholder inquiries in the US and abroad.
Turboden srl (a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd)
Since June 2011, Ilaria Peretti has served as USA resident manager for Turboden, an Italian company and a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbo-generators. Previously, she supported the integration between MHI and Turboden training technical and sales people at MHI and developing the Japanese network for ORC. She managed the Irish and the UK market for Turboden, gaining 3 big successful orders with strategic key customers. In the past, she was energy manager at an Energy Service Company (E.S.C.O.), developing existing sites and making them more attracting from the energy efficiency point of view. Ms. Peretti holds a mechanical engineering degree (MS) from Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy, with an internship at the University of Ulster, UK and an MBA from University of Indiana.