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. Hui Wan
Associate Professor
Mississippi State University
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

Mississippi State University, Ph.D
Royal Veterinary and Ag University, M.S.
Hunan University, B.S.

Research Interests:
New products design and development for residential and non residential floor construction
Bio-based composite panel products manufacture, process & quality control, and evaluation
Bio-based composite resins manufacture and evaluation
Wood and wood composite modification and dimensional stabilization
Biomaterial-water relations, wood-polymer relations, wood microstructure


Paige McKinley
Quality Control Supervisor, Engineered Wood Products
Boise Cascade Western Oregon

Paige McKinley grew up in western North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Forest Products, with a concentration in Residential Wood Structures, from Virginia Tech in May of 2014. Upon graduation, she began her graduate studies at Oregon State University, working under Fred Kamke and Ari Sinha in Wood Science and Engineering. Her Masters project focused on wood-adhesive bonds and the influences of moisture on the integrity of the bond. She earned her Master of Science in August of 2016.  During her studies at Virginia Tech and Oregon State University, she held officer positions in the FPS Student Chapters.  She now lives in Medford, OR and is an Industrial Engineer for Boise Cascade, working on quality and process improvements for the Western Oregon Region.

Vice President

Dr. Nicole Stark
Research Chemical Engineer
Engineered Composites Science Group
USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Nicole Stark 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.

The Vice President leads the planning of the following year’s annual convention and is expected to serve a four-year term on the FPS Executive Board moving through the offices of Vice President, President Elect President, and Past President.

Past President

David DeVallance
Associate Professor
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

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).

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.


2019 International Nominating Committee


Dr. Richard Vlosky
Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Maureen Puettmann
WoodLife Environmental Consultants, LLC, Corvallis, OR USA

Zhangjing Chen
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Joseph Dahlen
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Jinlan Ju
Katerra, Spokane WA, USA

World Nieh
USDA Forest Service HQ, R&D, Washington, DC USA

Regional Board Members

Eastern Canadian Region

Dr. Ahmed Koubaa
Professeur chercheur
Univ du Quebec En Abitibi-Temiscamingue
Rouyn-Noranda QC Canada

Term of office expires June 2019

Midwest Region

Dr. Joseph Jakes
Research Materials Engineer
USDA Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI USA

Term of office expires June 2019

West Region

Charles Gale
Forest and Wood Products Consultant
Portland, OR, USA

Term of office expires June 2020

Mid-South Region

Richard F. (“Dick”) Baldwin
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC
826 S. Church Ave.
Louisville, MS 39339

Term of office expires June 2019

Southeast Region

Dr. Fred Kurpiel
President, Georgia Research Institute
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Term of office expires June 2018

European Section

Dr. Marius C. Barbu
Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
Department for Forest Products Technology and Timber Construction
Salzburg, Austria


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 appointed by the current FPS 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
2018-2018Hui Wan