Meet Our Board of Directors

John MacInnis

 President MFA & Mff Board member

John lives in the Novi, MI , area with his family, but he has his heart in his woods in the Upper penninsula.


 

Collin Burnett

Past President & Interim Vice President & MFF Board

Collin is the past president of MFA, past president of Walnut Council, and a longtime member and forest owner.  He has resumed the office of Vice President after Dave Wright’s passing.  He and his wife, Sue, are longtime members and supporters of MFA.

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Lisa Parker

Associate Director MFA and MFF

Lisa holds a masters degree in Social Forestry from Michigan State University. She enjoys working with people, almost as much as working with forests and is happy to be a part of the Michigan Forest Association. She has been a member of the Michigan Society of American Foresters since her student days and is currently the society’s state secretary. Lisa works as a private forestry consultant for Clinton Trail Forest Consultants and with her own firm, RiverBend Willow Forestry. She is an avid amateur gardener who enjoys reading a great book, and the “k” sports of biking, hiking, kayaking and ‘skuba’ diving.

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William B. Botti

Treasurer & Past Executive Director & MFF Board

Bill Botti began his career in natural resources at an early age, being appointed Nature Director in a New Jersey boy scout camp at the age of 15. He worked as a seasonal state park ranger in New Jersey during his college years. He earned forestry degrees from Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He was hired by the Michigan Department of Conservation in 1965 to serve as Assistant Area Forester in Marquette County. The following year he was appointed Area Forester on the Tahquamenon River State Forest, headquartered in Newberry. His 32-year career with the State of Michigan included an assignment to the Northwest Michigan RC&D Project, a special cooperative project with the Soil Conservation Districts in northwestern Lower Michigan, and concluded with 21 years in the Lansing office, where he directed timber management activities on the state forests.
Bill has written a book on the history of Michigan’s state forests that was released by the Michigan State University Press in 2006. He was named executive director of the Michigan Forest Association in 2007.
Bill currently resides near Eaton Rapids, with his wife, Alice, where he operates a small Christmas tree farm and a forestry consulting firm. He was twice elected to the Eaton Rapids Board of Education and is active in the Lions Club, having traveled several times to Honduras on eye-care missions. He is currently secretary of the board of directors of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center and past president of the Eaton Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
For fun, Bill plays guitar and banjo in a gospel singing group and plays bass in a small combo that plays tunes from the ‘30s and ‘40s.

Debra Huff

Executive Director MFA

Forests ground us in the world we live in, giving us a place in the web of life into which we all fit. As we help people understand the role of our forest systems in our physical, economic and spiritual lives, we all benefit. Sustainable forests are the legacy we leave the future and the gift we give back to the planet we live on. Michigan Forest Association embodies the idea of sharing knowledge about forests, helpingthe non-industrial forest owner get information and assistance, and embracing all who treasure our forests. MFA Assistant Executive Director Deb Huff is a forester. She worked for the State of Michigan as a field forester, was promoted to Training Officer, and later became the state Forest Stewardship Coordinator,and retired in 2010. She has a Masters Degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan. She is passionate about the work of promoting sustainable forest management decisions in Michigan! Deb also is an avid dog sports enthusiast. She is an AKC tracking judge, and participates in agility,obedience, tracking and conformation events with her Golden Retrievers and her Pyrenean Shepherds.


Georgia Peterson

Vice President MFA

Okemos (10)

Georgia Peterson is a Natural Resource Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. She specializes in sharing research-based information about forests and forestry with landowners and other Michigan citizenry. She also provides assistance to natural resource professionals on public input processes, conflict management and strategic planning activities. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys biking, camping and international travel. She also spends a lot of time playing roller derby as a skater with the Lansing Derby Vixens!

Karen Potter-Witter

Second Vice President MFA

Haslett  Chapter (10)

Dr. Karen Potter-Witter is a Professor of Forest Economics in the Michigan State University Department of Forestry. Her research and extension work is in timber and woody biomass supply, forestry investment analysis and taxation and private forestland policy analysis. She has published more than 80 articles and extension publications on these topics. She teaches forest economics at the undergraduateand graduate levels. Her experience includes over thirty years at Michigan State University, seven years as a consultant for government and industry and as a staff forester for Potlatch Corporation. Karen holds forest management, applied statistics and resource economics degrees from Michigan Technological University, the University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University. She is a fellow of the Society of American Foresters, Michigan SAF Past President, 1998 SAF National Convention Program Co-Chair, SAF Science and Technology Board past member, and is currently a Michigan Forest Association Board Member, member of Michigan Technological University President’s Council of Alumnae and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited.


Elected Directors

Keith Martell

Gaylord Chapter 6 rep.

Keith has been a longtime member and is a consulting forester in the Northern Michigan area.

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Gordon Terry

Board member

Bath

Gordon Terry is a longtime member, and past officer of MFA.  He and his wife, Carol, have supported MFA for many years.


 

 

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Ron Spenski

Chapter  (10) rep

 


Edward W. Caveney Jr.

Lupton   Board Member

Ned is a longtime member, a professional forester, retired DNR forester, and manages his forest in the Lupton area.  He is an ardent hunter, and dogman.