Executive Committee

Bob Lussier


Bob Lussier, a logger from the woods of South Carolina, has stepped up to take over the reins as the new President of TEAM Safe Trucking. Bob, along with his wife Cindy run Great Woods Companies, LLC of Bennettsville, SC. Bob is a second generation logger, timber buyer, originally from CT, who relocated to SC in 2009. As a logger and timber buyer, he's had to establish relationships with all the mills in his area. His business consists of a fleet of six beautiful trucks, 19 trailers and two full crews of logging equipment. Bob is very passionate about the industry and wants to make a difference for the younger generations. He's been very involved in South Carolina with SCTPA and Master Logger. As a person who strives to be a leader and not a follower, he has accomplished a lot within the business of logging and forestry transportation industry. He sees the good in people and learns from those he works with.



Jean Pierre Fontenot is the Program Director for The North American Timber Program as well as Senior Vice President of Paragon Insurance Holdings. The North American Timber Program (NATP) is a specialized national program for the loggers and at forty years in continuous operation has a reputation for industry knowledge and carrier stability. Jean Pierre has been associated with NATP initially as a Senior Claims Adjuster, then Business Development Manager which lead to now being the program’s executive leader. Aside for working the logging side of program insurance, he has also worked on the sawmill and manufacturing side most notably at Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance and Indiana Lumbermen’s Mutual. His family has long ties to the logging industry in Oregon with his father working for over three decades in timber and right-of-way management for the USFS in Region’s One, Five and Six, and his grandfather being an independent logger and feller from the 1930’s through early 50’s.




Sherry Halstead is the Transportation Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s North Carolina & Virgina Timberlands. Sherry received her BS degree in Business Administration from Mount Olive College. She has gained experience with the forest industry from various roles within Weyerhaeuser since 1990, such as Raw Materials Analyst, Byproducts Sales Rep, Carolina Wood Products Sales & Transportation Manager and Wood-flow Manager. Since 2013, Sherry, along with her Logistics Planners, have managed approximately 65 transportation contractors who have 140 trucks hauling logs off Weyerhaeuser’s Timberlands to various customers throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Sherry recognized that a need for qualified truck drivers was fast approaching and has worked with Beaufort Community College to add a log truck driving component to their CDL program. This program is gaining momentum and being replicated across the country. She joined Team Safe Trucking in 2016 and recently began serving as Secretary for Team Safe Trucking. She is also a member of Carolina Loggers’ Association serving on their Pro Trucking Committee. She is a member of the NC Forestry Association where she participates on the Safety, Logging and Transportation Committee. Sherry has been married to her soulmate, Billy, for over 32 years and they have one son, daughter in law and grandson. Sherry is a member of Heart 4 Worship Church in Cove City and serves as secretary on the church leadership team.




Joanne Reese is a graduate of Peace College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Following graduation Joanne began her career in the family business working for her father's company, J&J Logging. She serves as the office administrator for the Carolina Loggers Association. In her free time Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and coaching her children in baseball and softball. Joanne is an active volunteer with Log A Load For Kids and the Little Man Foundation.




During his years with Hewitt, Coleman & Associates he was a Field Representative and was assigned working with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund in 1986. He started with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund now known as Forestry Mutual as a Field Representative. Coy Baker and Keith were the first two Field Reps that works directly for the Fund. In 1988 he assumed the role of Billing Manager when the Fund decided to take another function in-house. In 1990 he became the Operations Manager and then in 1994 became the Assistant Executive Director. In March of 1997 he became the Executive Director. In 1999 when the Fund converted to a Mutual he was named the President of Forestry Mutual Insurance Company. In 2001 Forestry Mutual created a wholly owned commercial lines insurance agency now known as FMIC Agency Inc. and was named the President of the agency.

Scott Danes


Scott Dane officially became the new Executive Director for the American Loggers Council (ALC), replacing the retiring Danny Dructor who has been with the ALC since July of 2001. Mr. Dane brings with him a vast amount of experience working with timber harvesting and timber hauling associations having been the Executive Director for the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Scott has experience in State and National issues impacting the timber harvesting and timber hauling issues at both the State and National level. He has been a critical component of the ALC’s work to gain financial assistance for those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also been involved in legislation allowing State legal weight tolerances on the Federal Interstate Highway System and other ALC initiatives like the Future Careers in Logging Act. Participating in activities and legislation related to the federal timber sale program and forest restoration projects will also keep Scott busy as he continues to represent the issues and concerns of those ALC members who are dependent on a viable federal timber supply and a federal forest restoration program.
Miranda Gowell



Miranda Gowell is a Special Projects Manager/Safety Director for Team Safe Trucking. She has over 16 years of experience as a safety and industrial health professional. Her previous roles include Safety Coordinator for the Professional Logging Association of Maine and Safety Director for three private companies. Her career has focused on many types of Construction/Contracting professions. They include Tower Erecting, General Construction, Electrical, and Logging. She is a certified OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 HR Construction trainer. She facilitates “train-the-trainer” programs for Tower Rescue, Fall Protection Systems, Fall Prevention, Fork Lifts and Confined Space Entry. She is a Certified Safety and Health Specialist in Construction and is two classes away from becoming an OSHA Certified Safety and Health Official. Miranda has a Degree in Project Management and has completed Master’s Level coursework in Education, Leadership, and other Occupational Safety and Health areas. Miranda has worked with several Non-Profits, to go along with her Safety experience. Currently, she serves as the President of the Downeast Association of Industrial Hygienists. She has been the Maine State Liaison for the National Association of Tower Erectors and a board member for the Art Van Program.

Thomas Buckingham



Tom is the General Manager and Secretary for Forest Insurance Center Agency, Inc., Mauck Insurance Agency, Inc. and Loggers Insurance Agency II, LLC. As General Manager his responsibilities include overseeing all corporate requirements on the State and Federal level, staffing, sales, budget, accounting and company relationships. He also successfully accomplished growing the agency staff from one full time employee to a team of twenty full time employees. Tom also planned and implemented the Employees Benefits Division in Michigan. Tom is a strong public speaker, motivator and dedicated leader. He has served as Chairman of the Luce County Economic Development Corporation and the President of Marquette General Foundation/Superior Health Foundation as well as appointed Chair by Governor Snyder for the 2018 Sault Set Marie Bridge Authority. He has also served on various other boards and committees.




Region Manager for International Paper’s East Region Fiber Supply organization. Mike’s primary responsibilities include management of the fiber supply operations supporting nine International Paper mills on the East Coast.  He has held fiber supply and land management positions in the northeast, west coast, and throughout the south in his 30+ year career with IP.  Mike has a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine and a Master’s degree in Forest Management from Yale University.  His wife Karen and he live in Georgetown, SC.

Board Members

Jeremiah O'Donovan


Jeremiah is a Certified Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist, Certified Program Leader and a Georgia Master Timber Harvester. Jeremiah began his career in the family insurance business, that specializes exclusively in Forestry, in 2005. He has handled projects such as the complete re-branding of the company's Forestry Program (TimberSure), managing the implementation and administration of the company's technology infrastructure, and the development of data analytics models to improve the company's risk selection. Throughout his career his focus has been identifying and recruiting top underwriting talent, developing better agency and broker management and improving internal progress efficiency. With a keen eye always turned to the number, he is constantly creating new ways to measure and challenge himself and his staff to write efficient profitable business. A common theme that has run throughout all of Jeremiah's projects has been to make sure his company always keeps his client's (loggers and Log Haulers) needs and concerns at the top of their list.


Jeremiah O'Donovan


Jeff Jenkins is FRA’s Appalachian Region Consultant. After graduating from Virginia Tech University with a BS in forestry, Jeff began his career as a procurement forester with Mead Paper in Chillicothe, OH. While at Mead, Jeff also worked in West Virginia and Alabama. Most recently, Jeff served as the Fiber Supply Director at Glatfelter Paper/Pixelle Specialty Solutions from 2017-2019. After leaving Pixelle, Jeff established Jenkins Forestry Solutions, LLC. in 2020, focusing on chainsaw and logger training and acting as a business consultant. Jeff currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Ohio Forestry Association and was a past FRA Board Member and Appalachian Region Steering Committee member. During his career, Jeff had the opportunity to work with Soren Eriksson on the “Game of Logging” chainsaw training, logger efficiency and the de-coupled logging approach.