Governing Board

Our program is jointly funded by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior and governance is through a 12-member Governing Board with members from the Forest Service, the Bureaus of Land Management, Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and Office of Wildland Fire.

Paul Steblein Paul Steblein
Governing Board Vice Chair
Fire Science Coordinator
USGS, Washington, DC
(biography not yet available)

  Scott Goodrick
Project Leader & Research Meteorologist
USDA Forest Service
Athens, GA

(biography not yet available)

Jim Menakis Jim Menakis
National Fire Ecologist
Washington Office - Fire and Aviation Management (Detached)
USDA Forest Service
Fort Collins, CO
Jim Menakis has been the National Fire Ecologist for Forest Service Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management since 2010.  He joined the JFSP Governing Board in spring of 2011.  Prior to 2010, Jim worked for the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Missoula Fire Science Laboratory for 20 years: on various research projects relating to fuels and fire ecology, on national mapping projects including Wildland Fire Potential, LANDFIRE Rapid Assessment and Fire Regime Condition Class, and on applying the best available science to support management needs including the Hazardous Fuels Prioritization and Allocation System (HFPAS) and Forest on the Edge publication -- Wildfire, wildlands, and people: understanding and preparing for wildfire in the wildland-urban interface (   Today, Jim is working on evaluating the effectiveness of fuel treatment when tested by wildfire, supporting national, regional, and forest level wildfire risk assessments, and supporting the fire ecology program in Forest Service. Jim received his B.S. degree in Forestry and M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, Missoula.

  Calvin Farris
Fire Ecologist
DOI National Park Service
Pacific West Region

(biography not yet available)

Julie Pollet Jolie Pollet
Division Chief, Fire Planning & Fuels Mgmt
Jolie Pollet is the Fire Planning and Fuels Management Division Chief at the Bureau of Land Management’s national Fire and Aviation office in Boise, Idaho, where she provides leadership for BLM’s national programs such as fuels management, fire ecology, wildfire reporting and data management, fire planning, and community assistance. For the past 24 years, Jolie has worked in federal fire and resource management – from wildland fire crews to managing essential national programs. Jolie holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of New Orleans and a master of science degree in Forestry from Colorado State University.

Bil Grauel Bil Grauel
National Fire Ecologist
Bureau of Indian Affairs
National Interagency Fire Center, Boise Idaho

William (Bil) Grauel is currently the National Fire Ecologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Branch of Wildland Fire Management, at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.  He serves as the Bureau lead in fire ecology and fire effects monitoring while providing support in fuels planning and fire behavior modeling.  Before joining the BIA he served as Fire Use Specialist for the San Carlos Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona from 2004 to 2012. He earned a B.S. in Range-Forest Management in 1984 and an M.S in Forest Management in 1994 from Colorado State University.  He served as an Agroforestry Extensionist in Paraguay for the Peace Corps from 1990-1993 and worked in basic and applied forest ecology research in Costa Rica and Panama from 1994-2000.  He earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida in 2004.

Lisa Saperstein Lisa Saperstein
USFWS Alaska Region
Regional Fire Ecologist

Lisa Saperstein has been the Regional Fire Ecologist for US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska since 2010. Prior to that, she was a Wildlife Biologist for 16 years on several Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges after receiving an MS degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying the effects of tundra fire on caribou winter range. She is currently focusing on burn severity and fire effects on vegetation and wildlife in boreal and tundra ecosystems, fuel treatment planning and monitoring, and fire behavior modeling.

M.S. Wildlife Biology University of Alaska Fairbanks
B.S. Wildlife Biology University of Montana, Missoula
B.S. Forest Biology State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Craig Leff
DOI, Office of Wildland Fire
Washington, DC
(biography not yet available)
Dana Skelly Dana Skelly
Governing Board Chair
USDA Forest Service
Regional Fuels Program Manager, Pacific Northwest Region

Dana received her bachelor's in History from Rutgers College and began working in fire through AmeriCorps*NCCC in 1996. She has worked for three federal agencies in both eastern and western programs since that time. Her published fire-related works, both in her maiden name of Cohen as well as her married name Skelly, focus on lightning-caused fires and their management. Her 2007 publication about wildland fire use at Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recently recognized as one of the top 13 papers of the first 10 years of the journal Fire Ecology.

Toral Patel-Weynand
USDA Forest Service, Washington Office
Washington, DC
  (biography not yet available)
Carl Petrick Carl Petrick

Carl Petrick is the Forest Supervisor for National Forests in Mississippi. After receiving a BS in Wildlife Management from Auburn University in 1984, Carl began his federal career as a Wildlife Biologist and Enforcement Officer at Tyndall Air Force Base. He then worked at Eglin Air Force Base as the Chief of Fish and Wildlife management where he initiate an ecosystem management approach there and throughout the DOD. After 18 years as a natural resources manager for the DOD, Carl joined the US Forest Service in 2003 as the Natural Resources Staff Officer for the National Forests in Florida. While in Florida, Carl led the development of the first Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project east of the Mississippi River "Accelerating Longleaf Pine Restoration in Northeast Florida."

In 2014, Carl accepted the Forest Supervisor position for the National Forests in Alabama and in 2018 accepted the Forest Supervisor position for the National Forests in Mississippi.

Carl has spent most of career developing and leading a variety of management programs (Prescribed Fire, Forest Management, Fish and Wildlife) to restore ecosystems in the southern Coastal Plain. He has experience working with many fish and wildlife species and has initiated programs leading to the Recovery of several federally listed populations.

Carl has always enjoyed time outdoors hunting and fishing, along with physical fitness and college football. Carl is married to Kim and has three sons ages 30, 25, and 23.

Mark Lichtenstein
Deputy Director Planning and Budget
USDA Forest Service, Fire & Aviation
Washington, DC
  (biography not yet available)