Kathy Abusow is President and CEO of SFI Inc., a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. She has held this role since 2007, when Sustainable Forestry Initiative® became a fully independent, non-profit organization. Since joining SFI, Kathy has greatly expanded SFI’s network to include the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. Read more here.
Vicki Christiansen serves as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, leading a workforce of more than 25,000 permanent employees who steward 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands; support the world’s largest forestry research organization; and work with states, tribes and others to sustain all forests so they can benefit all citizens, today and in the future. Over her 36-year career, she has accumulated a wealth of experience in natural resource and wildland fire management. Her commitment to the core values of the Forest Service, which are conservation, service, interdependence, diversity and safety, is evident in the priorities she sets for the agency. As Chief, Vicki is leading agency efforts to improve the conditions of America’s forests and grasslands by modernizing how we do business to increase active forest management and deliver landscape conservation through shared stewardship with local, state and national partners and tribes. Vicki’s focus on relationships inside and outside the agency is reflected in the Forest Service’s dedication to caring for the land, communities and the people we serve.
Director, K-12 Education Programs
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
Norie Dimeo-Ediger has worked in education for more than 20 years and is a licensed teacher in Oregon. As director of K-12 education programs, Norie leads and coordinates K-12 teacher professional development for OFRI. Her accomplishments include working with natural resource institutions such as the Oregon Zoo and Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, where she provided professional development to teachers in science education. She has master’s degrees in both science education and adult education. In 2011, she was recognized nationally for her work with Project Learning Tree, a program of the American Forest Foundation and the Council for Environmental Education. Also in 2011, she received the Oregon State Forester’s award for excellence in forestry education. Her favorite outdoor activity is walking in the woods.
President and CEO
Graphic Packaging International
and SFI Board Member
Graphic Packaging is a leading provider of packaging solutions to a wide variety of companies in the food, beverage and other consumer products sectors. With over $4.4 billion in sales, it is one of the largest global producers of folding cartons and it holds a leading market position in coated-unbleached kraft and coated-recycled paper board. Mike has held several positions of commercial and operational leadership during his 25-year career with Graphic Packaging. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2013, taking responsibility for the global expansion and re-focusing of Graphic Packaging’s portfolio. In May 2015, Mike was named President and CEO and was elected to the board of directors. Mike serves on the board of directors for the American Forest & Paper Association, the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and on the Paper and Packaging Board’s Check-off campaign. He is also active in the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
GreenBlue is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. They bring together a diversity of stakeholders to encourage innovation and best practices to promote the creation of a more sustainable materials economy. GreenBlue envisions a world where human activity is in balance with the Earth’s carrying capacity. Guy provides strategic direction to help advance GreenBlue’s mission of fostering the creation of a resilient system of commerce based on the principles of sustainable materials management. Previously, Guy was Senior Vice President, Production at Meredith Corp. where he was responsible for the global production operations for the legacy Time Inc. brands overseeing teams in the U.S., U.K., India, and Hong Kong. In his production role, Guy oversaw pre-media content production for print and tablet editions, manufacturing operations, procurement services, distribution operations, and production technologies for Time Inc. Guy also guided the sustainability strategies of Time Inc.’s production division.