Home

Committees 

AFE committees are groups of dedicated volunteers who help the organization work toward meeting its mission. Any AFE member is welcome to join a committee, and we value the varied experiences, ideas, and motivation that new committee volunteers bring.  

 

Click here to get more involved with AFE by serving on a committee! 


AFE has the following committees (see below for descriptions):

Awards Committee
Certification Committees
Conference Committee
Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
Education Committee
Finance and Fund Development Committee
Governance and Workforce Committee
Journal and Publications Committee
Member Development & Services

Outreach and Media Committee

 

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Biswell, Stoddard, International, and Student Excellence Awards, and presents the awards at AFE's regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses.  The committee also reviews and awards  TREE grants and the Mike daLuz Memorial Student Scholarship. Learn more about AFE awards.

Committee Chair: Brian Oswald

Committee Members: Michelle Barry, Ron Masters, Adam Watts

Certification Committees

AFE’s two Certification Committees are both composed of at least three to four members, and are responsible for managing and administering AFE's Wildland Fire Professional Certification  and  Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification Programs. All committee members must be members of AFE and should be appointed by the AFE Board of Directors (Board) for two-year terms. It is recommended that at least two members at any given time on a committee will have previous experience serving on the committee and evaluating applications. The committees will operate under the direction of the AFE Board.  The chair of each committee is also a member of the AFE Board who will participate in all committee activities, be responsible for communications to the AFE Board, coordinate application reviews, and present the committee’s recommendations to the AFE Board for approval by the annual deadline. Each committee will be comprised of the following: 1) A Committee Chair who serves on the AFE Board  2) An Inter-Committee Liaison who serves on both the Professional and Academic Committee  3) An Education Committee Liaison who serves on one of the Certification Committees and the AFE Education Committee  4) At least one at-large member who participates in all of the committee's activities.

Committee Co-Chairs for both Certification Committees: Gus Smith, Bob Keane

Professional Certification Committee Members: Bob Keane, Ron Masters, Gus Smith, Brian Van Winkle, Neil Sugihara, Stephen Fillmore 

Academic Certification Committee Members: Gus Smith, Chad Hoffman, Brandon Collins, Penny Morgan, Leda Kobziar

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee identifies future regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses, finds partners, and provides significant assistance to conference steering and program committees to ensure successful conferences that meet the high standards of AFE. Check out our upcoming conferences.

Committee Chair: Geoff Babb

Committee Members: Karin Riley, Chris Dunn, Annie Oxarart, Timothy Ingalsbee, Leda Kobziar, Diego Pérez Salicrup

Diversity and Inclusivity Committee

This committee monitors AFE activities to ensure that diversity and inclusivity goals are always considered, assesses the degree of commitment and achievement, and reports updated information to the Association Board on status and accomplishments. In addition, the committee observes the wildland fire profession and reports trends in discrimination, harassment, and diversity and inclusivity. The committee will strive to shift the pervasive culture of exclusion and harassment in many parts of the wildland fire ecology and management profession, helping to usher in a new era of fire ecology and management where representation of persons of different genders, races, ages, cultural backgrounds, and viewpoints, as well as other differences is the norm, not the exception. Click here to read the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Charter.

Chair: Karin Riley

Committee Members: Ernesto Alvarado, Renaldo Arroyo, Faith Berry, Emily Booth, Linda Chappell, Adam Coates, Garrett Meigs, Diego Pérez-Salicrup, Melissa Pingree, Susan Prichard, Amanda Rau, Charlotte Reemts, Barb Satink Wolfson, Dana Skelly, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Kip Van de Water, Monique Wynecoop, Tom Zimmerman

Education Committee

The Education Committee provides a forum for dialogue on fire ecology and management training and education, promotes the development of higher education programs in the areas of fire ecology and management, and serves as a liaison between the student section (SAFE) and the AFE Board. 

Committee Co-Chairs: Andrea Thode and Heather Heward

Committee Members: Neil Sugihara, Gus Smith, Jeff Kane, Brandon Collins, Alistair Smith, Chris Dunn, Chad Hoffman, Molly Hunter, Lynn Wells, Leda Kobziar, Penny Morgan

Finance and Fund Development Committee

The Finance Committee reviews the financial status of the organization on a quarterly basis, assists the Treasurer and Administrative Director in developing the annual budget, proposes modifications to the approved budget based on financial status, reviews annually all tax filings, and reviews the costs and adequacy of insurance coverage. In addition, this committee plans and develops a fundraising program for AFE through external grants and other activities outside of income raised through membership dues. Activities include fund development, endowment, and bequests.

Committee Chair: Diego Pérez Salicrup

Committee Members: Pamela Sikkink, Annie Oxarart, Lars Filson

Governance and Workforce Committee

The Governance Committee solicits nominations for future AFE Board members and officers and conducts annual elections. Performs an annual review of the AFE bylaws and recommends any changes to the AFE Board. This committee also works on human resources issues for both staff and contractors.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Bob Keane, Jessica Miesel, Leda Kobziar, Adam Watts, Karin Riley, Chris Dicus, Chris Dunn, Brandon Collins

Journal and Publications Committee

The Journal and Publication Committee oversees the development, review, and publication of AFE’s peer-reviewed journal, Fire Ecology, and produces bulletins, proceedings, and other publications. 

Committee Chair: Sharon Hood

Committee Members: Francisco Seijo, Karin Riley, Leda Kobziar, Rachel Loehman, Sarah McCaffrey

Member Development & Services

Supports recruitment and maintenance of AFE membership. Works to grow AFE membership through network building and identification of collaboration or partnership activities/ events. 

Committee Chair: Eric Knapp

Committee members: Chris Dunn, Annie Oxarart, Leda Kobziar 

Outreach and Media Committee

The Outreach and Media Committee informs scientists, managers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public about AFE's mission, goals, programs, and events to promote an increased understanding of fire ecology and its role in ecosystems and land management.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Zach Prusak, Francisco Siejo, Leda Kobziar, Dan Godwin, Philip Stewart, Jane Park, Eric Knapp

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software