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Hardwood Forest Foundation, a 501-C3 organization, was founded in 1989 and has been involved in a variety of educational programs and activities throughout the United States and Canada, with the support of its parent organization, National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA).

Since its creation, NHLA has continued this support and hosted the Foundation’s office in the NHLA headquarters, located in Memphis.

The Foundation is led by a 17-member Board of Directors representing the forest products and education industries.

Hardwood Forest Foundation Contact List








Jeff Durst, President   Hull Forest Products Pomfret Center, CT
Stephanie Van Dystadt, Vice President   DV Hardwoods, Inc. Fassett, PQ  Canada
Deonn DeFord, Secretary   Ganahl Lumber Anaheim, CA
Charley Fiala, Past President   GMC Hardwoods Long Beach, CA


Sally Johnson   Batey, Ltd. Mt. Pleasant, IA
Lorna Christie   National Hardwood Lumber Assoc. Memphis, TN
Leslie Goodman, Retired School Teacher   CB Goodman & Sons Lumber, Inc. Hickory, KY
Scott Heidler   Heidler Hardwood Lumber Co. Chicago, IL
Liz Langan   DMSi Omaha, NE
Bob Mitchell   Mitchell Forest Products Chesterfield, MI
Norm Murray   Nickel City Cowboy, LLC East Amherst, NY
Mike Powers   Maley & Wertz, Inc. Evansville, IN
Jim Reader   Downes & Reader Hardwood Lumber Co. Stoughton, MA
Kim Vollinger   W.M. Cramer Lumber Co. Hickory, NC


Tommy MacDonald, Spokesperson   Thomas J. MacDonald Fine Furniture Canton, MA


                   HFF Staff  
 Carol McElya, Accounting Assistant    Hardwood Forest Foundation  Memphis, TN