Bruce Lisman, Chair
Richard Kabat, Vice Chair
Rod DeArment, Treasurer
Ann Nichols, Past Chair
Scott Steen, President & CEO (ex officio)


Charles J. Betlach II
Zim Boulos
Rob Bourdon
Donna Dabney
Steve Marshall
Elisa Rapaport
Jonathan Silver
Robert Steinberg


Bruce Lisman

Bruce Lisman

Bruce Lisman is the founder of the Campaign for Vermont, an organization dedicated to creating a vibrant and prosperous Vermont economy. The organization advocates for practical and non-partisan solutions that result in greater government transparency and accountability, a stronger economy with more and better-paying jobs and an unwavering commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

He previously served as co-head of global equities at Bear Stearns Companies, a position he held for 20 years. In 2009 he retired from JP Morgan Chase & Co as Chairman of their Global Equities Division. Bruce has been a supporter and board member of many Vermont institutions, including the Shelburne Museum, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A long-time environmentalist, Bruce is currently involved in a joint effort with Preservation Trust of Vermont to replenish the tree canopy in Vermont’s.

Richard Kabat
Vice Chair

Richard is a shopping center developer and investor who has developed over 8 million square feet of retail projects. Prior to his development career, while serving as General Counsel and VP of Real Estate for a regional retail chain, Richard was a principal in founding subsidiary businesses Crown Books and Trak Auto. Both became national retailers and independent public companies.

Throughout his career, Richard has dealt with issues surrounding preservation and development of forested areas and wetlands. His considerable experience in balancing stakeholder concerns has given Richard a great appreciation of the vital role forests and tree cover play in defining the quality of our lives.

Richard holds a JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is an avid golfer, gardener, outdoorsman and classic car restorer.

Roderick “Rod” DeArment

Rod DeArment is a retired partner in Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. Rod’s longtime clients included the Land Trust Alliance, and he has considerable experience with tax legislation dealing with conservation easements.

Rod has served in government as the deputy secretary of labor in the first Bush administration, as chief of staff to senate majority leader and chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Finance Committee.

Rod received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Trinity College and a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review.

Ann Nichols

Ann Nichols
Past Chair

Ann Nichols is a fundraising executive and consultant who has worked in global conservation since 1993, first at World Wildlife Fund and then at the National Wildlife Federation. From 2000 until her retirement in 2008, she was vice president of development at Conservation International (CI). She played a key role in designing and launching CI’s Chairman’s Council, as well as the Women’s Conservation Forum in Washington, D.C. Her work has taken her to numerous conservation sites in Africa and Central/Latin America.

Ann is a member of a community-based foundation which supports needy families in the Bethesda area and is also an avid reader, golfer, gardener and cook. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, Ann is married to Wes Nichols; they have one son and live in Chevy Chase, Md.

Scott Steen
CEO (ex officio)

Scott Steen was appointed chief executive officer of American Forests in December 2010. During Scott’s tenure, American Forests has launched the Community ReLeaf program, the Critical Forest Ecosystem Initiative, and the Urban Innovation Center; strengthen its scientific foundations; and significantly expanded public outreach, tripling membership and dramatically expanding the organization’s social media footprint.

Prior to joining American Forests, Scott was executive director of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), an international technical and scientific society, and chief strategy officer for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an international organization with 25,000 association and nonprofit leader members. He is a Certified Association Executive and a fellow of ASAE, an honor awarded to approximately one percent of ASAE’s membership.

Dr. Charles J. Betlach II

Dr. Charles J. Betlach II is a pharmaceutical scientist and the co-founder of a pharmaceutical company, Sano Corporation, which he sold in 1998. He currently advises Brickell Biotech, a dermatological company.

In 1999, Charles founded the Betlach Family Foundation to help promote and support notable contemporary art and important environmental issues. The foundation has funded projects in West Africa, Palmyra, Eastern tropical Pacific seascape, Sea of Cortez and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Charles was on the Conservation International Chairman’s Council from 2001 until 2006. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for the Oceanic Society.

Charles is a strong advocate of the use of education to help enlighten the public about environmental issues, believing that maintaining the dynamic interaction between the forests and oceans is critical for a healthy planet.

E. Zimmermann “Zim” Boulos

Zim Boulos is the owner of Office Environments and Services based in Jacksonville, Forida, a provider of business furniture since 1981. Zim is passionate about the power of urban forests to create more livable cities. He is a past chairman of the City of Jacksonville Economic Development Council, and a board member of Greenscape of Jacksonville, a nonprofit tree planting organization. He was the force behind the renovation of San Marco Square, a neighborhood business district near downtown Jacksonville that has become a crown jewel in the rebirth of an aging neighborhood.

Zim is a retired International FIFA soccer official, having refereed in the preliminary rounds of the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and 1996 Olympics.

 Rob Bourdon ©Photo by James Minchin

Rob Bourdon

Rob Bourdon is the drummer of modern alternative rock band Linkin Park. Rob began playing drums at age 11 and later met band mates Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda through a high school friend. Linkin Park has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. On the most recent touring cycle, the band played to more than one million people in 73 shows on five continents.

In 2005, along with his Linkin Park band mates, Rob founded the nonprofit organization Music for Relief and currently serves on the board. Through Rob’s efforts, Music for Relief became a major contributor to American Forests, once planting a tree for every ticket sold on a U.S. tour. He is passionate about improving the environment and making the world a better place.

Donna Dabney, member of American Forests' Board of Directors

Donna Dabney

Donna Dabney serves as executive director of the Governance Center for The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest.

Prior to joining The Conference Board, Donna was vice president, corporate secretary and corporate governance counsel of Alcoa Inc. She has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, having served as a member of management for more than 15 years on the boards of Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company. At Reynolds she was a member of the senior management team with oversight responsibility for the global operations of the company and served as chief mergers and acquisitions counsel and secretary to the board of directors.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall is executive vice president/operations for The Davey Tree Expert Company and is responsible for eastern utility operations for The Davey Tree Surgery Company, The Davey Tree Expert Company of Canada, LTD., Wolf Tree and the operations support group.

Steve also serves on the board of directors of The Davey Tree Surgery Company, The Davey Tree Expert Company of Canada, LTD., and Wolf Tree. He has served on the ANSI A300 Committee and the Utility Arborist Association Board.

A graduate of Kent State University, Steve is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Utility Arborist Association and the Tree Care Industry Association. He is a past member of Davey’s President’s Council.

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Elisa Rapaport

Elisa Rapaport is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Molloy College, Long Island, N.Y., where she serves as the Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Center for Social and Ethical Concerns. Her primary area of research is applied ethics, including bioethics and the environment. She is especially interested in how emotions affect ethical decision-making and the challenges of balancing individual rights against those of the global community.

Elisa serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and South Nassau Communities Hospital. She is a national council member of the Tiffany Circle Society, a group of women leaders and philanthropists acting on behalf of the American Red Cross, and she chairs the Diversity Initiatives Committee for the Greater New York region. Elisa and her husband, Peter, were the 2013 recipients of the Spirit of Anne Frank Humanitarian Award with the Anne Frank Center USA. A trustee with the Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, Elisa is a passionate supporter of the national parks.

Elisa received her Ph.D. as the George F. Hourani Fellow in Ethics at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She enjoys spending time in Bucks County, Pa., with her husband and two young children.

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver is one of the country’s leading clean energy advisors and investors. He is the Managing Partner of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC, a fund focused on providing financing to mid to large-scale solar projects and the CEO of Greenbanc Global, LLC, an advisor to both clean energy companies and investors.

During the first Obama Administration, Jonathan led the federal government’s $50 billion clean energy investment fund. He has served as senior policy advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries: Energy, Commerce, Interior and Treasury.

Previously, Jonathan co-founded venture firm, Core Capital Partners, and was COO of Tiger Management, one of the country’s largest hedge funds. He began his career at McKinsey & Company.

He is a graduate of Harvard University, and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.

Robert Steinberg

Robert Steinberg

Robert Steinberg retired from a 40-year career at Bear Stearns & Co. in 2008 where he was a member of the Management Committee. He has considerable experience with capital markets and complex financial instruments.

Robert has had a long history promoting educational and religious institutions through the Steinberg Family Foundation, which he founded in 1986. The Foundation is a major benefactor to animal care and preservation organizations.

Robert lives in Greenwich, Conn., with homes in the Berkshire Mountains and Palm Beach, Fla. He graduated from Rutgers College and has a MBA degree in Finance from Columbia Business School.