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NARA Advisory Committee

The NARA Advisory Committee is composed of leaders within a variety of fields such as forestry, chemistry, and engineering. The committee’s role is to provide an independent overview of NARA’s progress towards completing the goals articulated in the USDA NIFA competitive grant no. 2011-68005-30416. The Advisory Committee meets annually with NARA and USDA-NIFA leadership, reviews NARA quarterly and annual progress reports, and provides written recommendations to NARA and to the USDA-NIFA. The committee is currently composed of six members.



Terrance Cooper

Argo Group International

Dr. Terence Cooper is CEO of Argo Group International, which provides specialized consulting services in chemical and polymer science, materials technology and market and applications development in North America, Europe and Japan. Present areas of major involvement include new product, process and market development in acrylic, methacrylic, olefinic, vinylic and styrenic copolymer systems, strategic research, development and technology portfolio analysis and environmental consulting.

Dr. Katrina Cornish

Katrina Cornish

Ohio State University

Dr. Katrina Cornish is the leading U.S. scientific expert, and is internationally recognized as a principal authority, on alternative natural rubber production, properties and products, and on natural rubber biosynthesis in general. As Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Bioemergent Materials, Katrina leads a program at The Ohio State University focusing on domestic rubber production, bio-based fillers and fibers, and exploitation of opportunity feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels.


Chuck Hersey

Department of Natural Resources

Chuck Hersey has worked for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as a forest health planner since 2012. Chuck’s work in the Forest Health Program focuses on forest restoration in eastern Washington including coordination of the forest health hazard warning process, forest landowner outreach, education and technical assistance and biomass utilization. Chuck also serves as the agency’s wood energy policy lead and coordinates the Washington State Forest Biomass Coordination Group. Prior to joining DNR, Chuck was the Sullivan County Extension Forester for the University of New Hampshire. As an extension forester, he provided educational outreach and technical assistance to forest landowners and natural resource professionals through site visits, cost-share programs, workshops and continuing education.


Michael Lakeman


Dr. Michael Lakeman is currently the Regional Director of Biofuel Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. His focus is to build the capabilities needed to expand the scale of next-generation biofuels produced. He joined Boeing after holding the position of Senior Research Scientist at Imperium Renewables in Seattle. Michael serves on the Algae Foundation Board for 2013/2014 and as co-chair of the CAAFI Research and Development Team.


Thomas P Klin


Thomas Klin serves as Principal Technologist and Director of Aviation Environmental Services for CH2M Hill. In this capacity he oversees the execution of all environmental impact statements (EIS), environmental audits, permitting, environmental compliance and related environmental projects that enable airport development and operation. Thomas specializes in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, environmental impact assessment and creative mitigation planning for unavoidable impacts. He also specializes in education of and consensus building between agencies involved in the airport and aviation environmental regulatory process.


Jack N. Saddler

University of British Columbia

Dr. John (Jack) Saddler is the endowed Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology /Bioenergy and also the former Dean, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canada’s highest recognition for scientists, and he has received many other awards such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO’s) Scientific Achievement Award, and the Charles D. Scott award for contributions to the field of “Biotechnology for fuels and Chemicals”. Recently, Dr. Saddler received the prestigious 2009 Leadership award, presented from Life Sciences British Columbia for demonstrated leadership in the industry and given to individuals who have assisted in the creation and advancement of the broader life sciences communities over time.