Support Team

What the Support Staff Does

  • Executive Director coordinates the activities of the team, serves as the primary team liaison, implements decisions, manages regional issues, and acts on behalf of the Southern Group of State Foresters and support team.
  • Environmental Specialist analyzes, evaluates, and provides guidance on all forest related environmental issues.
  • Fire Director acts on behalf of the Southern Group of State Foresters to identify and help resolve fire related issues. Represents and assists the Southern Group of State Foresters at the Southern Area Coordination Center with fire and emergency mobilization of state firefighters.
  • Policy Director provides analytical expertise and guidance on congressional and state legislative issues, policies, and related matters.
  • Communications Director communicates the value of and assists the organization and the public in achieving a mutual understanding of southern forestry.
  • Southeast Region Cohesive Strategy Coordinator - Coordinates implementation of the Southern Region Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy and provides leadership for the Southern Regional Strategy Committee (SRSC) and regional cohesive strategy efforts.
  • SGSF Consultant - is responsible for providing consultation to the Policy Director, per coordination with the Executive Director of SGSF and as assigned on issues and/or project activities that may be associated with state and federal laws, regulations, administrative decisions and related matters of consequence to SGSF.


Team Members

Wib Owen
SGSF Executive Director
5013 Darcy Woods Lane
Fuquay Varina, NC  27526
919.218.7321 mobile

Tim Foley
SGSF Policy Director
601 N. Driver Street
Durham, NC, NC 27703
617.429.3166 mobile

Mike Countess
SGSF Consultant
1033 Washington Drive
Cottontown, Tennessee 37048
615.417.0345 mobile

Jim Prevette
SGSF Fire Director
2417 Chickamauga Drive
Apex, NC 27539
919.413.5905 mobile

Gary Wood
Southeast Regional Coordinator
Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy
3277 U.S. Hwy. 70 Business East
Smithfield, NC 27577
919.369.8077 mobile

Meredith Hollowell
SGSF Communications Specialist
Southern Region - Regional Office
Office of Communications
1720 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30309
202.306.8997 mobile

Daniel McInnis
Environmental Specialists 
Southern Region - Regional Office 
State and Private Forestry
1720 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.695.6376 mobile

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