Our team​

Paul Larrivee

Foresters - Westbrook Woodlands Office

Paul Larrivee: Forester

Paul Larrivee has been a licensed forester in the State of Maine for 12 years and spent 10+ years working for the Department of Conservation, Maine Forest Service out of the Gray office and more recently as the Southern Regional Enforcement Coordinator out of Augusta. Paul is a member of the Maine State Tree Farm Committee and also serves as the Cumberland County Chair. Paul's primary role at Sappi is working with landowners on the management of their woodlands. When not working, Paul enjoys harvesting timber from family land's using his John Deere 440C cable skidder and spending time with his wife and two boys. Paul is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Forestry. Contact: paul.larrivee@sappi.com

Nathan Gould

Nathan Gould: Forester

Nate Gould has been with Sappi N.A. since 2012, beginning as a Scaler at the Westbrook mill and more recently as a Forest Technician in southern Maine. Prior to Sappi, he worked as a conventional logger in the mountains of western Maine, and held various positions during 9+ years of working for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Nate's primary role at Sappi is working with landowners on the management of their woodlands. Nate is a 1996 graduate of Mt. Blue High School and Foster Technology Center’s Forestry and Wood Harvesting Program, a 2004 graduate of Unity College with a B.S. in Conservation Law Enforcement, and a 2015 graduate of Thomas College with a MBA, as well as being a licensed scaler in the State of Maine. In his spare time, Nate and his family enjoy spending time in the outdoors, canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and relaxing at their camp. Contact: nathan.gould@sappi.com


Pete Foss

Foresters - Skowhegan Woodlands

Pete Foss: Forester

Pete Foss has been a licensed forester in the state of Maine for over 30 years, a procurement forester for 20 years, and was the wood yard supervisor at Sappi's Somerset Mill for 10 years. Pete enjoys outdoor activities including working with private landowners on the management of their timber. Contact: peter.foss@sappi.com


Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall: Manager of the SNA Sustainable Forestry Program

Charlie Hall is the Manager of the Sustainable Forestry Program at SNA. His experience at Sappi includes buying chips for the Somerset Mill under wood procurement. Prior to Sappi, he worked for James River and Crown Vantage in Berlin, New Hampshire. Charlie has a B.S. in Forestry/concentration Wood Technology from the University of Maine. Contact: charles.hall@sappi.com

John Starrett

John Starrett: Forester

John Starrett has worked in forestry and woodlot management for over 30 years. He is a licensed forester in the State of Maine and has 20 years of experience coordinating non-industrial private woodlot management. At Sappi, John's primary role is to purchase timber and operate woodlots. John is an active member of the Maine Tree Farm Committee and serves as the area chair for the Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties. Contact: john.starrett@sappi.com

Bryan Savoy

Bryan Savoy: Forester

Bryan Savoy is a licensed forester in the State of Maine with 17 years of experience in forest products marketing, forest planning, harvest operations and computer mapping. Bryan has worked with both industrial and small woodlot ownerships across the state. Bryan’s primary role at Sappi is procuring standing timber and working with landowners on the management of their woodlands. In his spare time Bryan enjoys spending time with his family, skiing and exploring the local lakes. Bryan is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Forestry. Contact: bryan.savoy@sappi.com

Forest Briggs

Forest Briggs: Forester

Forest Briggs is a licensed Maine forester working primarily with private landowners in the southern Penobscot county area. Prior to becoming licensed as a forester in 2006, he spent six years operating timber harvesting equipment for a local contractor. Forest also holds a Maine wood scalers license, a real estate license, and is a Certified Logging Professional. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his wife and two children, gardening, hunting and playing hockey. Forest is a 1997 graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Forest Management. Contact: forest.briggs@sappi.com

Nathaniel Vir

Nathaniel Vir: Forester

Nathaniel Vir is a licensed forester in the State of Maine and a member of the Society of American Foresters. Nate worked as a forester and unit manager for Seven Islands Land Company in northern Maine for 5 years before joining Sappi. His primary role at Sappi is to work with private landowners on the management of their woodlot in Western Maine. Nate grew up around his family's logging business and has always enjoyed working in the woods. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, hiking, drag racing and spending time with family and friends. He is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Forest Operations Science and a minor in Business Administration. Contact: nathaniel.vir@sappi.com

Julie Davenport

Julie Davenport: Forest Technician

Julie is currently licensed as a forest technician and holds a degree in forestry from the University of Maine. She came to Sappi from Catalyst Paper in Rumford, and before that worked for the Maine Forest Service focusing in tree pests and diseases. Julie is also licensed as a wood scaler and pesticide applicator. She serves as the Lincoln County chair on the Maine Tree Farm Committee. In her spare time Julie enjoys gardening, cooking, horseback riding, and doing farm chores with her husband and their dog. She also plays upright bass in the Sandy River Ramblers bluegrass band. Contact: julie.davenport@sappi.com

Lucas Lamond

Lucas Lamond: Forest Technician

Lucas Lamond is a graduate from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy. Lucas has gained experience in the woods over the years while working with his father, who is a licensed forester in the State of Maine. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Contact: lucas.lamond@sappi.com

Bonnie Mercado

Bonnie Mercado: Administrator

Bonnie Mercado has over 43 years of administrative experience and currently works for out Forestry Group in the Maine Stumpage program.  She is responsible for Trip Ticket Reconciliation, Forestry related mailings to various towns and abutting landowners, and orders and maintains operational supplies for the foresters. Bonnie started her career with Sappi in Greenville, Maine, and worked on the last river log drive in the State's history.

Ryan McAvoy

Wood Procurement

Ryan McAvoy: Region Manager

Ryan McAvoy has many years of experience managing wood procurement and forest products. At Sappi, he has managed wood procurement at SNA mills in Maine, Michigan and Minnesota including serving as Procurement Manager of the Northeast Region of Maine, before taking up his current role. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Forest Management and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Forest Resources Association.

Ron Bugeau

Ron Bugeau: Senior Wood Procurement Manager

Ron Bugeau has 30 years of experience working in wood procurement throughout New England. Currently, he is responsible for pulpwood procurement in northern New Hampshire and Vermont, which includes hardwood pulpwood procurement at the woodyards in Woodsville and North Stratford, New Hampshire and West Burke, Vermont.

Chip Millick

Chip Millick: Senior Wood Procurement Manager

Chip Millick is a licensed forester in the State of Maine and is responsible for purchasing biomass for both the Somerset and Westbrook Mills in Maine. Previously at Sappi, Chip worked as a forest technician supervising forestry crews, purchasing pulpwood/chips, and managing both the Stumpage and Broker Programs.

Rick Pembroke

Rick Pembroke: Wood Buyer/Quality Manager

Rick Pembroke supports all phases of wood fiber and wood fuel procurement, purchase, delivery and storage/piledown. Rick currently holds professional State of Maine licenses as a forester and wood scaler. As a woodbuyer/quality manager, he manages all inspections, tracks/reports piledown inventories in external yards, oversees the scalehouse operations, manages all railwood activities and is the safety coordinator for the Wood Procurement Group.

Luke Robinson

Luke Robinson: Senior Wood Procurement Manager

Luke Robinson is responsible for securing open market pulpwood for the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, for woodyard operations. His previous procurement experience includes serving as the Log Sales Manager for Somerset Mill and a Purchasing Agent for Northeast Timberlands when Sappi held company lands. Luke's forest management experience includes serving as a field scaler, a Somerset Mill scaler, and forestry technician. He also holds a license as a wood scaler in the State of Maine.

Forest Weston

Forest Weston: Area Manager - West Operations (ME/NH)

Forest Weston manages the purchasing of open market pulpwood, biomass and sawlogs, as well as the Forest Products Sales for the Northeast Region. Currently, he is a licensed forester both in the State of Maine and New Hampshire. Forest has a B.S. in Forestry/Wood Technology from the University of Maine.

Nancy Bickford

Wood Procurement administration

Nancy Bickford: Sales and Receivable Administrator

Nancy Bickford handles all of the external sales of wood for Maine and Minnesota. She also coordinates the billing and payments from wood sales for Maine and Minnesota. Nancy has 30 years of experience working in Wood payables and receivables.

Donna Cassese

Donna CasseseManaging Director Wood Resource Strategy

Donna Cassese graduated from UMO with a B.S. in Forest Management and has been with Sappi for 39 years. She has had diverse roles within Forestry, Supply Chain, Sales, Human Resources and Manufacturing. After nearly 15 years as a forester in both Maine and Alabama she transitioned into managerial roles in the Woodyard, Waste Treatment, Pulp Sales and Human Resources at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Following these roles, Donna held the position of Plant Manager at Sappi's Allentown Pennsylvania converting facility and then transitioned into the Supply Chain group at the Somerset Mill. In 2006 Donna became the Director of Inside Sales for Sappi's North American operations.In 2008, Donna assumed responsibility for the Westbrook Mill as Managing Director. In 2015 Donna became the Managing Director for Wood Resource Strategy. Donna is currently Chairman of the Maine Pulp & Paper Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Maine Technology Institute(MTI) representing Forestry and Agriculture.

Joanne Obert

Joanne Obert: Administrator

With 30 years of experience in Wood Procurement, Joanne Obert is responsible for paying internal vendors, monitoring billing and corrections, reviews rates, and manual ticket entry for all pile down yards in the Northeast and lake States. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding.

Belinda Trafton

Belinda Trafton: Administrator

Belinda Trafton has over 32 years of administrative experience and is responsible for wood scheduling agreements for both the Northeast and Lake States, insurance requirements for stumpage program and purchasing contractors, federal and state requirements for the Sappi wood truck, purchase orders, payment setup, check requests/advances, and vendor set-up.

Les Swartz

Les Swartz: Manager Wood Resource Business Systems/Business Process Engineer

Les Swartz has over 29 years of experience working for SNA and is responsible for managing the Administrative team that supports our Wood Procurement group. Les is also responsible for IT troubleshooting in the wood procurement office. From 1979 until his retirement in 2009, Les was an officer in the United States Army. In 2006, he completed a 12-month tour of duty as the Engineer Brigade Commander in Afghanistan under the 10th Mountain Division. He enjoys riding his road bicycle and being in the outdoors.

Larry Godin


Somerset Mill (Skowhegan, Maine)

Larry Godin: Scaling Manager-Somerset Mill

Larry Godin is responsible for recording trip ticket information, scaling 150+ loads of forest products and miscellaneous materials per shift, and directing material to its proper location for unloading. As needed, Larry inspects material for quality and compliance with mill specifications,trains and updates all scalers on SAP, and works with I.T. to resolve SAP and I.T issues that hinder scaling performance. In his career with Sappi, Larry has held many positions in the company, including forester in the procurement group. Larry holds professional licenses in the State of Maine as a Scaler and Forester, and received an A.S. and B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine.

Rick Ste. Croix

Richard Ste. Croix: Quality Scaler, Somerset Scalehouse

Rick Ste. Croix has been at SAPPI Somerset Scalehouse since 2005. Prior to Sappi, he worked for Great Northern Paper Co. as a Logging Camp clerk, and later transferred to the Mill Scaling Department, working at many of Great Northern's scalehouses. In his current role, he weighs about 150 trucks per shift including T/L hardwood, T/L Softwood, Softwood Chips, Biomass Fuel and miscellaneous loads. Rick is a 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Thompson School, with an Associate Degree in Forestry, and is a licensed Scaler in the State of Maine. In his spare time, Rick and his family help maintain hiking trails for Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Baxter State Park, with a special focus on a 5-mile section of the AT in Maine.

Robert Kelso

Robert Kelso: Quality Wood Scaler, Westbrook Scalehouse

Bob Kelso is responsible for scaling trucks delivering biomass and miscellaneous chemicals to Sappi's Westbrook, Maine mill. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Maine with an Associate Degree in Forest Management. In his spare time Bob enjoys spending time with his children doing outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and rafting.

Gary Welsch

Gary Welsch: Quality Wood Scaler, Westbrook Scalehouse

Gary Welsch has been at the Westbrook Scalehouse since 2016 as a licensed scaler in the State of Maine. Prior to Sappi, he worked as a contract security manager at the Sappi Westbrook Mill for 7 years & served as a security manager for many other clients for 20 years. In his current role with Sappi, he weighs biomass fuel chips, and miscellaneous deliveries. He also assists with inventory management of biomass and coordinates with other mill departments for receiving chemicals. Gary is a 1984 graduate of Miller Place High School in NY & is a US Army veteran  having served with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)  at Ft Drum, NY from 1986- 1990 & was recalled to active duty during the 1st Gulf War in 1991. Prior to security work, Gary worked as an arborist trimming & clearing power lines for CMP & New England Telephone.   In his spare time, Gary and his family enjoy spending time in the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, and relaxing at home working on house projects.

Four things really pleased me about SAPPI's harvest of my woodlot: 1) the foresters spent a lot of time with me, including walking the lot 3 times prior to the harvest, kept me informed throughout the harvest, and met with me after the harvest to review the project and make sure I was satisfied; 2) the loggers followed our plan exactly and did a superb job - and they were always happy to talk with me when I stopped by to monitor the project - and they cut 10 cords of firewood for my personal use; 3) the project was completed in all respects exactly as planned and promised; 4) the prices I received were very fair and my money was received promptly after delivery of the wood to the mills.
George A. Smith, Mount Vernon