College Alumni
Board of Directors

The College of Natural Resources Alumni Board of Directors was founded on October 7, 2000. Don Bright is currently serving as President. If you would like to give any advice or input regarding the College of Natural Resources Alumni Board of Directors, please e-mail Lane Guilliams, Director of Alumni Relations, at

Alumni Board of Directors Bylaws and Constitution

The following are the current Alumni Board of Directors members:

Dan Cumbo ’98 and ’99  

Dan Cumbo (wood science ’98, M.S. ’99) is the general manager at American Hardwood Industries – Augusta Flooring Division in Waynesboro, Va. The Danville native worked in production and plant management for Coffman Stairs in Bristol, Va., after graduation and later as a research associate at the college’s Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management (now the Center for Forest Products Business). After a period of time as editor of the HMR Executive, a new publication of the Hardwood Market Report, he joined Augusta Lumber as director of continuous improvement. After Augusta acquired American Hardwood Industries (AHI), Dan agreed to lead the flooring division for AHI.

Eric Brittle ’97  

Eric grew up in Virginia with the love and respect of the outdoors instilled in him by his parents. With that, Eric began his journey into the fisheries profession at Virginia Tech. In 1997, he graduated with a degree in fisheries science and then pursued a career with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. As a technician, Eric cut his teeth on the rivers and lakes of southwest Virginia. Eric then advanced his career by taking a position with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission in Newport News. After a couple of years, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries came calling again this time in the south-central portion of the state.

In 2003, Eric decided to go back to school to work on his Master's Degree at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. After a few years, Eric then was offered a position as a Fisheries Biologist in Chesapeake, Virginia with DGIF. Eric accepted the job in May 2005 and is currently still employed at that office. He has worked on a multitude of fisheries related projects in all corners of the state. Most of Eric's work is centered on riverine species including anadromous shad and herring, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and catfish. He has also served as president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Eric Brittle enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 1 year old son. He is an avid hunter and angler, while also enjoying time on the outer banks and the golf course.

Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of business development and executive management in the geospatial industry and currently serves as the President of ERDAS, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining ERDAS, Joel served in the position of Senior Director of Product Management at GeoEye in Dulles, VA. There he was responsible for product innovation, management, pricing, positioning and marketing. Immediately prior to GeoEye he served as Vice President and General Manger of Definiens, Inc.

Other relevant positions include operating his own consulting firm focused on business development and sales training for companies in the Geospatial industry; serving as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales for EarthData International, a national Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing company.

Mr. Campbell began his commercial career in the geospatial industry with ESRI where he ultimately was the Director of US Sales and Manager of the Washington DC regional office of ESRI. Under his leadership the ESRI Sales Division grew to more than 400 employees with an annual revenue goal in excess of 300 million USD.

Joel studied broadcast communications at the University of Maryland and spent 10 years in various positions in the commercial television industry before beginning his career in GIS and information technology.

Joel has been a feature speaker, lecturer and trainer for many GIS organizations around the world. Additionally he has published articles on various geospatial trends and opportunities as well as recently co-authoring a chapter in the Manual of Geospatial Science and Technology. Joel also serves on an outside advisory board for the Virginia Tech Center for Geospatial Information Technology, (CGIT).

Joel currently lives in Atlanta, GA and is married with two children—his son, in Law School at William and Mary and his daughter, an undergraduate studying Geology at Virginia Tech.

Alyssa Durden ’11

Alyssa Durden is originally from Massachusetts and grew up in Hopewell, VA. She is a first-year grad student in Geography (MS ‘11) and is a first-generation college student.

Alyssa began her education at Richard Bland College where she received her Associate's degree, and then transferred to Virginia Tech. She graduated last May with her Bachelor's in geography. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Theta Upsilon. Alyssa was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award last March from the Department of Geography. She is also the current Vice President for the Geographic Society at VT and an officer for the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

For her Master’s, she is working with Dr. Lisa Kennedy researching paleogeography in Costa Rica. Alyssa loves to travel, has done two study abroad trips and is planning to do another one in the spring of 2010.

Doug Graham ’94

Dr. Douglas Graham was born and raised in Gaithersburg Maryland, where he attended Gaithersburg High School. He received his B.S. from CNR in Wildlife Management '94 and his DVM '98 both from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. As an undergrad, he served on the Agricultural Club Council representing The Pre-Vet Club of VT. He was president of the VMRCVM (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine) Class of 1998. He has been back to CNR to speak to the Wildlife Society and previously advised CNR students interested in veterinary medicine. After spending ten years in Maryland working mainly in companion animal private practice with some emergency and wildlife medicine, he has returned to the VMRCVM working for the administration.

Dr. Graham is a founding member and also a past president of the Virginia-Maryland Veterinary Alumni Society, and previously served on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors representing CNR and VMRCVM from 2002-2008. He is currently a Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club member and an avid Hokie sports fan. His interests include reading, hiking (especially in SW Virginia), weight training, golf, scuba diving, and skiing. He lives in Blacksburg with his wife Holly and two little girls Alexa and Emily, and two Shelties, two cats, and a siamese fighting fish.

Travis Hardy ’01(Ex-Officio)


No biography available.

Lane Guilliams ’95 (Secretary)

Lane Guilliams ’95 works as the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Natural Resources. In former positions she has worked for Hollins University and the Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation and has served on various boards. She received a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1995 from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in museum studues in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma. She resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

Delton Alderman ’82 (Ex-Officio)

Delton joined the USDA Forest Service - Research & Development branch in Princeton, WV, as a research scientist in August 2001. His research includes hardwood quality cues, technology transfer, and competitiveness of the US forest industries. Delton is a founding member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. He received a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife ­ Industrial Forestry Operations in 1982 and after spending 14-years in the industry, he returned to VPI earning a M.S. (’98) and Ph.D. (2001) in Wood Science and Forest Products in the forest products marketing option. He is a registered forester and belongs to both the Forest Products Society and American Marketing Association. Delton resides in Pearisburg, VA, enjoys traveling, and the Blacksburg Christian Fellowship.

Don Bright ’98 (President)


No biography available.

Lauren Stull ’05 (Treasurer)


Lauren is currently a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Forest Service.  She is working in a variety of program areas, including land conservation and recreation, for the National Forests in Florida.  She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry and in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech in 2005.  Lauren also received Master of Forestry and Master of Public Administration degrees in 2007 from Virginia Tech.   Lauren is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Society for Public Administration.  She and her husband, Gus Wilkinson, reside in Gainesville, Florida and enjoy hiking, camping, and Hokie football.

C. Harrell Turner ’71(Ex-Officio)

C. Harrell Turner retired as the fiber supply manager of the Forest Resources Group of the International Paper Company in Franklin, Va in 2003. His career with Union Camp Corp./International Paper has spanned 29 years. Turner received a B.S. in forestry and wildlife in 1971. He iscurrently co-owner of his own business,Turner Forestry, LLC. His professional affiliations include membership in the Virginia Forestry Association, the North Carolina Forestry Association, the Forest Resources Association, the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Board of Reforestation, including four years as chairman of that organization. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Virginia Board of Forestry, VP-President Elect of the Virginia Forestry Association, and President of the Airfield 4H/Conference Center Board of Directors. Harrell and his wife Cynthia have three children and reside in Branchville. He enjoys fishing, camping, and travel.

Easton Loving ’89 (Ex-Officio)

Married to a public school educator, Pam, with two children – Samuel and Aynsley (deceased). District Procurement Supervisor for MeadWestvaco Corporation B.S. - Virginia Tech, 1989. M.S. - Virginia Tech, 1991. Employed by Westvaco's / MeadWestvaco’s Covington Mill since 1991. Member of the Board of Directors, Virginia Tech Alumni Association (2007 – present). Currently serving second term of the Virginia Board of Forestry (2001 – present) representing Congressional District 5. An active member of the Virginia Forestry Association including: President (2008-09), past Chair of the Project Learning Tree (PLT) Steering Committee, past member of the Membership Task Force, and two terms on the Board of Directors. Instructor for various SFI Logger / Landowner Education classes Active with the Society of American Foresters in various positions, including R. E. Lee Chapter Chair 1996, Virginia Division Secretary - Treasurer 1997-1999, Virginia Division Chairman 2001, various committee assignments at Chapter, State, and Appalachian levels. Junior Achievement Business Consultant 1993-2000. Member, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher, Bethel Baptist Church. Hobbies Include: Sports, Reading, and Hokie sports.

April Masseth Farmer ’03

April joined the Campbell County Utilities & Service Authority (CCUSA) in Campbell County, VA in 2007 and is responsible for the GIS operations, and IT support. She received her Bachelor’s in Geography, with a minor in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2003 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Averett University in 2007. Her GIS/Geography experience includes Local government Collection & Data Creation projects, GIS implementation, Aerial photography/City-wide data coverage contract management, and GIS systems management. April is a member of numerous professional organizations including: VAMLIS, VGIN and URISA. She is an active participant in several users groups and is currently applying for a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification. She and her husband reside in Campbell County and enjoy billiards, politics and traveling.

Jeff Dawley ’07  

Jeff Dawley graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Art in Geography and minors in Geology and Business Leadership.  He currently works for Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc (ESRI).  He continues to look for fellow Hokies to work with (Jeff has already found jobs for two recent graduates) and is always looking for more.  While living in Vienna, Virginia, Jeff enjoys backpacking, biking, and watching Hokie football.  Currently, Jeff is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University.

Brian Shepley ’00  
No biography available.
Bob Garst ’66
No biography available.