American Green Consulting Group is in the business of helping you, and we’re a passionate team with years of experience with FSC® requirements. Learn more about each of our team members who will help you every step of the way towards your FSC® certification.

AGC Staff

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons, Owner

“Responsible forestry makes good business sense.”

Using his degree in forest conservation from Michigan State University, Chris has worked in the forestry industry for many years and leads AGC’s team of FSC certification experts. Chris has also worked as the U.S. Chain of Custody Coordinator for the Rainforest Alliance, and he sat on the FSC International Technical Working Group, helping to rewrite the standards for Chain of Custody group and multi-site certifications. Chris uses his extensive experience with FSC standards to help businesses navigate the requirements of FSC Chain of Custody certifications. He specializes in group and multi-site certifications, but he is also knowledgeable about many other FSC certifications and requirements.

Chris’s breadth of experience working with businesses ranging in size from small sole-proprietorships to large multi-site corporations gives him a big-picture understanding on ways in which different businesses can successfully obtain and manage their FSC certifications with ease.

Chris believes that responsible forestry makes good business sense. In a market that increasingly demands environmentally aware practices, being able to put the FSC logo on your products is a big selling point, and it can set your business apart from the competition. Chris is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.

Jess Gillen

Jess Gillen, Administrative Services Manager

Jess is an expert when it comes to FSC requirements — in fact, she’s considered one of the top FSC trademark specialists in the world. She spent years in the forestry division of Rainforest Alliance, working mainly with FSC certification. She became a certified Lead Auditor in 2012, and is knowledgeable about every facet of the auditing process.

Jess can answer any questions you have relating to annual reviews or trademarks. She also maintains AGC’s database information, reviews annual internal reports for each member, and helps members prepare for external audits.

Ted Hendrickx

Ted Hendrickx, Client Services Manager

Ted has been involved in natural resources management and research since 1987, obtaining his Masters Degree in Forest Resources from the D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia along the way.

Previous staff and manager roles have included work on assessment, research, management, policy, planning, and regulatory compliance activities in the western and southeastern regions of the U.S. Ted spent more than 18 years working in state government as a biologist, planning and policy advisor, and watershed planning and modeling unit manager.

Ted has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and is a certified SCS Global Services Lead Auditor.

Laura St. Peter, Sales & Support Mgr

Laura St. Peter, Sales and Support Manager

An advocate for responsible forest management, Laura has specialized in FSC chain of custody practices for more than 10 years. Putting her degree in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University to good use, Laura launched her career at Rainforest Alliance.

After becoming a certified auditor in 2012, Laura spent seven years steadily gaining a wide breadth of experience and expertise in chain of custody, certificate administration, and FSC trademarks. She worked with high-profile, global clients to help them with complex certification, reporting, and recertification needs. She soon became a sought-after expert for clients with highly technical certification requirements.

After Rainforest Alliance’s certification business was acquired by NEPCon (now Preferred by Nature), Laura worked as their Global FSC Trademark Expert, serving as the main point of contact for any trademark questions or disputes. She then became Certification Services Associate for NEPCon/Preferred by Nature, managing a small team that handled certificate administration.

Laura has conducted hundreds of FSC Chain of Custody and FSC Controlled Wood audits within the United States and Canada. She is a certified Rainforest Alliance Lead Auditor.

AGC Consultants

Vic Barkin, AGC Consultant

Vic Barkin, Consultant

Vic Nathan Barkin has more than 30 years of experience in the printing, paper, and wood products industries and currently owns a consulting practice specializing in business development, workflow, and technology implementation—focusing on “Green Procurement and Production” practices.

Vic is a QMS Lead Auditor certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards, has completed Rainforest Alliance and Senior Auditor training, is certified to current FSC Standards, and has participated in or acted as lead auditor on more than 1600 CoC site assessments and audits. He is also an FSC/SFI/PEFC auditor for NEPCon, PwC and SGS.

Taylor C. Bucci

Taylor C. Bucci, Consultant

As an independent consultant in chain of custody practices, Taylor provides expertise to FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) clients across the U.S. and conducts audits and assessments required for them to receive FSC certification.

Taylor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York is the base from which he has provided consultation for, and/or audited, more than 600 clients, including providing the written documentation required by the FSC to maintain the highest internationally recognized standard of forest products certification. Taylor is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.

Amanda Castelda

Amanda Castelda, Consultant

Amanda has been involved in the sustainability and compliance industry for over 15 years. From market research and textile science to product safety and social compliance, every aspect of her education and career has touched on the relationship between consumers and the surrounding environment.

Amanda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Masters Degree in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. After earning her degree, she managed several global compliance programs for a large corporation, which included FSC Chain of Custody programs of over 30 certified locations around the world. During her tenure in the corporate world, Amanda developed, implemented, and audited several compliance policies, procedures, and training programs.

In addition to her work with American Green Consulting, Amanda owns a consulting practice, AFC Consulting, specializing in Sustainability, Social, and Product Compliance. Amanda is a certified Rainforest Alliance FSC Lead Auditor and an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Lead Auditor.

Dennis Turner

Dennis Turner, Consultant

Dennis has over 40 years of experience in the forest products industry, working with two Fortune 150 companies. Dennis held various site leadership, corporate leadership, and project management leadership roles for several functions.

His operating roles included accountability for material acquisition, fiber supply, material and fiber information system design and implementation, supply chain management processes, and support services. He was director of fiber procurement for the pulp and paper business segment. His project leadership roles included implementation of ISO 9002, capital construction, and chain of custody.

For more than five years, Dennis was the chain of custody manager for a company with three chain of custody certifications and thirty-nine certified sites. His responsibilities included leading the development, implementation, ongoing conformance, and overall operations management of the program. Dennis is a certified NEPCon FSC Lead Auditor.

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Kelly Vierling, Consultant

With a degree in environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame, Kelly’s field research brought her to the grasslands of Montana, the forests of the Upper Peninsula, the estuaries of Long Island, and even the outback of western Australia. Some of Kelly’s research included forest ecology, biodiversity monitoring, and climate change mitigation practices.

After settling into the corporate world, Kelly worked as an environmental coordinator and a regulatory compliance specialist, where she became well versed in U.S. environmental laws and regulations. She has reviewed products for compliance with various air quality, lead, and hazardous or regulated component laws as well as transportation laws, and she has also worked with large governmental organizations on their sustainable product purchasing.

Kelly eventually moved to the nonprofit sector and officially began her FSC journey with Rainforest Alliance, where she became a certified Rainforest Alliance FSC Lead Auditor and managed a portfolio of FSC-certified clients. She has earned several other auditor certifications such as Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but her primary focus continues to be on FSC.

Kelly currently works as an independent consultant and auditor setting up organization systems, procedures, and documents for FSC certification, training employees on how to meet the FSC standards, and working with certification bodies and group certificates to conduct FSC audits.

Dave Wager

Dave Wager, Consultant

Dave Wager is a forest ecologist, entrepreneur, and proven leader in natural resource management. As owner of Wise River Forestry, Dave provides certification and technical assistance services to entities managing and processing natural resources in accordance with internationally recognized norms of environmentally and socially responsible management, with a focus on FSC certification. Prior to founding Wise River Forestry, Dave was the Forest Management Director at SCS Global.

Dave spent 10 years managing and leading Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed certification assessments on more than 100 forest management operations covering over 25 million acres of forestland across 16 countries. As a certification practitioner, Dave Wager has led FSC forest management and chain-of-custody assessments on a range of private and public operations across North America, Asia, and Latin America. In other natural resources work, Dave played a key role in the development of Starbucks CAFE Practices- a program to ensure procurement of sustainably grown and processed coffee.

In 2009, Wager founded Tree Ring Co. to turn low value products from restoration forestry into high value pens and watches. Dave designs, manufacturers, and sells a unique collection of wood products that display a tree’s annual growth rings.

Dave has expertise in forest ecology and business (B.S. Business, Skidmore College; M.S. Forest Resources, Utah State University). While studying forest ecology at Utah State University, Dave was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship to develop dendrochronological techniques to assess Douglas-fir growth in Utah’s Central Wasatch Mountains. Dave is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.

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