TAMI_KESSLER_SFPA_staffpage Tami Kessler
Executive Director
Tami coordinates the day-to-day management of the Association and implements the decisions of the SFPA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She began employment with SFPA in 1976.  Contact Tami at 504/443-4464, option 4, or by e-mail.


  Richard Wallace
Vice President, Communications
Richard directs SFPA’s communications program, using print and electronic media to support SFPA’s product promotion, EXPO and membership programs. He also manages SFPA’s websites and extensive photo and video libraries. Richard has been with SFPA since 1979. Contact him at 504/443-4464, option 6, or by e-mail.

EXPO, Lumber Products, Forest Resources

EDG_919 Eric Gee, CF, RF
Director, EXPO, Lumber Products & Forest Resources
Eric coordinates and promotes SFPA’s Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition (EXPO). He also manages promotions of treated products and monitors issues related to forest resources. Eric joined SFPA’s staff in 1997. Contact him at 504/443-4464, option 3, or by e-mail.

Financial Services

VernonBarabino Vernon Barabino
Chief Financial Administrator
Vernon maintains the association’s financial records and provides financial and statistical information of SFPA affairs for the Southern Pine industry and SFPA staff. He has been with SFPA since 1985. Contact Vernon at 504/443-4464, option 1, or by e-mail.
Rachel Elton
Rachel manages records for the association’s financial operations. Rachel joined SFPA’s staff in 2007. Contact her at 504/443-4464, option 2, or by e-mail.
Linda Patch
Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator
Linda processes invoices and expense accounts, maintains records for SFPA’s international program and handles various other duties related to the association’s financial operations. After working previously for SFPA (1990-2010), Linda rejoined the staff in 2017. Contact her at 504/443-4464, option 2, or by e-mail.