Reunion Speaker Bios


Bibbi Gaston


Bibi GastonBibi Gaston is a Landscape Architect. She has provided landscape architecture, site planning and design services for public and private clients throughout the United States since 1986. She believes in the founding precepts of her profession, that landscape architecture, at its best, reflects a balance between man and nature.


Bibi Gaston is also an Author. Her first book, "The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home" was published by William Morrow/ Harper Collins in hardback in 2008 and by Harper Perennial in a paperback edition in 2009. "The Loveliest Woman in America" was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Literary Arts Society's 2010 Oregon Book Award and featured as book of the month in March 2009 by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Her second book, “Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters: The Untold Story of the Brave Men and Women Who Launched the American Conservation Movement,” published in 2016, provides her readers with a series of extraordinary first-hand accounts of the early days of -conservation as told by the first men and women to serve under Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt in the U.S. Forest Service. Bibi is the great grandniece of Gifford Pinchot.

Dave Jolly


Dave JollyDave Jolly is Chairman for the 2018 Forest Service Retirees National Reunion and with Sid Haggard is responsible for all aspects of what we will be doing in Asheville. He started his career with the Forest Service as Junior Forester in the Francis Marion National Forest on the coast of South Carolina in 1961. From there some of the things he did for the Forest Service included being Assistant District Ranger at Glenwood, Arkansas and District Ranger at Mena, Arkansas on the Ouachita NF, Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Ozark St. Francis NF, Regional Environmental Coordinator in Atlanta, Forest Supervisor on the Shawnee NF in Illinois, Deputy Director of Timber Management in the WO and Regional Forester in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Missoula, Montana. He and Peggy retired in 1995, moved to Alabama, and built a house on Lake Martin near Alexander City.





Jamie Lewis


Jamie LewisJamie Lewis is the staff historian at the Forest History Society, located in Durham, North Carolina. The Forest History Society is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to preserving and disseminating forest and conservation history, and the Society produced tonight’s film for public television.


Jamie is the author of The Forest Service and the Greatest Good, the companion book to the film The Greatest Good. He is the editor of the Society’s history magazine, Forest History Today, and its blog “Peeling Back the Bark.” He is one of the executive producers, writers, and historical consultants of the film America’s First Forest.




Chase Pickering


Chase PickeringIn July 2014, Chase joined the Marketing team at Biltmore Estate. As a fifth generation family owner of Biltmore, he shares his family’s mission to preserve Biltmore as a privately owned, profitable, working estate.


Currently, his areas of focus are the stewardship of Biltmore’s brand as well as the growth of Biltmore’s overnight lodging business. Chase has several years of professional experience with international organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Discovery Communications, and the Jane Goodall Institute. From a young age, Chase has been involved in conservation efforts.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Muddy Sneakers while also advising many global organizations on innovative strategies to connect kids with nature.
He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and now lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Clary, and son, Lachlan.