Pat Strauch, Executive Director

Patrick Strauch received his B.S. degree in forest management and his master’s in silviculture from the University of Maine. The topic of his master’s thesis was “Early Stand Establishment of Balsam Fir and Red Spruce.” He began his career as a forester for St. Regis Paper Co. and U.S. Gypsum Company in Maine and then moved to manage recycling and trucking companies, becoming a regional vice president of Casella Waste Systems and director of the Sawyer Companies in Bangor.

He returned to the forest industry in 2001 as coordinator of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). In January 2004, he became the executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council.

Patrick leads MFPC’s staff and works closely with the Council’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and members. In 2014, he received the W.D. Hagenstein Communicators Award from the Society of American Foresters, which recognizes a member “who displays the ability, talent, and skill to lead innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public’s understanding of forestry and natural resources at the local, regional, or national level.” Farm Credit of Maine gave him its “Distinguished Service Award” in 2012.

Patrick resides on a farm in Exeter, Maine, with his wife Nancy and their three children.

Phone: (207) 622-9288
EmailPatrick Strauch

Krysta West, Deputy Director

Krysta is a University of Maine at Farmington graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Prior to joining the Council, Krysta worked as a consultant specializing in internal, external and legislative communications for political candidates, PACs, nonprofits and membership organizations. She also worked in Fairfax, Virginia for the political arm of the National Rifle Association, covering legislative matters and elections for half of the country. Krysta also served as an original board member for the political arm of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM-ILA), and has held a number of positions with the Maine Legislature.

When Krysta isn't working, she can be found in her large garden, hunting, fishing or exploring Maine's forests with her family.

As Deputy Director, Krysta assists with MFPC’s legislative and communications efforts.

Phone: (207) 779-6859
Email: Krysta West

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Annabelle Kidson

Annabelle Kidson, Office Manager

Our most recent addition, Annabelle has moved back to the area after 10+ years in Vermont. After managing an acupuncture clinic for five years and her most recent experience as Supplier Relations Coordinator at the Vermont Wine Merchants Co., she has an array of administrative experience and we’re happy to entrust the care of our office to her. Annabelle is a proud resident of Fairfield, Maine, and is currently taking courses to hone her knowledge of finance within the Forest Industry. In her spare time, you’ll most likely find her at an antique shop or historical village, trudging through backwoods, doing home projects or renovations, or in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

Phone: (207) 622-9288
Email: Annabelle Kidson

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