World Forest Institute Staff

The World Forest Institute team includes two full-time professionals, World Forestry Center staff, and our rotating roster of international Fellows and US interns.

Sara Wu, WFI Director

Ms. Wu joined WFI in 1995, just as the WFI Fellowship program was growing. Ms. Wu spent 18 years in Singapore before moving to the U.S., where she earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Religion, and then earned a graduate Master's degree in Public Adminstration. She started out as an intern at WFI, and was later made Program Manager. She was eventually appointed WFI Director, and is responsible for oversight of the Institute and its programs, which includes recruitment, promotion, board and alumni relations, and organizing an annual international conference on forestland investing.

Rick Zenn, Senior Fellow

Mr. Zenn has been Education Director since 1990 and is Senior Fellow at the World Forestry Center overseeing teacher programs, youth and community outreach, and partnerships and volunteers. He is an award-winning environmental educator with over 35 years professional experience as naturalist, guide, program manager and trainer. He has directed the International Educators Institute since 1996 and has worked on educational initiatives with the Smithsonian Institution and the American Forest Foundation.

Chandalin Bennett, Sr. Programs Manager

Chandalin began as the WFI Fellowship Program Manager in September 2009. In April 2015 she transitioned into the Sr. Programs Manager position where she is responible for overseeing the wide range of professional development programs of the World Forest Institute. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has over 10 years of work experience and education in forestry and the natural resources in the region. Before joining the World Forestry Center, she worked with the Oregon Department of Forestry as a monitoring specialist, where she coordinated, implemented, and oversaw research on state forest lands in western Oregon. Prior to working with ODF, Chandalin was involved in forest pathology research at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Idaho, Moscow; the latter is where she earned her Masters degree in Forest Resources.

Shadia Duery, Program Manager

Shadia began as the WFI Program Manager in March of 2015. She brings to WFI  her international background to the program. She has lived, studied and worked in South, Central and North America. She has 10 years of work experience and education in forestry working in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Zamorano University in Central America, and a dual M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Science from Louisiana State University. She moved to the Pacific Northwest over a decade ago, place that she calls home now. Most recently she worked at Mt Hood Community College with the SEED Program, and creating science curricula for international students. Prior to that she worked for a consulting firm in Oregon conducting science research greatly focused stream habitat and watershed managements.