Meet Our Team

A dedicated group of individuals with a passion for the environment and the skills to make change happen.

Kyle Silon

Managing Member

Kyle is the founder and Managing Director of S&A Carbon. He ensures that the quality of S&A's services meet the requirements of our accreditations and the expectations of our clients.

Kyle has more than 10 years of carbon market experience prior to founding S&A Carbon. He worked for a leading international certification company, specializing in validation and verification of small-scale household energy demand projects (such as cook stove and water filter projects), primarily located in South America, Asia, and Africa. He has participated in numerous verifications of forestry, landfill, and livestock projects, and has worked across all major GHG programs, including the Air Resources Board, Verified Carbon Standard, Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Registry, Gold Standard, and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). In addition he has extensive experience providing analytic, economic, financial, and environmental advisory services for private and public sector clients to support the development of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects, GHG management strategies, and GHG policy. He has conducted project feasibility assessments across a variety of offset sectors including Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), coalmine methane, landfill gas, and household energy demand. He is currently responsible for logistics and carbon credit generation for a small-scale CDM project in Rwanda that utilizes carbon revenue to implement a public health program in coordination with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. During the development of California's carbon market, he worked with several major utilities to develop GHG strategies and policy proposals based on quantitative analysis of the implications of market design on economic efficiency.

Kyle received a Masters of Science in Energy and Environmental Economics from Portland State University, and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of Vermont.

In his free time, he enjoys getting lost in the mountains and chasing his son around a dirt track.

Kyle Silon

Managing Member

Kyle is the founder and Managing Director of S&A Carbon. He ensures that the quality of S&A's services meet the requirements of our accreditations and the expectations of our clients.

Kyle has more than 10 years of carbon market experience prior to founding S&A Carbon. He worked for a leading international certification company, specializing in validation and verification of small-scale household energy demand projects (such as cook stove and water filter projects), primarily located in South America, Asia, and Africa. He has participated in numerous verifications of forestry, landfill, and livestock projects, and has worked across all major GHG programs, including the Air Resources Board, Verified Carbon Standard, Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Registry, Gold Standard, and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). In addition he has extensive experience providing analytic, economic, financial, and environmental advisory services for private and public sector clients to support the development of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects, GHG management strategies, and GHG policy. He has conducted project feasibility assessments across a variety of offset sectors including Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), coalmine methane, landfill gas, and household energy demand. He is currently responsible for logistics and carbon credit generation for a small-scale CDM project in Rwanda that utilizes carbon revenue to implement a public health program in coordination with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. During the development of California's carbon market, he worked with several major utilities to develop GHG strategies and policy proposals based on quantitative analysis of the implications of market design on economic efficiency.

Kyle received a Masters of Science in Energy and Environmental Economics from Portland State University, and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of Vermont.

In his free time, he enjoys getting lost in the mountains and chasing his son around a dirt track.

Robert Turner

Director of Forestry Services

Robert joined S&A Carbon as Director of Forestry Services in early 2014. He heads up the carbon forestry verification group, is regularly the lead ARB verifier on our forestry project verifications, and advices the team on ARB regulation and updates. He is also an accredited ARB lead offset verifier, a forestry project specialist, and an SAF Certified Forester. Robert is also accredited under the Climate Action Reserve as a forestry project specialist and lead verifier.

Robert brings more than 25 years experience in private forest management consulting for R J Turner Company, primarily in the northeastern US, to S&A. This experience spans a broad range of technical and analytical services, primarily related to forest inventory and management planning, mensuration, growth and yield modeling, financial modeling, information and decision support systems, and spatial analysis. His expertise in long-term timber supply modeling has supported state and regional forest policy in all the states of the Northern Forest. He has extensive experience coding forestry-related applications in visual basic for inventory software developers.

Robert holds a holds a BS in finance from the University of Connecticut and a MS in forest management from the University of Vermont. He is active in a number of community forestry initiatives in his home state of Vermont.

In his free time, he likes to hike, bike, paddle, and ski through the seasons, and work in his woodshop when he can't be outside.

Robert Turner

Director of Forestry Services

Robert joined S&A Carbon as Director of Forestry Services in early 2014. He heads up the carbon forestry verification group, is regularly the lead ARB verifier on our forestry project verifications, and advices the team on ARB regulation and updates. He is also an accredited ARB lead offset verifier, a forestry project specialist, and an SAF Certified Forester. Robert is also accredited under the Climate Action Reserve as a forestry project specialist and lead verifier.

Robert brings more than 25 years experience in private forest management consulting for R J Turner Company, primarily in the northeastern US, to S&A. This experience spans a broad range of technical and analytical services, primarily related to forest inventory and management planning, mensuration, growth and yield modeling, financial modeling, information and decision support systems, and spatial analysis. His expertise in long-term timber supply modeling has supported state and regional forest policy in all the states of the Northern Forest. He has extensive experience coding forestry-related applications in visual basic for inventory software developers.

Robert holds a holds a BS in finance from the University of Connecticut and a MS in forest management from the University of Vermont. He is active in a number of community forestry initiatives in his home state of Vermont.

In his free time, he likes to hike, bike, paddle, and ski through the seasons, and work in his woodshop when he can't be outside.

Lawson Henderson

Senior Associate

Lawson joined S&A Carbon as a Senior Associate in 2016, and expands the existing capacity of the forest carbon offset verification team. He is acts as an ARB Verifer on forest carbon offset projects, and is seeking re-certification as a Lead Offset Verifier under the ARB regulation. Lawson currently supports the S&A team with reviews of verification documents, field verifications of ARB forest carbon offset projects, and S&A's actions to become accredited under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Lawson brings nearly a decade of experience in forest certification through his prior employment with Rainforest Alliance, where he acted as a project manager and lead auditor of forest carbon offset projects against the major voluntary GHG programs,and FSC Forest Management & Chain of Custody Certifications. Lawson is qualified as a Lead Verifier under the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), and is also qualified as a AFOLU IFM Expert under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program. He has led the validation and verification of IFM, AR & REDD forest carbon offset projects against the major voluntary GHG programs globally.

Lawson holds a B.S.F in forest management from the University of New Hampshire (2005). Based in Vermont, he enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding in the winter months and being around the lakes during the summer.

Lawson Henderson

Senior Associate

Lawson joined S&A Carbon as a Senior Associate in 2016, and expands the existing capacity of the forest carbon offset verification team. He is acts as an ARB Verifer on forest carbon offset projects, and is seeking re-certification as a Lead Offset Verifier under the ARB regulation. Lawson currently supports the S&A team with reviews of verification documents, field verifications of ARB forest carbon offset projects, and S&A's actions to become accredited under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Lawson brings nearly a decade of experience in forest certification through his prior employment with Rainforest Alliance, where he acted as a project manager and lead auditor of forest carbon offset projects against the major voluntary GHG programs,and FSC Forest Management & Chain of Custody Certifications. Lawson is qualified as a Lead Verifier under the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), and is also qualified as a AFOLU IFM Expert under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program. He has led the validation and verification of IFM, AR & REDD forest carbon offset projects against the major voluntary GHG programs globally.

Lawson holds a B.S.F in forest management from the University of New Hampshire (2005). Based in Vermont, he enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding in the winter months and being around the lakes during the summer.

Pablo Reed

Senior Associate

Pablo is a Senior Associate at S&A Carbon and a member of the forestry verification team. He is an ARB Lead offset Verifier and approved forestry offset project specialist. He generally acts as a sector expert supporting internal reviews of verification documents, and at other times, provides support to the lead forestry verifier on forestry projects.

Prior to joining S&A, Pablo spent five years working at Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an international certification company, leading forestry validations and verifications across all major GHG programs. He is accredited as a lead validator/verifier of forestry projects submitted to the Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Standard, and Verified Carbon Standard. He has extensive experience in MRVS systems, forestry inventories and logging operations, and with the development of environmental and social safeguards. Pablo also has extensive experience working with conservation and development projects in various countries in Latin America. He served as country director for a joint USAID/Idaho State University community conservation project in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala and also spent time in Panama working as an environmental and GIS consultant. He also worked with the Peace Corps in Ecuador as a program manager for thenatural resource conservation program.

Pablo received a Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest and Ecological Engineering, and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research centered on the development of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) policy frameworks, especially as they pertain to the inclusion of communal indigenous territories and lands under tropical forestry conservation projects.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys playing music and hiking.

Pablo Reed

Senior Associate

Pablo is a Senior Associate at S&A Carbon and a member of the forestry verification team. He is an ARB Lead offset Verifier and approved forestry offset project specialist. He generally acts as a sector expert supporting internal reviews of verification documents, and at other times, provides support to the lead forestry verifier on forestry projects.

Prior to joining S&A, Pablo spent five years working at Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an international certification company, leading forestry validations and verifications across all major GHG programs. He is accredited as a lead validator/verifier of forestry projects submitted to the Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Standard, and Verified Carbon Standard. He has extensive experience in MRVS systems, forestry inventories and logging operations, and with the development of environmental and social safeguards. Pablo also has extensive experience working with conservation and development projects in various countries in Latin America. He served as country director for a joint USAID/Idaho State University community conservation project in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala and also spent time in Panama working as an environmental and GIS consultant. He also worked with the Peace Corps in Ecuador as a program manager for thenatural resource conservation program.

Pablo received a Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest and Ecological Engineering, and a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research centered on the development of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) policy frameworks, especially as they pertain to the inclusion of communal indigenous territories and lands under tropical forestry conservation projects.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys playing music and hiking.

Bill Stack

Senior Associate

Bill Stack is an ARB accredited forestry offset project specialist and lead offset verifier. Bill has participated on the verification of forest offset projects in the southeastern states with forest management experience in the western and northeastern states. Verification responsibilities included pre-site visit prep, forest inventory, data processing and analysis, developing findings, and report writing.

Bill brings 28 years of experience working on forest management and aquatic resource restoration projects in a diverse variety of ecosystems. In addition to working as a subcontractor to S&A, Bill provides forest management consultation services to private landowners owners and local municipalities in the northeast US.

His comprehensive approach balances water, soil, wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetics, and other resources in preparing and implementing ecologically-based forest stewardship plans. Bill’s services include natural resource assessments and forest inventories; GPS & GIS mapping; property boundary location and maintenance; stand prescriptions and forest management schedules; wildlife improvement projects; preparing and monitoring timber sales; working with government cost-share programs; and performing invasive plant control.

Previously, as a Senior Project Scientist with Stantec, Bill designed, implemented and monitored ecosystem restoration projects where he collaborated with engineering design & construction firms, local stakeholders, and state and federal government agencies. He also provided FSC certification for forest management and chain-of-custody services. Prior to this work, Bill was a Forest Hydrologist for the USDA Forest Service working on interdisciplinary teams for numerous forest, hydropower, livestock, recreation and wildlife projects.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and a Masters of Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. He holds a professional forester license in New Hampshire.

When Bill’s not in his office (the forest), Bill enjoys exploration adventures with his family, growing shiitake mushrooms and vegetables, and biking the backroads. Bill lives with his family in Vermont where he is part of a 270 acre forest-farming cohousing.


Bill Stack

Senior Associate

Bill Stack is an ARB accredited forestry offset project specialist and lead offset verifier. Bill has participated on the verification of forest offset projects in the southeastern states with forest management experience in the western and northeastern states. Verification responsibilities included pre-site visit prep, forest inventory, data processing and analysis, developing findings, and report writing.

Bill brings 28 years of experience working on forest management and aquatic resource restoration projects in a diverse variety of ecosystems. In addition to working as a subcontractor to S&A, Bill provides forest management consultation services to private landowners owners and local municipalities in the northeast US.

His comprehensive approach balances water, soil, wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetics, and other resources in preparing and implementing ecologically-based forest stewardship plans. Bill’s services include natural resource assessments and forest inventories; GPS & GIS mapping; property boundary location and maintenance; stand prescriptions and forest management schedules; wildlife improvement projects; preparing and monitoring timber sales; working with government cost-share programs; and performing invasive plant control.

Previously, as a Senior Project Scientist with Stantec, Bill designed, implemented and monitored ecosystem restoration projects where he collaborated with engineering design & construction firms, local stakeholders, and state and federal government agencies. He also provided FSC certification for forest management and chain-of-custody services. Prior to this work, Bill was a Forest Hydrologist for the USDA Forest Service working on interdisciplinary teams for numerous forest, hydropower, livestock, recreation and wildlife projects.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering and a Masters of Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. He holds a professional forester license in New Hampshire.

When Bill’s not in his office (the forest), Bill enjoys exploration adventures with his family, growing shiitake mushrooms and vegetables, and biking the backroads. Bill lives with his family in Vermont where he is part of a 270 acre forest-farming cohousing.


Elizabeth McGariggle

Contractor

Elizabeth is a contractor for S&A Carbon and our biometrician on most forestry carbon verifications.

In addition to S&A, Elizabeth works for the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia Canada as a forest inventory data analyst. She is responsible for analyzing permanent sample plot data and is working on several inventory projects including enhanced forest inventory using LiDAR. Elizabeth has also worked for Natural Resources Canada using a fine scale forestry model to assess the impact of climate change on species composition in forest types across Canada.

She holds three forestry degrees: BScF, MScF, PhD. Her work has focused on forest inventory, growth and yield, and forest management planning. Her Masters project focused on the sensitivity of long term forest management planning to uncertainty in yield predictions. Elizabeth's dissertation concentrated on growth and yield prediction in the Acadian forest region. She developed a stand level model used to predict survivor growth, ingrowth, and mortality. As part of her dissertation, she dealt with various variants of the Forest Vegetation Simulator and several regional growth and yield models from across Canada and the United States.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth McGariggle

Contractor

Elizabeth is a contractor for S&A Carbon and our biometrician on most forestry carbon verifications.

In addition to S&A, Elizabeth works for the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia Canada as a forest inventory data analyst. She is responsible for analyzing permanent sample plot data and is working on several inventory projects including enhanced forest inventory using LiDAR. Elizabeth has also worked for Natural Resources Canada using a fine scale forestry model to assess the impact of climate change on species composition in forest types across Canada.

She holds three forestry degrees: BScF, MScF, PhD. Her work has focused on forest inventory, growth and yield, and forest management planning. Her Masters project focused on the sensitivity of long term forest management planning to uncertainty in yield predictions. Elizabeth's dissertation concentrated on growth and yield prediction in the Acadian forest region. She developed a stand level model used to predict survivor growth, ingrowth, and mortality. As part of her dissertation, she dealt with various variants of the Forest Vegetation Simulator and several regional growth and yield models from across Canada and the United States.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

Alexa Kandaris

Associate

Alexa’s background and passion lies with environmental and natural resource economics. She has conducted extensive work with carbon offset programs in the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, she has worked with Northwest Natural’s Smart Energy program and has a strong background with California’s AB32 Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. From her research with California’s AB32 she has authored several works including an overview of the greenhouse gas cap and trade program through Carbon Lighthouse, and has also led a project purchasing and retiring carbon offsets through the California cap and trade program. Alexa also has experience with economic feasibility analyses for renewable energy systems such as residential wind turbines and residential solar PV systems.

Alexa holds a BA in Economics with a Business Administration minor from Humboldt State University, where her interest in natural resource economics was inspired.

With a background of living amongst the California Redwoods, the green forests of Oregon and the Rocky Mountains, Alexa finds herself spending as much of her free time exploring trails and the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Alexa Kandaris

Associate

Alexa’s background and passion lies with environmental and natural resource economics. She has conducted extensive work with carbon offset programs in the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, she has worked with Northwest Natural’s Smart Energy program and has a strong background with California’s AB32 Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. From her research with California’s AB32 she has authored several works including an overview of the greenhouse gas cap and trade program through Carbon Lighthouse, and has also led a project purchasing and retiring carbon offsets through the California cap and trade program. Alexa also has experience with economic feasibility analyses for renewable energy systems such as residential wind turbines and residential solar PV systems.

Alexa holds a BA in Economics with a Business Administration minor from Humboldt State University, where her interest in natural resource economics was inspired.

With a background of living amongst the California Redwoods, the green forests of Oregon and the Rocky Mountains, Alexa finds herself spending as much of her free time exploring trails and the natural beauty of the outdoors.