Faculty & staff
NHLA Chief Inspector
Dana began working for NHLA as Chief Inspector in September 2010. He is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the NHLA grading rules by supervising the Association’s field staff of 7 full-time inspectors and is the Dean of the Inspector Training School. Dana is a native of West Virginia where he was born into the lumber industry – his father had graduated from NHLA Inspection School in 1962.
He started his career by working at their family-owned sawmill and later graduated from NHLA Inspector Training School in the spring of 1986. He worked independently as a lumber inspector for several sawmill and lumberyards in the areas surrounding Elkins, WV. Dana was also employed by Colonial Millworks, Ltd. for five years as a production supervisor and spent the next nine years working for Coastal Lumber Company as Quality Control Manager.
He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Course.
Instructor/Associate Dean of Education
Roman, a native of Russia, has always enjoyed learning new languages. He began learning English when he was just twelve-years-old, and it was his love of language that brought him to the hardwood lumber industry. Roman now speaks Russian, English, and German fluently.
He began his career in the hardwood industry in 2007 as a Quality Manager for AVA Company in Russia. He attended the NHLA Inspector Training School in Elkins, West Virginia in 2008 and graduated as the top student in his class.
NHLA hired Roman in 2013 as an International Inspector, which involved traveling around China, Vietnam, and Malaysia for lumber inspection and lumber grading workshops. In 2019, Roman moved to the U.S. to become the Associate Dean of the NHLA Inspector Training School.
Roman can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.