About AAPL


AAPL committees and task forces serve at the pleasure of the president to aid and assist in carrying out duties and responsibilities.

All committee members and task force members including chairmen, assistant chairmen and industry representatives are required to be Active AAPL members.

AAPL committee chairmen, task force chairmen and associated representatives are appointed by the AAPL president-elect at least 30 days prior to the members’ Annual Meeting. If a vacancy occurs, the AAPL president will name the chairman's replacement within 30 days.

AAPL committee members are appointed by the AAPL president after consulting with the following individuals at their discretion:

  • The outgoing committee chairman
  • The incoming committee chairman
  • The first vice president

For continuity purposes, AAPL committee members shall be appointed for a three-year staggered term. Should a vacancy occur, the AAPL president shall appoint a replacement to fill the unexpired term.

Accreditation Committee

Committee Chairman: Taylor Thoreson, RPL

Annual Meeting Committee

Committee Chairman: Michelle Aurzada, CPL

Awards Committee

Committee Chairman: Richard A. Hines, CPL

Bylaws & Policy Manual Review Committee

Committee Chairman: Richard R. Ryan, CPL

Certification Committee

Committee Chairman: Michelle L. Phillips, CPL

Council of Past Presidents (COPP)

Committee Chairman: Michel E. Curry, CPL

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Committee Chairman: Britney A. Crookshanks, CPL

Education Annual Meeting/Seminar Committee

Committee Chairman: Trinidad "Trini" M. Hernandez, CPL

Education Development Committee

Committee Chairman: Matthew T. "Matt" McCauley, CPL

Ethics Committee

Committee Chairman: Michael A. Pisciotte, CPL

Field Landman Committee

Committee Chairman: Brian K. Tolson, RPL

Finance Committee

Committee Chairman: Carl D. Campbell, CPL

Forms Committee

Committee Chairman: Benjamin "Ben" Eisterhold, CPL

Legislative/Regulatory Committee

Committee Chairman: Mark Adam DeVrient, RPL

Membership Committee

Committee Chairman: Austin N. Frye, CPL

Mentorship Committee

Committee Chairman: Jimmy Wright, CPL

NAPE Advisory Board

Committee Chairman: Roger A. Soape, CPL

NAPE Management Committee

Committee Chairman: James T. "Jim" Devlin, CPL

NAPE Operators Committee

Committee Chairman: Bryan E. Hennigan, CPL

Nominating Subcommittee

Committee Chairman: Jay Beavers, CPL

Public Lands & Access Committee

Committee Chairman: Matthew A. "Matt" Gray, CPL

Publications Committee

Committee Chairman: Lindsey Goodwin, RPL

RPL/CPL Education Committee

Committee Chairman: Christine Touchstone, CPL

Strategic Planning Committee

Committee Chairman: Carl D. Campbell, CPL

Tax Issues Committee

Committee Chairman: R. Dirk Vanderploeg II, CPL

Technology Committee

Committee Chairman: Joshua Paul Gautreau, CPL


Join a Committee

We value your membership and your commitment to establishing and maintaining a culture of the highest ethical and professional standards as land professionals. There are opportunities to be of service to our membership and profession through AAPL’s affiliated local associations and at the national level through AAPL’s many committees and boards.

Appointments are made between January and March for the following fiscal year which begins on July 1. AAPL Active Members may express interest in serving on a committee by completing an application. While not required, please include one or more AAPL members as references if applicable. Appointments to serve on a committee are at the discretion of AAPL’s first vice president. You are invited to complete the application annually for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Board Member Appointments

The Board of Directors shall be composed of elected officers of the AAPL, the Immediate Past President, and one (1) director from each affiliated local association except Canada, which shall be allowed two (2) directors.

The Board of Directors (Board) is responsible for general management of the affairs of AAPL within the scope of the Bylaws. Responsibility is exercised primarily by establishing broad objectives and policies governing both short-term and long-range objectives. Specific objectives and policies may originate from deliberation of the Board itself or may result from consideration of recommendations by committees, subcommittees or by the President and other officers. 

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