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IWPA Leadership & Staff

IWPA Leadership

JoAnn Gillebaard Keller, Holland Southwest International

Vice President 
Caroline McIlvain, J. Gibson McIlvain Company

Kenny MacMaster, Argo Fine Imports

IWPA Staff

Executive Director 
Cindy L. Squires, Esq.

Cindy Squires joined the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) as Executive Director in March of 2013.  As the chief executive for the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, Cindy represents companies and trade organizations engaged in the import and use of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in over 30 nations across the globe. Ms. Squires also serves on the boards of the American Hardwood Export Council, the Tropical Forest Foundation, and the American Boat and Yacht Council.   

For nearly ten years, Cindy directed the regulatory, legal and trade programs for the recreational boating industry as the Chief Counsel of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).  Cindy practiced environmental and administrative law at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.   Cindy has spent nearly 10 years on agricultural policy, representing the Executive branch during Clinton Administration as a legislative liaison and regulatory analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service and as a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee legislative staffer for then Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy.   

Ms. Squires graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law, American University and is admitted to the Maryland and the District of Columbia bars. Ms. Squires has her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University. A Wyoming native, Ms. Squires spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her son and husband.

Manager, Government and
Public Affairs, Member Services
Joseph L. O'Donnell

O’Donnell joined IWPA as Manager of Government and Public Affairs on April 7, 2014. Prior to joining IWPA, he served ten years on the staff of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, a former Chairman of both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and the Committee on Foreign Relations. His positions included Deputy Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant while focusing on assisting stakeholders interacting with federal agencies and advancing funding priorities through the budget process. O’Donnell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

As Manager of Government and Public Affairs, O’Donnell works to advance the priorities of IWPA members in Congress and the federal agencies. He also works to keep members abreast of developments that may affect their businesses through IWPA’s weekly eNews newsletter.

O’Donnell resides in Washington, D.C., and enjoys escaping the city at any opportunity to hike, bike, and camp.


Manager, Membership, Marketing, and Operations
 Matthew Buechner

Matt Buechner joined the IWPA team as the Manager of Membership, Marketing, and Operations in 2017. In this role, Matt manages membership outreach, communications, retention, and recruitment efforts, and can assist you with questions that you may have about joining IWPA, making changes to your online company profile, or getting you registered for any upcoming events.


Prior to joining IWPA, Matt developed and managed projects and programs across the private and non-profit sectors for more than six years, including more than four years with associations. Most recently, he spent nearly three years in policy communications and legislative advocacy at a national association of safety-net hospitals. Matt got his start in the trade association world at a regional association of law firms and corporate legal departments focused on diversity and inclusion in the Twin Cities legal sector. As one of two staff members, Matt played a key role in the development, planning, and implementation of all organizational initiatives, in addition to the day-to-day management of the organization. A Wisconsin native, Matt earned a Masters of Public Policy from American University in 2015 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2010.



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