We are very proud of our Directors and would like to thank them for all the time they dedicate to the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust.
Arthur Wheaton, President
Born in Grand Lake Stream and raised in Forest City, Maine, he is a graduate of University of Maine in Orono , Art spent 40 years with Remington Arms Co. Inc. beginning in manufacturing, became VP of Marketing & Sales, later retiring as Vice President, General Manager of World-Wide Sales. He has served on many Boards of Directors within the shooting industry, Chairing the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers. He is past Chair and President of the Parker Gun Collectors Association, and is currently the President of the Parker Gun Foundation. Returning to his youth, he is still a Registered Maine Guide, guiding fresh water fisherman during the summer and slipping into the thickets in October. Art is a Benefactor Member of the NRA, Life Member of the Grand National Quail Club, the One Shot Antelope Hunt, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Ruffed Grouse Society, Amateur Trapshooting Association and the Parker Gun Collectors Association. He is currently a Field Editor for Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine, is published in Double Gun Journal, Sporting Classics and Shooting Sportsman magazines as well as in the books, “A Passion for Grouse”, “Classic Deer Camps” and fore-wards in “The Art of Remington” “History of Remington” and “Field to Feast”.
He and his wife Doris leave their home in North Carolina each year to spend summers on the lake in Forest City.
Sandy Patterson, Vice President
Sandy is serving her first term on the board of the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust. In addition to co-owning Wheaton’s Lodge with her husband, Sandy operates a marketing and design company serving diverse industries across the US, Canada, and France. She is a former Board of Director for the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee, and former Crew Coordinator for the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival. She has held leadership roles in a broad range of industries and is known for her ability to navigate multifaceted subjects with ease and sheer determination. When she's not leaping tall buildings or otherwise challenging the world, Sandy enjoys fishing from her kayak and quality time with her husband Patrick and her three sons.
Shane Wheaton, Treasurer
Serving his third term on the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Board of Directors, Shane Wheaton, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bangers LP, has a keen interest and appreciation for continuing the preservation efforts of the Chiputneticook Watershed. An avid outdoorsman and father of three children, Shane has spent the past 40 years spending time with his family and relatives in Forest City, Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine in 1998, Shane’s sales and marketing career ultimately led to him to taking up residence in Fort Myers, Florida. East Grand has been a special place for Shane and his family. Significant efforts to preserve and protect this pristine landscape for future generations was started yesterday and ever so important to continue today and tomorrow. “I want to afford future generations the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Chiputneticook Watershed that I have been so fortunate to have experienced during my life here on East Grand Lake.
Jill Wheaton, Secretary
Jill Wheaton grew up spending her summers in Forest City, waiting tables and cleaning camps at Wheaton's Lodge. She left Maine to finish high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and went on to earn her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University. After spending 10 years in California, Jill returned to Maine in 2008 where she currently resides in Portland. Jill owns a nutrition and blood testing business in southern Maine and spends much of her time traveling and serving as a Senior Business Strategist for Anthony Robbins. Her areas of expertise involve corporate strategy, team building, leadership and psychology. In her free time, Jill runs and plays basketball, travels frequently, and enjoys the outdoors. A new member to the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Board of Directors in 2015, Jill looks forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the organization.
John received his B.S. in Biology from Elizabethtown College, a MA in Biology/Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and in Physical Sciences from Westchester University in Pennsylvania. He began a career in education as a Biology and Physical Science teacher at Valley Forge Military Academy from 1967 to 1970 where he then taught at Downingtown Area High School until he retired from teaching in 2005. For the past 40 years John has been working as a Registered Maine Guide within the East Grand Lake Region, guiding both in the canoe and out in the field working his bird dogs. He keeps busy in his free time raising and training bird dogs, fishing, hunting, fly-tying, and guiding bird hunts for two hunt clubs in the winter season. He and his wife, Kathy, spend their winters at their home in Pennsylvania, traveling to Forest City to enjoy the summer and fall each year.
Jean Swanson brings a background in marketing and management to the Board where she serves as Secretary. Jean grew up in Minnesota where she learned her love for the outdoors and attended the U of M School of Journalism. She worked 14 years in retail management in the ski industry and owned her own ad agency. She is past president of her garden club and currently serves as publicity chair, junior gardening chair and is actively involved in fundraising. Jean earned her Vermont Master Gardener title in 2000 and is currently working toward a diploma in Garden Design from The Institute of Garden Design in Somerset, UK.
Jean has spent the past 25 years in part time sales and coaching for a nutrition company and is past president of their field organization of over 300 field reps. She also served as a liaison to the company on the Field Advisory Board for several years.
Jean, and her husband, Allan, live in Vermont with their two Brittany dogs and travel to their home in Forest City on a monthly basis. She currently owns "Creative Services Gardening", a landscape design business.
Jean loves gardening, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing and traveling.
Gwen graduated from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) in 1996 with a BA in English and a Concentration in Creative Writing and moved to Cape Cod immediately after graduation. She worked for a medical directory publishing company and spent her days doing research for the directory. While employed at the Folio Associates, she was the senior data analyst and the back up to the head of the accounting department. She then left Folio Associates to work for Jacobs Engineering at OTIS ANG Bank. After 4 years at Jacobs, Gwen took a position at KeyBank in Boston as the Executive Assistant to the President of New England. She had both of her children while employed at KeyBank, relocated to southern NH and then after her second baby was born with a rare birth defect, did she realize the commute was no longer worth the family sacrifices it came with. She is now the secretary for one of the middle schools in the town where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Wendy Oellers-Fulmer is an award-winning teacher for her work in the arts and environmental education. She is passionate about helping children and their families discover and build personal connections with the natural world. Eight years ago, she discovered the joy found in making beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. Wendy left Public School teaching in 2011 to pursue the art of jewelry making. She continues to inspire children through local nature programs. She lives part of the year in Gilford, New Hampshire with her husband (designer, silversmith, business partner and best friend) Ron and two Golden Retrievers. June through mid-October, they move their businesses to their house on East Grand where they love to explore the lake and hike local trails.. In addition to making jewelry, her free time favorites are: gardening, nature journaling, bird-watching and hiking with Ron, photography, painting with watercolors, reading, and spending time with her beloved granddaughters Maya and Zoe.
Steve was born and lived in the Hudson Valley of NY State until 1999. He then relocated and lived and worked in Connecticut for 11 years, running his own contracting business for 4 years, then moving on to continue working for a large corporation for 7 years. In 2010 he moved to Weston, Maine where he owned and operated First Settlers Lodge until 2015. Currently, Steve works for a nonprofit organization that administers grants in local schools supporting after school programs for under-performing children. He prefers to spend any free time he has hiking, hunting, fishing, and participating in many other outdoor recreational activities in the scenic East Grand Lake area of Maine. Steve also enjoys volunteering time to support several local organizations.
Over the years, Jamie has dedicated much of his time as a clinical psychologist, teaching at the University of Michigan for over 30 years before retiring from the University in 2011 and entering full time private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to his position on the WWLT Board, he is also a founding board member of Keep It Grand. Jamie first was introduced to Forest City in the 50’s, while visiting with his parents, where they stayed at the Dri-Ki camps on Spednic Lake. In the early 60’s his family bought camps and property on the arm of East Grand Lake. Every summer he and his wife, Marcy, along with their expanding family of three children would drive the 1100 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan to spend time at the family camp in Forest City.
Michael has been regularly seen in the Forest City environs since 1965. Actually unsure whether his first 500-mile trip there would be a one and only, that was quickly settled; Forest City has been deeply ingrained in all his family’s body and soul ever since. Michael graduated from high school in North Haven, Connecticut and received a BA (Economics) from Connecticut College. He spent 10 years working for 3M Corporation as a software engineer before venturing out on his own as a private consultant and software developer. His primary interest is the use of technology in organizational development, and along the way received a masters in Management from Antioch New England University. He has served on many boards for a wide-range of organizations over the years. Michael, his wife Beth and children Zach and Eliana, look forward to another 50 magical years on East Grand.
Dale Wheaton is one of the founders of the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, having served on the Board since its inception in 1994. He studied at the University of Maine and University of Nottingham (England), and was Assoc. Professor of Economics at the University of Maine from 1979 to 2006. He and his wife, Jana, owned Wheaton's Lodge for 34 years, and he has been a Registered Maine Guide since the mid-1960s. He is Past President of the Land Trust, the Maine Sporting Camp Association, and the Congress of Lake Associations, and serves on the St. Croix International Waterway Commission (since 1996.)