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.
Jill Wheaton, President
Anna Levitsky, Vice President
Anna graduated from Shippensburg University in 2015 with a BS in Geoenvironmental Science and Biology, with research focused on wildlife management and sustainability. She previously spent six years with the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, serving as the Conservation Manager and Executive Director. She recently relocated to Camp Hill, Pennsylvania but continues to serve the Trust through her involvement on the Board of Directors. In her free time, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, shooting sporting clays, and spending time with her husband, Josh and two dogs.
Shane Wheaton, Treasurer
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, his sales and marketing career ultimately led to him taking up residence in Fort Myers, Florida. Shane has served in multiple sales, marketing, and product management capacities within the Outdoor Sports Industry over the past 20 years. Currently he has served as the Director of Business Development for Bangers LP, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama for the past 6 years. East Grand has been a special place for Shane and his family. “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.”
Jeff Ketchum, Secretary
Paul Benny, Sr.
Born and raised in Chicago, Paul presently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Leslie Hawkins Benny. They have a son, Paul R. Benny Jr., who presently serves as a rescue paramedic for the U.S. Forest service at the Grand Canyon. Paul is presently engaged as the President and Chief Operating Officer of two companies (Tennessee Spring and Metal, a manufacturer of precision mechanical steel springs and FluidForming Americas, a metal forming technology company), both located near Nashville, TN. Paul has been a passionate member of the Outdoor Fraternity since childhood and has been regularly in attendance the last 15 years at the Forest City School of the Outdoors. Benny is a past officer of the Nashville Chapter of Trout Unlimited and holds Life Memberships in Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock Societies.
Pete grew up locally in Brookton, Maine. He received a degree in Business at the University of Maine at Orono, where he met his wife, Julie. They raised their family in Brookton – a daughter, Molly, and two sons, Clay and Tanner. Their children also attended the University of Maine with Tanner currently entering his junior year. Pete has always enjoyed outdoor activities including watersports, hunting & fishing, camping, hiking, and skiing. He raises Morgan horses and is currently training a 3 year-old and a yearling colt. For most of his professional career, he has worked at the Woodland Pulp & Paper, Timberland and Tissue operations mainly in the financial and procurement areas.
Steve graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1973 with a BS in chemical engineering, went on to the University of Rochester to study biochemistry and ultimately medicine, graduating in 1981 with an MD-PhD degree. In 1986, after completing training in Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester, he moved to Presque Isle with his wife Cheryl and their two boys. Steve practiced Ophthalmology in Aroostook county for 30 years, initially as part of a group practice and then in solo practice until forming a group practice with The Aroostook Medical Center in 2012. He retired from the practice of medicine at the end of 2015, but maintains his medical license. He has always enjoyed the outdoors in the area, hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, sailing, and fishing throughout Maine. Since 1990, he and his family have owned a camp on East Grand Lake and have come to treasure the beauty and tranquility the region has to offer.