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

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.

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

Jeff resides in Portland, Maine with his wife, Lori, their son Lucas and 3 pugs. Jeff is following 5 generations of the Foster Family to Forest City. Since the early seventies, his family would camp out on Foster Island until more recently when a lake house was built on the Island. Jeff graduated in 1988 with a BS in Education from the University of Maine, a BS in Public Administration from the University of Augusta in 2008, and a Masters in Aging Services from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 2012. It was in 2010, while employed as the Executive Director of The Highlands Retirement Community, that Jeff was afforded the opportunity to obtain his Masters in Aging Services that has allowed him to further his career in the geriatric profession. In 2016, he acquired his Administrators license for nursing home care and is currently working as the Administrator at the South Portland Nursing Home. Jeff is an avid sportsman, whose passion is the outdoors, especially downhill skiing in the winter time. He believes in preserving and protecting land for the future generations to come.

Brianne O’LearyBrianne O'Leary

Brianne resides in Bridgewater, Maine with her husband, Tracy, and their two children. She has spent her summers at their family’s lake house on Fosters Island in Forest City since she was a small child. The Foster family is descendants of the Forest City community as far back as 5 generations. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1993 from University of Southern Maine and BS in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Maine in 1997. Her interests lie in the agriculture industry, having spent the last 10 years working for McCain Foods as a Senior Field Representative, recently being appointed Business Lead, Global Agriculture. During her time with McCain foods she has earned the McCain Agronomist Certification as well as McCain Agricultural Supply Specialist, and has recently been named to the Board of Directors for the Maine Potato Board. Both Brianne and her husband have a great love for outdoor sporting activities, and a passion for sharing those experiences with others.

Dale Wheaton

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.)

David Bianco

David graduated from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) in 1996 with a BS in Anthropology and a Concentration in Archaeology.  During his college career, his passion for archaeology led him to Belize in Central America where he worked for 5 years on a Mayan archeological excavation. In 2001, David started his professional career in the finance world, first as a bank manager for Massbank and then, in 2010, working for State Street Corporation as Accounting Team Leader.  In early 2017 David and his wife decided they wanted out of the corporate world and purchased a paper shredding company, A1 DataShred. Shortly after the birth of his first child, David was introduced to Forest City by his long-time friends, Gwen and Randy Campos, and immediately fell in love the with the area.  When not running the new business, David enjoys spends his time with his two children, Nicholas and Isabella, gardening, beekeeping, and when he can sneak away …. fishing.

 Gwen Campos

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.

Jamie Plunkett

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.

 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 White

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.

Reggie SimonsReginald Simons

Reggie had been visiting Wheaton’s Lodge for the last 25 years before purchasing a cabin in Forest City in 2015.  It was during these visits that he developed his lifelong connection with the outdoors, conservation and the state of Maine. Reggie recently retired after working for 34 years at a concrete company in New Jersey where he resides with his wife, Joyce and daughter, Kaitlyn. He hopes to spend his free time fly tying, canoeing, reading, horseback riding and exploring new places and adventures.  Reggie is looking forward to helping continue the important mission of the Trust and sharing his vision of preservation of the land and lakes in the region for future generations.  

Stephen Martin

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.