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Board

Updated: March 2018

Kimberly B. Arnold (Treasurer): Mrs. Arnold is an independent marketing consultant. A Wesleyan University graduate, she received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. She has worked for Anderson Consulting and as a Marketing Manager for VISA. She lives in Singapore with her husband and is a fourth-generation summer resident of her family camp in Township 27.  She chairs the DLLT Financial Management Committee.

Bruce Dubee: Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mr. Dubee holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, specializing in soil science with a minor in forestry, from the University of Rhode Island. For over 30 years, Bruce worked as a soil scientist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  He has worked on many projects of national and international importance focusing on soil conservation.  He has been coming to Grand Lake Stream for over 40 years at the Spooner Camp Tree Farm on Big Lake.  In his spare time, Bruce enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking.

Robert Gagner: Mr. Gagner is a Registered Maine Guide and year-round resident of Grand Lake Stream.  Along with being a former co-owner a private engineering services firm, Mr. Gagner spent several years working for Georgia-Pacific Company as a Maintenance and Engineering Manager.  Mr. Gagner and his wife, Bonnie, also owned and ran the Pine Tree Store from 1977 – 1997.  He holds an AS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine-Orono and a BA in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Susan LaPlante: Mrs. LaPlante owns and operates Chet’s Camps in Grand Lake Stream with her husband Al.  She is a Registered Maine Guide and has led wilderness canoe, hiking, and kayak expeditions for over two decades.  Sue has a degree in elementary education and special education from Boston College, a Master’s in recreation from Northeastern University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maine. She has spent 29 years teaching and administering in Maine public schools. Her experience includes teaching elementary and special education, principal, assistant Superintendent of Schools in charge of curriculum and instruction, and Superintendent of school.  She has also taught outdoor education at the Kieve Leadership Institute and for the University of Maine.  In her spare time, Sue spends time canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and riding ATV’s. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her grown children-Lynne, Matthew, and Sam.  She chairs the DLLT Education Committee.

Sydney Lea (President): Mr. Lea was named the seventh poet laureate of Vermont in 2011, after his retirement as a longtime professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College.  His most recent book and twelfth collection of poetry is No Doubt the Nameless (2016, Four Way Books).  He is also a novelist, essayist, and editor.  His tribute to Grand Lake elders, A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife, was published by Skyhorse in January 2013.  Lea has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Vermont College, Middlebury College, Franklin College in Switzerland, and the National Hungarian University. He founded New England Review in 1977 and edited it till 1989. His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New RepublicThe New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives in Newbury, Vermont, and his family resides seasonally on an island in West Grand Lake.  He chairs the campaign committee for the West Grand Lake Community Forest Project.

Edward J. McGrath, Esq.: Mr. McGrath has practiced environmental law for more than thirty-five years. As a senior partner in the Denver law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, he developed that firm’s environmental practice group. Upon retiring from the firm after eighteen years, he returned to Washington where he was a member of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, Chartered for a period of three years. A graduate of Williams College and Columbia University School of Law, he was a member of the Leadership Committee of the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is a long-time seasonal resident of Grand Lake Stream, having first come to Grand Lake Stream as a boy in 1946.  He chairs the DLLT Forest Resources Committee.

Jeffrey Pierce: Mr. Pierce has a BA in English from the University of Montana and is currently a Residential Real Estate Broker for Mulkerin Real Estate in Portland, ME.  As a young child, Jeff was introduced to the wilds of hunting and fishing through his father and mother, who also have a passion for the outdoors.  Before becoming a realtor, Mr. Pierce held many exciting jobs, including working for a guide service in Wyoming, a ranch hand in Montana, and a flight instructor in Florida.  West Grand Lake holds a special place in his heart, which he explores from his remote camp.  Jeff lives in Cumberland, ME with his wife and three children.

Stephen Schaefer (Secretary): Mr. Schaefer is the former owner of Maineline Studio, a professional portrait studio in Calais, Maine. A Registered Maine Guide, he served on former Governor Angus King’s Land Acquisition Priorities Advisory Committee and was a Grand Lake Stream selectman for ten years. A former member of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission, Mr. Schaefer is also the Vice President of the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club. He resides in Grand Lake Stream.  He chairs the DLLT Development Committee.

Dale Tobey: Mr. Tobey is a year-round resident of Grand Lake Stream.  He is a Registered Maine Guide, a property caretaker, carpenter, and builder of Grand Lake Canoes and paddles.  He serves on the board of the Grand Lake Stream Guides Association and is chairman of the board for the Maine Professional Guides Association.  He spent 25 years as owner and operator of a family sheet metal business in southern Maine before moving to Grand Lake Stream full-time in 2000.

Lindsay P. Wheaton: Mrs. Wheaton and her husband own and run Grand Lake Lodge, a local sporting camp. A graduate of American University in political science, she has a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology and works with children in local school systems. She resides full-time in Grand Lake Stream and serves as President of the Grand Lake Stream School Board.  She chairs the DLLT Governance Committee and Trails Committee.

Lee Whitely (Vice President): Mr. Whitely was President of the Technical Papers Division and Director General of the Axhom Division of Lydall, Inc., and was on the corporation’s Board of Directors for many years. He has a BS in Forestry and a Master’s in Pulp and Paper Technology, both from the University of Maine. A Registered Maine Guide, he served on the Leadership Committee of the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership and has been on various nonprofit boards. He lives in Grand Lake Stream and owns a camp on Fourth Machias Lake.