Ed Easter
Ed Easter President

In 2016 after Ed, his wife Elizabeth, and their salty dog Luna spent five years aboard their Bristol 41 sailing the western North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea including South and Central America they settled in Bethel to be closer to family. Raising their two children in Charlotte N.C. Ed worked as Director of Land Sales for Crescent Resources where his team was responsible for the land management and sales of a portfolio more than 200,000 acres. Prior to Crescent he was the owner of Wingate Paving Company for more than 12 years, specializing in recreational projects as well as residential and commercial development. Originally from southern New Jersey Ed was an active Scout ultimately becoming an Eagle Scout and learning the value that the woodlands have to offer. Having a Bachelor’s degree in plant biology, a background in forestry and the love of the outdoors Ed enjoys all that IWT and Maine has to offer.

Jeff Sloan
Jeff Sloan Vice President

After a successful 38 year career as a Dentist in Auburn, Maine, Jeff has developed a passion for trail building with IWT. He volunteers with the trail crews winter and summer and has recently finished a three year term as IWT treasurer. He currently serves as VP and leads the Development Team. Jeff and his wife Sara love cycling, hiking, fly fishing, skiing and traveling. They have two grown daughters.

Shawn McGowan
Shawn McGowan Treasurer

Shawn and his family split their time between the Seacoast of NH and the Mountains of Western Maine. They enjoy skiing, trail running, hiking and mountain biking. Professionally Shawn spends his time in the software space investing and supporting leadership teams. Shawn currently serves as the treasurer working with the IWT on planning and analysis.

Jonathan Goldberg Secretary

Robin Zinchuk
Robin Zinchuk

Robin has enjoyed nearly 40 years of serving Bethel area communities, as ED of the Chamber, a Bethel Rotarian, a founder of Bethel Area Arts & Music, and a trustee of Inland Woods & Trails. She, and husband Doug, own Doug Zinchuk Roofing, and several rental properties. Robin is from East Brunswick, NJ and graduated with a BS in Physical Education from Montclair State University in NJ. She has four sons, Daniel, Brian, Kevin and Matthew, and five grandsons.

Karen Wilson
Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson is from NH’s Mount Washington Valley. She attended UVM to become a teacher. Karen married Todd Papianou, and they owned and operated Northern Waters Whitewater School in Errol, NH for 15 years. They moved to Andover, ME, to run the business, and also took teaching positions in the area. In 2016, Karen left teaching and became a math coach. That same year she was elected Board Member of the Chisholm Ski Club in Rumford and began coaching alpine ski racing at Black Mt. In 2018 she was elected as a Board Member of Inland Woods + Trails and was appointed to Rumford Hospital’s River Valley Community Health Committee. In 2020 Karen joined Central Maine Healthcare’s Quality and Value Committee and became an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maine at Farmington. In 2022 Karen added Central Maine Healthcare’s Long Term Care Board to her list of board appointments. Karen is an avid skier, cyclist, hiker, paddler, and all around lover of everything outdoors. She is most at home on the trails.

Beth Dobson
Beth Dobson

Beth came to Maine in 1969 to attend the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in political science. During her years in Orono, she started to develop a love for the Maine outdoors. After working four years with the State Planning Office under Governors Curtis and Longley, Beth started law school where she met her husband, Paul Driscoll. Upon graduation from law school, Beth became an associate and Partner with Verrill & Dana. In 1984 Beth married Paul, they have since been blessed with three children, Elaine, Robert and Katherine. During her career as a private attorney, Beth served on various Boards reflecting her interest in matters important to the people of the State of Maine including health care (VNA and Mercy), children (Big Brothers & Big Sisters and various capacities with United Way), education (Cheverus High School and UMLS Board of Visitors and Foundation Board), and the law (Maine Bar Foundation, Cumberland Bar Association). Beth is now on the Board of the University of Maine System. Beth received the UMLS Outstanding Alumna Award in 2003, the UMLS Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Caroline Duby Glassman award in 2012 for advancing the participation and promotion of women in the legal profession. In 2009 Governor Baldacci nominated Beth to a position on the Maine District Court where she sat primarily in Bangor, Ellsworth, Augusta and West Bath. Governor LePage reappointed Beth to the Maine District Court at the end of her initial term. Beth felt that she could best serve the people of Maine on the District Court. Beth retired in 2019 after 10 years as a District Court Judge. Beth and Paul recently moved to Bethel from Cumberland County. Upon moving to Bethel, Beth was delighted to be invited onto the Inland Woods & Trails board, and to support its mission.

Peter Southam
Peter Southam

Peter has been a member of the IW&T board since its inception. He served as board president from 2012-2016 and from 2018-2021. He recently retired as the science department chair at Gould Academy where he also coached mountain biking and road cycling. Peter started Bethel Bicycle (now Barker Mountain Bikes) in 2008 and owned it until 2015. He also served on the Town of Bethel select board from 2012 until 2021. Peter is an avid mountain biker, road cyclist, nordic and alpine skier. He and his wife, Sarah, are embarking on a cross country bicycle tour of the Northern Tier states in the summer of 2022. He is excited about the continued expansion of the mountain bike trail network in and around Bethel.

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