Our Board

Wesley E. Scott, CFRE


Director of Philanthropy - University of Kentucky Children's Hospital

Wesley is an adoptive Kentuckian since 2010 and has called Central Kentucky home since 2016. He is a philanthropy professional, currently with the Kentucky Children's Hospital at UK. He has devoted his professional philanthropy career to youth-based causes and firmly believes in the power of resilience and self-efficacy to counteract the negative impact of ACEs. Wesley holds a Masters in Public Administration along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Wesley is married to his college sweetheart and they have one daughter, along with a menagerie of animals on their farm in Bourbon County.

Joseph A. “Trey” Benson


Founder - Frontier Consulting Group, LLC

Joseph A. “Trey” Benson, III lives in Lexington with his wife Denise, their two daughters Alden (20) and Avery (18), and their two yellow labs, Daisy and Belle. Trey is a business professional in the software development business and founder of a several companies focusing on Human Capital Management (HCM). In addition to his professional career, Trey is also an avid hunter, fisherman and conservationist with lifetime memberships in the conservation groups, Wild Sheep Foundation and Boone & Crockett Club. Trey enjoys the outdoors and working with adults and children on creating safe fulfilling outdoor adventures. Additionally, Trey and his family are members of Southland Christian Church where he volunteers for a number of ministries, including the Backpack Program, which provides food to needy families in central Kentucky and Hope for Haiti, packing over 1 million meals for needy families in Haiti.

Shannon Stuart-Smith, J.D.

Immediate Past President

Nonprofit Consultant & Attorney - Free Agent for Change, LLC 

Shannon is an attorney, nonprofit management consultant, avid rock climber, former racehorse trainer, and ex-jockey. A childhood passion for horses lead to twenty years of employment in the thoroughbred racehorse industry before she obtained a law degree and began working in the nonprofit sector. Shannon started her own consulting company, Free Agent for Change, LLC with special emphasis on organizational development, strategic planning, board development and capacity building for social justice and civil rights nonprofit organizations. Currently, Shannon serves on the Board of Trustees for Life Adventure Center and the board of Lexington Community Radio.

Roger Brown, Ph.D.

Board Member

Agricultural Economics Professor - University of Kentucky

Roger is past president of LAC and current chair of the LAC governance committee. As a student at the University of Kentucky, Roger worked during his summer breaks as a counselor at Life Adventure Camp which later merged with the Cleveland Home to become Life Adventure Center. Roger says, "I've seen lots of changes over the years, but LAC just keeps getting better!" Roger's regular day job is as a professor at the University of Kentucky.

Rev. L. Rodney Bennet

Board Member

Resource Manager - Kentucky Department of Education

L. Rodney Bennett has spent approximately 20 years serving the community and youth of Kentucky in his professional and personal life. He is a Resource Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education and a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor as well as Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Mayslick KY. Rodney has also worked collaboratively within the community as the Chairman of the Board for 4-H Youth Development and Board member of Life Adventure Center and NAPSA. Rodney’s pastime pleasures involve family time, the Pittsburg Steelers, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, reading and sharing wisdom.

Ron Wallace

Board Member

President and Founder, Equine Farm Management, Inc.

Ron is the President and Founder of Equine Farm Management, Inc., a company setup to help small horse farms with design, development, setup, and management. Born and raised in Colorado with a Masters in Equine Reproductive Physiology from Colorado State University, Ron has over 45 years of experience in the horse industry. Besides the LAC Board, Ron serves on the board of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, is a member of Roundup Riders of the Rockies and a past board member of the Gluck Equine Research Center. He and his wife of 44 years, Elise, moved to Kentucky in 1980 and raised two wonderful children, Alaina and Tristan. Elise operates “The Ruin” Bed and Breakfast in Versailles where they currently reside.

Martha Wetter, Ph.D.

Board Member

Clinical Psychologist - Commonwealth Therapy Group

Martha W. Wetter, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat trauma-based disorders. In 2011 she served as President of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). In 2016 Dr. Wetter received the Distinguished Career in Psychology award from KPA. In 2019 Dr. Wetter received the Theres N. Walton Lifetime Achievement award from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). And, in 2020 she became a Certified Clinician™ from the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

Dr. Ross Brown

Larry Stebleton