The Whiteman Team 



LEIGH WHITEMAN, Team Leader, Seller and Buyer Specialist,ABR,GRI, Realtor/Broker 

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A Guilford native, Leigh attended Guilford High School, lived in New York City, Paris, France and Chicago before attending Mount Holyoke College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and went on to perform, choreograph and teach in the New York area. Leigh returned to Guilford and became a Realtor in 1988. She has earned the designations of Graduate Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyer Representative and became a Connecticut Real Estate Broker in 2002. Leigh is a Guild Member of The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. The Whiteman Team was formed in 2003. Leigh has assisted well over 1000 families and individuals buy and sell homes and make prudent investments in real estate.

Leigh married her partner for life, Jef Ruchti in 1977. They have two children, a son, Graham and daughter-in-law Jenny, a daughter, Blake and a granddaughter, Kyla and grandson, Robin.   Leigh loves to hike (especially on the Na Pali in Hawaii) and is an avid reader. Leigh has volunteered in the schools and on numerous community projects, including serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Shoreline Arts Alliance and as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the VNA Community Health Care. She has served on numerous committees of the local Board of Realtors including serving as a member of the Board of Directors.

 KIMBERLY STODDARD: Team Member, Administrative Manager, Realtor

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Kim is a native of Guilford and graduated from Guilford High School. She attended Middlesex Community College and Branford Hall for Business.With a natural predisposition to organization and genuine interest in helping people, Kim has worked in a variety of disciplines: secretary for RFP Associates- a career consulting firm; bookkeeper for a charitable, non-profit woman’s organization and an international men’s barber chain; Senior Regional Program Manager for Clinical Mobility- a national mobile medical company.

Since 2006, Kim has been the Administrative Manager and more recently, a Realtor and Closing Coordinator for The Whiteman Team. 

Kim lives with her Partner Kevin Minckler. Kim has six children, a daughter and son-in-law, Stephannie and Chuck and Grandson Chase; a son and daughter-in-law Mark and Alexandra and Granddaughters Victoria and Lilith; a daughter and son-in-law Morgan and Corey; Joshua and his partner Ian; Jason and his partner Genisis and grandson Elijah ; a son William.


 KELLY Whiteman: Team Member, Realtor




Kelly has been a Connecticut resident for six years. She is originally from Oneonta, New York.  She spent a semester in Perth, Australia and studied the coral reefs in San Salvador for two weeks before graduating with a Biology Degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. 

She has been a familiar face at KC’s Restaurant & Pub, a family-owned restaurant in Guilford, since she moved to Connecticut in 2012. She most recently held the General Manager position at KC’s, as well as tending bar and waitressing, which allows her a greater opportunity to interact with and form closer relationships with her customers.

 Kelly enjoys making greeting cards, playing board games, or throwing a Frisbee with her dog, Daisy. She currently lives in Branford with her Husband Nolan.


  Jenna Messier Team Member, Realtor


Jenna Messier is a Connecticut native, having grown up in both Bethel and New Milford, Connecticut until leaving for college.  Jenna studied Agriculture at The Ohio State University, and spent the following 10 years living on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts while working on vegetable farms and as a landscaper. 

 In 2005, Jenna switched gears and began working for non-profit organizations in the Greater New York City area, before returning to Connecticut and merging her interests in non-profit management and agriculture while working for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut.  As the Director of the Organic Land Care Program, Jenna led professional trainings across the northeast and implemented grant projects to educate the public about how to care for their lawns and gardens organically and sustainably.

In 2015, she started Homes to Grow, LLC, to provide urban apartments with raised-bed garden space for the tenants. This desire to increase urban gardens, local food production, and pollination habitat has led Jenna to a career in real estate where she can truly see the value of the green spaces which surround our homes.