Steven Hufnagel, Executive Director
Steven has served as Executive Director of DRA since 2009, having previously been DRA’s Director of Lands and Stewardship starting in 2003. Steven grew up along the Mianus River in Bedford, New York where he was active in the Mianus River Gorge Preserve and Town of Bedford Conservation Board. He attended Williams College, majoring in Geology (B.A.), and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan (M.S.). His land use planning focus took him from Ann Arbor to Belize to study collaboration at a watershed scale among local land trusts and international NGO’s. Prior to graduate school, he worked for three years in Seattle as a project manager at the Cascadia Consulting Group assisting public agency clients in their outreach efforts to promote watershed stewardship and waste reduction.
Steven is interested in the intersection of land use planning, land conservation, public outreach and water quality. He loves trails – creating them and hiking on them – and islands. He serves on the Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee and on the board of the Twin Villages Alliance, promoting cross-sector collaboration to create a more vibrant Newcastle-Damariscotta community and economy. Steven and his wife Liza live with their two young children in Damariscotta just a few blocks from the river.
Jesse Ferreira, Lands and Stewardship Director
A native of Camden, Maine, Jesse is happy to be back in the Midcoast area. He worked as a Land Conservation and Stewardship Specialist jointly for the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust in Southeastern Massachusetts, where his responsibilities included monitoring properties, writing baseline reports, leading land acquisition projects and assisting with the land trust accreditation process.
Jesse got his start in land conservation with The Trustees of Reservations, where he managed their properties on Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. He also worked with the Westport Land Conservation Trust as their Stewardship Manager, and has designed and built a number of trail systems, boardwalks, kiosks and parking areas.
Jesse holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. In his free time he enjoys beach-combing and hiking trails with his family.
Sarah Gladu, Director of Education and Environmental Monitoring
Sarah Gladu has been the running DRA’s School for Field Naturalists program since 2005 and has worked in environmental education since 1992. Sarah currently coordinates the DRA volunteer water and horseshoe crab monitoring projects and is Chair of MCOA (Maine Coastal Observing Alliance). Previously she worked for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension coordinating state-wide water quality monitoring programs.
Sarah has a B.A. from Brandeis University in Environmental Policy where she also got a Teaching Certification and a Wildlife Management Certificate. In 1998, she received a Master of Environmental Learning and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. Sarah lives in Waldoboro with her two daughters, her husband Tim, five Norwegian Elkhounds, two horses, chickens, ducks, sheep and one cat.
Darryn Kaymen, Operations and Program Manager
Darryn came on board in 2010, having recently moved with her family from New Hampshire to be closer to her parents. As Operations and Program Manager, Darryn handles databases and record keeping, manages volunteers, coordinates events, and much more to keep the organization running smoothly.
Darryn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education from Antioch University New England. Her background includes nine years managing an environmental consulting office, teaching, and several years working as a field geologist prior to that.
When she isn’t at the office she loves to walk the trails taking photos. Darryn, her husband and son live in Jefferson.
Jim Grenier, Preserves and Facilities Manager
Jim came to DRA in 2016 through a partnership with the Veterans’ Administration, which later evolved into a permanent part-time position managing DRA’s multiple facilities on two campuses and assisting the Lands and Stewardship Director with managing the DRA’s extensive trails and conservation properties.
A 2015 graduate of Unity College with a BS in Parks and Forest Resource Management, Jim also brings 28 years of experience as a carpenter and contractor, along with experience in commercial fishing, marine maintenance, and landscaping.
Jim and his wife live in Somerville. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and all things outdoors.
Hannah McGhee, Communications Coordinator
Hannah has been part-time “inspiration agent” for the DRA since January 2016, after having contracted with the organization for a few years on various graphic design projects. Hannah is a self-employed a graphic designer, in business since 2013 creating websites, logos, posters, business cards, t-shirts and other designs for print or web. Prior to that, she worked as a social worker for ten years.
Hannah has an Associate Degree in Communications and New Media from Southern Maine Community College in South Portland and a BA in Political Science, German and French from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. She enjoys playing viola with the community orchestra, photography, taking hikes, and running. She and her husband live in Newcastle.