Staff Bios

DRA staff photo

Coastal Rivers staff, from left: Steven Hufnagel, Sara Cawthon (Twin Villages Foodbank Farm), Sarah Gladu, Deb Suchar, Jesse Ferreira, Jim Grenier, Darryn Kaymen, Kaitlyn Gardner (TVFF), and Hannah McGhee. Not pictured: Jody Harris and Carolyn Shubert.

Steven Hufnagel, Executive Director

shufnagel@damariscottariver.org

Steven has served as Executive Director of DRA (now Coastal Rivers) 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 children in Damariscotta just a few blocks from the river.

Jesse Ferreira, Lands and Stewardship Director

jferreira@damariscottariver.org

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

sgladu@damariscottariver.org

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 Coastal Rivers’ varied citizen science 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 Manager

dkaymen@damariscottariver.org

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.

Hannah McGhee, Outreach and Communications Manager

hmcghee@damariscottariver.org

Hannah joined the DRA (now Coastal Rivers) staff as “inspiration agent” in January 2016, after having contracted with the organization for a few years on various graphic design projects. Hannah was a self-employed graphic designer for several years 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, backpacking, and running. She and her husband live in Newcastle.

Carolyn Shubert

Carolyn Shubert, Water Steward

cshubert@damariscottariver.org

Born in Philadelphia, PA, and summering in Maine since the age of five, Carolyn has lived in Boothbay a long time, moving to that peninsula full time in 1977. She was co-owner of a jewelry store for 25 years and then worked for Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) for more than 8 years. In 2010, she went on a 14 month sailing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean and back on a 25-foot sailboat with her husband, Captain Jack Bassett, who built their beautiful boat S/V Flying Fish.

Carolyn began working at Pemaquid Watershed Assocation (now Coastal Rivers) in April 2012 and is dedicated to land trust conservation work. Carolyn’s goals at Coastal Rivers include finding niches for all to help as volunteers and the promotion of the Water Quality programs such as LakeSmart, Courtesy Boat Inspections at two boat ramps in the watershed, and water quality testing.

Jim Grenier, Facilities Manager

jgrenier@damariscottariver.org

Jim came to DRA (now Coastal Rivers) 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 Coastal Rivers’ 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.

Jody Harris

Jody McKenzie Harris, Events and Business Sponsorship Coordinator

jharris@damariscottariver.org
Jody’s roots are from Massachusetts, growing up on the coast south of Boston but spending most of her adult life in the rural foothills of the Berkshires. While on a visit to Mount Desert Island during high school, she decided that someday she was going to live on the coast of Maine. It took many years and many visits, but her dream finally came true!

It was her grandfather who cultivated Jody’s appreciation for the earth by teaching her to tend the soil. Her first real job was as the owner of a herd of milk cows, which then progressed (or maybe digressed) to a flock of sheep. In 2004, with the abundance of wool from the sheep, she developed Botanical Shades, a fiber arts business which Jody still operates today. She has a studio at her home in Round Pond where she specializes in natural dyeing, producing a line of hand-dyed yarns and woven items.

Having worked and volunteered for a variety of non-profits including a land trust, an art school and a museum, Jody has a strong conviction and commitment to the essential work that non-profits do. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, paddling the magnificent shoreline of Maine and spending time with her family. Her next dream is to become a sailor and cruise the coast of Maine and beyond. But for now, she happily lives in Round Pond with her husband Bob and cat Lincoln! Jody has been with PWA (now Coastal Rivers) since April 2015.

Deb Suchar, Membership and Development Coordinator

dsuchar@damariscottariver.org
Deb came on board as the Capital Campaign Office Manager for DRA’s Capital Campaign in 2016. When the campaign was over, she stayed on as part-time Membership and Development Coordinator.

A Maine native, Deb worked for several nonprofit organizations in an administrative role prior to joining Coastal Rivers’ staff. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Foods and Nutrition from the University of Maine at Orono.

Deb lives in Damariscotta with her partner Scott and several furry friends.

Sara Cawthon, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm Manager

scawthon@twinvillagesfarm.org
Cawthon has a wide range of agricultural experiences in New England and the Midwest. Together with her partner, she has operated a CSA farm, founded and worked for a growers’ cooperative supporting disadvantaged farmers, helped start a beginner farm incubator, and has worked with several educational food and farm programs.

Cawthon holds a Master of Science degree from Antioch University in Environmental Studies with a focus on agriculture and has most recently served as the Bowdoin College Organic Garden Manager.