Staff Bios

DRA staff photo

DRA 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

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 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.

Hannah McGhee, Outreach and Communications Manager

Hannah has been DRA’s “inspiration agent” since 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, taking hikes, and running. She and her husband live in Newcastle.

Jim Grenier, 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.

Deb Suchar, Membership and Development Coordinator
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 DRA’s 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
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.

Kate Talano, Lands and Stewardship Intern

Kate TalanoGrowing up in Naples FL, Kate Talano developed a passion for conserving the natural world while exploring the Florida Everglades. During her time in high school, Kate helped to co-teach a high school sustainability class with her science teacher, in addition to volunteering at the SWFL Conservancy wildlife hospital, where she became their first youth wildlife ambassador. Last fall, she spent three months tracing back her ancestry while traveling and working on several organic farms in Sweden.

Kate spends her summers in Orrs Island, ME, and attended Maine Coast Semester School during her junior year of high school. She has enjoyed learning about Maine’s natural environment, and is excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue to do so while interning with the DRA this summer. A first-year student at Middlebury College in Vermont, Kate plans to pursue a major in Environmental Science with a focus in Conservation Biology. She is also interested in exploring the topics of religion, Chinese, and sociology. Outside of the classroom, Kate loves to garden, read, and explore the outdoors.