Staff Bios

Steven Hufnagel, Executive Director

Steven has served as Executive Director of Coastal Rivers (formerly 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. Steven and his wife Liza live with their two children in Damariscotta just a few blocks from the harbor.

Angela DesVeaux, Education and Membership Assistant
A graduate of Willamette University in Oregon, Angela majored in both Anthropology and Biology. Her previous related experience includes serving with AmeriCorps as a Conservation Crew member, acting as an Urban Forestry Unit intern, canvassing for The Nature Conservancy, and volunteering with an equine therapy program.

Angela and her partner moved to Maine in the spring of 2019 and live in Somerville.

Sarah Gladu, Director of Education and Citizen Science

Sarah Gladu has been running Coastal Rivers’ education 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, four Norwegian Elkhounds, four fish, three horses, chickens, ducks, sheep, one goat and one cat.

Jim Grenier, Trails and Facilities Manager

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.

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 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.

Hannah McGhee, Outreach and Communications Manager

Hannah joined the 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 serves on the boards of the Community Housing Improvement Project (CHIP, Inc.) and the Seacoast Youth and Community Orchestras. Hannah enjoys playing viola with the orchestra, photography, swimming, cycling and running. She and her husband live in Newcastle.

Joan Ray, Director of Land Conservation
Joan is a native of Damariscotta. A Colby College grad, she has an MBA from Boston University and is certified as a Maine Master Naturalist. She worked for a time in the computer industry and volunteered for conservation organizations.

After living 11 years in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado, Joan moved back to the area around 2005. She worked for the Medomak Valley Land Trust for nine years until it merged with Midcoast Conservancy, where she worked for one year before joining the Coastal Rivers Team in 2019.

Joan’s happy place is outdoors: traveling, hiking, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and playing with her dog.

Sara Cawthon, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm Manager
Sara 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.

Sara 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.

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