Staff Bios

Steven HufnagelSteven 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.

Claire Luce BaldwinClaire Luce Baldwin, Membership and Development Manager

Claire believes in the power of creative communications. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in Maternal and Child Health, and pursued her passion for health equity as an environmental educator for underserved youth groups in Grand Canyon National Park. She worked as an environmental and park ranger for several years, and created an illustrated poster series for Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial. In 2018, she settled in Portland, Oregon, and did development and communications for Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors during a period of transformative growth. In 2020, she relocated to Brunswick, Maine. She joined Coastal Rivers in the summer of 2021, and is excited to be part of the team and support this essential work.

Claire is also an illustrator, writer, and designer. She’s an avid hiker, and wherever she explores, her sketchbook comes, too.

Angela DesVeauxAngela 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 GladuSarah 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 is a Registered Maine Guide with a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Brandeis University, where she also attained 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 GrenierJim 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 KaymenDarryn 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 McGheeHannah McGhee, Outreach and Communications Manager

Hannah joined the Coastal Rivers team as “inspiration agent” in January 2016, after having contracted with the organization for a few years on various graphic design and print 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, running, and learning new things. She and her husband live in Newcastle.

Joan RayJoan 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.

Lisa RentonLisa Renton, Stewardship Manager

The daughter of a Forest Ranger, Lisa grew up in the shade of western forests with the rivers, woods and ocean as her playground. She majored in Biology (B.S.) at Principia College and studied abroad in New Zealand and at the Bodega Marine Laboratory in California. Since 2011, Lisa’s work has been rooted in relationships. As a consultant supporting diverse coalitions, such as the 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative, a Regional Conservation Partnership created to advance the pace of conservation in midcoast Maine, she believes making time to connect and build trust is meaningful and inspiring work. Previously, she worked for Sonoma Water, the Association of California Water Agencies and North Coast Water Quality Control Board providing support for legislative issues, public affairs, regional coordination, communications and education. Lisa joined the Coastal Rivers team in the fall of 2021, and looks forward to working in partnership to steward these beautiful places we call home.

Lisa lives with her artist and craftsman husband, kind and curious son, and very sleepy kitty in Camden. She loves long walks, ocean dips and well-packed picnics.

Sara CawthonSara 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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