The NRCM Rising Leadership Team helps provide ideas, energy, and momentum to NRCM Rising. The Leadership Team acts as an advisory board to NRCM Rising staff across the full range of NRCM Rising activities, including events and initiatives aimed at connecting young people who care about Maine’s environment to each other, to high priority environmental issues, and to special places across the state.
Adam Turner, Hallowell Adam lives in Hallowell and makes a living by renovating and renting apartment buildings in Hallowell, Gardiner, and Portland. He is passionate about the protection of the natural environment and is especially interested in preventing the growing climate change disaster. Wielding a B.A. in Metaphor from Bates College, he has enjoyed many figurative careers. Adam has also worked as a worm digger, an urchin tender, a mussel farmer and with fixing, fitting and selling bicycles in all shapes and sizes. He is happiest being outdoors and in the sun, hiking in Maine's forests and mountains and sailing the waters. Adam is looking forward to working with new people to help guide NRCM Rising down a productive path that will protect the wilderness of Maine.
Ellen Sabina, Belfast Ellen brings communications, marketing, and statewide organizing experience to the team. Currently the Outreach Director at Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), her previous experience includes work in development, event management, design, and coordination of diverse environmental groups on common goals. After studying at Bates and working on farms and with farmers in Vermont and Washington, Ellen settled in her home state, where she is connected to an incredible network of farmers and changemakers throughout Maine through MFT and MOFGA, where she serves on the education committee. Ellen is excited to join the NRCM Rising Leadership Team to help connect the dots between all of the good work that young Mainers are doing to ensure a bright future for this beautiful place we call home.
Jenny Kordick, Peaks Island Jenny brings experience in campaign management and strategy, environmental advocacy, and outreach to the NRCM Rising team. She is the Advocacy Director for The Wilderness Society’s energy and climate team, which works to make federal public land policy part of the climate solution. Prior to joining TWS, she worked in Washington, DC, for the National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club helping to develop and lead national campaigns to act on climate and protect public lands and waters. Jenny enjoys running, kayaking, and eating oysters. She moved to Maine in 2017 to be closer to nature and to enjoy life the way it should be. She is excited to meet new leaders in the field and support Maine’s thriving environmental community with NRCM Rising.
Jesse McMahon, Arrowsic Jesse is an independent communications consultant, environmental advocate, and writer. Currently she is the associate content producer for an upcoming animated PBS series called Nature Cat, which seeks to motivate young children to go outside and connect with nature—wherever they may live. As a freelance reporter, her byline has appeared in The Boston Globe, ProPublica and The Initiative for Investigative Reporting at Northeastern University. Jesse has a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and an M.A. in journalism from Northeastern University. Regarding climate change as the pivotal issue of her generation, Jesse is excited to play a hands-on role on the NRCM Rising Leadership Team to advocate for positive environmental change and help cultivate an important dialogue between young people around the state. Jesse left Boston in 2011 to move to the great state of Maine. She and her husband, along with their dog, Alice, and five chickens now live in Arrowsic. Jesse loves sailing, (she holds a 50-ton USCG master’s license with a sailing endorsement), hiking, gardening, floating in the ocean with her dog and husband, and snowshoeing.
Kelly Corbin, South Portland Kelly brings experience in environmental education, ecological landscape management, and communications to the NRCM Rising team. She holds a Master’s degree in Ecological Design from The Conway School as well as a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Kelly currently works as a freelance grant writer and volunteers for local organizations such as the Wild Seed Project and the Fort Williams Park Foundation, both of which work to restore native plants to Maine habitats. Kelly is excited to work with the NRCM Rising team because of her great love of all things outside and her passion to create a “Local Ecosystem movement” where citizens understand the ecology around them and how it shapes their lives. She strongly believes in the great work NRCM does and is excited to get more people involved with protecting their environment. Kelly also plans and designs native plant gardens, hikes, runs, rock climbs, reads, sews, and appreciates life with her husband and dog in South Portland.
Lucy Brennan, South Portland Lucy calls South Portland home, where enjoys a quick walk to work as the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City. Established in 2015, the Sustainability Office develops policies and practices that promote a healthy environment, economic wellbeing, and strong community partnerships. She has marveled in the opportunity to impact her local community through energy efficiency, waste reduction, solar, and climate adaptation programs. Prior to this work, Lucy was an Annual Giving Coordinator for her alma mater, Bates College, where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies as a student. Beyond the classroom and the office, her value of a shared outdoor experience drove her to lead a cross-country bike trip for high school students from Charleston, South Carolina to San Diego, California. She begins most mornings with a run outside, (rain, snow, or sun) and marvels in any opportunity to spend time with family or friends in fresh air. Lucy is energized by the very important work being done at the state and local-level by NRCM to touch all Mainers and hopes to share that enthusiasm through NRCM Rising.
Mike Williams, Cumberland Mike is the Vice President of Strategic Development for the BlueGreen Alliance. The BlueGreen Alliance unites America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to identify ways today’s environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy. Mike has helped advance the BlueGreen Alliance’s positions on energy and climate change, renewables, manufacturing, energy efficiency, and green schools. Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, he worked for the National Wildlife Federation and as Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s (D-TX) legislative assistant, handling energy, environmental, and transportation issues. Mike graduated from George Washington University with an M.A. in public policy, concentrating in environmental policy. He received his B.A. from Boston University, where he studied philosophy and music. Mike enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being in the woods. He moved to Maine in June 2014 with his wife and children. Mike has a deep commitment to getting people engaged in efforts that both energize their support for the environment and just simply gets them outdoors. NRCM Rising embodies that spirit.
Ryan Linn, Portland Ryan grew up in Belfast and eventually settled in Portland. Somewhere along the way he found the mountains of northern New England were some of the few places he could truly relax and gather his thoughts. After hiking the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, Ryan started Guthook Hikes to make smartphone-based hiking guides as a way to share the joy he finds in hiking all over the country. Ryan joined NRCM as a member when he learned about NRCM’s work to protect Maine’s public reserved lands, since Maine has so many wild places yet so little public land. When he is not working on Guthook Hikes projects, Ryan can be found hiking and camping in Baxter State Park.
NRCM Rising Leadership Team Alumni
Alicia Rea, Lewiston 2017 Leadership Team Alicia has skills and experience in community service, nonprofit organizations, and fundraising. Currently working as an Annual Giving Coordinator for Student Programs at Bates College, Alicia is a proud graduate of Connecticut College (go Camels!), living in Lewiston. In addition to her service on the Leadership Team, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Lewiston Education Fund. Alicia is excited to be part of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team because in her time here in Maine, she has already discovered so many beautiful, natural parts of the state and hopes to work to protect these spaces for future generations. As a member of NRCM and through her involvement in NRCM Rising, she has enjoyed the networking opportunities provided while getting together in support of Maine's environment with others who share her enthusiasm in the mission.
Sadie Lloyd, Waldo Along with her environmental ethic and advocacy, Sadie brings to the Leadership Team her experience in city planning, fundraising, marketing, and communications. After graduating with honors from Lesley University, Sadie attended the Muskie School of Public Service where she earned her Master's in Community Planning and Development. She lives in Waldo and works in Belfast as the City Planner and staffs the City Energy Committee and Pedestrian, Biking, and Hiking Committee. Sadie is excited to be part of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team because she is passionate about protecting the natural beauty of Maine and knows that engaging younger generations is key to keeping NRCM's important work alive in an aging state. Exploring new, wild places is Sadie's favorite part about life in Maine and she's eager to help ensure these places, as well as clean air, water, and healthy wildlife are protected.
Sarah Short, Portland 2017 Leadership Team Sarah is the Development Director for the Senator George Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute, which works to increase the likelihood that young people from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue, and achieved a college education. Prior to joining the Mitchell Institute, Sarah worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Sarah received a B.A. in computer science from Amherst College, and later went on to earn her MBA in nonprofit management at the Yale School of Management. Growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sarah would escape the August heat every summer on Mount Desert Island. She is excited to be part of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team because she wants more people in our generation to know about the good work NRCM does and is excited to meet others across the state. Sarah moved to Portland in 2013 and enjoys kayaking from East End Beach. She also enjoys sailing, gardening, and snowshoeing.
Rob Ellis, Waterville 2016 Leadership Team Rob is a solar design specialist at Revision Energy in Liberty, Maine’s largest residential and commercial solar panel installer. At Revision, Rob helps homeowners in Midcoast and Central Maine understand the potential of solar energy and the options available for their homes. Prior to joining the Revision team, Rob worked as an Americorp VISTA in Portland helping homeowners and renters winterize their homes. This experience quickly progressed to energy auditing; he attained certification through Building Performance Institute (BPI) and was a registered vendor of Efficiency Maine. In 2011, Rob successfully thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and walking home to Maine. Rob graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2009 with a degree in political science. He moved to Waterville in 2013 and enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and skiing, and is addicted to NPR’s “Planet Money.”