Meet the Development Staff
Nicky Blanchard, Director of Development
Nicky joined MCHT in June 2010 and was promoted to Director of Development in September of 2013. Nicky has a background in non-profit project management and major donor fundraising. Most recently, Nicky was the Director of Parent Giving and Programs at Colby College. Previous to that, Nicky worked for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, where she was responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating multiple high level projects. Her work helped the organization gain greater media attention and funding support. She graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina with a BS and holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. When she’s not working, Nicky loves to hike, ski, and bike.
Nicole Connelly, Major Gifts Officer
Prior to joining MCHT as a Major Gifts Officer in 2014, Nicole was with the University of New England as part of their Institutional Advancement Team. Nicole joined the University in 2005 when she moved to Maine from Maryland. There, she was the Executive Director of the Environment Fund for Maryland, and prior to that worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as Manager of their Port Isobel Island Education Center. Nicole is trained as a marine biologist with B.S. degrees from Coastal Carolina University in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, John, and together they own Adventurous Joe Coffee, a unique outdoor lifestyle specialty coffee company. In the summer, John and Nicole can often be found kayaking Maine’s coast or paddling inland rivers together. When winter arrives, you’ll find her exploring Maine’s mountains on her telemark or cross country skies.
Ceci Danforth, Outreach Coordinator
Ceci joined MCHT in June, 2015. Previously, she held positions with MaineToday, Port City Music Hall, One Longfellow Square, and 317 Main Community Music Center where she worked to identify, build, and communicate with passionate niche communities to support nonprofits and small businesses. Her freelance clients have included the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, the Maine Acoustic Festival, and the Saddleback Bluegrass Festival. Ceci enjoys paddling, hiking, camping, skiing, pedaling, and boating through the magic of the Maine outdoors with her two teenage sons from their home base on the Androscoggin River in Topsham.
Kristen Eaton, Membership & Annual Fund Manager
Prior to joining Maine Coast Heritage Trust in April 2012, Kristen worked in the development office at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center where she planned fundraising events and worked with donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Kristen has a BA in Communications and Public Relations from The University of Maine, Orono. She grew up in Ellsworth and has a deep love for the coast! Kristen lives in Topsham with her young daughter, Isla and their pug, Millie.
Sarah Hale, Foundations Manager
Since settling in Maine in 1992, Sarah has sought to combine her love of writing with her passion for the outdoors. She is the author of two mountain bike guide books, Mountain Bike! Maine and Mountain Bike! Atlantic Canada. Prior to joining MCHT in 2010, she worked as a grant writer for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She holds a B.A. in English and women’s studies from McGill University. Sarah and her family live in Bath, where they like to garden, ski, ride bikes, read and make art.
Kyoko Ingalls, Prospect Research Manager
With more than 10 years of prospect research experience, Kyoko joined MCHT in August 2010. Previously, she worked at the University of New England in the Institutional Advancement Office. Prior to that, she worked as senior prospect researcher in the Development and Alumni Relations Division at Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned a bachelor’s degree. As a relative new comer to Maine, Kyoko has been exploring the Maine way of life. She appreciates the natural beauty of Maine and enjoys local produces and fresh seafood, which is absolutely wonderful. Kyoko lives in Scarborough, ME, with her husband.
Charlene Swift, Executive Assistant
Charlene Swift joined MCHT in February 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Development. She most recently worked for over 12 years at the Park Slope Food Coop as a Membership Coordinator and Payroll Administrator in Brooklyn, NY. After years of trips to Maine, Charlene and her spouse, Patricia, followed their hearts and became Maine residents in the spring of 2015. Charlene's interests range from the outdoors to a variety of artistic endeavors and visiting new places.
Marjorie Whitman, Development Assistant
With a 4500-acre New York State county park as a back yard, Marj and her brothers spent much of their childhood hiking and exploring the park’s 35 miles of trails. Along with dabbling in antiques, Marj has been a lifelong executive/administrative assistant – in the corporate world with manufacturers, an oil company, a newspaper, and with attorneys; and in the non-profit sector with Bowdoin College and now for MCHT in the Development Department. Marj lives in Brunswick and enjoys her grandchildren, dogs, golf and tennis, antiques, reading and proofreading, real estate and the stock market, and, of course, walking anywhere.
David Warren, Planned Giving & Major Gifts Officer
David grew up in Brunswick and spends part of each summer enjoying the coast of Maine from his families’ property on Orr’s Island. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, David embarked on a career primarily in fundraising in public broadcasting. Stops along the way included WGBY in Springfield, MA; New Hampshire Public Television; Maine Public Broadcasting; Vermont Public Television and Vermont Public Radio. While in Vermont from 2006 to 2014, David spent his last two years there in planned and major giving at the academic medical center in Burlington. He and his wife, Jane, are excited about coming home to Maine - Jane grew up here, too. David brings over 25 years of fundraising experience to MCHT’s first-ever planned giving specific position. For fun he loves hiking, kayaking, meeting people and spending time with friends and family including step-daughter Emily.
Jane Warren, Grants Associate
Jane Warren, Grants Associate in Topsham, spent two decades in front of—and behind—the microphone at MPBN radio and worked for Vermont Public Radio. Before returning to Maine, she served as Community Campaign Manager for United Way of Chittenden County,Vermont. Jane and her husband David (the Trust’s Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer) live in Brunswick where she enjoys gardening, reading and kayaking.