Adam Shepherd

Executive Director

Adam first started with Rippleffect as a guide in the summer of 2012 while on a summer break from his graduate studies and then returned in May of 2013 as the Director of Advancement before taking on the role of Executive director in January of 2016. With over 20 years of experience in outdoor experiential education and youth development, Adam brings a deep understanding and appreciation for the work Rippleffect does in the community. His career has included time as a public school teacher, director of a children’s summer camp in the Adirondack mountains, and co-founder of Brown & Shepherd Nonprofit Consulting.

Adam grew up in southern Ohio and moved from New York City to South Portland three years ago where he lives with his wife Julie and daughter, Luisa. He holds an undergraduate degree in education from Miami University and a master’s of nonprofit management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

As an enthusiast for all things “outdoors”, Adam has not only dedicated his career to youth development through outdoor adventures, but also finds himself running way to the woods and waters of the Northeast any chance he gets.


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Toby Arnold

Program Director

Toby joined team Rippleffect in the spring of 2010 as a wilderness guide and boat captain. Through his tenure with Rippleffect he has served as the organizations lead trainer and helped shape and create “Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education” (ROLE). Recently, Toby has co-developed a semester long ROLE program for high schoolers which prepares them for work in the outdoor industry by offering field experience and nationally recognized certifications.

Toby came to Rippleffect from Washington state and the Virgin Islands where he worked as a sailboat captain, teaching sailing and outdoor living skills.  Toby graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. concentration in Maritime Studies. Toby is a certified ACA Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer, USCG licensed boat captain, and dedicated alpine practitioner. Toby is a father of 2 sons, passionate educator, community builder, and adventurer, who is happiest when climbing in the mountains and exploring on the ocean with his family, friends and youth participants.  Toby, Shannon, and their two sons live in Standish, Maine.


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Beth Gaughan

Development Associate and Program Registrar

Beth joined the Rippleffect team in November 2016 after a move from Arcata, California to Maine.  While in California, she worked in Development and as the Volunteer Coordinator at a non-profit that provided support for people with breast and GYN cancers.  For five years prior to this work, Beth worked as an Interpretive Ranger with the National Park Service in California, New Mexico, Colorado and Pennsylvania.  Beth also worked and adventured in Alaska on an Americorps trail crew.    

Beth grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Communication Studies.  Though she misses the Redwoods, Beth is very excited to be back on the east coast.  She resides in Portland with her partner Mike, and is excited to hike and explore Maine and New England.     



Logan Faulkingham

Program Manager: Youth School & Community Partnerships

Logan joined the Rippleffect team in April of 2015 as a seasonal guide. After falling in love with the Ripple community and Cow Island, she stepped into the role as the Aucocisco Manger in the summer of 2016. Logan was hired full time as Program Manager in September 2016. Throughout the year Logan can be found in various schools in Portland and South Portland implementing the after school program, ROLE, and helping support and encourage local communities of leaders.

Logan grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Maine in 2009 to attend the University of Maine at Farmington where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and played for the women’s soccer team. After working in the wilderness summer camp scene for many years and adventuring in the mountains and rivers all over Northern Maine, Logan moved to Minnesota in 2014. She attended the University of Minnesota at Mankato and received her Masters of Science in Experiential Education. After spending three incredible months in New Zealand, Logan found herself back in Maine teaching algebra to 7th & 8th graders and balancing a passion for classroom and outdoor education. She resides in Maine, continuing to always develop and foster her love for teaching, the outdoors, and seeking personal adventures to new places whenever possible.