Meet Our Board Members

We are so excited to have assembled this group of amazing, smart and talented individuals to help guide Through The Trees in delivering our vision and mission to our community!




NINA CRIST, President


Nina is the Director of the Jaguar Path School of Yoga and Shamanism and a Lead Teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. As a Maine native, Nina has deep roots in nature and has dedicated her professional life to connecting people with the elements and building community. Nina co-founded Through the Trees with her sister, Marcia Griffin and is excited to sit on the Board of Directors as President.

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Kristi Sanfasin is a mother of 3 living and working in Portland, ME. She has spent her career in the insurance industry with a focus on project management. She brings to the Board an innate desire for organization and drive for success. She looks forward to supporting the Board through collaboration, peer accountability and humor.


AMANDA COTE, Treasurer

Amanda is a proven financial leader with over a decade of experience working in government, non-profit, and private sector accounting. She runs her own accounting, bookkeeping and consulting business out of Scarborough, ME. She has two young children who will likely be future Through The Trees attendees. She loves connecting with nature and has always found that connection to be very grounding.



Kathryn grew up enjoying Maine’s woods and waters, which is why she returned here to practice medicine and raise her family. When not in the hospital, she can be found on the lakes and ocean, running and adventure-racing, or strolling in the woods. As a pediatrician/internist and a mother, she understands the whole health benefits of being in the cold, the hot, the damp, the snow, and the majesty of Maine’s outdoors. She hopes all Maine kids get to soak up the benefits and wonderment of time spent in the unbuilt, natural world.



Corie’s love of the outdoors started early, in tiny patches of conserved prairies and forests in suburban Chicago. For most of her adult life, she has enjoyed exploring Maine’s amazing woods and waters while working in the social service and environmental education fields. Corie is currently an ecotherapist (a licensed mental health counselor with a focus on nature connected healing) in private practice in Freeport. She loves this opportunity to combine her passions for being with people in hard times, connecting people with the planet, and spending time in right relationship with nature.

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Jules grew up in upstate NY, spending time hiking and camping in the Adirondack and Green mountains. A natural love for the outdoors led Jules to a career with LLBean as a Customer Service Leader and a life in Maine, spending many years connecting people to nature. Jules is grateful that this path has led to their current role at Devoted Health, a Medicare advantage plan, where they trains and leads with mindfulness, teaching people how to actively listen with empathy and speak with compassion. Jules is thrilled to bring all these experiences to the table and be a part of Through The Trees, offering guided meditations and other mindfulness tools in adult programs.