MCV Staff

Maureen Drouin

Executive Director

Maureen Drouin is the Executive Director of Maine Conservation Voters and leads the organization’s electoral, accountability and legislative programs. As a Geology and Environmental Studies major at Bowdoin College, Maureen spent countless hours hiking cliffs, wading through streams, taking geologic measurements and observing the natural beauty of Maine. Before coming to MCV, she advanced conservation at the state, regional, and federal levels with several organizations including National Audubon Society, Sierra Club and the Northern Forest Alliance. Maureen graduated with honors from Bowdoin College and completed a one-year fellowship program with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. She lives in Hallowell with her husband, Mathew Scease, and daughter Lily.

Beth Ahearn

Political Director

Beth Ahearn officially joined staff in 2012 after working as MCV’s contract lobbyist for the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions. Beth has a lifelong commitment to protecting Maine’s air, land and water. She has been a whitewater rafting guide in the Forks and was a sailing instructor on Penobscot Bay. She received her J.D. from the University of Maine in 1988 and was an assistant district attorney in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. Beth was staff attorney for Maine Audubon from 1991 – 1996. From 2000 – 2005, she represented the best interests of children as a guardian ad litem in custody cases. Most recently, Beth was a lobbyist with Moose Ridge Associates, where her clients included conservation, social justice and domestic violence organizations. She lives with her family in Freeport. Contact Beth at beth@maineconservation.org

Sophie Halpin

Communications and Development Coordinator

A native Mainer, Sophie grew up in Portland before moving to Vermont for college. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Green Building and Community Design. While at the University of Vermont, she worked for the Audubon Society and the UVM Watershed Alliance. Following a year of AmeriCorps volunteer service with a city park department and mentoring program in Vermont, she moved to South Carolina to join the Conservation Voters movement. After a year down south, Sophie moved home to work for MCV and protect the natural areas that inspired her to become an environmentalist. She happily lives, swims, and paddles on the Androscoggin River in Topsham.

Melissa Mann

Advocacy Coordinator

Melissa Mann is the Advocacy Coordinator at Maine Conservation Voters. Melissa implements MCV’s grassroots and field organizing communications programs, oversees data management and manages MCV’s environmental scorecard. Originally hailing from New Jersey, Melissa fell in love with the Maine outdoors as a teenager spending summers on the Belgrade Lakes. As an Environmental Studies major at Hamilton College, Melissa honed her passion for environmental justice and protection through her studies and research. She received an Arthur Levitt Research Fellowship over the summer of 2012 to identify and evaluate brownfield opportunity areas in Brooklyn and to analyze the resulting impacts on local industry and open space. After graduating with honors in 2013, Melissa completed a one year fellowship with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. Over the course of the year, Melissa worked with Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club to respectively end the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics on livestock and to retire outdated coal plants. She also served as the Assistant Director of a canvass office for the Fund for the Public Interest in Florida, which broke the state’s fundraising record. Melissa recently moved to Portland, and is enjoying exploring the new city and trekking in Maine’s wilderness. Contact Melissa at melissa@maineconservation.org

Rani Sheaffer

Development Director

Rani Corey Sheaffer is the Development Director of the Maine Conservation Voters. She brings more than ten years of fundraising, organizing and political experience to her position. She has worked as the Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative, Field Director for the Center for Environmental Citizenship, Field Organizer for the Sierra Club, and as a volunteer for the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. While raising her two young children, she worked part-time with Maine Rivers to establish a membership database and fundraising program. She is a 1996 graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing and a 1995 graduate of Hartwick College with a degree in political science and environmental studies. She lives in Hallowell with husband, Jeremy, and sons Samuel and Benjamin.