Maureen Drouin

Maureen Drouin Executive Director

Maureen Drouin is the Executive Director of the Maine Conservation Alliance and serves as facilitator and spokesperson of the EPC. 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 MCA, Maureen 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. Contact Maureen at maureen@protectmaine.org.

Beth Ahearn

Beth Ahearn Program Director

Beth officially joined staff in 2012 after working as MCA’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@protectmaine.org.

Sophie Halpin

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 MCA and protect the natural areas that inspired her to become an environmentalist. She happily lives, swims, and paddles on the Androscoggin River in Topsham. Contact Sophie at sophie@protectmaine.org.

Rani Sheaffer

Rani Sheaffer Development Director

Rani Corey Sheaffer is the Development Director of the Maine Conservation Alliance. 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. Contact Rani at rani@protectmaine.org.

Stephanie Miles

Stephanie Miles Advocacy Coordinator

stephanie@protectmaine.orgGrowing up in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Stephanie fostered a love of and commitment to the conservation of our natural places. She received her B.S. with distinction in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. She wrote her thesis on the role of indicators in Environmental Quality Assessment. While at the University of Delaware, Stephanie worked for the Energy and Climate Division of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to conduct the first phase of development for an environmental indicators tool that would be used in statewide outreach to educate and engage the broader public. She successfully led the student community effort to thwart plans for a natural gas power plant that would have been placed on campus. After graduating, she joined Green Corps - starting her year-long fellowship as the Recruitment Director for Fair Share working to mobilize voters in critical districts. During the course of the year, she partnered with groups such as Food and Water Watch, Environment Virginia, and Fund for the Public Interest to work on a national campaign to defend our environmental protections. She now lives in Brunswick, where she spends her time kayaking, swimming and hiking. Contact Stephanie at stephanie@maineconservation.org.