Jill M. Ward, President (South Portland)
Jill currently serves as President of the LWVME. Jill joined the League eight years ago and is a non-profit consultant with clients in Maine and Washington, DC. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center, Jill has always had a strong interest in civic life and public service. She returned to her home state of Maine with her family in 2007 after more than 15 years’ experience in the public sector, including senior policy positions with Girl Scouts of the USA, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Jill also worked in the U.S. Senate for Senators Paul S. Sarbanes (MD) and George J. Mitchell (ME). When not working or volunteering, Jill can be found running around with her boys, Michael, 10, and Nicholas, 7.
Gary Friedmann, 1st Vice President (Bar Harbor)
For the last 25 years, Gary has been helping Maine nonprofit organizations achieve their goals through his statewide consulting firm, Gary Friedmann & Associates. He has been involved in numerous political campaigns and civic organizations, and currently Chairs the Bar Harbor Town Council. He served as President of MCCE for five years, and founded and Chairs A Climate to Thrive, working to make Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030.
Polly Ward, 2nd Vice President (Yarmouth)
Polly joined the League of Women Voters of Maine in 2012. She is currently Vice President of the LWVME. She is a member of the Advocacy Committee. Polly is also a member of the Portland Area League of Women Voters and serves as Secretary and Treasurer for the LWVPA. She moved to Maine in 1981, and retired in 2010 from a long career in the public sector, working primarily in human resources. She has served as Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Department of Education, Director of Personnel and Administrative Services for the Maine School Management Association, for the South Portland School Department as Business Manager, and in human resources for Portland Public Schools.
Chris Hafford, Secretary (Portland)
A dedicated volunteer, Chris has worked on many different political campaigns and initiatives throughout the years. Some of his activities include knocking on doors, calling undecided voters, and organizing petition and voter registration drives and other work for ballot initiatives. He believes that in today's politics, the single most effective use of his time as a volunteer is in working towards the passage of stronger Clean Election laws in Maine, and that the fight to keep money out of politics is a bedrock issue of our entire political system.
Ann Luther, Treasurer (Trenton)
Ann is currently the treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine. She became a League member in 1998, joined the state board representing League members Downeast in 2001, and was elected president from 2003 to 2007 and co-president from 2007 to 2009. Ann retired in 1998 from a career in the private sector.
Peg Balano (Falmouth)
Peg currently serves as Co-President of the Portland Area League of Women Voters. She coordinates League volunteers statewide to register new citizens to vote following their Naturalization Ceremonies and serves on the LWVME Communications Committee. Peg joined the League three years ago, after retiring from a career in Information Technology (IT), starting as a programmer at Hannaford Bros. and finishing as a Senior Project Management Specialist at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. Initially from Massachusetts, Peg moved to Maine in 1980 with her husband, Jeff, and loves to travel. Her lifelong goal is to visit each coast of every continent.
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Cameron Fegers (Portland)
Cameron Fegers is a native Floridian, but made his way to Maine as quickly as he could. He is a growth strategy consultant at The Beacon Group, where he advises Fortune 500 firms of scale on organic and inorganic growth strategies and tactics across the Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Technology, and Industrial Tech & Energy markets. Cameron's involvement with MCCE began back in 2015 to pass an citizen-led amendment designed to strengthen Maine's Clean Election Act and improve accountability and transparency in Maine elections. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Amy Fischer (Camden)
Lifelong, Amy has pursued a creative path, first in her studies and then through working for architecture, graphics, publishing and interior design firms. In 1986 she ventured off on her own, doing business as Amy Fischer Design and Voila! Home Design, which continues to this day. Problem solving takes many forms whether in marketing or in your daily surroundings. Her career has also involved politics, starting in 1992 serving as Chellie Pingree's Campaign Manager for her four state Senate races. Running campaigns continued, supporting the election of numerous candidates until the end of 2016. Amy continues to volunteer as a local activist with many midcoast organizational committees and boards. As a result of that activism and because of a belief in their mission, Amy agreed to be a founding member of the Midcoast Chapter of the League of Women Voters in May of 2017. On the side, she pursues knitting, hiking, reading and gardening, now as a certified Master Gardener.
Penelope Hamblin (South Portland)
Penelope is a newcomer to League work, having joined in 2017 after moving home to her native Maine. She serves on the Advocacy Committee. Penelope is a semi-retired public librarian; earlier careers were in the fields of television news and computer-magazine publishing. For fun, she researches Maine history and plays old-time music on fiddle, ukulele and harmonica.
Helen Hanlon (Winthrop)
Helen joined the League because of her interest in voting issues. Formerly employed as an RN with the Veterans Administration, she worked in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment. Prior to her retirement, she was also actively involved with the American Federation of Government Employees, serving as President of the AFGE Local 2610 for two terms. Helen lives in Winthrop with her husband, Jim. She currently serves on the League’s Advocacy Committee.
Barbara Kaufman (South Freeport)
Barbara became a League member 5 years ago and is the current Co-President of the Portland Area League of Women Voters. Barbara recently retired from a professional life in education. She’s been a middle school teacher, a college career counselor, and an education consultant with KIDS Consortium. As consultant she helped school districts, teachers, students, state departments of education, and many local and national non-profits to create and sustain academically rigorous civic engagement programs. She is now a grandmother and an astrologer with a passion for figuring out both earthbound society and that of the stars and planets.
James Kilbreth (Portland)
James Kilbreth of Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law focuses his practice on complex commercial and regulatory litigation, including antitrust, securities, officer and director liability, class actions, bid award challenges, insurance coverage disputes, environmental and energy matters, and higher education issues. Jamie was the lead lawyer for the State of Maine in its litigation against the tobacco industry, securing a $1.5 billion recovery, the largest in State history. In addition to his Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Jamie has been recognized by a number of independent attorney rating publications: Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business under Environment and Litigation: General Commercial; New England Super Lawyers in the category of Business Litigation, where he was named among “The Top 100” attorneys (2008); and as a 2013 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.
Mason Morfit (South Freeport)
Mason served 33 years with The Nature Conservancy in various leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Maine Chapter. In that capacity, he was instrumental in passing Maine’s first land acquisition bond issue in 1987 and creating the Land For Maine’s Future program, which has so far protected more than 500,000 acres of natural Maine land. He serves or has served on the boards of the College of the Atlantic, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Audubon Alaska, the Coastal Conservation Association / Maine, the Freeport Conservation Trust and the Maine Planned Giving Council.
Anne Schink (South Portland)
Anne joined the League of Women Voters in Pennsylvania where she spent 10 years on the state board, the last four as state president. She recently completed four years on the national board of the League of Women Voters of the United States where she chaired the Membership and Leadership Development Committee. From 1995 to 2009, Anne was the Program Officer at the Maine Commission for Community Service working with AmeriCorps programs to strengthen programs through training and technical assistance. For twelve years she served on the InforME Board supporting development of www.maine.gov. In 2007, Anne received national certification in volunteer administration.
Alison Smith (Portland)
Alison got involved in Clean Elections through the League of Women Voters. She was one of 1,100 Mainers who volunteered to collect signatures in 1995 to put Clean Elections on the ballot. Ever since then, she has worked on Clean Elections in either a volunteer or professional capacity.
Linda Washburn (Tremont)
Linda joined the LWVME-Downeast in 2004 and is a founding member of the Democracy Forum, a radio program produced by the League of Women Voters Downeast and WERU community radio. After retiring from a 40 year career in mammalian genetics at The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Linda now has more time to spend on State League activities, Community Radio programming and advocacy work with the ywca-MDI. Ongoing: finding the nooks and crannies that are Maine.
Cathie Whittenburg (Portland)
Cathie joined the League in 2009. She recently retired from advocacy work for gun violence prevention. She was the Director of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence before moving to the national organization, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, where she was the Communications Director. She served on the City of Portland Land Bank Commission for nine years. Cathie co-directs the choral group Maine Peace Singers. The Singers perform at local nursing homes several times a month.
Linda Zeigler (Camden)
Linda joined the League in September of 2018 because of her interest in voter education and access. She serves as the chair of the voter registration committee for the Midcoast group. Completing her RN studies in 1978 she enjoyed a long career in the field of women’s health until 2015 when she retired from Pen Bay Medical Center as the Director of the Picker Family Resource Center. Linda has served on various state and local boards including the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Bangor, Maine Breast Nurse Network and Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine. Linda lives in Camden with her husband Martin. She enjoys music, Zumba, hiking, birding, writing, reading, gardening, cooking and being Nora’s grannie.