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.
Polly Ward, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.