Molly Parzen, Executive Director

Molly Parzen

Molly Parzen serves as Executive Director.

Molly has worked at CVPA for over 10 years, previously serving as the Assistant Director for 3 years and Development Director for 7 years. Before working for CVPA, she worked as a campaign manager and finance director for political campaigns in the greater Philadelphia area. 

A proud graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Molly enjoys spending time with her cats, learning ballet, and traveling. 

Katie Blume, Political Director

Katie Blume

Katie Blume is the Political Director for Conservation Voters of PA. She has spent over twenty years as an organizer and advocate for many social justice issues, including electoral politics, having worked on local, county, and state legislative races. Prior to joining CVPA, Katie served as the Deputy Political & Organizing Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and she currently serves on her community's borough council. As the Political Director, Katie brings her diverse background in the nonprofit, private, and political sectors to work with elected officials and candidates to highlight the possibilities for progress in combating the climate crisis here in PA. 

Katie is primarily based in Harrisburg, and lives with her husband and pets in Central Pennsylvania, where she gets to wake up every morning to gaze over one of Pennsylvania's best natural trout streams.

Jess Cadorette, Field Director

Jess Cadorette

Jess Cadorette is the Field Director for Conservation Voters of PA; she leads our Field Team to mobilize volunteers and help build a pro-environment movement across Pennsylvania. Jess grew up right here in Pennsylvania, receiving her bachelor's degree in Communications from Neumann University. Her undergraduate research focused on environmental communications.  

Prior to joining CVPA, she organized volunteers with PennEnvironment on their climate and clean energy team  to build support for clean, renewable energy across the state of Pennsylvania. She also worked with and continues to stand alongside community activists as they work to prevent a dangerous pipeline from going through her local community in Chester County. 

When she's not working to protect our environment, she's out enjoying it through hiking, kayaking, and walks with her dog. 

Kristin Zilcosky, Director of Digital Engagement

Kristin Zilcosky

Kristin Zilcosky is the Director of Digital Engagement for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. Kristin is spearheading an exciting program to protect the Delaware River Watershed, building a digital “megaphone,” a list of more than 90,000 email activists who will be educated and mobilized to support the work of the Watershed partner organizations.

Before launching this project, Kristin served as the Digital Director for NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, D.C. Kristin joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in 1999 and led the organization’s online campaigns, including email marketing, mobile advocacy, and social media. Before joining the world of progressive politics, Kristin did historical research. Kristin hails from upstate New York and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a degree in American Studies.

Kai Mateo, Federal Climate Campaign Manager

Kai Mateo

Kai Mateo is the Federal Climate Campaign Manager for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New York LCV, and Maryland LCV. He crafts strategy, liaises with the National League of Conservation Voters, and coordinates the state teams as they fight for strong federal climate legislation in Congress.

Before joining LCV, Kai worked as a Regional Relational Organizing Manager for the Democratic National Committee, where he was part of a team that built a groundbreaking, nationwide relational organizing program. Kai has extensive experience in political campaigns, community organizing, and grassroots capacity-building with a variety of organizations, including the Recovery Advocacy Project, the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement, the City of South Bend, the Leading Change Network, the Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative, and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Professor Marshall Ganz. '

He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and Harvard College, where he was a Gardner Fellow and a Mellon Mays Fellow. Raised in San Diego, Kai now lives in Philadelphia.

Hillary Mohaupt, Director of Social Media and Inclusion

Hillary Mohaupt

Hillary Mohaupt is the Director of Social Media and Inclusion for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. She’s spent over a decade helping small non-profit and cultural organizations tell their stories in print and online, and she’s passionate about creating and sustaining inclusive organizational cultures. Originally from the Midwest, she now enjoys exploring nature in the Mid-Atlantic with her family. Hillary studied public history, American studies, and French at Macalester College and the University of Delaware, and she holds an MFA in fiction from Pacific University in Oregon. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Eva Piatek, Digital Campaigns Manager

Eva Piatek

Eva Piatek is the Digital Campaigns Manager for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. A proud Philly native, Eva has been living less than a mile from the Delaware River her entire life, so working on a program that supports the work of Watershed partner organizations hits right at home with her. 

Eva holds a master's degree in art history from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton. She has worked for various art museums and nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area over the years, primarily specializing in digital marketing, social media, and communications. Though she has spent most of her professional career advocating for the arts, Eva has always been an avid environmental advocate at heart. Some of her hobbies include traveling, baking, gardening, biking, and reading.

Michelle Giles, Policy Analyst

Michelle Giles

Michelle is the Policy Analyst for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. She gained a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a master’s degree in Political Science with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the CVPA team, Michelle worked as a research fellow for a Virginia-based political research firm and conducted advocacy work for a Florida land trust. In her free time, Michelle enjoys exploring the historic and natural areas Pennsylvania has to offer. 

Michael Mehrazar, Field Manager

Michael Mehrazar

In his role as Field Manager, Michael works with citizens to play a more active role in conservation policy. He recruits, trains, and manages volunteers in central Pennsylvania to advocate for environmental issues. Michael is motivated by the desire to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality, safeguard its water supply, and fight against climate change. 

Prior to joining Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Michael was a Field Organizer with For Our Future, where he recruited, trained, and managed a team of canvassers in Dauphin, York, and Cumberland counties. 

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven University, he was Vice President of his environmental club, Speaker of his student government’s senate, and interned at the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.

Michael enjoys playing and watching soccer, fiddling with computers, listening to podcasts, biking on trails, and all things Star Wars.

Maria Ocasio, Lehigh Valley Field Coordinator

Maria Ocasio

Serving as the Lehigh Valley Field Coordinator, Maria is responsible for identifying, engaging, and mobilizing a strong base within the community to bring about change and awareness on environmental issues. In recruiting, training, and managing volunteers we will bring about a more energy efficient and sustainable Lehigh Valley.

Maria completed her Undergraduate Degree at DeSales University in Political Science and then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy at Lehigh University. After college, Maria utilized her degree as a Field Organizer for several high-profile local and national campaigns, where Maria gained valuable insight and first-hand experience of the political system, and how to mobilize and inspire a community to help her candidate achieve success.

Recently, Maria transitioned out of the campaign world into government work and served as a census field manager for the U.S. Federal Census Bureau. Maria attributes a good deal of her achievements to the educational foundation Maria received during her time at DeSales. However, it was the support Maria received from her mentors and professors that has inspired her most meaningful work as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College and a volunteer catechist at Sacred Heart Regional Church. It has become Maria’s lifelong mission to improve and better the lives of others and inspire them to pursue their own goals. Whether that be through environmental awareness, education, policy, or politics Maria truly believe that is her calling.

In her spare time Maria enjoys running, hiking, boxing, reading, and watching documentaries.

Nathan Strunk, Pocono Region Field Coordinator

Nathan Strunk

Nathan is the Pocono Region Field Coordinator, serving Monroe and Pike Counties. A strong believer in helping drive positive change in his community Nathan has spent his time volunteering and campaigning for environmental protection.

Prior to joining Conservation voters of PA, Nathan was a Campaign Manager and Media Director. Nathan is currently serving on his local Board of Education as a School Board Director.

In his free time, Nathan volunteers for multiple local nonprofits and enjoys hiking the Appalachian mountain range.

Miah Hornyak, Lower Bucks Field Coordinator

Miah Hornyak

Miah Hornyak is the Lower Bucks County Field Coordinator with Conservation Voters of PA. She has lived in Pennsylvania her whole life and has long been an advocate for environmental justice and public health.

Prior to joining the CVPA team, Miah worked on a congressional campaign and for a variety of nonprofits. She received a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

In her free time, Miah enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and playing with her dog.

Timothy Hayes, Upper Bucks Field Coordinator

Timothy Hayes

Tim Hayes is the Upper Bucks County Field Coordinator for Conservation Voters of PA. He earned a bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Criminal Justice from Temple University, and he is currently pursuing his masters degree in Public Administration at West Chester University.

Tim previously served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for six years as a Fire Control Specialist. He has volunteered and interned for numerous political campaigns on the local, county, state and national level. Tim currently serves on his community's borough council, and he is on the endorsement committee of a LGBTQIA+ political action committee. Tim is passionate about advocating for social equity and sustainability opportunities for people across the Commonwealth.

Tim was born and raised in Bucks County, and he likes to visit its various parks and hiking trails, as well as trying new restaurants, exercising, and watching the Eagles.