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Joseph Becker
Joseph Becker

Professor of English

Dr. Joseph Becker, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas 2002; M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas 1999; M.A., English Literature, Winthrop University 1990; B.A., English Literature, Winthrop University 1988; Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, Penn State University, 2014.

Dr. Becker has published various papers and presented at prestigious conferences throughout the US for over 25 years.

Dawn Susee
Dawn Susee

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Dawn Susee, Ph.D., Education - E-Learning and Teaching Online, Northcentral University, 2017; M.A., Education - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix, 2006; B.S., Computer Applications, University of Maine at Fort Kent, 2010; B.S., Elementary Education, University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1994.

Dr. Susee is currently the program coordinator for our all of our computer programs.

Leo Trudel
Leo Trudel

Associate Professor of Business

Dr. Leo Trudel, Ph.D., North Central University; Masters in Finance, North Central University; M.B.A., Management/Marketing, Plymouth State College; B.A., Psychology & Education, Franklin Pierce College.

Joseph Zubrick
Joseph Zubrick

Associate Professor of Oral Communications and Theater

Joseph Zubrick, M.F.A., Wayne State University, 1981; B.A. St. Vincent College, 1971. Professor Zubrick serves UMFK as an associate professor of oral communication and theater.

Scott Brickman
Scott Brickman

Professor of Music and Education

Dr. Scott Brickman, Ph.D., Music Composition/Theory, Brandeis University 1996 ; B.M., Music Composition/Theory, University of Wisconsin 1987. 

Dr. Brickman has been composing original music for decades and regularly has his pieces performed throughout the world.

Shawn Graham
Shawn Graham

Assistant Professor of Counseling & Program Coordinator for Behavioral Science Program

Shawn Graham, LCPC/CADC, has served as a faculty member and program coordinator for the Behavioral Science program for the last five years. He has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years and continues to maintain a small practice working as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. 

Mr. Graham earned his BS in Social Science from UMFK and then earned his Master of Science in Counseling Rehabilitation from USM. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.

Mr. Graham holds several licenses in the State of Maine; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor License; Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community; Certified Trainer for the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program; and Disaster Behavioral Health Responder. 

When not working on his doctorate or a myriad of other things, Mr. Graham enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, and snowmobiling.

J. Darrell Ouellette
J. Darrell Ouellette

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Public Safety

J. Darrell Ouellette, B.A. UMFK, 1975; B.S. Education, UMFK, 1977.

Professor Ouellette is a retired Lieutenant Commander for the Maine State Police. He is skilled at using the knowledge brought on from a celebrated career to help students put what they learn into context.

Marilyn Epp
Marilyn Epp

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Marilyn Epp was hired in 2018 as the Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Prior to teaching for UMFK, she was an investigator with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Ms. Epp was recently awarded the Investigative Achievement Award by the Department of Justice. She earned this award for her outstanding work on one of her DEA cases before being hired by UMFK. Throughout her DEA career, Ms. Epp worked in both strategic and tactical field intelligence. She published her research and presented it to her peers, policymakers, and within agency trainings. She conducted countless interviews and participated in hundreds of investigations, working closely with local, state, and federal agencies and various task forces.

Ms. Epp’s career began when she enlisted in the United States Air Force after September 11, 2001. She was trained as an Arabic linguist and worked in military intelligence. After the military, Epp worked as an accounting manager while continuing her formal education, but she continued to feel called to public service. She left accounting to join the DEA.

Ms. Epp earned her BS in Forensic Biology from San Jose State University and then earned her MS in Intelligence and National Security from the University of Texas at El Paso. In the Air Force, she studied as a Basic Arabic Linguist with the Defense Language Institute.

Ms. Epp states that the true highlights of her past work were removing predators from society, making communities a little bit safer, and connecting victims with services when needed. Helping people in a tangible way was always the best part.

She enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, reading, baking, and hunting, especially archery. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Epp climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with her father.

Lee Theriault
Lee Theriault

Business and Accounting Instructor & Business Program Coordinator

Lee Theriault, CPA; 

Professor Theriault currently serves as program coordinator for our business programs.

Marilyn Epp
Marilyn Epp

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Marilyn Epp was hired in 2018 as the Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Prior to teaching for UMFK, she was an investigator with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Ms. Epp was recently awarded the Investigative Achievement Award by the Department of Justice. She earned this award for her outstanding work on one of her DEA cases before being hired by UMFK. Throughout her DEA career, Ms. Epp worked in both strategic and tactical field intelligence. She published her research and presented it to her peers, policymakers, and within agency trainings. She conducted countless interviews and participated in hundreds of investigations, working closely with local, state, and federal agencies and various task forces.

Ms. Epp’s career began when she enlisted in the United States Air Force after September 11, 2001. She was trained as an Arabic linguist and worked in military intelligence. After the military, Epp worked as an accounting manager while continuing her formal education, but she continued to feel called to public service. She left accounting to join the DEA.

Ms. Epp earned her BS in Forensic Biology from San Jose State University and then earned her MS in Intelligence and National Security from the University of Texas at El Paso. In the Air Force, she studied as a Basic Arabic Linguist with the Defense Language Institute.

Ms. Epp states that the true highlights of her past work were removing predators from society, making communities a little bit safer, and connecting victims with services when needed. Helping people in a tangible way was always the best part.

She enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, reading, baking, and hunting, especially archery. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Epp climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with her father.

Dr. Kurt Holzhausen
Dr. Kurt Holzhausen

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kurt Holzhausen has been a professor of psychology at UMFK for 25 years. He has also taught at Claflin University in South Carolina. He earned his BS in Psychology and Biology from Hope College in Michigan and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Texas Tech University. Dr. Holzhausen is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and in his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and hiking.

Nicole Boudreau
Nicole Boudreau

Associate Professor of French

Dr. Nicole Boudreau has been a French Professor at UMFK since 2010. Her first degree is in chemistry and after an unsuccessful attempt at becoming a chemical engineer, she ran away to Scotland where she worked as a nanny. After lots of traveling and searching, she moved to Louisiana and earned a Ph.D. in French. Besides teaching French, her career opportunities have included gutting herring in a fish plant, working as a cashier at a grocery store, driving a bus on a glacier and, recently, becoming interim Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies. In her spare time she loves cooking, dancing, and photography.


Photographs by Dr. Boudreau

a family of geese swim together in a lake

a lone brown bear walks through a meadow

two foxes sit together staring at the photographer

Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Dr. Peter Nelson, Ph.D., has been an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies Programs for six years. He has 16 years of teaching in the area of environmental science and biology. His areas of expertise to include community and vegetation ecology; lichenology; mycology; botany, arctic, alpine and temperate forest ecosystems. He has done extensive fieldwork in Alaska, Chile, the Pacific Northwest US, intermountain west US. His current research focuses on the study of vegetation with remote sensing using drones, airplanes and satellite data with special expertise and interest in “hyperspectral” imaging spectroscopy and spectroradiometry.

Dr. Nelson earned his BS in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana in 2004. He then earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from Oregon State University in 2013. He also conducted post-doctoral research in ecology at Oregon State.

He is an ORISE Research Fellow and the Lichen Air Quality Biomonitoring Coordinator for the National Forest Service since 2017.

Dr. Nelson enjoys playing with his daughter and mushroom foraging in the fall as well as hiking, camping, canoeing, and downhill and cross-country skiing. He occasionally fly fishes (though he claims he’s not good at it) in his backyard along the beautiful Fish River outside of Fort Kent.

Kennedy Rubert-Nason
Kennedy Rubert-Nason

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Kennedy “Ned” Rubert-Nason, Ph.D., Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, University of Wisconsin, 2008; B.S. in Environmental Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2002.

Dr. Rubert-Nason has been a Howard Hughes Teaching Fellow as well as a consistently published author.