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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.

Joseph B. Zubrick
Joseph B. Zubrick

Associate Professor of Oral Communication & Theater

Mr. Zubrick has been teaching courses in communication at UMFK for 18 years. He earned his bachelor's in economics from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wayne State University in Michigan. He has also taken master's courses from UMaine in Public Administration.

Mr. Zubrick has taught at the University of Detroit, Marygrove College, the University of Michigan at Dearborn, as well as UMPI before joining UMFK. He was a former member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA); United Scenic Artists (USA); American Society of Fight Directors (SAFD). He was the Director of Theater at UMPI from 18987-1995, and the Director of the Performing Arts Center in Caribou, Maine from 2008-2011.

In his spare time, Mr. Zubrick enjoys reading, theater production, golf, woodworking, and cooking. He also loves to visit his children and grandchildren as often as he can.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Kennedy Rubert-Nason
Dr. 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.

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.

Dr. Krishna Kaphle
Dr. Krishna Kaphle

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Krishna Kaphle has been UMFK’s associate professor of mathematics for the last eight years. He has been teaching college-level mathematics and statistics for about 20 years. He previously taught middle school and high school math courses before entering into higher education.  

Dr. Kaphle has an MS in Mathematics, an MS in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. As a doctoral student his dissertation was on Functional Data Analysis; a mixture of Functional Analysis and Statistics.  He has some working experience on Matlab, Maple, SAS, R, and Microsoft excel as tools for Mathematics and Statistics. He is familiar with some programming languages (Java, C++).

In his spare time, Dr. Kaphle enjoys reading, walking, hiking, snowshoeing.

Geraldine Cannon Becker
Geraldine Cannon Becker

Professor of English and Creative Writing

Geraldine Cannon Becker is a Professor of English and Creative Writing, and has been teaching at UMFK since 2004. Geraldine earned her BA in English/Education in 1991 and her MFA in Creative Writing in 1998. In 2014, she earned her M.A. in Depth Psychology, with an emphasis on Jungian and Archetypal Studies.

Geraldine is the Editor of the Aroostook Review and LIFE Review/Rural U Writing Project. She previously taught at Central Virginia Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, University of Arkansas, and at the Tamassee D.A.R. After School Program. She also worked with the Pennsylvania Children’s Center, as a Relief House Parent, and the English department at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

 

Geraldine has published a collection of poems, title Glad Wilderness. She has also co-edited a book to come out next year, Rape Culture 101: Programming Change. She hosts an annual Harry Potter Book Night/Haunt the Halls Presentation at UMFK; she leads SoulFlowering Workshops; she is certified to teach Journal to the Self courses through the Center for Journal Therapy; conducts Self-Defense Workshops; Rape Culture Awareness Presentations; Literacy Workshops/Presentations/Writers in the Schools (WITS) Program; she was awarded a UMFK Foundation Research Award in 2009; and holds her Secondary English Certification.

When asked what she does in her spare time, Geraldine says it best: “Most of the things I do for fun are also educational and interweave themselves into my teaching or writing, so I do not have a lot of “spare” time. I am an introverted person, so I need quiet time after spending a lot of time with people.  I love to read, and I enjoy crafting, and spending time in nature. I practice some arts, and love talking with my creative children, and seeing their work.  I research and write.  I am fairly selective about what I watch on the screen, but among my favorites are Dr. Who; Star Wars; J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter; J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; and Marvel Comics, etc.  Fortunately, my husband shares many of my interests.”
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.

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.

Dr. Stephen Hansen
Dr. Stephen Hansen

Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies

Dr. Stephen Hansen has been teaching biology and environmental studies at UMFK for 18 years.

Dr. Hansen earned his bachelor's in forestry from the University of Toronto, his master's in biology from Laurentian University in Ontario, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Guelph in Ontario.

He worked as a Wildlife Research Biologist from 1979 to1986 at the Institute of Arctic Ecophysiology, located in Churchill Manitoba, Canada.  While there, he conducted aerial surveys of white whale abundance and distribution and in the Churchill River estuary, with simultaneous water surveys in the estuary and adjoining Hudson Bay coastal waters. He also conducted energetic studies on polar bear and Arctic fox.  He participated in various studies on winter behavior of caribou in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.

In 2020, Dr. Hansen launched a new investigation on wood turtle road mortality in northern Maine.  Due to a significant decline in wood turtle populations, citing road mortality as the major threat to the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing wood turtles under the Endangered Species Act. This study will combine analyses of existing research with an analysis of roadkill surveys both before and after fence installation as a possible way to mitigate wood turtle mortality.

The study is done in collaboration with the Maine Department of Transport (DOT) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW).  This multi-year study will focus on the impact that transportation corridors have on wood turtle populations and formulate recommendations for possible fence treatments on Maine roadways.  Importantly, this study will benefit students through participation in the research process and will provide them with an understanding of and appreciation for community-based applied research.  Under the direction of both the DOT and MDIFW, students will be involved in all aspects of the research and learn important field skills.

Dr. Hansen also collaborates on studying vector-borne diseases with the Maine Medical Research Institute which provides a summer internship to a student to survey mosquito species in northern Maine. He also collaborates with the MDIFW and Maine Medical Research Institute to survey winter ticks on moose in northern Maine.  In addition, Dr. Hansen and students collect blood from the moose for the Maine Medical Research Institute.  The tick surveys and blood collection are components of his wildlife classes every fall.  Students really enjoy this field experience and many students have utilized the data or experience as either a senior project or as a practicum, respectively.

In his spare time, Dr. Hansen enjoys hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and photography. He is also an active member of the Fort Kent Rotary Club and participates in various community projects.

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.

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.

Dr. Michael Curran
Dr. Michael Curran

Assistant Professor of Business

Dr. Michael J. Curran received his doctoral degree in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, his master’s in business administration from Chatham University in Pennsylvania, and his bachelor’s in history from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He has taught economics, among other business-related subjects, for more than a decade.

For the last few decades, Dr. Curran has been teaching in higher education institutions, most recently at Robert Morris University for the last eight years. Prior to that, he taught at Strayer University for 16 years where he was named a

Distinguished Professor of Business. He taught at DeVry University for six years and Pittsburgh Technical Institute for seven. Dr. Curran has published pieces in peer-reviewed publications multiple times throughout his career, focusing his research on technology and how it impacts communication in higher education.

Dr. Curran earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Slippery Rock University, his MBA in Business from Chatham University, and his doctorate in Information Systems and Communication from Robert Morris University. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in community theater, researching different topics and writing.
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

Lisa Lavoie
Lisa Lavoie

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science

Lisa Lavoie has been an adjunct lecturer at UMFK for 10 years and was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science. She graduated from UMFK in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Behavioral Science. In May 2015, she earned her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). In December 2019, she graduated from USM in December 2019 with a Master of Science is Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC).

Lisa is an avid reader; her favorite genres are murder mystery and police procedurals. A lifelong learner who enjoys spending time with her family, she can frequently be found outside enjoying the beauty of Maine.
Dr. Christin Kastl
Dr. Christin Kastl

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Christin Kastl has been an Assistant Professor of Biology at UMFK since 2015. In 2006, she earned her BS in Life Science from the University of Hannover, Germany. She then earned her MS in Biomedicine from Hannover in 2008. Dr. Kastl completed her doctorate in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2014. She also holds a Future Professoriate Graduate Certificate. Dr. Kastl is an animal lover and fosters kids as well as kittens. She is a board member for the PAWS Animal Welfare Society and enjoys dog walking.