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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.

Diane Griffin
Diane Griffin

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Ms. Griffin has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UMFK for a decade. Prior to UMFK, she taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, MA. She earned her  Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner. She became an OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner through the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, Center for Professional Development, and the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Ms. Griffin earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Maine in 1986.

In her spare time she likes to enjoy outdoor activities and gardening.

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.

Jeffrey Dubis
Jeffrey Dubis

Instructor of Forestry

Professor Dubis (Jeff) began his forestry career in August 1988 at a very small, remote college campus in the Adirondack Mountains of New York where he obtained an Associate degree in Forest Technology. It was a challenging program with 40 hours spent in class each week, and at least as much time spent studying and working on assignments.  It taught him how to work hard, and to enjoy what he do. Little did he know, he would someday be teaching in a very similar program in Northern Maine.

Jeff has the opportunity to experience several unique jobs and travel throughout the country as a result of his forestry career.  He has worked as a forest technician for the US Forest Service in Idaho and Montana and have fought wildfires throughout the Northern Rockies.  Possibly the most exciting position, was his summer as a ranger in Yellowstone National Park. After returning to the east and completing a master’s degree in Forestry, he returned to the Adirondacks for four years as an operations forester for a large land management company. These forestry career opportunities allowed him to spend most of his working hours outdoors in spectacular surroundings and on the weekends, enabled him to recreate in fantastic outdoor settings.

His professional skills dovetail with his personal life. Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast 365 days a year, with cross-country skiing being high on his priority list. If there is a trail nearby, he’s on it; running, skiing, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, camping, or kayaking. Landscape photography is another hobby that meshes well with his work and personal activities.  Jeff’s involvement in skiing has led to becoming an official and event organizer in the sport of biathlon, serving as chief of competition for numerous national level events, two World Cups and a World Championship. These experiences provided him opportunities to travel to Italy, Austria, and British Columbia, where he worked at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Since 1999, Jeff has been teaching forestry at UMFK. As a graduate of a two-year forestry program himself, he is committed to providing students with the technical skills needed for successful careers in forestry and related professions.

Jeff also serves as the Division Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences and Program Coordinator for Forestry.

Dr. Nicole Rogers
Dr. Nicole Rogers

Assistant Professor of Forestry

Dr. Nicole Rogers has been an Assistant Professor of Forestry since 2018. She earned her BS in Forest Ecosystem Science and Conservation from UMaine in 2010. She then earned her MS in Sustainable Forest Management with a concentration in Forest Biometrics and Geomatics from Oregon State University in 2014. Dr. Rogers earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Quantitative Silviculture from the University of Vermont in 2019.

Dr. Rogers has conducted research for a variety of organizations, including the US Forest Service, Holt Research Forest, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, as well as worked as a graduate research assistant during her education.

Her research focuses on northern hardwood and mixed wood silviculture, with emphasis on forest regeneration. Dr. Rogers is also an active member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Currently, she is the vice-chair of the Maine SAF chapter and chair of the New England SAF Silviculture Working Group.

Dr. Rogers enjoys working with students in our living laboratories and encouraging women to pursue the sciences.

Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson

Irving Woodlands Forestry Professor

Dr. Neil Thompson, Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia, 2017; B.Sc. Forestry, University of Maine, 2013.

Dr. Thompson serves in a 50% teaching and 50% research capacity and is the academic advisor for all incoming first-year Forestry students. Neil is responsible for UMFK Forestry social media, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok. His research includes responsibility for the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit's spruce budworm L2 population & defoliation survey in Maine and a CFRU-funded long-term stream monitoring project geared towards predicting stream temperature and flow regimes for headwater streams in northern Maine. In addition to his formal research capacity, Neil looks after both greenhouses on campus, a plantation of American chestnut in the Fournier BioPark, and a collection of 180+ nest boxes for songbirds, ducks, native solitary bees, and bats placed around campus and Fort Kent.

Dr. Stacy Thibodeau
Dr. Stacy Thibodeau

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Stacy Thibodeau is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UMFK. She earned her RN at Northern Maine Community College and then earned her BSN through Chamberlain College of Nursing. She immediately continued into Chamberlain’s MSN program, which she completed in 2010. In 2016, she earned her Doctor of Nursing, with a Concentration in Public Health Nursing Leadership, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Prior to teaching for UMFK, Dr. Thibodeau was an Army Nurse in MASH/CASH units. She has also worked in Med/Surg, Maternal Child Health, and Home Health fields. Recently she was a Public Health Nursing Director for the Maine CDC and the Chief Clinical Officer for Kindred Hospital in Florida.

Dr. Thibodeau would love to spend more time with her family, traveling and working on her photography skills.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sandy Pelletier
Sandy Pelletier

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Sandy Pelletier has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing with UMFK for six years. She earned her BS in Biology from UMFK and then went on to earn her BSN from Husson University. She holds a Master's Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Maine.

Ms. Pelletier has taught in higher education for nine years and keeps herself up-to-date by continuing to work per diem for Northern Maine Medical Center. She is working on becoming certified in simulation education. Professor Pelletier has been teaching nursing classes in northern Maine for over a decade and played a large role in expanding UMFK’s simulation lab.

She enjoys spending time with her family and going to her children’s sporting events. She likes snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and hiking.

Dr. Erin Soucy
Dr. Erin Soucy

Dean of Allied Health, Behavioral Science, and Nursing

Dr. Erin Soucy is the Dean of Allied Health, Behavioral Science, and Nursing. She is a graduate of UMFK, earning a bachelor of science in nursing in 1995. She went on to earn a master's of science in nursing from Saint Joseph's College of Maine in 2004 and then earned a Ph.D. in education from Northcentral University in 2011. 

Dr. Soucy began working at UMFK in 1998 as the Nursing Resource Center Manager. She became a faculty member in 2004, teaching adult health, obstetrics, and pediatrics. She became Director of the nursing program in 2006 and then the Dean of Undergraduate Nursing in 2018. 

 

Dr. Soucy was recognized in 2007 as the UMFK Outstanding Young Alumna, was awarded UMFK's Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2014, and was recognized in 2015 as UMFK Outstanding Nursing Alumna.

Dr. Soucy serves as a member of the Board and Quality Improvement Committee for Northern Maine Medical Center. She is a corporator for Northern Light Health. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Eastern Maine Community College and Northern Maine Community College. She serves on the statewide nursing education committee, MeNEC. 

In her spare time, Dr. Soucy enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, boating, gardening, and any activity that brings her outdoors. 

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.

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.

Cheryl Roberts
Cheryl Roberts

Instructor of Nursing

Cheryl Roberts has been a nursing lecturer at UMFK since 2011, focusing on nursing fundamentals and critical care nursing. She earned her BSN from the University of Bridgeport in 1975 and her MS from New England College in 2008. Since 2006, Cheryl has been a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Cheryl’s career prior to UMFK includes general and critical care nursing, including supervision, in acute care hospitals 1975-1995; she was part of the senior management at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine from 1995-2011; she worked as the patient safety and quality improvement director; managed nine departments; and was a Risk Manager.

Cheryl enjoys fishing and domestic travel when she is not busy teaching.

Dr. Jenny Radsma
Dr. Jenny Radsma

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Jenny Radsma is a Professor of Nursing at UMFK and has been teaching here since 1997. Dr. Radsma earned her RN from the Kelsey Institute in Saskatchewan in 1982 and her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta in 1989. She earned her Masters of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996 and her Ph.D. from Barry University in 2005.

Dr. Radsma began her career as a staff nurse before becoming the Director of Community Health and Rehabilitation Services in Alberta. A natural writer, Dr. Radsma has held several roles in conjunction with being a professor at UMFK. She was an editor for the American Nurses’ Association Maine Journal, the editor for Potato Chips Chapbook, and has facilitated the UMFK Presidential Lecture Series as well as the Writing Contest for several years. Dr. Radsma co-authored the book, Compassionate Journeys: Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories and has contributed pieces to the Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies.

An avid walker, Dr. Radsma has made treks through several countries. She enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, biking, cooking, and socializing.

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.

Maisie Plourde
Maisie Plourde

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Maisie Plourde was hired in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her BSN from UMFK in 2013 and her MSN from Chamberlain University in 2019. She has worked in long-term nursing care, medical/surgical acute nursing care, operating room, endoscopy, and postpartum nursing care. Ms. Plourde enjoys spending time with her family and finding new activities to do with her child. She enjoys the outdoors and any activity that leads her there.

Dr. Tanya Sleeper
Dr. Tanya Sleeper

Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Tanya Sleeper is an Associate Professor of Nursing and has been with UMFK since 2008. She has also served UMFK as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2016.

In 1998, Dr. Sleeper earned her BSN from UMFK. She then went on to earn her MS in Business from Husson College in 2000 and in 2004, she earned her MSN and became a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University in 2013. She is currently pursuing her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Dr. Sleeper also works for Aroostook Home Health Services/Valley Home Health Services and has in various roles since 1999. She is currently the Executive Director and the Director of Nursing. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

She sits on the Board of Education for RSU 39 as the Chair; is part of the Maine Rural Geriatric Conference planning committee; Pines Health Services board of directors finance committee member; Aroostook District Coordinating Council for Public Health committee member; and the vice president of the Aroostook Mental Health Center board of directors.

In 2008, Dr. Sleeper was given the UMFK Nurse Alumnus award and in 2019, she was given the UMFK Outstanding Faculty Award. St, Joseph’s College of Maine awarded her as the Graduate Nursing Faculty Member of the Year in 2013.

She is part of the editorial board for the International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices as well as the Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Care and Research. Dr. Sleeper has been a faculty associate for the University of Maine’s Center on Aging since 2017.

In her spare time, Dr. Sleeper enjoys spending time with family, reading non-fiction, traveling, baking, and continuing her education.

Dr. Rachel Albert
Dr. Rachel Albert

Professor of Nursing & Allied Health

Dr. Rachel Albert is a Professor of Nursing and Allied Health. She currently teaches online courses in Healthcare Research and Evidenced-Based Practice, Transcultural Nursing, Ethics and the Law, Integrative Nursing Practice, and Global Health.

Dr. Albert has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education at UMFK. In addition to her faculty position, she has held various administrative positions on campus as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Executive Director of Planning and Assessment, and Director and Chair of the Nursing program. She has been extensively involved with accreditation, strategic planning, general education reform, curriculum planning, distance education, student learning outcomes assessment, institutional research, academic program and institutional review, faculty recruitment and development, tenure and promotion, and student retention, success, and advising.

In 1985, Dr. Albert earned her BSN from UMFK. She then went on to earn her MSN in Emergency Nursing/Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 2001.

She is currently certified through the Advanced Online Teaching by Online Learning Consortium and certified through the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Dr. Albert is the Chair for Aroostook County’s District Coordinating Council for Public Health. She is on the Fish River Rural Health Board of Directors and is on the liaison committee to Northern Maine Medical Center. She is a corporator for Northern Light Health, a team leader and evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and UMFK’s chairperson and evaluator to our regional accrediting body NECHE.

The State of Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives honored Dr. Albert with a legislative sentiment presented by State Representative Troy Jackson for excellence in nursing education in October 2003.

In her spare time, she loves connecting and socializing with family and friends, traveling, cooking healthy recipes, listening to music, reading self-help books, and professional journals in her field. She enjoys fitness activities including running, hiking, and biking, and anything that takes her outside. Volunteering as a Team Leader for on-site nursing program accreditation reviews for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education allows her to apply her skill set while broadening and deepening her experience in nursing higher education. She also enjoys serving as a faculty mentor for the UMFK Partners for International Relief, a student organization that demonstrates caring and compassion by participating in medical relief missions that brings help to communities in need overseas.