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Meet Our Faculty

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. His research mandate is to support the mission of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, an applied research body that involves most of the industrial landowners in Maine. His work in a collaborative capacity has ranged from spruce budworm population monitoring to songbird habitat use, and his primary research includes both remote sensing and GIS-based analyses, and controlled experiments on the landscape addressing questions of interest to industrial landowners and state agencies.

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.

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.

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.

Shawn Graham
Shawn Graham

Assistant Professor of Human Services & Program Coordinator for Behavioral Science Program

Shawn Graham, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky, Expected graduation May 2021; Master of Science in Counseling Rehabilitation, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine; Bachelor of Science in Social Science, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine.

Professor Graham holds multiple licenses in counseling and rehabilitation services.

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.

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.

Jeffrey Dubis
Jeffrey Dubis

Instructor of Forestry

Jeffrey Dubis, M.S. Forest Management, University of Maine, 1994; B.S. Forest Management, University of Maine, Orono, 1991; A.A.S. Forest Technology, SUNY Wanakena, NY, 1989.

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

Sandy Pelletier
Sandy Pelletier

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Sandy Pelletier, University of Maine pursuing a graduate degree in Nursing Education, forthcoming; Master's Certificate in Nursing Education at the University of Maine in 2011; B.S. in Nursing at Husson College in 1997; B.S. in Biology, University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1994.

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.

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.

Tanya Sleeper
Tanya Sleeper

Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Tanya Sleeper, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Healthcare Law track; Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, 2013; M.A. Nursing/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Saint Louis University, 2004; M.A. Business, Husson College, 2000; B.S. Nursing, University of Maine Fort Kent, 1998.

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.

Jenny Radsma
Jenny Radsma

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Jenny Radsma, Ph. D., Barry University, 2005; Master’s in Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, 1996; BSN, University of Lethbridge, 1989.

Dr. Radsma is passionate about writing, community service and walkabouts; she has trekked several continents.

Nicole Rogers
Nicole Rogers

Assistant Professor of Forestry

Dr. Nicole Rogers, Ph.D. Natural Resources, Concentration in Quantitative Silviculture (2019), University of Vermont; M.S. Sustainable Forest Management, Concentration in Forest Biometrics and Geomatics (2013), Oregon State University; B.S. Forest Ecosystem Science and Conservation (2010), University of Maine.

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

Marilyn Epp
Marilyn Epp

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Marilyn Epp, M.S. Intelligence and National Security, University of Texas at El Paso, 2016; B.S. Forensic Biology, San Jose State University, 2010; Arabic Linguist, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language School, 2003.

Professor Epp has received commendations from several federal agencies for her investigative work as well as her time in the Air Force. She skillfully brings her experiences from the armed forces as well as her years with the DEA into her classroom.