Dr. Kaisa G. Holloway Cripps received her doctoral degree in management from the University of Maryland University College and her master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has taught marketing, management, economics, and sustainable development courses in academia for more than a decade.
Dr. Holloway has served as a lecturer and administrator in higher education institutions including the University of Massachusetts and Brandeis University. She has also served as the chief operating officer for a regional workforce board of the department of labor in Massachusetts, and as a newspaper editor with a Dow Jones local affiliate.
Dr. Holloway recently joined the University of Maine System Research Affiliates cohort and will be researching the potential to align with the systemwide UMaine Arctic Initiative to develop undergraduate educational and research opportunities during the academic year and summer on the campus.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Marilyn Epp was hired in 2018 as the Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Prior to teaching for UMFK, she was an intelligence analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Professor 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. She has been a juvenile Restorative Justice Facilitator for Aroostook County since 2019 and became a licensed Maine hunting guide in 2020.
Professor 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Larry is the Nursing Resource Center Manager and Lab & Clinical Instructor for UMFK’s nursing program. He has been at UMFK for 10 years and prior to that, he was a charge nurse at Mercy Home on Eagle Lake. Larry also worked as a Med/Surg nurse for four years in Presque Isle. He earned his BSN from UMFK in 2006 and his MSN from Michigan State University in 2010.
Larry enjoys the great outdoors, spending much of his free time in the woods camping, fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
Dr. Kelly White earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New England, his educational specialist degree in Educational Technology from Nova Southeastern University, and his Master of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Phoenix. He has been a community college distance education administrator since 2001, first at the Community College of Vermont and then at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. During that time, Kelly also taught 3-8 credits per semester in the computer science department. For the last three years, he has taught computer science, physical science, and physics for MSAD1 in Presque Isle. In addition, he has presented at conferences at the local, state, national and international levels on topics about distance education best practices and human-computer interaction.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Libin Thaikkattil Louis is an Assistant Professor of Forestry at UMFK. Dr. Louis received his PhD in Forest Resources from the University of Maine in 2021. His doctoral research focussed on the economic constraints of timber harvesting, developing a novel model for the small diameter tree market scenario for the region, and exploring the perspectives of forestry stakeholders in the Northeastern states. Previously, he had been trained as a landscape ecologist exploring the importance of landscape composition and configuration on biodiversity in agricultural farms as part of his master’s in forestry from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has also completed his bachelor’s in forestry from Kerala Agricultural University in Kerala, India.
Published in well known forestry peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Forest Engineering, Forests, and Current Forestry Reports. Dr. Louis has remained at the forefront of research in his field of study. He has presented his research at various regional, national, and international conferences such as Symposium on Forestry Mechanization, Council of Forest Engineers, and International Congress on Conservation Biology. His current research interests are biomass and bioenergy, economics of timber harvesting, and reducing the environmental impacts of forest management in the Northeast United States.
Dr. Louis is a seasoned subject matter expert and presenter. He is proficient in several advanced analysis softwares utilized in scientific research as well as in the forest industry. Dr. Louis will be teaching forestry classes such as Introduction to Global Positioning; Forest Ecology; Forest Products, Harvesting, and Transportation, and Forest Mensuration. In his free time, Dr. Louis enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and photography.
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.
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.
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 is the academic advisor for all incoming first-year Forestry students, teaches Introduction to Forestry, and leads the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. He coordinates the spruce budworm overwintering population monitoring program for the CFRU, which provides many opportunities for student employment. His research work includes a long-term stream monitoring project geared towards predicting temperature 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 200+ nest boxes for songbirds, ducks, native solitary bees, and bats that form the basis of senior research projects in the Environmental Studies program.
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.
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.