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General Studies

Meet Our Faculty

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shawn Graham
Shawn Graham

Assistant Professor of Human Services & 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.