May 19, 2023
The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Human Resources honored 22 members of its faculty and staff for their service to the University at a recent ceremony on campus. Special awards were given to employees who have been at the UMFK for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years of service.
President Dr. Deb Hedeen welcomed everyone at the 2023 UMFK employee recognition breakfast.
Lois Canzoni, Administrative Specialist CL3 for Student Affairs; Vanessa Degler, Administrative Specialist CL3 for Arts and Science and Professional Studies Division; Megan Desjardins, Financial Analyst for Administrative Services; Matthew Dyer, Admissions Counselor; Marilyn Epp, Assistant Professor of Public Safety Administration; Janna Gregory, Human Resources Project Assistant CL3; Russell Merriam, Facilities Maintenance Worker CL2 in Facilities Management; Kennedy Rubert-Nason, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Stacy Thibodeau, Assistant Professor of Nursing, were all recognized for five years of service.
Ten years of service honorees were Mark Kelly, Reading/Writing Specialist at the Student Success Center; Sandy Pelletier, Senior Lecturer of Nursing; and Denise Potvin, RN to BSN Professional Advisor.
Paul Guimond, Mechanical Specialist CL1 in Facilities Management; Brenda Pelletier, Library Specialist CL3 at Blake Library; and Tanya Sleeper, Professor of Adult Health Nursing, were all recognized for fifteen years of service.
Honorees for twenty years of service were Joseph Becker, Professor of English, and Stephen Hansen, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies.
Melvin Belanger, Structure Specialist Carpenter CL3 in Facilities Management, was recognized for twenty-five years of service.
Robert Weyeneth, Mechanical Manager in Facilities Management, was honored with thirty years of service.
In addition to honoring employees, a special thank was given to retiring employees: Jeffrey Plourde, Building and Grounds Maintenance Worker Manager in Facilities Management for 47 years; Debra Durkin, 17 years as Library Specialist CL3 at Blake Library; and Cheryl Roberts, twelve years as an Instructor of Nursing.