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.