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Three faculty; five staff join UMFK campus community

September 2, 2005


The University of Maine at Fort Kent campus community is welcoming three new faculty and five new staff members as the start of a new academic year gets underway.

Joining the faculty of the campus community are Dr. Anthony Enerva, Paul Gebhardt, and Leo Trudel.

Enerva joins UMFK as assistant professor of public safety administration and criminal justice.

Enerva received his masters of science degree in criminal justice administration from San Diego State University in San Diego, California, and holds a juris doctorate in public and administrative law from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Prior to taking the position, Enerva was a lecturer for Lakeland Community College in Kurtland, Ohio and held an adjunct faculty position at Cleveland State University and Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as district executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Western Reserve Council, in Warren, Ohio.

Paul Gebhardt has been appointed to the position of assistant professor of art and art education.

Gebhardt received his master of fine arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK, he taught at Chapel Hill in Waltham, Massachusetts, as a service learning coordinator at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts, a service learning consultant at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and as a community arts teacher at Maine College of Art in Portland.

Gebhardt had been instrumental in theater performance and public art exhibitions in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. In addition to being an experienced educator, he is also a practicing artist.

Leo Trudel has been appointed to the position of assistant professor of business for a one-year fixed position.

Trudel received his master's in business management from Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire and also received a bachelor of arts in psychology and education from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK, he was director of economic development for the Town of Fort Kent.

Trudel is currently co-owner of a farming business in St. Francis, Maine called Heart and Soul. He is also proprietor of Sunset Financial, a firm that deals with financial planning for retirement and investment.

Three individuals have joined the professional staff. They include Doulgas Barley, Catherine Fecinta and Leslie Plourde.

Douglas Barley has taken the position of director of admissions.

Barley received a bachelor of arts in East Asian studies and a bachelor of music in voice performance from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. In addition to holding a master's degree in music, he is currently pursuing a doctorate of music in vocal performance, pedagogy and literature from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Prior to joining the UMFK campus community in June, he served as associate director of international admissions and as business analyst for the office of international admissions at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Catherine Fecinta has been named student success coordinator, which is a new position created to oversee academic advising and career counseling.

She will work closely with all faculty and staff providing student services in this area. She will also work directly with students to ensure access to available services and programs to support the student's success and achievement in higher education.

Fecinta holds a master's degree in education from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.

Prior to joining UMFK, she was assistant director of admissions and financial aid at Manhattan College and an admissions counselor at Widener University.

Leslie Plourde has filled the position of assistant director of finance.

Plourde received a bachelor of science degree in business management and an associate's degree in criminal justice from UMFK. She graduated salutatorian of the Class of 2002.

In recent years, she has served as transportation coordinator at Fraser Papers in Madawaska, Maine and as a branch manager at First Citizens Bank in Fort Kent.

Two classified staff positions were also filled. They include Susan Tardie and Ivan Maizus.

Tardie fills the position of administrative assistant for the university relations and alumni affairs, where she provides clerical and administrative support, edits, proofs, and composes news releases, and oversees projects such as campus newsletters.

She received her bachelor of science degree in business management from UMFK.

Prior to joining the campus community, she worked for the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce as administrative secretary and office manager. Tardie also worked for Bee Jays Tavern in Fort Kent.

Ivan Maizus will serve as security guard and night watchman. Maizus comes to UMFK after serving for 20 years as a police officer for the New York Police Department in New York City, New York.