The University of Maine at Presque Isle is welcoming several new employees and announcing new appointments at the start of the Spring 2012 semester.
Robert Aughinbaugh joins the University as the Director of Physical Facilities. Aughinbaugh is an experienced facilities and construction leader, planner and manager with significant success in facilities master planning, strengthening operations, structuring high impact business plans and boosting productivity. Most recently, Aughinbaugh served as a self-employed consultant, working with companies in developing technical drawings, safety programs and writing business plans. Prior to that, he worked for the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2005 to 2009, serving first as Facilities Manager for Bedford Medical Center and later as the Program Executive of Community Hospitals Construction. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Facilities Engineering and Plant Operations at Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Director of Facilities and Plant Operations at Mary Baldwin College, and construction manager and later facilities manager at Philipsburg Area Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Patrick Baker, who has served as the University's Assistant Athletic Trainer, has been named its Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to his work with UMPI, Baker served as an Athletic Trainer at Colby College. While working toward his Master's degree in Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management from Montana State University Billings, Baker served as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the school. He received his Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from UMPI in 2008, and his Diploma of Fitness and Health Promotion from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, in 2004. He is a Maine Licensed Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
Vanessa Patenaude joins the University as Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the developing Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Patenaude earned her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 1988 and her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1991. Most recently, she has worked as a private pediatric physical therapist based in Mapleton. She previously has worked as a staff physical therapist at Cary Medical Center, Calais Regional Hospital, for Physical Medical Associates in Indianapolis, and The Aroostook Medical Center. She also has worked as a traveling physical therapist with Rehab Hospital Services Corporation in Washington, D.C.
Heather Sincavage, who joined the University in the fall of 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Art, takes on the additional role of Director of the Reed Fine Art Gallery and the University's Art Collection starting this spring. In her new appointment, Sincavage will develop gallery programs, enrich academic programs, and continue to expand the University's Art Collection. Sincavage has an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a BFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Penn. Sincavage has been awarded numerous Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants; been grant funded to attend the Vermont Studio Center; and, in 2011, was awarded the "Outstanding Contributions to Visual Art" Award by the Allentown Arts Commission, City of Allentown.
Mark Woodman joins the University as a Building and Grounds Maintenance Worker. He comes to the University with custodial and janitorial experience as well as experience with long haul trucking, and operating farm and paving equipment. He is a 1970 graduate of Presque Isle High School. He graduated from Northern Maine Technical College in 1973 with a degree in Auto Body Repair.