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Campus Directory

College of Professional Programs

Barbara J Blackstone

Barbara J Blackstone

Dean, College of Professional Programs; Associate Professor of Exercise Science

Courtney Boma

Courtney Boma

YourPace Curriculum Coordinator, CBE Academic Success Coach, Coordinator of Student Teaching & Field Experience

  • Education

    B.S., University of Southern Maine, 2002
    M.Ed., Walden University, 2008
Caroline Boyce

Caroline Boyce

Accounting Support Specialist

Jean H Cashman

Jean H Cashman

Associate Professor of Social Work and Field Coordinator

  • Education

    B.S., University of Connecticut, 1972
    M.S.W., University of Connecticut, 1979
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker Certification, State of Maine; Academy of Certified Social Workers
Shea Cushman

Shea Cushman (She/Her/Hers)

YourPace Admissions Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty

  • Education

    B.L.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 2018
Stacey Emery

Stacey Emery

Assistant Professor of Business & Accounting

  • Education

    B.A., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 2006
    M.A., Husson University, 2008
Lorne Gibson

Lorne Gibson

Executive Director of Academic Development & Compliance; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

  • Bio

    Native to Canton, South Dakota, Dr. Dr. Gibson studied sociology and criminal justice at Dakota Wesleyan, U. of South Dakota, and South Dakota State U. He worked at McCrossans Boys Ranch, a juvenile facility, during his doctoral studies. He joined AFROTC during doctoral studies at South Dakota State and later served as an AF officer from 2003 to 2011. As an officer, he served in the AF Occupational Measurement Squadron, then the USAF Academy before resigning and taking a new professorship at U. of Wisconsin-Platteville. He left UWP for UMPI in 2015 remaining in the criminal justice field. Dr. Gibson is married with 4 adult children.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Management, Organization, Leadership Social Movements and Change Courtship and Gender

  • Community Involvement

    • Civil Air Patrol, Squadron Commander, Presque Isle
Alan D Gordon

Alan D Gordon

Lecturer of Physical Education; Head Men's Soccer Coach; Athletic Compliance Officer

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1987
    M.S., Ithaca College, 1990
Tomasz Herzog

Tomasz Herzog

Professor of Social Foundations of Education and Social Studies Education

  • Education

    B.A., Theological Seminary, 1989
    M.A., Adam Mickiewicz University, 1993
    (Non-degree) Postgraduate Studies, Georgetown University/The George Washington University, 1996
    Ph.D., Adam Mickiewicz University, 2002
Kimberly A Jones

Kimberly A Jones

Associate Professor of Business Administration

  • Education

    B.A., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1997
    M.S., Husson University, 2009
Lisa  Leduc

Lisa Leduc

Professor of Criminal Justice

  • Education

    B.A., University of Ottawa, 1990
    M.A., University of Ottawa, 1992
    Ph.D., Carleton University, 2003
Wendi Malenfant

Wendi Malenfant

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1993
    M.Ed., University of Maine, 2011
    Ph.D., University of Maine, 2021
  • Bio

    Dr. Wendi Malenfant has dedicated her career to the field of Education. She is a proud graduate of the teacher preparation program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and taught in the Presque Isle school system for 17 years. She served as Easton Elementary School principal for five years and has been teaching in the teacher preparation program at UMPI since 2015. Dr. Malenfant did her doctoral dissertation on mathematics anxiety in first-generation pre-service teachers and aspires to help mitigate that anxiety in her students in order to break the mathematics anxiety cycle. She believes building relationships with students is the first crucial step in educating tomorrow’s leaders, and she looks for ongoing opportunities to immerse her students in the field to interact with teachers and students in local public schools. Dr. Malenfant is passionate about teaching and learning and strives to inspire her students to learn and grow along with her. She lives in Westfield with her husband, Kevin, who is also an educator and University of Maine at Presque Isle graduate.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Elementary Education Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership/Administration Math Anxiety in Pre-Service Teachers

  • Scholarly Activities

    • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: “A Quantitative Study of Mathematics Anxiety in First-Generation Pre-Service Teachers”
Alana Margeson

Alana Margeson

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Education Program

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1999
    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1999
    M.Ed., Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 2008
    Ed.D., Walden University, 2019
Aaron Peter Marston

Aaron Peter Marston

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1997
    M.S., Marshall University, 2003
Linda McLaughlin

Linda McLaughlin

Administrative Specialist CL3

  • Education

    A.S., Northern Maine Community College, 1995
Reed E Nonken

Reed E Nonken (He/Him/His)

Assistant Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management

  • Education

    B.S., University of Connecticut, 1998
    M.A., North Carolina State University, 2007
    M.B.A., Husson, 2017
    M.S.C.J.A., Husson, 2018
  • Bio

    Mr. Nonken has been teaching within the business and criminal justice fields for over a decade, capitalizing on his experiences of over 15 years of leadership in a variety of multinational companies ranging in the areas of aerospace, animal, and human health, to retail and manufacturing. He has held multiple senior management positions in the areas of information technology (in both the biotech and retail industries), manufacturing and supply chain management (biotech, aerospace, and others) as well as operating his own consulting business.

    Mr. Nonken has three master’s degrees, receiving his Master of Business Administration and Master of Criminal Justice Administration from Husson University, and his Master of Ethics from North Carolina State University.

    In addition, Mr. Nonken has maintained his law enforcement officer certificate (including advanced standings) with the state of Maine and has served in a variety of communities in Maine for over 20 years as an officer and certified instructor for the academy. Mr. Nonken has lived in northern Maine for over 20 years with his family and will begin his PhD in Education program in the fall of 2022.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Management, Organization, Leadership Operations Process Improvement Criminal Justice

  • Community Involvement

    • Maine Criminal Justice Academy Instructor
    • Advisory Board Member – Presque Isle Regional Technology Center
    • Former Board Member – Hope and Justice Project
Matthew Papsadora

Matthew Papsadora

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

  • Education

    B.S., Husson University, 2010
    DPT, Husson University, 2012
Christopher Rolon

Christopher Rolon

Director and Associate Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

  • Education

    B.S., Keene State College, 1994
    M.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2001
Shirley Rush

Shirley Rush

BSW Program Director; Professor of Social Work

  • Education

    B.A., California State University, 1985
    M.S.W, California State University, 1988
    LCSW Certification from the State of Maine
Leo L Saucier

Leo L Saucier

Coordinator of Physical Education; Faculty Athletic Representative

  • Education

    B.S., Slippery Rock University, 1983
    M.Ed., Valdosta State University, 1992
  • Bio

    Leo earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1983, where he also played NCAA Div. II baseball. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1984, served 4 years of active duty as a Hospital Corpsman (Medic) and another 2 years on inactive reserve. After military service he earn a Master’s Degree in Education in Physical Education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. After teaching and coaching Middle School and High School in Georgia for 6 years, Leo was hired by Valdosta State University as a P. E. instructor and supervisor of Physical Education student-teachers, he also directed all aspects of the activity course program. He taught at VSU for 3 years, then spent a year at the University of New Mexico. Leo, a native of Millinocket, Maine was hired at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for the 2000 – 2001 academic year; he has spent the last 21 years preparing future physical education teachers. Additionally, Leo coached the UMPI baseball team for several years and now serves as the Physical Education Teaching program Coordinator and has recently launched a Minor Degree program in Athletics Coaching.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Methods of Teaching K-1 Motor Learning and Performance Athletics Coaching Baseball Coaching

  • Community Involvement

    • Provides 10 online courses to assist employed teachers interested in a PET certification.
    • Coordinates with local schools to bring groups of elementary students onto campus to engage in movement opportunities.
    • Supervises an advisory group of physical education teachers tasked with improving the physical education experience.
Tara Whiton

Tara Whiton

Assistant Professor of Health Administration

  • Education

    B.S. University of Southern Maine, 2011
    M.S. Montana State University, 2014
    Ph.D. East Tennessee State University, 2019
  • Bio

    Tara Whiton is an Assistant Professor of Health Administration (Community Health) and Curriculum Development Specialist for the new Health Administration degree as part of the Title III grant. Tara has a Master’s in Health and Human Development and PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance. She is passionate about chronic disease prevention through health education and promotion of nutrition, fitness, and wellness, as well as maternal and infant nutrition, and nutrient energy availability and resources. She channels her academic knowledge and experiences through several community service oriented projects representing UMPI/UMFK on the board at Aroostook County Action Program, an advisor to the board of the First 1,000 Days Maine Initiative – an approach that highlights the importance of adequate nutrition in early life, from conception to a child’s second birthday, and as a member of the obesity-member interest group for the Maine Public Health Association. Tara is involved in research and drafting policy briefings and educational materials to key stakeholders for creating change in the public health infrastructure of these areas in the state of Maine. Outside of the academic realm, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim and son, Rhys. She enjoys the outdoors, endurance sports, cooking, baking and gardening.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Nutrition Community Nutrition Maternal and Infant Nutrition Community Health Sports Performance Strength and Conditioning

  • Community Involvement

    • Board Member – Aroostook County Action Program
    • Advisory Board Member – First 1,000 Days Maine
    • Member of Obesity Interest Group – Maine Public Health Association
  • Scholarly Activities

    • Whiton, Tara; Yerxa, Kathryn; and Schattman, Rachel E., “COVID-19 Affects Coping Strategies and Food Access for Maine Adults” (2021). Food Science and Human Nutrition Faculty Scholarship.
    • “Public Health Approaches to Addressing Obesity” (2021). Presentation to Maine State Legislature. Maine Public Health Association Member Interest Section on Obesity. 2021
    • Whiton, Tara K., “The Influence of Chronic Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Measures of Central and Peripheral Fatigue in Training Athletes” (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2019
    • “Beyond statistical significance: Unifying the language between sport scientists and coaches” – conference presentation – Coaches College 2018
    • “Changes in stretch-shortening cycle and jump height after a competitive training season in collegiate distance runners” – conference presentation – Coaches College 2018
    • “Preliminary analysis: Moderating the stress perception of collegiate distance runners using branched-chain amino acids” – conference presentation – Southeast and National American College of Sports Medicine Conference 2018
    • “Branched-chain amino acid supplementation may produce marginal reductions in task-specific muscular soreness in collegiate distance runners” – conference presentation – Southeast and National American College of Sports Medicine Conference – Chattanooga, TN and Minneapolis, MN 2018
    • “The contribution of muscle cross-sectional area to jump height in collegiate athletes” – conference presentation – Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Conference – Greeneville, SC 2017
John J Zaborney

John J Zaborney

Professor of History

  • Education

    B.A., Bridgewater College, 1989
    M.A., State University of New York, 1991
    Ph.D., University of Maine, 1997
Ronald Biron

Ronald Biron

Assistant Professor

Joshua David Cheney
  • Education

    B.S., Roch Institute of Technology, 1969
Leonard (Lenny) Charles Cole

Leonard (Lenny) Charles Cole

Adjunct Faculty

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1969
Brian Day

Brian Day

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer I

Lori Deschaine

Lori Deschaine

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer II

Kristy Dube

Kristy Dube

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer I

David T Ferrell
  • Education

    B.A., University of Maine at Presque Isle, 2003
    M.A., Laurentian University, 2004
Julia Flacke

Julia Flacke

Adjunct Faculty

Debra A Guiod

Debra A Guiod

Adjunct Faculty

  • Education

    B.A., University of Maine at Orono, 1985
    M.E.D., University of Maine at Orono, 1992
Melissa J Ivey

Melissa J Ivey

Adjunct Faculty

  • Education

    M.A., Clark University, 1995
Carl Michaud

Carl Michaud

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer I - YourPace Program

Loni Nadeau

Loni Nadeau

Adjunct Faculty; UMPI/UMFK Education Support Professional

  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine Fort Kent, 2011
    Graduate Certificate, University of Farmington, 2015
    M.S. Ed., University of Farmington, 2018
John B Pelletier
  • Education

    B.S., University of Maine at Machias, 1970
    M.S., Husson College, 2008
Elise Perrault

Elise Perrault

Adjunct Faculty, Associate Professor - YourPace Program

Michelle  Reinecke Ferris
  • Education

    B.A., Alma College, 2003
    M.A., Columbia University School of SW, 2006
Amanda Wickramasinghe

Amanda Wickramasinghe

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer I - YourPace Program