dora mills

Dora Anne Mills

M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

Director, Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

Interim Vice President for Research and Scholarship

(207) 221-4621

Dr. Mills currently serves as the Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Interim Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England, where she also directs the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation. She is a Maine native who was raised in Farmington, graduated from Mt. Blue High School, Bowdoin College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Internship and Residency Program, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is... Read More

LuAnn Thibeau

Manager of Finance and Administration

(207) 221-4568

Linnell Hall

Lu’Ann provides finance support on pre- and post-award functions for various federal, state and private grants/contracts .  Administratively, she coordinates and oversees the department operations.

She joined UNE in 2006 bringing with her 15 years of extensive state and federal tax knowledge in all aspects of the accounting functions for individuals and small corporations.  She started her career with a local CPA firm before establishing her own accounting company focusing on assisting individuals and small business owners.  Lu’Ann earned her Bachelor... Read More


Accounting principles

financial reporting and analysis


federal and state compliance

analytical and problem-solving

Full-time Faculty

Ashley Sculac

M.S.N, B.S.N

Assistant Clinical Professor

Blewett Science Center

Professor Sculac received her B.S.N degree from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2011 and began her professional nursing career in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Allegheny General Hospital.  She returned to RMU shortly after starting her nursing career to pursue her Master's Degree in Nursing Education, which she received in 2013 and began teaching part time at Robert Morris University for their School of Nursing. She has taught a variety of classes including Adult Health/Critical Care, Pathophysiology,... Read More

Professional Staff

Kira Rodriguez

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty

(907) 360-8687

As a member of UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation’s professional research and consulting staff, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on program evaluation projects and population health needs assessments for regional and state governments as well as health workforce programs, health care providers and health systems.  This includes responsibility for the design, implementation and analysis of evaluation research; responding to internal and external reporting needs and evaluation project management.  During her tenure at UNE, major projects have included managing a... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment


Andrea Aufdencamp

Administrative Assistant

(207) 221-4671

Linnell Hall

Andrea Aufdencamp is an administrative assistant at the University of New England's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation in Portland. She provides support for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Grant, The Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant, and UNE's Clinical Interprofessional Education Curriculum and Care of the Underserved Pathway.Read More

Garrick Brown

Garrick Brown


Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4531

Linnell Hall

Garrick is a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator within the Center for Health Innovation. His work on the Maine SNAP-Ed grant includes overseeing the implementation of the SNAP-Ed work plan in accordance with USDA SNAP-Ed and Maine DHHS guidance.  In addition, Garrick provides nutrition technical assistance and training to Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators as well as other state agencies or organizations that provide services to people eligible... Read More


Nutrition Education

Medical Nutrition Therapy


Food Safety

Community Outreach

Food Assistance Programs

program development

Pamela Bruno

Research Associate

Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4562

Linnell Hall

Pamela Bruno, MPH, is an evaluator for the  Maine SNAP-Ed program. Prior to coming to UNE, Pamela was the principal of her public health consulting business for 12 years, providing evaluation and strategic planning consultation for numerous public health agencies. Pamela has worked as lead evaluator for several Maine public health programs, including the former Maine Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Healthy Weight Program where she lead evaluation efforts for the... Read More



Research and Analysis

Strategic Planning

Obesity prevention

melanie caldwell

Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Project Coordinator

(207) 221-4462

Linnell Hall

Melanie Caldwell is the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Project Coordinator at the University of New England (UNE), Center for Excellence in Health Innovation. Her work on the HRSA PCTE grant includes overseeing the coordination of project work plans, timelines, communications, tracking deliverables, and implementation of systems. Read More

Administrative Assistant, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4560

Linnell Hall

Cera graduated from UNE in 2009 with Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Her career since graduation has focused on work with children and adults with developmental disorders. Between 2012-2016 she held a variety of roles for an organization that provided education and behavioral support for children with autism in York County, Maine.

Cera returned to UNE in December of 2016 as the Administrative Assistant for Maine SNAP-Ed. She is proud to support a program that provides education and support for vulnerable populations within the state.... Read More

Anne Marie Davee

Anne-Marie Davee

M.S. R.D.N. L.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 602-2563

Harold Alfond Forum

Anne-Marie is a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health promotion. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including education, corporate for profit, retail, non-profit, and healthcare. Previous employers include RSU No. 5 (Durham-Freeport-Pownal), the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service, USM College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Hannaford Supermarkets, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Central Maine Medical Center, and Stephens Memorial Hospital. Anne-Marie has published research in the Journal of Bone... Read More


Foods & Nutrition

Exercise Science

Community and Public Health

Heather Doran

Research Assistant

(207) 221-4563

Linnell Hall
Rm 113

Heather Doran, MS, is a Research Assistant for the Center of Excellence in Health Innovation. As part of her role, she is an evaluator for the Drug-Free Communities program facilitated by the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition in York County and completes QA/QI for the Maine Prevention Services: Domain 1 grant.  Prior to coming to UNE, Heather served as an Outreach and Communications Coordinator, where she coordinated outreach efforts, volunteers, community partnerships, and reporting. Heather graduated with her Masters in Medical Anthropology... Read More


qualitative research

Community Outreach

volunteer coordination

basic data analysis


Ruth Dufresne

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

Linnell Hall

Ruth Dufresne is the Evaluator for Clinical Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice where she:

  • Designs and implements an evaluation of the UNE Clinical Interprofessional Education Curriculum and its impact on health professions students, preceptors, the healthcare system, and patient outcomes
  • Evaluates the impact of interprofessional education in clinical settings as part of UNE’s participation in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Nexus Innovations Network

Ruth has over 20 years of public... Read More




grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Kathleen Duggan

Contract/Adminstrative Assistant Substance Use Prevention Services

(207) 221-4570

Linnell Hall

Kathleen located to Maine in the Fall of 2013. She joined the UNE staff as a temporary in June of 2015 and was permanently hired in August of 2015 as the SNAP-Ed Administrative Assistant. In October of 2016, she joined the newly awarded to UNE Substance Use Prevention Services grant. She lives in Scarborough, enjoys the ocean and walks. She is a certified Usui Reiki Master of Masters Teacher/Practioner and a Shamanic Practioner.Read More


Streamlining and Organization

Doreen Fournier

Program Manager, Maine Substance Use Prevention Services

(207) 221-4561

Linnell Hall

Doreen Fournier is the Program Manager of the Maine Substance Use Prevention Services, a Maine Prevention Services program funded by the Maine DHHS Center for Disease Control.  The Maine Substance Use Prevention Services program provides youth and young adult primary prevention services using evidence-based interventions through a network of sub-recipients across Maine.  Ms. Fournier has held grant management roles in non-profits including the Vermont Network against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., and program management roles at... Read More


Program and grant management

Healthcare workforce development

Domestic and sexual violence intervention and education

Substance use prevention

Contract Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4584

Linnell Hall

Colleen Fuller is the Contract Coordinator for the Maine SNAP-Ed Program, providing finance support to the SNAP-Ed district community health coalitions.

Prior to joining to UNE in 2017, Colleen received her MPH from UNE and then spent five years with Mid Coast Hospital as an Obesity Prevention Coordinator. During her time with Mid Coast Hospital, Colleen implemented a variety of healthy eating and active living initiatives. Her favorite projects were those focused around increasing access to local foods for vulnerable... Read More

Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4463

Linnell Hall

Zoe Hull is the Program Manager for the Maine Area Health Education Center Network (Maine AHEC Network), working with academic and community partners across the state to provide rural, community-based clinical training experiences for medical and other health professions students, encourage Maine youth and mid-career professionals to explore health careers, and support practicing health professionals with continuing education and distance learning opportunities.  Zoe also coordinates Maine AHEC Network's HPV Vaccination Project, which is aimed at... Read More


Public Health Research

Community Outreach

Minority Health

Comprehensive Program Evaluation

ian imbert

Clinical Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project Coordinator

AHEC CHR Clinical Coordinator

(207) 221-4625

Linnell Hall

Ian is a two time alumnus from the University of New England, having received his BS in Biochemistry and Medical Biology 2012 and his Masters of Public Health in 2015.  In 2016 he accepted a position in UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on the UNE Portland Campus working to improve clinical interprofessional education among UNE's graduate and professional healthcare students as a part of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant.  His responsibilities include developing and coordinating clinical IPE opportunities for... Read More


Community and Public Health

Interprofessional Education


chronic pain

Health informatics

Healthcare Quality

Project coordination

elizabeth mann

Elizabeth Mann


Clinical Educator for Interprofessional Practice

(207) 221-4948

Linnell Hall

Liz joined the UNE community in November 2017 as the Clinical Educator for Interprofessional Practice within the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation.  In this role, she works with IPE staff, UNE clinical affiliates, and UNE health professions leadership, faculty, staff and students to implement interprofessional practice (clinical) learning experiences for UNE health professions students and other related innovative health learning activities.  Specific responsibilities include educating & training clinical preceptors to implement interprofessional practice learning activities; further development and implementation... Read More


Public health nursing

population health

Health Education

Care Management

Integrated care

Nicole OBrien

Research Assistant, Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

Project Manager, Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME) grant

(207) 221-4575

Linnell Hall

Nicole has worked in public health and social work as a research assistant on a variety of projects, grants, evaluations and reports. Since starting at UNE in 2010, she has organized events and trainings, worked with students, community partners and staff; and coordinated projects including numerous state and federally funded grants. Nicole currently manages the Community Access to Child Health in Maine (CATCH-ME) project. In this capacity she supports the PI in implementing the goals of the CATCH-ME project by coordinating student stipends, filing federal grant reports, organizing annual trainings and acting as... Read More


grant writing and management

report editing

public health project support

data entry and reporting

research assistance

event coordination

Elizabeth Pratt

SNAP-Ed Program Manager

(207) 221-4551

Linnell Hall

Elizabeth is the Program Manager for Maine SNAP-Ed.  The program goal is to provide low-income Mainers with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthier food choices within a limited budget. There are 44 trained Nutrition Educators in all 16 counties of Maine.Read More


Public Health Management

Mary Frances Smith

AHEC Clinical Coordinator, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

Linnell Hall

Maryfrances Smith is the Coordinator of the Community Health Rotation, a program of the Maine AHEC Network’s Program Office which is located in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on UNE’s Portland Campus.

In this role she manages and is responsible for clinical coordination and development of practice sites for UNE COM’s Community Health Rotation for third year medical students.  She has been involved with the Maine AHEC since 2005.

Smith has been at UNE since April 2001.  Prior... Read More


Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research

Toho Soma

Senior Research Associate

(207) 221-4460

Linnell Hall

Mr. Soma focuses on program evaluation and quality improvement for various grants in the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, including the Primary Care for Training and Enhancement grant, the Statewide Substance Use Prevention Services grant, and the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition Drug Free Communities grant.

His prior work as the Director of Public Health for the City of Portland allowed him to collaborate with health care providers, universities, and community-based organizations to improve the health status of local residents, with an emphasis on... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Health Disparities

Community and Public Health