Program Staff

Eileen Ricci, PT, DPT, MS, PCS
Physical Therapy and LEND Program Director
Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UNE

Kathryn Loukas, OTD, M.S., OTR/L, FAOTA
Occupational Therapy and LEND Training Coordinator
Clinical Professor in the UNE Department of Occupational Therapy

Peter Herrick, M.Ed., M.P.H.
Assistant Director of the UNE Office of Sponsored Programs

Lu'Ann Thibeau, B.S.
UNE Center for Excellence in Health Innovation Manager of Finance and Administration

Kira Rodriguez, MHS
Maine LEND Program Evaluator




2016-2017 Maine LEND Trainees

Maine LEND is a federally-funded program in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. Spanning a spectrum of specializations, our trainees engage in didactic, clinical and leadership experiences in order to provide enhanced and expanded services to those in Maine with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other neurodevelopmental disabilities, their families and their schools.

Core Faculty

Audrey Bartholomew Ph.D.
Special Education
Assistant Professor in the UNE Education Department

Alexa Craig, M.D., M.S.
Pediatric Neurology
MMC Staff Neonatal and Pediatric Neurologist and Faculty Scientist at Maine Medical Center Research Institute 

Shelley Cohen Konrad, LCSW, Ph.D .
Social Work
Professor and Interim Director of the UNE School of Social Work, and a founding director of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Peter Herrick, M.Ed., M.P.H.
Family Faculty
Father of a child with ASD

Carol Hubbard, M.D.
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Director, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, MMC/Maine Medical Partners

Valerie Jones, LMSW
Assistant Clinical Professor, The University of New England School of Social Work

Laurie Mack, M.A., CCC-SLP 
Speech-Language Pathology

Exec. Director of Northeast Hearing & Speech

Jennifer Morton, DNP, RN
Director of Nursing and Associate Professor at UNE

Karen O'Rourke, M.P.H.
UNE Asst. Professor of Public Health in the School of Community and Population Health


Cathleen Small, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, MMC/Maine Medical Partners

Eileen Ricci, PT, D.P.T., M.S., PCS
Physical Therapy and LEND Program Director
Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UNE

Karen Wadman, D.N.P., RN, NNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing at UNE

Additional Faculty

Nancy Cronin
Director of the ME Developmental Disabilities Council

Erika Lichter, Sc.D., M.A., M.S. 
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, State of Maine and Associate Research Professor, University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service

Stephen Meister, M.D.
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Medical Director of the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center

Joanna Reidy
Family Faculty
Mother of a child with ND

Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology, MaineGeneral Medical Center Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Matthew Siegel, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Director of the outpatient Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders