Current Student Trustees


Julie Levasseur ’16 Biddeford Campus

Julie Levasseur is the 2013-2014 Student Trustee for the Biddeford Campus and a member of the Class of 2016 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from UNE in 2012 with a degree in Medical Biology. Julie was a transfer student, entering UNE as a junior in the medical biology program. She felt the pulse of UNE and wanted to continue her education here as well as give back to the UNE community. Julie became active in student government as class president in 2012-2013, and also pursued her interest in interprofessional education by participating in the first IPEC case competition. Her goals as a Student Trustee include facilitating effective communication and collaboration between the students of all colleges on the Biddeford Campus.

Nilaya Palmer ’14 Portland Campus 

Nilaya Palmer is the 2013-2014 Student Trustee for the Portland Campus. She is a Maine native who left the state 10 years ago for school, work and travel, before realizing along the way that Maine is where she aspires to work and raise her family. She pursued a career in wilderness education, having attained her BA from Evergreen State College in Washington State. Nilaya, who has experience in boat building, gardening, retail management and as a Nurse Assistant, realized that becoming a Physician Assistant would be a perfect fit for her. She is excited to be part of the graduating class of 2014 Master of Science Physician Assistant Program. Nilaya joined the Maine state Physician Assistant Board of Directors in 2012 and continues to serve as a student member. Her participation on Maine’s PA Board has enabled her to take part in the growth of her profession in the community she looks forward to joining. Nilaya feels that the University of New England offers the most comprehensive medical education in the region. Her passions and reasons for becoming a Student Trustee are in helping to ensure the continued growth and success of UNE, as well as contributing to the expansion of UNE’s community involvement.