Current Student Trustees


Kristina Michaud ’18 - Biddeford Campus

Kristina Michaud is currently a second year student in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and also attended UNE as an undergraduate student, where she received her degree in Medical Biology in 2014.

Having grown up in Kennebunk, Maine, she was grateful to find a university dedicated to strong academics and exceptional student opportunities that would prepare her for a career in medicine while still enjoying beautiful southern Maine.  During her time at UNE, Kristina pursued research in the Center for Excellence in Neuroscience, worked as a Peer Tutor at the Student Academic Success Center, and served as the Co-President of TEDxUNE.  She is currently a Class Representative in UNECOM’s Student Government Association and Chair of its Professional Development Committee, the President of the Global Health Club, and a Volunteer Pharmacy Technician at the Biddeford Free Clinic.  Kristina’s strong interest in healthcare policy during a time of significant change in the U.S. healthcare system, as well as her passion and gratitude for UNE, inspired her to become a Student Trustee. She plans to use her experience as Student Trustee to support the growth and success of this University and all of its students, while expanding this valuable experience into her future career as an advocate for patients at both the personal and political levels.

Melanie Klieber ’16 - Portland Campus

Melanie Klieber is originally from central Illinois, Melanie began her college career at Bradley University, earning her Bachelors degree in Health Science.  She soon realized she wanted her future career to be in physical therapy and began applying to various programs.  UNE appealed to her because of their exceptional physical therapy program, progressive interprofessional initiatives, and overall sense of community. Melanie began the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and served as the Physical Therapy program Senator to the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). The following year, Melanie successfully pursued the position of President of GAPSA. During her tenure, she oversaw the initiation of a new online platform for student communication, the installation of a non-denominational prayer room on campus, and represented the student perspective during UNE planning meetings. Now in her last year of the DPT program, Melanie is excited for the unique opportunity to give back to the UNE community by serving as a Student Trustee.  Her future goals include completing her DPT, publishing her current research proposal, and continuing to be active within the UNE community.