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Karen O'Rourke

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

Karen O’Rourke, MPH is the Director of the Maine AHEC Network and Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health in the School of Community and Population Health.  Karen also coordinates the local performance site at UNE of the New England Public Health Training Center.  She is the Co-Chair of the Maine Health Workforce Forum and Co-Chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council’s Obesity Work Group. 

Prior to coming to UNE in 2010, Karen spent 25 years in various public health... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

LuAnn Thibeau

Manager of Finance and Administration

(207) 221-4568

Linnell Hall

Lu’Ann provides finance support on pre- and post-award functions for all federal, state and private grants/contracts under the School of Community and Population Health.  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... Read More


Accounting principles

financial reporting and analysis


federal and state compliance

analytical and problem-solving


Dora Anne Mills

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

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

(207) 221-4621

Hersey Hall

Dr. Mills 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 a board-certified pediatrician who practiced as a hospitalist in Los Angeles (two years) and in a pediatric practice in her hometown of Farmington (four years). She also practiced medicine in several rural international locations, including Tanzania... Read More

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Interim Director, School of Community and Population Health;

Associate Dean, WCHP

Professor of Social Work

(207) 221-4509

Linnell Hall

Dr. Graybeal currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Community and Population Health and as Associate Dean in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   In 2012-13 he served as the Interim Director of the School of Social Work.  His scholarship has focused on evidence-based practice in social work and in interprofessional education across teh health professions.  He has a particular interest in the exploring the relationship between science, creativity, and personal and organizational change.

In collaboration with Dr.... Read More


Evidence-based practice; the alliance between provider and patient/client; interprofessional education; transformative practice; the creative arts in social work.

Full-time Faculty

Rebecca Boulos

Rebecca June Boulos

M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4791

Linnell Hall

Dr. Rebecca Boulos joined the UNE faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor in 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a research associate at ChildObesity180, a multi-sector organization focused on reversing the trend of childhood obesity within one generation's time.

Rebecca's research interests lie at the intersection of psychological, biological and community health. To that end, she believes in the power of community engaged research to ignite individual and community activism and ownership over changing psychological and social conditions that influence... Read More


physical activity promotion

nutrition interventions

Community Interventions

Obesity prevention

Community Health & Public Health

Jennifer Gunderman

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 505-1452

Linnell Hall

~~Of all the things I have done in public health, teaching is one of the more exciting opportunities for me. 

I was born and raised in central Massachusetts.  My desire was to be a doctor but after failing organic chemistry, I had to find a different path.  Knowing that I had a passion for health, I switched my major to health policy and management and found my niche.  After graduating from Providence College, I became a Peace Corps volunteer stationed... Read More


Commuity Health



Global Health

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Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

Michele Polacsek received her master's degree in international health in 1989 and her doctoral degree in public health social and behavioral science in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She began her work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and by 1994 she was working on chronic disease prevention and was doing community based teaching and research at the University of New Mexico where she held joint appointments in the departments of Communication and Journalism and Community... Read More


Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health


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Coordinator, School of Community & Population Health;

Academic Advisor, Health, Wellness & Occupational Studies

(207) 221-4467

Portland: Linnell Hall 113; Biddeford: Alfond Forum 255

In 2010, Collyn Baeder earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in Burlington with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Studio Art. In addition to her role as coordinator for the School of Community and Population Health and academic advisor for Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies, she is presently a student in UNE’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, expected to graduate in May 2016.

As an MPH student, Collyn has been involved in two interprofessional... Read More

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

Linnell Hall

Ruth Dufresne is the Principal Investigator/Lead Evaluator, Maine CDC/DHHS, Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine; PI/Team Lead, the New Hampshire Chronic Disease Epidemiological Services. She evaluates public health chronic disease prevention programs and priority interventions. As an evaluator and epidemiologist, Ruth: develops and assists with implementation of surveillance and evaluation plans; develops and administers surveys; conducts interviews; provides expertise in CD epidemiology and evaluation; collects and analyses CD data; and provides overall grant management. She has 20 years of public health experience and... Read More




grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Sue Stableford

M.P.H, M.S.B.

Director, Health Literacy Institute

(207) 221-4567

Linnell Hall

Sue is a nationally known health literacy expert who trains, consults, engages with research teams, develops print and web-based materials, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She works with a broad spectrum of national and local organizations engaged in medical care, community health, and public health. She works across disciplines and health topics, with expertise ranging  from environmental health and chronic disease prevention to shared decision-making. Her work with the University of Rhode Island and RI Department of Health won 2... Read More


Health literacy

plain language

and clear health communication. The Health Literacy Institute provides plain language consulting


and materials development. We work in the public and private sectors

in academia

in public health and medicine

Hank Stabler

Hank Stabler


Research Associate, Development

(207) 221-4565

Linnell Hall

Mr. Stabler has full-time responsibility for overseeing or assisting in writing federal, state, and local grants including competing and renewal opportunities for the Center for Community and Public Health. Prior to joining CCPH, Mr. Stabler worked for Karlsberger Healthcare Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI, assisting in strategic and operational planning, implementing lean design, and best practice programming for U.S.-based hospital planning and design. Before this Mr. Stabler worked as the Finance Officer at Medical Care Development International in Silver Spring,... Read More


grant development