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Clay Graybeal

Ph.D., M.S.W.

Director, School of Community and Population Health;

Professor of Social Work

(207) 221-4509

cgraybeal@une.edu

Linnell Hall
112

Dr. Graybeal currently serves as the Director of the School of Community and Population Health.  He served from 2008-2015 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   In 2012-13 he served as the Interim Director of the School of Social Work.  His  research and scholarship has focused on evidence-based practice in social work,  interprofessional education in the health professions, and more recently on the role and impact of the patient -provider alliance in improving health and social care... Read More

Expertise

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

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

korourke3@une.edu

Linnell Hall
109
On Campus

Karen O’Rourke, MPH is the Director of the Maine AHEC Network and Assistantl 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 agencies... Read More

Expertise

Public Health Policy

Obesity

Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

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Dora Anne Mills

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

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

(207) 221-4621

dmills2@une.edu

Hersey Hall
112
On Campus

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

LuAnn Thibeau

Manager of Finance and Administration

(207) 221-4568

lthibeau@une.edu

Linnell Hall
106

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

Expertise

Accounting principles

financial reporting and analysis

budgeting

federal and state compliance

analytical and problem-solving

Full-time Faculty

Rebecca Boulos

Rebecca June Boulos

M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4791

rboulos@une.edu

Linnell Hall
108
On Campus

Dr. Rebecca Boulos joined the UNE faculty as Assistant 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 weight-related... Read More

Expertise

physical activity promotion

nutrition interventions

Community Interventions

Obesity prevention

Community Health & Public Health

Jennifer Gunderman

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 505-1452

jgundermanking@une.edu

Linnell Hall
111
On Campus

~~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

Expertise

Commuity Health

Epidemiology

Surveillance

Global Health

Judith A. Metcalf

Judith A. Metcalf

APRN, BC, M.S., FMGS

Director UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center

Clinical Instructer/Nurse Practitioner Mature Care

Assistant Professor in Public Health UNE Westbrook College of Health Professions School of Community and Population Health

(207) 221-4459

jmetcalf@une.edu

Linnell Hall
104

Judith A. Metcalf, APRN, BC, M.S. began as the Director of the UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center December 1, 2003. Judy has her Bachelor's in Nursing from Salem State College Salem, Mass., her Master's from Boston University and her Post-Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification in Primary Health Care Nursing from Simmons College. Judy's position as Director, UNE-MGEC is complemented by her involvement in the UNE Mature Care Practice, as a nurse practitioner, providing primary care to older adults in residential, assisted living,... Read More

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Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

mpolacsek@une.edu

Linnell Hall
210
On Sabbatical
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. I began my work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. My experience in HIV prevention provided me with skills in survey design and development, psychometrics, the analysis of data on social determinants of health. During my doctoral training I gained valuable skills running a large random digit dialing telephone survey. By 1994, I was working on... Read More

Expertise

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

Associate Research Faculty

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Allison C Morrill

J.D., Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean for Research

Associate Research Professor

(207) 221-4578

amorrill1@une.edu

Linnell Hall
208
On Campus

I am a seasoned investigator with a Ph.D. in Psychology and 24 years of experience designing and evaluating health-promoting interventions – especially media-based interventions – for health providers and consumers.  I have a particular interest in women’s health, in particular sexual health, relationship dynamics, and intimate partner violence – and the connections among those.  My special methodological expertise is multi-method studies that combine qualitative and quantitative data, often from multi-level sources.  ... Read More

Expertise

Evaluation Research

Program Evaluation Design

Health promotion intervention

Human subjects

Data analysis

grant writing

HIV prevention

Obesity prevention

Child custody

Violence against women

Intimate partner violence

Incarceration

Preterm infants

HIV testing

End-of-life planning

Adjunct

Anne Marie Davee

Anne-Marie Davee

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

SNAP Ed Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4602

adavee@une.edu

Linnell Hall
211
On Campus

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.  She most recently served as the wellness director for the Casco Bay YMCA and as a school health coordinator in RSU No. 5 (Durham-Freeport-Pownal). Prior to these roles, Anne-Marie was employed by the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service as... Read More

Expertise

public health

Foods & Nutrition

Exercise Science

Staff

Kira Rodriguez, MHS

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Programs in Public Health

(907) 360-8687

krodriguez@une.edu

Linnell Hall
207

As a member of UNE's School of Community and Population Health’s professional research and consulting staff, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on population health needs assessments and program evaluation projects for regional and state governments as well as health professions programs, health care providers and health systems.  This includes responsibility for the design, measure development, implementation and analysis of health assessment and evaluation research; report writing and project management.  During her tenure, major projects have included managing a statewide population health... Read More

Expertise

Program Evaluation

Educational Evaluation

Health Professions

Community Health Needs Assessments

public health

Marilyn Amoroso

Office Manager, Maine GEC

(207) 221-4460

mamoroso@une.edu

Linnell Hall
102
On Campus

Marilyn is  responsible for maintaining the necessary  successful operation of a busy geriatric education center by providing organization, oversight and budget support for the many and varied workshops, trainings, seminar series, programs, projects and activities of the University of New England Maine Geriatric Education Center her efforts have contributed to the well-being of Maine’s older adults.

Before joining the University of New England Maine Geriatrics Education Center as Office Manager in 2009 Marilyn worked for the University of Southern Maine... Read More

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Coordinator, School of Community & Population Health;

Academic Advisor, Health, Wellness & Occupational Studies

(207) 221-4467

cbaeder@une.edu

Portland: Linnell Hall 113; Biddeford: Alfond Forum 255
On Campus

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

Ida Batista

Research Associate

(207) 221-4572

ibatista@une.edu

Linnell Hall
202
On Campus

Ms. Batista, MPPM, became a member of the University of New England (UNE) School for Community and Population Health evaluation team in August, 2013. She has been the program evaluator for the Maine Comprehensive Caner Control Program and lead evaluator for the Maine Geriatric Education Center, housed at UNE’s School for Community and Population Health. Prior to her current position she worked for 10 years as an education policy researcher focusing on Maine public schools and post-secondary education at the Center... Read More

Expertise

research

Evaluation

Data Analysis and Management

Nina S. Bennett

B.A. (Honors English Literature)

HPV Immunization Project Coordinator

(207) 221-4564

nschwabe@une.edu

Linnell Hall
101

Nina is the HPV Immunization Project Coordinator for the Maine AHEC Network. She provides support for state-wide educational trainings for health professionals to improve Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in Maine.Read More

Expertise

proposal and report writing

research

editing

basic data analysis

training coordination

Garrick Brown

Garrick Brown

MS, RD, LD

Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

School of Community and Population Health

(207) 221-4531

gbrown1@une.edu

Linnell Hall
211
On Campus

Garrick is a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator within the School of Community and Population Health. 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 the Healthy Maine Partnerships staff as well as other state agencies or organizations that provide... Read More

Expertise

Nutrition Education

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Dietetics

Food Safety

Community Outreach

Food Assistance Programs

program development

Pamela Bruno

Research Associate

Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4562

pbruno2@une.edu

Linnell Hall
201

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

Expertise

Evaluation

Research and Analysis

Strategic Planning

Obesity prevention

Ruth Dufresne

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

rdufresne@une.edu

Linnell Hall
207

Ruth Dufresne is the Principal Investigator/Team Lead, New Hampshire Chronic Disease Epidemiological Services. 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 has worked with a variety of state chronic disease prevention and control programs.Read More

Expertise

Evaluation

Epidemiology

grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Kathleen Duggan

Administrative Assistant, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4570

kduggan3@une.edu

Linnell Hall
200
On Campus

Expertise

Purchasing and Inventory Control

Streamlining and Organization

Zoe Hull

B.A.

Research Assistant

(207) 221-4463

zhullsfredo@une.edu

Linnell Hall
110
On Campus

Zoe Hull serves as the HPV Vaccination Project Coordinator for the Maine Area Health Education Center, and the Evaluation Coordinator for the evaluation of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program's Building Caring Connections in Maine.  Additionally, Zoe provides assistance with the School of Community and Population Health's  public health research and evaluation efforts on projects such as: RWJF funded Harvard/UNE study of food purchasing patterns and incentive programs; SAMHSA funded Drug Free Communities program; HRSA funded Area Health Education Center initiatives, etc.... Read More

Expertise

Public Health Research

Community Outreach

Minority Health

Comprehensive Program Evaluation

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Program Manager, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4551

jingram@une.edu

Linnell Hall
209

Joan Ingram is the Program Manager for the Maine SNAP-Ed Program. Prior to coming to UNE, Ingram served as the Healthy Maine Partnership director for Healthy Portland at the City of Portland, Public Health Division where her work focused on nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention using policy, systems and environmental strategies as well as direct services and educational programs. 

She has experience managing state and federal funds, collaborating closely with... Read More

Expertise

Obesity prevention

Community Health & Public Health

Nicole OBrien

Research Assistant, School of Community and Population Health

(207) 221-4575

nobrien1@une.edu

Linnell Hall
204

Nicole is a research assistant who has worked on a variety of public health projects, grants, evaluations and reports. She has worked on projects and events ranging from grant coordination, training execution to report completion and publication. Read More

Expertise

grant writing and management

report editing

qualitative research

public health project support

data entry and reporting

Leslie Ouellette

Leslie Ouellette

M.S., R.D., L.D.

Obesity Prevention Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

School of Community and Population Health

(207) 221-4496

louellette3@une.edu

Linnell Hall
208
On Campus

 
Currently, Leslie is the  SNAP-Ed Obesity Prevention Coordinator within the School of Community and Population Health. Her work on the SNAP-Ed grant includes overseeing the training and implementation of policy, systems, and environmental related to nutrition for low-income families in Maine. In addition, Leslie assists in coordinating the social marketing initiatives of the grant including both print and online marketing. She is responsible for exploring and implementing new technology strategies to streamline processes for communication, data... Read More

Expertise

Foods & Nutrition

Human nutrition

Community Nutrition Education

program development

Nutrition Education

Food Assistance Programs

Food Safety

Obesity prevention

SNAP-Ed Data Entry Specialist

(207) 221-4580

roneilvadakin@une.edu

Linnell Hall
204

Rob is the SNAP-Ed Data Entry Specialist, acting as the interface between data collection performed by the Helathy Maine Partnerships and the SNAP-Ed evaluation team.Read More

Mary Frances Smith

Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4461

msmith4@une.edu

Linnell Hall
107

Maryfrances Smith is the Program Manager of the Maine AHEC Network’s Program Office which is located in the School for Community and Population Health under Westbrook College of Health Professions on UNE’s Portland Campus.

In this role she manages the Program Office’s administrative functions along with financial processes of the Maine AHEC Network.  Smith is also responsible for clinical coordination and development of practice sites for UNE COM’s Community Health Rotation for third year medical students.  As Program Manager she... Read More

Expertise

Health Careers Workforce

organizational management

Development of clinical rotation sites and preceptors

Historical research