dora mills

Dora Anne Mills

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

Vice President for Clinical Affairs

Director, Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

Interim Vice President for Research and Scholarship

(207) 221-4621

Dr. Mills currently serves as the Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Interim Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England, where she also directs the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation. She 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... Read More

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

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


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 various federal, state and private grants/contracts .  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 and small business owners.  Lu’Ann earned her Bachelor... Read More


Accounting principles

financial reporting and analysis


federal and state compliance

analytical and problem-solving

Professional Staff

Kira Rodriguez

Research Associate

Adjunct Faculty

(907) 360-8687

As a member of UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation’s professional research and consulting staff, Ms. Rodriguez has worked on program evaluation projects and population health needs assessments for regional and state governments as well as health workforce programs, health care providers and health systems.  This includes responsibility for the design, implementation and analysis of evaluation research; responding to internal and external reporting needs and evaluation project management.  During her tenure at UNE, major projects have included managing a... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Community Health Needs Assessment


Garrick Brown

Garrick Brown


Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4531

Linnell Hall

Garrick is a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator within the Center for Health Innovation. 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 Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators as well as other state agencies or organizations that provide services to people eligible... Read More


Nutrition Education

Medical Nutrition Therapy


Food Safety

Community Outreach

Food Assistance Programs

program development

Pamela Bruno

Research Associate

Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4562

Linnell Hall

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



Research and Analysis

Strategic Planning

Obesity prevention