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Jennifer Gunderman

Workforce Development Team Lead

AHEC Director

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

I came into public health by failing organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Providence College. My goal was to be a physician but soon realized that my skill and passion belonged elsewhere. Luckily my college has a public health major, and the rest is history.  My background includes being a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, working with the state of Maine health department as an infectious disease epidemiologist, providing technical assistance to Caribbean countries on HIV surveillance, and even owning an organic farm.  I live... Read More



Maternal and Child Health

Global and Community Health

Community and Public Health

Interprofessional Curriculum Design & Implementation

Toho Soma

Interim Director

Senior Research Associate

(207) 221-4460

Linnell Hall

Mr. Soma is the Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation (CEHI). He also works on program evaluation and quality improvement for various CEHI projects, including Primary Care Training and Enhancement, Chronic Disease Prevention Evaluation, and Statewide Substance Use Prevention Services.

He was previously the Director of Public Health for the City of Portland, which allowed him to collaborate with health care providers, universities, and community-based organizations to improve the health status of local residents, with... Read More


Health Program Evaluation and Planning

Health Disparities

Community and Public Health

Substance Use

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



Shay Ayres

Shay K. Ayres


Contract Assistant, Maine Substance Use Prevention Services

(207) 221-4570

Linnell Hall

Shay coordinates the processing of contracts, budgets, and invoices and manages the overall administrative functions for Maine Substance Use Prevention Services, a Maine Prevention Services program funded by the Maine DHHS Center for Disease Control.

Before coming to the University of New England, she spent many years working as an account executive in the insurance industry.  A licensed massage therapist, she also owned and operated a private therapeutic massage practice for 7 years.Read More


Contract Administration

Andrea Aufdencamp

Administrative Assistant

(207) 221-4671

Linnell Hall

Andrea Aufdencamp is an administrative assistant at the University of New England. Grants and initiatives she supports include both the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation and also the School of Nursing and Population Health.  They are: Maine Advanced Nursing Education Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and The Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant.Read More

Program Coordinator, Maine Substance Use Prevention Services

(207) 221-4464

Linnell Hall

Nick Beverage is a Program Coordinator for Maine Substance Use Prevention Services, a Maine Prevention Services program funded by the Maine DHHS Center for Disease Control.  The Maine Substance Use Prevention Services program provides youth and young adult primary prevention services using evidence-based interventions through a network of sub-recipients across Maine.  Prior to coming to UNE Nick was the Program Manager for a non-profit specializing in Trauma-Informed Care working to bring Trauma-Informed practice... Read More


Substance use prevention

Training & Technical Assistance

Trauma-Informed Education

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

melanie caldwell

Primary Care Training and Enhancement Project Manager

(207) 221-4462

Linnell Hall

Melanie Caldwell is the Project Manager for UNE's Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Bangor and Northern New England Clinical Champions Program grants. Both grants are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the HRSA PCTE programs is to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care clinicians, teachers, and researchers and promoting primary care practice, particularly in rural and underserved areas.Read More

Administrative Assistant, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4560

Linnell Hall

Cera graduated from UNE in 2009 with Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Her career since graduation has focused on work with children and adults with developmental disorders. Between 2012-2016 she held a variety of roles for an organization that provided education and behavioral support for children with autism in York County, Maine.

Cera returned to UNE in December of 2016 as the Administrative Assistant for Maine SNAP-Ed. She is proud to support a program that provides education and support for vulnerable populations within the state.... Read More

Heather Doran

Research Associate I

(207) 221-4563

Linnell Hall
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Heather Doran, MS, is a Research Associate I for the Center of Excellence in Health Innovation. As part of her role, she is the evaluator for the Drug-Free Communities program facilitated by the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition in York County and completes QA/QI data management for the Maine Prevention Services: Domain 1 grant.  Prior to coming to UNE, Heather served as an Outreach and Communications Coordinator, where she coordinated outreach efforts, volunteers, community partnerships, and reporting. Heather graduated with her Masters... Read More


qualitative research

Community Outreach

volunteer coordination


basic data analysis

data entry and reporting

Data Management

Ruth Dufresne

Research Associate

(207) 221-4571

Linnell Hall

Ruth Dufresne is the Evaluator for Clinical Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice where she:

  • Designs and implements an evaluation of the UNE Clinical Interprofessional Education Curriculum and its impact on health professions students, preceptors, the healthcare system, and patient outcomes
  • Evaluates the impact of interprofessional education in clinical settings as part of UNE’s participation in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Nexus Innovations Network

Ruth has over 20 years of public... Read More




grant writing

chronic disease prevention

strategic planning.

Doreen Fournier

Program Manager, Maine Substance Use Prevention Services

(207) 221-4561

Linnell Hall

Doreen Fournier is the Program Manager of the Maine Substance Use Prevention Services, a Maine Prevention Services program funded by the Maine DHHS Center for Disease Control.  The Maine Substance Use Prevention Services program provides youth and young adult primary prevention services using evidence-based interventions through a network of sub-recipients across Maine.  Ms. Fournier has held grant management roles in non-profits including the Vermont Network against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., and program management roles at... Read More


Program and grant management

Healthcare workforce development

Domestic and sexual violence intervention and education

Substance use prevention

Contract Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4584

Linnell Hall

Colleen Fuller is the Contract Coordinator for the Maine SNAP-Ed Program, providing finance support to the SNAP-Ed district community health coalitions.

Prior to joining to UNE in 2017, Colleen received her MPH from UNE and then spent five years with Mid Coast Hospital as an Obesity Prevention Coordinator. During her time with Mid Coast Hospital, Colleen implemented a variety of healthy eating and active living initiatives. Her favorite projects were those focused around increasing access to local foods for vulnerable... Read More

Research Assistant

(207) 221-4580

Linnell Hall

Mae Gagnon is a Research Assistant for the Center of Excellence in Health Innovation. She supports UNE's evaluators who are working on Maine CDC's grant Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke as well as evaluators involved with UNE's grant from HRSA for Sexual... Read More

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Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed

(207) 221-4602

Linnell Hall

Tasha studied art history and nutrition and finds ways to creatively combine both interests in her daily life. Tasha works as a Nutrition Program Coordinator with Maine SNAP-Ed coaching Nutrition Educators and serving as the training lead for the SNAP-Ed grant program statewide. She is a member of the Maine Local Foods Access Network Steering Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Merrymeeting Food Council. These days you will find Tasha imagining new ways to make delicious dinners,... Read More


Clinical Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition


LGBT Awareness



and Environmental Change

Community Nutrition Education

Safe Space Certified

Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4463

Linnell Hall

Zoe Hull is the Program Manager for the Maine Area Health Education Center Network (Maine AHEC Network), working with academic and community partners across the state to provide rural, community-based clinical training experiences for medical and other health professions students, encourage Maine youth and mid-career professionals to explore health careers, and support practicing health professionals with continuing education and distance learning opportunities.  Zoe also coordinates Maine AHEC Network's HPV Vaccination Project, which is aimed at... Read More


Public Health Research

Community Outreach

Minority Health

Comprehensive Program Evaluation

ian imbert

Clinical Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project Coordinator

AHEC CHR Clinical Coordinator

(207) 221-4625

Linnell Hall

Ian is a two time alumnus from the University of New England, having received his BS in Biochemistry and Medical Biology 2012 and his Masters of Public Health in 2015.  In 2016 he accepted a position in UNE's Center for Excellence in Health Innovation on the UNE Portland Campus working to improve clinical interprofessional education among UNE's graduate and professional healthcare students as a part of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant.  His responsibilities include developing and coordinating clinical IPE opportunities for... Read More


Community and Public Health

Interprofessional Education


chronic pain

Health informatics

Healthcare Quality

Project coordination

elizabeth mann

Elizabeth Mann


Clinical Educator for Interprofessional Practice

(207) 221-4948

Linnell Hall

Liz joined the UNE community in November 2017 as the Clinical Educator for Interprofessional Practice within the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation.  In this role, she works with Center staff, UNE clinical & community-based affiliates, and UNE health professions leadership, faculty, staff and students to implement interprofessional practice (clinical) learning experiences for UNE health professions students and other related innovative health learning activities.  Specific responsibilities include educating & training clinical preceptors to implement interprofessional practice learning activities; further development... Read More


Public health nursing

Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice

Health Education

Care Management


population health

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Primary Care Training and Enhancement Project Assistant

(207) 221-4574

Linnell Hall

Micaela Maynard joined the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation staff in November 2018. She serves as the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Project Assistant supporting UNE awarded HRSA grants in Maine and Northern New England.

Before joining the staff at UNE, she lived in Chicago and worked at DePaul University where she developed community-based service learning courses and civic engagement experiences for college students throughout Chicago's rich and diverse neighborhoods. 

 ... Read More

Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator

(207) 221-4531

Linnell Hall

Shaunda is the Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator for the Maine SNAP-Ed program, providing training and technical assistance to Nutrition Educators across the state.  Shaunda is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's degree from University of Maine and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  Read More

Elizabeth Pratt

SNAP-Ed Program Manager

(207) 221-4551

Linnell Hall

Elizabeth is the Program Manager for Maine SNAP-Ed.  The program goal is to provide low-income Mainers with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthier food choices within a limited budget. There are 44 trained Nutrition Educators in all 16 counties of Maine.Read More


Public Health Management

Hannah Ruhl

(207) 221-4496

Linnell Hall

Hannah studied nutrition, sustainable food systems and public health systems in school. To furher pursue her love of food, Hannah also spent several years as a professional cook. Now she is happlily the Obesity Prevention Coordinator for the Maine SNAP Ed Program. Read More


public health

Community Health and Nutrition

Community Health Education and Promotion

Obesity prevention