Maine AHEC Network
School of Community and Population Health
Westbrook College of Health Professions
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103-2670


michele polacsek
Professor of Public Health
Director, Center for Excellence in Public Health
Linnell Hall 212
Mary DeSilva
Associate Research Professor, Public Health
Associate Director for Research, Center for Excellence in Public Health
LuAnn Thibeau
Senior Grants and Finance Administrator
Jennifer Gunderman
Workforce Development Team Lead
AHEC Director
Assistant Clinical Professor
Linnell Hall 109
Toho Soma
Senior Research Associate

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Director for Public Health Practice

Professional Staff

Shay Ayres
Contract Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed
Center for Excellence in Public Health
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Project Assistant, Maine AHEC Network
Pamela Bruno
Senior Research Associate
Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed
Linnell Hall 201
melanie caldwell
Project Manager
Linnell Hall 104
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Project Assistant, Maine SNAP-Ed
Linnell Hall 204
Ruth Dufresne
Senior Research Associate
Linnell Hall 207
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Research Assistant
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Contract Coordinator, Maine SNAP-Ed
Linnell Hall 200
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Research Associate
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Maine SNAP-Ed Community Engagement Program Coordinator
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Program Manager, Maine AHEC Network
Linnell Hall 110
Rebecca Ireland
Senior Research Coordinator
Senior Program Coordinator
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Assistant Director Thesis Advising, Graduate Programs in Public Health
Innovation Hall
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SNAP-Ed Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator - Training
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Maine CUP AHEC Scholars Manager
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Clinical Educator for Interprofessional Practice
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Senior Research Associate
Adjunct Faculty
Hannah Ruhl
Obesity Prevention Coordinator
Linnell Hall 211
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Finance and Administration Coordinator
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Workforce Development Program Coordinator
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Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator