CEPH Administration, Faculty, and Professional Staff


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
Interim Director, Center on Aging and Health
LuAnn Thibeau
Senior Grants and Finance Administrator
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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Program Coordinator, Maine AHEC Network
UNE North
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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Maine SNAP-Ed Community Engagement Program Coordinator
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Director, Maine AHEC Network
UNE North
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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Program Assistant, Maine AHEC Network, CEPH
UNE North
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Maine CUP AHEC Scholars Manager
UNE North Building, 105
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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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SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
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Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator