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Personnel and Partners - Rising Tide Center Staff

Amy Blackstone

The Director provides day-to-day leadership for the programs focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) and social and behavioral science (SBS) disciplines. Our Director  collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of co-principal investigators and professional staff members to address issues that have been identified as barriers for women in these fields and coordinates activities with internal and external advisory committees, evaluators, and the NSF ADVANCE Program Office. The Director reports to the Principal Investigator and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeff Hecker.
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Joan Perkins 
Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist supports ADVANCE initiatives by developing program materials, including informational flyers, guidelines and announcements, and assisting with grant reporting.  In addition, the Communications Specialist manages and maintains the ADVANCE website and works with the Co-PIs and the Director to disseminate research findings and to share ADVANCE products. Our Communications Specialist works under the supervision of the Director.
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Angela Hart
Administrative Specialist

Our Administrative Assistant plays a critical role in meeting ADVANCE goals as she provides support to the Director, the ADVANCE co-PIs, the Liaison, and the Communications Specialist. As our contact person, Angela stands ready to assist members of the University community seeking information or assistance in addition to her duties scheduling and coordinating ADVANCE activities and managing day to day operations in the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.
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ADVANCE Faculty Liaison

The ADVANCE Liaison appointment has terminated. CIGNA EAP can assist with faculty issues including conflict resolution, referrals to appropriate adminstrative offices and securing appointments with qualified providers. Please call CIGNA EAP toll-free at 1.877.622.4327 to talk with a CIGNA professional, or find online resources at by signing in with the password ums.

Best Wishes to Devon DeMarco, who previously served as the ADVANCE Faculty Liaison. She has accepted a teaching appointment in the School of Business at UMaine.

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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 102
Orono, Maine 04469-5728
Phone: 207-581-3439E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469