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2010 CenTRO Tourism Fellows

University of Maine

John Daigle
Associate Professor, Forest Recreation Management
Program Leader, Parks Recreation & Tourism

Dr. John J. Daigle is an Associate Professor in Forest Recreation Management in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program at the University of Maine, Orono.  Dr. Daigle received his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts with an emphasis on application of social science concepts and methods to outdoor recreation and natural resource planning and management. He teaches upper-division courses as well as a graduate level courses designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the social values, human behaviors, social conflicts, and public processes associated with recreation resources management.  Research conducted over the past ten years has examined benefits associated with outdoor recreation such as hunting, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation unrelated to wildlife.  Other research projects include visitor experience studies for a number of recreation settings in Maine including the St. Croix International Waterway, Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Maine Island Trail.  He has worked on alternative transportation and traveler information studies at Acadia National Park and currently serves on a task force of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering that focuses on transportation needs for national parks and public lands.  His current research focuses on public access for recreation on private lands in the northeastern United States and has begun to develop a research prospectus on examining social and cultural impacts of climate change on certain outdoor activities and groups of people.  Prior to accepting his present position with the University of Maine, he served approximately 10 years with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger and U.S. Forest Service as a Research Forester.


Todd Gabe
Associate Professor, Resource Economics & Policy

Associate Professor Todd Gabe has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University and a M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. He teaches courses in regional economic development and land use planning, and conducts research on topics related to regional economic development.


Jessica Leahy
Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Dr. Jessica Leahy joined the School of Forest Resources at the
University of Maine in September 2005. She earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota and M.S. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University. She teaches courses in Environmental Interpretation, Outdoor Recreation Readings, and Issues and Ethics of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Recent tourism-related research projects include 1) a visitor survey of Western Maine’s National Scenic Byways to provide information for a future interpretive center including tourism service preferences, 2) a qualitative study of innovative tourism enterprises on privately-owned forests in the northern New England region, and 3) a quantitative study of public recreation access to private forest lands in Penobscot County.


Dr. Constanza Ocampo-Raeder
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Constanza Ocampo-Raeder has been working in areas of high conservation priority for over 15 years and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department of the University of Maine. Although her research is based in the Peruvian Amazon, she has also worked in Montana, Belize, Africa, French Polynesia, Australia, and her home country Mexico. As an ecological anthropologists her work focuses on the cultural and social dimension of conservation by documenting indigenous knowledge, the impact of resource management activities, the historical ecology of protected areas, and the applied aspects of theory in the developed of long-term sustainable development projects. Among her primary interests is the evaluation of ecotourism projects around the world. Based on extensive consulting and research carried out in the Peruvian Amazon and Montana her work shows that ecotourism goals are possible yet a complicated market-based conservation strategy that must consider four key components at every step of the way: environment, community, education, and profit. In particular, her interest focuses on issues around developing projects that produce concrete social and culturally responsible ecolodges. This means that interdisciplinary research is key to success, as ecotourism projects need to be tailored to an area’s unique cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental characteristics.


University of Maine Farmington

Allen Berger
V.P. for Academic Affairs/Provost


Ronald Bonnevie
Instructor Ski Industries Program


Elizabeth Breidenbach
Director of Ski Industries Program


Michael Burke
Associate Professor, Humanities


Frank Engert
Associate Professor, Business


Wendy Harper
Associate Professor, Business

Wendy Harper is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maine at Farmington. Wendy received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation
research focused on techniques for valuing air quality in the White Mountain National Forest. She has also conducted research on the impact of crowds on the overall tourist experience on Monhegan Island.


Allison Hepler
Maine History course, museums, and historical sites

Allison Hepler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maine Farmington since 1996. She received a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her research interests are US women, medicine, 20th century US. Allison has lived in Woolwich, Maine, since 1983.


University of Maine Fort Kent

Tony Enerva
Assistant Professor, Public Safety Administration & Criminal Justice

Tony Enerva is Assistant Professor of Rural Public Safety Administration & Criminal Justice at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University. Tony’s academic interests and teaching responsibilities include law, public administration, criminal justice, public safety, business management and entrepreneurship. Prior to teaching, he was a corporate officer, bank senior vice president and an entrepreneur, starting three profitable companies in the areas of management, security and property development.  Tony has studied and traveled in Europe and visited 49 of the 50 states.


Bradley G. Ritz
Professor, Business & Economics


Leo Trudel
Assistant Professor, Business

Leo is an assistant professor of business for the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), is licensed by the State of Maine as a life and health insurance agent,  the SEC as a: Registered Investment Advisor, a General Securities Representative, and an Equity Trader Limited Representative, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business (DBA) as well as a studying for the SEC equity principal license. In the past Leo has held the following positions: Chief of Civil Rights for the State of Vermont, Director of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (a federally mandated economic development program), and Director of Economic Development for the Community of Fort Kent. In addition he has owned and operated several small businesses, from farming ventures to financial services, and currently consults on management, marketing and sales, and finance issues.


University of Maine Machias

Kevin Athearn
Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Economics

Kevin Athearn is Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics at the University of Maine at Machias.  He has a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Florida.  Starting in Fall 2006, he will offer a course titled, Ecotourism Economics & Business.  Besides teaching classes at UMM, Athearn has research and outreach responsibilities with a focus on marine industries, resource conservation, and economic development in Washington County.  He has experience conducting survey research, and his research interests include outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism.  Having traveled, worked, and studied overseas, Athearn is interested in promoting Maine internationally, especially in Germany.


Bill Eckart
Professor and Chair, Recreation Management and Business Division

Bill Eckart has taught Recreation Management at UM-Machias since 1980.  This program is the only recreation program in Maine accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Prior to coming to Maine, Bill worked in governmental recreation and parks in New Hampshire, Mass, Connecticut and South Dakota.  Bill serves the leisure services industry as the Treasurer and Coordinator of the Central Services Office of the Maine Recreation and Park Association. In 2000 Bill was awarded the Distinguished Professional Award by MRPA. Bill and his wife Deb owned and operated a gift shop in Machias for 12 years in addition to teaching.  Bill and Deb like to travel and have visited 49 of the US states plus Canada and Europe.


Andrea Ednie
Assistant Professor of Recreation and Tourism Management

Andrea Ednie joined the faculty at UM-Machias in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism program (School of Forest Resources) from the University of Maine  Orono, and her Masters degree in Recreation & Natural Resources from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Andrea’s teaching and research interests combine a love of outdoor adventure and her care and concern for the environment. She teaches nature-based tourism courses such as outdoor recreation, sustainable tourism, and recreation behavior and the environment. Andrea is currently involved in research exploring recreation expectations in Maine, in work analyzing visitor impacts along the Maine Island Trail, and in research exploring visitor and local sense of place along the Maine Coast.


University of Maine Presque Isle

University of Southern Maine

Valerie Lamont
Associate Dean, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Valarie Lamont directs the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Real Estate Education, both of which are statewide organizations in scope and outreach. Since its inception in 1997, the Center for Entrepreneurship has provided outreach non-credit education to both entrepreneurs and existing business owners through its administration of the Kauffman Foundation owned FastTrac programs, provided technical assistance to businesses, hosted the first statewide Faculty Forum in Entrepreneurship, built capacity for academic courses in entrepreneurship through the Price-Babson Fellows Program and continues to host the USM Student Business Plan Competition, which now welcomes teams from the University of Maine System and from Southern Maine Community College. Dr. Lamont earned her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Illinois.


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Marc Edwards
Franklin County Office, Farmington

Marc Edwards is an Associate Extension Professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension in the program area Tourism and Economic Development. He received this appointment November 2006. Marc received his M.S. in Forest Management with a focus on nature-based tourism in 2003 from the University of Maine, Orono, where he also received his B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in 1997. Prior to returning to university for a career change, Marc enjoyed a ten-year-long career as a fire protection engineer. Since returning to academic life his major interest is in nature-based tourism development in Maine. Marc organized Maine’s first Nature-Based Tourism Symposium in 2002, helped to organize the sustainable tourism platform of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in 2003, and before his appointment with University of Maine Cooperative Extension helped to develop an Audubon Nature Center in upstate New York. In his current position as Extension Educator Marc is working to support nature-based tourism entrepreneurs through applied research and educational programming.


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