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Human Development - Graduate Student Profiles

Roosevelt Boone

I am originally from Washington, D.C. I began my undergraduate studies at the U of Maine in 2007, following a three-year tenure at the Christchurch School, a private boarding school in Saluda, Virginia. I received my Bachelor’s degree in May of 2011 in Kinesiology and Physical Education (teaching/coaching). I was a four-year member of the University of Maine football team. I currently serve as the Founder and Athletic Program Director for Strong Mind-Strong Body, Inc. I aspire to implement my non-profit organization at various colleges and universities worldwide. A Master’s degree in Human Development will help me better understand the audience I plan to work with.

Gemma Douglas

I am from Cambridge, England and for my undergraduate degree I studied Ancient History and History at the University of Leicester, graduating in 2012. From my undergraduate studies I found that I had a passion for studying human sexuality with a focus on what was and still is viewed as sexually deviant. I chose to pursue a Master’s in Human Development as, having done research on society’s perceptions of sexual deviance from a historical, religious and cultural perspective, I am keen to continue and expand on this work. My intention is to work with UNESCO looking at issues associated with sexuality and gender education. I have worked with children of all ages. I spent time in a preschool looking at early childhood education, as well as with pubescent teenagers where issues of sexuality can be found in their daily lives.

Trevor Edward England Jr. (“TJ”)

I was born in the Bronx, NY. I lived there for seven years before my family moved to the Virginia/North Carolina area. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations here at the University of Maine. While achieving my undergraduate I was a member of the Men’s Track and Field team. I also a part of two student-athlete groups on campus: Athletes for Sexual Responsibility and Male Athletes Against Violence. I’m a big people person. I like the satisfaction of knowing that I helped someone achieve something. My future plans include working with families. I am especially interested in military families and intend to focus my career in this area.

Jeff Falvey

I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. I received an athletic scholarship to play football here at the University of Maine. In my four years as an undergraduate, I balanced playing Division I football and completing my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. I am currently Dr. Sandy Caron’s graduate assistant. I am also the Gradate Student Coordinator for the peer education group Athletes for Sexual Responsibility, which I was a member of while an undergraduate. I am our department’s representative to the Graduate Student Government. My scholarship interest centers on male athletes as positive role models. After graduate school, I would like to continue my work with training collegiate or professional male athletes in community outreach.

Brandon Hall

I was born and raised in the small town of Sidney, Maine. I worked extremely hard to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education with a Science & Health Concentration: Teaching/Coaching at The University of Maine. During my undergraduate studies, I was involved with Greek Life as a proud brother of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and became employed at Camp Capella and volunteered for The Best Buddies Program on campus which services individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities. Through these positive experiences and interactions with people, I decided to further my studies at The University of Maine in the Human Development Program with a graduate certificate in Disability Studies and a Business Minor. Currently, I serve as the Graduate Assistant at The New Balance Campus Recreation Center in Intramural Sports. I look to study abroad in New Zealand through the program in Recreational Sports in hopes to one day become a director for a Recreation Center.

Jessica Meisner

I grew up in Brunswick, Maine and attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  I received my undergraduate degree in 2009 in Psychology with minors in Education and English.  After graduating, I spent a year teaching preschool and living in Boston until I decided that I was ready to return home to Maine.  For the past three summers I’ve worked as the Summer Program Coordinator at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  Seeing young people learn about themselves and their connections to the world has fueled my interest in pursuing my Master’s degree in Human Development.  I am most excited about working with under-served Maine youth.  I currently work for Child and Family Opportunities Inc. as the Center Coordinator at the Bucksport Early Care and Education Center.

Ashlie Poirier

I am originally from Berlin, New Hampshire and decided to come to UMaine for my undergraduate career. I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Child Development and Family Relations in 2013. I am currently a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid, where I have obtained employment for as long as I have been in college. As a second job, I assisted in coordinating an emergency shelter at Spruce Run Association, where I connected with women and children seeking to escape a life of domestic violence. This is where a found my calling for working with families in need. After receiving my Master’s degree in Human Development, I hope to continue this field of work. It is a powerful experience to assist children in overcoming obstacles and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Spencer Wood

Born and raised in Salisbury, New Hampshire, I was recruited by the University of Maine football team in the fall of 2009 to play defensive end and special teams. Over the next four years, I worked hard as a student-athlete to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations, along with an Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Peace Studies and Reconciliation. After completing my undergraduate degrees, I chose to continue my education at UMaine and I am a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Gary Schilmoeller. In addition, I am a Black Bear Mentor through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and the Student Coordinator for Male Athletes Against Violence, a peer education group comprised of male athletes from every varsity sport on campus. I am looking forward to everything that UMaine offers me over the course of my graduate study and I am excited about giving back to a community that has given so much to me. Go Black Bears!





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