After a 7-year hiatus, I returned to the UBMS Summer Program (in 2017) as a Group Facilitator, STEM Elective Instructor, and the Individual Project Coordinator. My prior 9-year experience with the summer program was 2 summers as a volunteer (while a Computer Science Graduate Student mentoring simulation programming and LEGO robotics projects), followed by 7 summers as a UBMS Group Facilitator, Individual Project Mentor, and Instructional Technologist (computer and technology wrestler). For several years, I also worked during the academic year for UBMS as a database programmer and technology consultant.
I grew up in Rumford, a now-struggling paper mill town in Western Maine. I was the first member of my family to attend and graduate from college, but I’m proudly not the last—my younger sister and brother graduated from Husson University and the University of Southern Maine, respectively. My personal family journey has given me an understanding of where many UBMS students come from, and I realize how higher education can help all of us reach our professional and personal goals.
I currently live in Orono, Maine. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (particularly books!), discovering new music (especially live), exercising (jogging, cycling, bouldering/climbing things), and I’m currently addicted to freshwater fishing, fishing lures/reels/poles, and tying the perfect knot.