Recent UMF graduates are already making their mark on the world: starting their own businesses, working for large organizations, teaching in a local schools, attending law school and more. They’re doing things that might surprise you — and achieving things that will inspire you.

Here are some examples from the UMF Class of 2012.

Gillian Demers ‘12 Political Science. Paralegal for the Law Firm of Susan J. Szwed in Portland, Maine.

Breann Thomas ‘12 Elementary Education. Second Grade Teacher, Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn, Maine.

Kelly Shufefl ‘12 Rehabilitation Services. Teacher / Employment Specialist / Job Coach for CarolinaLIFE with the University of South Carolina. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education, specializing in Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders at the University of South Carolina.

Rebekah Hawes ‘12 Psychology. CIS Case Manager, Tri-County Mental Health Services/ Farmington, Maine.

Deven Madore ‘12 Biology. Pursuing M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy at Husson University’s College of Health and Education.

Annah Mueller ‘12 Art. Graphic Designer, recently promoted to Marketing Coordinator for RWK Services of Cleveland, Ohio, a green facilities service provider for high rise office buildings and other large facilities. Her work helps sustainability-minded clients earn credits for LEED certification.

Melani St. Pierre ‘12 Chemistry. Pursuing a PharmD at Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy, Wingate North Carolina.

Morgan Cousins ‘12 Individualized Studies. Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Vermont’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Esther Carr ‘12 Rehabilitation Services. Rehabilitation Counselor with the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services within the Maine Dept of Labor in Portland, Maine. Also pursuing an M.Ed in Vision Studies at UMass-Boston’s College of Education and Human Development.

Lisa Patton Southern ‘12 Early Childhood Education. Team Lead for the U.S. Marine Corps Community Services preschool in program in Yuma, Arizona. She is responsible for creating weekly lesson plans, providing developmentally appropriate activities, supervising support staff, developing and maintaining academic portfolios and other documentation per Marine Corps Order. She recently joined a non-profit organization here in Arizona, First Things First which provides training and educational programs serving children Birth through five and their families.