Division of Rehabilitation Services and Special Education
Nicole Achey received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington and her Master’s degree from The University of Northern Colorado, where she became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Nicole has previous experience working as a Rehabilitation Counselor at the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She also has multiculturalism experience from teaching English in Central America. In each class Nicole applies her professional experience to provide students with real life examples. Nicole is a representative on the State of Maine Rehabilitation Council; she is involved with the Maine IJM Advocacy Group and serves on the faculty development committee at the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Nicole teaches both online and traditional in class courses. Her areas of research interest are diverse cultures, and survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Karen Barrett is a native of Maine, and is a graduate of the Rehabilitation Services Program. She completed her Masters and Doctorate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where her studies and research focused on human resources within rehabilitation organizations. She has published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Rehabilitation Education, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Commission on Undergraduate Standards and Accreditation of the Council on Rehabilitation Education. Dr. Barrett has local ties, and is a leader in rehabilitation education at the national level.
Professor Bentley received her a BED from Va Tech (1989) and her Master’s of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health (1996) and completed her Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of New Brunswick. Kelly’s work has focused on women's health, mothering, intimate partner violence (IPV) and health policy. She has over 24 years of experience in community health and has worked internationally, nationally, and at state and local levels. She is sought to speak about her research on mothers and IPV and is actively involved in violence prevention in the state and local community. Kelly has received numerous awards to include the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Graduate Scholarship Award. She has had over 25 grants funded by federal, state and philanthropic organizations for community level interventions, evaluation and academic research.
Dr. Alireza Geshnizjani (Dr. Ali) joined UMF in 2011. His educational background is interdisciplinary: biology and public health with concentrations in statistics and health behavior theories. He has presented at several state and national conferences such as American Public Health Association and Indiana Public Health Association and published in several public health journals. His research focus is on chronic disease prevention by using theoretical and conceptual frameworks to design interventions and evaluation studies. His research projects are currently focused mainly on cancer prevention, college students’ sexual health and changing health behaviors in rural areas. He has taught a wide variety of courses such as human anatomy, animal biology, personal health, theories of health behavior, program planning, epidemiology, health communication and theories, intervention design, public health biology, and independent research courses.
Jewel L. Jones received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa, her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and her Doctorate degree in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University. Jewel has experience in addiction counseling, outpatient crisis counseling, residential counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and community based treatment for children and families. She has been a faculty member in the Division of Rehabilitation Services and Special Education at the University of Maine at Farmington since 2002. Jewel serves as the Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Services Program. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Conditional Licensed Clinical Practicing Counselor. Jewel is active on the Advisory Board to the University of Southern Maine’s Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Program and is on the editorial board for the Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Martin serves as senior research and evaluation consultant with the Heading off Environmental Asthma in Lousiana in collaboration with Merck and Xavier University. He serves as Deputy Editor of Health Promotion Practice, and as peer reveiwer for many professional publications. He is an active member of the Society of Public Health Educators, and the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance among others. He serves a variety of state and community boards concerned with community health. His research interests include systems dynamics, behavioral science, chronic disease and evaluation. He is certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and is a prolific author contributing to the development of national standards for the discipline. Dr. Martin includes students as junior colleagues in all of his work and is a sought after adviser.
Kathy Miles began her teaching career in elementary education. After teaching for eighteen years in Maine, she ventured to Europe to teach at a NATO base for the Department of Defense at The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. As Kathy says, "This was a game changer for me professionally." She worked with children from many diverse cultures and after five amazing years in Europe, Kathy and her husband, Bruce, returned to Maine so she could begin her new teaching adventure working with student teachers at UMF. Her passion for teaching and working with preservice teachers has remained strong throughout her seventeen years at UMF, and she continues to marvel at the dedication and committment that her student teachers bring to their new professions. She is proud that UMF graduates are highly regarded and that children everywhere benefit from having a UMF-trained teacher.
Christine is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked primarily in the early intervention field as an early childhood special educator, music therapist, and professional development provider. Due to these experiences, Christine’s professional interests and research focus on high quality experiences for families and children participating in early childhood services and systems. She is interested in examining pre-service preparation, professional development, and family/child well-being. Christine is currently completing her doctoral program from the University of Illinois. Her dissertation utilizes surveys and interviews to examine families’ outcomes as a result of participating in early intervention. Previous research includes examining the impact of multi-component professional development, needs assessments for early interventionists, and technology in pre-service coursework.
Stephanie is currently a Ph.D. Higher Education student and the lead instructor for School Health, guiding students who want to teach in Maine schools to earn a K-12 certification. The coordination of school health requires an alignment with Secondary Education, the Director of Student Teaching, and the student teaching Supervisors. She is committed to primary prevention and has 25 years of teaching/designing professional development for practicing teachers and school health coordinators. Her primary responsiblity is providing pre-service knowledge and skills necessary to teach in the 21st century classroom. She is a longstanding member of the state planning committee for Comprehensive School Health Education. In addition, she teaches 2 graduate courses in the summer for Educational Outreach - SHE 530: Foundations of School Health is online and SHE 533 is a Summer Institute with an extended deadline for the summative assessments.