UMF Alumni in the News

Look here for links to media stories published since February 2019 that feature UMF alumni. Know of a UMF graduate in the news? Send us the graduate’s name and the link to the media story: umfalumni@maine.edu


Bartholomew ’02 named senior vice president at Camden National Bank (Oct. 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that current University of Maine System Trustee Sven Bartholomew ’02 has been named senior vice president, business banking segment leader at Camden National Bank. In his new role, he will “lead a team which supports and advises business customers across the bank’s footprint.”

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Pollard ’01 named director of Maine’s mental health and substance abuse services (Oct. 2019)

The Portland Press Herald reports that Jessica Pollard ’01, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UConn and was a professor of psychiatry at Yale University’s School of Medicine, has been named director of Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

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Cotta ’97 promoted to lieutenant colonel in Maine Army National Guard (Oct. 2019)

The Town Line reports that Shanon Cotta ’97 has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel at Joint Force Headquarters, Maine Army National Guard. Cotta serves as the garrison commander overseeing base operations at Camp Keyes in Augusta.

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Watson ’15 joins Norton Eye Care practice (Oct. 2019)

The Daily Bulldog reports that Marlie (Mochamer) Watson ’15, who majored in pre-med studies at UMF and is now a doctor of optometry, has joined Norton Eye Care of Farmington, Maine, led by Dr. Troy Norton ’96.

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Scholl ’74 named Outstanding District Educator (Sept. 2019)

The Daily Bulldog reports that Maggie Scholl ’74, a longtime adult education instructor of English, has been named Outstanding District Educator by the staff of Franklin County Adult Education.

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Arrigoni ’17 wins $10,000 counseling fellowship from the National Board for Certified Counselors (Aug. 2019)

The National Board for Certified Counselors has selected Marissa Arrigoni ’17 for its Mental Health Counseling-Master’s Minority Fellowship Program. As an NBCC Fellow, Arrigoni will receive training and $10,000 in funding to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.

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Health.com spotlights Ostheimer ’08 in its new “Misdiagnosed” series (July 2019)

In Health.com‘s new series, “Misdiagnosed,” featuring stories from women who have had their medical symptoms dismissed or wrongly diagnosed, Karissa Ostheimer ’08 explains how doctors finally — and correctly — diagnosed her symptoms as stemming from brain cancer.

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Charles ’95 and Charles ’96 among those who helped bring three 2020 high school Nordic ski championships to Titcomb Mtn. ski area (July 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that Farmington’s own Titcomb Mtn. ski area will play host to the Class A, B, and C boys and girls Nordic ski championships in February 2020, thanks to a hard-working committee of volunteers, including the husband-and-wife team of Nordic skiing enthusiasts Ann Charles ’96 and Ken Charles ’95.

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The MPA appoints Benson ’79 as its first commissioner of officials (July 2019)

The Sun Journal and Press Herald report that Jeff Benson ’79, a retired athletic director and veteran referee, will oversee game officials in all sports for the Maine Principals’ Association, with an emphasis on recruiting and retention.

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Brown ’99 appointed program director of Women’s Business Center (July 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that Lorri Brown ’99, former program director for the Health Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, has joined Coastal Enterprises Inc. as the new Women’s Business Center program director and adviser.

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Wilkie ’06 excels in 11th season leading UMF Soccer Camp (June 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that in her 11th season leading the UMF Soccer Camp, Women’s Soccer Head Coach Molly Wilkie ’06 and her staff of 21 coaches offer “sun, fun and instruction for 140 participants.” The longstanding camp, says Wilkie, “is a great service for the youth here, who want to get better and also a good opportunity for my college players and some of the high school players to get some coaching experience.”

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Judd ’03 named executive director of Educate Maine (June 2019)

The Portland Press Herald reports that Jason Judd ’03, the former deputy executive director of Educate Maine, has been promoted to executive director of the nonprofit that focuses on advancing college and career readiness and increasing the educational attainment of Maine’s workforce.

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Taylor ’89 leads Spruce Mountain Envirothon team to state championship (June 2019)

The Daily Bulldog reports that Spruce Mountain Middle-High School science educator Rob Taylor ’89 led three teams from the school’s Envirothon program to first-, second-, and fifth-place finishes at the Maine Envirothon State Championship held at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Nature Center in Augusta on Friday, May 31. Taylor, who advises the school’s Envirothon program, has also been named Franklin County Teacher of the Year by the Maine Department of Education.

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Five UMF alumni named 2019 County Teachers of the Year (May 2019)

The Maine Department of Education’s honor roll of 2019 County Teachers of the Year includes five UMF Alumni: Ethel Atkinson ’92, Katherine Bertini ’91, Thomas Gray (who earned a Gifted & Talented certificate in UMF’s Graduate Studies in Education Program in 2016), Ashley Reynolds ’06, and Rob Taylor ’89.

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Gleason ’95 named MPA Elementary Principal of the Year (April 2019)

The Journal Tribune reports that Hollis Elementary School Principal Clay Gleason ’95 has been honored by the Maine Principal’s Association as the state’s elementary school principal of the year.

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Lilly ’11 featured in Outdoor Biz Podcast (April 2019)

Ryan Lilly ’11 speaks with Outdoor Biz Podcast host Rick Saez about how he combined his Ski Industries education at UMF with real-world experience at Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley Academy, and K2 to become brand manager for Johnson Outdoors.

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Kane ’13 featured in 60 Minutes story on innovative prison rehabilitation program (March 2019)

Learn how Dan Kane ’13, director of athletics and head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, played a role in helping Shyquinn Dix transition from maximum security prison inmate to social work major and First Team All-Conference guard for the Owls.

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Breidenbach ’83 and Ball ’14 named to Maine Ski Hall of Fame (March 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that Leigh Breidenbach ’83, retired director of the University’s former Ski Industries program, and Lindsay Ball ’14, a Paralympian and vice president of the Maine Organization of Blind Athletic and Leadership Education, have been named to the Maine Ski Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Breidenbach and Ball are among eight honorees who will be inducted at the Maine Ski Hall of Fame’s annual banquet at Sugarloaf on Oct. 19.

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Chabot ’94 named superintendent of MSAD 75 schools (March 2019)

The Sun Journal and Times Record report that Shawn Chabot ’94, assistant superintendent for Lewiston Public Schools, has been named superintendent of MSAD 75 schools serving the towns of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell, and Topsham. He will begin his new post on July 1. Chabot’s 14 years in Lewiston schools include stints as an assistant elementary school principal, middle school principal, and high school principal — and a deployment to Afghanistan as an Army National Guard medic.

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Ryder ’98 receives 2019 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence (February 2019)

The Sun Journal reports that Mount Blue High School language arts teacher Dan Ryder ’98 was feted at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C., on February 8. He and four other educators received the foundation’s prestigious 2019 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence and a $10,000 prize at the event.

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