Department of Community Health
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.
Denise is a health educator, a nurse, a lover of all things food and wellness, a mother of 4 and a farmer's wife. She has been a nurse in west central Maine for 20 years and enjoys working at UMF's health center as a way of complementing and informing her teaching. Denise loves being in the classroom and presenting new material and using lots of hands-on experiences particularly around local foods. In addition to teaching, she loves the advising process and watching each student take their education in community health, find an area of passion and put it to work in ways that are most meaningful to the student and the community they serve.
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.
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.
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.