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The UMA Admissions Team is here to assist you with any questions you have about admissions, degree programs, enrollment, financial aid, life at UMA, and more. Scroll below to learn more about us and how we’re committed to helping you on your educational journey.

 

Meet the Admissions Staff

Brandy Finck

Brandy Finck

Title: Dean of Admissions
Phone: 207.621.3037
Emailbrandy.finck@maine.edu

Brandy has worked in higher education admissions for over 10 years and comes to the University of Maine at Augusta from Texas. She previously served as the Director of Admissions & International Programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Brandy believes that higher education is the solution to improving socio-economic inequities and is passionate about the UMA public access mission. Brandy earned a BS and MA in Political Science, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University. She also holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Lori Bigelow

Lori Bigelow

Title: Admissions Counselor
Phone: 207.262.7804
Emaillori.bigelow@maine.edu

Recruitment Territory: Bangor and Northern Maine

Lori is an Alumna of University of Maine at Augusta having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Human Services. She is a currently attending the University of Maine in Orono for a Master of Science in Social Work. Lori is one of UMA’s main recruiters based out of our Bangor Campus, visiting high schools in the northern and eastern regions of the state as well as attending college fairs representing UMA. She works with prospective students and applicants to help them navigate each step of their admissions process. Please feel free to reach out to her for any questions you may have.

Jeremy Bouford

Jeremy Bouford

Title: Admissions Counselor
Phone: 207.621.3062
Emailjeremy.bouford@maine.edu

Recruitment Territory: Central and Eastern Maine

Jeremy is currently an undergraduate student at UMA. Though Jeremy was a biology major for three years, he recently switched programs to complete a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a minor in Biology. His intentions for doing this was because Jeremy discovered a passion for higher education. Once finishing his undergraduate degree, Jeremy plans to enroll in a Master’s degree in Higher Education. Specifically, Jeremy would like to focus on Adult Learning.

Currently, Jeremy and his husband reside in Augusta where they are both avid gardeners and greatly enjoy all things outdoors. They often “get away” for camping trips, hiking adventures, and ice fishing excursions.

Please feel free to stop in and ask Jeremy how UMA can assist you with your educational and career goals and aspirations. He’s happy to help!

Ariel Cassista

Ariel Cassista

Title: Manager of Customer Relationship Management Operations
Phone: 207.621.3350
Email: ariel.cassista@maine.edu

Ariel has worked at UMA supporting the Admissions Department in various capacities since 2007. She currently manages the prospective student database, digital communications, and text messaging operations. Ariel enjoys leveraging technology to not only make her team’s jobs more efficient but to make the Admissions process as accessible, seamless and clear as possible for prospective students.

In addition, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. A “typical” non-traditional student, Ariel prides herself in working full time while maintaining a 4.0 GPA as a part-time student. Ariel grew up breeding and showing her champion German Shepherds all over the United States. She has exhibited at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on several occasions, and one of her dogs was featured in Martha Stewart Magazine.

Joan Goodwin

Joan Goodwin

Title: Academic Records Specialist
Phone: 207.262.7809
Emailjstewart@maine.edu

Joan is the primary point of contact for Enrollment Services at UMA Bangor. She enjoys helping students by phone and in person with admissions, billing and financial aid questions.

Morgan Huckey

Morgan Huckey

Title: Admissions Counselor
Phone:207.621.3075
Emailmorgan.huckey@maine.edu

Recruitment Territory: Western Maine

Morgan is a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech University having earned a Master of Science in College Student Personnel. She is an alumna of the University of Southern Maine where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. Morgan is one of UMA’s main recruiters, visiting high schools in the southern region of the state and attending college fairs representing UMA. She works with prospective students and applicants to help them navigate each step of their admissions process. Further, Morgan supervises UMA’s Student Ambassadors. These exceptional students are on scholarship and represent the university through recruiting outreach and admissions office work. As a Mainer, Morgan is glad to be back and to have the opportunity to get students connected to UMA.

Leo Labranche

Leo Labranche

Title: Enrollment Specialist
Phone: 207.621.3581
Email: leo.labranche@maine.edu

Leo is an Alumnus of the University of Maine at Augusta and can be found at the front desk in the Office of Admissions. He enjoys assisting students with the application process, enrolling in courses, and providing information regarding the many degree programs offered at UMA.

Leo has lived in Augusta all his life and has been a board member of the Augusta Downtown Alliance since 2015. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and playing tennis. Leo graduated from UMA in 2010 but continues to take courses whenever he can.

Please feel welcome to reach out to him with any questions you may have.

Nathan Parenteau

Nathan Parenteau

Title: Admissions Counselor
Phone: 207.282.4111
Emailnathan.parenteau@maine.edu

Nathan is a recent graduate of the University of Maine in Orono where he earned his Master of Arts in Communication. He is an Alumnus of Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and Southern Maine Community College where he earned an A.A.S in Communications and New Media.  Nathan is based in southern Maine, at UMA Saco Center. He is one of UMA’s main recruiters visiting high schools in southern Maine as well as attending college fairs representing UMA. He works with prospective students and applicants to help them navigate each step of their admissions process.

Gail Pelletier

Gail Pelletier

Title: Enrollment Services Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 207.621.3528
Emailgailpell@maine.edu

Gail is a recent UMA graduate who enjoys reviewing applications and meeting with applicants and prospective students. She develops and coordinates activities designed to assist individuals and groups with admissions and enrollment steps. Gail has oversight of UMA’s annual Guidance Counselor Luncheon and Open House events held on the Augusta campus. She also visits local high schools and attends recruiting events throughout Maine.

In addition, Gail is the primary point of contact for high school groups interested in visiting the Augusta campus.

Katherine Trask

Katherine Trask

Title: Associate Director of Enrollment and Admissions
Phone: 207.621.3140
Emailtrask@maine.edu

Kathy has worked at UMA since 1980 where she started as the Secretary in the Admissions Office and is now the Associate Director of Admissions. Not only has she worked with potential and current students over the years, she graduated from UMA with an AS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Social Sciences. She continued her education with USM for a Master in Adult and Higher Education degree. Kathy works with all students, including international, and has a solid knowledge of UMA and all of its offerings.

Amanda Webb

Amanda Webb

Title: Admissions Processor
Phone: 207.621.3036
Emailamanda.m.webb@maine.edu

Amanda is a 2011 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management program here at UMA. She also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management. Amanda’s main priority is guiding students through the application process from start to finish. She meets with prospective students and communicates with applicants regarding missing application items to ensure their application is completed in a timely manner. Amanda is a mom of three and is able to relate to UMA students who are also working parents. She will be pursuing her graduate degree beginning Fall 2018.