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.

Dylan Duncklee

Dylan Duncklee

Director of Admission

Dylan recently joined the admissions team as the Assistant Director of Admissions. In this role, Dylan assists new students with all facets of the application process. Dylan has worked in various areas of higher education since 2012, including Athletics, Financial Aid, and Admissions. He currently holds a BS in Science and Humanities from Husson University and an MS in Sport Management from Southern New Hampshire University. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Adult and Higher Education program at USM.

While not at work, Dylan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He is also an avid sports fan, his favorite sports teams include the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots.

Ariel Cassista

Ariel M. Cassista

Assistant Director of Enrollment Communications & CRM Administrator

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.

Leo Labranche

Leo P. Labranche

Coordinator of Admissions Operations

Leo is an Alumnus of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Social Science program. He enjoys assisting students with the application process, discussing academic plans, and providing information regarding the many degree programs offered at UMA.

Leo has lived in Augusta all his life and was a board member of the Augusta Downtown Alliance from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, he served on the Downtown Alliance Design Committee from 2012-2015. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and playing tennis.

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

Nathan Parenteau

Nathan Parenteau

Director of Enrollment Partnerships

Recruitment Territory - Southern Maine & New England.

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 A. Pelletier

Assistant Director of Admissions Operations

Gail has worked in Admissions at UMA for over 13 years and has achieved both an associates in Liberal Studies and a bachelor’s in Social Sciences. Within the next year she is looking to pursue her Master’s Degree from USM in either Leadership Studies or Adult and Higher Education.

Within admissions, Gail reviews student applications and meets with applicants and prospective students. She develops and coordinates activities designed to assist individuals and groups with admissions and enrollment steps. In addition, Gail is the primary point of contact for high school, Community College and Adult Education groups interested in visiting the Augusta campus.

In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, going to the beach and gathering with friends and family.

griffin mayhew

Griffin Mayhew

Admissions Counselor

Recruitment Territory - Western and Southern Maine

Griffin is our newest member in the admissions office, he will be covering western and southern Maine as his main territory for recruitment. Griffin is a recent graduate of Thomas College in Waterville where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. In the office, Griffin enjoys connecting with potential students and helping to link them with a UMA degree or certificate program best suited for their career aspirations. In addition to being an avid sports fan, Griffin enjoys playing golf, boating and road-tripping.

The UMA Admissions Ambassador Scholarship Program provides unique leadership opportunities for students on both the Augusta and Bangor Campuses. Student Ambassadors assist the Admissions office through recruitment/outreach efforts, program assistance, and campus tours all while being active in the UMA community and maintaining high academic standards.

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Meet our Ambassadors!

Landen is a sophomore in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program from Winthrop Maine. He is no stranger to UMA, completing 18 college credits before graduating high school – taking UMA classes through the Early College program. Landen was interested in attending UMA because of the strong CIS program and after seeing the dorms at Stevens Commons he knew he wanted to call UMA home. As a senior Admissions Ambassador, he is excited to assist the admissions team and show potential students how they can call UMA home too! Landen was also named a 2022 UMA Rising Scholar.

Hayden comes to UMA as a recent high school graduate from Erskine Academy. She starts her first semester in the Early Education program with the goal of teaching at the grade school level. When Hayden is not in the Admissions office filming TikTok videos, she splits her time working in the admissions department and as a substitute teacher at China Primary School. Hayden’s sister is a graduate of UMA so deciding to attend UMA was an easy decision. The existing support systems and the ability to stay local were the reasons she chose to call UMA home. Hayden hopes to share with other local students that attending a college close to home can provide the same experience as attending out of state.

John is joining UMA as a first-year student in the Social Science program.  Originally from Winthrop, Maine, John was drawn to UMA because of the small college setting and the cost was much lower than other options he had explored during the college search. Other than staying in the dorms, John’s favorite thing about UMA is the strong sense of community and the support that community provides. As an ambassador, John hopes to support incoming students and make applying to college less nerve-wracking.

Sammy is a freshman in the Liberal Studies program. Although she is in her first semester, Sammy is not unfamiliar with UMA – her sister Hailey was also an admissions Ambassador for UMA while studying Early Education. As a participant with Jobs for Maine Graduates Sammy comes to UMA with a strong support system around her and she hopes to connect other students with the program as they transition to college life. Sammy chose UMA because of the cost and the small class sizes and she is excited to educate incoming students about the resources that UMA can provide.

Logan is a first-year student in the liberal studies program living in Stevens Commons. He has a strong interest in photography but is using his first year to explore what career path he plans to choose. Logan appreciates the personal nature of UMA and spends his spare time maximizing the resources available TRiO and Student Support and Development departments. Logan is the admission letter and packet master, so if you received a letter of Admission from UMA  – it’s likely that Logan packed it for you!

Colby is a transfer student in her first year in UMA’s Dental Hygiene Program. She is also the Executive Secretary of the Bangor Student Government Association (SGA). From Canaan Maine, Colby has the benefit of being directly in the middle of Augusta and Bangor – allowing her to serve in her role as an Ambassador on both campuses. She decided to choose UMA because of the affordability, impressive Dental Hygiene program, and supportive community. She loves the small class sizes which provide her the ability to make connections with classmates and easily get help from professors. If you’re on the Bangor campus, you’ll find Colby in the Nottage library – it’s her favorite place on campus!

Sal is in his final year in the Architecture program. Hailing from the Garden State of New Jersey, Sal was drawn to UMA because of the curriculum and engaging program faculty. Being the only accredited Architecture program in New England – Maine was calling Sal and he knew it is where he had to be! Although Sal is new to his role as an Admissions Ambassador, he has a lot of experience as a UMA student. Serving as the Augusta SGA President and living since his arrival, Sal is the perfect person to show prospective students how to maximize the student experience at UMA. Sal was also named a 2022 UMA Rising Scholar.

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Caroline is a first-year student in UMA’s Dental Hygiene Program. From Gorham Maine, Caroline attended Gorham High School and was a competitive swimmer for many years. Caroline chose UMA because the community welcomes everyone with open arms – which was refreshing to see while she was visiting schools. As an ambassador, Caroline hopes to share with prospective students that working on campus can create a supportive environment and can help them be successful in their future endeavors. After living in Stevens Commons for her first year, Caroline intends to live off-campus near the Bangor campus to complete her Dental classes.

Would you like to coordinate a project with a UMA Admissions Ambassador?
Contact Ariel Cassista to find out how!