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 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.
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.
Jeremy T. Bouford
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 M. Cassista
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 P. Labranche
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 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 A. Pelletier
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.
Miranda is new to the UMA Admissions Team, but not to the UMaine System. She holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Southern Maine in Social and Behavioral Sciences where she was a first-generation student, a Resident Assistant, an Ambassador, and part of the music program. Miranda comes from a professional background in Student Affairs and understands the many unique factors that play into what makes an institution and a student a good fit for one another.
At UMA, Miranda specializes in recruitment and travels (physically and virtually) all around the great state of Maine to meet with prospective students in high school, community college, and adult education settings. She is positively thrilled to be helping students on an individual basis to realize their academic ambitions! Off the road and out of the office, you can find Miranda at a microphone or piano, behind a camera, or tending her garden.
Eva is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine where she received a degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies and was involved in the Music program. Eva was also a part of the Tourism and Hospitality community and helped to organize several events on campus. She now serves UMA as the Enrollment Administrative Specialist, mainly assisting Admissions and Financial Aid operations.
Eva is currently a graduate student at the USM where she is continuing her studies in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management. Eva hopes to use her skills to empower adult students to accomplish their academic, personal, and professional goals, and as a byproduct, strengthen the Central Maine community.
Meet the UMA Admissions Ambassadors
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.
Abbey, a junior in the Business Administration program, has lived all over the country but most recently called Warwick, Rhode Island home. While living in Belgrade, Abbey fell in love with the state of Maine and knew that UMA could provide her a quality education with a “home away from home” atmosphere. Abbey is also a Community Advisor at Stevens Commons and enjoys assisting students adjust to residential life. She is excited to provide prospective students with insight into what it is like to live in UMA’s off-campus residential community – and how fun it can be!
Bella, a native of Winslow, is a junior in the Biology program minoring in Behavioral Sciences. She began her UMA career 4 years ago as a junior in high school participating in the Early College program. Bella currently works as a laboratory assistant at MaineGeneral and hopes to attend medical school after graduation. As a member of the Bio/Pre-Health Club, Bella hopes to share her passion for the program with potential students interested in UMA as an affordable educational option to prepare for professions in the allied health fields.
Cassidy is a Junior in the Nursing Program and a member of the women’s basketball team. She also serves as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Club (SAAC). Originally from Corinth, Cassidy just recently moved into Stevens Commons and will be a great resource to prospective students looking to explore housing options at UMA. Cassidy’s favorite part about UMA is the welcoming campus community and the family environment it creates. She hopes to be one of the friendly faces students remember when they come to tour campus, just like she experienced when she came to UMA for the first time.
Charlene is in her second year as a Justice Studies major and is a part of the women’s track and field team. She is also the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Club (SAAC) and a member of the UMS Student Conduct Committee. Before coming to UMA, Charlene took a gap year and served as a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps where she developed leadership skills through community service and outreach. Charlene hopes to translate the skills she learned as she assists prospective students to explore “the endless opportunities that UMA has to offer.”
Hailey is a junior in the Early Childhood Education program and is a graduate of Hall-Dale high school. We are excited to welcome her this year as an Admissions Ambassador where she can share the depth of knowledge she acquired while working as a work-study student in the Admissions Office. Hailey currently serves as the President of the Jobs for Maine Graduates Club at UMA and represents the club at many UMA functions. You can also catch her at most UMA home games cheering on the Moose teams! She hopes to help prospective students realize their potential and to introduce them to the UMA community.
Paige is a Student Ambassador on the UMA Bangor campus. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program where she is pursuing her dream of working as a veterinary technician. While juggling part-time work and full-time academics, Paige stays involved on and off-campus through the TRiO program, Veterinary Technology Organization, and by volunteering at local animal shelters. You might recognize Paige from the news, where she has advocated the importance of affordable education and UMA’s Pine Tree State Pledge. She hopes to share the same message with new students at UMA.
Would you like to coordinate a project with a UMA Admissions Ambassador?
Contact Ariel Cassista to find out how!