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.

Brandy Finck

Title: Associate Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services

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 Duncklee

Title: Assistant 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.

Jeremy T. Bouford

Title: Recruitment Coordinator
Expertise: 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 M. Cassista

Title: Manager of Customer Relationship Management Operations

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

Title: Admissions Processor

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

Title: Assistant Director of Admissions & Coordinator of Financial Aid
Expertise: 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 A. Pelletier

Title: Admissions Coordinator

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.

Eva Shepherd

Title: Administrative Specialist CL2

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.

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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Bella, a native of Winslow, is a Senior 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 Senior 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.


Ines, a graduate from Westbrook High School, is in her second year in the Business Administration program minoring in small business management. What Ines really enjoys about UMA is the small class sizes that can help students reach success. She also loves living in the dorms because they are like living in personal apartments that are near the downtown area. As an Ambassador, Ines hopes to help showcase fun things to do on campus – and leveraging the Admissions TikTok account to do so!

Landen is a first-year student 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. He is excited to assist the admissions team and show potential students how they can call UMA home too!

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 and will graduate in May 2022. 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!