Distance Education Team
Dr. Amy Arnett is the Vice President for Distance Education and Professor of Ecology at Unity College. Dr. Arnett has been a professor at Unity College since 1999. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She conducted Postdoctoral Research at the University of Nebraska on the impact of invasive species on native communities.
Dr. Arnett studies insect ecology and has published widely in ecology and entomology journals. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and studied with colleagues in Slovenia. Recently she was the recipient, along with colleagues, of a large National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of invasive pests in hemlock forests. Dr. Arnett brings a depth of ecological knowledge to the MS program along with years of teaching experience connecting with students and helping them work toward their career goals.
Dr. David Rogers is the Dean of Distance Education Undergraduate Programs. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, an M.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts Boston, and a B.A. in English from the University of West Florida. David’s research interests include political rhetoric, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies. Specifically, David is interested in the role affect and emotion play in political discourse. David has received research grants and teaching awards. He loves teaching, has taught a wide range of humanities and communications classes, and has developed and taught Study Abroad short courses. David brings a depth of experience to the BS program, and he enjoys providing support to students and faculty.
Dr. Pamela MacRae is the Distance Education Dean of Environmental Conservation and Research and Professor of Fisheries Ecology. Previously she served as the Dean of the School of Biodiversity Conservation for 3 years and Associate Professor of Sustainable Fisheries Management at Unity College since 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Toronto and B.S. in Biology from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. She conducted Post-doctoral Research at Florida State University on the long-term patterns of fish population density in Florida springs, ponds and tidal marshes.
Dr. MacRae is a field-based fish community ecologist and her research has focused on exploring the links between fish community structure and environmental variables in marine, freshwater and estuarine habitats. Dr. MacRae brings a breadth of knowledge to our undergraduate and graduate programs and has over ten years of experience teaching biology, ecology, marine science and fisheries courses. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Conference of Academic Deans and Council of Independent Colleges.
Dr. Kate Willis is the primary GIS Instructor at Unity College Distance Education and the point person for geospatial support. Dr. Willis completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography at University of California Los Angeles and her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. At UCLA she taught classes in GIS, cartography, and earth science and helped create an online GIS certificate program.
Dr. Willis has applied GIS and remote sensing to a variety of research fields. She led a team with the National Park Service to enact an ecological monitoring policy, and has conducted field work in Siberian and Canadian peatlands and California protected lands. She brings private industry experience as a Geospatial Analyst/Data Scientist in agriculture, sustainability, and transportation. She is excited to return to teaching and to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for GIS with students at Unity.
Dr. Brent Bibles is Distance Education Professor of Wildlife Biology. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona and BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Utah State. Brent has been involved in wildlife management since the 1980’s and is a well-respected expert in the field. Besides working in academia, he has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies. He is primarily an ornithologist but works with all taxa. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently the Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Dr. Bibles is an excellent teacher and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. His contribution to the Sustainable Natural Resource Management track of the MS in Professional Science is to add his management experience, quantitative abilities, and student-focused teaching style to the curriculum.
Director of Distance Education Enrollment Management, Christopher Vigezzi
Assistant Director for Concierge Services, Heather Stetkis comes to Unity College with a background in higher education and communications. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the New England School of Communications and an M.S. in Management from Kaplan University. Her experience includes academic advising, recruitment, and student support.
Heather works as the Assistant Director for Concierge Services at Unity College. From admissions to student services, she offers a unique and highly supportive experience for the Distance Education students.
Distance Education Concierge Nichole Clark returns to Unity College as an alumna with her B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. During her time at Unity, Nichole took a keen interest in Conservation Law Enforcement. As a non-traditional student, Nichole has firsthand knowledge of the struggles that a working professional, parent, and student will experience while obtaining their education. As a graduate from Unity College, Nichole has unique insight and understanding of the college’s sustainability principles to help guide and support Distance Education students.
After she graduated, Nichole implemented an Animal Care Technician Internship program at The Humane Society Waterville Area, which has since accepted a Unity College student. With her real-world experience, Nichole can also speak to how our degrees can apply in a professional setting within today’s workforce.
Distance Education Concierge Brittany Iafrate returns to Unity College as an alumna with her Master’s in Sustainability Science. She graduated from Unity College in 2017 and also has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College. Directly after her undergraduate graduation in 2014, she completed a six month immersive organic farm apprenticeship and then transitioned into working in the Johnny’s Selected Seeds contact center. She brings a love of sustainable agriculture and an excitement to work for and support her alma mater!
Distance Education Instructional Designer Corey Butler is an instructional designer who collaborates with subject matter experts to deliver intuitive, engaging, and rigorous online curriculum. His background in instructional and information technology assures digital tools are effectively and meaningfully integrated into courses and assessments. He holds a B.A in New Media and an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. Corey’s professional interests include competency-based education, assessment best practices, and adult learning theories.
Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation Kerry Hafford holds a B.S. in Biology – Biomedical Sciences from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, a Graduate Certificate in Creative Leadership & Global Strategy from the University of Southern Maine and will her MBA at Fitchburg State University in May 2020. Her higher education experience has been focused on transfer evaluation, veteran services, and special projects.
Distance Education Office Manager Michelle Ross comes to Unity after 21 years of combined service in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Michelle has worked in Administration, Human Resources and Recruiting. While serving in the military, Michelle earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Ashford University through distance education.
Distance Education Concierge, Samuel Ross comes to Unity College with a background in higher education administration. With experience in recruitment and support for online students, he aims to find and assist students who are ready to make a change in their lives. He created an enrollment and support model in his most recent role and believes that online students deserve a meaningful and engaging experience. Samuel earned his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chris Malmberg is Director of Distance Education Instructional Design with a background in the humanities. He received his M.F.A. and M.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught Composition and Creative Writing for several years. He is interested in the application of narrative in learning design, the evolving interface between humans and technology, and the ways in which education must evolve to serve peoples’ needs in a world that is constantly changing.
Associate Dean for Retention and Completion, Annie Chuprevich holds a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and an M.S. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her higher education experience includes student and faculty support, marketing, communication, academic affairs, registration, and course scheduling. Annie’s professional interests include accessibility and equity in education systems. Annie oversees the design, delivery, and quality of student support as well as completion and graduation.
Distance Education Advisor Wendy Berube joins the Unity College Distance Education team with over 15 years of experience in higher education and career training. Her work has focused on student services, advising, admissions, career development, and campus management. She also worked for 7 years in the non-profit world, fundraising and marketing, and holds a BA in History from the University of Southern Maine. As an Academic Advisor, Wendy is dedicated to ensuring that all students are successful.
Distance Education Concierge, Nicole Kunin comes to Unity College with a B.A. in Marine Affairs with a Minor in Marine Biology from the University of New England. After graduating college, she jumped at the opportunity to live and work in Maine. She loves sharing her passion for the environment with her students and takes pride in helping them achieve their educational goals.
Distance Education Advisor Christina LeBlanc joins the Distance Education team after completing her M.Ed in Student Development in Higher Education at the University of Maine. She also holds a B.S in Secondary Education with a double major in English. Her experiences and interests through her graduate studies includes assessment of student success and retention, institutional research, and financial advising. As an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students, Christina is committed to increasing student success within the Distance Education programs.