As a native of Bangor, Marie earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Public Administration and the Honors Program from the University of Maine. She returned to Bangor to practice law after she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Marie remains Of Counsel in the areas of business consulting, alternative dispute resolution and Guardian Ad Litem work. Further, she completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and attained Mastery level of Prior Learning Assessment through DePaul University in 2010.
In 2013, Marie completed her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership focusing on strategic change management, organizational behavior and the next generation of higher education leaders at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Her dissertation is entitled “Understanding the work-life experiences and goals of women middle managers in higher education.”
Marie began working at Husson in 2003, where she has delivered a variety of classes in over 32 topics ranging from introductory courses through graduate level in the Business, Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs. She has presented interdisciplinary courses at Husson University in the Schools of Pharmacy, Science and Humanities and Business as well as in the community, through the Penobscot Bar Association, the Maine State Bar and at national conferences.
Outside of Husson, she is appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the Board of Directors for the Penobscot County Bar Association. She is also the Past-President (2004) of the Penobscot County Bar Association (PCBA) and past Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Bangor Ballet (2011). Additionally, she serves on Advisory Committees for various Criminal Justice and Business programs at technical centers throughout the state.
Having worked with legal professionals, I understand that the key to education at the college level is to learn how to perform the work hands-on. While it is imperative to have a background from text books to learn the law, in order to apply this knowledge, one must see the legal world in action. In both the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies Programs, I endeavor to find full time and adjunct instructors that bring this philosophy to life in the classroom as I do. One has to love what they do to be ready to do a job everyday and the exposure that students will gain from both programs will help them find that energy.