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Meet the Center for Student Success Staff

Matthew Holsapple - Dean of Student SuccessMatthew Holsapple

As the Dean of Student Success, Matthew Holsapple is responsible for supervising the activities for the Center for Student Success at Husson University. The Center provides students with a variety of helpful services. These include career services, accessibility services, orientations and seminars for first-year students, tutoring and academic supports including the tutoring center, diversity support, EagleWeek, and international student services.

I have spent my career working in student support and student retention throughout the state of Maine and beyond.  I believe very strongly in the value and power of education to transform the lives of students for the better and I believe that the role of the Center on our campus is to do our very best to provide every student with the supports they need to achieve their goals and dreams.

I am a native Mainer, but I lived for many years in the Maritime provinces of Canada.  I have spent time overseas, teaching English in Japan, and I have a whole host of quirky interests and hobbies.


Taryn Carson - Director of Academic ServicesTaryn Carson

My name is Taryn Carson. I'm the Director of Academic Services in the Center for Student Success. I advise all Husson students, with a focus on undeclared and struggling students. I oversee and teach the Husson Experience course. I have a Master's Degree in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick and a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from the University of Nottingham. My family and I returned to the states after nearly a decade of working, studying and traveling overseas.


Sarah Pringle-Lewis - Associate Director of Academic ServicesSarah Pringle-Lewis

I am a native of Dayton, Ohio.  I came to Husson University after a long career in Student Services that has taken me across the nation from Malibu, California to Bangor, Maine. I’m a graduate of Hiram College, Western Illinois University and Bangor Theological Seminary, I also studied at John Cabot International College in Rome, Italy. I enjoy working directly with students and advise several student organizations on campus – United Students Association, CRU, African Students Association, and the International Student Association. My academic and administrative areas of interest include shifting student demographics, self-directed study, the relationship between education and the workforce and extramural learning.


Elizabeth Atkinson - Director of Accessibility Services

As the Director of Accessibility Services at Husson, Elizabeth (Liz) Atkinson works in the Center for Student Success with students and faculty to promote accessibility across campus for individuals with disabilities, barriers to learning, and students who require additional supports during their educational journey.  Liz is responsible for arranging student accommodations and auxiliary services for those students protected under the ADA, its Amendments, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Liz earned her Master’s degree from Penn State’s Rehabilitation Counseling program and Bachelor’s in Psychology and Women’s Studies from William Smith College in Geneva, NY. 

James Westhoff - Director of Career Services

James Westhoff

I am the Director of Career Services and have worked in the career development field for 20 years.  I started my career at Colorado State University’s Career Center and worked there as an office and graduate assistant.  I moved to Brunswick, Maine in 1998 to work in the Career Planning Center at Bowdoin College where I stayed until December 2007.  While at Bowdoin, I served as the Internship Coordinator, pre-law advisor, and Assistant Director. In 2010, I became the Director of Career Services at Husson University and work with students at every class level and area of interest.  When not at work you may find me at concerts, hiking, or mountain climbing. Finally, I live in Sidney, Maine with my wife Angela and our daughter, Caroline.


Sam Kunz – Assistant Director of Career ServicesSam_Kunz_forweb.jpg

Sam is a proud Vermont native, but an equally proud Maine transplant.  He has worked in higher education for over twenty years in admissions, advising, and career services. In his current position, Sam is excited to help students “facilitate their potential” as they navigate college and prepare for their professional futures. You will often see him in classes presenting about all aspects of professional development and career services, leading workshops, or meeting one on one with students. Outside of work, Sam enjoys hiking around Acadia, gardening, cooking for friends, and (most of all) finding adventures with his amazing daughter, Castine.


Meghann Peterson – Student Success Advisor for Graduate and Professional ProgramsMeghann-Peterson-for-web.jpg

In 2017, Husson University has added the position of Student Success Advisor for Graduate and Professional Programs. Students in Husson's graduate and professional programs experience a spectrum of growth and challenges during their academic career and Meghann provides services and mentorship to help these students succeed. Meghann was born in Bangor but grew up in Arizona. When Meghann moved back to Maine to pursue her undergraduate degree in 2005, she chose Husson and immediately felt at ease and connected to the community. She hopes that she can help students feel the same. 


Justin Hagedorn - Student Success Advisor

I am the Student Success Advisor for nursing and nursing hopefuls. I am originally from Iowa where I spent two years teaching High School Social Studies. After deciding to continue my education, I moved to Maine where I attended the University of Maine and acquired my Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. While completing my degree I worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Education and Human Development. This began my work advising college students studying to enter the teaching profession. I enjoy working with students during that first year as they transition from home and figure out their place on the college campus. Off-campus I enjoy hiking, hunting, and spending time with my English Springer Spaniel, Noodle. 


Lisa Leslie -  Student Success Advisor

I am excited to be joining the Center for Student Success team as a Student Success Advisor. I am a native Texan who has been trying to move to Maine ever since I was a little girl; I could never understand why my father couldn't just change his job and move the family. I enjoy helping students in their transition to university study as first year or transfer students, and I really love getting to know what excites my advisees in their coursework and their lives. Prior to coming to Husson University, I worked at Virginia Tech as an instructor in the English Department, and at Salisbury University as the Advising Services Coordinator for the Henson School of Science and Technology. Those places were too hot for me, and I am very happy to be so far north! When I am not at work you will find me hiking, exploring the back roads, reading, caring for my old hound dog, and drinking coffee. Occasionally, all at the same time. 


Jamie Jastrzembski – Administrative Assistant for The Center for Student SuccessJamie-Jastrzembski-DSC5912-2017.jpg

As the administrative assistant for the Center for Student Success, Jamie provides support to all students who access Academic Services, Career Services, Accessibility Services, Intercultural Services, and the Learning & Writing Center. She also assists with the execution of New Student Orientation and EAGLEWeek. 


Ellie Leighton – Graduate Assistant for The Center for Student Success


Justin Downs – Graduate Assistant for Career Services