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Meet the Center for Student Success Staff

Matthew HolsappleMatthew Holsapple, Dean of Student Success

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

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 CSS on our campus is to do our very best to provide every student with the support 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 CarsonTaryn Carson, Director of Academic Services

My name is Taryn Carson. I am the Director of Academic Services in the Center for Student Success.  I oversee the advising of Undeclared and conditionally admitted students, and I coordinate the Husson Experience course.  Our staff works to support students in all aspects of their academics.  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. Though I’m a native of Minnesota, I spent nearly a decade living, working, and traveling in Asia and the Middle East.  My family and I moved to Maine in 2014.


elizabethatkinson.jpgLiz Atkinson, Director of Accessibility Services

As the Director of Accessibility Services at Husson, I work in the Center for Student Success with students and faculty to promote accessibility across campus for students with disabilities, barriers to learning, and students who require additional support during their educational journey.  Through a social justice lens, I work toward promoting access and inclusivity in and out of the classroom.  I found my way back to my home state after earning a Master’s degree in Education from Penn State’s Rehabilitation Counseling program and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Women’s Studies from William Smith College in Geneva, NY.  Outside of Husson, I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and creating stained glass art.

James WesthoffJames Westhoff, Director of Career Services

I am the Director of Career Services, and I have worked in the career development field for twenty years.  I began my career at Colorado State University’s Career Center and worked there as an office administrator 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. My role is to lead the office’s strategic plan. I also work with students, and my passion is to help students define their strengths and interests so they can find a career path they love. When not at work, you may find me at concerts, hiking, or mountain climbing. I live in Sidney, Maine with my wife, Angela, and our daughter, Caroline.


Sam Kunz, Assistant Director of Career Services

I have lived in Orono, ME since moving from Burlington, VT in 2007.  Although I initially studied communication and public relations, I shifted into a career in higher education over twenty years ago. I thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them develop professionalism, explore and find career paths, and become “career ready” as they navigate college. I spend much of the academic year making presentations in classes, hosting workshops, or meeting one -on-one with students. Outside of work, I volunteer with community building/social justice causes. I also love to explore trails and scenic parts of coastal Maine with my six year-old daughter and black lab. When at home, you’ll find me puttering in my garden, experimenting with wood-fired pizza, or working on some earth-shatteringly creative DIY project that is usually way beyond my skill level.


Meghann Peterson, Assistant Director of Academic Services

My name is Meghann Peterson and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Services. I work with undeclared and conditionally admitted students and students on academic sanctions. I also help to oversee the Tutor Center. I love my job and have a passion for supporting students and helping them to reach their goals. When I am not in my office I enjoy being outdoors, reading, and hanging out with my dog Jayne. I also spend a lot of time on hobbies I am passionate about but am definitely a novice at, including gardening, baking, and interior design

Haley Brown, Student Success AdvisorHaley Brown

As a Student Success Advisor, I assist students with exploring their interests as well as declaring or changing their major. Along with advising I also teach sections of Husson Experience. I love having the opportunity to support students and help them reach their goals. I was raised in the Bangor area and graduated with my Bachelor’s from the University of Maine at Augusta before completing my Master's of Student Affairs and Higher Education at the University of Maine. In my previous role, I worked in the Office of International Programs at the University of Maine while completing my Master of Global Policy. When I’m off campus I enjoy spending time with my dog (Tsarina), volunteering as an English language tutor, and visiting other countries.

Joe Haskins, Student Success AdvisorJoe Haskins

I am originally from Oxford, North Carolina, a small town just north of the Triangle, a region of North Carolina that includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1999). After moving to Bangor, Maine, in 2007 to be closer to my wife’s family in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I earned a Master of Arts in History from the University of Maine (2012). My career background includes education (3rd and 5th grade teacher), sales (former real estate broker and business to business sales), and - most importantly - Husson University. I started at Husson in 2014 as an adjunct instructor in American History. In 2018, I began working with a great team in Admissions, and now I am so fortunate to work with a great team in the Center for Student Success. My passion is working with the best of the best, and that is how I describe Husson students. We are so fortunate to have students at Husson who work diligently to achieve their goals and faculty dedicated to their enduring success. So feel free to come by and visit us in the Center for Student Success, where you will find a team dedicated to helping you soar!