The Student Affairs Staff

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

James S. Terhune is the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students.  Dean Terhune oversee the staff, departments, and programs that comprise the Division of Student Affairs including Advising Deans, Campus Life (residential education, housing, leadership programs, outdoor education, and student activities), the Career Center, Counseling Services, Student Health Services, International Student programs, the Pugh Center and Multicultural Affairs, Religious and Spiritual Life, and Student Conduct and Discipline. The student affairs staff provides instruction, advice, and support to help students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, ethical leaders, engaged citizens, and creators of knowledge with broad exposure to and understanding of human difference and diversity.  Dean Terhune has an A.B. in English from Middlebury College and did graduate work at Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy.  Dean Terhune has been with Colby since 2006 as Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.  Prior to his tenure on Mayflower Hill, he worked for 15 years at Colgate University in a number of leadership roles including director of student activities, dean of first-year students, associate dean of the college, and dean of student affairs. He began his career in higher education at Middlebury where he worked in student activities and the Dean of Students Office (and part-time as the varsity diving coach).  Dean Terhune enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons; skiing, golfing, hiking in Acadia, reading good fiction, and following the Red Sox.  Dean Terhune's email address is   


Barbara Moore is the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Student.  Dean Moore oversees the Advising Dean program, serves as liaison to academic affairs in the areas of academic support and first year advising.  She serves on a number of college committees including Academic Affairs, Committee on Academic Standing, Independent Major and Senior Scholars Committee, Off-Campus Study Advisory Committee, Enrollment Committee and the 100 Projects for Peace. She also serves on the Bias Incident Prevention and Response team and Chairs the Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Team.  Dean Moore works closely with Campus Life on the fall and mid-year Orientation programs. Prior to her role in the Dean of Students Office, Dean Moore worked as Assistant Vice President of EFL Associates, an executive search firm for higher education professionals and as Director of Career Services at Colgate University.  She has more than 20 years experience in higher education in the areas of student affairs, residential life and career development at highly selective liberal arts colleges. Dean Moore holds a BA from the State University of New York, College at Oswego and an M. Ed from St. Lawrence University in Counseling and Human Development.  She lives in Belgrade, Maine with her husband and three children. Dean Moore's email address is


Paul Johnston is the Senior Associate Dean of Students.  Dean Johnston's office is located on the second floor of the Eustis building and he can be reached at 207-859-4252 or email him at  Dean Johnston is an advising dean and is responsible for the Student Conduct and Discipline program at the College.  He oversees the Conduct Board (primarily student-to-student disputes) and the Appeals Board (appeals from a Conduct Board case or allegations of academic dishonesty).  Dean Johnston has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has done graduate work in Student affairs and Higher Education at the University of Maine (at Orono).  Dean Johnston has been working in the Dean's office at Colby since August 1982.  Dean Johnston grew up in Maine and lives locally in Belgrade with his wife Sandra (who works in the Admissions Office) and two children Liam and Giada.


Joseph E. Atkins is the Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Multicultural and Student Programs.  Dean Atkins has been a Posse mentor since January 2005 for the Posse Program of New York.   He is co-founder and director of Campus Conversations on Race, organizer of the Multicultural Literacy Initiative (faculty group developing diversity curricula), Senior Book Recommendation, and Learning Difference Coordinator.  (Also, professor for ED197A- Metacognition and Academic Success, advisor for senior honors thesis in psychology, college representative for SOAR (Society organized Against Racism), and co-founder of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative under the Goldfarb Center. Dean Atkins received a Bachelors from Vassar College in 1997 (double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science), Doctorate from the University of Rochester in 2003 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences).  Dean Atkins came to Colby in the fall of 2002 as a sabbatical replacement professor in psychology right out of graduate school, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor Of Psychology.  Dean Atkins maintains a lab in the psychology department and remains interested in exploring decision making and human and artificial intelligence.  Dean Atkins' email address is  


Dr. Tashia Bradley is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Pugh Center.  Dr. Tashia Bradley brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and educator in higher education.  She comes to Colby from Berea College where she served as the Director of the Black Cultural Center from 2005 - 2011.  Prior to Berea, Dr. Bradley was Director of Diversity, Gender and Leadership Educational Programs at New College of Florida, Director of Multicultural Affairs/International Student Services at Millikin University, and worked in the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Bradley has a B.A. from Florida A & M university, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Florida State University.  In addition to her extensive experience in administration, Dr. Bradley also served as an academic advisor and taught courses in the General Studies department at Berea College.  

Dr. Bradley joined the Colby Staff on July 1, 2011. Her email address is


Sue McDougal is the Associate Dean of Students for International Affairs.  She is the Primary Designated Student Official for the F-1 student visas and the Alternate Designated Official for J-1 student and professor category visas.   She is the international student advisor.  Dean McDougal maintains the SEVIS immigration system for students and faculty on F-1 and J-1 visas. She also oversees work authorization procedures and maintenance of status for current and recent graduates on OPT. Dean McDougal conducts semester immigration, study abroad, work permit (OPT), and tax workshops. She organizes and conducts the International Orientation each fall and coordinates campus programming, including the weekly International coffee hour, the fall International Food Festival, and the spring International Extravaganza.  She coordinates the year long Host Family program and the Community Outreach program - a program which connects Colby International students and students returning from study abroad with our local schools and groups.   Dean McDougal provides support and guidance to ESL (English as a second language) students to fulfill their requirements during their first year and verifies the language proficiency of non-native English speakers whose languages are not offered at Colby.  She also serves as an Adviser to the International Club. Dean McDougal is a member of NAFSA (international Educators).  Dean McDougal attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. She moved to Taiwan after college and studied Chinese and taught English as a Second Language for 2 1/2 years. From there she moved to Chicago and worked at the University of Chicago for nine years in the Office of the Dean of Students as a Director of Residential Life. She now lives in Maine and in 1996  spent her first year in the Admissions office at Colby College and then joined  the Office of the Dean of Students. Her current position is Associate Dean of Students for International Affairs. Dean McDougal lives in Fairfield with her husband Bruce. She loves to travel, sail and garden.  Dean McDougal's email address is

EmilyEmily Schusterbauer is the Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program and Associate Director of the Pugh Center.  Emily implements campus initiatives aimed at fostering a safe and supportive climate for Colby students, faculty, and staff who express a full range of gender and sexual identities.  In this effort, she collaborates with student organizations that emphasize gender and/or sexuality in their campus work.  Before coming to Colby, Emily taught Women's and Gender Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana University, Bloomington, and The Ohio State University.  She completed a B.A. and a M.A.. in Women's Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies. Emily's email address is

Regina Ouimette is the Administrative Secretary for the Vice President of Student Affairs.  She provides support for various programs within the student affairs division.  The programs include but not limited to Orientation, Carols and Lights, Posse Retreat, Awards Ceremony, Senior Exit Interviews and Commencement.  Regina manages Dean Terhune's calendar and monitors the student affairs division's budget and updates the student affairs webpage.  She attended college in California and received her Associated Degree from Allen Hancock Community College.  She is an advocate of lifelong learning and attends the University of Maine Augusta from time to time.  Regina spends her free time doing yoga, reading, gardening, kayaking and snowshoeing.  Regina's email address is


Deb Thurston is the Administrative Secretary in the Office of the Dean of Students.  She provides support for five deans in the Office of the Dean of Students.  Deb provides support for the following program areas: the Advising Dean Program, Academic Support and the Committee on Academic Standing, Tutoring program, Fall and January Orientation, support services for students with learning differences, the Pugh Center and Multicultural Programming, Commencement and the Student Awards Program.  Deb worked for Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area for six years as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator and the Youth Services Coordinator.  Before moving to Maine, she worked for Northwestern University as Assistant Operations Manager for Northwestern University's Norris University Center.  Deb holds a BA in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.  She resides in Waterville with her husband Jim.  They have two daughters, Anna and Olivia.   Deb's email is


Cindy Vassey  is the secretary for the Senior Associate Dean of Student and the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Colby College.  Cindy coordinates the Dean's List cards, fines and disciplinary logs. Prior to joining Colby College two years ago, Cindy worked in the travel industry as a Travel Consultant for 17 years.  She resides in Benton with her husband Geoff and their children. Cindy's email address is

Campus Life

Jed Wartman  is the Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life.  Jed works with the rest of the campus life team to ensure that Colby students maximize their growth and development through an intentional, co-curricular experience that offers support, challenge, and opportunity.  The specific areas that are included in Campus Life are: residential life, leadership development, outdoor experiential learning, and student activities.  Jed received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his graduate degree from Harvard University.  When Jed is not engaging with colleagues and students he is most likely found enjoying the outdoors, running, biking, and skiing or spending time with his wife Brynn, sons Micah and Theo, and friends. Jed's email address is

Sam Helm

Sam Helm, Assistant Director of Campus Life.  The focus of Sam's work is in student programming, where he is the primary advisor to the Student Programming Board and all 100 plus SGA clubs.  Within the division, Sam acts as an utility fielder, guiding project and product development for divisional campaigns.  Sam received his Bachelor's degree from Colby College in Neuropsychology.

Dan Hirsch

Dan Hirsch is the Associate Director of Campus Life and Residential Education.  Dan's primary responsibilities include supervising and supporting the Student Hall Staff team (CAs), the First-Year Experience Program and collaborating with the Student Government Association First Year Class Council.  Dan received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Carleton College and his Master's in Education from the University of Southern California.  In his free time, Dan enjoys writing music, cheering on Chicago sports teams (especially the Cubs!!!) and exploring Maine with his wife, Jennifer.  Dan's email address is


Kim Kenniston is the Associate Director of Campus Life and Residential Education.   Kim is responsible for the residential life program, which encompasses room draw, first year housing, and the faculty resident program. She also strides to make a seamless integration between the classroom and the residence hall room through various programs that push individual growth within the residence halls.  Kim received her B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington in Psychology and her M Ed in Education from Bridgewater State College.  Kim has been with Colby since 2008 and prior to Colby she spent seven years in the Residential Education and Living Department at Dean College in Massachusetts. Kim was born in Hallowell, Maine and attended Hall Dale High School. Kim's email address is


Ryan Linehan is the Assistant Director of Campus Life and the Director of Outdoor Education.  Ryan supports all outdoor programs offered at Colby and works closely alongside the Campus Life team to enhance the student experience on and off campus.  He directly supports the student run Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT), Colby Outing Club, and the Colby Mountaineering Club.  Prior to his arrival at Colby, Ryan spent over 18 years in the outdoor field as a guide, and directed the wilderness tripping program for the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, ME.  He is a Registered Maine Guide with a passion for canoeing, kayaking, skiing, sailing, surfing, backpacking, and the traditional skills of Northern Maine.  He lives with his wife and two children on Westport Island.  Please feel free to contact Ryan at


Faith Kagwa is the Administrative Secretary for Campus Life.  She joined the Campus Life Team in August 2014. Faith graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Sociology and Political Science. She manages Campus Life staff calendars/schedules and department budget. Faith supervises the student run information desk in Pulver and oversees the hiring of the student workers, as well as the student payroll. She provides support to the student Government Association, Student Programming Board, Yearbook and various Colby clubs. You can contact Faith at 207-859-4280 or email her at

Career Center
AlisaAlisa Johnson is the Director of the Career Center.   Alisa oversees all the functions within the career center including career counseling and programming, internships, employment, employer relations, graduate school and fellowships.  She works with her team to ensure every student has requisite knowledge and skills to obtain post-Baccalaureate success.  Colby Connect, a four year career development curriculum, is the cornerstone for acquiring these skills.  Alisa received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, her Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education from the University of Maine and a M.S. in Education, focusing on Enrollment Management from Capella University.  She is a summer fellow of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College for Higher Education Management, class of 2008.  A personal passion is working with the MELMAC Foundation to improve Maine students' college and career aspirations.  Alisa's email address is

Cate Talbot Ashton is an Associate Director of the Career Center.   Cate focuses her attention on graduate study advising, particularly assisting students with the complexity of preparing for and applying to schools in the health professions and preparing for the somewhat less complex process of applying to law, masters, and doctorate programs.  Cate graduated from Colby in 1980 where she completed the "ever-versatile" English major.    After graduating she spent time working for a law firm in Boston, a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, and as an admissions counselor for Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT before completing a Master's degree in Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Upon completing her masters in student affairs, she returned to Colby in the Career Center.  Cate also earned a masters in library science through a distance education program provided in Maine by the University of South Carolina,  which allowed her to learn more about children's literature and fed her passion for connecting Colby students with the information that can help them make informed career and life decisions.  In her spare time she exchanges text messages with her two sons who are recent graduates of UNH and Allegheny College, takes advantage of the wonderful Maine State Park system, and indulges in her obsession with knitting.  Cate's email address is

Bell web photoJordan Bell is an Assistant Director of the Career Center. Jordan oversees all things related to internships on campus, working closely with employers and students to cultivate summer, Jan-Plan and school year opportunities. Jordan prepares students for a strategic internships search through counseling, leading workshops and mock interviews. Also, he builds relationships with employers and other campus departments to identify key initiatives for students. Jordan joined the Career Center in July 2014, but has worked in career services at the collegiate level since 2010. Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University where he majored in Television Production, and then went on to the University of Pittsburgh for his M.Ed focusing on Higher Education Management. He is active in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as well as the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN). Jordan was born and raised in Winthrop, Maine and is glad to be back. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, Finn and Roary, exploring the wilderness of Maine. Unless it is raining... then he’s playing guitar or Mario Kart. Jordan’s email address is

Erica Humphrey is an Assistant Director of the Career Center who manages employer relations including on-campus recruiting.  In this role, Erica provides general counseling to students on a variety of topics,  does focused coaching on job search strategies and job applications, performs interview preparation such as mock interviews, as well as manages employer relationships.  In addition, Erica teaches Colby Connect and other workshops, and co-directs the Entrepreneurial Alliance program.  Erica joined the Career Center in August 2009 as the internship Coordinator and an Assistant Director.  She has worked at the College since 2007, having held a previous post in College Relations. Erica earned her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine; an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Boston College. Erica is a member of a variety of national, state, and local professional associations;  she also earned her certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Erica was born and raised in Waterville, and in her free time enjoys hiking and the outdoors, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Erica is married and has two stepdaughters and a black lab pup.  Erica's email address is



Jim Peacock is a Career Counselor at the Career Center.  Jim works part time providing general counseling to students.  He works closely with international students providing a number of workshops focused on helping them find employment and also is the Centers LinkedIn expert.  His private business is Peak-Careers Consulting providing training for career counselors across the country and individual career coaching.  He loves the outdoors, playing hockey, backpacking and is an eclectic reader.  Jim's email address is

WhitfieldSarah Whitfield is a Career Counselor at the Career Center. Sarah oversees the job shadowing program, provides general counseling to students, and works with the Center’s Career Development Advisors (CDAs). A 2009 Colby graduate and native Mainer, Sarah joined the Career Center in July 2014. She was most recently conducting education policy research for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Sarah also earned her Master of Public Policy from American University and co-led the Colby Club of Washington. Sarah is excited to move back to Maine and will probably be found enjoying the outdoors in all forms including golfing, skiing, trail running, and playing softball. Sarah’s email address is

Tammi-Lynn Hamm  is the Administrative Secretary for the Career Center. She joined the Career Center Team in August 2009.  She received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration at Kennebec Valley Community College in 2002.  Tammi brings more than 20 years of administrative assistant/office management experience.  She manages all aspect of the Career Center's database Colby CareerLink, assists the director with managing the office budget, and is part of the Employer Relations team.  Tammi enjoys spending time with her family.  Tammi's email address is

Paul April

April Paul is an Administrative Secretary in the Career Center.  She joined the Career Center team in March 2015 and prior to this she held a position in the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the College for seven years.  April came to Colby after a combined 15 years in the newsrooms at the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Portland Press Herald in Portland.  April graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in English.  She is married and has a 9 year old daughter, and enjoys photography, camping and snowmobiling.  April's email address is


Kurt D. Nelson is Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Colby College.  He works with Chaplains and Student Leaders to help create a hospitable environment for religious community, asking big questions, and engagement across religious lines.  Kurt is available for support, counseling, and conversations of all kinds.  He's eager to work with students, faculty and staff of all sorts – members of the world's religious traditions, atheists, agnostics, seekers, and everywhere in between – and he's always ready to discuss new ideas and initiatives.

Prior to arriving at Colby in August of 2012, Kurt spent five years at Dartmouth College initiating and advising multi-faith programs and leading ecumenical Christian worship.

Kurt is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Yale Divinity School.  His passions include multi-faith community, being a Lutheran, radical hospitality, green theology, being happily married, frisbee, and the Nintendo Wii. He is soon-to-be the fourth most charming member of his household following (in some order) his wife Joanna, their daughter Lillian,, and their dog Grover. Dean Nelson's email address is


Rachel Isaacs, is the Jewish Chaplain on campus.  She serves on the faculty and advised the campus Hillel, in addition to being the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville.  Rabbi Isaacs was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011 as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and was the recipient of prizes in Jewish Thought and Homiletics. She graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College in 2005 and was chosen as commencement speaker for her class.  During her time a Wellesley, Rachel served as co-president of her campus Hillel.  After graduation, she studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and at ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv, and served as a research assistant to Dr. Michael Oren. Rachel's email address is