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


Barbara Moore is the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students. 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


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



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


ChapmanA_Headshot_CAnn Chapman is the Judicial Dean. She is a trained Title IX investigator and manager with extensive experience conducting Title IX and student disciplinary investigations at colleges and universities in Maine. Ann regularly conducts investigations for employers, schools and Indian tribes, including employee misconduct complaints, harassment and discrimination complaints, and sexual misconduct complaints at institutions of higher education. Her consulting experience includes providing training across the country on sex discrimination, harassment, and investigation processes. Ann is an experienced policy analyst who has developed and revised a wide range of policies affecting students and employees at Maine colleges and public school systems. Ann’s email address is



Emily 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

BethBeth Christopher is an Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Students Office. She provides administrative support for the advising dean program and academic and student support services, Pugh Center and Diversity and Inclusion, as well as department and division-wide programs including Orientation and Arrival day, Commencement, and the Student Awards Program. When not providing administrative support, she enjoys being on the water in the summer and on the snow in the winter. Beth’s email address


Karen Platt is an Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Students office. She joined the Colby Plattcommunity in August 2015 and is looking forward to getting to know students, staff and faculty. Karen provides administrative support for international student programs, advising deans, multicultural programs and serves as the primary reception for the Dean of Students Office.She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and continues to live in Farmington with her husband and two children. In the downtime that comes between work and family she enjoys working with community theater, writing, snowshoeing, and skiing. Karen’s email address is


Campus Life

Faith Kagwa is the Assistant Director 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 works with student programming and ensuring programming is representative of our student body needs. Faith is the primary advisor for the Student Programming Board and 100 plus Student Government Association Clubs, She also works with members of the Colby community to create leadership development opportunities for Colby students. You can contact Faith at 207-859-4280 or email her at


Kim_2_1Kim 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 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


D-HagueDanielle Hague is the Administrative Assistant for Campus Life. She joined the Campus Life Team in August 2015 and brings over 10 years of administrative support experience. She manages Campus Life staff calendars, schedules, and department budget. Danielle 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. During her free time she enjoys gardening, exercising, and spending time with her husband Joe and son Liam. You can reach Danielle at 207-859-4280 or email her at




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_4Rachel 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


Counseling Services

Johnson-EricEric Johnson is the Director of Counseling Services. Dr. Johnson is a licensed psychologist and oversees the Counseling Services office at Colby. He and his staff are dedicated to meeting the array of mental health needs of students through providing direct counseling services for students, as well as consultation, education, and prevention programming for the entire campus community. Dr. Johnson is passionate about supporting students’ emotional and intellectual growth and development and comes to Colby with over 18 years of experience in college counseling. Prior to Colby, he worked 15 years at Ohio Wesleyan University as the Assistant Director and Counselor/Prevention Programmer. During his tenure at Ohio Wesleyan, he served on the Presidents’ Commission on Racial and Cultural Diversity and as the adviser to the Spectrum Resource Center for LGBTIQ students. Dr. Johnson is a generalist in his clinical practice with special interests and expertise in the areas of anxiety and stress management, working with diverse student populations, performance related issues effecting athletes and performance majors. Dr. Johnson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of New Hampsires’s Counseling Center. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with this family, running, cycling and playing hockey. Dr. Johnson’s email address is



Dr. Turkoglu received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vermont. After graduate school, she completed a Professional Psychology Internship at the Togus Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Augusta, ME, followed by postdoctoral training in Health Psychology at the Connecticut VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT and Yale University’s School of Medicine. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine. Dr. Turkoglu who goes by Dr. Turk for convenience, identifies primarily as a scientist-practitioner. She utilizes scientific knowledge to inform her practice and makes sure her practice evolves along with advances in the scientific study of clinical psychology. Dr. Turk works mainly from a cognitive behavioral framework of therapy for a wide range of psychological issues. She works mostly with thoughts and behaviors, and believes that our emotions can be manipulated only through manipulation of our interpretations of ourselves, others and the world, as well as changes in our behaviors. Her main goal in therapy is increasing functionality that is in line with one’s values and aspirations. Dr. Turkoglu’s specialty is clinical health psychology; she has extensive experience in working on health related behaviors (e.g. sleep, smoking cessation, pain management, motivation, etc.) She also has a strong background in providing evidence-based treatments for anxiety (e.g. panic, trauma, phobias) and depression. While most of her time is spent in individual therapy, she also enjoys providing treatment in groups for its efficiency. Dr. Turkoglu’s first interaction with Colby was as a spouse. Her husband, Dr. Keith Peterson, has been teaching in the Philosophy Department for the past four years and has recently been hired as tenure track faculty. They and their two children are excited to make Colby their new home. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and entertaining. Dr. Turk can be reached at .



Jing Ye, M.A., L.C.P.C., F.O.T., is a Counselor in Colby Counseling Services. Jing brings diverse cultural and clinical experiences as a native Chinese with extensive training in the U.S. in applying Eastern philosophy to Western psychotherapy. Jing has 19 years of clinical experience working with varied populations using different therapeutic modalities. She is especially interested in working with somatic complaints, as well as developmental related issues, e.g. adjust ment issues, self-esteem, and relationship problems. Her Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and meditation practice further enable her to work compassionately, creatively, and sensitively with many unique situations. Since 2001, Jing has been leading a weekly mediation group on campus. She is a member of Multicultural Affairs Committee, an adviser to Mindfulness Club and SHOC. Jing obtained her MA in psychology and counseling from Goddard College in Vermont. Jing is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is also a Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist. Jing worked at an adolescent recovery program and other mental health agencies before starting at Colby in 2000. She enjoys reading, traveling, and foreign movies. Jing’s email address is


AlissaAlissa Benziger is the Administrative Coordinator for Counseling Services. She joined the Colby community in August 2015. Alissa coordinates the scheduling, budgeting, and daily operations for the Counseling center. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006 and worked in and around Boston as a receptionist for massage and acupuncture modalities. Since moving to Maine in 2012, she had been in the mental health field, working with children and teens as a Behavioral H ealth Professional. In her time off, she can be found enjoying live music, relaxing by North Pond, or spending quality time with her cat, Odie. Alissa’s email address is


Health Center

Paul Berkner, DO FAAP, is the Director of the Medical Center and Sports Team Physician at Colby. Dr. Berkner has been at Colby since 2004. Before coming to work for Colby, Dr. Berkner was in private pediatric practice in Maine and Vermont. During that time, he served as the Medical Director for the Northland Job Corps, and served as the Medical Director for several summer camps. Dr. Berkner received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from New England College, and completed his residency in Pediatric at Columbia University – Morristown Memorial Hospital. He is currently certified in pediatrics with the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Berkner is currently the President of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berkner’s email address is



Lydia Bolduc Marden, NSN FNP/PMHNP. Lydia graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Health Education and MS in Nursing. Certified as Women’s Health NP in 1991, post masters degrees and certifications as a Family NP in 2007 and Psychiatric Mental health NP in 2012 from Husson University. She has been with Colby in health services since 1984. Lydia’s email address is



Jennifer Griffiths Riddle MSN, FNP-C is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Maine at Orono, and her Master of Science in Nursing and FNP certification at Barry University in North Miami Beach, Florida. Jennifer comes to Colby with 14 years of primary care experience in a private pediatric practice. Jennifer has been employed by Colby College since 2011. Her email address is



WeidnerHolly Gerlaugh Weidner FNP, PA-C, is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant. Holly joined Colby College in 2011 after 30 years in family medicine and as a faculty member to family medicine residents at the Maine Dartsmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta. Her international experience has included providing medical care in an outpost station in Esteli, Nicaragua, supervising medical students in Jamaica, setting up cervical cancer surveillance programs in Puerto Cabeza, Nicaragua and teaching nurse practitioner students in the Dominican Republic. She received her BA in Biology at Cornell University in 1975 and her MS in Nursing at Pace University, then joined an internal medicine team at the Anthony Jordon Health Center in Rochester, NY in 1977. Holly’s email address is



Christina “Tina” Steeves, is the Administrative Secretary for the Colby Health Center. Tina served Health Services as a Certified Athletic Trainer for 11 years prior to making a change into the office in August of 2009. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Fitness as well as a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maine at Orono. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Maine Athletic Trainers Association, and is a CPR and First Aid Instructor through the American Red Cross. Tina’s email address is


Meredith Tardiff is the receptionist for the Colby Health Center. She graduated from Plus-Gray’s School of Business. Working first in office settings, she transitioned to medical practices. She brings over 20 years of experience working with practitioners. She has been at Colby since 2009. Meredith’s email address is


Coordinator for Drug and Alcohol Programs

SawyerKatie Sawyer, LCPC, LADC, CCS is credentialed as a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and Lesley University with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Katie serves the students of Colby College as an alcohol and drug counselor and coordinator of health promotion. She co-advises SHOC, the student-led health peer educators, and co-chairs the Alcohol Education, Awareness and Training Advisory Group. Her clinical experience includes counseling adults and adolescents in outpatient addiction treatment and specialized work in medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction. She spearheaded compliance and accreditation efforts relative to the standards of the State of Maine, Federal law, the Joint commission, and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Katie’s previous professional pursuits included stints in retail car rentals, pharmaceutical sales, and administrative assisting. She enjoys live music, good novels, and time with friends and family. Katie’s email address is


Nursing Staff



Laura Patterson, RN: Staff Nurse. Laura graduated from the University of Texas School of Nursing, Austin in 1982. She specialized in Obstetrics and Prenatal Health prior to coming to Colby in 2006. Laura is certified as a Holistic Nurse (HNB-BC) and Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP).


Robin Shafer, RN, is a staff nurse at the Colby Health Center. Robin attended Pitzer College robin_1_2in Claremont, California, majoring in English and Physiological Psychology, and later attended the University of Maine, earning her Associate Degree in Science. She was employed at Maine General Medical Center, first as a counselor on the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Units for 9 years, and then as an RN for another 16 years. As a nurse, she has worked in several departments, including Occupational Medicine, Employee Health, Med Surg, ER, Behavioral Health, Detox, and Neuro/Rehabilitation. Robin been a staff RN at Colby Garrison Foster Health Center since 1997. Robin’s email address is



Judy Whyte, RN:Head Nurse. Judy joins the Colby Health Center with 25 years of nursing experience. As a 1991 graduate of UMass-Amberst she has spent most of her clinical career in Emergency Departments, Occupational Health and Employee Health Departments. She has also been employed as a Wellness Nurse for Hannaford, the State of Maine, and MaineGeneral Health. Judy spends her summers as a camp nurse in Winslow, and is currently living in West Gardiner, Maine raising a blended family.



Donna Jurdak-Roy, MT (ASCP), is a certified Medical Technologist at the Colby Health Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maine and received her clinical training at Maine Medical in Portland. She is board certified as a Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She previously was the Hematology Supervisor at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor, Maine and later worked several years at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville, Maine. She has been employed by Colby College for ten years. Donna’s email address is


Athletic Trainers

Westy_2Timothy “Westy” Weston, ATC, is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Head Athletic Trainer for the Colby Health Center. He is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Maine. Westy received his Bachelor of Science and his Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Maine. Before coming to work for Colby, he worked for the New York Yankees minor league baseball league. He is currently the District One Secretary for the National Athletic Trainers Association. Westy has been employed at Colby College since 1992. Teams: Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Crew and Women’s Crew, and Baseball. Westy’s email address is



Christopher O’Toole, ATC, is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Maine. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training from Kean University. Chris also holds a degree as a Certified Ergonomics Specialist. Before coming to work for Colby, Chris worked in a number of sports medicine, physical therapy clinics. He has also worked at several sports clinics, the most notable of which is the Professional Development Association Summer Soccer Camp. He also worked as an Athletic Trainer at Southern Maine High School. Chris has been employed at Colby College since 2009. Teams: Football, Women’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, and Men’s and Women’s Track and Field. Christopher’s email address is



Paul M. Rucci, MS, ATC, NASM-PES is the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Colby College. Paul is from Millinocket, Maine and received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. While completing his undergraduate degree, Paul had been an intern at Colby College in the spring of 2011. Paul went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from California university of Pennsylvania in 2012. He worked as the athletic trainer at Fort Kent Community High School before coming to Colby. While at Fort Kent Community HS, he oversaw all athletic training responsibilities for the student athletes.



Emily Vartabedian, MS, ATC is an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Colby College. Emily is from Newburyport, Massachusetts and received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. While she was there she worked with the Division I men’s football team for 2 years. Emily then went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State University in 2015. While in graduate school Emily had the opportunity to work with the Providence College men’s basketball team for the 2013-2014 season, Medfield High School fall sports teams and Tufts University in the Spring of 2015. Emily currently works with the men and women’s rugby teams at Colby College.