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


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 Senior Associate Dean of Students and Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity/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

Jed Wartman  is the Senior Associate Dean of Students.    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


Beth 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


Regina Ouimette is the Executive Assistant 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 Programs, 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 graduated from Allen Hancock Community College 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


Karen Platt is an Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Students office. She joined the Colby community 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
LamarreErika Lamarre- Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life. Erika oversees the department of campus life encompassing residential education, campus programming, and leadership initiatives. Erika previously held positions at Brandeis University as Director with responsibilities in Academic Integrity, Community Living, and Student Conduct. Erika has also worked at Endicott College, Lesley University, and Bay State College.  Erika attended Emerson College with a bachelor’s in Theater Education and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies from Lesley University. When not working on developing student experiences, Erika enjoys theater, gardening, and travel. Erika and her husband Richard are parents to their four-legged children which currently include a pug dog and two kitties. Erika’s email address is 

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 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

Gines Satchithanandam - Associate Director of Campus Life for Residential Education. Gines oversees the student residential experience at Colby. This is facilitated through the student hall staff, residential programming and education. Gines previously has been a director of residential summer camps in the New England Region and in Australia. Gines holds a Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance and a Master's degree in Education. When Gines is not interacting with students around campus he enjoys spending time with his family, getting outdoors and staying active. Gines's email address is
D  Hague

Danielle 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 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