Disability Services Center

Joanne Benica MS, CRC

Joanne Benica, Director of the Disability Services Center.

Office Location

242 Luther Bonney Hall




Joanne has been working in the field of disability services in higher education for almost 20 years. She joined the USM community in 2012 and since then has felt energized by the diversity of the student body as well as the collaborative nature of many faculty and staff. Her areas of interest include psychiatric disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, deafness, employment of people with disabilities, and accessible design in education. She is a former social worker and holds both a Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Joanne is originally from Pennsylvania and a proud graduate of Penn State University. Outside of work, Joanne is an avid crafter (crocheting and sewing) and always has multiple projects going at one time. Her favorite spot at USM is of course the Disability Services Center where all students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by for information about the office, ask a question about resources, or just to grab a piece of candy.

Clifton StrengthsFinder Top 5:  Harmony, Empathy, Connectedness, Developer and Consistency

Pronouns: she/her/hers