Disability Services Center

Joanne Benica MS, CRC

Photo of DSC Director Joanne Benica

Office Location

242 Luther Bonney Hall




Joanne has been working in the field of disability services in higher education for over 15 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 expertise 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 has plans to complete the requirements to become licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maine.

Joanne is originally from Pennsylvania and a proud graduate of Penn State. She moved to Maine in 2012 with her husband Rob, and their two children, Myles and Adeline. Moving to Maine was a lifelong dream and has proven to be an incredible adventure for her and her family. She envisions it taking years to see everything Maine has to offer! Outside of work, Joanne is an avid crafter (crocheting and sewing) and always has multiple projects going at one time. Joanne also enjoys classical music and watching old episodes of Nancy Drew and Wonder Woman. 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

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