Professional Development Programs

Instructor Biographies

All of our professional development workshops and certificate programs are taught by industry professionals.




Joe Allen, MS, CSCP, is the current president of the APICS Maine chapter.  Joe has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Joe also has significant work experiences in Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process.

Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP, trains and consults nationally and internationally, has a private practice in Portland, and has twenty-six years of experience working with chemical dependency issues. He does individual, family, and group work with adolescents, men, and couples. Stephen has worked in an array of settings, including schools and treatment facilities.

Nancy Ansheles, M.Ed., has been the owner of Catalyst & Co. for nineteen years. She provides creative learning programs for businesses and organizations in Maine, the United States, and internationally. She facilitates learning to help participants achieve results, increase satisfaction, and reduce stress. She brings energy, humor, and a wealth of real life examples to every workshop.


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Miljan Bajic, MBA, CSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, is an experienced project manager and Agile practitioner with over a decade of project management experience in the Information Technology field. Miljan strongly believes in servant leadership, and he models the encouragement, trust, and respect that are vital to building high-performance teams. Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Miljan is a member of the Maine Agile User Group and is also an active member of the Scrum Alliance, and Agile Alliance. Miljan is the current Director of Marketing of the local chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).  

Miljan is currently employed by Portland Webworks, Inc. where he has acted as the primary Project Manager of Portland Webworks relationship with some the company’s largest clients, with particular experience in public-sector clients, including the Maine Office of Tourism, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, and the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

Wolfgang Bauchinger, CPIM, is a Lean Six Sigma certified Black Belt. He received his Six Sigma training through the George Group (a division of Accenture). He holds a Magister (masters) degree in Business and Computing from the University of Linz/Austria. Wolfgang’s major focus is Supply Chain Management and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process. Wolfgang has led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States for a global manufacturing company. Before relocating to the United States in 2006 Wolfgang worked in IT consulting with clients in Europe and throughout North America.

Suzanne Benoit, LCSW, SPHR, is author, speaker and consultant. Ms. Benoit is a human resource consultant working with companies and HR professionals; developing tools and solutions to a wide variety of employee relations problems. Strategic planning and workplace quality are specialty areas. She has a varied background in a family business, large for-profit corporation and small business. She is often called in to help shift workplace atmosphere to a healthier standard. Doing business as Benoit Consulting, Ms. Benoit develops strategies that approach a healthy workplace from the point of view of owners, customers AND employees. Striving for excellence means a no-compromise posture on workplace abuse and intimidation and creating supporting structures that reward candor, respect and accountability. Her recently released book on Toxic Employees describes how negative dynamics develop and how they can be shifted toward the positive with a strategic approach. She writes about these and other HR topics and speaks to a wide variety of business groups offering quality technical info with humor and an interactive style. Ms. Benoit can be reached at Learn more at


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Mikal Curran PMP, has instructed for over ten years on how to become PMP(®) (Project Management Professional) and CAPM (®) (Certified Associate in Project Management) certified. He has been an Information Technology Project Manager for Computer Science Corp., Wright Express, TD Bank and Hannaford Bros. Company where he managed major information technology and business projects for more than twenty years.

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Elizabeth Dodge, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, editor, and trainer in Portland. She has more than twenty years of experience in technical writing, marketing communications, public relations, and publishing. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than fifteen years, sharing her passion for writing with a coaching style that is sensitive to the personal nature of writing.

Mary Doyle, M.A.,   Mary’s diverse background includes organizational development, project management, sales training, strategic planning and coaching senior level executives in corporations, health care settings and non-profit organizations.  Her day to day experience as a manager in a large health care organization, motivating, and helping employees reach their potential combined with her extensive background as a group facilitator enables  her to create a dynamic learning experience.  Mary earned her B.S. degree from the University of Maine, and her M.A. in Training and Organizational Development from Emerson College.  She is also a 2010 graduate of the Hanley Leadership and Institute for Civic Leadership, Development program.

Christopher Dyer M.B.A, first became interested in the mechanisms of adaptive testing after taking the GMAT CAT for the first time and knowing that he could do better. By studying the test itself, he was able to re-test and dramatically improve his score. Using what he learned from his own preparation, Christopher has been helping USM students prepare for standardized tests like the GMAT CAT and the GRE since 2003. In addition to teaching test preparation classes, Christopher coaches and mentors teams of seasonal employees at L.L.Bean.

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Janet Edmunson, M.Ed,  Janet is President of JME Insights and partner in sPeak Performance providing training, consulting and presentations to industries of all types.  Janet has over 30 years’ experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. Prior to starting her consulting and training company, Janet retired in 2007 from her 12 year career at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness.  She grew the program from two employees to a staff of 20 who worked with over 400 employer groups and a budget of over $5 million.  Earlier Janet was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation).  She has also been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size businesses, including New England Telephone and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank.  While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease.  In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Janet recently retired as chair of the Board of Directors for the national Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, having served from 2009-2013.  She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation.  Janet is a former President of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion and has a Master’s degree from Georgia State University.   

Jane Evans has been teaching ESOL/EFL since 1999. She has taught academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to people from all over the world in a variety of college settings. Helping students reach their educational goals and better understand how to strengthen their language skills is rewarding and important to Jane.

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Judi Jones principal of InfoHarbor LLC, places her clients online in front of their prospective clients. She specializes in Internet Marketing which includes online placement, social media assistance, website development and optimization. In business since 1998, Judi has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science and years of experience in everything ‘Internet.’

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Robert Kenney, Ph.D., is president of a training firm based in Lynchburg, Va. Bob delivers workshops through numerous centers for continuing and executive education at major universities such as Duke University, and the Universities of Virginia, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.

Diane Kenty Esq., is director of the court ADR program for the Maine trial courts, where she administers and serves on all statewide ADR rosters. She has mediated hundreds of cases over the last 15 years in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, family and divorce, small claims and community conflicts. Diane speaks and writes about mediation frequently and teaches the ADR survey course as adjunct faculty at Maine Law School. Formerly an attorney in private practice in Boston, she has volunteered as a consultant on mediation to the courts of Jordan and Odessa, Ukraine.

Susan Knapp, Ph. D., has over 25 years of experience as a manager and trainer and has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, hospitals and the United States Air Force. She has SPHR certification and received her Six Sigma Black Belt training through Acuity and the Ohio State University.

Danika Kuhl, MS-SLP, has over 25 years of experience as a speech therapist, working with both adults and children. She worked with Japanese exchange students from Rissho University through USM and sees a variety of clients in her private practice.

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William Devane Logue ("Bill") teaches Negotiation and Representation in Mediation and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Training Programs at the Quinnipiac Law School Center on Dispute Resolution. He is lead faculty for the Center's 40‐hour mediation training. He contributed three chapters to the "Mediation Practice Book" published in 2001 by the Connecticut Bar Association and Quinnipiac Law School. 

Logue has been a mediator, facilitator, consensus builder, trainer and consultant since 1986. He mediates employment, workplace, commercial, construction, environmental, and other matters. Logue has led public policy consensus building work and facilitation on environmental, nuclear and hazardous waste, transportation and human service issues throughout the northeast. He has designed and led conflict resolution training programs for numerous organizations in the public and private sector.  

Logue is past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and past co‐chair of the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution in the Courts. Logue is also a past president of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has been appointed as a panelist on several state and federal neutral panels.

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Katherine Maloney, M.B.A., is an accomplished coach, program manager, facilitator, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources helping individuals and teams connect with success in health care, financial services, and higher education organizations. Workplace affiliations and clients have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Boston, and Babson and Emmanuel Colleges.  Currently, Katherine provides career coaching for individuals and organizational consulting focused on building positive workplaces through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting.

Jim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. His work combines organizational skills with nearly thirty years' experience as a newspaper editor.

Leigh G. Mundhenk, PhD.,  has eighteen years’ experience in career and organizational development as a consultant, career coach, trainer and professor. She earned her BS from Duke, MS in Organizational Dynamics from Penn, and Ph.D. in Psycho-Educational Processes from Temple University. Her primary interest -- understanding how individuals and organizations foster self-reliant behavior in times of transition -- informs her scholarship and work. Mundhenk's main focus is in career development. She coordinates and teaches the career development course series and runs the Internship program at University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College.  Prior to her teaching career at the University of Southern Maine, she worked in private practice as a career coach and organizational development consultant.

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Julie Poulin, CFRE, is currently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG), where she is responsible for overseeing all of the development and fundraising activities for the organization. From 2002-2010, Julie was Director of Development at Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls. Julie sits on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Board of Directors and volunteers for several non-profit organizations.

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Lynne Richards, M.B.A.,, is a member of the National Speaker's Association, and author and founder of Leading Generations, a training and leadership development firm. Lynne specializes in helping people develop their leadership and presentation skills. With over 20 years of experience in management and training, she brings a wealth of practical experience to the classroom.

Judy Ringer, provides conflict resolution, team building, and communication training throughout the United States and Canada. The author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, her unique workshops are based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a black belt.


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John Settelen Jr. CMA, has almost 30 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, including senior management positions with American Water Works, Exelon and Constellation Energy. John's financial management experience includes roles in planning, budgeting, forecasting, performance reporting, as well as accounting and control. In addition, John has led significant business transformation efforts involving process improvements, system implementations and change management. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Jack Smith, M.P.A., is a nationally recognized grant writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1987, his consulting practice has provided grant-writing services to more than 150 organizations, including the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Catholic Charities of Greater Atlanta, Y-Clubs of Georgia, Century Pacific Housing, and the Maine Center for Community Dental Health. He has taught grant-writing skills for the state governments of Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Vermont and for agencies and clients of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Cherokee Nation. Each year, more than 1,000 participants attend one of his full-day classes. He serves as adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Duke University, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Management Institute.

June Stark, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., is director of case management, quality support services at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and an associate consultant for The Center of Case Management in Natick, Massachusetts.

William Stone for the last forty years has helped individuals with career decision making, especially adults re-careering at the mid-point of their working lives.  Bill received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University where he focused his research on career development issues. He is a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC). He is the co-author of Beginning the Career Exploration System and The Career Exploration System, published by AGS.   During his career he has authored numerous career related articles, a commercially successful workbook series and given presentations at state and national conference including the key note at National Interactive Television Conference, The National Career Development Conference in Chicago, and the National Consultation on Careers, Ottawa, Canada.  His most recent book, Chaos Creativity, and Careers will be used during this workshop.

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Adam Taylor Esq., a founding member of Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC, practices in a variety of areas and assists employers state-wide. Adam advises and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law and has successfully defended business, large and small, in both state and federal courts and frequently appears before federal and state administration agencies.

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Kay Whitmore, SPHR, ACC, is vice president of Human Resources at Acadia Insurance Company. She has an extensive background in all aspects of HR, having worked with organizations during times of significant change impacting every aspect of the employment relationship - from employee benefits and compensation to employee relations.  Kay is an Associate Certified Coach, a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and in Social and Emotional Intelligence.  She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation's Leadership Maine program and is a Portland Symphony Orchestra trustee.

Deborah Whitworth, SPHR, Senior Associate at Mercer, Inc., brings over 25 years of human resources management experience with her as she consults with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Deb guides clients through compliance issues, comprehensive human resources audits, and advises on all other HR topics as well. 

Michelle G. Winn, CPLP, SPHR, currently serves as the Director of Training for Acadia Insurance and is the only person in Maine to have successfully completed the requirements to earn the Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).   In addition to earning the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation, she was named a Distinguished Teacher by the US Presidential Scholars Program and is a recipient of the Aegis Excellence Award from the Navy for her work designing e-learning.  Michelle has approximately 20 years of experience in the field of learning and development, and she currently serves on Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the ASTD.  


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Melinda Zimmer-Rankin, R.N., M.S., CCRN, CSC, has many years' experience in critical care nursing and as a nurse educator. As founder of Nurse Consultant Services (NCS), she serves as a nurse consultant/educator for various health care agencies throughout New England.

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