USM Stories of Grit and Greatness 

Andrew Pelletier ’95

Andrew Pelletier ’95

Andrew Pelletier ’95 is an internationally active horn soloist, Grammy Award-winning chamber musician, masterclass clinician, and Professor of Horn at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he was named a Professor of Creative Arts Excellence in 2020. Andrew’s solo tours have taken him to 30 US states, Australia, Belgium, […]

Ashlyn Tomer ’21, ’22G 

Ashlyn Tomer ’21, ’22G 

Ashlyn Tomer ‘s leadership capabilities were in evidence long before she received her MA in Leadership Studies in spring 2022. As an undergraduate and indigenous scholar from the Penobscot Tribe, Ashlyn founded and led the Native American Student Alliance at USM and was an active advocate for Native students on campus. A double major in […]

Cindy Soule ’00G

Cindy Soule ’00G

In February 2022, Cindy Soule ’00 received the nation’s highest honor for science and math teachers. A teacher at the Gerald E. Talbot School in Portland, ME, Cindy was one of only 104 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for the 2020 award cycle. She is one of […]

Daniel Kleban ’04

Daniel Kleban ’04

USM alum Daniel Kleban and his brother, David, started Maine Beer Company in 2009 as one of Maine’s first “nano-breweries.” They brewed beer on the weekends, growing slowly and responsibly into what is today one of Maine’s leading craft brewers. Their motto, “Do what’s right,” speaks not only to their beer, but also to the […]

David Pease ’82  

David Pease ’82  

David Pease graduated from USM with a BA in Political Science in 1982. He later earned his master’s in Human Resources at Lesley University and went on to a long, successful career as an HR professional. Today, David serves as senior vice president and director of talent, diversity and inclusion at Bangor Savings Bank, one […]

Dean Murray ’87

Dean Murray ’87

Dean Murray credits his success as a leader in the insurance field to his time on the USM soccer field. Reflecting on his undergraduate experience, Dean says, “I had no idea how the lessons I learned on the USM soccer field would travel with me over all of these years. As a team captain and […]

Dr. Micky Collins ’92

Dr. Micky Collins ’92

Michael “Micky” Collins, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion–and a former standout baseball player for the Southern Maine Huskies, helping his team reach the NCAA Baseball College World Series in 1989. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from USM and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Michigan […]

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman, Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman, Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music

Dr. Nicolás Dosman is an Associate Professor of Music–Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies at USM’s Osher School of Music. An internationally recognized choral director, Dr. Dosman has been a member of USM’s music faculty since 2015. Determined to let the world know “how many talented singers come through here,” he has achieved ambitious […]

Josephine Katandula ’21

Josephine Katandula ’21

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Josephine arrived six years ago in Portland, Maine, alone and on her own. As an asylum seeker, she took on a new country, a new language, and a new culture. Her immigration status made things challenging, but with perseverance, she began working as a financial eligibility specialist for the City of Portland and attending USM part […]

Joshua Mutshaila ’24, Promise Scholar; Political Science major

Joshua Mutshaila ’24

Joshua, a graduate of Casco Bay High School in Portland,entered USM in fall 2020 planning to study Political Science and pursue a career as a lawyer. He learned about the Promise Scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine, which helped him to develop a strong academic work ethic while teaching him valuable life lessons. “I struggled in math and science for […]

Josie DiPhillipo ’21

Josie DiPhillipo ’21

Josie is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Piano Performance/Collaborative Piano at USM’s Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music. She supports herself as a freelance pianist/accompanist and works at Specialized Housing, Inc., a nonprofit that supports people with disabilities in home ownership settings.  Commenting on her undergraduate experience, Josie says, “I am […]

Leyla M. Hashi ’20

Leyla M. Hashi ’20

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Leyla came to the United States at a young age and grew up attending Boston public schools. After moving to Portland and graduating from Deering High School, she enrolled in community college without a clear career direction––until a trip to her homeland revealed a passion for broadcasting and journalism. ​ ​Leyla transferred to USM and in 2020 […]

Megan Marino ’05

Megan Marino ’05

Award-winning mezzo soprano Megan Marino ’05 made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013 and has returned every season since. Noted as a gifted actress with a “strong, appealing voice, graced by a rich lower register,” Megan performs on opera stages and in concert halls across the country, and around the world. Most recently, her 2021-2022 […]

Ronnie Harness ’20

Ronnie Harness ’20

Ronnie earner his BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies in May of 2020 and,  just weeks later, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. A year earlier, Ronnie had exhausted his GI benefits and was forced to navigate the final year of his degree with the stress of financial uncertainty. To cover tuition […]