College Leadership

Dr. Barbara Finkelstein, President

Barbaras New Headshot 16Barbara Finkelstein, the President of York County Community College since August 2014, was born in Boston and raised in that city’s Dorchester section. She was graduated from Girls’ Latin School and received her B.A. in History from Boston State College (now UMass/Boston), her M.A. in Modern European History from New York University and her Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University.

Dr. Finkelstein started her teaching career in 1973 in the Boston Public School’s Home and Hospital Department. In 1978, she started teaching as an adjunct instructor of History/Government at Massasoit Community College (MCC) in Brockton, Massachusetts as well as teaching as an adjunct at Mt. Ida College and Framingham State College (now Framingham State University). While an adjunct at MCC, she also served as the part-time administrator of Project Access, a program which provided higher education opportunities to those incarcerated at MCI/Bridgewater and MCI/Cedar Junction.

In 1982, she was hired as the Division Chair of Liberal Arts at MCC and has served at that college as Asst. Dean, Division Dean, Acting Dean of the Canton Campus, Associate Vice President of Faculty and Instruction, Vice President of Faculty and Instruction (2001-2010) and, most recently, as Senior Vice President and Vice President of Faculty and Instruction (2010-2014).  Under her academic leadership, MCC grew from a student body of about 6200 credit students in 2001 to a student body of over 8200 credit students in 2013.

She has served on a number of statewide committees for the Massachusetts Community Colleges; chaired the MA statewide Chief Academic Officers; served on and chaired NEASC accreditation teams and served as a site evaluator for NEASC; led MCC’s successful 10-yr. reaccreditation in 2006 and Fifth-Year Interim Report effort in 2011; served as a Director on the Cranberry Chamber of Commerce; served for almost two decades as a scholarship selection committee member for the Jewish War Veteran’s annual Classmates Today/Neighbors Tomorrow Program and currently chairs the Scholarship Selection Committee; taught in Eastern Nazarene College’s Masters Degree in Higher Ed Program; and has been a frequent speaker at Rotary, PTK events, and other venues.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kennebunk – Kennebunkport – Arundel Chamber of Commerce, is the President of the Wells Rotary, and serves on the Animal Welfare Society/Kennebunk’s Board of Directors.

President Finkelstein lives in Wells with her husband of 38 years, Jim, and their rescue dog, Dixie.

Phone: 207.216.4311 Email: 


Dean’s Council

Paula Gagnon, Vice President/Academic Dean

Paula was born in upstate New York and moved to Maine with her family when she was in the sixth grade. After college and graduate school she began her career in Higher Education and moved several times to accept positions of more responsibility.  From Maine to Wisconsin to Florida to Minnesota to Vermont and eventually back to Maine she worked her way up to a Deans position and eventually settled in Maine at York County Community College as the Dean of Students and became the Vice President and Academic Dean in 2004.  Paula loves the coast of Maine, and enjoys biking, kayaking, photography and socializing with good  friends.

Phone: 207.216.4318 Email: 

Jason Arey, Dean of Students

JArey PhotoJason Arey is the Dean of Students at York County Community College. In his role he is responsible for the administration, direction and supervision of student services including admission, financial aid, career and transfer services, student life, retention and enrollment services. Prior to arriving at YCCC, Jason served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Manchester Community College in Manchester, New Hampshire. In addition, during most of Jason’s professional career he has served as adjunct faculty teaching first year experience courses focused on career exploration. Jason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Southern Maine. He enjoys teaching and helping students navigate and adjust to college life. Jason grew up in mid-coast Maine and currently resides in South Portland with his wife and three children.

Phone: 207.216.4399 Email: 

Samuel Ellis, Dean of Finance and Administration

Sams HeadshotSam Ellis is the Dean of Finance and Administration. In this role he is responsible for administration, direction, and supervision of the business office, human resources, and facilities. Sam first started working at YCCC in 2011 as the Business Manager. Prior to working at YCCC Sam worked for several different manufacturing companies for over 25 years. Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Maine at Machias and a Master of Business Administrations from Thomas College. Sam enjoys teaching and sharing his real life accounting experiences to first and second year YCCC accounting students. Sam grew up in the North-West Mountains of Maine and currently resides in Biddeford with his wife and two children. Sam enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends.
Phone: 207.216.4436 Email:  

Rob Klaiber, Dean of Workforce Development and Community Education

Upon moving to Maine in 1992 Rob’s work has focused on workforce development with for both social service and educational organizations. Over the past 25 years he has worked with incarcerated youth, middle school level students, high school aged students, adult learners and corporate groups,  finding creative solutions to Maine’s workforce needs.  His career has focused on the intersection of both business and education pulling all stakeholders together in order to tackle Maine workforce challenges.  He values higher education and believes that workforce development should be front and center in its evolution.  He received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Administrative Leadership in 2015 from Purdue University Global.  He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter and thoroughly enjoys being outdoors in nature, enjoying all that Maine has to offer from both land and sea.

Phone: 207.216.4421 Email:  

Dr. Doreen Rogan, Associate Academic Dean

Doreen Rogan, Associate Academic Dean, has been with York County Community College since 1997. In addition to serving as the Associate Academic Dean, Doreen teaches History, Ethics and the First Year Seminar course. Doreen received her bachelor’s degree in Management from Granite State College, a master’s is American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine and her doctorate in Leadership Studies from Franklin Pierce University.

Phone: 207.216.4320 Email: 

Dr. Nicholas Gill, Associate Dean of IR & Planning

Nick GillA native Mainer, Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Gill has a passion for lifelong education, aquatic sports, and nature. Nick graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2002 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Biology and Chemistry leading to his first career as a research scientist in biotechnology. It was there that Nick discovered his passion for data analytics and education as well as his dislike for the solitary laboratory environment which led him back to college in 2008. Nick completed his Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Southern Maine in 2012 while working full-time as an Associate Registrar at Maine College of Art and began his career at York County Community College the same year. Nick holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of New England and embraces his role as Associate Dean of Institutional Research & Planning. In his personal life, Dr. Gill is an energetic extrovert who enjoys recreational athletics and spending time with friends and family, particularly summers at his family’s lake house in Western Maine with his partner Andy.

Phone: 207.216.4467 Email: 


President’s Cabinet

Eric Bourque, Director of Information Technology
Phone: 207.216.4336 Email: ebourque@yccc.ed

Stacy Chilicki, Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 207.216.4312 Email:

Charles Galemmo, Department Chair/Faculty Culinary Arts
Phone: 207.216.4372 Email:

Audrey Gup-Mathews, Grants Coordinator
Phone: 207.216.4325 Email:

Erin Haye, Director of Development and Special Assistant to the President
Phone: 207.216.4311 Email:

Jessica Masi, Director of Enrollment Services
Phone: 207.216.4401 Email:

Dana Peterson, Manager of Facilities
Phone: 207.216.4454 Email: