Year Round Staff

Core Staff 2017

Bridget Mullen

Bridget became the Director of Bowdoin College Upward Bound in 1998 after arriving on the UB scene in December 1992. In addition to overseeing the entire program, from writing the grant that funds us to celebrating staff birthdays, she works closely with students from Medomak Valley & Wiscasset High Schools, as well as supporting Gardiner and Lewiston High Schools. She earned both a bachelor's and master's Degree from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Bridget loves kids, dogs and being outdoors.

Ginny Fowles Ward

Ginny is the Associate Director, having joined the year round staff in December 2000. She works closely with students in Bath and Lisbon during the academic year. She oversees all aspects of the residential program during the summer session. Ginny has a bachelor's degree from Colby College and a Master's in Social Work from Smith College. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her husband and family, DIY projects, and playing with her mini-schnauzer, Jack.

Jesse Blackburn

Jesse, one of two Downeast counselors, serves students at Narraguagus, Jonesport-Beals, Machias Memorial, and Washington Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine at Machias in Psychology and Community Studies and his master’s in Adult and Higher Education through the University of Southern Maine. Before joining the TRIO team at Bowdoin, he worked in college admissions at both UMM and EMCC where he discovered he had a passion for helping students navigate through the, sometimes convoluted, college process. Jesse lives in Ellsworth, where he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and canoeing throughout Eastern Maine.

Joy Harrington

Joy, a Lewiston native, is our Lewiston High School and Gardiner Area High School Academic Counselor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Youth and Family Services at Stonehill College in 2016. After graduating, Joy spent a year as an AmeriCorps member working with high school youth in the Lewiston-Auburn community. Joy is a UB program alumna, and former summer staff member of 3 years. Joy lives in Auburn, and she enjoys being outdoors, testing new recipes, and spending time with her family.

Judy Ebert

If you hear a cheerful voice on the line when you call Upward Bound, you're talking to Judy, our Program Manager. Judy has worked at Bowdoin since 1996, and joined our UB office in November of 2000. An ever cheerful and always helpful presence, she manages all the behind the scenes details of the office, fields questions about the program, and keeps everyone in chocolate.

Marianne Calcara

Marianne is our other Downeast Academic Counselor, serving students at Woodland, Calias, Shead and East Grand High schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and was raised in the Pacific Northwest in Washington state. Prior to working for Upward Bound, Marianne worked doing cancer patient advocacy in Washington County, after becoming a cancer survivor herself. She enjoys walking the beach looking for sea-glass, traveling, reading suspenseful novels, cooking and spending time with her family.