Year Round Staff

Upward Bound staff photo

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 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 assistant director, having joined the year round staff in December 2000. She works closely with students in Bath and Lisbon. She supervises the residential staff, oversees the Bridge Program, and organizes special programs like College Day. Ginny has a bachelor's degree from Colby College and a master's in social work from Smith College. 

Cathy Bell

Cathy is our Downeast counselor, having officially become part-time with UB in September 2003. She serves as the academic counselor for students at Calais, Jonesport/Beals, Machias, Narraguagus, Shead and Woodland High Schools, as well as Washington Academy. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, and has taught English and social studies in Maine and Australia. Cathy lives in Edmunds on Tidemill Farm, a farm that has been in her husband's family for generations.

Jesse Blackburn

Jesse is our Downeast counselor, serving students at Narraguagus, Jonesport-Beals, Machias Memorial, Shead, Calais, and Woodland High Schools as well as Washington Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine at Machias in Psychology and Community Studies and is nearing completion of his graduate program in Adult and Higher Education, through the University of Southern Maine. Jesse lives in Ellsworth, where he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and canoeing throughout Eastern Maine. 

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.