The Ombuds Program


The Ombuds Program at Bates provides assistance to staff and faculty seeking appropriate paths to resolving workplace concerns. An ombudsperson is an impartial and confidential resource available to all employees in the college community. They provide opportunities for discussion and a review of options for informal resolutions.

Ethical Principles


  • Independent from offices of the college.
  • Neutral and Impartial
  • The Ombudsperson does not engage in any situation which could create a conflict of interest.


  • All communications with those seeking assistance is in strict confidence unless given specific permission to do so. The only exception to this privilege of confidentiality is where there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.


  • This is an informal resource to help employees resolve conflicts.

A Supportive Approach

Bates College provides members of the college community with a variety of resources for resolving workplace concerns. Employees
may access whichever resource they feel most comfortable with to assist them.

Your Supervisor

The Ombuds Program

Mike Milliken

Leah Gailey

Carl Steidel

Human Resources

Office of Equity and Diversity

Employee Assistance Program


Responsibilities & Limits

Our team can assist you by:

  • Listening
  • Providing prompt, impartial, and confidential assistance
  • Identifying options for resolving workplace concerns
  • Providing answers to questions or to assist in finding someone who can
  • Explaining college policies and procedures
  • Assisting you with carrying a complaint forward
  • Supporting/accompanying employees in personnel meetings

Our team cannot:

  • Override or enforce college policy Advocate for specific outcomes
  • Provide legal advice
  • Require employees to take action Mediate workplace disputes
  • Maintain any records or documentation

Meet our Team

Mike Milliken


Mike began working at Bates in 2007 as the college Wellness Coordinator. He has a degree from UMaine Farmington in Community Health Education concentrating in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He is a fitness enthusiast and has been a personal trainer since 2004. He played rugby in college and went on to play for the Portland Men’s Club for 5 years. He is now the head coach for the Bates Men’s Rugby Club. In his spare time he enjoys the Maine outdoors, music, and juggling.

Leah Gailey


Leah is an Assistant Vice President in the Office of College Advancement. She graduated from Bates, received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, and has been employed here since 2001. As a student at Bates, Leah was an Art History major, member of the Rowing team, and an AESOP leader. After graduation, she spent a few years working in Boston before taking time off to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Soon after, she moved to Maine, married a Bates alum, and started working at the college. Leah, her husband, and their two young boys live in Freeport and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.

Carl Steidel


Carl is an Assistant Dean of Students and has been employed at college since 2011. He received a degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University and a Master’s in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in New Jersey, Carl and his family now live in Lewiston after time in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Outside of work, Carl enjoys spending time with his three children, singing in the Androscoggin Chorale, reading as many books as he can, and playing the occasional game of poker.