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.
A Supportive Approach
Bates College provides members of the college community with a variety of resources for resolving workplace concerns. Employees
The Ombuds Program
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Employee Assistance Program
Responsibilities & Limits
Our team can assist you by:
Our team cannot:
Meet our Team
Mike began working at Bates in 2007 as the college Wellness Coordinator. He has a degree from U-Maine 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 Manager of Wellness & Coordinator of Sports Clubs. In his spare time, he enjoys the Maine outdoors, music, and juggling.
Laurie came to Bates in 1992 to be the Supervisor of Secretarial, Print and Mail Services. She was born in Massachusetts and worked at Babson and Regis Colleges before moving to Maine. She is currently the Director of Post & Print. She has a degree from Cambridge College Global in Business Administration. In the L/A community she was President of the Kiwanis Club, Assistant Balloon Meister for the Great Falls Balloon Festival and on the Allocations Committee for the United Way for multiple years. Laurie resides in Lewiston with her cat, Oreo. In her spare time, she enjoys home projects, planting, golfing and traveling.
Aster manages purchasing and licensing for the ILS department and began working for Bates in 2020. They grew up in the Portland area and have settled in Norway, where they enjoy foraging wild foods in the mountains, dabbling in fermentation and other kitchen experiments, hosting friends and community events in their old farmhouse, and using restorative practices to return biodiversity to old agricultural land. They are committed to anti-oppression and social justice, and they are excited to be a Bates community peer resource.