Serving the Maine Communities of Franklin County, Livermore & Livermore Falls

The Team

Lisa Park Laflin
Executive Director
Lisa Park Laflin

Lisa has been the executive director of UWTVA since 2008 where she oversees the strategic direction of the organization and all aspects of the organization’s mission to improve people’s lives. Prior to assuming this role Lisa worked for the Healthy Community Coalition. In this capacity, she provided support to community-based, collaborative initiatives to improve community connectedness, engaged isolated people in becoming contributing citizens, and improved access to resources. In addition, she researched and wrote grants, and provided leadership and strategic planning within HCC on community engagement.

Past employment illustrates Lisa's passion in community and resource development, and her ability to manage programs and design and implement strategic plans. These opportunities include Assistant Director of the University of Maine Museum of Art; Executive Director of River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine; Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator of the Sacopee Valley Health Center, and Production Manager of Kirkland Newspapers.

Lisa is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Orono with dual degrees in English and Art History, and has completed masters coursework in Community Planning and Development at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

She has served on many community boards throughout her professional life, including chair of the University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors, Children's House Childcare Programs, and the Healthy Community Coalition. Lisa has received a number of awards for her community engagement efforts including the Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration in 2013. She is an active Farmington Rotarian since 2008.

Lisa lives in New Vineyard, and gardens among the bugs, with her husband, Brent. She has two adult children, Park and Riley.

Lisa has been the executive director of UWTVA since 2008 where she oversees the strategic direction of the organization and all aspects of the organization’s mission to improve people’s lives. Prior to assuming this role Lisa worked for the Healthy Community Coalition. In this capacity, she provided support to community-based, collaborative initiatives to improve community connectedness, engaged isolated people in becoming contributing citizens, and improved access to resources. In addition, she researched and wrote grants, and provided leadership and strategic planning within HCC on community engagement.

Past employment illustrates Lisa's passion in community and resource development, and her ability to manage programs and design and implement strategic plans. These opportunities include Assistant Director of the University of Maine Museum of Art; Executive Director of River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine; Marketing and Resource Development Coordinator of the Sacopee Valley Health Center, and Production Manager of Kirkland Newspapers.

Lisa is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Orono with dual degrees in English and Art History, and has completed masters coursework in Community Planning and Development at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

She has served on many community boards throughout her professional life, including chair of the University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors, Children's House Childcare Programs, and the Healthy Community Coalition. Lisa has received a number of awards for her community engagement efforts including the Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration in 2013. She is an active Farmington Rotarian since 2008.

Lisa lives in New Vineyard, and gardens among the bugs, with her husband, Brent. She has two adult children, Park and Riley.

Kendra L. Baker
Finance and Operations Coordinator
Kendra L. Baker

Kendra joined United Way in 2015 and is the Finance and Operations Coordinator of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Her duties include overseeing all aspects of the company’s financial systems, managing the day to day operations and activities, overseeing organizational technology needs, including campaign software, and providing services to help improve people’s lives.

Past employment with Franklin-Somerset FCU, Camden National Bank, Work First Inc. and LEAP provides Kendra’s with a strong financial background, the ability to manage all operations associated with an office setting, and experience working with a diverse community. She has completed coursework at Coastal Carolina Community College and is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School. Certifications include State Board Licensed Insurance Producer and Medical Terminology.

She has coordinated and participated in many local events, and volunteered many hours within the community. Kendra holds a variety of awards/ recognitions, and certifications ranging from financials of banking, medical terminology to ethics in the workplace.

Kendra, an avid sports mom, lives in Jay, with her husband Kenneth and four very active children, Hunter, Calley, Ashley and Emily.

Kendra joined United Way in 2015 and is the Finance and Operations Coordinator of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Her duties include overseeing all aspects of the company’s financial systems, managing the day to day operations and activities, overseeing organizational technology needs, including campaign software, and providing services to help improve people’s lives.

Past employment with Franklin-Somerset FCU, Camden National Bank, Work First Inc. and LEAP provides Kendra’s with a strong financial background, the ability to manage all operations associated with an office setting, and experience working with a diverse community. She has completed coursework at Coastal Carolina Community College and is a graduate of Mt. Blue High School. Certifications include State Board Licensed Insurance Producer and Medical Terminology.

She has coordinated and participated in many local events, and volunteered many hours within the community. Kendra holds a variety of awards/ recognitions, and certifications ranging from financials of banking, medical terminology to ethics in the workplace.

Kendra, an avid sports mom, lives in Jay, with her husband Kenneth and four very active children, Hunter, Calley, Ashley and Emily.

Nichole Ernest
Community Resource Coordinator
Nichole Ernest

Nichole Ernest joined United Way of the Tri-Valley Area as the Community Resource Coordinator in April of 2016. Her duties include helping the UWTVA meet its mission by leveraging people and their resources-time, talent, and treasure. Nichole helps promote the value of volunteerism through volunteer training, coordinating with partners, assisting with UWTVA campaign functions, as well as researching and growing relationships with the community. Nichole has successfully obtained her Certificate of Volunteer Management through the Maine Commission for Community Service.

Nichole has BA in International Business from Eckerd College and an MBA from Plymouth State College. She grew up in the Farmington area and moved back after 10 years in New Hampshire to raise her children close to her family, and in the community that she knows and appreciates. Past employment includes working with MAS Community Health, Work First Inc and LEAP. These positions have provided Nichole with a diverse background and a full awareness of both the needs of the local community, as well as the many resources available within our community. Nichole has coordinated and participated in many local events and always finds time to volunteer regularly. As the current President of the Mallett School PTA, the treasurer of the JWL Riding Club, and co-advisor of UMF's Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Nichole demonstrates valuable volunteer leadership in our community.

Nichole and Andrew live in Farmington with their family, Jaimi, Madeleine and McKenna. Nichole is an active mom, juggling work, farm animals, riding lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics and skiing. 

Nichole Ernest joined United Way of the Tri-Valley Area as the Community Resource Coordinator in April of 2016. Her duties include helping the UWTVA meet its mission by leveraging people and their resources-time, talent, and treasure. Nichole helps promote the value of volunteerism through volunteer training, coordinating with partners, assisting with UWTVA campaign functions, as well as researching and growing relationships with the community. Nichole has successfully obtained her Certificate of Volunteer Management through the Maine Commission for Community Service.

Nichole has BA in International Business from Eckerd College and an MBA from Plymouth State College. She grew up in the Farmington area and moved back after 10 years in New Hampshire to raise her children close to her family, and in the community that she knows and appreciates. Past employment includes working with MAS Community Health, Work First Inc and LEAP. These positions have provided Nichole with a diverse background and a full awareness of both the needs of the local community, as well as the many resources available within our community. Nichole has coordinated and participated in many local events and always finds time to volunteer regularly. As the current President of the Mallett School PTA, the treasurer of the JWL Riding Club, and co-advisor of UMF's Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Nichole demonstrates valuable volunteer leadership in our community.

Nichole and Andrew live in Farmington with their family, Jaimi, Madeleine and McKenna. Nichole is an active mom, juggling work, farm animals, riding lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics and skiing. 

Abigail Howell
AmeriCorps member
Abigail Howell

Abigail began serving alongside the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area as an AmeriCorps member in September 2017. Her duties include working alongside her team member Danielle Blair on the Food for the Future program. The goal of this program is to work with the local food banks in Franklin County and Northern Androscoggin County, train volunteers so they are well-versed in resources, and increased the number of volunteers in local food pantries.

Abigail Howell graduated from Mt. Blue High School in the spring of 2017. While in High School she was involved with Interact, NHS, and lots of singing groups. She was honored to be the president of Interact from 2016-2017, her duties included finding ways to volunteer, and holding meetings every Wednesday. She has volunteered with many different organizations including, United Way, Rotary, and Safe Passage. In February 2017, she traveled with a group of Rotaract members to Guatemala to serve in the program Safe Passage, while in Guatemala she was able to serve in a school in the Guatemala City Dump. In Abigail's free time she enjoys volunteering in her community, traveling to various places, singing and playing ukulele. Abigail plans to attend college to study Global Studies so she can learn more about the amazing world she lives in.

Abigail lives in Farmington with her boyfriend Cameron and their cat Ferguson. She often refers to herself as the Postmaster’s daughter. Abigail is looking forward to serving in AmeriCorps in the community that she calls home.

Abigail began serving alongside the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area as an AmeriCorps member in September 2017. Her duties include working alongside her team member Danielle Blair on the Food for the Future program. The goal of this program is to work with the local food banks in Franklin County and Northern Androscoggin County, train volunteers so they are well-versed in resources, and increased the number of volunteers in local food pantries.

Abigail Howell graduated from Mt. Blue High School in the spring of 2017. While in High School she was involved with Interact, NHS, and lots of singing groups. She was honored to be the president of Interact from 2016-2017, her duties included finding ways to volunteer, and holding meetings every Wednesday. She has volunteered with many different organizations including, United Way, Rotary, and Safe Passage. In February 2017, she traveled with a group of Rotaract members to Guatemala to serve in the program Safe Passage, while in Guatemala she was able to serve in a school in the Guatemala City Dump. In Abigail's free time she enjoys volunteering in her community, traveling to various places, singing and playing ukulele. Abigail plans to attend college to study Global Studies so she can learn more about the amazing world she lives in.

Abigail lives in Farmington with her boyfriend Cameron and their cat Ferguson. She often refers to herself as the Postmaster’s daughter. Abigail is looking forward to serving in AmeriCorps in the community that she calls home.

Danielle Blair
AmeriCorps member
Danielle Blair

Danielle began serving alongside the UWTVA as an AmeriCorps member in September of 2017. Her duties are primarily related to the Food for the Future program, which aims to build the capacities of Franklin and Androscoggin county food banks through efforts on sustainability, networking, and community resource training; however, she also spends time answering office phone calls, directing people to local resources, and fundraising.

Danielle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Spanish from the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2017. Her degree, Social, Cultural, & Political Aspects of Rehabilitation, was designed to explore the effects of overarching politics and culture on individual circumstance.

Danielle has been particularly active in terms of community service. Most recently, she has volunteered for the first annual COLOR ME UNITED 5k Run/Walk and filled totes for Totes for Teachers through the UWTVA. Danielle has also volunteered with Double B Equine Rescue in Industry, and while studying at the University College Cork in Ireland, on full scholarship through the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars program, Danielle helped organize several city-wide language exchange meetings and assisted Amnesty International in organizing a full-day event that brought refugees to the college campus for cooking, language, aerobics, money-management, and social-living classes.

After her service, Danielle plans to attend the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she has been accepted into their globally-oriented Masters of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program. In the meantime, however, Danielle—an avid tennis player and novice hiker—will continue living in Farmington with her partner, Scott, and their dog, Pinocchio.

 

Danielle began serving alongside the UWTVA as an AmeriCorps member in September of 2017. Her duties are primarily related to the Food for the Future program, which aims to build the capacities of Franklin and Androscoggin county food banks through efforts on sustainability, networking, and community resource training; however, she also spends time answering office phone calls, directing people to local resources, and fundraising.

Danielle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Spanish from the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Farmington in 2017. Her degree, Social, Cultural, & Political Aspects of Rehabilitation, was designed to explore the effects of overarching politics and culture on individual circumstance.

Danielle has been particularly active in terms of community service. Most recently, she has volunteered for the first annual COLOR ME UNITED 5k Run/Walk and filled totes for Totes for Teachers through the UWTVA. Danielle has also volunteered with Double B Equine Rescue in Industry, and while studying at the University College Cork in Ireland, on full scholarship through the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars program, Danielle helped organize several city-wide language exchange meetings and assisted Amnesty International in organizing a full-day event that brought refugees to the college campus for cooking, language, aerobics, money-management, and social-living classes.

After her service, Danielle plans to attend the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she has been accepted into their globally-oriented Masters of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program. In the meantime, however, Danielle—an avid tennis player and novice hiker—will continue living in Farmington with her partner, Scott, and their dog, Pinocchio.

 

Daniel Abbatello
Loaned Executive
Daniel Abbatello

United Way is pleased to welcome Daniel Abbatello as a Loaned Executive this summer. Loaned Executives provide energy and expertise to United Ways on a temporary basis. Dan’s tenure with United Way is being supported through generous donations to the Gordie Flint Fund. Gordie was a long-time United Way board member whose introduction to United Way was as a young Loaned Executive. When Gordie passed, a memorial fund was created in his honor.

Dan will be working with staff on program initiatives that raise money such as the Dollar Drive; increasing the visibility of United Way’s Planned Giving Program; and the Corporate Champion Circle.

Dan has been a local resident of Farmington for three years. He interned with the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area in the Spring of 2018 and recently graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economic. After graduation he decided that the town he has come to love - Farmington - will remain his home at this point in time. Dan looks forward to working as a Loaned Executive because he wants to get to know his local community better, help those in need, and develop a professional social network, Dan loves marketing and getting to know others. His hobbies are playing soccer, social media marketing, and playing card games.

United Way is pleased to welcome Daniel Abbatello as a Loaned Executive this summer. Loaned Executives provide energy and expertise to United Ways on a temporary basis. Dan’s tenure with United Way is being supported through generous donations to the Gordie Flint Fund. Gordie was a long-time United Way board member whose introduction to United Way was as a young Loaned Executive. When Gordie passed, a memorial fund was created in his honor.

Dan will be working with staff on program initiatives that raise money such as the Dollar Drive; increasing the visibility of United Way’s Planned Giving Program; and the Corporate Champion Circle.

Dan has been a local resident of Farmington for three years. He interned with the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area in the Spring of 2018 and recently graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economic. After graduation he decided that the town he has come to love - Farmington - will remain his home at this point in time. Dan looks forward to working as a Loaned Executive because he wants to get to know his local community better, help those in need, and develop a professional social network, Dan loves marketing and getting to know others. His hobbies are playing soccer, social media marketing, and playing card games.

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