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. 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, and currently serves on the University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors. 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.

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

Lisa has been the executive director of UWTVA since 2008. 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, and currently serves on the University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors. 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.

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

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

Kendra 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 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 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 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 it's 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 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 it's 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 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.

 

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