New Ventures Maine welcomes new regional manager

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:30am

MIDCOAST — New Ventures Maine welcomes Lisa Archer as its new Midcoast Regional Manager/Workforce Specialist. The region served by the Midcoast team includes Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties.

Archer is based at UMA’s Brunswick Center at Brunswick Landing.  She will be providing career and education planning and financial education and asset building training and coaching services.

Archer is a native to Maine and has worked in the nonprofit community in Bath as the Community Services Coordinator for a number of years.  This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for the Midcoast region; one program at time. She has made many connections and is very familiar with area resources.

Archer received her BS in Mental Health and Human Services and an AS in Justice Studies from UMA as an adult learner and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education at USM. She is also a graduate of the Communication Across Barriers Poverty Institute.  This training helped Archer to understand that everyone’s life situation is unique, and she whole-heartedly keeps that in mind when providing services, according to NVME, in a news release. Her biggest goal is empowering Maine’s people. 

When Archer is not at work she enjoys playing in the Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps as a tenor drummer. This band honors all public safety personnel and military both locally and nationally by providing Scottish music for funerals and memorials without any cost. 

Archer is also a mother of three ranging from 14-25 and a grandmother to an amazing, smart and funny 4 year old grandson, according to the release.

New Ventures Maine, a statewide community outreach program of the University of Maine at Augusta, helps people all over the state venture in new directions by offering tuition-free programs for career, business and financial education both on-site and online. 

For information about services, contact; Archer can be reached in Brunswick at 386-1664 or, or Melinda Wildes can be reached in the Rockland NVME office at 593-7942 or