Melissa Jackson grew up in Auburn, Maine and attended Auburn Public Schools. She lived in Houston, Texas for many years, but returned to Lewiston with her husband and five children in 2004. She and her husband wanted their children to grow up in a safe environment and to enjoy the beauty of Maine’s four seasons with their extended family. She enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and the many other kids in the community that call her ‘Mom.’ She loves spoiling her Pitbull fur babies, Max and Mattie, going to the beach, fishing, and if she’s not at the YWCA, you can bet that you’ll find her at one of the many youth sporting events in Lewiston! What does she love about working at the YWCA? That’s easy…WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE in people’s lives! Melissa knows our customers personally and knows each person’s story of what the YWCA has done to improve their lives. She feels lucky enough to be a support system for them, to witness their progress firsthand, and to be a part of the larger YWCA family!
Linda Sherman was born in Lewiston Maine and returned to the community in 1999 with her son, Tanner. She enjoys kayaking, biking, skiing, and spending time with her Black Lab, Rex. Linda graduated from Lewiston High School in 1988 and went back to school part-time in 2002 to pursue a photography degree. She received an Associate’s degree in photography from the University of Maine in Augusta in 2006. While in school, she became a certified lifeguard at the YWCA Central Maine in 2004. During her training, the YWCA was hiring for a pool supervisor. Linda applied for the position and began working at the YWCA in the fall of 2004, as a part-time pool supervisor. In 2009, she became the Aquatics Director. Linda enjoys taking photos and being a photographer, but her passion is teaching swim lessons, water fitness classes, and working with our YWCA Tiger Sharks swim team. She has always loved the water. Through her position as Aquatics Director, she has to come to appreciate the incredible impact that swimming and aquatic-based therapy can have in the lives of individuals with disabilities, those in rehabilitation, and in the development of children’s confidence and athletic ability. The YWCA is an important asset to the Lewiston/Auburn community and Linda is proud to work at such a remarkable organization.
Lu Murphy grew up in Washington D.C. before moving to the then strange and tiny town of Portland, Maine. Lu graduated from Catherine McAuley High School before moving on to take on the world! Lu has held a vast array of careers including work at New England Telephone and Telegraph, Fresh Samantha Juice Company, and at her own small business screen printing company. In her current position at the YWCA, Lu enjoys flexing her creative talents in graphic design and spending time with her co-workers, laughing, scheming, and supporting one another. Currently, Lu lives in Auburn with her husband, Pete and her charmingly silly pug, Gritty. Lu is a proud mama to two sons, Marty and Michael, and one daughter-in-law, Michelle. She is a crafty, artistic, creator. Her mediums include stained glass, beading, and woodworking. Lu’s favorite thing about the YWCA is the organization’s good work in the community and her fabulous coworkers.
Jennifer Erwin has lived most of her life in Lewiston, Maine and grew up going to Lewiston Schools. She wants others to see her as a strong and positive presence in her community through the way she lives and works. Her passions in life are peace, balance, and order. Her hobbies include learning to do anything and everything to the best of her ability and she is known by some as a ‘Jill of all trades’! Quality time with her children is at the top of the list of activities that she enjoys. Mischa, her oldest, is her creative child. Her middle child, Echo is her little philanthropist. Julaybib, her youngest, is a ‘Jack of all trades,’ like his mother. She loves working at the YWCA because she feels that it gives her the power to be involved in shaping and supporting the community where she and her family live.
Maggie Davis comes to the YWCA most recently from College for ME-Androscoggin where she served as the Executive Director. Maggie is passionate about education and has worked extensively in the field of college access. She believes in the power of education as a venue for instilling empowerment, justice, and opportunity in the minds and hearts of youth.
Maggie’s education is in Sociology and Religion and has taught Religion and Philosophy. She has lived in 11 states ranging from California to Georgia and Virginia. She has a five year old daughter and is a former YWCA childcare parent. Maggie works to infuse her passion, experience, skills and talents into the transformative work of the YWCA. She enjoys working with the outstanding team of people at the YWCA!