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PI branch manager takes larger role

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — University Credit Union has announced that Jenn Deschene, former Presque Isle branch manager, has been named one of the credit union’s two new community engagement managers. 

Originally from Caribou, Deschene joined University Credit Union in 2016. In this new role, Deschene will represent UCU in communities across central and northern Maine, engaging with members, businesses, nonprofits, local leaders and others to support financial literacy, volunteerism, and public service.

Lesley Ridge has also been named a community service manager, and will connect with communities in other parts of the state.

Both will volunteer and participate in local activities; serve on organizational boards and committees; host financial education workshops and events to improve financial literacy; engage with local municipalities, schools, and institutions as a community partner; and identify opportunities for financial sponsorship.

“Our new community engagement team represents UCU’s commitment to display our core values of caring, honesty and integrity, professionalism, quality and fun every day, both in the workplace and out in the community,” said Renee Ouellette, credit union president and CEO. “Jenn and Lesley have always gone above and beyond expectations to serve others and maintain strong relationships within the community, so it was a natural decision to bring them both into this new role.”

Originally from Caribou, Deschene lived in several different regions of Maine before returning to her Aroostook County roots. In 2017, she became the University of Maine at Presque Isle branch manager. 

Deschene is a skilled financial services professional and Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (FiCep), having previously held positions in member services, lending, business development and branch management at three other Maine-based financial institutions. 

To contact her, email

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