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March 21, 2013

Upper Room board president has unique story

DERRY — The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, recently announced a two new names on the roster of its executive board of directors.

Daryl Arsenault, a corporate trainer for Citizens Bank, has been appointed president. Jacob Wiesmann, Chief Financial Officer for Parkland Medical Center, has been named vice president.

Both men have arrived with unique perspectives, allowing them to provide valuable direction to the agency that will help better serve families in the Greater Derry Community.

Wiesmann became involved with The Upper Room after Tina Legere, Parkland Medical Center’s CEO, identified the agency as one that aligns with Parkland Medical Center’s core values of compassion, respect and a strong family-focus.

Now serving as vice president on the Board of Directors, Wiesmann said he believes The Upper Room fills an important role in the community that often goes underserved.

“Other communities don’t have resources for young families and at-risk youth like The Upper Room does,” Wiesmann said. “The Upper Room gives individuals and families an avenue to develop and strengthen their skills. This education-driven organization understands that every member of the community is valuable, and has the capacity for greatness. I’m so proud to serve on the Board of Directors because I have the opportunity to give back to the Derry community through an organization that centers itself on the fundamentals of family.”

Arsenault has a distinctive story of how he came to be involved with The Upper Room many years ago that eventually helped land his position as president.

In 2007, Arsenault was one of the few chosen to participate in Citizens Bank sabbatical program where employees apply to take part in a three-month long volunteer project with a local nonprofit agency of the individual’s and company’s choosing.

Knowing he wanted to work with youth, Arsenault conducted a quick Internet search to find an organization he could involve himself with. The first result in his search was The Upper Room, where he learned about what’s now known as its Adolescent Wellness Program. Turns out, Citizens Bank had also identified The Upper Room as a potential partnership, as well as two other organizations.

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