Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s staff is made up of women with a passion and talent for working with girls. They’re working hard alongside both girls and women to create hardiness zones throughout Maine and across the country. We also rely heavily on dedicated volunteers and interns.
Kelli McCannell, Executive Director, comes to Hardy Girls with over 15 years of experience in nonprofits in outreach, programs, marketing, fundraising and leadership. A native and long-time resident of San Diego, California, Kelli most recently served as Executive Director of San Diego Writers Ink. There, she instituted organizational infrastructure to strengthen San Diego’s literary community. At both Words Alive and Volunteer San Diego, she served as Director of Development including grants, corporate sponsorships, marketing and communications. Kelli ran the outreach department at Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, working with underserved girls to demonstrate the importance of education and community. She began her career with the American Red Cross’ Women Infants and Children (WIC) program building community collaborations, developing outreach and marketing campaigns and becoming a certified lactation educator.
Kelli earned her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, along with a certificate in Servant Leadership and a BA in Art. She also possesses a certificate in Non Profit Management and is a graduate of the Fieldstone Foundation’s Executive Coaching Network.
After welcoming their first child in 2010, Kelli and her husband moved to his native Maine in 2012, where she served as Dorm and Activities Director at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. They had a second son in 2013 and Kelli is driven to shape the world she wants for her sons. Kelli and her family live in Winslow and she enjoys reading, writing, and being outside.
Sarah Lentz, Program Coordinator, is a Maine transplant with extensive experience in youth development. As Program Director at Maine Teen Camp she created playful programming for teens around the world. From there, she spent years in Boston at national nonprofit, Summer Search. Through a combination of mentoring, experiential opportunities, college advising, and support, Summer Search empowered youth from low-income families to get to and through college. Her work there solidified her commitment to creating opportunities and support for youth that need it most. It also let her explore the many aspects of a growing nonprofit and left her with a passion for program development and evaluation, management, and increasing impact through effective use of communications and data.
Sarah received her BA from Denison University in Ohio and has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice in Boston. This fall she will be pursuing a master’s degree in policy, planning, and management at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service.
She lives in Scarborough with her husband, son, and dog. They love going to the beach, exploring Maine, and investing in making their state a welcoming place for all. When not with her family, you can find Sarah meditating, doing art or spending time with other healthy women in Maine.
Sarah Nichols, Administrative and Program Assistant, Bangor-native and former Graphic Design and Events Coordinator at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor, is new to the Hardy Girls Healthy Women team. In addition to her role at Hardy Girls, Sarah works at the Maine Women’s Lobby in Augusta, and as a development consultant at Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor, while concurrently continuing her education with the goal of becoming a high school civics teacher.
Outside of her professional life, Sarah is a Bangor City Councilor and she sits on the board of Emerge Maine. She was elected to the Bangor City Council back in 2015 after running and winning a 7-way race. During her tenure on City Council she has been the only woman sitting on the board of nine and has seen the difference it makes when there are women sitting at the table in regards to good public policy…and she believes we need more of them! To help stem this issue, she has taken a leadership role within the Emerge Maine board to help with class recruitment and program curriculum.
When she is not busy empowering women and girls, she loves to be outside hiking, kayaking, swimming, and cross country skiing. She also loves to frequently travel and believes to achieve all of this wonderful work life balance, Maine is definitely the perfect place to be.