Gabby Rivera

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Gabby Rivera (she/hers) to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. Here is her bio:

Gabby Rivera is a queer Latinx writer living in Oakland, CA. She is currently writing AMERICA, America Chavez’s solo series, for Marvel. America is Marvel’s first Latina lesbian superhero. Gabby’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month, and it was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina. Put simply by Roxane Gay, it’s “F***ing outstanding.”

Five Questions with Gabby Rivera

Favorite book: Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Sylvia Rivera
Favorite feminist anthem: Freedom – Various Artists (Panther Soundtrack 1996)
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Alicia’s kitchen in Harlem
Perfect day (in one sentence):Strong coffee, a black t-shirt, and laughing so hard all I can do is wheeze.

Soraya Membreno

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Soraya Membreno, from Bitch Media, to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. Here is her bio:

Soraya Membreno is Bitch Media’s director of community. She is the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami native. She writes about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.

Five Questions with Soraya Membreno

Favorite book: That changes every few months but I will forever have a soft spot for Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Claudia Rankine
Favorite feminist anthem: Bad Reputation by Joan Jett
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: A nice, long, all-caps group text
Perfect day (in one sentence): A beach, a book, many baked goods, and friends.

 

Hebh Jamal

Hebh Jamal – 2019 Girls Rock! Awards keynote

Hebh Jamal will deliver the keynote at our 2019 Girls Rock! Awards on March 22, 2019. Hebh Jamal is a muslim, Palestinian-American activist and current college student at City University of New York. In 2017, while Jamal was still in high school, the 17-year-old established herself as a leader in the fight against bigotry by organizing a New York City high school walkout. She’s also a leader of Integrate New York City, a student-run organization focusing on school segregation, and works as a youth policy fellow at New York Appleseed, a nonprofit fighting for equal access and resources in New York City schools. You can follow her on Twitter.

Five Questions with Hebh Jamal

Favorite book: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Angela Davis
Favorite feminist anthem: Survivor by Destiny’s Child
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: On Facebook
Perfect day (in one sentence): An intellectual conversation about contemporary issues over tea in a cafe in Istanbul 🙂

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman delivered a BRILLIANT keynote at our 2018 Girls Rock! Awards. From her website, here is her bio:

Called the ‘next great figure of poetry in the US’, at 19-years-old Amanda Gorman is a published author and the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America. She’s spoken around the country from the UN to the Library of Congress, alongside the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hillary Clinton Her first poetry book, “The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough”, was published in 2015 by Pemanship Books. She is Founder and Executive Director of One Pen One Page, which promotes literacy through free creative writing programming for underserved youth. She is a Harvard junior in the top of her class, and writes for the New York Times student newsletter The Edit.

Five Questions with Amanda Gorman

Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Maya Angelou
Favorite feminist anthem: The Combahee River Collective Statement
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Outside the dorm room door of my best friend
Perfect day (in one sentence):A day with the ones I love doing what I love.

Roxane Gay

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Roxane Gay to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. She shared her thoughts on self confidence (a tricky thing), standing up for yourself, and writing as a woman. From her website, here is her bio:

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Five Questions with Roxane Gay

Favorite book: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Beyonce
Favorite feminist anthem: Money by Cardi B
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Twitter
Perfect day (in one sentence): Spending time with my person, doing anything, anywhere.

Sarah Lentz

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.

Kelli McCannell

Kelli McCannell

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. Kelli is driven to shape the world she wants for her (now there are three!) sons. Kelli and her family live in Winslow and she enjoys reading, writing, and being outside.

Five Questions with Kelli

Favorite book: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: a pack-horse librarian
Favorite feminist anthem: Brave by Sara Bareilles
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: in staff meetings
Perfect day (in one sentence): On a cold day, in a clean bedroom, reading a rich book under a thick blanket while my sons nap. (It can be imaginary, right?)

Valerie Stone

Valerie Stone is really excited about joining the HGHW board in September 2018. She has been inspired by her youngest daughter Grace, who has been a passionate Hardy Girls member for the last 2 years and serves on the GAB and the HGHW board. Valerie has spent the last 20 years in Maine, raising her 5 kids and multiple dogs with her husband David, in Falmouth, Cumberland, and more recently Yarmouth.
As a mother of 3 girls and once a girl herself, she has personally witnessed the journey all women take, from self knowing, self acceptance and  empowerment to awareness of the plight that many young girls still face daily through media stigmas, outdated traditions and individuals biases. She started her work career interning at MORAL, the Massachusetts affiliate of NARAL, and has remained passionate about choice and has channeled this though Planned Parenthood. She is excited about bringing her action focussed energy to the board and is hoping to help make a difference. Her multiple hobbies include sailing, anything that involves a needle and yarn/thread, native gardening and most recently herbal medicine.

Five Questions with Valerie

Favorite book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Hillary Clinton
Favorite feminist anthem: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: walking in the woods
Perfect day (in one sentence): Waking up with the sun and spending the day on the water with family.

Jeannette Eaton

Jeannette Eaton has been working for nonprofits for nearly two decades as an advocate for women and girls in crisis, a volunteer coordinator for adult literacy, and a family literacy instructor. She is a writer who runs her own business, Paper Trail Creative Writing Workshops, a new Teaching Artist at The Telling Room in Portland and is beginning a two-year mindfulness teacher training this January. She has a Master’s in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, where she learned to use the written word for social change. Connecting with and contributing to her community has been the focus and passion of her work. She attended her first Girls Rock! conference with her daughter this spring, and is so excited to be joining the Hardy Girls Board to support girls in Maine. She lives in Alna, with her husband, son, and daughter. She loves hanging out with her family and friends, reading books, being in water, and many other things like making mix tapes, any kind of exercise, and cupcakes.

Five Questions with Jeannette

(Disclaimer from Jeannette: I am one of those people who have thousands of “favorites” because I am delighted all the time! I’ve tried to narrow, but a few things I just can’t narrow! But if you need me to, then take the first choice of any I left more than one!!)

Favorite book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh & so many more!
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: June Jordan, Anne Lamott, Margaret Atwood, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: Not a Pretty Girl by Ani DiFranco
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: the kitchen table
Perfect day (in one sentence): Headphones, ocean, notebook.