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.

 

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.

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.

Aurora

Hello, my name is Aurora Guecia! I am 15 and live in Yarmouth, ME. I attend Baxter Academy in Portland, ME. I am excited to be a member of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women because of my passion for social justice, especially feminism! I think I have a lot to share, but also a lot to learn from others!

Sooki

Sooki is a sophomore at Baxter Academy. She has a passion for feminism, ice cream and STEM. She loves math and science even if it can be a male dominated field, and she is hoping to change that. In her free time, you can find her working with kids, or volunteering at Planned Parenthood. Sooki is looking forward to her first year in GAB to help encourage young girls to go into stem, destigmatizing mental health and educating girls on sexual health.

Five Questions with Sooki

Favorite book: Farenheit451 by Ray Bradbury
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with:
Favorite feminist anthem: Bossy, anything Beyonce, Respect
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Anywhere at 3am
Perfect day (in one sentence): Anything with my friends. 

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.

Terra

Terra is a junior at Greely High School. She enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the fiddle in a folk music band with three other talented young women. She also plays the trumpet in the school band, is a member of the student government, and a student representative on the school board. Terra is very excited for her first year on the Girls Advisory Board. She hopes to continue fighting for equality and show young women that they are capable of anything!

Five Questions with Terra

Favorite book: Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: Run the World by Beyonce
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: School or anywhere
Perfect day (in one sentence): Wake up and eat waffles, spend time outside with my friends, read a good book, watch a movie with my family, and eat pizza and drink tea.