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.

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!

Molly

Molly is a junior at South Portland and it is her first year on the Girls Advisory Board. She enjoys running, babysitting, science, volunteering, participating in her school musical, and helping others. Molly believes this is an amazing program in which she can empower girls around her community and cannot wait to see where this opportunity takes her.

Amna

Hi, my name is Amna, and I’m currently a sophomore at Waterville High School. I love playing tennis, doing track, tutoring as volunteer work, traveling with my family, and staying involved in my school and community. I’m very fortunate and excited to be part of the GAB organization! I’m looking forward to learning and helping to promote feminism and equality by breaking stereotypes and limits.

Emma

Hi, my name is Emma! I’m 16 years old and I currently go to Waterville Senior High School where I will be a sophomore this year! This will be my first year in GAB and I’m super excited to be part of the board! It’s always been a big dream of mine to become a GAB girl. My interests include reading, performing in theater productions at my school, writing, the arts (such as sketching, singing etc.) I’m also a big music gal! You can almost always see me with a pair of headphones at school. At first I can be quite shy, but once I get more comfortable with people I tend to open up!