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 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.
Favorite book: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: a pack-horse librarian … and Maria Hinojosa… and Stacey Abrams
Favorite feminist anthem: Praying by Kesha
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?)
Sarah 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 her master’s in policy, planning, and management from USM’s Muskie School of Public Service. She also has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from The Institute for Nonprofit Practice in Boston.
She lives in Portland with her son. 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.
Favorite book: Who needs books? I listen to podcasts! Some of my favorites are; In the Thick, One Bad Mother, Code Switch and Death, Sex and Money.
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Maria Hinojosa
Favorite feminist anthem: Proud Mary by Tina Turner
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Wherever I am!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Meditation, walk my dog, go to the beach, ice cream with my family, make some art and go to bed early.
Shannon grew up in Maine and left shortly after high school to satisfy the demands of her city-girl heart. She received her BA in women’s studies from UCLA and freelanced for over 2 decades, working with a diverse list of clients, primarily in entertainment and creative arts. In 2015, she co-founded the Michigan-based Women’s Health Council, a grassroots organization focused on improving health outcomes, particularly of those in underserved communities. Before joining Hardy Girls, Shannon served as project manager of the Sorter Project, a community-based feasibility study, conducted in partnership with researchers at the NIH.
In addition to her work with Hardy girls, Shannon serves on the board of Somerset Humane Society, is an adoptee rights advocate & group facilitator, and is a member of CoSP, an international community dedicated to the recognition of ‘single’ as a stigma-free status.
Shannon has an adult daughter who lives in Chicago, and a dachshund and 3 cats who live with her here in Maine. She’s always up for a solo adventure and she never leaves home without her journal, a book, coffee, and a playlist of some sort.
Favorite book: The Stations of Solitude and An Unknown Woman, both memoirs by Alice Koller
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Fran Meneses
Favorite feminist anthem: Currently loving Fiona Apple’s Under The Table
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Any place where I least expect to be confronted by an opportune moment.
Perfect day (in one sentence): A full tank of fuel, coastal roads, a good playlist, and the anticipation of discovering landscapes, eateries, and thrift stores as yet unknown to me.