Adrienne Carmack, Executive Director

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contact Adrienne: adrienne@hghw.org

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Adrienne has been working with HGHW since 2014, when she began volunteering as a Coalition Groups leader while a student at Colby College. Since then, she has worked with the organization as a Program Assistant, a Board member, and HGHW’s Program Director. She took on the role as Executive Director in January 2022. Most recently before joining HGHW, she served as the Deputy Director of Arizona Advocacy Network, where she built and managed programs in nonpartisan election protection, jail-based voting outreach, and community-based voting rights advocacy. Adrienne earned a BA in Educational Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby; and a Masters in Education Policy at the University of Arizona.

Adrienne grew up in the Bangor area, where she grew her passion for youth work as an AmeriCorps member with Girl Scouts of Maine. In the years since, she has worked with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the LGBT Center of New York City, Arizona Advocacy Network, and Wolfe’s Neck Center. Adrienne has a deep love for Maine communities, participatory action research, trail running and triathlons, and morning cups of coffee overlooking a quiet lake.

Five Questions with Adrienne

Favorite book: Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: bell hooks
Favorite feminist anthem: Highwomen by The Highwomen
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: on a long run on a dirt road
Perfect day (in one sentence): Hit the road early with a strong latte, long hike in the mountains, jump in a lake, pizza from Pizzicletta in Flagstaff AZ, and ice cream from Gelato Fiasco in Portland ME (this geography would somehow make sense on my perfect day).

Shannon Carlock, Director of Operations

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contact Shannon: shannon@hghw.org

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.

Five Questions with Shannon

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: I’ve been throwing it back lately to match the energy of the current time. For the moment, Last To Know by P!nk gets me where I need to go.
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.

Meaghan Bradbury, Research Fellow

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contact Meaghan: meaghan@hghw.org

Meaghan Bradbury

Meaghan is a graduate student and recipient of an Applied Research Fellowship with the Data Innovation Project at the University of Southern Maine. An advocate for self-expression, literacy, and education, she is currently enrolled in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program. She participated as a fellow in the 2019 Southern Maine Writing Project and holds a MSEd in TESOL. While earning her undergrad degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she completed an Education Internship at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine.

Meaghan believes in the power of play and imagination. A board member, performance artist, and workshop facilitator of a social circus non-profit organization in Maine, she is a trained fire dancer, soon-to-be certified hoop instructor, and professional fairy. Helping others discover their inner magic is her mission.

Five Questions with Meaghan

Favorite book: Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Emily Dickinson
Favorite feminist anthem: What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: A journal or my laptop!
Perfect day (in one sentence): I sip iced coffee and tilt my face toward the sun while bubbles, music, and laughter from my friends float through the air like magical fairies dancing on clouds.