Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s staff is made up of women with a passion and talent for working with girls and gender expansive youth. They’re working hard alongside both g*rls and wom*n 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?)
Adrienne has been working with Hardy Girls 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 a Program Committee member. Most recently 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 is now working toward her 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, and the LGBT Center of New York City. She took a brief screen break to work as an educator at the Farm Discovery School at Wolfe’s Neck Center in Spring 2021 and is thrilled to dive into the soul-nourishing work of youth-driven activism and development. Adrienne has a deep love for Maine communities, participatory action research, trail running, and morning cups of coffee overlooking a quiet lake.
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 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: 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.