Amna Sheikh

Amna Sheikh

Amna (she/her), Waterville Senior HS student

Amna is a senior at Waterville High School and is starting her 3rd and final year on GAB. She likes to paint, play music, write, and play tennis. She is also very passionate about activism by understanding different perspectives while actively rallying for change. Amna hopes to carry what she’s learned in GAB through life and continue to cause a ruckus!

Five Questions with Amna


Favorite book:
 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Fatima Jinnah
Favorite feminist anthem: Independent Women by Destiny’s Child
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: At the dinner table
Perfect day (in one sentence): Painting and drinking lemonade in my backyard

Deb Soifer

Deb Soifer

Deb Soifer

Deb Soifer, Ph.D., is delighted to be simultaneously the oldest and newest member of the HGHW Board. Deb is a lifelong educator, having taught content as varied as Sanskrit and Spanish, Amazonian mythologies and Asian cooking to students from kindergarten through graduate school.

She taught at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, and China Middle and Vassalboro Community Schools, as well as at Waterville Adult Ed. She taught and served on the Board of Directors of Let’s Talk Language School in Waterville for its duration. She wrote and received grants to start a foreign language program at the China Middle School and a farm-to-school week at Vassalboro Community School, going on to run both programs. In addition to her love of teaching, Deb has always been involved in some aspect of the food world as a Chinese chef, private cook, restaurant owner, goat dairy worker, and home cook and gardener. 

Having grown up in and married into male-dominant families, having been Mom to two boys and Aunt Deb to 5 nephews, Deb strives to maintain her balance through seeking and fostering strong relationships with women friends of all ages and by mentoring girls. Becoming involved in HGHW as a member of the GR!A Committee for 3 years has been an inspiration to Deb as she continues to meet and work with brilliant, feisty girls and women.

Five Questions with Deb


Favorite book:
 Can’t choose just one!  Song of Solomon and Beloved by Toni Morrison, Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, A Place in Time by Wendell Berry.
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Michelle Obama
Favorite feminist anthem: Respect by Aretha Franklin
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: My henhouse! They get it!!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Begins with an early morning swim with loons, includes time in the garden, time with family, cooking and sharing a meal and laughing a lot.

Molly Woodhouse

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.

Five Questions with Molly

Favorite book: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Blythe Baird
Favorite feminist anthem: Praying by Kesha
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: In school
Perfect day (in one sentence): A summer day at the beach with friends.

Kathleen Dodge

Kathleen Dodge

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Kathleen is a feminist, activist, volunteer, thinker, and writer. She learned about Hardy Girls Healthy Women when she participated in the Maine Association of Nonprofits Emerging Leaders Program, which trains community leaders for nonprofit work and board service. She had a successful retail banking career at Camden National Bank for nearly a decade and is currently focusing her efforts on nonprofit work and activism in the Portland community. Kathleen is proud to be involved with HGHW and wishes she could have benefited from a program like it in her youth. In her free time, she can be found writing, curating perfect playlists, entertaining her friends, hiking the Portland trails and basking in the sun!

Five Questions with Katy


Favorite book:
Anything by David Sedaris 
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Too many to list! I’d throw a fabulous dinner party with all of my feminist idols, friends, family and community members so we could all be in each other’s presence, learn from one another, and have an excuse to dress up!
Favorite feminist anthem: Bloody Mother F****** A****** by Martha Wainwright. Crude title but a beautiful song. It’s about a woman coming to the realization that she exists in a world that wasn’t built with her needs in mind, and she decides to intentionally stop doing the emotional work to make others (men) comfortable and accepting of her. It stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it because of its raw honesty.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: With any of my brilliant, beautiful, intersectional feminist friends. They keep me challenged and evolving.
Perfect day (in one sentence): Sleep in, workout, iced coffee, bright sun, good music, good friends, good conversation. 

Lisa Van Dyk

Lisa Van Dyk

Lisa Van Dyk

Lisa Van Dyk is the Grants Officer at Maine Medical Center, where she manages private foundation and corporate funding to the medical center and supports internal teams in developing initiatives and programs to seek external funding. She graduated from Calvin College, where she studied biology, and received her MBA from the University of Delaware. In her spare time, Lisa can most likely be found working out, exploring Portland’s incredible restaurant scene, or reading to keep up with her two bookclubs. She is excited to serve HGHW as a board member because she truly believes in nurturing the potential of all girls and young women.

Five Questions with Lisa


Favorite book:
The Brothers K by David James Duncan
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Tina Fey
Favorite feminist anthem: “Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Wherever I happen to be!
Perfect day (in one sentence): Waking up on Peaks Island, going for a run along the coast, and enjoying the day on the beach with family and friends.

Meg Charest

Meg Charest

Meg Charest

Meg Charest (She/Her/Hers) is currently attending Colby College where she is studying English and Education with a specific interest in trauma-informed education practices. She is involved with Hardy Girls Healthy Women as a muse and as a program leader and is so excited to to be a board member! In her free time, Meg most loves to read and be outside in the woods, by the ocean, or in a beehive or garden. She greatly laments the scarcity of pockets in her clothes.

Five Questions with Meg


Favorite book:
 Can’t pick one so I’ll go with my favorite recent one —
 Educated by Tara Westover
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Raquel Willis
Favorite feminist anthem: As Cool As I Am by Dar Williams
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: The dining hall, as long as there is ample room to do arm gestures for effect
Perfect day (in one sentence): Starts early, ends late and includes sunshine, time with some cherished friends/family, the ocean, and ice cream.

Valerie Stone

Valerie Stone

Val Stone

Valerie Stone joined the HGHW board in September 2018. She has been inspired by her youngest daughter Grace, who was a passionate Hardy Girls member for 2 years and served on the Girls Advisory Board 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, Yarmouth and Freeport. 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 Val


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.

Jeannette Eaton

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 – Greely High School – Cumberland

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!

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. 

Molly

Molly – South Portland High –        South Portland

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.

Five Questions with Molly

Favorite book: Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Blythe Baird
Favorite feminist anthem: Praying by Kesha
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: In school
Perfect day (in one sentence): A summer day at the beach with friends.